Sheila Melissa Palmer
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  • Detroit, MI
  • United States
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Sheila Melissa Palmer Dec 15, 2009. 2 Replies

I need help in finding a company who can supply me with hand dyed wools, eco friendly and dyes that does hurt the environment, here in the US I am a heavy felter.

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Profession / role:
Textiles Designer/Artist
Company / organisation:
Quetarshe Contemporary and Historical Textiles
Website (if you have one):
My primary role in relation to fashion is:
Designer, Supplier, Tutor
I am looking to discover or buy
Desiring to move to Europe, establish myself in a working atelier in London, Paris, and Italy. will come in and work for major designer to have the opportunity to be exposed to the practices and lifestyle of major designer, fashion or home textile designer.
About me / About business or organisation:
Artist Vitale
Sheila Melissa Palmer
Sheila M. Palmer is a fiber /mix media textiles artist. Her media is creating works of fine art for home interior, public, wearable arts, and theater. The blending of colors, print patterning, and graphic designs can be seen in all her works. The unbelievable usage of colors and techniques has been her specialty for over 20 years. With every one-of-a kind original piece, it takes on an expression of beauty never seen before. Sheila works in her studio Quetarshe, which integrates mix media into selected forms of fiber creating textiles for most functional use. She has spent most of her career as a professional artist researching creating, exhibiting, and traveling
Much of her works can be seen throughout the United States in homes, public environments where she has been commissioned. In 1995, and 1996 her works brought her national recognition when she exhibited at the International Contemporary Fine & Furniture Design Show in New York. Later she went on to exhibit at trade shows such as Philadelphia Home Show, American Craft Design Show, and the Chicago-One-of-A Kind Shows. She created the stage backdrop for theater production Song of Jacob Zulu in 2001 all woven and mixed with fibers and other media. She gained local recognition and an award from Wayne State University for that production. She recently exhibited in Boston Design Show in spring 2008 and have several shows scheduled over the next couple of years. She also has work in Italy and France by private patrons.
So much of her work is inspired by indigenous cultures from around the world. Techniques have been perfected by hands when working in theater, period clothing, interior design, and museums. She presently teaches some of her techniques part-time through the College for Creative Studies Community Arts Partnership programs throughout the Detroit metro areas. And her private tutor list is growing.
In additions to her art making Sheila M. Palmer has received traveling grants to continue her research in textiles and fibers. She is on committees, has memberships, and evolved in organizations that promote the arts and culture throughout the city. Currently she is working on felted inspired prayers rugs from the Moor’s Influence of Southern Spain from 14-17th century. Exhibition tentatively set for 2012 after spending more research time in Spain. Her website offers a more intense look at her works.
She received a BFA in Fiber and Art History, from Wayne State University, and a Fibers Certificate from College for Creative Studies, in Detroit Michigan. She currently resides in Detroit’s midtown culture area.
Career history / Company history:
Sheila Melissa Palmer
4413 John R Apt.1
Detroit, Michigan 48201

Education August 2007-2008
Master Degree Recipient for the MLS Fine Artist Librarian Program

May 2001
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Bachelors of Fine Arts in Fibers & Art History
Textiles Conservation, Campbell Center for Preservation
Mary Kay Haggarty Research Travel Award for studies abroad in France & Italy in textiles research on historical fabrics. Textiles research Detroit Institute of Arts Archival Department, Library

Dec 1994
Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan
Textiles Core Requirements
ICFF Design trade show in New York 1995, 1996
Historic Textiles Designs Studio, freelance artist, 1995-present

Sept-Dec-2008 Detroit Institute of Arts Research Library
Reorganize the new Research Library during renovation from

Mar-July-2000 Michigan Design Center
Work with interior designers, architects, contractors, organizing textiles libraries and samples.

College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan
Teaching Fiber, mix media after-school programs through the Community Art Partnership program teaching art classes for grades 7-12 throughout Detroit area schools. Also teaching set design for Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit

Nov-1999- May-present
The Arts Place, Detroit, Michigan
Teach the summer arts program that is facilities the youth from City Connect, and Career Works
In fine arts, theater, photography, set design, visual arts, dance and management. The young people are from
high risk schools and neighborhoods. The program prepares them in vocational opportunities for the future and income.

Nov-Jan- each year 2000-2007
Voks Dam Incorporation, Audi (Germany) Venice, California
Stylist and research specialist for International Car show in Detroit
Work with designers and set for all staff and productions.

Sept-1995 May-01
Wayne State Bonstelle & Hilberry Theater, Detroit, Michigan
Assistant Student Costume Designer
Costume /Textiles Designer for theater production of all plays during season productions
Designed and fabricated major show Song of Jacob Zulu
Awarded Student of the Year Production in 2001

Sept-1997-August 1998
Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan
Assistant Registrar
Responsible for documentation, deaccession, patron giving, artifacts, exhibition for the museum curatorial department and historical research. Archival preservation and textiles conservation for incoming art.

Scholarships June 1997-1999 Mary Kay Haggarty Travel Scholarship France, Italy
Research in Art History of Textiles & Conservation

February-April 1995 Research Scholarship to Oaxaca, Mexico
Study the dyeing techniques of natural plants dying in textiles

References Upon Request

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