The New Mexico Fiber Crawl honors New Mexico’s rich Fiber Arts heritage and contemporary culture by raising awareness and sharing the diversity of the fiber arts community in Northern New Mexico.
Studios, galleries, and farms, from Taos to Albuqueque, will open their doors to visitors interested in talking with the artists, experiencing the fiber hands-on, and meeting the farmers and animals where it all begins.
7Arts Gallery fiber artists, Dayna Fisk-Williams and Karen Waters, will be part of the 2018 Fiber Crawl and will be sharing hands-on weaving and felting demonstrations at the gallery during this fun weekend. Ethically sourced dyed wool roving, effect fibers and felting supplies will also be available for purchase at the gallery from SoulFelt Designs, during the crawl.
Dayna Fisk-Williams weaves Saori style clothing and accessories, as well as traditional Rio Grande rugs and wall hangings using contemporary designs. Saori is a modern style of Japanese weaving which is very free-style, open ended, and care free.
Two Saori looms will be available during the Fiber Crawl for demonstrations and for anyone to try their hand at weaving. Winding a warp can also be demonstrated for anyone that is interested. Dayna’s Rio Grande rugs and wall hangings are all woven on traditional looms at Tierra Wools in Los Ojos, NM. She uses local churro wool, and her designs are bright, modern, and contemporary.
Karen Waters is a sculptural feltmaker using wet felting techniques, and also sells ethical wool and felting supplies. Feltmaking, thought to be the oldest form of fabric making, is not woven technique, but instead is about tangling the fibers. Karen uses traditional techniques but also incorporates a few modern tools. Using wool, rainwater, soap, and hand agitation, she works to tangle the wool until it turns into felt. She then continues shaping it into a finished piece, without the use of stiffeners to hold its shape.
Feltmaking demonstrations will be given throughout the weekend as well as the opportunity for Crawlers to make their own small sample of felt.
Karen’s fiber art supplies, sold under the name SoulFelt Designs, will also be available in the gallery during the weekend. Items for sale will include dyed Merino roving from non-mulesed sheep, Finnish wool roving, effect fibers and felting tools.
As if all that weren't enough, Dayna will be holding a raffle for two of her scarves!
- Saori infinity scarf made with bamboo and cotton. Light blues, beige and brown.
- 71" Saori scarf made with cotton. Burgundy, cream and pink.
Hours at the gallery for the Fiber Crawl are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 18, 19 and 20, 2018 from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm each day.
Detailed information about the New Mexico Fiber Crawl can be found at www.nmfibercrawl.org