Saturday, May 10, 2014

Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild at 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival

We live in an area where art festivals abound - especially at this time of year. At the end of April, there was ArtFields in Lake City. At the end of May, Spoleto and Piccolo begin their 17-day run. In between is North Charleston's Art Festival celebrating arts in South Carolina for more than 30 years.

The first weekend of the festival (May 3 - 4) is considered The Main Event-- and this year, Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild occupied three booth spaces in the North Charleston Convention Center and members demonstrated fiber arts, met streams of people, young and old, who were fascinated to see modern expressions of our traditional arts, displayed a wide range of completed items -- and made some sales to the public. A fun and good weekend for all.
Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild booth has a lot going on!
Lots of people stopped to watch demonstrations and sometimes to try their hand at spinning, weaving, felting or something else new to them. It all makes us realize that many people do not have every nook and cranny of their homes filled with looms, wool carders, and knitting yarn -- and to see people creating thread or lace or a piece of solid fabric from a handful of "fuzzy stuff", almost seems like magic.
Barbara amazed visitors with demonstrations of making lace.

Nancy works on a beaded bracelet on her Kumihimo Disk
Results begin to emerge.
Anita Sloane's handiwork.
Jackets and scarves made by our seamstress extraordinaire, LuAnne Rosenzweig.
Ballerina dolls made by Barbara Vanselow
'Nuff Said.
Another celebration -- Arianne King Comer's stunning batik print was chosen for the South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Traveling Exhibition, which will tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2014/2015 Traveling Exhibitions Program. This program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists. Congratulations Arianne!
Thanks go to Judy Warren who spearheaded our participation in this year's North Charleston Arts Festival. Our group enjoys these opportunities to interact with the public and stoke the fires of creativity in those who might want to join us in our fun times.