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Bonnie Peterson: Another Glorious Sierra Day

Exhibitions

Bonnie Peterson: Another Glorious Sierra Day

10/16/2020 to 01/09/2022

Fresno Art Museum
Fresno, California
United States

Another Glorious Sierra Day is an exhibition of narrative art about geography and science in the Sierra Nevada. Artist Bonnie Peterson mixes embroidery with a variety of source materials such as scientific data and early explorers’ journals. Wilderness experiences inform her work. Peterson grew up in the Midwest but has been backpacking in the Sierras …

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Slow and Local Clothing Project

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Slow and Local Clothing Project

01/13/2021 to 12/31/2021

So Cal Fibershed
Los Angeles, California
United States

We invite you to join us in a collaborative, creative, community-oriented practice of slow and local clothing. Slow and Local: A Clothing Project is intended to engage our hands and minds in a discovery of the fiber and people of the Southern California bioregion, while making beautiful and enduring clothing. The project will include virtual …

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TEx@ATA online exhibit “Mariana Ortega: Destiny of a Tapestry Weaver/Destino de una tejedora de tapices

Exhibitions

TEx@ATA online exhibit “Mariana Ortega: Destiny of a Tapestry Weaver/Destino de una tejedora de tapices

02/15/2021 to 03/01/2022

The American Tapestry Alliance presents the newest installment of its online exhibition series, TEx@ATA, made possible by the Laffer Curatorial Program. “Mariana Ortega: Destiny of a Tapestry Weaver/Destino de una tejedora de tapices” is a bilingual exhibit curated by Barbara Burns. Ortega has studied tapestry and exhibited her work in Mexico and Australia. She works …

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Flora, Fauna and Landscape

Exhibitions

Flora, Fauna and Landscape

03/07/2021 to 06/12/2021

Parkersburg Art Center
Parkersburg, West Virginia
United States

Textile artists and teachers from Chile traveled to the United States in August of 2019 exhibit of ten of their art quilts. The trip was sponsored by Bernina Chile to promote a month-long, side gallery exhibit of their work during Quilt National 2019 at The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio. The same summer, eight …

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ATA Small Tapestry International 7: Elements

Exhibitions

ATA Small Tapestry International 7: Elements

03/14/2021 to 06/13/2021

Gallery of Wood Art
St. Paul, Minnesota
United States

The American Tapestry Alliance presents its Small Tapestry International 7: Elements exhibit from March 14 – June 13, 2021. For this year’s biannual event, ATA is partnering with the American Association of Woodturners Gallery of Wood Art in St. Paul, Minnesota. JoAnn Edwards, executive director of the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, is …

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Call for Submissions – book on fiber artists inspired by birds

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Call for Submissions – book on fiber artists inspired by birds

03/16/2021 to 04/30/2021

Online

I am writing a book about fiber artists who are inspired by birds. I would love to include some of your work! If you are interested in participating, please fill out this submission form: https://gbt.formstack.com/forms/bird_book_artistform Deadline: April 30, 2021 Thank you! —Martha Sielman…

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Fiber & Form Series

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Fiber & Form Series

04/13/2021 to 04/22/2021

Paper Rain Studio
Santa Fe, New Mexico
United States

The Resilience Fiber Sculpture Series has a new name but the content is the same with some fine tuning. Within the Zoom container I offer personable and interactive creative-process experiences for students coast to coast. These workshops are live, not a webinar or pre-recorded sessions. This is very exciting because I love sharing creative process …

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Arashi Shibori aka “Storm Squeeze” Workshop

04/16/2021 to 05/07/2021

Brunswick, Maine
United States

Join me for an exciting look at and exploration of Arashi Shibori Arashi means “storm” which characterizes the patterning on fabric. In Japan they refer to shibori as “squeeze”, hence “Storm Squeeze”. Fabric is wrapped diagonally onto a pole, compressed and dyed. There are many ways of making really interesting patterns on fabric with this …

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Regional Meetings

SDA NY/NJ: Presentation “Wild Weaving” by Stacy Bogdonoff & Howard Ptaszek

04/22/2021

Zoom link
Bronxville, New York
United States

Stacy Bogdonoff and Howard Ptaszek have never met and know of each other only through Instagram images. Yet their art shares some similar impulses and both bodies of work relate strongly to the other. They’re both clearly material and process artists. Stacy works with wire, paper, stained warps, lacquer, handwoven hemp, and recently, facemasks. Howard …

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Shimmer & Shine Online Workshop

Workshops

Shimmer & Shine Online Workshop

04/24/2021

De Pirro Art Workshops
Allyn, Washington
United States

Discover the radiant effects of Golden Iridescent and Interference colors. Explore using them over rich textural surfaces, as a lustrous under painting or simply as a glistening detail. I will share samples & demonstrate these unique paints on their own and investigate what happens when they are mixed with other acrylic paints. If you love …

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Studio Schweinfurth Online: Making Modern Medallions

Workshops

Studio Schweinfurth Online: Making Modern Medallions

05/01/2021 to 05/02/2021

Schweinfurth Art Center
Auburn, New York
United States

Sarah Bond will present basic technique and tips for success, along with ideas for using color, pattern, and value in conjunction with lines, angles, and curves to the best effect. Students will explore how to connect these forms, and the movement that can be created as the forms link together around a central focus. They …

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Call for Submissions: Tension:Process in the Making

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Call for Submissions: Tension:Process in the Making

05/01/2021

Twiggs Gallery
Boscawen, New Hampshire
United States

The Surface Design Association’s (SDA) New Hampshire Group invites NH fiber artists to enter Tension: Process in the Making featuring fiber art and textiles by New Hampshire artists. The artists will explore tension – the act of expanding or widening. In a world that has become overstimulated and intense, the process of making slows us …

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Mixed Media Paint Pours Online Workshop

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Mixed Media Paint Pours Online Workshop

05/02/2021

De Pirro Art Workshops
Allyn, Washington
United States

Discover how to create luminous pours, streams and marble effects using acrylic. These techniques can be incorporated into collage, as a background for painting, drawing, image transfers or even as an abstract painting. We will explore Golden Fluid & High Flow Paints combined with various gels, mediums & pastes. Each has their own distinctive characteristics, …

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Contemporary Voices: Ai Kijima

Lectures

Contemporary Voices: Ai Kijima

05/04/2021

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
Rockville, District of Columbia
United States

Ai Kijima is an artist born in Tokyo and currently living in Brooklyn. Her distinctive works are chaotic collages, amalgamations of found material painstakingly stitched into evocative cross-cultural patchworks. In this talk, Kijima will discuss her artistic practice over the last 30 years, as she has developed her expertise in textiles as an immigrant in …

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Crocheting Corals: Workshop for the Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef

Workshops

Crocheting Corals: Workshop for the Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef

05/04/2021

Tang Teaching Museum
Saratoga Springs, New York
United States

Join us Tuesday, May 4, at 7:00 PM, for a workshop and craft circle to crochet hyperbolic corals for the Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef, part of the worldwide Crochet Coral Reef project by Christine and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring. Your corals will be assembled together to form the Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef, …

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browngrotta arts presents Adaptation: Artists Respond to Change

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browngrotta arts presents Adaptation: Artists Respond to Change

05/08/2021 to 05/16/2021

browngrotta arts
Wilton, Connecticut
United States

browngrotta arts is pleased to announce their Spring 2021 “Art in the Barn” exhibition, “Adaptation: Artists Respond to Change”. The exhibition looks at the myriad ways artists change direction or their practice in response to changed circumstances like a move, a health issue, a shift in personal circumstances, or, more recently, a global pandemic. “Over …

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Environmental Sculptures Online Workshop

Workshops

Environmental Sculptures Online Workshop

05/15/2021

Schack Art Center
Everett, Washington
United States

Discover how De Pirro creates environmental sculptural forms and installations using both reclaimed & organic materials. She will share a range of techniques that transform these found materials into a ‘fiber’ that can be manipulated into dimensional structures. Learn how to translate methods traditionally found in the textile, jewelry, basketry & industrial arts using unconventional …

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Basketry into Woodturning Workshop with Janine Wang

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Basketry into Woodturning Workshop with Janine Wang

05/22/2021 to 05/23/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Explore experimental basketwork woven on turned or found wooden bowls. We will first focus on foundational twining and random weave basketry techniques by creating a small, round basket/bowl together. Then we’ll apply that to design our own unique bowls. You will leave class with both a craft technique and an understanding of the design sensibilities …

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Stencils & Stamps Online Workshop

Workshops

Stencils & Stamps Online Workshop

05/23/2021

De Pirro Art Workshops
Allyn, Washington
United States

Come see what happens when Mixed Media & Fine Art intermingle! Ah yes, we’re all very familiar with both but have you ‘really’ explored them as a Mixed Media, Fine Art tool? I’ll be sharing samples & demonstrating both, in combination with several Golden Acrylic products. So many variations to choose from, thick, thin, transparent, …

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Sampling Weave Structures with a Frame Loom

Workshops

Sampling Weave Structures with a Frame Loom

05/28/2021 to 05/30/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Working with a variety of yarns, come learn how to sample weave structures with a small frame loom. The possibilities are endless! We will explore mixing color, texture and yarn weight to create pieces of woven fabric that can be used as a starter for future projects or for smaller, finished pieces. Topics such as …

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Textiles in Translation, Presented by Studio Art Quilt Associates of Pennsylvania

Exhibitions

Textiles in Translation, Presented by Studio Art Quilt Associates of Pennsylvania

06/01/2021 to 07/22/2021

The Gallery at Penn College
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
United States

Textiles in Translation is a collection of fiber-based artwork by Pennsylvania regional members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). The juried exhibit will showcase a wide range of 2D and 3D fiber art and highlight a diverse range of styles and techniques. The artists with work included in the exhibition are members of SAQA, an …

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Plants to Prints: Eco Printing on Fabric & Paper

Workshops

Plants to Prints: Eco Printing on Fabric & Paper

06/04/2021 to 06/06/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Kathleen Lang Metaxas Eco-Printing or Direct Contact Printing is the process of embedding botanical “stamps” directly from plant material. Working with natural elements such as leaves, blossoms, berries and metal, you will learn how to prepare fabric for natural dyes, which fabrics accept dye well, botanical dye plants, and how to extract the dye …

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Encaustic & Resin Effects using Acrylic

Workshops

Encaustic & Resin Effects using Acrylic

06/05/2021

Schack Art Center
Everett, Washington
United States

Create a mysterious & luminous depth, enriching your artwork! Discover how to create the luscious effect of wax encaustic & resin pours using GOLDEN Acrylic products. This online class includes demonstrations of how to achieve this effect using various acrylic mediums & gels; transparent & translucent, tinted & un-tinted, smooth & textured. In the process …

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Uncommon Threads 2021

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Uncommon Threads 2021

06/07/2021

Q Center
St. Charles, Illinois
United States

This year, Uncommon Threads will be an even bigger event. Held over three days, the event will begin with a Friday Night Cocktail evening that includes our ever-popular runway show, boutique area, and surprises galore. Live-streamed for paid attendees who cannot be at the Q. Center in St. Charles, Illinois, it is going to be …

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Intro to Weaving on a Four Shaft Loom

Workshops

Intro to Weaving on a Four Shaft Loom

06/11/2021 to 06/13/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructors: Daryl & Brianna Lancaster Explore this time-honored craft, on a 4 shaft loom that allows patterning and play. Designed for beginners, and using a pre-wound 5/2 cotton warp, this workshop will take you through threading the loom and beaming the warp and teach you to understand patterning, reading a draft, color interaction, and how …

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Doily Free Zone Symposium & Lace Camp

Conferences

Doily Free Zone Symposium & Lace Camp

06/12/2021 to 06/13/2021

Hosted by TextileSupport
WOLLONGONG
Australia

Doily Free Zone is an international symposium about handmade lace in art and design. The 2021 edition will be held online the weekend of the 12-13 June and will include two days of global discussion about the future of lacemaking as a form of artistic expression led by some of the most talented lace artists …

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Block Carving & Printing on Fabric

Workshops

Block Carving & Printing on Fabric

06/25/2021 to 06/29/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Jeanne Brady This workshop is an introduction to the art of relief block carving and printing on fabric; perfect for quilters or painters wanting to expand their creative options! Demonstrations & specific exercises teach skills in designing, cutting blocks, and printing using transparent pigments with infinite color mixing options. Printing will be explored on …

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American Tapestry Alliance Small Tapestry International 7: Elements

Exhibitions

American Tapestry Alliance Small Tapestry International 7: Elements

07/02/2021 to 08/27/2021

Lincoln City Cultural Center
Lincoln City, Oregon
United States

The American Tapestry Alliance’s Small Tapestry International 7: Elements exhibit will travel from its initial location in Minneapolis (Gallery of Wood Art, March 14 – June 13) to Lincoln City, Oregon. The group of 15 juried works will be on view at the Lincoln City Cultural Center from July 2 – August 27, 2021. Credit: …

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Weaving, Computer Drafting & Pattern Design

Workshops

Weaving, Computer Drafting & Pattern Design

07/09/2021 to 07/13/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Jovencio de la Paz Weaving is a pattern language. Starting with the simple over-and-under structure of plain weave, a nearly infinite world of patterns emerges, from dazzling twills to the dizzying undulations of Overshot. Learn how to think through patterns with computer aided drafting, using simple and free software to understand structures. You will …

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Deconstructing Nature with Kerr Grabowski

Workshops

Deconstructing Nature with Kerr Grabowski

07/16/2021 to 07/20/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Let Nature be your muse as you explore a different facet of screen printing on fabric via fiber reactive dyes and basic screen stencils such as wax and paper, deconstructed screen-printing, polychromatic printing, direct dye application and more. In this workshop, we will use the screen in an intuitive, experimental way as well as in …

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ATA American Tapestry Biennial 13

Exhibitions

ATA American Tapestry Biennial 13

07/18/2021 to 10/03/2021

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
San Jose, California
United States

The American Tapestry Alliance’s American Tapestry Biennial 13 will be exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in San Jose, California from July 18 through October 3, 2021. This juried exhibition showcases the best in contemporary hand-woven tapestry and is the only ATA series that includes large format work. The exhibit will …

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Tactile Sensibility: A Weaving Workshop

Workshops

Tactile Sensibility: A Weaving Workshop

07/23/2021 to 07/25/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Brittany Wittman McLaughlin Get motivated and inspired to focus on weaving as a creative process by exploring a variety of materials. Inspired by the iconic artist and designer Anni Albers, this workshop will expand your vocabulary in the tactile language of weaving. You will create your own woven pieces on pre-warped looms, using a …

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Felting Design & Construction

Workshops

Felting Design & Construction

07/30/2021 to 08/03/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Shannah Warwick Dive deep into the felting world. Working with high quality fibers and textiles, you will explore traditional wool-on-wool felting and Nuno felting, giving you a solid understanding of the medium. You will create a Nuno felted scarf while focusing on color theory, texture, and design. You will then move into 3D felting …

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Designing & Weaving Handwoven Yardage

Workshops

Designing & Weaving Handwoven Yardage

08/06/2021 to 08/10/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Daryl Lancaster Improve your basic weaving skills and learn to work with the loom to create beautiful flawless yardage suitable for garments or household textiles. This workshop will give participants a chance to design, warp, and weave 4-5 yards of plain weave fabric using mixed yarns of various colors and textures. Repeats will be …

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Workshop:  Skins, Skeletons, Nets and Knots: 3D Textiles

Workshops

Workshop: Skins, Skeletons, Nets and Knots: 3D Textiles

08/08/2021 to 08/12/2021

Pacific NorthWest Art School
Coupeville (Whidbey Island), Washington
United States

In this experimental workshop, students will learn methods for building skeletal structures with rigid and semi-rigid materials like rattan, bamboo, wood, wire and found materials. Techniques will include lashing, chaotic plaiting and wire construction. To build skins onto these structures, we will work with gut, rice papers, knotted and knotless netting. Coatings like paintable graphite …

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A Garden of Color: Weaving Wool in Naturally Dyed Hues

Workshops

A Garden of Color: Weaving Wool in Naturally Dyed Hues

08/13/2021 to 08/17/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Wendy Weiss Discover how to use plant dye on wool, exploring how to maximize color from a limited palette gathered from nature, while you play with a multi-shaft loom. Achieve a sumptuous array of hues on naturally colored wool, developing rich tones to combine in warp and weft. Explore weave structures on a four …

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Traditional Yoruba Batik, Adire Eleko & Tie-dye with Indigo

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Traditional Yoruba Batik, Adire Eleko & Tie-dye with Indigo

08/20/2021 to 08/24/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Gasali Adeyemo Learn the traditional Nigerian dyeing and printing techniques of Batik, Adire Eleko and Tie-Dye. Batik is the process of creating designs using wax. The wax can be applied to the fabric using wood stamps, stencils, or foam rubber. Discover the history and use of Indigo dye to create stunning pieces with practices …

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Natural Dye, Ink & Pigment Intensive

Workshops

Natural Dye, Ink & Pigment Intensive

08/27/2021 to 08/31/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Natalie Stopka This intensive course will delve into the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable color. Come learn the basics of choosing and preparing fibers, and extracting color from a variety of dye plants. Special attention will be paid to the selection of mordants for lasting color in both textiles and works on paper. …

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Zero Waste & Tapestry Weaving on a Clay Loom

Workshops

Zero Waste & Tapestry Weaving on a Clay Loom

09/04/2021 to 09/06/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Cynthia Alberto September 4-8 This workshop will focus on introductory weaving techniques and stylistic considerations when working on tapestries. Not only will you learn how to dress a loom and weave on one, you will use handbuilding techniques to create your own unique ceramic looms! The main overarching theme is about the ways in …

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Baskets from Nature: Barks & Vines

Workshops

Baskets from Nature: Barks & Vines

09/04/2021 to 09/08/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Steven R. Carty This workshop is a hands-on opportunity to create a variety of baskets from wild gathered materials. Come learn to craft baskets from native, naturalized, and invasive plants. We will be primarily working with barks and vines found in New Jersey; gathered and prepared by the instructor. There will be plenty of …

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Zori Slippers Workshop

Workshops

Zori Slippers Workshop

09/11/2021 to 09/12/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Sana Musasama Zori slippers are made in many parts of the world and were probably the first shoes worn by people – made of grass, fiber, animal hide or just rags, resembling our modern day rubber flip flops. Join Sana, who studied this craft in Africa, India and Japan, and make your own! See …

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