About the Fiber Artists of San Antonio
A Brief History Note
The Fiber Artists of San Antonio (FASA) organization owes its founding to Mary Heickman, who was originally from Houston. Mary was one of the original Texas fiber artists. She was also a teacher and taught fiber techniques to the wives of the Astronauts who were living in Houston at the time.
In 1971, she moved to San Antonio and began teaching fiber arts here at the Southwest School of Arts and Craft. Mary’s work inspired the original San Antonio group, which came together in 1972 with eleven members. Two of those original eleven fiber aritsts - Jean Peffers and Barbara Friedson - are still active members in FASA today.
The organization was first called “Creative Stitchers,” but in the mid-1980’s the name was changed to more accurately reflect the group – Fiber Artists of San Antonio. In 1995, the group presented its first Fashion Runway Show to the public, and over the years, this event has raised thousands of dollars in scholarship funds for students pursuing studies in the fiber arts. In 2008, FASA acquired its status as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and continues to sponsor many community outreach efforts including the San Antonio Food Bank.
The Fiber Artists of San Antonio (FASA) is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit corporation. The purpose of the organization is to maintain and advance fiber as an art form through the education of its members and general public. FASA strives to promote appreciation and the support of fiber as an art form through exhibitions and educational activities.
Fiber Artists of San Antonio, P.O. Box 91271, SATX 78209
Meeting Location – San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 New Braunfels, San Antonio, Texas 78209