Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Lots of Activity

As this new year gets underway, activity among fiber artists and arts organizations is already picking up.

For those who create wearable art, the North Charleston Arts Festival is soliciting pieces for a juried show at the festival this year. The deadline to submit your articles of clothing and/or accessories is March 5. If you are interested in submitting items, get details by calling 843-740-5854.

Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild members Kelly Fort and Barbara Vanselow will be teaching classes through Charleston County Community Education. Kelly will be teaching an 8-week class for Beginning Knitters beginning Jan. 26 in James Island, and Barbara will teach an Introduction to Bobbin Lace on Feb. 4 in West Ashley.

And at our Guild meeting on Jan. 21, local fiber artist Carolyn Thiedke will share examples of her varied work (felting, quilting, and more) and talk to us about her design process and techniques. Carolyn showed creche pieces in the 2011 Mepkin Abbey Creche Festival

And before we get too far into 2012, we should take just a moment and look back at a really good 2011 for our fiber guild. Highlights for the year included an active spinning group, a public exhibit at the Center for Women showcasing our wonderful wallhanging from the Maseru Tapestries Cooperative in Lesotho, a good showing at the Hand & Heart Show and Sale, and a fun bus trip to Asheville to the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in October.

Some personal highlights among our membership are that Michaela McIntosh is now serving as the South Carolina Representative for our parent organization; the Handweavers Guild of America and Linnie Trettin had the awesome experience of an 8-week stint at the Penland School of Crafts in papermaking.

Big thanks go to our Board and leaders: Lynn Holland, President, Kelly Fort, Vice President, Jessica Jones, Secretary and Garnette Tuten, Treasurer. Amy Heins, as Publicity Chair, set up a FaceBook page for us early in the year, which as been fun. And when Amy could no longer manage ongoing publicity for us, Judy Warren capably stepped into this important "get the word out" role.

Jessica Jones did a great job coordinating our first-ever bus trip and Linnie Trettin worked incredibly hard on the "Connected By a Thread" exhibit, including developing the photos, matting and framing them. Special thanks to all for jobs well done.

We are quite lucky that for 2012, all of our officers will stay in their roles and Michaela McIntosh will join them with a special focus on program planning.

Please join us on Jan. 21. We're off to a good start already.

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