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Textiles Faculty

                    

  HEATHER WINSLOW; Department Chair – Weaving, Spinning, Knitting

Heather Winslow

Heather is a fiber artist specializing in nature-inspired, classical hand-woven clothing. She also enjoys knitting, hand dyeing, and spinning and teaches locally, nationally and internationally. Heather is the author of MORE ON MOORMAN: Theo Moorman Inlay Adapted to Clothing, and many articles in fibre magazines. 

Mary Adrian

MARY ADRIAN; Beadwork, Viking Knit

Mary has always been interested in a variety of arts. Weaving was added to painting, drawing and crochet after a weaving class in college sparked her fiber arts passion. She began experimenting with jewelry a little over 10 years ago and is now addicted to wire and bead work as well. She loves to take simple techniques and expand and manipulate them to be all her own. 

Connie Blieszner

CONNIE BLIESZNER; Frame and Hand Knitting

Connie has worked with fibers most of her life, concentrating on expanding her technical knitting skills. She has taught college-level textile courses and been a guest lecturer for guilds. After a career as a chemical engineer in the energy industry, Connie joined Fine Line following studies in fashion design. Her one-of-a-kind wearable artwork is inspired by the countries on the Silk Road, incorporating their garment shapes and textile designs.             

Cynthia Boudreau

CYNTHIA BOUDREAU; Felting 

Cynthia Boudreau is a fiber enthusiast who particularly loves creating beautiful fabric using the shibori dying and nuno felting techniques. Her work includes one of a kind clothing sewn from her own designs and created fabrics along with two and three dimensional art pieces created by felting. She holds degrees from Northern Illinois University, the University of Wisconsin and Loyola University. Her work has been shown in several local galleries, including the Midwest Fiber Show and the Uncommon Threads Fashion Show.


KANDACE BRINK; Sewing, Pattern Making, Fashion Design

Kandace has been a Family and Consumer Science Teacher at St. Charles North High School for 12 years. She earned her Textiles, Merchandising and Teaching degree from Northern IL University. Previous to becoming a Teacher Kandace worked in retail management for 20 years. Kandace currently teaches Fashion Design, Pattern Design, Fashion Merchandising and Interior Design. Specializing in Computer aided design and 3D Printing.

Lynn Caldwell

LYNN CALDWELL; Kumihimo, Ply-Split Braiding

A Northern Illinois native, Lynn earned a degree in Textiles and Clothing with a minor in Art (weaving). She began her own business a few years out of school creating her own line of handwoven apparel and accessories. Her work has been shown in art shows and galleries nationally. She began teaching at The Fine Line in 2003 specializing in kumihimo (Japanese braiding).

Jennifer ChouJENNIFER CHOU; Weaving Software

Jennifer Chou started weaving at Fine Line over 20 years ago. She is also an accomplished dyer, having completed a Certificate of Excellence in Dyeing in 2004. Jennifer has always been interested in technology and often uses a computer with weaving software to help during the design phase. She combines her talents in weaving, dyeing and technology to create complex weave structures and unique color patterns for a fresh, new look.

Beth Duncan

BETH DUNCAN; Weaving

 Beth began weaving at age 17, on a home-made loom constructed of 2×4’s by her then boyfriend. Self-taught, she wove through high school and college, including one year at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Looms and yarns were stored away during a long period of raising children and full-time employment. But the loom came out of storage in January of 2009 and the weaving has been abundant ever since. She has experimented with many woven structures, fine tuned her color-eye and realized her passion – weaving. Beth is anxious to share what she has learned with others. Since she was self-taught, she is aware of the many benefits of a class situation. She also enjoys spending time with that old loom building boyfriend, who she has been married to for 35 years.

Susan Infante

SUSAN INFANTE; Surface Design, Thermofax

Susan Infante, Fiber artist and surface designer enjoys working with natural textiles and recycling vintage kimono silks. She received a BA in French Education with a minor in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois. She gains inspiration for her work from frequent travel to France and Asia. Her one of a kind artwear has won awards and been published in Threads Magazine and Simplicity Pattern Company. 

DAGMAR KLOS;  Dyeing, Weaving 

Dagmar is a dye master, fiber artist, and teacher. Since 1995, she has served as copublisher and coeditor of the Turkey Red Journal, a newsletter dedicated to natural dyes. In 2002, she received the Handweavers Guild of America’s Certificate of Excellence in Dyeing. 

Lela LuetgerLELA LUETGER; Felting

Lela has been working with fiber all her life. While attending California College of Art and Craft she learned to weave and began designing knotted fiber sculptures and jewelry. A few years ago she learned felting, combined it with painting techniques, and began creating dimensional landscapes that use both wet felting and needle felting. 

Michele O'Reilly

MICHELE O’REILLY; Ply-Split Braiding, Weaving

Michele enjoys dyeing threads to weave or braid. She designs Art-to-Wear clothing from her handwoven cloth. Her creations have been selected in multiple Uncommon Thread and HGA fashion shows. Michele is fascinated by the many braiding techniques from around the world and uses her hand dyed threads for a wide variety of projects. She really enjoys working with Ply-Split braiding and has developed workshops for making jewelry with her hand dyed cords.

Ellen Phillips

ELLEN PHILLIPS; Baskets

Ellen has been weaving baskets since 1984. Making that first basket sparked a lifelong interest in hand work. It has always been Ellen’s desire to share the knowledge of what she has learned with others and to keep learning more about this ancient art. Ellen brings humor and a “can do” attitude to the classes she teaches.

 

 Robin Schoenburg

ROBIN SCHOENBURG; Weaving, Sewing

Fiber artist, Robin Schoenburg is a resident of Sycamore, IL. She settled in the area after receiving her BFA degree from Northern Illinois University. Robin worked as a creative sewing instructor for fourteen years before taking up weaving as her favorite medium. Her wearable art incorporates many fiber techniques. Teaching weaving and a variety of fiber arts at Fine Line Creative Arts Center keeps her creative spirit flowing.