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

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August 2018

Fiberart International 2019

August 31 Pittsburgh, PA United States

CFE Deadline: 8/31/18. Fiberart International is produced by FIBERARTS GUILD OF PITTSBURGH, INC., a non-profit, member supported organization that promotes the appreciation of fiber art and fosters its creative development and continuance. Since 1967, the Fiberarts Guild has sponsored juried exhibitions that bring innovative contemporary works of art in fiber from around the world to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Fiberart International 2019 seeks to exhibit the best of contemporary art and invites submissions that reflect a wide range of works related to…

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September 2018

Paper Marbling with Leslie Grossman

September 1-September 2 Layton, PA United States

Join us for a comprehensive introduction to the centuries-old process of floating paint onto a water-based bath, creating patterns in the paints with special tools, and permanently transferring the design onto paper. You will learn all the fundamentals of marbling, from mixing the bath, prepping the paper, and making your own tools, to learning traditional patterns and creating your own. You will take home finished papers ready to use for whatever you wish - book covers and endpapers, collages, jewelry,…

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Textile Odyssey to Indonesia – Timor, Sumba, Flores, Bali, and Sulawesi

September 13-October 4 Timor, Sumba, Flores, Bali, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Textile Odyssey Tour to Indonesia 2018 Main tour: Timor, Sumba, Flores and Alor (Sept. 13 – Oct. 4) Optional Post-tour Extension to Bali (Oct. 4 – Oct. 8) Due to the resounding success of Textile Odyssey’s 2016 and 2017 tours to Indonesia, we return the tantalizing islands of Sumba, Timor, Flores, Alor, and Bali. An archipelago of over 18,000 islands with one of the most abundant biological diversity in the world, Indonesia is a culturally diverse nation of over 300…

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Introduction to Natural Dyes with Natalie Stopka

September 15-September 16 Layton, PA United States

Participants in this weekend intensive will be introduced to the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable botanical dyes. Learn the basics of selecting and preparing fibers, extracting color from a variety of plant materials, and fixing natural dyes to fabric. We’ll discuss the history of natural dye use, and explore some contemporary applications of pattern. You may bring along natural fiber materials you wish to experiment with in the dye pot. No previous experience is required.

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SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY IN TEXTILES with Myrrhia Resneck

September 15 10:00 am-11:00 am San Francisco, CA United States

Textile Arts Council presents a talk by Myrrhia Resneck, Technical Designer and Knitwear Engineer for Bolt Threads, Inc., an American-based biotech company creating next generation, high performance fabrics. Myrrhia Resneck uses Stoll industrial knitting machines to create products for Bolt Threads in Emeryville, CA. Bolt Threads uses genetically modified yeast to produce proteins that are turned into fibers and yarns. Myrrhia produced their debut product in March 2017, a “spider silk” tie. Working with Stella McCartney, Myrrhia produced a “spider…

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Craft Forms 2018

September 18 Wayne, PA United States

The 24th international juried exhibition is dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of contemporary craft while providing a venue for established and emerging artists alike to share their functional and sculptural creative endeavors. Open to all professional artists working in clay, fiber, quilt, glass, metal, jewelry, wood, 3D printing, and/or mixed media crafts. Deadline: September 14, 2018. Extended deadline: September 18, 2018. Exhibition dates: December 7, 2018 - January 26, 2019.

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Hare Raising Workshop

September 23-September 30 Ennis, MT United States

Witty Exploration Crafting a 3-D Animal Sculpture w/ British Textile Taxidermist, Donya Coward.  

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Workshop: Skins and Skeletons: 3D Textile Constructions

September 30-October 6 Williamsburg, MA United States

In this experimental workshop, Skins and Skeletons, participants will first learn methods for building skeletal structures with rigid and semi-rigid materials like reed, rattan, bamboo, wood, and wire. Methods will include various lashing techniques, chaotic plaiting, and wire construction processes. Next, we’ll cover a broad array of approaches for building skins onto these structures using gut, rice papers, elastic fabrics, and nets. Media to further modify these “skins,” such as wax, polymers and a graphite/shellac paint will be presented. Participants…

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Fiber With A Cause Master Fiber Labs

September 30-November 3 Washington, DC United States

Fiber With A Cause facilitates fiber arts labs that offer artists the ability to expand their fiber techniques with affordable classes. All of our Master Teachers have over 15 – 20 years experience in their craft and run fulltime fiber art businesses. Our focus will be on crochet, knitting, and weaving. Students will complete custom wearable products in each lab.

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October 2018

Fiber Arts & Wool Workshop at the Grand Canyon

October 6-October 7 Grand Canyon, AZ United States

Create felted 3D pieces while experiencing the sublime wildness of Grand Canyon National Park! During this hands-on, weekend workshop you’ll learn the techniques needed to create both small and large felted wool vessels and votives using resists. You'll also have the opportunity to dye wool using acid dyes.

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