Meet your Instructor & host of the guild.
Kimberly Buchy - Owner/Operator/Founder of Woodland Hills Alpacas and The Fiber Mill & Fiber Social. Cofounder of Sunshine State Fiber Arts Guild.
Kimberly is a natural born multi-tasker and crafter. Kimberly started her love for art when she was just a little girl. She had plenty of talents in her family that helped mold her into the artist she is today. Kimberly's uncle had a large part in introducing her to art. Her uncle graduated from The Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. Her uncle is an amazing painter, sketch artist and sculptor. Some of his work is hanging in Art Studios all over the country. Her Grandfather was also another fabulous artist oil painter , his focus was on people. Kimberly's grandfather must of got all that talent from his genes. Kimberly's Uncle and Family is related to the famous Arthur Godfrey, who was a amazing host on his TV show as well as a talent for music. He signed under his label some folks like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and others. Kimberly's father was an amazing guitar player and so was her uncle who played lead in bands across the states. Her mother also had a part in Kimberly’s artist abilities. Kimberly’s mother Cathy is a experienced crocheter, seamstress, cross stitcher and country folk art artist. Kimberly’s grandmother Elva ( Nanny ) is also a amazing knitter and crocheter.
Kimberly used her love for art to start a 14 year long business as a Professional cake decorator. Over the years She has decorated well over a few hundred cakes.
Kimberly owes her love for Fiber Art to her Original Fuzzy Alpaca Friends, Mastermind and Cesar. Kimberly her husband Michael and Family, own and operate their alpaca farm. They have 15 alpacas ( 2 boarded ) and a few angora bunnies.
Kimberly has been involved in fiber arts for over 5 1/2 years now and has taught workshops, seminars and one on one classes on Alpaca Fiber, Dyeing, Felting, Show Skirting, Sorting, Spinning, and Weaving. Kimberly also gives one on one advice on Marketing ideas for her students. “ My main goal as a teacher is not just to teach, but to add guidance and direction in what will best suit her students and excel their potential as becoming successful fiber artist’s”.
Kimberly’s daughter Shannon is already teaching Loom Weaving at Pioneer Festivals. She already operates a Countermarche Loom that is a giant compared to her. Shannon is also a crocheter, knitter, felter, dyer and spinner and Now talented Soap Maker.
Kimberly has been told that she is the most patient teacher. Kim owes her patient ability and flexibility to her son Brandon who has special needs.