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Sunday, March 7, 2004

Fiber Art Expert Judy Jeroy Hosts Next Brown Bag Discussion

SALISBURY, MD---The art of needle and thread spans centuries, from the Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Norman Conquest of the 11th century to the nautical “woolies” of the 19th century and the fiber art of today. Expert Judy Jeroy speaks on these processes during the next Brown Bag Lunch Discussion at noon Thursday, March 17, in the University Gallery at Fulton Hall. Titled “What the Fiber Artist Can Do,” the slide lecture focuses on needlework inspired by different sources and how the thread artists interpret their creative ideas through various surface and thread materials. The lecture coincides with “Through the Needle’s Eye,” a fiber art exhibit of works composed of a variety of fibers using modern mixed media techniques The exhibit, located in Fulton Hall’s University Gallery, includes three pieces of Jeroy’s work. Fiber arts include spinning, weaving, embroidery, crocheting and any art where the chief medium is fiber, whether fabric or thread. Therefore, projects such as stitchwork, tapestry or quilt–making cease to be textiles and become artistic endeavors with inspired themes and innovative designs. Jeroy, an expert on fiber art, is a past president of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, an organization consisting of 17,000 members that promotes work done with a closed needle using both historical and modern techniques. Within the organization itself, Jeroy belongs to a special group, the Fiber Forum, in which artists are juried or evaluated based on the aesthetic aspects and technical skills of their work. She also is an EGA-certified teacher of crewel embroidery and canvas embroidery. Jeroy is a master craftsman in crewel and in canvas and has taught at numerous national and regional seminars. She is certified by Kurenai-Kai and the Japanese Embroidery Center to teach traditional Japanese embroidery. She is the author of Creative Crewel Embroidery: Traditions and Innovations, a work on embroidering with wool, which touts as “a complete book on the subject - dealing with the tradition of the craft as well as offering new, modern projects and applications.” Sponsored by SU’s Fulton School of Liberal Arts and the University Galleries, the presentation is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at

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