Step into the enchanting world of Uncommon Threads: A Fiber Arts Experience at the Lynnwood Event Center. Experience the work of our six exceptionally talented fiber artists, each weaving a unique narrative through their art.

From vibrant tapestries to delicate textiles, Uncommon Threads celebrates diverse and innovative expressions within the realm of fiber arts. Join us on a visual journey that explores the interplay of color, texture, and imagination. Discover the stories spun by these artists’ hands.

The exhibit is free to explore, and will be on display at the Lynnwood Event Center from January 25 – June 14, 2024.
Hours: 9am-4pm M-F, or on evenings and weekends when the building is open for events.

Occasionally our venue will be closed during these hours for a private event.
Please call 425-778-7155 to verify the exhibit is open before coming in!

Read more about the artists below!

Judy Björling

A resident of Woodinville, Judy’s watercolors, drawings, collages and sculptures have appeared in numerous exhibits.  Her award-winning artwork is owned by private and corporate collectors in the U.S. and abroad. Judy has taught painting and sculpture to students both privately and through various organizations.

“I have been a painter for over 60 years now, and color and texture never cease to amaze me!”

Instagram: @jcborling

Flóra Carlile-Kovács

Flóra uses an ancient textile technique: combining hand-dyed wool and silk fabrics with water, soap and vigorous kneading, to create a durable, unwoven material: felt.

“After felting wearable art for more than a decade, I developed a new technique to create 3-D wall textiles, in which I hand-fold the strips of hand-dyed silk fabrics into tiny pleats that stand up like little scales after the felting and shrinking and thus give a third dimension to these large wall-pieces.

Handmade felt is an underestimated and underrepresented medium in the art world. My mission is to break the boundary between fine craft and art and bring felt back modern living spaces and interior design, and to find its audience.”

Instagram: @florafelts_and_felt_tours


Gabriela Nirino

Gabriela was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she got an MD on Linguistics and on Textile Design. She is a former Textile Design Professor and researcher at the University of Buenos Aires, the National University of Lanús and at the National Technological University. She won 1st prize on the textile category in the 2012 National Visual Arts Exhibition of the Secretary of Culture of the Nation (Argentine) and recently the Best of Show at the International Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival 2023 (La Conner), the Argentine Jewel Prize at the 2021 Latin American Contemporary Jewelry Bienal, and the New Grow Award at the 2020 Growth & Evolution exhibition in China. 

“I am a weaver. The first thing I think about when I find something new is whether it can become a yarn or be woven. Weaving opens up the possibility of building a world almost out of nothing, making order out of chaos.”

Instagram: @gabi.nirino

Julie Sevilla Drake

“Once upon a time I was asked by a famous artist why I am not a painter. My answer, ‘I don’t know how to paint; I know how to sew.’ Therefore, I am a quiltmaker. For me, quiltmaking is quite intense—physically and mentally—body and soul grooving together to make art.”

After spending much of her life in Alaska, Julie Sevilla Drake now lives on rural Fidalgo Island, near the Deception Pass bridge. She is an active outdoorswoman, spending lots of time hiking, biking, kayaking, and camping. She has earned a BA in French, and an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry.

Julie’s work has been shown in private collections, galleries, and museums nationally as well as internationally. 


Carla Stehr

Carla uses cloth, paint and stitch to express her fascination with aquatic life and natural patterns.  Her childhood explorations of Puget Sound beaches motivated her to become a Marine Biologist. Her scientific work included photographing aquatic life with a scanning electron microscope. The microscopic patterns she saw as a scientist compelled her to explore art, and a sewing machine became her favorite drawing tool. She is especially drawn to organisms that are hard to see, like tiny, camouflaged nudibranchs, or single-celled plants such as diatoms that are so small, they can only be seen with a microscope. Now retired from science, her fiber art continues to be inspired by biology.


Bella Yongok Kim

Bella Yongok Kim is a Korean American artist who is integrating installation, textile, and collage. Her art has been inspired from her childhood, domestic textile work, environmental consciousness, and diasporic experiences. So, it prompts reflection on identity, migration, and the environment, encouraging contemplation of a more sustainable and equitable world. After earning her MFA and BFA in Fiber Art and Design from Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, she taught and actively participated in a fiber artist group and the Korean Craft Council. Her artwork has been exhibited across Washington state, including the Bainbridge Island Art Museum, Whatcom Art Museum, and Northwest Quilt and Fiber Art Museum. With one of her works collected by the Burke Museum in WA, she has received awards such as the Artist Trust GAP Award and the Southwest WA Merit Award in 2023. In 2024 summer, her 22-foot installation will be featured at the Bainbridge Island Art Museum, WA.

Instagram: @bellakimgallery


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