Welcome to Midwest Fiber Arts Trails!
Midwest Fiber Arts Trails is a network of fiber artists and artisans, shops, quilt museums, historical places, farms and arts centers in the Midwest. This is where you can discover resources and inspiration for their own creative expression. And, plan fun trips around the Midwest!
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This week’s highlighted fiber festivals, workshops, exhibits and events.
Communities in the Cloth at Northern Spark
(Minneapolis, MN) – How many memories were lived while wearing your favorite shirt? How many hands participated in the making of that shirt? The wear and tear on a favorite shirt is an accumulated history. But in a country where most of our textiles are produced on another continent, it’s easy to take even our favorite shirt for granted. Textiles, especially clothing, act as insulation, protection, and self-expression.
In Communities in the Cloth, participants are invited to reconsider their relationship with textiles through a series of open-ended prompts, conversations, and activities designed to engage both individuals and groups. We’ll begin with an homage to our favorite shirt before participating in the material preparation and production necessary to transform strips of cloth – with their individual material histories – into a rug that signifies community and our lived histories. WGM will be sited at The Commons, a public space in downtown Minneapolis.
June 14 – 15, 2019
The Art of High Style: Minnesota Couture between 1880-1914
(Minneapolis, MN) — Explore Minnesota’s little-known historic couture fashion industry and learn about the female artisans who led it.
Minneapolis and St. Paul designers had strong ties with metropolitan Europe, particularly Paris and London, with respect to training, design trends, and fashion fabrics.
Minnesota’s couturières satisfied more than just vanity; they offered proof that a refined lifestyle was possible in a young, developing state. Featured in this installation will be historic dress from the Minnesota Historical Society collection—most never displayed before—set in context with paintings and works on paper from Mia’s collection.
Now through August 4, 2019
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Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail
(Cedarburg – Grafton – Thiensville – Mequon, Wisconsin) – Award-winning galleries, shops and artists make up the member roster on the Cedarburg Spur. Known for historic mills, stone buildings and meandering creeks and rivers; Cedarburg, Grafton and Thiensville are snug as bugs and within ten miles of each other end to end. Each village has its own character but Cedarburg’s iconic downtown is the jewel tucked in the middle. Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail
Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail
(Bemidji – Solway – Tenstrike, Minnesota) – The word ‘headwaters’ is used a lot around here. Heading north and west out of Itasca before curling around in an easterly fashion, the Mississippi River flows through Lake Bemidji, giving Bemidjians an honest right to call their home the ‘First City’ on the river. The diverse culture in this area mirrors Trail members’ eclectic variety of fiber art. Both share stories of indigenous peoples, voyageurs, settlers and pioneers. Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trails
Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail
(Baraboo – Portage – Lodi – Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin) – The name Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail is an artful reference to the geological formation that makes up this part of Wisconsin. The beautiful Baraboo Hills are remnants of the last ice age when melt water flowed from under the glaciers forming rivers and deep valleys. Today’s streams are like shimmering ribbons, rippling along the surface of the land. Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail
Madison Fiber Arts Trail
(Madison, Wisconsin) – Everyone knows Madison is a fun town. Whether you’re a student, bureaucrat or a fiber artist, the chances of finding someone else to share your groove are high. Home to UW-Madison, the town is wide-open high energy and creativity. Balance that with state government HQ and you’ve got a place that’s hip, political and surrounded by cornfields. Madison Fiber Arts Trail
Weaving Waters Fiber Arts Trail
(Little Falls – Randall – Brainerd – Staples – Wadena – New York Mills, Minnesota) – Articulture’ — where art is our agriculture! Located right smack-dab in the middle of the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Weaving Waters feature three regional arts centers and offers Trail visitors an opportunity to experience Central Minnesota’s rich textile heritage and celebrate the work of the area’s contemporary fiber artists. Weaving Waters Fiber Arts Trail
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