Friday, July 9, 2010

Where Fiber Frolics and Goes to College (and so do I)

by Sharon of Stray Notions

As a fiber artist I'm lucky to get to spend a good part of the summer in Maine where there is a very active community of fiber artists and producers - over 134 fiber studios, farms, shops and learning centers, are listed on the
Maine Fiberarts Tour Map.

In June of each year the Fiber Frolic is held at the Windsor Fair grounds ... somewhat in the style of a traditional agricultural fair (minus the midway). Rain or shine individuals involved in any aspect of fiber art turn out along with alpacas, sheep, goats and bunnies to sell, learn, demonstrate and in some instances compete. This year featured a sheep to shawl demonstration, and Make it in Maine with Fiber contest, hands-on workshops and limboing lamas. Vendors sold tools, fiber products and handmade goods (along with THE BEST FALAFEL ever!) Several years ago I was so taken with some (very expensive) yarn that I bought it even thought I
DON'T (didn't) KNIT.

fiber frolic  mosaic

In September Fiber College takes place in Midcoast Maine -- back to back and overlapping workshops, demonstrations and guest artists all on the shores of the Penobscot Bay and outdoors, weather permitting. It's like camp for grown ups in the best way possible.

In between there is a weekend in August when all of the sites on the aforementioned map are open to the public.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Boston Handmade Marketplace - Dry Run

... but sadly not a dry day ... so rain date plans are in effect!
(updated Friday night)

dry run

by Sharon of Stray Notions

Saturday July 10 (or Sunday the 11th if it rains which seems likely at this point) ... will be the third annual Boston Handmade Marketplace in Union Square Somerville. As a new member it will be my first show with the group and my first outdoor show in ... well ... ever. I'm totally psyched and a little nervous ... thus the compulsion to create a mock up of my set up in the living room complete with a recently thrifted "plus size" and headless model sporting my newly crafted show apron. Here's a peek at at what I've been working on.

new work mosaic

I'll be sharing a tent with Crystal "sharing the Square" with more than 20 other indie artisans. Complete details on the events and participating vendors are here. Here's a peak at some of my newest work. Come on down!