Fiber Arts Exhibition 2018

Saturday, February 24, 10 am-3 pm

Fiber Artists will be located throughout the Bangor Public Library


Fiber Artist Exhibits on display throughout February     

Threads of Our Lives                                                                  Maine Folklife Center                                                          Lecture Hall Gallery

In 2016, the MFC launched a special exhibit highlighting the diversity of folk fiber arts in Maine entitled “Threads of Our Lives: Maine Folk Fiber Art.”  The exhibit was made possible through a National Endowment of the Arts grant the MFC received in 2015.  The exhibit features four 3’x7′ free-standing panels: “Wabanaki,” “Settlers,” “New Mainers,” and “Community.”  The panels illustrate how Mainers from various backgrounds are carrying on their fiber art traditions.

 

Maine Coast Creations-Woolen Art                                          Robyn Vine - Maine Fiber Artist                                                  Stairwell Gallery

The tradition of working with natural fibers has a long history in the state of Maine.  The natural fibers of wool make for a soft, warm, peaceful composition.  My designs are most often in the form of framed Penny Rugs and rug-hooked landscapes.  The blends of wool patterns, with their rich designs and colors, create pictures with depth and texture.  I love to explore wool shops around our beautiful state of Maine to find just the right colors and textures for each individual piece. 

 

Meanderings: Eclectic Places for Feet and Mind                      Linda Stearns - Silk and Paper                                                Cyr Gallery

As a silk painter for many years. I have explored color and imagery on  the lustrous background of this royal fabric. Recently I have turned to intaglio and pastel painting. The copper plate etching allows me to explore more themes and timely ideas and the pastel painting offers that brilliance of color that the silk could produce. Intaglio was unknown to me a couple of years ago and I find the line work and the shading akin to drawing. And as one works through the different “states” to evolve the image, those prior printings often are interesting in and of themselves.

 

Artists taking part in the Fiber Exhibition on February 24, 2018

  • Linda Stearns - silk and Paper

Linda will be designing and painting silk light catchers, 3 and 6 inch sizes. The small hoops can be hung in a window, on a wall, on a tree...wherever a bit of color is desired.  You will find more information about Linda on our "Exhibits" page.  If you would like to contact Linda, send her an email at lindasilk@gwi.net.

  • Mary Reynolds - Quilting

Mary will demonstrate hand quilting on a small frame and hand applique on another piece.  She will also have some machine pieced examples available.  Mary may also bring small amount of English Paper Piecing.  You can contact Mary at this email address:  searsportquilter@gmail.com

  • Stacey Van Dyne - traditional rug hooking

Stacey will demonstrate the process of rug hooking and allow those interested to use the tools of this craft, in hopes they will see how much fun it can be.

Traditional rug hooking is the process of pulling strips of material, usually wool, through an even weave backing such as burlap or linen and making loops on top to create a design. Originally rugs were made with old clothing that were no longer good enough to wear. The material is dyed to get different colors to finish the chosen design and cut to the desired width.

Over the years, the art of rug hooking has expanded to include not only wool but also various other fabrics and multimedia supplies. The more people have been encouraged to develop a sense of creativity the more ideas have been brought to light and the possibilities have become endless and ever changing.

Rug hooking is no longer considered just utilitarian and made for the floor but has grown to include home furnishings, clothing and framed art for the walls. This has encouraged people to consider the use of alternative materials when creating their art. Buttons, beads, chains, yarns, ribbons, jewels and many other items have been used to make clothing, hand bags, pillows, dummy boards, ornaments and countless other beautiful things that can be enjoyed not only by the creator but by the lucky recipients of these objects.

Find out more about Stacey and her work on her website or follow her on Facebook.

  • Medora Van Denburgh - Crochet

An exhibit of different types of crochet; book, hands-on instruction for beginners (and beyond); including yarn and hooks.   Crochet is the art of creating fabric with a hook and yarn or thread.  There is some evidence that crochet may have originated independently in ancient times in Arabia, China, and South America.  The art as practiced today experienced a resurgence in Europe in the early 1800's and was popularized particularly by the elaborate laces produced in Ireland.  It is perhaps the most versatile of the fiber arts and, while once through or as suited only for afghans and potholders, it is now used to make everything from high-fashion garments to bus cozies.  It is the one fiber art that cannot be duplicate by machine.

  • Cynthia Vann - needlework

Cynthia's work demonstrates textile decoration in the 18th Century.

  • Connie Brown - Weaving

Connie will bring her table loom to demonstrate her technique.  Yarn is threaded through heddles and reeda of a loom and depending on how the treadles are raised and lowered, a design is created.  Connie began weaving about ten years ago.  She mostly works with cotton yarn to make table runners, potholders, and bags.  You may see her work on her website:  www.buzybz.com.

  • Andrea LaFlamme - Embroidery, fabric repurposing

Andrea LaFlamme has been an artist her whole life. She loves learning new crafting techniques and works with a wide variety of mediums. Andrea has been working on a lot of memorial projects with heirloom fabrics from loved ones, upholstery, and repurposing thrifted and found items. I love to use feminist themes and work to extend the life of materials that would be otherwise discarded.

Andrea loves to support local nonprofits with her work and has used her art to raise money for organizations like Penobscot Theatre, Maine Discovery Museum, and Mabel Wadsworth Center. In addition to her artistic talents, Andrea has a B.S. in Human Nutrition, a Master’s degree in Public Health, and is a registered Master Gardener. She works as an adjunct professor in nutrition and public health and lives in Bangor with her partner, Shane. 

Contact Andrea using this email:  dirigodesignme@gmail.com  To find our more about her work, visit these websites:  www.etsy.com/shop/dirigodesignwww.facebook.com/dirigodesign

  • Jo Eaton - Crochet, needle felting, quilting, notecards

At this table, Jo will demonstrate techniques for using Tapestry Crochet to create one of a kind hats and will also demonstrate three different needle-felting techniques for making pins.

Crocheting allows a freedom of design that I find nowhere else.  I start with a single thread and create a human version of a spider’s web.  Just like the spider, I take the hook and a single strand of fiber and make hats (sometimes scarves, pins, or socks) that are a delight to both sight and touch.  The structure of crochet allows me to do free form design within the structure of the hat and also in flowing patterns embellished in the same or contrasting colors on the hat.

Beautiful yarns allow me to celebrate the colors of my life in Maine in hats that delight, entertain and warm the people that wear them.  I love the yarns as much as making the hats and consider finding what I need to work with a discovery process.

I come from a long line of what we now call fiber artists or traditional crafters. I sold crocheted floppy hippy hats and matching shoulder bags in Rockland, Maine in the early 1970’s and have sold hats at small craft shows and a limited number of shops since then. I love nature, flowers, gardens, lakes, rivers, and colors of Maine.  This is reflected in my hats that range from simple caps to the flower hats to detailed mountain or island landscapes.  I only made hats from commercial yarns until the early nineties when a group of women formed a spinning group in north/central Maine in Piscataquis County.  I purchased their yarns and immediately upgraded the design and pricing of my hats.  Within a year, I began dying and spinning some of my own yarn.  I also work with multiple strands of fiber to get specific effects. 

Visit Jo's website to learn more about her and her wonderful creations.

  • Mary Bird - Weaving

Children and adults may use simple looms to learn how cloth is made.  Mary Bird is a founding member of the Page Farm and Home Museum Fiber Friends group, and has published articles on the role of fiber arts in the domestic lives of women and children in the early twentieth century.  In weaving, threads of various colors and types are criss-crossed in order to create cloth for many decorative and functional purposes.  The tools used by the weaver -- looms and shuttles, among other items -- influence the complexity of the finished cloth.

  • kathy cook - Spinning

Kathy will demonstrate hand-spinning with her spinning wheel.  Stop in to see some of her yarn and how it is made.