Call for Instructors 2018

FC Blog AnnouncementJust in case you didn’t receive your personalized e-mail invitation, we’d still like to hear from you if you’d like to offer a class in the 2018 Fiber College of Maine Line up…

This morning’s e-mail read…

Dear Friend,

Dr. Martin Luther King once said “We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the way God’s universe is made; this is the way it is structured.” “…a single garment of destiny…”  An appropriate thought for launching Fiber College 2018 don’t you think?

Twelve years of learning, laughing and creating art on the beach and amongst the organic gardens!  Our mission has always been to create community forged by the joy of handwork and making.  We’ll be gathering on the coast September 5-9 and we’re sending you this letter for two reasons: 1) We believe everyone has a passion to share and we’d love hear from you if you’d like to be considered for our teaching roster this year and 2) you may know an artist we should be asking…please pass this letter along where it’s appropriate.

We’re seeking class proposals on anything fiber related…something fun, fresh, very easy or extremely technical. The committee is looking for quality projects and techniques offering new ways to give form to our creative ideas. When you consider proposals, remember many fiber artists are business people too; we welcome class proposals on innovative marketing strategies and other tips for running a successful fiber business…can you or someone you know contribute to this conversation?

We’re searching for project classes on garments & accessories, baskets, quilts, yarn making, surface design, needle arts, woodworking and weaving.  Technique classes won’t be neglected either…especially if they “cross-pollinate” with different interests students are likely to have.  As a gathering focused on the joy of learning, we’ll continue featuring classes that are unique to Fiber College and our community.  This year’s developing theme is: Mindfullness: handwork as a pathway to being connected and present.

The jury will be looking for the majority of class proposals to be 2, 3, 4 or 6 hour classes. Our students have told us that they really enjoy the open enrollment, “Rolling Class” sessions that allow them to follow a different path to creativity.  In these sessions, artists offer a “make and take” project…something fun that can be accomplished in an hour or two without pre-planning.  If this sounds like a good fit for you, let’s talk…contact me directly at director@fibercollege.org.

Fiber College of Maine is devoted to educating creative expression in all forms.  By integrating classes, shopping, demonstrations, evening events and gathering places, we facilitate a community that supports light-hearted and authentic artistic discovery.  All of the classes are taught in tents and casual buildings on Mid-Coast Maine’s picturesque Penobscot Bay.   If you run a fiber related business, consider combining your teaching schedule with a vendor booth to maximize your exposure and sales.

The easiest way to track the FC planning process is to read the Fiber College blog (you’re here already), Facebook or e-mail us with your specific questions create@fibercollege.org. The last day for submission will be March 1st. You will be notified of the jurying committee’s decision by March 9th. You can click here to jump straight to the registration site.

We’re hosted by Searsport Shores Ocean Campground; making the College feel like a summer art camp for devotees of all ages. When you’re not teaching or participating in the events spread over the 40 oceanfront acres, we hope that you’ll find a spot at the beach or nestle into the organic gardens for some quality time of your own.  This is the perfect “working vacation!”

Weaving a better world, one colorful thread at a time,
Astrig and the Fiber College Planning Committee

One thought on “Call for Instructors 2018

  1. What a worthwhile event and cause you have created … kudos for another year of success.

    I hope to get on my feet and return to your idyllic camping resort, in ’18.

    Your friend – Douglas

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