Fiber Art North East Artist Bios

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Natalya Khorover Aikens

Natalya's art is an extension of her commitment to using recycled and repurposed materials, a lifelong advocacy. Her detailed works are nuanced and reimagined images inspired by the lines of the urban environment.


A close examination of Natalya's art reveals delightful and unexpected combinations of materials as diverse as vintage lace, plastic sheeting, and candy wrappers, layered and collaged with machine and hand stitching.


Nike Cutsumpas

Nike's art is her creative expression of nature with all the inspiration that nature gives her every day. 


Demonstrating nature in its many forms through a fantasy perspective allows her boundless diversity in creativity.  Creating art with color and fiber is compelling. 


Nike makes her art to satisfy herself and hopes that it will please the viewer as a visual feast of color, shape and texture, style and technique.


Jane Davila

Jane is a fiber and mixed media artist who incorporates many printmaking techniques into her work. She teaches printmaking, surface design, art quilting, and art business workshops extensively worldwide.

Repeating motifs of fish, birds, and insects reflect her ongoing fascination with nature, the environment, and human impact.


Tamar Drucker

Tamar has always loved to dream and create art work, so she is drawn to cutting and collaging fabrics, and then quilting. Her inspirations come from books, classical music, traveling, and taking photographs.


Judy Gignesi

Since she got her first Singer sewing machine in 1957, Judy has been sewing; she started quilting in the 1980s, making traditional bed quilts, but over the years has become more involved with mixed media and art quilts.

She loves learning new techniques and exploring new creative possibilities as her work continues to evolve.


Cindy Green

Raised in a family of creative people, Cindy’s favorite pastime was always “making things,” and she has tried everything from drawing and painting to jewelry making.  


She was thrilled to discover fiber-and mixed-media arts in Jane Davila’s “Art Quilting 101” class about 15 years ago and has dabbled in them ever since.


Cindy’s art reflects her spiritual connection to nature..


Carole Hoffman

Carole became interested in fabric and quilting after initially studying painting and botanical painting in NYC. She began her journey into quilting with traditional designs and techniques, but her earlier training kicked in and the two disciplines merged into a unique and original expression composed of fabric and stitch.


Raina Lynn

Raina is a painter, a quilter, an artist. She is involved in a journey to capture the beautiful lines in life and shine a light on positive imagery for women. Fabric is her painter's  palette; she experiments with untraditional materials, colors, and ideas to reflect her passion for line, color, and texture. 


Nancy Mirman

Nancy has had a passion for quilting for 38 years. She loves the challenge of developing a unique design and the joyful experience of combing fabric until they form a unified whole.

Her inspiration may come from a photograph, a word, or just the fabric itself. Her work has grown from bed quilts to art quilts to fiber art; often combining metal or paper with fabric.


Claire Oehler

Claire Oehler

Claire's bio here

Claire's bio here


Norma feels as though she has always had a needle in her hand, from making her won clothes as a teen and young adult, to trying many forms of needlework throughout her life.

Now she concentrates mainly on art quilts which usually incorporate her love of hand dyed fabric, surface design, or photo imagery. She has recently been utilizing hand embroidery, especially on smaller pieces and garments.

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Barbara Sferra

Barbara has been creating art for most of her life in as many different forms and media as she can find. Always drawn to color, especially full, saturated color, many of her hand painted and dyed fabrics figure prominently in her work.


Fiber art is perfect for creating with many of the media and techniques she loves to use. Fabric, threads, stitching, paint, beads and other embellishments find their way into her finished pieces.


Linda Stern

Linda finds art inspiring when it allows her to view something from a new perspective. She often uses experimentation as a starting point for her work, painting and dyeing fabrics as a way to combine her traditional exploration of mark making with her interest in digital imagery. As an Emmy-award winning graphic artist and a high school art educator, she remains most comfortable behind the scenes, enjoying art as a way to interpret the world around her.   


Joyce Sullivan

Joyce was already a proficient seamstress when she began quilting in her fifties. As art quilts came on the horizon she embraced the chance to learn new techniques from renowned teachers which provided a background of diverse abilities.


On the brink of turning 90, she has no interest in establishing a business but she credits fiber art with keeping her young. She says, “Membership in FANE keeps me focused and inspired.”

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Renee Fleuranges Valdes

Renee is best known for her use of bright colored fabrics and intricate quilting designs that create texture, drawing the viewer in. Her work frequently includes crystals, yarns, ribbons and other tidbits to enhance the overall visual impact.

Renee’s quilts have been displayed throughout the United States. She has won many awards for her work, and also teaches, lectures, and judges, sharing her creative style with others. 


Maria Calderon Weinstein

Maria is known for her use of myriad items including fabric, paper, yarn, paint, and beads. It keeps her soul alive. "Ta" is her whimsical alter ego and the way she signs her art.

She works with neither rules nor methods, starting with just a vision or idea; as the work progresses it often takes on new directions. When this happens, she just lets it go. Along with teaching, Maria has won many awards and her work has been published numerous times.

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Vivien Zepf

Vivien approaches art from multiple perspectives, including as a creator and educator. Creatively, Vivien is an artist, writer, and photographer whose words and works have been published in books such as 500 Art Quilts and magazines such as Quilting Arts Magazine. She's exhibited her art and photography in invitational and juried exhibitions throughout the United States. She is also New York State representative for Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and a docent trainer for the NY metro-area Katonah Museum of Art.


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