Althea Bilodeau Fiber and Douglas Biklen Photography

July 5, 2013
to September 2, 2013
Brandon Artists Guild Gallery
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7 Center St, Brandon, VT, United States, 05733

Althea Bilodeau is a fiber artist who creates clothing and accessories using wool felt and silk.  In her unique pieces, her hand-dyed silk fabrics and wool fiber are joined together by hand into non-woven fabric using her own interpretation of an ancient wet felting technique.

Althea’s natural draw to color and fabric was nurtured in her youth having been surrounded by the yarn and fiber collected and artistically combined by her mother, Gloria Scannell, a fiber artist well known in the weaving community.  A young student of sewing and weaving, Althea pursued her interest in fashion through costume design, construction, and modeling.  Her hand-dyed silk charmeuse fabrics were featured in three dresses designed by American Fashion Designer, Chris Benz, in his Fall 2010 collection.  Her felt was introduced by Benz in Fall 2011, and then featured in his Resort 2012 collection with a jacket and coat made exclusively of Althea’s felt.  Her own wearable art designs are sold at festivals, shows and galleries throughout the Northeast.

Bilodeau is the Co-President of the Northeast Feltmakers Guild.


Douglas Biklen began shooting photographs as a child, working with an early medium format Kodak camera.  He has taken photography courses at Syracuse University’s Light Work and at the Maine Photographic Workshops.  He is a longtime member of the Brandon Artists Guild.  His work has been exhibited at several other galleries, including the Nancy Price Gallery in Jamaica, VT and the Delavan Gallery in Syracuse, NY.  He has also produced and directed documentary films. In the late 1980s he was executive producer of an award-winning documentary, Regular Lives, that aired nationally in the U.S. on PBS.  In the 1990s he was Educational Advisor to the Academy Award winning, HBO documentary Educating Peter (1992) and then later for its sequel Graduating Peter (2003).  He was executive producer of the documentary Every Step of the Way (1994) and produced the short documentary Inside the Edge (2002). He was co-producer of the Academy Award nominated Autism is a World  (2004) that appeared on CNN. My Classic Life as an Artist: A Portrait of Larry Bissonnette (2005) is the first film that he both produced and directed (with Rossetti).  He is producer, with Gerardine Wurzburg, of the film Wretches and Jabberers(2010).

Biklen is Dean of the School of Education at Syracuse University. He spends much of each summer and many weekends throughout the year in Orwell, VT.


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