Fiber Arts Calendars
Fiberarts and textile related conferences, workshops, and events are added on a regular basis. If your event is not shown here, please add the information using the Add Event link. Events are listed in chronological order and remain listed for seven days after their last day. Use the Complete Listing links to see all the events in a given category.
Fiber arts and textile related events which feature educational, hands-on sessions with notable teachers, and which may also include juried or non-juried competitions, fashion shows and textile arts vendors.
Treadle Lightly - Association of Northwest Weavers' Guilds'
July 1, 2017 through July 2, 2017
Biannual conference for those interested in the Fibre Arts including weaving, spinning, basketry, dyeing, and felting. Held at the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada. Keynote speaker will be Charllotte Kwon, founder of MAIWA. Preconference workshops June 28 to 30. Juried shows, and juried fashion show.
Midatlantic Fiber Association's "a Kaleidoscope of Color"
July 20, 2017 through July 23, 2017
The Mid-Atlantic region’s premier fiber art workshop weekend hosted by the MidAtlantic Fiber Association (MAFA). Dive deep into one of 40 workshops in weaving, spinning, dyeing, felting, and other fiber-related arts, meet other creative people and be inspired by their ideas and projects over the two-and-a-half-day conference. The MAFA conference will begin with a keynote by Madelyn van der Hoogt, followed by a juried fashion show and reception. Other highlights include a sample exchange, open studio visitation of classrooms and the Marketplace, where all activities–access to quality fiber and equipment suppliers, educational seminars, the Fashion Showcase, knit- and spin-ins and more–are open to the public and free.
Workshops, Seminars and Retreats
Complete listing of fiber related events which are shorter and more informal than conferences. These events are often limited to a single topic, Ranging from a gathering of fiber friends to a more formal class with a leader from outside the area.
Estes Park Wool Market
June 8, 2017 through June 11, 2017
Now in its 27th year, festival-goers can experience all stages in the life of fiber – from its origins on the animals themselves to raw fleeces, spinning and then creating beautiful garments and goods for buyers. In addition to the competitions held during the weekend, merchandise vendors, workshops on the 8th & 9th provide something for everyone.
Fiber arts and textile related exhibits in galleries, studios, museums and art centers. Juried and non-juried shows are also listed here.
Covering The Nation: The Art of The Bates Bedspread
August 5, 2016 through April 30, 2017
This exhibit brings together a remarkable array of never before exhibited examples of world famous Bates Bedspreads from the Museum's impressive and little recognized collection. Includes examples of tufting, damask, matelasse, colonial and screen-printing. "Lewiston's skilled spinners and weavers crafted Bates bedspreads, and another group, with different skills and abilities created the designs," explains Jacqueline Field, Guest Curator and textile historian. Museum open T/Th 12-4pm and by appointment. Located 35 Canal Str (off Chestnut), Lewiston 207- 333-3881
Layers of Love: The Wearable Art of Clarissa Rizal And Sho Sho Esquiro
October 19, 2016 through February 19, 2017
Artists Clarissa Rizal (Tlingit) and Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dena/Cree) present exquisite works of hand crafted ceremonial regalia and haute couture. The featured fashion and weavings are contemporary examples of the layers of love Indigenous women have always used to dress their families.
November 12, 2016 through December 4, 2016
Inglewood, CA - Branch Gallery is excited to announce their upcoming exhibition, Branching Out, which features work from the Surface Art Association (SAA). The SAA includes local artists who work in a variety of media with a primary focus on the creative use, alteration and embellishment of fiber and textile surfaces. Such processes include weaving, painting on fiber and textile surfaces, sculpture, and mixed media. Artists exhibiting are Mia Bloom, Celeste Covas, Maureen Cox, Cicely Gilman, Guila Greer, Leone Keegan, Smadar Knobler, Trish Lange, Dassi Pintar, Mary Beth Schwartzenberger, Diana Shore, Sandra Sigal, Linda Stone, Earllene Weiss, and Barbara Weitekamp. Branching Out is inspired by the SAA theme challenge for 2016. The themed challenge encourages SAA artists to interpret and express each year’s theme in their own way. As a result, there is a variety of imagery in the exhibition, including subjects of nature, interpersonal connections, creative exploration and innovation, personal growth, and family journey. Many of the artists used cloth, paper, plastic, metal, and repurposed material to create their work. There will also be a boutique on site, including scarves, jewelry, small quilts, among other handmade, one-of-a-kind objects.
December 17, 2016 through January 19, 2017
Branch Gallery is pleased to announce their upcoming exhibition, “RECYCLED,” featuring work by VALYA. This exhibition focuses on the idea of “being recycled,” drawing inspiration from the notion that the Universe continuously recycles cosmic dust. The works on display use leftover materials to emphasize this understanding that everything is recycled. Such mediums include: threads, newspaper, fabric scraps, second-hand clothes, wool, glue gun, glass beads, and various leftovers from other projects in VALYA’s previous exhibitions. VALYA utilizes many fiber techniques, including mono printing, quilting, felting, and painting on silk to create her imagery. VALYA’s primarily neutral color palette and experimental forms are prominent in both her art works and her art-to-wear works (e.g., garments).
Fiber arts and textile related short-term special events for specific purposes such as benefits, charity drives, and guild holiday sales.
Fiber Art Holiday Sale! Black Sheep Weavers Fiber Guild
December 2, 2016 through December 3, 2016
Fri 3-8p/Sat 9a-4p. 2532 Old US 23, Hartland 48353 (1/2 mi N of M-59/Highland Rd) *Exquisite, handmade art clothing, jewelry, purses, felting, fiber sculpture, handwovens, quilts, rugs, baskets & more! Handyed fabric, roving & handspun yarns of cashmere, angora, alpaca & wool. Kits available. Share your email for a chance to win a gift certificate to our sales!*
Call for Entries and Call for Instructors
Requests for submissions to fiber arts and textile competitions, exhibits, conference workshop proposals, and academic papers.
Call For Entry: All Things Considered 9: Basketry in The 21st Century
August 21, 2016 through February 15, 2017
The National Basketry Organization (NBO) invites submissions for the biennial juried exhibition: All Things Considered 9: Basketry in the 21st Century. This exhibition will be held in conjunction with the NBO 2017 Biennial Conference and we are pleased to welcome Lloyd Herman as the juror. The NBO All Things Considered exhibitions have become an important record of artistic work within traditional and contemporary basketry. They are unique in their focus on basketry and in their inclusion of the full range of work being executed by well-known and emerging artists. The goal of the exhibition is to showcase benchmarks of excellence in traditional and sculptural basketry that demonstrate superior technique and original concept and design. NBO encourages both established and emerging artist to submit work. Submissions will be evaluated on concept, design, technique, craftsmanship and creative exploration.
Free Artist Residency in Central Mexico
December 14, 2016 through January 13, 2017
360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a FREE artist and writer’s residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. The deadline for our Winter Residency Program is Sunday, August 7, 2016 (for the December 14, 2016 - January 13, 2017 residency). International visual artists, writers, playwrights, photographers, dancers, new media makers and musicians can apply through CAFÉ, www.callforentry.org/ Visit our website for more detailed information: www.deborahkruger.com/1/art-residency.html and our Facebook group page 360 Xochi Quetzal or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Guilford Art Center's Craft Expo 2017
July 14, 2017 through July 16, 2017
Call for Entry for Craft Expo 2017, a juried show of fine craft featuring 180 nationally recognized artists to be held July 14-16, 2017 on the scenic and historic Guilford, CT Green. Event is held outdoors in tents, with works in 15 media categories, including wearable and non-wearable fiber. Works must be handmade in the USA or Canada, individually or with a limited number of assistants. Application deadline is 1/9/16. Online application here: https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=5164.top of page