Carrie Miller, “(Pass) Through” (detail)


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July 2017

The Ultimate Bead Book with Gail Harker

July 30-December 4 Mt. Vernon, WA United States

Presented in three, 3-day sessions this course focuses on learning the techniques and exploiting the dramatic design impact of beads and stitching. Particular attention is paid to color ways, patterns, beaded stitches and decorative beaded edges. Students will find satisfaction in expressing their own tastes while compiling a reference book that stands as its own artistic work. View the Course Brochure for full details. 30 July - 1 August, 1 - 3 October, & 2 - 4 December 2017 (3…

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September 2017

Coded Threads: Textile and Technology

September 27-December 8 Bellingham, WA United States

The exhibition brings together 14 well-known artists integrating textiles with technology: Lia Cook, Linda Hutchins, Robin Kang, Sheila Klein, Barbara Layne and Lauren Osmond, Maggie Orth, Devorah Sperber, Reiko Sudo, Laura Thapthimkuna, Suzi Webster, Carol D. Westfall, Anne Wilson, and Margo Wolowiec. Their works have connections with the complex set of associations embedded in the text/textile, web/website, net/networks relationship using updated tools and media. Textiles are among the oldest products of human art and skill.  The earliest textile techniques in our civilization (basket weaving, indigo dyeing, etc.) are…

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October 2017

Complexity 2018: Innovations in Weaving, Call for Entry

October 1, 2017-January 15, 2018 Reno, NV United States

Enter: October 1, 2017 - January 15, 2018 Exhibition: May 29 - July 13, 2018 Complex Weavers biennial members' exhibition.

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November 2017

Elegant Threads: Wearable Art and Surface Design

November 2-December 9 Tequesta, FL United States

Handmade art designed for the human body and surface design for alternative quilts, accessories and wall hangings. From separates to full costumes, from jewelry to incubator fiber arts incorporating textiles and mixed media. This is an exhibition designed to stretch the boundaries of art quilts and enhance the wardrobes of fashion connoisseurs in time for the holidays in Palm Beach County, Florida.

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California Fibers: Points of View

November 6-December 15 San Diego, CA United States

California Fibers “Points of View” encompasses a variety of fiber artists working from a myriad of approaches, each using different materials and techniques. Some artists such as Polly Jacobs Giacchina are inspired “by exploring texture and form through materials and techniques.” Cameron Taylor Brown’s work “responds to my experiences as a traveler. I see new places and meet new people, which open my eyes to new ways of seeing and thinking.” Lori Zimmerman’s embroidery “responds to the impulse to mend’s…

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Small Tapestry International 5: Crossroads

November 15-December 30 Tacoma, WA United States

International, juried show of contemporary small format tapestries. Image credit: Suzanne Fitzgerald Brexit: Caught in the Middle 8.25" x 9.25” mixed fibers weft, cotton warp

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December 2017

Hygge – Creating Sanctuary

December 1 St. Charles, IL United States

What is hygge (HUE-gah)? Perhaps the Danish word 'hygge' is not meant to be translated; it is meant to be felt. The concept of hygge can be thought of as a warm glow, a feeling of comfort and contentment, a deeply satisfying feeling of well-being, and an indulgence in all the good things and people in one's life. It includes the sharing of stories about ideas, history, culture and the things we create. Hygge is personified by making the ordinary…

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Tsujigahjana: A Marriage of Shibori and Hand Painting with John Marshall

December 4-December 6 Chamblee, GA United States

Tsujigahana (also commonly referred to as yuuzen) is one of the most fluid and expressive forms of Japanese paste-resist dyeing: It is a free-style method where resist is squeezed from a paper tube to block out areas of color, evoking mood and feeling through the movement of line, while color is applied around and over the resist to bring life and flowing contrast to the design. Learn the basics of this inspiring marriage of shibori and hand-painting while working with…

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Heaven and Nature Sing

December 7, 2017-January 7, 2018 Kerrville, TX United States

Fiber Art by Caryl Gaubatz, Jewelry by Marguerite Guggolz, Encaustic Paintings by Lynn Luukinen.

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January 2018


January 8, 2018 Chicago, IL United States

The Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty position, beginning August 2018. Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with quality of practice, scholarship, and current academic research, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing. More information about this position can be found at

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