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.
Rust Dyeing Workshop with Gina Studelska
Saturday, July 13, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This is a 2 1/2 hour workshop featuring fiber artist, Gina Studelska
- Rust dyeing is a great entry to natural dyeing with little or no equipment to get you started!Demonstrations of various rust dyeing techniques on fiber and paper.
- Loads of examples to inspire.
- Samples and Step-by-step instructions.
- Hands on rust dyeing one silk chiffon scarf.
- The scarf for dyeing is included.
- This workshop will take place in the lower barn. Space is limited to 8 people. $60.00
Art in the Barn, Jackson, WI More info
Christien Meindertsma: Everything Connects
Through October 20, 2019
What can you do with an entire harvest of flax or 1,000 wool sweaters? The possibilities are endless and entwined.
This exhibition showcases two of Meindertsma’s recent projects. For Flax Project (2012–present), she purchased a harvest of flax from a farmer in order to study methods of production from unprocessed material to final products. On display in this exhibition is each step involved in transforming raw flax into an entirely biodegradable chair, one that won Meindertsma the Dutch Design Award in 2016.
The designer shifted her focus to a different production process for Fibre Market (2016–present), using fiber-sorting machines to scan and sort 1,000 wool sweaters based on their material content. The scanned results revealed frequent inaccuracies in the information provided on the sweaters’ labels, making evident the fact that common clothing is often made from a wider range of materials than indicated. After sorting, the sweaters were shredded and made into fibers that Meindertsma developed into a yarn and then a bespoke Donegal tweed.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL More info
'Textures' Exhibit at Fine Line Creative Arts Center
July 12 – August 8, 2019
Celebrate with members of the Fine Line Staff, faculty and Board, as a new show comes to Kavanagh Gallery. Pieces by twenty eight artists will be on display. The evening will include artist talks and awards (expected to begin at 6.45pm). The Dempsey Artisan Shop and the Fine Line supply store will also be open until 7 pm.
Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles, IL More info
Fiber Arts Trails
Plan a self-guided tour along the Fiber Arts Trails. Be sure to call ahead for open studio times.
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
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
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
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