My friend, Gladys Strong, passed away on February 13, 2013. She was an extraordinary fiber artist: master weaver, dyer, spinner, knitter. I met her about 7 years ago when I started attending gatherings of the Benzie area spinning group. She had spent much of her adult life in
Virginia, but had moved north to
to live with her daughter and son-in-law. We in northern Lake Leelanau gained so much from her presence. Michigan
She was especially knowledgeable about natural dyes, and she was so very generous with that knowledge. I remember a few days at her studio over pots of brewing fibers. Rose petals, logwood, cochineal, cutch, henna.
Despite a number of chronic health issues, she was always cheery. I do believe her enthusiasm for the fiber arts was most responsible for her upbeat attitude.
Here are some pictures of Gladys.
Gladys and Midge O., 2006:
Modelling my "Atlantis" shawl, 2007:
Modelling her own lovely woven vest, 2007:
Another view of the vest, 2007:
Spinning some silk, 2007:
More spinning. Gladys in the foreground, Carol S. and Sally C. in the background, 2009:
Gladys in her beautiful hand spun, hand knitted sweater and hat (her design), 2010:
Gladys, I will think of you often.