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HOLIDAY SHOPPING AND SALES

Like Santa’s elves, we are busy turning our Online Art Shop into a Holiday Boutique. Discover original, one-of-a-kind fiber art and craft items to give as gifts this year. You will find original hooked rugs, felted wraps, knitted cowls, hand-bound paper journals and other unique treasures.

SHOP NOW

FOR MEMBERS

New items are being added daily and you may add yours. Dues-paying members may submit (use form in the button below) photos and descriptions of up to three items to sell, knowing that Maine Fiberarts retains a 40% selling commission. If you are not yet a member, here's where you can join.

If you currently have items on our online shop and haven't contacted us, please let us know if you want to keep your items for sale there.

Whether you buy or sell, it’s a great way to support Maine artists and Maine Fiberarts while sharing Maine art.


Pictured above: "Fancied Tea" by Jill Snyder Wallace, "Patchwork Pillow" by Stephanie Levy, an assortment of indigo-dyed yarns by Linda Perry, and "Urban Nocturne" by Michael Stevenson. Michael is donating all proceeds from the sale of this quilt to Maine Fiberarts. Thanks, all!

MEMBERS ADD YOUR ITEMS FOR SALE

LEARNING FIBER ART

Thank you, thank you members and friends for handsomely donating to make our new publication available in printed form. LEARNING FIBER ART: A GUIDE TO MAINE TEACHING  RESOURCES is at the printer’s now and we can’t wait to see the finished copies. We received many orders and donations making this initial print run of 250 copies possible, and they will be mailed out to those who pre-ordered as soon as they arrive at Maine Fiberarts. Sadly, a proposal to the Onion Foundation to pay for printing 750 more copies to distribute freely to participants, libraries and learning centers was turned down, making community support all the more important.

See or purchase a copy of the Learning Guide at our Online Art Shop

Just want to turn the pages ? Visit ISSUU

READ KUDOS FROM FRIENDS

Wow, this looks incredible! I'm so intrigued by the Artist Residency section. I've been on the cusp of applying for the Haystack Residency, but haven't done it yet. Cat (my partner) and I have been talking about the possibility of doing a residency together. He is a jewelry maker, graduated from MECA. I visited him at the Pace House for a weekend a couple of summers ago and was floored. It was the first time I thought to myself, "Oh, wow. Maybe I could do this." Thank you for all that you do. Tall hugs to you! — Casey Ryder, PortFiber

I posted the link on my blog and to a few Facebook art/fiber groups (including SAQA Me/NH/Vt). Such a beautiful resource! — Rana O’Connor, Art Quilter
 

Am very excited by your Learning Guide and just made a donation. Thank you for all your hard work to support Fiber Arts in Maine.— Marion Brown, Marion Brown Fiber Studio

 
Thank you so much for including us! It is nice to feel that we are still relevant, even if Covid is sucking the life out of so many of our annual events, etc.!! I will make a donation to get a copy or two since it is such a wonderful statewide resource!!  Thank you for doing all the work that went into this. —Linda Perrin, Artsworth


Well done, Christine and Carol. I look forward to receiving "the Guide" and I'd like to put in an 0RDER FOR 2 COPIES….. It’s been frustrating not to be able to live my normal "Fiber related” life over the past (almost) year; it will be interesting to discover where I am creatively, when I come up for air. I imagine a lot of folks will be rediscovering.......should make for some exciting Fiber Art. All best. — Pauline Boyce

Gorgeous new publication from Maine Fiberarts. It’s a wonderful guide that showcases Maine fiber art instructors offering exciting learning opportunities in numerous disciplines. Let 2021 be the start of something colorfully creative! Enjoy! — Jill Vendituoli

I don’t have any edits, because it is perfect. Congratulations on producing a visually stunning and substantive work which, I hope, will be a much-used guide. Also, if the pandemic eases next year, this Guide will be just the sort of resource to help travelers and students find small, intimate meetings that foster safe learning. The photo on the table at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts [showing the structure of knitting using ropes by Katharine Cobey] should be included in every knitting book! Amazing and so useful! — Mary Lou Steptoe

SUMMER TRAVELS

In a recent newsletter, I shared the plans for remaking my husband’s cargo van into Craft Traveler, a photo/fiber travel van to explore new territory and new artists. A Four-Part Story about my venture to Franklin and Somerset Counties this past August is posted on our Fiber Folio. Part I begins here.

I traveled to Strong, New Vineyard, Farmington, Skowhegan and Solon, discovering state parks, craft shops, art studios, a Jacob’s sheep farm, Maine Grains, and South Solon Meeting House along the way. Maine is full of artful treasures. Check it out.

Pictured above: Broadway in downtown Farmington where Vera's Iron & Vine craft store lives; knitted work by Judith Tollefson, and a scene of painted frescos in the South Solon Meeting House. A terrific journey.

FROM A MEMBER

Rug hooker and historian Janet Conner of Hiram, Maine, has created a beautiful softcover book entitled MAGNIFICENT HOOKED RUGS INSPIRED BY THE ART OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION. The book is 157 pages, illustrated profusely, incredibly gorgeous, and published by Rug Hooking magazine. The book contains photographic reproductions of hooked work produced by many of Janet’s friends, students, colleagues and fellow Maine artists. Copies may be ordered through Janet’s website: https://www.jconnerhookedrugs.com/books.html

NEW IDEAS

To build on our Learning Guide and to add new content to our Fiber Folio, Maine Fiberarts is interested in adding tutorials: stories, write-ups and step-by-step instructions, illustrated by still photography (or, possibly, videos) that capture an artist’s process. These could be posted on our Folio as short educational tutorials with some offered for free or for payment. A few ideas are in development now: using your sewing machine to draw (with Arlene Morris); growing garlic on a small Maine homestead (Christine); making a holiday card with photo grid (with Elizabeth Berkana); making a one-sheet folded book (Christine); documenting Kathy Goddu’s shibori dye technique on silk scarves (suggested by Arlene), and a host of topics yet to come concerning rural living, creativity, fiber, design, and photography. Are you interested in working with us? Be in touch with Christine to pitch an idea.

One-sheet folded books and holiday cards borrowed from Portland artist Elizabeth Berkana for a recent talk on photo presentation. Elizabeth has made her own cards for many years and came up with the terrific red folded sheet with photo grid. Exciting!

EARNING REVENUE

Covid-19 has thrown our nonprofit—along with many other nonprofits, businesses and art ventures—into its paces this year with a closed gallery, no visitors, dulled art sales, and several rejections on grant proposals. What to do?

This was the last year of our four-year matching grant pledged from our wonderful supportive philanthropist and thankfully, we made the match. What a lifeline this has been! Now we need new ways to earn money.

Because so many of you made generous donations to our Learning Guide print campaign, we are foregoing an annual appeal and asking, instead, that you consider a purchase in our Online Art Shop.

However, we need to brainstorm new ideas for our future. Please be in touch with your ideas.
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