Paula McFarling was one of Bluestem's artists in the 1980's and 1990's until she began a career as a social researcher. After retiring from the University of Missouri in 2017, she returned to Bluestem not only as an artist, but also as one of the partners. She is eager to once again expand her interest in fiber arts and the larger fine crafts community.
Paula has been an integral part of the Missouri fiber arts community for many years, having served in multiple board positions for both Missouri Fiber Artists and the Columbia Weavers and Spinners Guild. She has taught Fiber Arts at Lincoln University and the University of Missouri and Textiles at Stephens College. Her interests include contra dancing, having served many years on the board of Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers and has also been one of their contra dance callers for over 25 years.
Paula has a plethora of weaving looms in her studio and loves to utilize them all. She can be found making anything from delicate scarves and thirsty towels to warm sofa throws and sturdy rugs. She always uses natural fibers and will occasionally dye her warps to make one-of-a-kind wearables. Aside from having a love for natural fibers, Paula loves nature and the outdoors, and is an enthusiastic gardener. Nature inspires the color and pattern choices in her designs, where you will find the colors of spring flowers, fall leaves and summer sunsets. Paula's favorite Missouri tree is the dogwood and you can spot dogwood flowers in many of her creations.
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