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Program by Sylvia Walworth/Meeting
6:30 – Show and Tell
7pm – Sylvia Walworth – Art Therapy: Interface with Fibers
8pm – Business Meeting
About Sylvia Walworth
In December, 1972, when I received my Master’s degree in Guidance and counseling, I defined myself as a counselor. I worked in a wide range of settings and was very involved in professional activities serving in local, state and national professional positions which work was recognized with numerous awards. My work was personally and professionally rewarding. I worked with wonderful and courageous individuals in their process of healing and on their journey to change. I created programs and interventions with talented and dedicated peers, and thrived on these challenges and relished their gifts. It was glorious. Yet, by 1998 I had returned to school and received another Master’s, this one in Art Therapy.
Using art therapy techniques I teach mask, shield and therapeutic quilt making to the general public. I have also taught graduate counseling courses on using basic art therapy techniques, photo collage, mandalas, masks and shields. The students learn color theory, the use of space and design and the use of multiple media.
Currently I create fiber art which I perceive as transformational and therapeutic for me and, I hope, for the viewer. My quilts tell stories of my life’s journey or, metaphorically, the journey of my clients. Many of my art quilts and woven scarfs reflect the colors and beauty of nature that surrounds us each day and allow me to play with the concepts of color theory. As a student of anthropology and mathematics I delight in incorporating ethnic themes and mathematical theorems into my work.
As a therapist I want my art to inspire transformation, the unique expression of self while simultaneously speaking to universal archetypes. As an artist I hope the viewer finds a reflection of themselves, their memories, their stories. I remain uncertain whether the art is an extension of my therapist role or the therapist role is an extension of my art.
My career as an artist includes a one woman show “Eclectic Meanderings with Fibers”, invitations to exhibit at numerous shows including the 2016 Michigan Handweavers at the Dennos Museum. My work is available at the Bier Gallery in Charlevoix, MI; the Twisted Fish in Elk Rapids, MI; Traverse City, MI’s Artist Market and the Marshall M Frederick Museum in Bay City, MI. Currently, my focus is painting into my fiber art pieces and in combining fragments of my weaving with quilted images.