FI16 inspection highlights… and register NOW for the Forum!

SCC ArendtOpening weekend for Fiberart International 2016 is steaming toward us like a freight train — packed with art, anticipation, and festivities!  Lots of last minute preparations behind the scenes before the gala opening on May 6, just weeks away! A favorite part of every FI is inspection week-end when one of our jurors returns to examine each piece live for the first time.

Lucky Guild volunteers make up the white gloved crew who carry out this essential operation. We open each crate with special care, document the condition and note how each piece was packed. After inspection the work is re-packed for storage until installation.  Not only is this an opportunity to check out the detail and incredible craftsmanship of your favorite artworks but also to engage with the juror about all things fiberart. Even if you’ve seen the images a dozen times, as some volunteers have — the scale, texture, and power of each piece is a joy to experience firsthand.

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The Re/New Festival September 9 – October 9, 2016

12489182_10153386487211973_8098208007962318097_oBig news!  Downtown Pittsburgh will be jumping this September, with the opening of the first Re/New Festival featuring the North American premiere of DRAP-Art, the International Festival of Recycling Art, held annually in Barcelona, Spain.  According to their website “Drap-Art has established itself in recent years as a showcase of the trends in art that use objets trouvés and discarded materials as a resource. It has become a platform for emerging artists, designers, craftsmen, and other creative professionals from Europe and elsewhere who seek trash as their raw materials. From these premises, it functions as a campaign to make people aware of the fact that we must consume more responsibly and respect the theme of the three Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle).”

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Clean out your studio–it’s potluck time!

Potluck 4_edited-1 The holidays are over, it’s cold, snowy, and gray — so you know it’s gotta  be time for our potluck fundraiser at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts!  This annual event is one of our most cherished traditions.  Just when the doldrums of winter start to settle in, we gather together.  We clean out our studios, bookcases, and cabinets then pack up the surplus supplies for the Paperbag Auction. This year we’re spotlighting YARN so make sure you bring along any extra from your personal stash. And don’t forget books, patterns, tools, and other temptations. It’s all good!

Potluck 3We donate our beautiful artwork, fine crafts, dyed fabric, hand-crafted jewelry and wearables, plus our skills and services to the Silent Auction.  AND we bring a dish to share because no guild function is complete without tasty treats.

On Saturday, January 30th 10:00 am – 3:00 pm you can catch up with your pals, meet new members, and take home intriguing new treasures — for next to nothing! Auction tickets (5 for $1) raise money for guild programs and exhibitions. Guests are free, the more the merrier.

Potluck 2Don’t forget to bring address stickers for your auction tickets and a tote bag for your winnings, along with your potluck dish and studio supplies.

After lunch, you’ll get the latest scoop on Fiberart International and In Bloom and see where you can fit into our big event of 2016. Your fellow members would love to have your help. Mark your calendar and come prepared to schmooze, shop, and snack!

 

Help make FI16 the best Fiberart International ever!

Rebecca Hebert, Camilla Pierce and Lauren Sims
Rebecca Hebert, Camilla Pearce, and Lauren Sims, the three top execs who run opening weekend.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about Fiberart International (FI), the amazing show our guild produces every three years. The exhibition is so big, it takes up two simultaneous venues: the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Society for Contemporary Craft. But what you may not know is that we are famous (yes we are!) for hosting a great opening week-end where FI artists from all over the world gather to meet and talk about our beloved medium – fiber art.  And the best part is our members are deep in the thick of it all. We all have the awesome opportunity to shmooze, help out, and participate as much as we want. On Sunday January 10th volunteer guild members old and new gathered together to learn all about FI2016.

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Happy 2016! Time to PoP, Open FI16 and Meet the Steel City Fiber Collective!

Happy New Year! There is so much to look forward to in 2016. FGP’s public art installation PoP des Fleurs ,designed by Rae Gold, opens at the Carnegie Library main branch in February and continues to PoP throughout the library system leading up to our critically acclaimed Fiberart International 2016 opening at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Society for Contemporary Craft in May.

1486678_603550193081916_5088803417974705189_nBut we are not the only group with big plans for the new year. Recently FGP President Susan Swarthout and I met with the newly formed Steel City Fiber Collective. Anna Sylvester, Becca Kreiger, Cheryl Koester and Nora Swisher met through a local Stitch n’ Bitch group and together they saw a need for a warm and inviting place where fiber artists and crafters could meet and share.  Members would join for a fee and have access to space, tools and equipment that is often too expensive or cumbersome to buy as an individual; think Tech shop but devoted to all things fiber and is affordable.

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