Handwoven Fabric

Handwoven  Fabric
My work can be found at the following locations..... ("Pittsburgh Center for the Arts",..6300 Fifth Ave Pgh Pa 15213... 412 361 0873 shop) ... .Patricia Boutique 326 Bigham St ( entrance to Chatham VIllage) Mt Washington Pgh Pa 15211... The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh 1635 Mc Farland Road Pittsburgh , Pa 15216 (Mt Lebanon) ArtsmithsPGH.com

About the artist

                                                            The Warped Weaver
         LaVerne Kemp Hand Wovens

LaVerne Kemp
5825 Elgin St
Pgh Pa 15206
412 758 5667



Artist Statement:

LaVerne Kemp’s award-winning textiles have been a fixture of
Pittsburgh’s fiber arts community for over thirty years. Her work has
been exhibited extensively in Pennsylvania and Ohio and, notably,
featured three times in Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art
Competition and Exhibition at the African American Museum in Dallas,
Texas as well as The African American Art Exhibition at “Actors Theater “ in Louisville , Kentucky. She has been a committed teaching artist for children and
adults for many years through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. LaVerne recently accepted the position of president of Women of Visions, an African American women's art collective based in Pittsburgh.
LaVerne says, “A part of me is interwoven into each piece that I create. Like my life, my weaving is a collaboration of color, texture and pattern. Over the years my fiber
work has evolved into an art form rather than simply traditional
weaving. I have explored and incorporated photo transfer, batik,
stamping, dying, beading, hand and machine assembly, embroidery
and quilting … My art and my passion are interwoven as one fabric.”

                                                                       Artist Bio:

LaVerne Kemp Weaver/Fiber Artist
5825 Elgin Street Pittsburgh , Pa 15206
412 758 5667

University of Pittsburgh: M.Ed. courses, Childhood Development
California University of Pennsylvania: B.F.A. Art – Education 1980

Messages From The Cloth” One Woman Exhibit Winchester Thurston Campus 2012
Tending My Mothers Garden” , Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley Pa 2012
Art Space /Pops , Lima Ohio, 2012
Images of Women, Women of Visions, Inc Pittsburgh , Pa 2012
Speak!” The King Arts Complex Columbus, Ohio 2012
Evolution of the Girl Child” McCoy Community Center for the Arts, New Albany, Ohio 2009
Heart of Soul” Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio 2009
Evolution of the Girl Child” Elijah Pierce Gallery – King Arts Complex, Columbus, Ohio 2009
Art for Community Expression” – 30th Anniversary – Shot Tower Gallery, Columbus, Ohio 2009
Fiber and Design: An Exploration of Textile Arts” The Works” Gallery Newark, Ohio

Storytellers Truth Be Told” Women of Visions, Inc Pittsburgh Center for the Arts 2014
Actors Theater of Louisville” 17, 18, 19 ,21 st African American Exhibition Louisville Kentucky 2012
Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art Competition and Exhibition”, African American Museum Dallas, TX 1999, 2004 , 2009, 2011,2012
Common Ground , Affralachia ,”..August Wilson Center African American Culture 2011-2012
4th Annual Ohio Visual Artist Registry Juried Show”, Columbus, Ohio 2009
Best of 2010” & “Best of 2013”Ohio Designer Craftsmen”, Columbus, Ohio
Legacy Building / Hill House Purchase “Brass Section “2007
Stretching the Threads” New Smyrna Beach, Florida 2007
Preserving Diverse Cultures VI” Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Ohio Designer Craftsmen Columbus, Ohio 2009 – 2014
Fiber Arts Guild Pittsburgh Pa 1993 – Present
Women of Visions, Inc., Pittsburgh Pa 1982 – Present ….Current President 2014-2015

Knit The Bridge Diversity Coordinator and Workshop Facilitator
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Residenct Teaching artist 2000- present
Gateway to the Arts Rostered Teachig Artist
Pittsburgh Childrens Museum F.I.N.E. Artist Residency 2011
King Arts Complex Columbus Ohio residency project 2009 2010
Ohio Designer Craftsman Teaching artist 2010

1000 Quilt Inspirations” February 2015
Table Magazine”…. February 2012
1000 Artisan Textiles” – Quarry Books May 2010

Actors Theater Louisville Kentucky  2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014



Highlights of Qualifications

*Able to work with a diverse population

*Talent for creating a stimulating , challenging learning environment

*Genuine concern for and sensitivity to students

*Committed to work that furthers the growth and wholeness of individuals

*Effective teacher and innovative designer of educational projects

Professional Experience/Teaching

Extensive experience in Arts in Education program development and implementation including curriculum connections. Developed residency and workshop curriculum with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Gateway to the Arts, The Society for Contemporary Crafts and various school districts and organizations. Provided professional development workshops for teachers, administrators, and other artist. Documented artwork and designed invitations for exhibits , workshops and classes. Provided field trips to area art institutions and museums related to residencies and workshops.

Knit the Bridge, Needlework instructor various locations, Allegheny county
Pittsburgh Public School District

Winchester Thurston, Substitute Art teacher and Artist in Residence

King Arts Complex , Columbus , Ohio

Ohio Crafts Museum, Columbus , Ohio

*Extended teaching list available upon request


University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh , Pa 1988, 1992

M. Ed. Course work , Child Development Program

B.F.A. California University of Pennsylvania, 1980

Art degree with concentration in Fine Art and Weaving, Early Childhood Education Minor

Employment History & Special Projects

2013: Knit the Bridge , Diversity Coordinator

1998 – 2013 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Teaching Artist

1978-2013 LaVerne Kemp Hand Wovens dba The Warped Weaver

1994- 1996 Three Rivers Youth, Art Therapy Consultant,

1993 Holy Family ,Arts Program

1991-1993, Three Rivers Youth, Art Therapy, Case Manager

Knit the Bridge,The Andy Warhol Bridge Community Art Project

Acted as liaison between Knit the Bridge lead artist and other team members to engage community in a large scale art project. Set up “Knit In's in various community agencies , churches and libraries. Taught and lead participants in classes to learn how to knit and crochet to produce panels for the bridge.

Felted Tree Project , Winchester Thurston School , City Campus

Worked with 90 6 th grade students to make a 10 foot permanent installation in the form of a tree out of hand made felt and other fiber art forms.. Designed lesson plans and implemented and 3 week program while infusing other curriculum connections.

Tree of Hope” The New Children's Hospital, Community Art Quilt Project

Collaborated with 40 Cornell Abraxas and YWCA students to design a quilt to be installed in the New Children's Hospital. Instructed two seperate groups in this multi faceted 6 month project which is now 'planted in the Healing Garden” at Children's.

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Foundation

Responsible for designing and implementing a fiber art residency with a group of international women from the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Foundation. Introduced a group of 50 non English speaking participants to a culturally rich project which included vocabulary and other English skills in the curriculum. Co ordintaed with a local library to display the finised project.

Professional Affiliations

Pittsburgh Fiber Arts Guild
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities
Women of Visions, Inc. , current president
The Society for Contemporary Crafts
References and Artist Bio :

Provided upon request
for the Arts

ho’s Who in American Colleges and Universities

Women of Visions, Inc. , current president

The Society for Contemporary Crafts

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