With ten years behind us, Fiber College continues to be a magical place where dozens of old friendships are rekindled each year. It is a very special community where folks with a passion for a wide range of fiber arts can learn alongside new friends, too. It’s such great fun to stitch, carve, knit, dye, paint, weave and more each year at the Searsport Shores Ocean Campground on the beautiful Penobscot Bay.
To help make it possible for some to attend Fiber College who might not otherwise be able to, a scholarship fund has been established. This year we are most grateful for a very generous donation given to this fund by Stephen and Georgia Bupp, in memory of her friend, Anita. This gift will go a long way to help many folks to participate more fully in this year’s event. It will help some to attend for the first time, while for others it may make it possible to take an intensive class.
Fred remembers how eagerly Anita looked forward to attending Fiber College each year. They traveled the country year-round in their large 5th wheel. Anita continued to explore, learn, and teach with friends she made while traveling across the country each year. However, she always made sure that Fiber College was on their September itinerary. As Anita told us,
I value solitary time, and because we live “on the road,” it’s my daily norm. But any time I have a chance to gather with other artists, informally or in workshops, classes or special studio times, I always leave feeling energized and inspired. Finding Fiber College was truly life-changing! It provides the best possible combination of artists, vendors, workshops, sharing, inspiration, mini classes, and adult “summer camp.” And best of all, many friendships have grown from this annual gathering!
Anita was an artist with many passions. She created stunning hand-made paper, large 3-dimensional assemblages, mobiles, and small books. She experimented with surface design and loved creating artist journals. Anita came from a rich heritage of fiber arts (her mother constructed and tailored clothing). She enjoyed taking the Gee’s Bend quilting classes at Fiber College.
In Anita’s own words:
Life – and art – are meant to enrich us, inspire us, and make us happy. There are no rules in the work I produce; we share in the adventure of making it up as we go along. So bring a sense of fun, your best laugh, some stories to share, new ideas, and let your creativity leak out all over the place. What I produce will reflect me – but what you produce will be ALL YOURS. And that should make you very happy.
If you or someone you know is interested in a Fiber College 2017 Scholarship, you can find the application here. If you need further information, please contact Mary DeLano at firstname.lastname@example.org or Emma Morin, our Fiber College Registrar at email@example.com
Thank you, Georgia and Stephen, for making such a generous gift to the Fiber College Scholarship Fund. What a very special way to remember our dear friend, Anita!