Fiber College of Maine 2013
Classes, Free Demonstrations, Book signing, Shopper’s Boulevard, & Fashion Show
Searsport, ME, August 26, 2013: Searsport Shores Ocean Campground will once again host Fiber College of Maine with 50+ classes and 18 free demonstrations. The largest fiber education gathering on the East Coast, Fiber College will be offering classes in everything from spinning to weaving, quilting to embroidery and wood carving to fly tying. Instructors and students come from as far afield as Bali and New Brunswick and as close as Belfast and Montville. Pre-registration for classes is suggested but on-site registrations can be accommodated if there are slots available in the classes. (FMI classes here)
Saturday night the Searsport Historical Society will be providing a chowder supper to attendees followed by a beach bonfire and music performed by Mark Aubertin of Monroe. Prior to dinner authors of fiber books Gale Zucker, Judith Durant, Mary Lou Eagan, Katharine Cobey, Kristen TenDyke, Kirsten Kapur and Daina Taimina will be signing their books and showing some of the knit/crochet wear that fill the pages of their books.
On the grounds will be activities that do not require class registration. Dyer and designer Ellen Mason will mentor a dye tent and participants can either bring their own yarn, cloth, fiber to dye with inexpensive color shots or purchase material on site by the pound. “Shot glass Dye Jobs” were developed by Ellen so that first time dyers and experienced artists alike will have success with single color and multiple color projects. Ellen will be available for consultation on successful color combinations, techniques and application methods. Gale Zucker, professional photographer will be offering low cost individual sessions to those with a camera and an animal they’d like to photograph. Whether the camera is an i-phone or a high end digital device, Gale will share tips and techniques for capturing the perfect picture of the animal in your life. (FMI Zuker session here) In another tent, free demonstrations are scheduled every hour Friday-Sunday and include topics like Journey Baskets, Japanese Silk Stenciling, Fly Tying and the Revival of the Navajo Churro Sheep. (FMI Demonstration schedule here)
The Shopper’s Boulevard will highlight small fiber working artists and offer supplies and goods generally not found in traditional storefronts. Most of the artists make space in their booths for demonstration material and the opportunity to try new techniques and tools with plenty of help is readily accessible. Wood workers Bill Forbes, Gary Kitchen and Tom Cote will have their lathes and woodworking tools for on-going demonstrations of carving, fiber tool production and bowl turning. (FMI Vendors here)
Thursday at 5:00 the FiberMaine-ia Fashion show to benefit New Hope for Women will be followed by a cocktail reception and gallery opening of instructor’s works in the Art Studio. 100 % of the profit raised by the show will go to the Rockland shelter. (FMI: here)
Fiber College is an accessible event with handicapped parking and shuttle service when necessary. Please leave all animals at home (unless they are needed for a Gale Zucker photo session).