A Day of Artistic Expression:
Fabric and Fiber Arts Festival at the Adirondack Museum
A Day of Artistic Expression:
Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y. Join the Adirondack Museum on Saturday, September
17, 2011 for the annual Fabric and Fiber Arts Festival. Fabulous fabrics and
regional artists are featured at this one day celebration of spinning,
weaving, quilting, knitting, knotting and all fiber arts.
Start the day off with textile appraisals by Rabbit Goody in the Visitor
Center from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Don’t miss the chance to discover more
about your own antique and collectible fabric pieces with textile appraiser
Enjoy a variety of yarn installations, or yarn bombings, displayed
throughout the museum campus during the event. Yarnbombing is a type of
street art typically found in urban areas. Regional fiber guilds and
artists will “yarn-bomb” more utilitarian parts of the museum in celebration
of the fiber arts, and to showcase how traditional crafts like knitting and
crocheting are being applied in new ways in the 21st century. This year’s
event includes a crocheted SUV cover by Jerilia Zempel.
In addition to the yarn-bombing displays, the museum will also feature the
Third Annual Great Adirondack Quilt Show on September 17. The show is a
special display of quilts inspired by or used in the Adirondacks, and will
be open through October 9, 2011.
Demonstrations during the festival include: art quilting with the Adirondack
Regional Textile Artists Alliance; bobbin lace-making with Judy Anderson;
mixed-media textile arts and quilting with Louisa Woodworth; quilting with
Northern Needles; rug hooking with the Country Ruggers; a variety of wool
arts with Serendipity Spinners and felt making with Linda Van Alstyn. Linda
will offer informal sessions of make your own felt flowers for a $5 fee.
Museum Curator Hallie Bond and guest Rabbit Goody will offer a presentation
at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. entitled “Weaving Through History,” telling the history
of the weaving tradition. Presentations will take place in the Auditorium.
Browse and buy from a small group of talented North Country fiber artists at
the vendor fair. Enjoy fiddle and guitar music by talented musicians Doug
Moody and John Kribs throughout the day.
Hands-on activities include recycled rugs – help braid strips of blue jeans
into a floor rug and placemats for the museum’s Little Log Cabin, or make a
coaster for home from recycled tee-shirts. This year’s Fiber Fest will
include an afternoon knit-in hosted by Carol Wilson. This will be an
opportunity for knitters to work on a project in the company of other
knitting enthusiasts, and to exchange tips with other participants about how
to tackle tricky techniques. Knitters are highly encouraged to bring
finished projects to display, as well as works in progress.
of fiber related workshops that will take place on Sunday, September 18,
The Adirondack Museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums,
tells stories of the people – past and present — who have lived, worked,
and played in the unique place that is the Adirondack Park. History is in
our nature. The museum is supported in part by public funds from the New
York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. For information about all
that the museum has to offer, please call (518) 352-7311,