Instructor Highlight: Chad Wentzel

Instructor Highlight: Chad Wentzel

Please welcome our newest guest instructor: Chad Wentzel!

Chad is an artist and designer, born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He now lives and works in Detroit.  His work holds a love of craft traditions, an attention to detail, and a deep curiosity about mysticism and the psychedelic.  He earned a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington.  He worked as a window designer for a global fashion brand before moving to Detroit to launch his own line of lighting and houswares.

You can see more of Chad and his work at and on instagram @chadwentzelmade

He'll be teaching three short form workshops this spring semester on Crochet, Macrame and God's Eyes. We hope to see you in the studio!

Instructor Highlight: Levon Kafafian

Hi! It's me, the founder and long time instructor of the classes at Fringe Society. I'm excited to welcome three additional instructors to the team this semester!  

Check out what I'm offering this time around: 

Two classes: Weaving 101 & Intermediate Structures

Two workshops: Quick and Dirty: Big Fat Plain Weave & Threads of Kinship, Woven Identities

 & new this semester: Drop-In Rug Weaving Workshops

Detroit-based, New York born, Levon Kafafian is a multi-media Armenian-American artist creating tactile and sensory works that explore the spaces between people, nature and culture.

He is the founder of Fringe Society, where he teaches classes and workshops on textile craft. He also teaches at the Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center , College for Creative Studies, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

He holds a BFA in Crafts: Fibers from the College for Creative Studies and a BA in Anthropology from Wayne State University.


Instructor Highlight: Liza Jayne Lewis

Help us welcome back guest instructor Liza Jayne Lewis to the Fringe Society team! Liza works wonders with the natural dyestuff she forages and collects seasonally, adding depth of color and meaning to her works. This semester she is hosting two workshops:

Intro to Natural Dye

Winter Harvest

Liz Lewis received her BFA from College for Creative Studies in 2011. It was during her senior year there that she began exploring natural dyes in an independent fiber arts study. Her love of plants, dedication to sustainable materials, and enthusiasm for process has kept natural dyes at the forefront of her work as an artist and a teacher. In 2014 she took her craft on the road with a traveling workshop tour teaching dye techniques at various locations across the country such as Yarn & Coffee in Santa Fe, NM and Rosalie Apothecary in New Orleans, LA. Alongside her own art she also works in several Detroit Public Schools bringing agricultural and sustainable art projects to students ages 7 to 18. Liz has recently exhibited work at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Flow, and Alley Culture and has curated student shows at Always Brewing Detroit and The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. With her art Liz Lewis strives to inspire and educate others about the endless possibilities of the flora of our world.


Instructor Highlight: Nicki Szydlo

Help us welcome new guest instructor Nicki Szydlo to the Fringe Society team! One of our oldest friends, Nicki often blends weaving and printmaking in her intensely colorful works. This semester she'll be hosting three workshops: 

Laced with Intention

Ooooh Shiny! 

Stress Relieving Weaving


Nicki Szydlo is an artist living and working in Hamtramck.  She receivedher BFA from Wayne State University where she studied printmaking and
fibers.  Her current work combines painting and weaving, and explores the
intersection of craft and art.


Guided Experiences

Fringe Society is hosting an immersive three day experience led by founder Levon Kafafian. The experiences include a tour of the studio, a mini rug weaving workshop, a tour of the collection of Armenian artifacts at the Manoogian Museum, and a candle lit feast on heirloom rugs. Experiences are offered once a month from January to March on select weekends.


Course Catalog Release

The course catalog for the 2017 Winter semester is now available on the website! We are excited to announce new workshops hosted by three guest instructors: Nicki Szydlo, Liza Jayne Lewis and Nitasha Deogun. We are also kicking off our new Drop-in series, no registration required! Browse the catalog to see what's on offer January through March, available online at


Now at Select Retailers~

Now at Select Retailers~

Lunar Impact Shawl at Dijana Design Studio, LLC

Lunar Impact Shawl at Dijana Design Studio, LLC

Curious where you can find our goods in person? In addition to visits to the studio by appointment, we are now working with 4 local retailers:

In Royal Oak, Dijana Bucalo hosts a rotating selection of scarves and shawls in her studio, Dijana Design Studio, LLC on Washington Ave, just next door to Gentleman's Consignment.

Solar Cross in Black Rose, now available at Detroit is the New Black

Solar Cross in Black Rose, now available at Detroit is the New Black

Downtown, we've teamed up with Detroit is the New Black on Woodward Ave to offer a selection of sharp scarves for the discerning Detroiter.

Black on Black on Black, available at Orleans + Winder

Black on Black on Black, available at Orleans + Winder

In Eastern Market, Orleans + Winder is offering modern, minimalist, textural scarves in monochromatic palettes.

Denim inspired scarves and potential colors for the future at Detroit Denim

Denim inspired scarves and potential colors for the future at Detroit Denim

Last but not least, Detroit Denim is showcasing a few scarves inspired by the traditional woven structure of a denim twill, on the eastern side of the Riverfront.

Get yours while they're fresh off the loom!

Refurbishing a Loom

Refurbishing a Loom

We've been hard at work refurbishing two looms so graciously donated to us by Leslie Baugh:

Ponyride Maker's Market

Ponyride Maker's Market

We had a great show at Ponyride last weekend for their annual Maker's Market!