Postcards From the Trail!

Our 3rd Annual Spring Tour Weekend! March 17 - 18, 2017

Welcome to the Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail!

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 13 Trail members including the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, the Cedarburg Woolen Mill, the Grafton Arts Mill, quilt shops, an award winning art gallery and award winning studio artists.

North of Milwaukee about thirty miles, the villages of Cedarburg, Grafton and Thiensville boomed with development during the late 1800’s when flour and woolen mills were built along the banks of Cedar Creek and the Milwaukee River. Today, the mills and many historic buildings are renovated and include artist studios, galleries, boutiques, a yarn shop and a wool carding mill—with machinery that has been in continuous use since the Civil War!

Nestled in downtown Cedarburg, the surrounding blocks include wonderful restaurants, two historic, gracious B & Bs and many gift shops tucked into old stone buildings and renovated clapboard houses. Cedarburg’s entire downtown district is on the National Historic Register. So put on your walking shoes and enjoy your stay! And don’t forget the Ozaukee Interurban Trail. It’s a 30-mile stretch of paved bike path that runs the length of Ozaukee County. The Cedarburg Chamber is a great resource for travel ideas! Go explore!

General Info for the Weekend

Dates:

March 17 – 18, 2017

Hours:

10:00 – 5:00 p.m. both days

Location:

Grafton, Cedarburg, Thiensville, WI

Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Weekend Activities

Workshops, classes, demos, trunk show, exhibits, open studios, woolen mill tour and more!

Exhibits and Woolen Mill Tour

March 17 – 18, 2017

Exhibits + Activities


FREE ADMISSION TO WISCONSIN MUSEUM OF QUILTS & FIBER ARTS

‘Postcard Making Station’ at WMQFA with LInda Sweek March 18, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Make a vintage postcard with fabric, lace, buttons and paper.

The Milwaukee Area Chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America will showcase their work at the Grafton Arts Mill on Friday, March 17 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stop in and learn about the resurgence of the old needle art! They will have a booth on 2nd floor in the boutique.

Open Studios and Shops

Grafton -- Cedarburg -- Thiensville, Wisconsin
Nancee Ariagno

Nancee Ariagno

The Cooperage Punch Needle Design Studio

Open Studio

Join Nancee in her Farmhouse Studio on the campus at WMQFA.

Artist Statement:

As a designer, over the years I’ve received several awards for my interior designs. I’ve turned those design skills to designing punch needle patterns. Punchneedle Embroidery is an ancient art. Folk Artists like myself have been creating pieces since the 1970’s when the Old Believers settled in Oregon and Alaska.

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Laura Weber Basketry

Laura Weber Basketry

Functional and sculptural baskets and mixed media fiber art.

Open Studio

Join Laura Weber in her pop-up studio at The Pink Llama Gallery for the weekend!

Artist Statement:

I create, sell and teach workshops for functional and sculptural baskets and mixed media fiber art. Most of my work is plaited and twined, with varying patterns such as twill weave and randing. Currently I am focusing on using upcycled/recycled materials in my work, such as recycled copper wire, and recycled leather, including horse halters, harnesses and reins. My work is for sale locally and exhibited locally and regionally.

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Ye Olde Schoolhouse Quilt Shop

Ye Olde Schoolhouse Quilt Shop

A gathering place for quilters.

Open Shop

Ye Olde Schoolhouse is a Better Homes and Gardens Top 10 Quilt Shop for 2010. Housed in a 1887 historic former schoolhouse in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Ye Olde Schoolhouse is brimming with reproduction prints and old-world charm. The shop displays many bed sized quilts, has classes, groups who meet there and plenty of charm. As Jeanie says, “a good quilt shop is like a library. It’s inspiring and makes you want absorb all the knowledge in it.”

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Gina Studelska

Gina Studelska

Fiber and mixed media artist

Open Studio

Join Gina in her studio at Grafton Arts Mill.

Artist Statement:

I grew up in rural Wisconsin, part of a generation that played outside all day and after supper until we got called in just as it was getting dark. Many summer nights, we lingered even longer to catch fireflies. The concepts of family and nature inspire much of my work. Thirty-four years of Art Education has colored and shaped my work. I have a BA in Art with certification to teach from UW-Whitewater.

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The Pink Llama Gallery

The Pink Llama Gallery

An eclectic, colorful, whimsical and fun place to shop.

Open Gallery

The Pink Llama recently won the ‘A-List’ award for being one of the top 5  ‘Best Art Galleries’ in the Milwaukee area.  An eclectic, colorful, whimsical and fun, The Pink Llama Gallery is a fun place to shop! Look for many local and regional artists in across many art forms and mediums. Tammie hosts exhibits, trunk shows and is an active partner in the local art scene.

Based on more than 66,000 votes from over 30,000 voters, The Pink Llama Gallery is one of the top five art galleries in the Milwaukee-Area!   See http://milwaukee.cityvoter.com/the-pink-llama-gallery/biz/655604 for more information!

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Ilze Heider

Ilze Heider

Ilze Heider Leather Designs

Open Studio

Ilze’s studio is at the Grafton Arts Mill in the lower level down by the river.

Artist Statement:

I began working with leather 40 years ago, at The Leather Shop on Brady Street in Milwaukee. After the shop closed I set out to work on my own. I started in the dining room, outgrew that and went to the basement. I soon outgrew that and opened a studio in Milwaukee’s Walkers Point area. Another move, and I’m in Grafton now.

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Jamie Lyn Kara

Jamie Lyn Kara

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Open Studio Jamie will have a pop-up quilt studio at Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts. About Jamie: Jamie Lyn Kara was born in the beautiful Hudson Valley, 75 miles north of New York City where she grew up making mud-pies and leaf-burritos. She traveled with her family throughout the Northeast, developing a love for new places and experiences. This led her to pursue a BFA in Fibers from Savannah College of Art and Design where she could express her excitement for the world in a hands-on and visual way. While studying at SCAD, Jamie traveled coast – to – coast absorbing inspiration, collecting materials, and digging in the dirt while working on a few organic farms. This experience helped strengthen her sense of place and shape her work, which includes lots of stitching and the use of many repurposed materials. Jamie also enjoys working collaboratively, dreaming up new ideas and designs.

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My Material Matters Quilt Shop

My Material Matters Quilt Shop

A quilt shop for the contemporary quilter.

Open Shop

Located in downtown Thiensville, My Material Matters offers a full line of contemporary fabric, supplies, notions and classes. Maureen Laber offers classes, kits, opening sewing times each week and plenty of good friends around the table. The shop is also the meeting place for the Lake Shore Modern Quilt Guild.

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Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Create. Preserve. Educate.

FREE Admission to the Museum on March 17 – 18, 2017.

The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, located just east of historic downtown Cedarburg, Wisconsin. The organization is dedicated to educating the public about the artistic, cultural, historic and social importance of quilts and fibers arts.  They also seek to increase the awareness of historic structure preservation.  Their repurposed 1850s farmstead is used to:

  • Foster and inspire creativity by hosting exhibits of artists from traditional to contemporary techniques;
  • Educate children and adults, from beginners to experienced fiber artists, in the time-honored crafts;
  • Preserve quilts and other fiber arts items, maintaining our own collection and encouraging others to document their treasures.

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Mary Mendla

Mary Mendla

Fiber Artist and Designer

Open Studio

Mary will have a pop-up studio at Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts.

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Heidi Parkes

Heidi Parkes

Heidi Parkes Art

Visit Heidi in her pop-up studio at Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts during the weekend.

Artist Statement:

Some common themes in my art are those of mapping, memory, and color field work.   I use fabric and shapes to abstractly represent landscapes and places.  I use found textiles to incorporate histories and memories in the art.  While I work alone, I encourage a feeling of collaboration in my art.  First, in my materials, because the fabrics were made, designed, printed, and sourced from places outside myself.  Second, I use the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi to collaborate with nature.  I ‘allow’ things to happen when dying my fabric and when hand quilting.

I piece and quilt in an improvisational style.  This tradition is well known in ‘The Quilts of Gee’s Bend,’ and they are often referred to as having a jazz aesthetic in their art.  By improvising, when I start a quilt, I know the general direction in which I plan to work, but I have not pre-planned, sketched in detail, or gridded the design in advance.  Much like an abstract expressionist painter, I react to the work as I’m making it.

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The Arts Mill in Grafton

The Arts Mill in Grafton

Arts Mill Gallery, boutique and studios.

Welcome to the Arts Mill Gallery & Boutique. The Arts Mill is situated in the historic Grafton Mill and houses more than fourteen artists’ studios.  These working studios (located on the 2nd floor) are nestled around a central boutique which features a variety of unique items from local and regional artists. We are open for events and private parties on our beautifully renovated 3rd floor. Please contact Paula. We work in collaboration with the North Shore Academy of the Arts, a non-profit organization (located in Grafton, WI) offering programming in the visual, literary and performing arts.

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Linda Sweek Designs

Linda Sweek Designs

Linda will have a Pop-Up Studio at Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Linda’s passion is fabric and textiles with my paint and brush being needle and thread. Because of an early art influence, she sees fabric creations from the eyes of an artist. Besides wall art, Linda is motivated to make our everyday things – table runners, pillows, quilts, fabric bowls, tea towels, sachets – artistic with a flair.

Living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after a lifelong interest in needle arts, Linda is now creating fabric artistry full-heartedly. As well as color, fabric, and decor consulting, and custom sewing.

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Grafton Yarn Store

Grafton Yarn Store

Your source for quality yarns & knitting supplies in Grafton, WI since 1961 …all located in an historic mill setting. Knitting is much more than a ball of yarn and some needles…it is a creative adventure. Here at the the Grafton Yarn Store, our goal is not only to provide you with quality yarn and knitting supplies, but also to lend the support and expertise needed to get your projects done. Through original patterns, lots of shop samples, ongoing classes and a well organized store, our knowledgeable staff hopes to inspire and assist customers of all skill levels.

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