Textile Center and its home state of Minnesota are at the center of one of the most vibrant fiber art scenes in the nation. Thank you for joining us virtually during the last week of February 2021 for Fiber Art for All, a festive week of virtual activities chaired by Karen Weiberg and hosted by Textile Center’s Board of Directors that celebrated one of America’s most enduring and popular art forms.
The centerpiece of Fiber Art for All was Fiber Art from A to Z, a juried auction featuring a wide range of fiber art, wearables, home goods, tools and supplies, making/learning experiences, and donated collectibles showcasing artists from around the nation. The auction raised funds to support Textile Center programs, as well as provide income for participating artists during this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to the auction, the Fiber Art for All week showcased a variety of Textile Center online programs including artists talks, workshops, and special conversation sessions featuring auction artists. View the event lineup below.
“Textile Center has become my creative family,” says Karen Weiberg, Fiber Art for All chair, “and it has inspired me to expand my skills as both an artist and an appreciator of fiber art. It is important that during this pandemic, we are building an opportunity to support artists and Textile Center through an online auction. We will also present a variety of programs during the last week of February that celebrate this wonderful art form and the programs that Textile Center provides all year long.”
Textile Center makes its home in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, incorporated in 1994 after it was founded by fiber artists, visionary arts patrons, and leaders from textile guilds from across Minnesota. Textile Center’s mission is to “honor textile traditions, promote innovation and excellence, and inspire widespread participation in fiber art.” During the past quarter century, Textile Center has flourished, producing a wide array of programs that include education and outreach programs for adults and youth, exhibitions that are free and open to the public year-round, an artisan retail Shop, a dye lab and an onsite natural dye garden, one of the nation’s largest circulating libraries dedicated to textiles and fiber art, and the McKnight Fellowships for Fiber Artists.
Textiles have always played a social role in bonding families and communities around the world; contributed to spiritual and sacred traditions; been important to world trade; and provided a rich expressive medium for craftsmen and artists, including outstanding contemporary artists. Textile Center has 30 affiliated member guilds dedicated to a wide range of forms, both creative and crafted, including weaving, quilting, knitting, sewing, dyeing, felting, needlework, lace making, basketry, beading, hand-constructed sculpture, installation, and multimedia work.
Karen Weiberg, Fiber Art for All Chair
Mary Ann Schmidt and Meg Schmidt Duncan, Auction Co-Chairs
Mariana Shulstad, Textile Center Board President
Carol Mashuga, Ella Ramsey, and Lisa Steinmann, Committee Members