Early deep exposure to Japanese culture more than 50 years ago set the stage for Zia's life and work as an artist. Much of what she has learned about pattern and color comes from exposure to Japanese textiles in travel and study. For many years, she worked with and taught about handmade wool felt. After an epiphany in 2013, she moved into 'felted' paper aka joomchi. Her favorite material, long fiber mulberry paper, offers an enormous range of textural outcomes and thus is perfect for someone who enjoys making many different types of aesthetic objects.
Zia is a member of Northwest Designer Craftsmen and exhibits in a seven-person paper art group, Uncommon Paper Group. She also belongs to the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists and the Surface Design Association. Zia's small, wearable artworks are carried by the Bainbridge Museum of Art. She is currently working on a one-woman exhibition at the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum in La Conner, Washington.
Visit Zia's website and Instagram.
Mark your calendar. Our annual retreat is scheduled for 2022 at Warm Beach Camp located outside of Stanwood, WA. Join us from Friday lunch through Sunday lunch at a great facility with a large spacious conference room. View more details here.
The Northwest Collage Society is excited to announce that its first in-person meeting since the pandemic began will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (“BIMA”). Participants will congregate in BIMA’s “classroom” and then have an opportunity to view the work of Jan and Chris Hopkins. Their exhibit, “Americans Interned: A Family’s Story of Social Injustice,” coincides with the 80th anniversary of the Japanese-American exclusion from Bainbridge Island. After everyone has taken a tour, Jan and Chris will join us in the classroom to answer questions.
NWCS members will be asked to reserve their spots for this event, and attendees will be provided additional details via email. Don’t miss this chance to meet the Schack Art Center’s 2018 Artists of the Year, see the results of their collaborative efforts, and hear about their artistic journeys and creative processes.
BIMA website, Jan Hopkins Art, and Chris Hopkins Art
Details to come.
Shoreline Masonic Center
753 N 185th Street, Shoreline, WA 98133 (185th and Linden)
There is parking by the building for about 15 cars and across the street behind the Shoreline Historical Museum in the grassy area but NOT in the paved area. For anyone who can’t climb the 6 stairs to get in the building from the parking spaces on the building side, they can enter at the front of the building on a ramp.