Fiber Bulletin

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This is a one-page list of fiber-related events and happenings. We have simplified our headings which now include these:  "For Sale or Free," "Announcements," "Educational Events," and "Fiber Art Exhibits." (the order may change)

Members may take advantage of free listings in any of these four categories. Listings must contain description, price/fees, contact information, websites, phone numbers and dates and times. Announcements for dated items, such as workshops or classes must be received at least two weeks in advance of the listed event's deadline. Small succinct images may be attached, but please do not attach posters as the only way to show the information. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your listing.

Announcements

26th Annual Sauder Village RUG HOOKING WEEK, August 16-20, 2022. Maine Fiberarts’ Director will give a Zoom presentation entitled “Contemporary Maine Arts, Studios, Farms & Scenic Beauty,” Wednesday, August 17, 6:30-8 p.m. EST.  The week consists of retreats, workshops, extensive exhibits, exclusive “Celebration Rugs,” vendors. Highlight on Maine artists in 2022; special solo exhibition of hooked work by C. Susan Ferraro of Harpswell, among other events. FMI: Contact Rug Hooking Week, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 513-757-4144 or  800-509-9755; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.saudervillage.org

On September 17th there will be a Memorial Gathering for Knitter/Sculptor Katharine Cobey of Cushing, Maine at Fiber College in Searsport, Maine. All welcome. Katharine taught diagonal knitting, spindle spinning, brioche, and other techniques at Fiber College over many years. The quilters of Gee’s Bend will be visiting, and a musical jam session will take place. Bring fond memories of Katharine to share. 

Bigsail2022GET HOOKED AT SEA is the fiber art retreat of a lifetime aboard the Schooner J&E Riggin departing from Rockland, Maine and sailing beautiful Penobscot Bay. The teacher this year is Meryl Cook of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia bringing her class "Wild Women at Sea" (all genders welcome). The medium is rug hooking, but all are invited. No previous rug hooking or sailing experience necessary. Gourmet food, island lobster bake, ports of call, and new friends. August 23-27, 2022. FMI: www.207creatives.com/events or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Fiber Art Now iinvites artists to submit their artwork to the 2022 Excellence In Quilts exhibition. The Call for Entry is open May 1 through May 21, 2022. Juror Nancy Bavor will select current quilts of original design that show inventiveness and mastery of techniques. Quilts should be two or more layers of any material stitched together as a 2D or 3D artwork. Entry fees are discounted for Fiber Art Now subscribers. Notifications will be emailed June 10, 2022. Juried quilts will be considered by the lowa Quilt Museum for their onsite exhibition, September 27-December 18 2022. "Excellence In Fibers VIII," August 1–21, 2022, Juror: Kate Irvin, Rhode Island School of Design, Curator, Department of Costume and Textiles. Exhibition: San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, August 30  ̶ October 8, 2023. FMI: https://www.fiberartnow.net/calls/

Read the official press release from the NEA announcing the grant Maine Fiberarts received to "Tell the Story of Fiber."

CAREER TEACHING OPPORTUNITY FOR A WEAVER! The Department of Textiles in the Division of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with a focus on weaving to begin fall 2022. One of RISD’s founding departments, the internationally renowned Textile program instructs students in the concept, method and practice of textile art and design. The department has approximately 100 undergraduate and 12 graduate students, 4 full time and 12 -15 part-time faculty offering a two-year MFA degree and a four-year BFA degree. The immersive program builds analytical and critical thinking skills in a curriculum that encompasses a variety of courses in three major areas: knit, woven and printed textiles. FMI: www.risd.edu and to apply: https://careers.risd.edu/postings/2211

 

MAINE ARTS COMMISSION has video recordings of a webinar and resources on funding for arts organizations and for practicing artists.
https://ushr.zoomgov.com/rec/play/jnviYIyE97lVpkxqTfzzAkoip1xyA_XbhkWmFpdIheNSllED0J9Vn36IKuYMBxUIGZ5nCYxwWyHYfrfw.SvtJUD0KVWtJDjuw?continueMode=true   and https://mainearts.maine.gov/Postings/Blogs/Detail/NEA-Distributes-Relief-Funds-to-Help-Arts-and-Culture-Sector-Recover-from-Pandemic

Ferry Beach Retreat & Conference Center seeks artists interested in instructing a fiber arts workshop at their facilities. Email their programs/events coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

For Sale or Free

FIBER MAGAZINES. Free to a good home. A complete collection of "Handwoven" since at least 1981 and most of "Spindle, Shuttle and Dyepot" over the same time period. Some in Handwoven binders, the others in magazine cases. All in good shape. Available for pickup on Swan's Island. Call or email your interest:  Maureen Giuffre, 526-4724 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Fiber Art Exhibits

HOME & CHILDHOOD MEMORIES. Our current show is on view at Maine Fiberarts through July 30 and covers a wide range of fabric and fiber work: architectural fabric collage, hooked rugs, embroidered boxed works, bricolage, paper spheres, and woven work. Artists include: Grace Collette, Debora Dixon, Cindy Finamore, Kimberly Hamlin, Jennifer Lee Morrow, Pamela Slaughter, Jill Snyder Wallace, Bobbie Ann Tilkens-Fisher. Plan to visit Wednesday-Friday, 11-3; Saturdays, 11-2.

“COLLABORATION: THE POWER OF TWO,” work by Meredith Mustard and Judith Foss Tollefson, printmaking and fabric work. Emery Community Arts Center, University of Maine, Farmington; show opens August 12, 2022 with a September 8 reception.

ANNE COX is presenting a show of hooked rugs and paintings entitled "Nesting" at her home at Hedgerow Gallery, 8 Ridge Road, St. George, Maine. The show is on view until July 10, 2022, having opened on June 17. The inspiration for the six hooked rugs was a nest made by a pair of Cedar Waxwings outside a second-floor window at her home last dummer. Other distinctive marking os many other birds are worked into her designs. FMI: www.hedgerowdesign.com

Member JUDITH M. DANIELS is one of the artists featured in an exhibit, The Sensuous Line, at Cove Street Arts in Portland, Maine, curated by Lissa Hunter. June 23–August 6, 2022. Opening reception: June 23, 5–7 pm. Curator's talk on July 21st from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Peter J. Abate and JILL VENDITUOLI, acrylic ink and needlepoint. Sunnyfield Studio, 273 Stevens Corner Road, West Newfield, Maine. Gallery is open: June 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 and 26 from noon-4 p.m. After that: by appointment. FMI: 207-79-3-2504

ISLAND WOOL/LOCAL COLOR, Fiber Art Exhibit, July 1-August 31, 2022; Hammond Hall, 427 Main Street, Winter Harbor, ME. Work by Susanne Grosjean, Geri Valentine, Susan Barrett Merrill. Reception: July 3, 4-6 p.m. On August 24, a special textile collector and historian will be present to talk about textiles from around the world. FMI: contact Susan Barrett Merrill, or Schoodic Arts for All, (207) 963-2569, www.schoodicartsforall.org or https://www.downeastmaine.com/calendar/event/exhibit-reception-at-hammond-hall/

Susan PerrineSUSAN PERRINE has 2D and 3D work on display at the Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main Street in Waldoboro. Mon 10-7. Tues Closed, Wed 10-5, Th 12-7, Fri 10-5, Sat 9-1. Shown here is collage called "Shoe Choices." Other works include quilted coffee bags, paper mache, recycled books and twigs. Hope you’ll have time to take a look. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., https://www.instagram.com/susyfactory/

CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS at USM offers the following Virtual Exhibit: “Guild of Book Workers New England Chaper.” View online at www.usm.maine.edu/bookarts

 

Educational Events (Workshops, Classes, Retreats, Residencies)

JOELLE WEBBER announces that she will be teaching a workshop with Cynthia McGuirl and sandy Weismann called "Books and How to Contain Them: Book Arts Intensive 2022." September 9-11 at 26 Split Rock Cove in South Thomaston, Maine. Three days of designing papers, creating books, and constructing boxes and portfolios. FMI: https://26splitrockcove.com/workshop/books-and-how-to-contain-them-books-arts-intensive-2022/ or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FALL WEAVING RETREAT IN THOMASTON: Fun and foliage. In this workshop, students will learn/review the basics of tapestry weaving and create a large woven wall hanging over the course of two days. We will also explore experimental techniques and explore ways to find your unique voice as a weaver - all while taking in the gorgeous Maine foliage from the studio! ALL LEVELS WELCOME! Class starts Ocober 13 and runs both Thursday and Friday from 9:30AM to 1:30PM. The studio is open with unlimited access from 9:30AM on Thursday until 5:00PM Friday. This workshop includes a 20 inch tapestry loom, tools, warp sting and fibers. Feel free to bring some of your own favorite yarns if you wish. If you wish to upgrade to a 36 inch loom, the additional cost is $170.  60 inch looms are an additional $365.  Just let me know when you register. ADD ONS: If you need lodging for Wednesday and Thursday nights, please see the listing for available rooms in our rental cottage next door to the studio. FMI: Workshop and lodging registration can be found on the at home modern website.

Upcoming FESTIVALS to look forward to: MOFGA Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, Maine: September 23, 24, 25, 2022, https://www.mofga.org/the-fair/; The Fiber Festival of New England, Springfield, MA: November 5-6, https://www.easternstatesexposition.com/p/fiberfestival (2021 dates posted as of June 2022).

resist dyeingTATTER TEXTILE RETREATS: September 25th-30th, 2022. Stencil Resist Dyeing with ANTONIA MUNROE, artist and teacher. In this special four-day workshop, Antonia will guide students through stencil making and indigo dyeing with clay resist paste. The potentials of two organic indigo vats: one fructose and one ferrous, will be explored, along with dye baths of myrobalan and madder. After designing and creating unique stencils, students will mix clay resist paste, traditional to India, to be stenciled onto cloth. When the cloth emerges from the dye vat or bath, the stencil’s images shine, unaltered by the dye and surrounded by deep color. Antonia is primarily a painter, though her textile practice has begun to flourish in more recent years. Antonia’s motifs are inspired by the world around her – cloth pieces collected over the years, glorious details found in architecture, and the intricacies of the natural world. June 19-24, AI KATAZOME: Indigo and Rice Resist Dyeing, June 19-24 in MidCoast Maine. Chinatsu Nagamune will lead us through the process of learning all the basic skills involved in Ai Katazome. Other classes and events include Artist Lecture by Ekta Paul; Hand Sewn T-Shirt, a Virtual class with Louisa Owen Sonstroem, taking place over three ZOOM sessions, Saturdays, June 4th, 11th, and 25th; The Button Front Shirt (zoom), Handsewn Wardrobe Basics Series (zoom) The One-Yard Shirt, by Karen Stevens (zoom). FMI: https://tatter.org/events/

image.jpegTWO TE-KUMO SHIBORI WORKSHOPS! These workshops will introduce you to the traditional method of making five different Kumo Shibori “te kumo” techniques. You will also learn different ways of dyeing these kumo to create other gorgeous results. If there is time, you will try tesuji shibori. One is In-person: 9 Main St., Bowdoinham, Maine on two Saturdays: June 11 and 18 from 9 am - 4 pm. The other workshop is on zoom on Thursday, June 9 and 23 from 3-6 pm. To register for either workshop send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. FMI: https://kathleengoddu.com then click on WORKSHOPS in the menu bar.

MAINE FIBER FROLIC June 4-5, 2022. Windsor Fairgrounds, Route 32, Windsor, Maine, 9-4. Entrance fees on website. Celebraing fiber, fiber animals and fiber arts. Many workshops ongoing both days. FMI: www.fiberfrolic.com

QUILTING WORKSHOP by Susie Brandt at Monson Arts in Munson Maine. Room and board included. Visit website for this and other workshops including Book arts and more. https://monsonarts.org/workshop/susie-brandt-quilting/ and https://monsonarts.org/workshops/

A Wrinkle In Thyme Farm offers Ongoing every Tuesday 1-4 pm, no mask required for those fully vaccinated. All levels of experience welcome! Learn to read patterns and fix mistakes. Plan to purchase our yarn and bring your knitting needles (or buy or borrow them here). Show and tell. Enjoy and visit with our friendly fiber circle. Come join us! OPEN STUDIO Needle Felting, Most Fridays, 1-3pm, lease call ahead. Practice basic techniques and  create a cute felted image 5x5 inches square. Please call ahead. $30.00 includes wool pattern. PROCESS YOUR OWN FLEECES. Use our space and dedicated equipment to wash, card and dye your wool. We have an older Patrick Green cottage industry carder that can do 8 ounces of wool in 20 minutes. LEARN TO SPIN YARN WITH MARTY. Instruction for Spinning with a wheel in 2 gentle lessons. Marty has developed a plan that has  helped  beginning spinners have success. Fee: $15.00 per hour, 1-2 hours per lesson. Louet wheels available for rent while you learn. $35.00/month. FMI: A Wrinkle In Thyme Farm, https://www.awrinkleinthymefarm.com, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MSAD 52 wants to host more fiber art classes for their community education program. Please be in touch with Kelly Cabral if you are interested. Kelly Cabral, Marketing & Promotions, MSAD 52 Adult & Community Education, 486 Turner Center Road, Turner, Maine 04282;  207.225.1010 Ext. 2120, www.msad52.maineadulted.org

  

Fiber News Emails

We will continue to send out our free periodic fiber news email to our list of over 1900 as we compile it. This will take the place of our former online statewide bulletin of fiber events, exhibitions, opportunities, news and more that we have emailed to members or posted on this site for nearly 20 years.

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