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Fiber Art for All

A festive week celebrating one of America’s most enduring and popular art forms

Join an artist talk, class, or demo, and peruse our auction collection of textile goods and fiber art — all to support Textile Center and working fiber artists!

Textile Center and its home state of Minnesota are at the center of one of the most vibrant fiber art scenes in the nation. We invite you to join 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 will celebrate one of America’s most enduring and popular art forms.

The centerpiece of Fiber Art for All is 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 will raise 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 will showcase 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

MAIN EVENTS

Fiber Art from A to Z Auction

Opens: Sunday, Feb 21, 12 pm CST
Closes: Saturday, Feb 27 at 8 pm CST

Peruse our auction collection of 100+ textile goods and fiber art — all to support Textile Center and working fiber artists!

The juried Fiber Art from A to Z online auction provides a national showcase of fiber art, wearables, home goods, specialty tools and supplies, as well as virtual making/learning experiences or services hosted by artists. This auction will raise funds to support Textile Center programs, as well as provide income for participating artists during this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Art Speaks: Emerging Artist Alonzo Pantoja Studio Visit 

Monday, Feb 22, 1 – 2:30 pm CST
Pay-what-you-can, $5 – $20

Kick-off to Fiber Art for All week with a special Art Speaks: Emerging Artist studio visit and conversation with Textile Center Teaching Artist Alonzo Pantoja. Navigating through a queer lens to negotiate physical and imaginary spaces, Pantoja’s studio practice reaches across fiber art into painting, sculpture, and installation. Pantoja received their MFA in Fine Arts and Visual Studies with an emphasis in fiber and installation from Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) and recently completed a residency at Ox Bow School of Art. Their work has been included in numerous exhibitions and featured in Hyperallergic  and Design and Living magazine. alonzopantoja.com

Stitched Sachet Digital Class

Tuesday, Feb 23, 1 – 3 pm CST
$25 – $47

Join our community on Zoom for a special group-style hands-on class “at” Textile Center!  Learn basic embroidery stitches and stitch together a scented sachet pillow (or eye pillow, depending on your mood and ambition!). This class is the perfect way to dive into your stash and embellish with whatever you have on-hand for fabric, floss, and thread–and then fill with anything from polyfill to fabric scraps to beans or rice. OR Purchase a kit of materials from us with your registration that includes supplies to make an 8″ stitched sachet pillow with lavender (curbside pick up is free, shipping is additional).

Let’s Talk About Race: Sacred Invocations

Wednesday, Feb 24, 1 – 2:30 pm CST
FREE!

Don’t miss this free artist discussion with Sylvia Hernández and Michelle Flamer. Seven of Hernández’s powerful quilts are on view now in her show, Sacred Invocations, on view at Textile Center through March 13 and online as a virtual exhibit. Her quilts are visible manifestations of heartfelt stories of hurt and heartbreak. She calls out injustice and addresses anger through beauty to take the ugliness of the world away, even if just for a moment–and gives us a vision of sacred connections, with love and honor, however fleeting. Join us during this special conversation to hear more about this potent and compelling work.

A Garden to Dye For Demo Workshop

Thursday, Feb 25, 1 – 2:30 pm CST
Pay-what-you-can, $5 – $25

Are you interested in natural dyes, but haven’t “dipped” into the process yet? Have you ever wondered what happens to the plants from Textile Center’s A Garden to Dye For? In this special Fiber Art for All demonstration/lecture-style presentation, our Garden to Dye For guardian and local natural dye expert Ceci Lewis will talk about the natural dye cycle from seed to plant to harvest, to mordant and dye preparation and fiber applications. Our little garden in Prospect Park produces a bounty of plants for dyeing, which she has harvested over the last year, and will demonstrate their gifts, straight from the dyepot. Join us for a wealth-of-knowledge session–and be inspired to join us in the garden to share the benefits of the harvest!

McKnight Fiber Artist Discussion Series: Glenn Adamson, in conversation with Liz Miller and Eun-Kyung Suh

Friday, Feb 26, 1 – 2:30 pm CST
FREE!

Textile Center is honored to host our first ever discussion in this series, between McKnight Fiber Artist Fellows Liz Miller and Eun-Kyung Suh, and Glenn Adamson. Adamson is a renowned curator, critic, former director of MAD in NYC and head of research at the V&A, and author of numerous books on craft and critical thinking, including Thinking Through Craft (2007); and Fewer Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects (2018). In 2020, he met with our fellows and this follow up conversation presents their installation-based work in fiber and textiles within the context of contemporary art. Audience questions will included at the end. Special thanks to the McKnight Foundation for their generous funding of the McKnight Fellowships for Fiber Artists.

ADDITIONAL ARTIST TALKS

Art Speaks: Making a Difference – Rug Hooking Artists in Guatemala

Monday, Feb 22, 10 am CST
FREE!

Join us for a conversation about the partnership of textile artists between Guatemala and the Midwest, featuring Mary Anne Wise, Cheryl Conway Daly, and Jody Slocum. Our guests are co-founders of Multicolores, a non-profit based in Guatemala which helps Maya rug hooking artisans generate income using locally sourced materials. Wise and Slocum are also co-founders of Cultural Cloth, a social enterprise working to connect international women artisans with their customers throughout the Midwest. Wise and Conway Daly co-authored Rug Money: How a Group of Maya Women Changed Their Lives through Art and Innovation which tells the story of Multicolores.  multicolores.org   culturalcloth.com

Art Speaks: Catching Up with Jonah Larson, 12-year-old Crochet Prodigy

Monday, Feb 22, 4 pm CST
FREE!

It’s been over a year since Jonah Larson came to Textile Center to talk about his first book. His infectious enthusiasm and commitment to giving back have earned him a worldwide following. We’ll chat with this busy 12-year-old, and hear about his philanthropic work in Ethiopia. jonahhands.com

Art Speaks: A Conversation with Auction Artist Laura Foster Nicholson

Monday, Feb 22, 5 pm CST
FREE!

Join us for an interview with Laura Foster Nicholson about her tapestry work in the Fiber Art from A to Z auction and her career as a textile artist. lfntextiles.com

Art Speaks: A Conversation with Auction Donor Stitch Buffalo

Monday, Feb 22, 6 pm CST
FREE!

Do you love the colorful stitched ornaments, birds, and tote bag in the auction? If so, you’ll love learning how this Buffalo, New York-based organization helps refugee women from Bhutan, Burma, Nepal, Afghanistan, Egypt, Angola and more. Through the sale of the artists handcrafted fiber art, along with a commitment to environmental sustainability and a love of inclusive education, Stitch Buffalo weaves together a vibrant community. stitchbuffalo.org

Art Speaks: Yurt 2020 Artist Talk with Linda Johnson-Morke

Tuesday, Feb 23, 11:30 am CST
FREE!

Join us in conversation with Linda Johnson-Morke as she talks about her Tapestry Felted Traditional Mongolian Yurt. The project is a collaborative effort between artists Linda Johnson-Morke and Deborah McQueen Coder, alongside a passionate community of people in Minnesota that Linda taught how to create traditionally made walls and roof felts for a Mongolian style yurt.

Art Speaks: What’s a yarn-bombed snowblower?

Tuesday, Feb 23, 4:30 pm CST
FREE!

Why is there a snowblower covered in knitting in the online auction and what is yarnbombing? Join yarn-bomber and Board Member Lorri Talberg and snowblower donor and Board Member Larry McIntyre as they answer these questions and more!

Art Speaks: Artisans, Textiles, and Travels in Morocco discussion with Dr. Susan Schaefer Davis

Wednesday, Feb 24, 4 pm CST
FREE!

Join us in conversation with Dr. Susan Schaefer Davis as she discusses her work with Moroccan women artisans over several decades, and the content of her book Women Artisans of Morocco, which is featured in the Fiber Art From A to Z auction.

Susan Schaefer Davis is an anthropologist who has been fascinated by Moroccan women since she worked with them in a rural center in the Peace Corps in the mid-sixties. From that time she has admired their feisty, independent spirits, so unlike the Western stereotype of Muslim women. She returned to do her PhD to better understand this, and has been involved with them ever since, in teaching or consulting or research. Three books and many articles have resulted from this work, and she also lead tours (some of you have been!) where they meet artisans and others in their homes, in an effort to bridge cultural gaps. marrakeshexpress.org

Art Speaks: A Conversation with Auction Artist Nancy Johnson

Thursday, Feb 25, 3:30 pm CST
FREE!

Fiber Art from A to Z auction artist Nancy Johnson is deft at imagining new designs and adapting techniques using remnants and thrums leftover from other projects. Join us in conversation with the artist as we talk about “weaving with what you have”.

Art Speaks: A Conversation with Brooklyn Tweed

Thursday, Feb 25, 6 pm CST
FREE!

Brooklyn Tweed has been creating yarns and patterns for passionate knitters and fiber lovers for ten years – this first decade of developing yarns that are entirely sourced, spun and dyed here in the United States has been a venture filled with gratitude and joy. Brooklyn Tweed team member Kel Moore shares the history of Brooklyn Tweed from knitting blog to breed-specific wool yarn company, how the events of 2020 connected them more closely to their community than ever before, and a few of the exciting things in store for 2021!

brooklyntweed.com

Art Speaks: Vionnet to BOG Coats – Designing Low Waste, Beautiful and Comfortable Garments discussion with Ella Ramsey

Friday, Feb 26, 11:30 am CST
FREE!

Join us for an interview with Fiber Art From A to Z auction artist, past Board President, and Teaching Artist Ella Ramsey as she shares how Textile Center forever changed her garment design.

Art Speaks: The Story of MHD Couture – A Conversation with Maggie Dayton

Friday, Feb 26, 4 pm CST
FREE!

Join this discussion with entrepreneur and creative fashion apparel designer Maggie Dayton, as she shares the story of her route to founding her business. Maggie currently serves as Textile Center Board Vice President.

mhdcouture.com

Fiber Art from A to Z Auction

Opens: Sunday, Feb 21, 12 pm
Closes: Saturday, Feb 27 at 8 pm

Peruse our auction collection of nearly 200 textile goods and fiber art — all to support Textile Center and working fiber artists!

The juried Fiber Art from A to Z online auction provides a national showcase of fiber art, wearables, home goods, specialty tools and supplies, as well as virtual making/learning experiences or services hosted by artists. This auction will raise funds to support Textile Center programs, as well as provide income for participating artists during this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check back for a link to our auction website closer to February 21. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram accounts for sneak-peeks at auction items!

Participating Artists:

Anthology Yarn Co.
Chris Allen
Rose Allen
Kirsten Aune
Jeannine Bakriges
Astrid Hilger Bennett
Mary Bero
Jack Bordnick
Sandy Bot-Miller
Debbie Boyles
Sandra Brick
Mary Ellen Calderwood
Camille Gage
Cecelia Campchiaro
Anna Carlson
Jan R Carson
Morgan Clifford
Katharine Cobey
Ann Coddington
Yvonne Cory
Cultural Cloth
Susan Schaefer Davis
Reynaldo Diaz
Toni Easterson
Mary Lou Egan
Carin Ekstrand-Anderson
Robbin Firth
Jaren Flood
Elaine Frankowski
Emma Freeman
Charles Gandy

D. Carol Grim
Paula Gron
Sharon Grosh
Carolyn Halliday
Marilyn Hamilton Jackson
Carol Hancuh
Roxanne Hardy
Susan Hensel
Maribeth Hite
Julie Hoover
Tina Hughes
Ann Johnson
Nancy Johnson
Patti Pease Johnson
Kim Kaelin
Mara Kali
Gail Katz-James
Beverly Kirk
Ruth Klabunde
Susan Koefod
Anne Kramer
Rene Kraus
Kristi Kuder
Candy Kuehn
Phillippa Kay Lack
Elizabeth Lanzatella
Peg Lasota
Zoe Lautz
Chillon Leach
Lisa Lehman
Fiona Lennox

Kathy Lewinski
Peg Lindberg
Zeeda Magnuson
Kelly Marshall
Faye Matson
Ann Baldwin May
Layl McDill
Anthony Minieri
Catherine Missaghi
Cathy Missaghi
Mary Mortenson
Susan Moss
Lisa Murray
Lara Neel
Paulette Nelson
Laura Foster Nicholson
Chiaki O’Brien
Suzanne O’Brien
Paul O’Connor
Karen Olesen Jaske
Judy Osbon
Peggy Wright
Paula Pfaff
Wannetta Phillips
Mimie Pollard
Trina Porte
Kris Post
Ann Poulson
Mary Pow
Ellaree Pray
Ella Ramsey

Ingrid Restemayer
Wendy Richardson
Michael Roca
Karen Rumpza
Mary Ann Schmidt
Meg Schmidt Duncan
Judy Schneebeck
Barbara Schneider
Lucienne Schroepfer
JoDee Schumer
Karen Searle
Linda Seebauer Hansen
Sue Segal
Pat Sernyk
Betsy Shannon
Mariana Shulstad
Barbara Sferra
Rebecca Smith
Ruth Stephens
Stitch Buffalo
Helen Stoerzinger
Susan Strawn
Phyllis Kudder Sullivan
Lorri Talberg
Rebecca Utecht
Trish Williams
Andrea Wong
Peggy Wright
Amina Yabis
Rebecca Yaker
Elizabeth Zimmermann

Sponsorship Opportunities


$5,000 – Spun Gold Sponsor:

Business/Organization name, logo, and website URL (when applicable) featured in the following:

  • All auction/event website pages (Avg. of 6,500 monthly visitors)
  • Facebook (9,000 followers), Instagram (3,800 followers), and Twitter (6,600 followers)
  • Four editions of Textiles on the Town Email Newsletter (10,000 recipients)
  • Registration forms and confirmation emails
  • At the beginning of online events

 

$2,500 – Cashmere Sponsor:

Business/Organization name, logo, and website URL (when applicable) featured in the following:

  • All auction/event website pages (Avg. of 6,500 monthly visitors)
  • Facebook (9,000 followers), Instagram (3,800 followers), and Twitter (6,600 followers)
  • Two editions of Textiles on the Town Email Newsletter (10,000 recipients)

 

$1,000 – Fine Linen Sponsor:

Business/Organization name, logo, and website URL (when applicable) featured in the following:

  • All auction/event website pages (Avg. of 6,500 monthly visitors)
  • Two editions of Textiles on the Town Email Newsletter (10,000 recipients)

 

$500 – Silk Thread:

Business/Organization name, logo, and website URL on all auction/event website pages

 

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Thank you to our event sponsors: