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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.

Conferences

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.

Interweave Yarn Fest
April 16, 2015   through   April 19, 2015      

 Interweave Yarn Fest    website

A four day celebration of the fiber arts in Loveland, CO USA. Enjoy workshops, vendors and comradery in the Rocky Mountains.

27th Annual Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival
October 3, 2015   through   October 4, 2015      

 27th Annual Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival    website

The Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival celebrates small farms and natural fiber with over 70 vendors offering fleece and yarn, fiber animals, handspinning and fiber crafting equipment and supplies, handcrafted wool items, small ruminant equipment and supplies, fencing materials, meat and cheese. The Festival includes contests, fiber arts classes, shepherd workshops, herding dog demos, fleece sale and more set against a backdrop of rolling hills during the peak of Vermont fall foliage.

International Conference On Textiles & Manufacturing Expo
October 5, 2015   through   October 7, 2015      

  International Conference On Textiles & Manufacturing Expo    website

Textile-2015 will be one of the World’s best platforms to exhibit and share innovations in Textile Science and technology. Leading experts, speakers, textile designers, researchers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, textile engineers will be witnessed at this premier event. The well versed sessions will create an opportunity to meet world renowned thought leaders to strategize the profitable and advance outcomes in textile industry.

Complete Conference and Workshop Listing

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.

Mexican Textiles Instructional Artist Residency 2015 - Arquetopia - Oaxaca, Southern Mexico
March 23, 2015   through   April 27, 2015      

 Mexican Textiles Instructional Artist Residency 2015 - Arquetopia - Oaxaca, Southern Mexico    website

The Mexican Textiles Instructional Artist Residency is an Art Production Residency that includes 3 weeks of master instruction (9 hours per week) in Mexican textiles techniques. Residents learn how to use the traditional back-strap loom, including how to assemble it, and basic weaving techniques; or they learn Mexican embroidery techniques for which we offer instruction in the following: cross-stitching, chain-stitching, shading, and pepenado hilvan. Each technique is offered separately as a 3-week program. Residents wishing to do both weaving and embroidery may apply for two consecutive residencies totaling 6 weeks.

2nd Annual Farm to Home Wool Festival Valley Ford Wool Mill
May 16, 2015   through   May 17, 2015      

 2nd Annual Farm to Home Wool Festival Valley Ford Wool Mill    website

Help us celebrate the wonderful fibers being grown right here in our own Sonoma, Marin, and Mendocino Counties. May is our peak shearing season, a natural harvest time for wools. Learn about how fiber growers and artists trade and sell fleeces from raw, to washed, to carded, to handspun yarns and felted fabrics. Artisan crafted wool goods available will include clothing, bedding, home accessories, blankets, rugs, handspun yarns and more. Scheduled mill tours daily along with shearing demonstrations, grading wool (determining wool features and end use potential), and educational lectures on how wool is washed, carded, spun, felted and made into bedding, clothing, yarns and other home and artistic goods. Enjoy watching artists spinning, weaving, knitting, felting and more!

Judith Dios 3-d Watercolour Nuno Garment Workshop
May 28, 2015   through   May 30, 2015      

 Judith Dios 3-d Watercolour Nuno Garment Workshop    website

Maria Paracca's studio Hoover, AL. Create a one-of-a-kind nuno felted and hand-painted seamless chemise, or vest, featuring fabulous 3-D surface effects! You will use lustrous fibers, fabrics and hand spun silk to form rosettes, blossoms, abstract ruffles, "corkscrew" fringe and rivers of silken shimmer. Particular attention will be paid to the factors which result in a successful project. At the end of the workshop, you will take home a unique and wearable work of art of your very own! Previous nuno felting experience is required.

Weaving Explorations - Shadow Weave
July 20, 2015   through   July 26, 2015      

 Weaving Explorations - Shadow Weave    website

A perennial favorite class here at the Grünewald Guild. Come study with Guild founder Liz Caemmerer and long-time weaver Suzanne Halvorson, the impressive team-teaching duo whom past students describe as "excellent" and "inspiring."

Complete Workshop Listing

Exhibits

Fiber arts and textile related exhibits in galleries, studios, museums and art centers. Juried and non-juried shows are also listed here.

Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Tree
January 18, 2015   through   September 13, 2015      

 Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Tree    website

In this exhibition, Jamaican-born Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaica and KY) examines the pageantry of the dancehall culture and reveals it to be much more than spectacle; it is also a window onto working-class Jamaican society. The exhibition includes six new eye-popping tapestries adorned with glitter, silk flowers, rhinestones, and other dancehall references, plus a life-size figural tableau of ten male mannequins, dressed in a kaleidoscopic mix of floral fabrics.

Ann Hamilton: Draw
January 18, 2015   through   September 27, 2015      

 Ann Hamilton: Draw    website

In this video presented from four spinning projectors, Ann Hamilton (OH) follows a red thread traveling over and under a piece of semitransparent, white paper. Through this hybridization of fine art, craft, and technology, Hamilton both elevates and illuminates a fundamental act of making. Shot from above with a handheld, miniature, single-chip surveillance camera, the video follows the thread's tail as the pace of the hand pulling the thread and the speed of the eye following it, fall in and out of sync and focus. The sound of the thread drawn through the paper comprises the sole element of the audio track. Through this hybridization of fine art, craft, and technology, Hamilton both elevates and illuminates a fundamental act of making.

S. Sheehy & A. Zemánková: Botanical
February 15, 2015   through   August 30, 2015      

 S. Sheehy & A. Zemánková: Botanical    website

The works of both Sandra Sheehy (UK) and Anna Zemánková (1908–1986) draw inspiration from plant life and garden scenes. Sheehy makes felted wall pieces as well as delicate sculptures reminiscent of cocoons from chicken wire, fabric, and paper, which she later encrusts with fabric, stitching, beads, sequins, and shells. Anna Zemánková’s embroideries on paper suggest botanical illustrations and reveal nature’s more mystical side. Both artists, with some measure of spontaneity, allow the imagery of the outdoor world to unfold before the viewer. Shown together, their works disclose intangible, and spiritual aspects of the plant world.

Joan Livingstone: Oddment[s]
February 15, 2015   through   September 27, 2015      

 Joan Livingstone: Oddment[s]    website

Paying close attention to our surroundings and the study of material things is at the center of Joan Livingstone's (IL) exhibition, ODDMENT(S). It is her practice to walk through neighborhoods and pick up all sort of enticing things - a visual litany of found fragments such as wrappers, bits of rubber, clothing scraps, newspapers, playing cards, construction debris. She brings them back to her studio, and the process of reinvention begins.ODDMENT[S] presents over thirty of Livingstone's transformed objects and twelve photographs of cloud formations - the result is a thoughtful meditation on the attraction of "things."

Complete Exhibit Listing

Sales

Fiber arts and textile related short-term special events for specific purposes such as benefits, charity drives, and guild holiday sales.

Driftless Fibre Arts Faire
May 30, 2015   through   May 31, 2015      

 Driftless Fibre Arts Faire     website

Join The Pear & Salvage Home and artisans for an exciting and creative weekend celebration of fibers and much more in a magical setting. • “Sheep to Shawl” demonstration with an artful twist. Visitors can watch the entire process from shearing to cleaning, carding and combing the fiber, spinning the yarn and finally weaving or knitting. • Alpacas and sheep on hand as well as music, food and beverages while you enjoy several artist demonstrations Free to the public Email driftlessfibrearts@gmail.com with questions

Complete Sale Listing

Call for Entries and Call for Instructors

Requests for submissions to fiber arts and textile competitions, exhibits, conference workshop proposals, and academic papers.

International Fiber Arts VII
February 12, 2015   through   September 1, 2015      

 International Fiber Arts VII    website

INTERNATIONAL FIBER ARTS VII is a biannual juried exhibition at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, presenting a distinct approach to innovative and traditional fiber techniques, and a contemporary concept for the use of traditional and unusual materials. The chosen work invites the viewer to experience the many facets of fiber art. INTERNATIONAL FIBER ARTS VII is accepting both two or three-dimensional pieces including wearable and installation art.

Materialities: Contemporary Fiber Arts, 1st International Juried Members' Exhibition
February 21, 2015   through   April 15, 2015      

 Materialities: Contemporary Fiber Arts, 1st International Juried Members' Exhibition    website

The Surface Design Association presents Materialities: Contemporary Textile Arts, the SDA's 1st International Juried Members' Exhibition, which will be on view in two formats. The first is a comprehensive print catalog. The second, an exhibition at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, August 27 - October 31, 2015, with works selected from the catalog submissions. Exhibition is in conjunction with Made/Aware, SDA Craft + Concept Intensive 2015, Socially Engaged Practices, October 8-11. Catalog will contain essays, artist statements and images of all selected works. Call-for-entries is being administered online through CaFE. Work can be any size or format that demonstrates innovative use of textile media, including the use of nontraditional materials and time arts such as video and sound. SDA encourages established, emerging and student artists to participate.

Gifts of Art
March 8, 2015   through   May 15, 2015      

 Gifts of Art    website

Gifts of Art brings the world of art & music to the University of Michigan Health System. We seek both solo exhibits by individual artists and group exhibits by arts organizations. Selections will be made from online submissions or submissions by mail. Emailed JPG images or in-person submissions will NOT be considered. Exhibits last approximately 13 weeks in length. Please visit our Submissions website or to submit by mail, download the submission form from our website. Call (734) 936-ARTS (2787) or email.

Natural Pigments Instructional Artist Residency 2015 - Arquetopia - Puebla Or Oaxaca, Southern Mexico
March 14, 2015   through   April 27, 2015      

 Natural Pigments Instructional Artist Residency 2015 - Arquetopia - Puebla Or Oaxaca, Southern Mexico    website

With master instruction, learn to create and use a variety of Natural Pigments in either magnificent kaleidoscope of Puebla or Oaxaca, southern Mexico. Extendable 3-week terms during 2015. The Natural Pigments Instructional Artist Residency is a unique Art Production Residency that includes 3 weeks of master instruction (classes of 9 hours per week) in diverse local techniques from Oaxaca that vary depending on the supporting fiber; the options are wool, silk and paper. Residents learn how to prepare natural pigments, fixatives and alcohol-base preparations. Pigments included are cochineal, indigo and pericón. In Puebla, the focus is on learning how to make naturally pigmented inks and paints.

Complete Call for Entries and Call for Instructors Listing

Tours

Tours which offer itineraries for travel and educational opportunities with an emphasis on fiber arts and related cultural aspects.

23rd Annual Washington County Fiber Tour- Ny
April 25, 2015   through   April 26, 2015      

 23rd Annual Washington County Fiber Tour- Ny    website

Enjoy an early spring getaway at one of the longest running on-farm Fiber Tours in the United States. The 23rd Annual Washington County(New York) Fiber Tour (April 25 and26. 10:00am-4:00pm) has it all for handspinners, weavers,knitters,and felters. This diverse tour features several farms with beautiful sheep, alpaca, cashmere(goats&rabbits) with a total of 15 farms. Visit the full-scale fiber mill(Battenkill Fiber Mill) Meet the farmers. Attend demonstrations and workshops; seek out supplies for your artistic endeavors. Learn how to raise the animals and use their fiber. See the results of our year round at efforts- from baby animals and soft shorn fleeces to luxurious yarn and hand- crafted clothing.

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