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Maine Fiberarts is a statewide nonprofit membership organization formed in 2000. We welcome members who love and support fiber art and farms and the producers, makers and consumers who keep this wonderful and useful industry alive and prospering in Maine.

Our programs are designed to foster this special work in basketry, beadwork, clothing design, crochet, embroidery, felting, knitting, lacework, needlework, paper, quilting, rugs, sewing, spinning, surface design, and weaving.

Our goals are to create greater opportunities for artists to exhibit work, to apprentice, to mentor, to teach crafts to children, to find school residencies, to sell fleeces and fiber products, to find guilds and study groups, to learn about events, and to become better connected.

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Current Fiber Bulletin

Calls for Entries

fiber college noticeFIBER COLLEGE is accepting proposals for classes/teachers for their 2020 Season, Wednesday, September 09, 2020–Sunday, September 13, 2020. They are looking for classes on garments and accessories, baskets, jewelry, quilts, yarn making, surface design, needle arts, woodworking, instrument making, and weaving; and technique classes. This year's theme is Flaxapalooza 2020. Class proposals should be 2, 3, 4, or 6 hour classes.Submit your application to the Teacher Registration Form. The last day for submission is March 1st. You will be notified of the jurying committee’s decision by March 9th. FMI: https://fibercollege.wordpress.com, https://www.fibercollege.org

57th Annual NEEDLEWORK SHOW & SALE takes place in March 2020 At Woodlawn Mansion, in Alexandria, VA. “In acknowledgement of the 19th Amendment (the beginning a woman’s right to case a vote), we will be honoring how women have been expressing their skill, and their rights, through the making of needle crafts.” Organizers seek work to show that “represent ALL needlework makers, from anywhere in the United States of the world, and seek to embrace a diverse community of artists, including people of color, of multi-cultural heritage and who identify as LGBTQ. “Work is judged (fun!), but not juried (everyone included!) FMI: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/annualneedleworkshow

Classified Ads and Free Stuff

Antique black feather weight sewing machineThese listings are for art, craft, farm and/or fiber-related items, equipment, supplies, tools, etc. Ads will run for three months after which they will disappear. They are free for Members of Maine Fiberarts ($60.00/year). Members may enter up to a 25-word description and contact information. For more information, for listing items you wish to give away for free, or to have Maine Fiberarts enter your ad for you, please contact usTo enter your own ad, look for the heading in this list called "Submit Your Own" and fill out the form.

KUMIHIMO LOOM, with bobbins, extra weights, and a whole lot of thread. Free to good home! Nan Butterfield, Yarmouth, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 272-2021

FREE: Sharon Forest of Lisbon is moving and wishes to give away her collection of knitting, crochet and craft books for free. She has about 40-50 vintage knitting books, 12-13 newer crochet books, and several general crafts books. She also has homespun material to give away. FMI: Sharon Forest, 207-407-4250 

FOR SALE: Leclerc 45 inch floor loom. Excellent condition. Non smoking home. Many accessories. Everything you need to get started weaving. $1450.00 or best offer. Jennifer Maeverde, Lewiston. Email for more information and photos: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

rugprojectdetailUNFINISHED PUNCH NEEDLE RUG PROJECT looking for a home. See complete listing with large image in "Opportunities" category. Scroll down to get to this category tab. This image is a detail of part of the rug.

I have a lot of wonderful ART BOOKS (mostly fiber-related) I need to dispense with. I have been going through my rather (!) extensive library and have decided to downsize. I am offering the books for $4 each, and $10 for 3 books. They are in very good condition. Quite a variety of media: art quilts, weaving, rug hooking, collage, knitting, fabric design, you name it!
—Natasha Kempers-Cullen; 207-406-2640; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Events

January 14-16
STATE OF MAINE AGRICULTURAL TRADES SHOW, at the Augusta Civic Center Augusta, ME. Full program: https://www.maine.gov/dacf/ard/market_promotion/ag_trade_show.shtml

January 15
WEBINAR ON LATE GESTATION NUTRITION for small ruminants (sheep and goats) hosted by University of Wisconsin. January 15 from 7:30 to 9 pm. The speaker is Dr. Dan Morrical, retired Sheep Extension Specialist from Iowa State University and now nutrition consultant with Premier 1 Supplies. Dr. Morrical will speak on late gestation nutrition. To register for the webinar use this link: https://www.wisfarmer.com/story/news/press-release/2020/01/07/university-wisconsin-small-ruminant-webinar-series-starts-january-15/2831066001/?fbclid=IwAR3Jh9gzWA_kIFE1l-ceJJHIq69Oc1kqNgkFbjJusbOwel0pt59mBJ0rKT0 

Jan 24
Artist-In-Residence Demo Day @ The Center for Maine Craft https://mainecrafts.org/sarapalumbo/

Jan 25
Styling Workshop: Creating Compelling Images https://mainecrafts.org/styling-workshop-creating-compelling-images/

April 18, 2020
Calico Quilters 2020 Show. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.calicoquilters.com/events.html

May 7-10
MCA Weekend Workshop at Haystack https://mainecrafts.org/programs/mca-weekend-workshop-haystack/

May 15-17
SNOW POND'S FIBER ART WEEKEND. A weekend of fiber-filled fun, classes, workshops, marketplace; enjoy the company of fellow fiber enthusiasts in the picturesque town of Sidney, Maine. Sign up for the whole weekend. Snow Pond Center for the Arts, https://fiberfestival.snowpond.org/

July 24, 25, 26
MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: MDI https://mainecrafts.org/programs/guild-fine-craft-shows/

Aug 14-16
MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: Belfast https://mainecrafts.org/programs/guild-fine-craft-shows/

Aug 22
Portland Fine Craft Show https://mainecrafts.org/programs/portland-fine-craft-show/

Exhibitions

Artist-in-Residence KIMBERLY BECKER of Boston—and formerly of Bath, Maine—is working in the Society of Arts and Crafts studios in Boston on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10-6. Becker is a feminist artist currently sewing a doll every day until Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is impeached. FMI: www.societyofcrafts.org

KATHARINE COBEY: A DIFFERENT VOICE, October 5, 2019-April 12, 2020, Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum Street, Rockland. A selection of Cobey’s fiber sculptures, creating with knitting and handspun yarns, will be showcased in the Rothschild Gallery. FMI: 207-596-6457; www.farnsworthmuseum.org

SOUTHPORT MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 1032 Hendricks Hill Road, Southport, is hosting a fiber arts show during the month of January 2020.

“TRACKING SPIRIT,” work by Nancy Marstaller, Sara Polumbo, and Susan Mills on view throughout October and ongoing, at Markings Gallery, 50 Front Street, Bath.

CPL exhibit flyerTHE OLIVE TREES ARE WEEPING: VISIONS OF OCCUPIED PALESTINE THROUGH FIBER ART AND PHOTOGRAPHS. Charlotte Moore announces an art exhibit at the Cambridge, Massachusetts Public Library, Central Square. Charlotte's artwork and Eileen Cave's photographs speak to the "ongoing crisis of Israeli Occupation of the Palestinian West Bank and the imploding Gaza Strip." Charlotte's feltwork is an attempt to use her energies trying to "stop the outright disregard of Palestinian rights under international law." Eileen's photos document her time volunteering in one of the Palestinian refuge camps and the surrounding area. Reception on the second floor, on February 6, from 6:30 until 9:00. The work will be on view on the library's first floor. FMI: Charlotte, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 617-491-6278; Eileen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 617-413-4429

“WIWENIKAN: the beauty we carry,” July 20, 2019-January 12, 2020, Colby College Museum, Waterville. “An exhibition of the First Nations people of what is now Maine and Maritime Canada. Collectively known as the Wabanaki, the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, and Abenaki, our people have lived in and paddled through our homeland for thousands of years.” Guest curated by Jennifer Neptune and Kathleen Mundell with curatorial advisors Gretchen Faulkner and Theresa Secord. FMI: www.colby.edu

Meet-Ups

BOOK ARTS PROGRESS GROUP MEETING, 6:30-8:30pm at Maine Media Workshops, 70 Camden Street, Rockport, ME. These meetings are held every other month on the second Thursday and are open to everyone—professional and amateur book makers, and anyone else interested in book arts. Bring books or projects you have finished or are working on to share, your questions, or anything else related to book arts. Or just come to be inspired! FMI: Cynthia McGuirl, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 207-354-0929

SPINDLEWORKS FIBER CIRCLE. Spindleworks artists invite community members to join them while they work on fiber projects. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon, 7 Lincoln Street, Brunswick, ME 04011. All welcome! FMI: www.spindleworks.org, Julianne Carle, 207-725-8820.

CRAFT MEETUP at CURTIS MEMORIAL LIBRARY, Mondays, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Seminar Room, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, free. FMI: www.curtislibrary.com

EMBROIDERY GROUP, SKIDOMPHA LIBRARY, Barbicon Room, 184 Main Street, Damariscotta, free. FMI: www.skidompha.org

FIBER FRIDAY meets at Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main Street, Topsham on the first Friday of each month, 10-noon. Bring handwork and show-and-tell. All welcome! FMI: 207-721-0678

FREEPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY hosts a group of rug hookers meet every Tuesday, 1-4 p.m.

Green fieldsKNITCHAT! South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, South Portland, Fridays at 10 a.m. Free. FMI: www.southpoprtlandlibrary.com

KNIT NITE every Thursday night, 6 p.m., at the Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street in Bangor. Area knitters are invited to share the joys of knitting and their favorite patterns, while informally passing on knitting advice and skills. Newcomers welcome. Stop at the front desk and ask where the knitters are gathering. FMI: 207-947-8336

MAINELY WEAVERS STUDY GROUP meets the first Wednesday of each month at Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Route 88 in Falmouth, 10-2. All levels of weavers are welcome. FMI: Jayne Flanagan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Susan Merrill mask at Arlene's houseMIDCOAST RUG HOOKERS meets the second Friday of each month, 10-1 or -2 at the Wiscasset Community Center. Bring lunch and friends. FMI: 207-633-7518; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PORTFIBER hosts PortWeavers every Tuesday, from noon-5 p.m. (bring your loom and project) and PortSpinners, Thursday afternoons from noon to 5 p.m. 50 Cove Street, Portland 04101, (207) 780-1345. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.portfiber.com

PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, Riverton Branch, 1600 Forest Avenue, Portland hosts a free Adult Knitting Groups on Thursdays starting at 6:30 p.m. Bring your knitting project and chat!

STITCH HIVE, a group organized by Maggie Muth, meets on the first and third Mondays at Mayo Street Arts, lower entrance, Portland from 6-7:30 p.m. Drop in or stay the whole time. Bring any kind of stitching and ideas or materials to share. They will have teaching, fruit and laughs. FMI: 207-317-2502

TOPSHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY hosts Sip & Stitch for knitting and crochet, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon. 25 Foreside Road, Topsham; 207-725-1727

MEMBERS, your regular Meet-Up could be posted here.

Member News and Letters

Words cannot express our delight with your presentation at the Quilt Show [Popham Chapel, July 20]. Your expertise in spinning was exceptional and so added to the quality of our first attempt at such a venue. Smiling and happiness was fantastic and made the show extra special.
—Kathy Perkins, Popham Circle

The work of BARBARA BURNS and the many artists showing in Markings Gallery are profiled in the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of NORTHERN JOURNEYS. The issue includes a history of the store/gallery and a gallery of images of work by several artists. Check it out!

Member CYNTHIA MCGUIRL sends the following: “Sandy Weisman, Abbie Read, Paula Blanchard, and I have formed a group to promote, encourage and educate around Book Arts. We are offering a three-day Workshop  https://mailchi.mp/be90240c4145/summer-artist-book-intensive-2143789?e=1bf1ec0c14 this summer, sponsoring a show Book Arts: Maine Artists at the Camden Library in September, and have formed a Facebook Group Midcoast Maine Book Arts to facilitate discussion and opportunities. Please consider being part of the discussion by joining the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/325185851340562/about/.

Arlene Morris sewn and painted chicken cardNEEDING HELP WITH AN OLD BARN FRAME LOOM
I'm contacting Maine Fiberarts because I have an interesting problem/project concerning an old barn frame loom. I'm hoping that someone may have some advice for me, or could help point me in the right direction! I am the designer at Maine Heritage Weavers—a small, family-run heirloom textile mill located in Monmouth, Maine. Last fall, an antique barn frame loom came into my possession (the last owner estimates that it's from the late 1700's or early 1800's.)  It arrived in pieces, and I have been on a mission to reassemble it and get it functioning, if I can!  I'm also interested in doing some general research about the history of these looms in Maine, so that I can share it with our mill visitors.

A few months ago, I visited the Boothbay Railway Village to see and take photographs of their fully restored barn frame loom to help guide me. Unfortunately, I've since discovered that my loom is missing an integral piece and I can't proceed setting it up without it. It seems simple enough to try to replicate, so I'm willing to rig something up or attempt to build it myself.  I'm hoping to find some community members or other Maine/New England weavers who may have some insight into this predicament. Is it possible to find a piece like the one I'm missing somewhere? If I were to rig something up, does anyone have any ideas how I could do so? Are there people out there who could construct the piece again out of wood, if I provided the measurements? There are a lot of possibilities. This is a challenging problem to solve! Any input would be appreciated :) —Adrienne Beacham, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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News

YOU TUBE SHEEP HANDLING VIDEOS from American Sheep Industry Association (ASI). A 4 part video series on sheep handling including introduction, general principles, market facilities and processing facilities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7LByfB_LYo&list=PLvmdHSmZBuFs4-NfIjGWVVwgS_zBaKOJj&index=1

ONLINE RESOURCES for sheep and goat producers: Extension national goat portal for resources: http://articles.extension.org/goat
Extension national sheep portal for resources: http://articles.extension.org/sheep

WEBINAR ON LATE GESTATION NUTRITION for small ruminants hosted by University of Wisconsin. January 15 from 7:30 to 9 pm. The speaker is Dr. Dan Morrical, retired Sheep Extension Specialist from Iowa State University and now nutrition consultant with Premier 1 Supplies. Dr. Morrical will speak on late gestation nutrition. To register for the webinar: https://www.wisfarmer.com/story/news/press-release/2020/01/07/university-wisconsin-small-ruminant-webinar-series-starts-january-15/2831066001/?fbclid=IwAR3Jh9gzWA_kIFE1l-ceJJHIq69Oc1kqNgkFbjJusbOwel0pt59mBJ0rKT0

SUSAN PERRINE’S piece won first prize at the Wayne County council on the Arts Regional Fiber Arts Show in Newark, NY. The piece was made of woven cotton, alpaca, horsehair and porcupine quills.

Remember, when you buy through AMAZON, PLEASE go to smile.amazon.com to generate donations for Maine Fiberarts. It’s easy, and the organization receives a small donation with each purchase. Thank you. You can also link directly from these pages on our website: https://www.mainefiberarts.org/support-maine-fiberarts and scroll down near the bottom, or click the "More" button on the top right of any page and scroll down to see the link to amazon smile. Any time you shop on Amazon use this link:

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NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: “The Story of Lillian Burke,” Edward Langille, Boularderie Island Press. “Lillian Burke was instrumental in the development of the Cheticamp hooked rug cottage industry in the 1920s. With the support of Alexander Graham Bell’s younger daughter Marian, ‘Burkie’ as she was affectionately known, breathed new life into Mabel Bell’s Cape Breton Home Industries during the tough years of the Great Depression.”

The Maine chapter of the SURFACE DESIGN ASSOCIATION (SDA) held a lively meet and greet on a lovely June afternoon in Rockland. Eleven fiber artists (several of whom are also members of Maine Fiberarts) gathered for a potluck lunch along with a brainstorming session for future activities. Michelle Lee, SDA Board member and the Membership Committee Chair, and Kate Dean, rep for SDA New Hampshire joined the Maine members. Highlights included plans for a curatorial talk by Lissa Hunter at Darkness and the Light on Saturday, September 14 at MECA's ICA in Portland in partnership with Maine Crafts Association; there are plans for a juried SDA New England exhibition in Watertown, MA, early in 2020; preliminary plans for organizing a SDA Maine exhibit later in 2020 or in 2021, venue to be determined; upcoming quarterly in-person meetings on Saturday afternoons in Bangor including a technique, show-n-tell sessions, speakers, field trips, movie viewing, or exhibition organization; several formats for a group project among members were discussed; Kate Russell Henry will spearhead the project. As it develops, a venue for exhibiting the results will be sought; increasing exposure for members through SDA via the website, journal, newsletters, and exhibitions; SDA grants for professional development and socially engaged practices are open; a chance to study SDA's swatch collection. It is always a pleasure to "talk shop" with other fiber enthusiasts. Membership in the Surface Design Association is available at several levels and throughout the year at surfacedesign.org.—Jennifer Morrow Lee

MAKERS’ MARKET is a shop and studio located in Brooksville, Maine that is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. from June to October, or by chance. “Offering a carefully-curated selections of goods created by the Peninsula’s finest artisans.” Work includes: fine art and craft, botanical potions, jewelry, artist’s supplies, decorative accoutrements, and more. FMI: www.makersmarketmaine.com

Curtis Library trees with pink blossomsTwo new art centers are opening in the East Bayside area of Portland. INDIGO ARTS ALLIANCE will open at 60 Cove Street as a “hybrid studio and community work space that will pair professional and emerging artists of color.” Daniel and Marcia Minter are the proprietors. COVE STREET ARTS will involve textile designer Angela Adams, her partner Sherwood Hamill, John Danos and Kelley Lehr, newly-moved here from LA and the new owners of Greenhut Gallery. They will open a 13,000 square-foot “multimedia community space” that will include “multiple commercial galleries, event and workshop spaces and two artist studios.” Angela Adams will run her design business and showroom from the same building. Danos envisions public space for lectures, artist talks, movies and other events related to the exhibitions in the galleries. The art centers will join PortFiber and Running with Scissors, as well as area coffee roasters, restaurants and breweries, in creating a vibrant draw for the public. [See article in 1/26/2019 Portland Press Herald, “New Art Center Where ‘The Energy is Great’” by Bob Keyes.]

MAINE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION and the MAINE ARTS COMMISSION announce the pairs selected for the 2019 Craft Apprentice Program: Joe Ascrizzi, master with apprentice Lisa Neuman (jewelry); Kim Dailey, master with apprentice Jedediah Malcore (wood turning); Gabriel Frey, master with apprentice Frances Soctomah (basketry); Nisa Smiley, master with apprentice Lauren Beach (jewelry); and David Wolfe, master with apprentice David Connor (printmaking). FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Study of 400,000 knitters shows how hobby evolves into business,” is an article by Andrew Van Dam appearing in the “Business” section of the PORTLAND PRESS HERALD [November 15, 2018]. The article highlights how an MIT Ph.D. candidate Hyejun Kim studied Ravelry to “shed light on the hard-to-measure early stages of entrepreneurship, and the social and economic forces that cause some to flip from ‘fun’ to ‘profit.” The article states that there are “more than 8 million people who have signed up for Ravelry since 2007” of which “96 percent are women.” Ravelry is a social media website dedicated to yarn, patterns, tools, books and designers involved with knitting and fiber techniques.

Friends with visitors. Looking for something fun and interesting to do? Remember our Fiber Arts Mini Tour: Midcoast Maine. Pick up a brochure at Maine Fiberarts or at any one of the Maine State Visitor Information Centers detailing 20 great studios, farms, galleries and more to visit. A fine tour! See a glimpse of the sites to see at: http://folio.mainefiberarts.org/fiber-arts-mini-tour/

HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF ART announces that the Jane Weiss Garrett Scholarship is now fully endowed supporting tuition, room and board annually for a student to attend a workshop in ceramics, glass or fiber. FMI: www.haystack-mt.org

Fiber Art Masters Book”FIBER ART MASTERS: A Visual Tour to Maine Artists’ Studios and Work,” is a small book published by Maine Fiberarts profiling the work of twenty Maine master fiber artists ($23 plus tax and shipping through Maine Fiberarts). Meanwhile, you can take a look at the preview here. Printing is disabled, but you may download it to view it later. It is about 7 MB. You will need Adobe Reader (or Acrobat), and if you right click on this link and download it to your computer, you will be able to view it full screen if you choose. When you are done, you can get things back to normal by pressing the ESCape key.

MARSHFIELD SCHOOL OF WEAVING, Marshfield, VT has “received an extraordinary gift of large and small tools from the American Textile History Museum. A number of looms and wheels are in daily use at the school, and the other tools are house in a new storage space where they are available for study and use as needed.” MSW hosts workshops, teacher training in barn loom weaving, a Textile History Forum and other fiber-related events. FMI: www.marshfieldschoolofweaving.com

REPAIR TECHNICIANS for looms, spinning wheels and fiber equipment are needed. Carol Fritz needs someone to repair a 36-inch Nilus LeClerk loom and Maine Fiberarts needs to know who the repairmen are that we can refer. Add your free listing to our online Tour Map/Resource Guide at www.mainefiberarts.org 

Opportunities

Purple Clementine blossomsMaine Fiberarts is collaborating with NORTHEAST FELTMAKERS GUILD to host a show at our Topsham gallery of felted work next November/December 2020. Entitled “Outside the Circle,” curators seek high-quality, conceptual, two- and three-dimensional work that integrates an impactful message with good craftsmanship. You must be a member of NFG, not necessarily of Maine Fiberarts, to participate (although new members are always welcome). We desire an exhibition that leans toward the “art” end of the medium, rather than the “production.” "Art to wear" garments will be considered, as will 2D wall pieces, 3D sculptural pieces, and vessels. A show sponsor is also being sought so that we may host and staff the exhibit, photograph work, produce a postcard and banner, and attract a crowd. We’re excited to show what’s happening in felt work across several states. Maine Fiberarts strives to exhibit work that is unique, original, and often thought-provoking. Start working now! FMI: Kris Sandoy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

JOB OPENING for Loom Repairer: WG-8. Full Time/Permanent. $23.22 to $27.07 per hour. Responsible for running and repairing the historic machinery in the Boott Cotton Mills Museum weave room, the park's signature living-history exhibit which recreates the look and atmosphere of a textile factory floor. It showcases 88 Draper Model E looms, bobbin winders, and other machinery. Reporting to the Exhibits Specialist. Wearing period costume circa 1900, the loom fixer repairs, maintains, and safely operates looms, bobbin winders, and line shafting in the exhibit. The loom fixer interacts with museum visitors and demonstrates NPS interpretive competencies. The loom fixer maintains records and schedules for maintenance and lubrication of weaving machinery and related textile equipment. When needed, the loom fixer sets up and operates a portable loom for special events. The loom fixer also receives shipments and unloads textile supplies with the use of a forklift as necessary. FMI: Michelle King, Lowell National Historical Park, 67 Kirk Street, Lowell, MA, 978-275-1717, https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/555543200

Maine Crafts Association WHOLESALE RESOURCE HUB presents a workshop on Preparing for a Wholesale Show, Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 5:30pm, at the Mechanics Hall Classroom, 519 Congress Street, Portland, ME. FREE for MCA Professional/Emerging Professional/Partners Professional Level/Guild Professional Members, all others: $25. This panel discussion is part of their ongoing Wholesale Resource Hub series. The conversation will be relevant to any wholesale show preparation, and will provide a specific prep timeline for the New England Made (NEM) Spring 2020 Show. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions. If you are registered for NEM Spring or any wholesale show in 2020, or considering wholesale, join us for this opportunity to hear from the experts. FMI and to register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., https://mainecrafts.org/programs/nem/

HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS is accepting application for a Donor Relations and Communications position. This full-time, year-round hire reports to the Development Director and will be responsible for gift  acknowledgements, donor relations, and all public facing communications for the school. Primary responsibilities include database maintenance and upkeep of donor files, generating gift acknowledgement letters and assisting the Executive Director and Development Director in implementing best practices for the stewardship of gifts to the school. This position is also responsible for assisting with communications through both print and digital platforms. Additional duties will include general administrative tasks related to development efforts and overall promotion of the school to donors, foundations, and the general public. Deadline: October 25, 2019. Position will remainn open until filled. FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org

JOSEPH A. FIORE ART CENTER located in Jefferson, Maine offers art residencies, open studio days, exhibitions and retreats for artists on a rolling farm setting. The Center is "available for rent, in its entirety or by the room, to groups or individuals whose reason for wanting to stay at the Center aligns with our mission." The Center is part of Maine Farmland Trust. FMI: 207-338-6575; www.mainefarmlandtrust.org

Maine Fiberarts is creating LEARNING FIBER ART: A GUIDE TO MAINE TEACHING RESOURCES in Maine and wants all artists, craftspeople, shops, learning centers, retreats, libraries and special events—offering fiber learning on a regular and ongoing basis.

MAINE ARTS COMMISSION offers several grants for individual artists, including “Project Grant for Artists,” “Traditional Arts Apprenticeship,” “Maine Artist Fellowship,” and the “Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund.” For descriptions and 2019 deadlines, see: www.mainearts.gov/Pages/Funding/For-Individuals

Argy Nestor of the MAINE ARTS COMMISSION seeks art making materials and supplies that are no longer needed since she works with many art teachers in Maine and in other countries. Email her and she’ll be glad to make arrangements for pick up. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

rugprojectOur friend ANNE COX at HEDGEROW has come into possession of a beautiful started punch needle rug project about 2/3 finished. (above image) The craftsmanship thus far is exquisite. She wants to find a good home for this project with someone who will complete it. The finished piece will be about 3'x5' and includes all instructions, punch, and the remaining wool to finish it. Please get in touch with Anne for more information, and to see or "adopt" the rug: Hedgrow is near St. George, Maine, between Port Clyde and Tenants Harbor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or  https://hedgerowdesign.com/

Resources

CMacchi Fall2017 18MAINE FIBER RESOURCE GUIDE has become Maine Fiberarts Tour. This online version takes the place of our printed Tour Maps, and is THE place we direct visitors to. Listings are FREE so please fill out the online form, or call Maine Fiberarts and we will assist you: 207-721-0678.

FIBER FOLIO folio.mainefiberarts.org is our photo-illustrated tour to fiber, art, craft and farms across Maine and beyond. Always new profiles and changing content, profusely-illustrated with colorful photography. A living tour. Check it out!

If you have a Bulletin item to contribute to this Fiber Bulletin here, you can enter it yourself using this form.

Maine Fiberarts has a CLASSIFIED ADS section. Ads are FREE for Members ($60/year or higher) and run for three months. Enter your fiber-related item or help-wanted request in the form at the bottom of every page. It is the same form you would use to add an event or bulletin listing.

Be sure to take the FIBER ART MINI TOUR: Midcoast Maine. Read about it here. Brochures are available at Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner; Markings Gallery in Bath; Maine Fiberarts in Topsham; Halcyon Yarn in Bath; Maine State Information Centers in Yarmouth, Kittery, Hampden North and South, Calais, Fryeburg, Houlton; Newcastle Inn in Newcastle; Henry and Marty Restaurant in Brunswick, Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Wild Oats in Brunswick.

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Fill in the form below to simplify sending us your news, event, announcement or ad for our Statewide Fiber Bulletin. Please check our bulletin for other items that have been published so you will have an idea of the length and the format. Keep it brief, 25 words. Make sure emails and websites are correct and functioning before you put them in. We will delete items once they have happened, we do not keep an archive of events. Ads will run for 3 months and are free for members.

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Thank You

To the BELVEDERE FUND of the Maine Community Foundation for a $5,000 grant award to visit rural regions of Maine to discover and to document fiber artists and to add their work to Maine Fiberarts’ Photo Image Libraries, News Bulletin, and Fiber Folio. Thank you, MCF!

Reflections of a grey house in SpringTo THE TATTER TEXTILE LIBRARY of Brooklyn, New York, for its recent financial gift supporting the work of Maine Fiberarts. Your gift and recognition are greatly appreciated. Tatter has a library of books that is open to the public by appointment. They also offer classes in various types of stitching. Check out their website and thank you, Tatter! www.tatter.org

Thank you to BANGOR SAVINGS BANK for sponsoring our exhibition for Elizabeth Busch! Your support is very much appreciated!

MAINE ARTS COMMISSION for partial funding of a project grant to redesign, expand and promote our Fiber Folio photo blog, www.mainefiberfolio.com. We are looking for guest writers and unique ideas to feature on our online Folio. Be in touch! Maine Arts Commission is an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

THE EDGARD AND GERALDINE FEDER FOUNDATION for monies to reprint our FIBER ART MASTERS book since our first edition is just about out of print. Thank you!

To the BELVEDERE TRADITIONAL HANDCRAFTS FUND of the MAINE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION for major funding to create our online and printed new book: LEARNING FIBER ART: A GUIDE TO MAINE TEACHING RESOURCES. Thank you, Belvedere. You are dear to us!!

"Target" by Arlene Morris

To our AMAZING BENEFACTOR, who wishes to remain anonymous, and who will support Maine Fiberarts with a check for $12,500 during 2019 if we can match it. Thank you to all who gave towards this match last year. We raised $17,000 during 2018 with this incentive. Wonderful!

MAINE HUMANITIES COUNCIL for an award of a Major Grant in support of our "Threads of History" show this Spring-Summer 2017. The grant supports programming at Maine Fiberarts, three scholars, one tour, and two lectures. Candace Kanes will offer a guided tour along Maine Street, Brunswick pointing out the former fiber businesses of yore: haberdasheries, dressmakers, milliners, and corsetiere shops. Historian Scott Hansen will provide a tour through Cabot Mill and a talk about Brunswick mill history. And Jacqueline Field is offering a talk on Maine's silk industry. See "Current Exhibition" for dates and locations.

To TWO DONORS who wish to remain anonymous, one for general support of Maine Fiberarts during 2018 and another who is supporting our new Learning Fiber Art: A Guide to Maine Teaching Resources. Thank you!

MAINE OFFICE OF TOURISM and MAINE ARTS COMMISSION for support of our Fiber Arts Mini Tour: Midcoast Maine which is now in use during Summer of 2019 for self-guided tours.

Thank you to the following special donors who continue to support our exhibitions and programming: Verrill Dana, Ann Kaplan, Maine Humanities Council, Maine Arts Commission, Katharine Watson, Judith Connorton, Carolyn Murray, Bangor Savings Bank, Mary Lou Steptoe, Arlene Morris, Dr. Steven Stern, Mr. and Mrs. John Schaperkotter, William and Judith Winship, David and Margo Knight, Peggy Whitney Hobbs, Sue Perless, and Carolyn Wollen. Many people working together to bring beautiful shows of fiber work to our gallery!

Thank you to The Betterment Fund, Maine Arts Commission, Maine Office of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts for support  to continue our programs, and especially our online Maine Fiberarts Tour. Artists and fiber producers: get yourself listed on our map at www.mainefiberartstour.com

 

Workshops and Classes

CATHERINE WORTHINGTON announces Spring 2020 weekend class/workshop offerings. Class size 3-8 students. Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, sign up by March 27; Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, sign up by April 17; Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, sign up by April 24. Signup online by sign-up-by date given: https://www.catherineworthingtonart.com/classes

FLYING WITH SCISSORS STUDIO announces a new retreat: “Japanese Piecing and Slow Stitching” in Live Well Farm, a cozy farmhouse setting in Harpswell, Maine, February 14-17, 2020. Instructors: Kimberly Becker and Berri Kramer. Details: https://www.flyingwithscissorsstudio.com/details. Registration: https://www.flyingwithscissorsstudio.com/register

KATHLEEN GODDU is offering a two-day workshop, 2/29/2020 and 3/7/2020 through Merrymeeting Arts Center in Bowdoinham. The workshop will be held at Merrymeeting Arts Studio, 9 Main Street Bowdoinham, Maine from 10 am to 1 pm each day. You will learn to create your own Japanese Rice Bag (Komebukuro) using loved scraps of fabric in a playful, spirited manner. Hand stitching and machine stitching will be used to make a bag 6" x 6" x 6". In the past, these bags were used to carry rice offerings to temple during religious ceremonies and to hold gifts for friends and relatives. Today it makes a wonderful purse, sewing bag, etc. FMI and to register: Lisa Shannon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MAINE COLLEGE OF ART’s Continuing Studies Program announces 2020 workshops in: “Collage: Found Objects, Attachments, and Surface Design,” Crystal Cawley; “Make Your Own Sewing Patterns,” Cheslye Ventimiglia; “Perfect Fit Skirt Pattern,” Betsy Scheintaub; “Photoshop Crash Course,” Bennett Morris; “Cut Paper and Collage,” Shannon McGinty; “Fashion Sewing Elements,” Cheslye Ventimiglia; “Hats,” Betsy Scheintaub; “Experimental Weaving,” Hannah Adams; “Introduction to Sewing,” Ashley Wernher-Collins, and others. FMI: www.meca.edu

PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFT: Fall 2019; Spring 2020. Fall Concentration, eight-week workshops September 22-November 15, 2019 include clay, glass, iron, metalws, paper/printmaking, textiles, and wood. The Paper/Printmaking is with Georgia Deal and is entitled “Paper and the Unique Print.” Textiles with Bhakti Ziek: The Vocabulary of Weaving.” One-Week Sessions, October 6-12 in glass, photography, Mindfulness & Making, artists’ books, letterpress, and encaustic painting. One-Week Session III, November 3-9, 2019 in clay, metals and textiles: A Place for Tools,” with Leigh Hilbert. Spring Concentration, March 8 - May 1, 2020 in clay, glass, iron, letterpress, metals, photography, and textiles. Textiles class is with Erika Diamond, “Inside/Out: Garment as Identity.” Spring One-Week Session, March 22-28, 2020 in glass, printmaking/writing (with Stuart Kestenbaum and Susan Webster), textiles, papermaking, and wood. Textiles include: “Handweaving: Foundations and Exploration,” with Amanda Thatch; “Felt and Straw Hats: Traditional Blocked and Freeform,” with Wyne Wichern; and “Paper of Place,” with Frank Brannon. FMI: www.penland.org; 828-765-2359

SNOW FARM, Williamsburg, MA hosts textile classes in: “Images in Fiber,” “Paper Marbling: Color Play,” “Handmade Sketchbooks,” “Watercolor Monoprint: Experimental Printmaking,” “Written in Wax: The Encaustic Book,” “Sewing 101: Bags & Purses,” “Traditional Wet Felting for Beginners,” “Hat Making to Your Heart’s Content,” “Rug Hooking with the Oxford Punch Needle,” “Leather with a Twist,” “Slow Stitching,” “Indigo Shibori,” “Mosaic Quilting,” “Sculptural Weaving,” “Foraged Color: Print and Pattern Using Found Natural Dyes,” “Exploring New Shapes with Twining & Coiling.” Also classes in ceramics, mixed media, glass, metalsmithing, mosaics, welding, and woodworking. Huge catalog of art- and craft-making workshops!!! FMI: www.snowfarm.org

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Maine Fiberarts
Gallery
and 
The Red Studio

13 Main Street
Topsham, ME 04086

207-721-0678

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    Maine Fiberarts

    Gallery and The Red Studio
    13 Main Street
    Topsham, ME 04086
    207-721-0678

    Winter Hours:
    January-March 2020
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    Please call or email to come see us.

    Fiber Fridays Continue
    First Friday of the month
    10-noon

     

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