President: Gene Looman

AFA President Gene Looman is a skilled art quilter and thread painter. His background as a professional sewing machine repairman gives him excellent control over his tool and medium and he produces beautiful detailed fiber art. After moving to Texas from Alaska a few years ago, Gene wasted no time in joining Austin Fiber Arts and became the president of the organization in July 2020.

If you have any questions about our organization or want to contact our President, just send an email to: President


The position arranges our monthly meeting program as well as works with our workshop coordinator to feature workshop leaders.

North Group Programming: Linda Miles

Linda is a skilled sewer and has an excellent sense of color and design, which she uses to make beautiful quilts. She is one of the founders of the Austin Fiber Artists. Linda coordinates the programs and activities in our north meeting site at the Alan Baca Center in downtown Round Rock.

South Group Programming: Lori Bier

Lori has been sewing and embroidering since she could hold a needle. She enjoys all sorts of fiber arts and paints dye on silk to produce both representational and abstract images. She is a past president of AFA and has held other board positions. Lori coordinates the meetings’ programs and activities at the south meeting site at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Email our both our programs chairs using programs

Treasurer & Newsletter Editor: Anita Mester

AFA’s longtime treasurer Anita Mester is a quilter, weaver, eco-printer and uses a variety of techniques to produce wall art and wearable art. Her clever skills and sense of humor and creativity have been seen in AFA exhibits over the years.

Please provide Anita with any information that should be included in the Austin Fiber Artist’s monthly newsletter “Gathered Threads” by emailing her at treasurer

Membership: Rebecca Switzer

Rebecca is a renaissance woman of fiber arts interests- crochet and sewing, felting and sculpting, hats and bags, baskets, dolls and books as well as fabric surface design. Rebecca stays busy!

Rebecca is happy to welcome fiber artists to the organization and explain the joys of membership! Email Rebecca at membership

Communications: Juliann Krute

Juliann loves to learn and consequently is skilled in a wide variety of fiber arts techniques. She is a world traveler, which has influenced her style and tastes.

If you have comments on the website or facebook page, contact Juliann at communications


This team arranges workshops for the group on a variety of topics that are interesting to fiber artists.

Leann Tock

Leann’s fiber arts interests include collage, dyeing, hand embroidery, sewing, and print making.

Naomi Uesaka

Naomi is a skilled sewer and dyer and is a serious student of the history and practices of a wide variety of fiber arts.

If you want to propose a workshop for AFA, contact our workshops team at workshops

Secretary and Venues: Marie Welsch

Marie transitioned from painting to fiber arts, now creating both figurative and abstract art quilts. She uses her artist’s eye to create exhibitions of AFA members’ artworks.

If you are interested in having fiber arts displayed at your venue, or are interested in viewing the AFA truck show, contact Marie at venues

Members at Large

Marinda Stewart

Professional fiber artist and published author Marinda Stewart is an expert on many forms of fiber arts.

Mary Macauley

Spinner, weaver, and dyer Mary Macauley is one of the founders of the Austin Fiber Artists.

Susan Axel Bedsaul

“Member at Small” Susan Axel Bedsaul is a batik and cyanotype artist.

Email our members at large (or small) at AtLarge