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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VERMONT SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL, Turnbridge, VT. FMI: www.vtsheepandwoolfest.com
MAINE FIBERARTS will be open on Saturday, October 1, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. as part of the Maine Craft Weekend. Artist Meryl Ruth will be here greeting the public and talking about her work which involves clay, drawings, photography, weaving of photographs, silk screening, painting and stitchery. FMI: www.mainefiberarts.org
2016 MAINE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE ARTS sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission to take place in Lewiston and Auburn. Pre-conference sessions, opening reception keynote at The Gendron Franco Center, Celebrate L/A community tours, activities at the Bates Mill Complex and Museum, twenty breakout sessions, Pop-Up Performances, Maine Craft Apprenticeships Exhibition. Register by July 4 for savings. FMI: 207-287-2724; www.mainearts.com/MICA
BRUNSWICK FINE CRAFT SHOW, Saturday, 10-5; Sunday, 10-4, Fort Andross Mill Center, 4 Maine Street, Brunswick. Sponsored by Maine Crafts Guild the show features “excellence in fine craft” by Maine artists. Admission $3; under 18, free. FMI: www.mainecraftsguild.com
October 8 and 9
NEW HAMPSHIRE WOOL ARTS TOUR, Columbus Day Weekend, free admission. Fiber arts education, demonstrations, animals, artisans, and shopping. FMI: www.WoolArtsTourNH.com
LECTURE: Maine Artists Cynthia McGuirl and Anatasia Weigle offer presentations about their work, starting at 7 p.m. University Events Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library. FMI: www.usm.maine.edu/bookarts
DESIGNING WOMEN FINE ART & CRAFT SHOW, Husson University, Bangor, Maine. FMI: www.designingwomen.org
THE GATHERING, hosted by Northeast Handspinners Association, Lake George, New York. Classes, vendors and more. FMI: www.nehandspinners.org
9/11 AND THE CREATION OF COLLECTIVE MEMORY, 1-5 p.m. One Longfellow Square, Portland. Join Maine Humanities Council as we explore the formation of collective memory, using 9/11 as a case study. What have we, as individuals and as a society, remembered about that day, and why? FMI: www.mainehumanities.org
November 5 and 6
THE FIBER FESTIVAL of New England, Eastern States Expo, West Springfield, MA. FMI: www.FiberFestival.org
FIBER FESTIVAL OF NEW ENGLAND, Seventh Annual, Eastern States Expo, West Springfield, MA. 200 booths selling fleeces, roving, patterns, kits, beads, yarn, clothing, blankets, hats, scarves, knitting needles, buttons, spinning wheels, shawl pins, etc. Sheep Shearing, Workshops, Fleece Sale, Fiber Animals, Demonstrations, Fiber Fashion Show. FMI: www.fiberfestival.org
MAINE HARVEST FESTIVAL, Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main Street, Bangor. Maine grown and processed food and fiber. FMI: www.MaineHarvestFestival.com
DESIGNING WOMEN FINE ART & CRAFT SHOW, Ocean Avenue School, Portland, Maine. FMI: www.designingwomen.org
TEAPOTS AND TEXTILES: Work by Meryl Ruth, September 28-December 17. Reception/Meet the Artist: Sunday, November 13, 2-5 p.m. Meryl will also be here with her collection of whimsical clay teapots and art quilts on Saturday, October 1, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. as part of the Maine Craft Weekend. FMI: www.mainefiberarts.org; 207-721-0678
“BOOKBINDING AND THE PURSUIT OF THE HUMAN TOUCH: The Work of Gray Parrot,” UNUM Great Reading Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library, January 30-April 30, 2017. Lecture presented by Richard Ovenden, University of Oxford, England, April 5, 7 p.m. entitled “Bound to be together: Gray Parrot, Leonard Baskin, and the Gehenna Press.” FMI: www.usm.maine.edu/bookarts
FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM opens “Uncommon Exposures: Photography in Craft Based Media,” October 8, 2016-January 22, 2017. Opening Reception, November 6, 2-5 p.m. for this and for “Fiber of Life,” photographs by Cary Wolinsky. “Uncommon Exposures” showcases how seemingly opposing practices, craft and photography are brought together by artists through clay, fiber, jewelry, and other traditional craft-based media.
MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN, New York City, hosts “Crochet Coral Reef: Toxic Seas” by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute for Figuring, September 15, 2016-January 22, 2017. The exhibit celebrates the tenth anniversary of the “Crochet Coral Reef,” an ongoing project. Ready more at this link: http://madmuseum.org/exhibition/crochet-coral-reef-toxic-seas
GAIL SKUDERA: WOVEN, October 3-December 30, 2016, USM Glickman Family Library, 5th Floor, 314 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME. Sponsored by Maine Museum of Photographic Arts. Opening Reception: October 27, 6-8 p.m.; Artist Talk: December 1, 6-8 p.m. Skudera has an MFA in Fiber Arts and a BFA in Textile Printing and Design from Northern Illinois University. Her work has been exhibited across the country and internationally. “Skudera’s work is…photographic in nature; and she realizes the imagery employing weaving and construction,” states Denise Froehlich, MMPA Director. FMI: www.mainemuseumofphotographicarts.org
“COVERING THE NATION: The Art of The Bates Bedspread” bringing together a “remarkable array of never before exhibited examples of the world famous Bates Bedspreads” from the Museum’s collection, with examples of tufting, damask, matelasse, colonial and screen printing, design, actual jacquard loom, carding and spinning machines etc!. Organized thematically in designs ranging from classical, historical, child/youth oriented, popular culture and abstract screen prints often reminiscent of expressionist canvases. A history created by teams of highly accomplished Bates & Co. artists and designers from 1860 through the 30’s and 40’s until 2000. On view at Museum L-A, 33 Canal Street, (Off Chestnut) in Lewiston, Maine; July 23, 2016-April 30, 2017. Open T/Th 12-4 and by appointment ($5). The museum welcomes group or individual visitors!FMI: Jennifer A. Cartmell, Museum L-A Director of Community Relations, 207-333-3881, 207-653-3857cell. Download a detailed press release here.
“#techstyle,” through July 10 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston “explores how the synergy between fashion and technology is not only changing the way designers design, but also the way people interact with their clothing." The exhibition draws on the MFA’s collection of contemporary fashion and accessories, and features key pieces from innovators in the field. With pieces by Alexander McQueen, Iris van Herpen, Cute Circuit, Hussein Chalayan, Kate Goldsworthy and Nervous System. FMI: www.mfa.org
“VISION & VERSE: ENCAUSTIC,” July 6 - October 2 at University of New England Art Gallery. Opening Reception: July 6, from 5-7 p.m. Gallery Artists’ Conversation: September 8, from 5-6:30 p.m. Hours: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Thursday, 12-7 p.m. FMI: 207-221-4499.
SPINDLEWORKS in Brunswick is hosting an open call exhibit to benefit the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust set for July and August in Brunswick. The exhibit, titled “The Forest Though the Trees,” is meant to draw attention to our planet and its diversity of species. Artists are invited to submit work in any medium, inspired by and focusing on plant life. Thirty percent of each sale will be donated to the Land Trust. Additionally, Spindleworks seeks donated items for a silent auction benefit at the opening July 15. Deadline is June 24. FMI: www.spindleworks.org
THE ART LOFT, a nonprofit arts center in Rockland, is opening to the public during June 2016, and seeks artists interested in teaching classes. Competitive hourly rates, display space in the gallery, and free drop-in art classes. FMI: www.artloftrockland.org
CRAFT BOSTON 2017 APPLICATIONS OPEN THROUGH SEPTEMBER 12. Share your Craft with the world at CraftBoston, a twice annual show and sale of fine contemporary craft and design, presented by the Society of Arts and Crafts. Both CraftBoston Spring and CraftBoston Holiday unite talented makers with passionate and knowledgeable shoppers. CraftBoston welcomes exhibitor applications from both established and emerging artists making original work that shows exemplary execution of design, quality craftsmanship, and creative use of materials. CraftBoston Spring; April 21 - 23, 2017, at The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts; and/or CraftBoston Holiday, December 15 - 17, 2017 at The Hynes Convention Center. Apply for one show or both! with the same application with one fee. FMI: www.juriedartservices.com by September 12, 2016.
MSAD 52 ADULT & COMMUNITY EDUCATION, 486 Turner Center Road, Turner, Maine 04282 is looking for new classes and instructors for their adult education program to offer a course. Instructors are paid $20 per hour. FMI: 207-225-1010 (ext. 2120) with questions, www.msad52.maineadulted.org
EXHIBITION IN PRINT (EIP) SDA member and non-member artists working in or inspired by fiber arts and/or textile media are invited to submit work for a juried issue of the Surface Design Journal entitled Crafting Community: SDA Inaugural International Exhibition in Print. Selected work will appear in print in the winter 2016 issue of the Surface Design Journal (publication date December 23, 2016). Works should be completed on or after January 1, 2013. Entry Deadline: 9/15/16. Entry Fee: SDA Members $20.00; SDA Non-Members $45.00. FMI: www.surfacedesign.org.
CAMBRIDGE ART ASSOCIATION invites all artists living and working in New England to join this 72-year-old arts nonprofit. Benefits include participation in juried, non-juried, and online exhibits; discounts on workshops, framing services, and artwork purchases; members-only networking events; and promotion on our blog, website, and social media networks. CAA presents roughly 25 gallery exhibits and an additional 20 exhibits in satellite spaces, and creates opportunities for local and regional contemporary artists to engage with gallery owners, curators, collectors, and each other through networking events, portfolios reviews, and other professional development programs. FMI: www.cambridgeart.org
Lynn Knight at the HARPSWELL CENTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY is looking for a spinner willing to demonstrate spinner on your own wheel or on their historical Walking Wheel on Saturday, October 1, from noon-4. Instead of payment, the spinner will be able to sell their handspun yarn or fiber goods. The event takes place indoors and two spinners could probably be accommodated. Please call Lynn at 207-833-3192 or 978-204-1306 (cell phone).
WATERFALL ARTS in Belfast seeks an Office Manager to work 30 hours/week from Tuesday-Friday. Some evening and weekend work required; salary $13-$15/hour. WA is a community art center and the office manager is in charge of generating and maintaining all office protocols and organization. See a complete list on their website: www.waterfallarts.org
HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS seeks a Development Assistant to work part-time from May through August assisting with publicity and marketing (social media and print), tours, fundraising, and development. Compensation and some meals provided (housing is not available). Request a job description or an application for the paid position. About 35 volunteers are also needed to ready the school and Community Center for summer programming. FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org
Craft show in New Hampshire seeks fiber artists: https://www.facebook.com/ManchesterCraftMarket/posts/841481519311795:0
USDA announces FARM OWNERSHIP MICROLOANS, “a new financing avenue for small and mid-sized farming operations to buy and improve property.” The loans are available to help with farm land and building purchases, and soil and water conservation improvements. Microloans could provide up to $50,000 to qualified producers, and can help new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Contact your local FSA office which can be found at http://offices.usda.gov, or learn more at www.fsa.usda.gov/microloans.
MAINE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION offers scholarships for Maine students graduating high school. Also, “Adult learner scholarships” for students who are over 25 years of age, have delayed college, are financially independent, or attend school while working full time. FMI: www.mainecf.org/Scholarships/ForAdultLearners.aspx
EMPLOYMENT AND INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston. Growing their staff in anticipation of their move to 100 Pier 4 in the Seaport District in line with their expanded space. “The Society's staff is a talented, dedicated, and collaborative team committed to advocating for contemporary craft using our diverse skill sets.” FMI about the open jobs:
SUSAN MILLS has a new website: www.susanmillsstudio.com with lots of photos of her work, studio and surroundings. Check out “Gatherings” and “Schedule” to see the latest in her felting workshops and spirit gatherings.
ALLISON COOKE BROWN has work included in the following museums during 2016: Fuller Museum in Brockton, MA; Schweinfurth Art Center, NY; Beaney House of Art in Canterbury, England; and Maine Fiberarts in Topsham, Maine.
JILL VENDITUOLI has had two sales AND both her pieces "Branching Out" & "Taking Flight" have been shortlisted for the fall edition of a nature art/writing publication called Nature Inspired.
Member JANET CONNER, Hiram Maine, announces the August 17th, 2016 release of her book, “Rug Hooking Traditions with The Hutchinsons," co-authored with Kathy Wright. Over a decade of research has revealed hundreds of hooked rug designs from a talented and prolific couple who worked during the first third of the 20th century in Brooklyn. Their rug designs feature sailors, firemen, loving couples, animals and characters of all kinds, with ironic inscriptions and innovative design. With sections on auction records, provenance, and making your own, this is an addition to any hooker or rug collector’s bookshelf. For signed copies, contact Janet Conner, www.jconnerhookedrugs.com
BARBARA BURNS was interviewed by Deborah Blakeley of Zone One Arts. She was sent several questions by the interviewer and given time to form her responses. The article includes several images of Barbara at her tapestry loom and many of her artwork, including a preview of a very recently-almost completed piece. See the article at http://zoneonearts.com.au/barbara-burns/
After 22 years of working at Spindleworks, artist Catherine Worthington has quit her job to devote herself to her artwork. Catherine will take part in several Maine art and craft shows coming up this year and has work included in Maine Fiberarts’ summer show of contemporary Maine fiber art.
LINDA CLUTTERBUCK has already earned a Certificate of Excellence for spinning. Now she is learning to weave. She appeared at SPA with a beautiful handwoven scarve that used her handspun yarn.
ELIZABETH BUSCH has been named Master Craft Artist for 2016 by the Maine Crafts Association. She was nominated by Stuart Kestenbaum and reviewed and selected by Diana Greenwold, Assistant Curator of American Art at Portland Museum of Art. Busch will be honored at MCA’s Annual Workshop Weekend at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on May 13 (contact MCA for tickets) and will have an exhibition at the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner. The 2016 Award for Craft Supporter has gone to Tammy Knight, Development Program Manager of Maine DECD’s Maine Made Program.
ELIZABETH BUSCH will have an article about her kinetic sculpture appear in the pages of FIBER ART NOW this fall. FMI: www.fiberartnow.net
A new fiber arts school—PRAXIS FIBER ARTS—was started in Cleveland in 2015. Jessica Pinsky, an adjunct professor at Cleveland Institute of Art, found herself painting and sewing in graduate school. She soon realized she favored fiber more, reconditioned an old loom, and learned to weave. When CIA decided to close their fiber department, Pinsky offered to help relocate the school's seventeen looms and opened a nonprofit textile studio in the Waterloo Arts District. PFA now runs classes and hosts a gallery.
NINA RUIT has been working on a quilt for the last few months and it will soon be ready for handwork. Great spot of color for waning winter days.
MEMBER LAURIE SIMS emailed to say that a new shop is opening in Belfast in February. FIBER OF MAINE will feature Maine fiber products.
CHRISTINE MACCHI, Executive Director of Maine Fiberarts, photographed the SPA Fashion Show on Saturday, 2/27 at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. Christine and Corrie Zacharias brought seamless backdrop paper, professional lights, and great cameras to capture the action at the sold-out show!
CHRIS ANTONAK has been working through R&R Spinners to help spinners from Tajikistan to find markets in the US for their lovely dyed handspun yarns. Check out the group's website: http://www.kismetfiberworks.com/pamiri-yarn/
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BUSINESS WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS, October 22-23, sponsored by Arts Business Institute, Maine Crafts Association, Waterville Creates, and Maine College of Art. Tuition: $250 for two workshops; $150 for one. Scholarships available. Classes include: “Introduction to Art Licensing,” “Booth Design,” “Selling Art Online,” “Building Gallery Relationships,” and more. Individual Artist Consultations available for an additional fee. FMI: www.mainecrafts.org
SUSAN MILLS offers felting workshops: Felting 101, Object of Attachment, and Architectural: Forms of Felt, Holiday Gifts, and Journey of Spirit Circle. FMI: www.susanmillsstudio.com
USM CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS, “Making a Side-Sewn Book from Start to Finish, October 1, 10-4 with Stephanie Stigliano, Multi-Purpose Room, Wishcamper Center, $125 fee. FMI: www.usm.maine.edu/bookarts; 207-780-5900
A GATHERING OF STITCHES presents Maine Stitching Retreats: “Garment Sewing” with Amber Corcoran and Jaime Jennings of Fancy Tiger Crafts, September 21-25; and “The Pearl Dress,” with Alexia Abegg and Christine Haynes, November 10-13. FMI: www.agatheringofstitches.com
FELTED VEST CLASS with Marianne (DuBois) Senechal at Prospect Harbor Women's Club, August 5, 6, 7, 2016, 9:00am-5:30pm. Create a one-of-a-kind seamless reversible top using a custom pattern, “learn tips and tricks to create a well-fitted nuno felt top. Nuno felting combines the technique of wet felting merino wool with the structure of silk fabric to make a lightweight and flexible textile. You will learn key design considerations for resists, templates, and embellishment.” Best for those with some felting experience. Cost for the three-day class, $29, ages 17 and up. FMI: Mary Laury, Executive Director, Schoodic Arts for All, 427 Main Street, PO Box 174, Winter Harbor, Maine 04693, 207.963.2569. www.schoodicartsforall.org
A GATHERING OF STITCHES offers “Block Printing,” June 4, 10:30-1:30 with Eliza Jane Curtis, $50; “Screen Print Study,” June 18-19, 10:30-1:30, Eliza Jane Curtis, $200; “Learn to Sew Garments with Fancy Tiger’s Amber and Jaime,” September 21-25, with Amber Corcoran and Jaime Jennings, $900; and “A Garment Sewing Weekend with Lauren Taylor of Lladybird,” April 13-17, $525. Also: “Stitch More, Buy Less T Shirt,” “Mindful Mending with Katrina Rodabaugh,” “The Archer Shirt Stylings with Jennifer Beeman,” “Design and Make your Own Clothes with Cal Patch,” “The Pearl Dress,” “Bra Making,” “Quilt Local,” and “Slow Stitching at Camp Medomak.” FMI: www.agatheringofstitches.com
A WRINKLE IN THYME FARM offers classes: “Felting Friday,” with Marty Elkin, Sept. 2, 1-3, $30; “Natural Dyes for Wool,” Marty Elkin, Sept. 17, 10-3, $80 (at Shaker Village, New Gloucester); “Dyeing to Spin: Space-Dyed Roving,” with Linda Clutterbuck, Sept. 28, 10-4, $75. FMI: www.awrinkleinthymefarm.com
CATHERINE WORTHINGTON offers classes: May 7, 10-3, “Screen Printing and Sewing Zippy Bags,” Cost: $60. includes textile paints, freezer paper and canvas and instruction. Students should be able to make at least one bag during class, maybe more. Learn to use silkscreen techniques and textile paints with your designs to create unique cloth. Then, learn to sew in a zipper using the sewing machine and make the bag. Some basic sewing knowledge is helpful. Please bring to class your sewing machine and a zipper foot. Extra machines will be available. Also, “Explore Textile Design,” a five-hour workshop each session $75. includes textile paint and use of supplies and instruction. May 14, 10-3: “Textile painting, block carving and printing.” May 21, 10-3, “Creating Stencils,” gelatin printing on cloth and found object printing. June 18, 10-3, “Textile Painting and Silk Screening.” FMI: 207-233-4879; www.earthtonesandfishbones.com
CENTER FOR MAINE CONTEMPORARY ART hosts ART CAMP for kids ages 6-11. Three one-week sessions beginning July 11, Monday through Friday, 9-noon. CMCA also offers ART LAB on the theme of “Re-inventing Yourself,” “Bodyscapes,” and 3D Arts.” Also classes for adults. FMI: www.cmcanow.org
JANET CONNER will teach at the 20th annual RUG HOOKING WEEK, August 16-20, Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio. Four-day classes; half-, one- or two-day workshops; over 500 rugs exhibited; plus vendors. FMI: www.saudervillage.org/RugHookingWeek
YOUNG ARTIST’S WORKSHOP, presented by Merrymeeting Adult Education. Tweens and teens (12-16) can join Mandy Russell for a week of exploration and learning, experimenting with a wide variety of media while learning color theory. Students will work first in a mixed-media art journal, then work with doodling, coloring, collage, watercolor, assemblage. July 25-28, 9-12 p.m. Adult Ed Center, Topsham. For fees and registration, call 207-729-7323; www.merrymeeting.org
FIBER COLLEGE OF MAINE, scheduled for September 7-11 in Searsport, offers nearly 70 textile and fiber classes varying in length from one hour to two days on topics of sewing, knitting, weaving, embroidery, dyeing, surface design, felting, beading, sock cranking, quilting, chainmail, and paper. FMI: www.fibercollege.org
HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS, Deer Isle announces Summer 2016 Programs. Residency and scholarship applications due March 1; regular applications due April 1; full scholarships available. Fiber classes include: “Fill Up/Stack Up/Twist and Shout,” with Susie Brandt; “Artist’s Books: The Balancing Act of Concept and Form,” Rebecca Goodale; “Natural Dyes, New Methods,” Elin Noble; “Baskets,” Lissa Hunter; “Skins and Skeletons: 3D Textile Constructions,” Mo Kelman; “Graphics: Paper Contains the Universe,” Aimee Lee; “More than Skin Deep: Structure, Fashion and the Body,” Annet Couwenberg; “A Letterpress, An Artist’s Book, and Some Text Walk into a Bar….” Erin Sweeney; “Printmaking: Modified Monotypes,” Susan Webster; “Weaving: Layers, Surface, Space,” Ismini Samanidou; “Foraged Color—The Art and Science of Eco-Printing,” Amelia Poole; “Glass Beadmaking,” Kristina Logan; “Joomchi & Beyond,” Jiyoung Chung; as well as several others in wood, ceramics, glass, drawing, mixed media, and writing. FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org
HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS hosts a SUMMER CONFERENCE: “Craft Thinking: Ideas on Making, Materials, and the Creative Process,” July 10-14. FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org
HAYSTACK OPEN DOOR 2016, October 7-10 at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle. Open Door is a program offering an intensive fall session to Maine residents. The cost of $335 includes tuition, room and board from Friday’s dinner through Monday’s lunch. Applications must be received by August 17. Classes in blacksmithing, book arts/paper, ceramics, metals, wood and writing. Fiber classes include: “Book Arts: Limp Paper Bindings,” with Barbara Korbel; and “Fiber: Thinking Textile/Constructing Surfaces,” with Warren Seelig. FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org
MARY MCFARLAND has been an artist, quiltmaker and clothing designer for most of her life. She has been teaching garment making classes for Quiltessentials in Auburn creating tunics and tops. On June 24 and June 25 from 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Mary will teach “Rayon Pants: Part I ($70) and Part II ($70).” Make a basic pair of pants with elastic waist and a pattern to fit you. She’ll also teach a “Button Making Workshop,” June 4, from 9:30-1:30. Create one-of-a-kind buttons for bags, knitted garments, or art quilts. All materials provided with class fee, $50. Quiltessentials is also hosting classes with Jo Diggs, Susan Carlson and others.
KNITWIT YARN SHOP in Portland offers Fall classes: “A Skirt for All Seasons,” with Ann Budd, August 27; “Brioche in the Round,” Leanne Walker, September 17; “Socks from the Toe-Up,” Judy Warde; “Arrow Caterpillar Shawl,” Judy Warde, October 17 and 29 (2-part class); “Shawl Shapes,” Bristol Ivy, October 22; “Short Rows,” Bristol Ivy, October 22; “Fix it!”Judy Warde, November 12. FMI: www.yarnonthebrain.com
MSAD #11 ADULT EDUCATION (Gardiner, Pittston, Randolph, West Gardiner) hosts Winter/Spring 2016 classes in: digital story telling, chair caning, recycled wool sweater mittens, felt making, knitting your first sweater, stenciled silk scarf, beginning quilting paper piecing, mariner’s compass, basic and advanced soap making, cheese making, stone wall construction, and many others. FMI: www.msad11.maineadulted.org; 207-582-3774
MAINE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION HAYSTACK WORKSHOP WEEKEND 2016. MCA invites members and nonmembers for three and a half days of studio workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, ME, May 12-15, 2016. Instruction, room and all meals are included in the fee. Fiber Arts: "Textile Design" with Claudia Brahms will explore ways to use off-loom weaving techniques on a current project of your own, or weave new designs in the workshop. Free-style weaving will be used to add texture, color, dimension, and a personal signature. Learn how drawn thread-work, the addition of supplemental warp yarns after weaving, tapestry techniques, pleating, and texturizing can be incorporated into your fiber art. FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org
MORGAN ART OF PAPERMAKING offers the following Summer Workshops 2016: “Box with a Twist,” “Paper Cutting,” “Chinese Lantern Box,” “Marbling on Paper and Cloth,” “Miniature Pop-Up Books,” “Carousel Books,” “Historic Letterpress Illustration,” “Ecoprinting,” “Islamic World Papermaking,” “Surface Manipulation,” “Paper to Book,” “Fiber Arts Techniques for Book Artists,” “Mark-Making: The Stitch,” and many others. Contact: The Morgan Conservatory, 1754 East 47th Street, Cleveland, OH 44103. FMI: 216-361-9255; www.MorganConservatory.org
NEW ENGLAND HERITAGE CONFERENCE 2016, August 27-August 30 or to September 3. Conference theme: “Weaving the Threads of New England History,” contains the following talks: “Spinning Wheel: Colonial Hearth to Modern Fiber Art,” with Peter Cook; “Weaving in the 17th to 19th Centuries” with Marjie Thompson; “Manchester’s Amoskeag Mill,” with Aurore Eaton; “Exploits of Mill Girls,” with Elizabeth De Wolfe. Discover how textiles and clothing both shaped and reflected civilization in New England over time. Through a variety of lectures and workshops, explore transitions from farm to factory, homespun to decorative art and handcrafts to mill manufacturing. Sponsor: Star Island, Morton-Benedict House, 30 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801. FMI: www.starisland.org/newenglandheritage
NEW VENTURES, formerly Women, Work and Community, offers business classes in the Midcoast in “Your Next Career Move: Tools to Get Started,” and “Creating Your Future: Career Planning for the New Economy.” FMI: www.newventuresmaine.org
PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS, Summer 2016 workshops include: “Stitching as Drawing,” Susan Brandeis; “Natural Dye,” Catharine Ellis and Joy Boutrup; “Weaving: All the Elements,” Helle Rude Trolle; “Woven Matrix: Weaving with the TC2,” Cathryn Amidei; “Re: Constructions,” Barbara Cooper; “Wearable Art and the Body,” Michael Cepress; “The Thrill of Color,” Rebecca Mezoff; “Seams Legit: Reconstructed Quilts,” LUKE Haynes; “Structure and Form,” Carole Frances Lung; “Small-Scale Tinkerings: Toying with Felt,” Lisa Klakulak; “Doubleweave on Eight Harnesses,” Robin Muller; “Embroidering Impressions of Nature,” Katherine Diuguid; “The Soul of Forgotten Materials,” Geoffrey Gorman. Also, workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photography, letterpress, wood and others. FMI: www.penland.org
PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS hosts a Fall Concentration from September 25-November 18, 2016 with classes in clay, glass, wood, metals and iron. Their fibers classes include: “Textiles: The Thread Between,” with Rachel Meginnes; “Print: From Paper to Print!” with Georgia Deal. Also, One-Week Sessions, October 9-15, “Textiles: Wrap Your Head Around It,” with Peg Gignoux; “Box Making for Book Artists,” with Mary Uthuppuru; “Every Picture Tells a Story: Drawing, Collage and Storytelling,” with Melissa Stern; “Letterpress: Analogue Social Media,” with Bryce McCloud. Scholarships available: deadline August 1. Finally, a Spring Concentration, March 12-May 5, 2017 in “Image as Narrative: Letterpress and the Artist’s Book,” with Anne Covell and “Weaving: A Dialogue,” with Tommye McClure Scanlin and Bhakti Ziek. Also: Spring One-Week Session, March 26-April 1, 2017: “Intuitive Geometries,” with Martha Clippinger. Scholarship application due: November 28, 2106. For a complete catalog and more info: www.penland.org.
PORTFIBER hosts workshops April through June in: “Intro to Four-Harness Weaving,” with Ray Cooper; felted gnomes, felted owls, dyeing 101, spinning 101, “Silk Paper,” “The Silk Experience,” and “Wet Felting Slippers” with Robin Russo, “Eco Printing,” and “Indigo Shibori,” with Amelia Poole. FMI: www.portfiber.com
SKAKERAG WORKSHOPS, Sewanee, TN. Session One: June 12-18: “Outside, Inside: Creating a Painted Quilt,” with Elizabeth Busch; “Sewing: The Art of Making,” Diane Hall; also song writing, spatial media design, jewelry, handbuilt clay pitchers, and mosaic mandalas. Session Two: June 19-25: “Pop-Up Book Structures,” with Colette Fu; “Monoprinting and Handstitching: Your Personal Expression,” Ilze Aviks; and “Traditional Yoruba Batik, Adire, and Tie Dye with Indigo Dye,” Gasali Adeyemo. FMI: www.shakerag.org
MAINE 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 our fiber bulletin here, you can enter it yourself using this form.
Maine Fiberarts has a CLASSIFIED ADS section. Ads are FREE for members at the Professional Level ($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.
”FIBER ART MASTERS: A Visual Tour to Maine Artists’ Studios and Work,” our new book profiling twenty of Maine's master fiber artists will be available soon. 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 lin 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.
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
SOCIETY OF ARTS AND CRAFTS in Boston will host a Grand Opening of their new home in the Seaport District, on Thursday, October 6, 2016, 100 Pier 4, at 6-9 p.m. “Radius,” the work of craft artists working within one mile of Pier 4 is their opening exhibition from October 6-November 5. Opening Reception: Sunday, November 6, 2-5 p.m. FMI: www.fullercraft.org
STUART KESTENBAUM, former director (for 27 years) of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Maine’s Poet Laureate has been named as Interim President of Maine College of Art until a permanent successor to Don Tuski is hired.
AMERICAN CRAFT WEEK has been extended this year to occur from October 1-16, 2016. The group is looking for craft events to take part and to benefit from combined marketing. FMI: www.americancraftweek.com
Penobscot basketmaker THERESA SECORD received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, one of nine artists to receive the award in June of 2016. The fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend and Second will be honored in Washington, DC in September. Past recipients include musicians, boatbuilders, dancers and quilters and over 400 artists, including a half-dozen Mainers.
After six years of institutional growth, Don Tuski, president of MAINE COLLEGE OF ART, is stepping down to accept a new position as president at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Don has been an energetic, creative and generous spirit in the school and he will be sorely missed.
According to an article in the PORTLAND PRESS HERALD, (3/23/2016), “Recreation drove tourism spending to record in 2015. Revenue from outdoor activities increased by 13 percent, helping push total direct tourism spending to $5.65 billon.” Maine Office of Tourism presented data at an annual conference in Newry during March that showed direct tourism spending incrased by 3.2 percent in 2014. Steve Jermanok, a travel writer who led a session on adventure travel, said “the demand for travel packages building around outdoor recreation activities such as winter sports, hking and water sports has taken off in the past decord. Part of that increase has been driven by baby boomers.” The economic impact of tourism (which includes direct and indirect spending) totaled $8.29 billion in 2015. Jobs supported by tourism increased to 98,932, representing 15% of all employment in the state in 2015.
MAINE FARMLAND TRUST’S Executive Director John Piotti has accepted the position of President and CEO of American Farmland Trust in Washington, DC and will be leaving the Maine organization after ten years at the helm.
MEMBER STEPHANIE CROSSMAN'S netted sculptures were selected for inclusion in ”Oceania,” an exhibition at the WEX, Inc. international headquarters in South Portland that ran through April 22. FMI: www.wexglobalgallery.com Stephanie also exhibited at the Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition in Charleston, SC, and at the Baltimore American Craft Council show in February. Stephanie has a piece in Maine Fiberarts' current exhibition "Innovations: Contemporary Art."
“Prominent arts group” UPCOUNTRY ARTISTS closed its gallery and learning center in downtown Farmington in April after three years of operation. An article, “Financial problems force arts center closing,” appeared in the PORTLAND PRESS HERALD on 4/11/2016. Due to limited sales of art and a small pool of volunteers to keep the gallery open, the group’s board decided to scale back programming. Upcountry will continue its annual Sugarloaf show, hosting workshops, creating an open juried art show, and awarding scholarships. FMI: www.upcountryartists.com
SOCIETY OF ARTS AND CRAFTS, an arts organization that has been located on Newbury Street for 40 years has moved to 100 Pier 4 in the Seaport District of Boston.
See a story about AFGHANISTAN CASHMERE using this link sent in by member Debbie Smyth: http://www.peacefleece.com/afghan_cashmere.html
SPINDLE WORKS FIBER CIRCLE. Spindleworks artists invite community members to join them while they work on fiber projects. Thursdays, 10 am to noon. 7 Lincoln St, 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 every Tuesday, 1-4 p.m.
KNITCHAT! 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
OVER THE RAINBOW YARN, 18 School Street, Rockland 04841 hosts “Stitch and Spin Circles” on Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 10-noon; Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Also, “Drop-In Knit and Crochet Class,” Mondays and Thursdays, 5-7 p.m. FMI: 207-594-6060; www.OverTheRainbowYarn.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!
SALT BAY TREADLERS meets the first Wednesday evening of each month starting around 5:30 p.m. at the Damariscotta River Association's sanctuary. Bring a potluck dish to share and your handwork—not necessarily spinning.
TOPSHAM PUBIC 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.
For the terrific response to our letter mailed out to about 85 long-term supporters and friends of Maine Fiberarts. We’ve raised almost $10,000 from this mailing making our beautiful exhibition of Maine artists’ work possible this Summer. Come to our gallery during June, July and August to see INNOVATIONS: CONTEMPORARY ART. Thank you, donors!
Maine Fiberarts has received a grant from the Maine Arts Commission to produce one of our Mini Tours to artists’ studios and farms. We are delighted to have this funding and support. Thank you!
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, and Carolyn Wollen. Many people working together to bring beautiful shows of fiber work to our gallery!
Peggy Whitney Hobbs, Dr. Steven Stern, Arlene Morris, Carolyn Wollen, David Knight and others for their continued general support of Maine Fiberarts during 2015.
Thank you also to Katharine Watson who underwrote our 2015 rent making it possible to host beautiful shows of Wabanaki basketry, hooked rugs, artists' books, and art neckwear that were enjoyed by hundreds of visitors. Is there a generous sole who would underwrite rent for 2016 so that exhibitions can continue? Please be in touch.
Thank you to The Betterment Fund, Maine Arts Commission, Margaret Burnham Charitable Trust, Morton-Kelly Charitable Fund, Maine Office of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts for support during 2016 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
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