Fiber Art Almanac: Essays from the American Midwest
The Quilt Maker’s Story
The inaugural volume of a new series of books from Fiber Art Almanac.
ON THE COVER: Poppy Bower, Katherine Simon Frank, Minneapolis.
Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail
Cedarburg - Grafton- Thiensville, Wisconsin
A delight of fiber arts exploration, the Cedarburg Fiber Arts Trail is a gathering place of vibrant, diverse, creative and innovative fiber artists who value the tradition of making and are a part of the resurgence of textile arts. Whether you are from the area, a first time visitor or a regular patron of the fiber arts, the Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail offers inspirational exhibits, fun events, learning opportunities and a place that feels like home. Spend a day or a weekend with us and visit all 14 Trail members including the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, the Cedarburg Woolen Mill, the Grafton Arts Mill, quilt shops, a yarn store, an award art gallery and award winning artist studios.
Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail
Bemidji - Fosston - Tenstrike, Minnesota
The diverse culture in this area has a long history of indigenous peoples, voyageurs, settlers and pioneers. Commonalities include a sacred connection to the land and a strong sense of self-reliance. The textile consciousness in this region shares those values, too. More than once the phrase, “repurposing into an art form” came up in conversation around the table. Intentional sustainability restores and keeps people grounded while it also inspires innovation in northern Minnesota fiber traditions.We welcome you to come to where the pines meet the prairie and hope you find your own creative spirit!
Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail
Baraboo - Prairie du Sac - Lodi - Portage, Wisconsin
The name Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail is an artful reference to the geological formation that makes up this part of Sauk County, Wisconsin. The beautiful Baraboo Hills that hug the city of Baraboo are the terminal moraine of the most recent advance of glaciers in the area. Melt water from under the ice sheet formed rivers that cut valleys as rocks and sediment were deposited along their routes. As the water flow subsided, crisscrossing channels in the river beds formed. The small channels that weave across sandbars and sediment are called braided streams. They are like shimmering ribbons, rippling along the surface of the land. Trail members include studio artists, shops, teachers and farms, dyers, spinners, felt makers, baskets weavers, quilt makers, needle arts, sewing, weavers and more. Trail members exhibit their work, participate in regional art fairs, teach workshops and classes, hold memberships in local and state-wide arts organizations and are very active in their communities. They are professional makers.
Dear Fiber Enthusiasts, It was a perfectly beautiful summer day for a drive down the Mississippi River valley. From the Twin Cities I took the fast route down through Rochester on Hwy 52 and then east on I-90. Heading to the bluff country in southeastern Minnesota is...read more