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Members Meeting – May 2024

Nature, Fiber, Beads and Wizardry!

May 15 Wed @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Members Meeting – May 2024


May 15 Wed
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:


Via Zoom



Monthly Members Meeting includes a business meeting followed by a presentation, via Zoom.

Business meeting, 6:30pm EDT


Chaired by Sarah Beardslee.



  • Welcome – Sarah
  • State of Finances- Sarah
  • Programming- Programming Committee
  • Membership – Kristin
  • Website/Social Media – Victoria
  • Newsletter – Gloria
  • Annual Dinner – Sarah
  • Introduction of tonight’s program – Naomi

Program, 7:00pm

Nature, Fiber, Beads and Wizardry!

Artist Statement

“I create textile assemblages that respond to the human need to feel more connected to nature, a sensation known as “biophilia.” Using fabric as a material for collage, I create textured portals into a playful, whimsical, and bright garden realm. These soft fabric sculptures aim to immerse the viewer with the sensual comforts and respite of gardens, bringing flora into the home. I hope that my work can display a vibrant love of nature, while creating a sanctuary for myself and others to enjoy.”

Description of Artist Talk

Join Molly Zimmer for a virtual artist talk in her home studio. She will discuss her inspiration from gardens (in particular the activity of pollinators), unique textile processes, show you her materials and industrial sewing machine, highlight a few works from her recent series “Where the Flowers Sing”, plus share tips for running an artist business. Attendees will receive a PDF to sew her 3D Fabric Hummingbird, which can be embellished with beads, as she has done with a number of her other projects.

Molly Zimmer is a multimedia artist. Her fabric sculptures combine painting, textile, and collage with recycled materials. She holds an MFA in Painting from the University of New Mexico, and a BFA in Painting and Curatorial Studies from Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work has been exhibited nationally. She has taught sewing, natural dyeing, drawing, and painting courses through community-engaged workshops at museums, non-profit art centers, K-12 schools and universities. She lives in Arlington, MA with her husband, new baby and cat.

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Molly Zimmer


Member meetings and programs are free for Members and first-time guests. After attending one meeting we ask that guests join our group ($30/yr) if they wish to attend a subsequent meeting.

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You will need an internet connection and a device you can use with Zoom (laptop or desktop computers seem to work best). Please only send email to programming@beadesignerintl.org if there is a problem. Be sure to include the device you are using if you are having trouble joining Zoom.


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