The Fabric community goes on display during the Columbia Gorge Fiber Fest, and with the “Altered Threads” art exhibit at Columbia Center for the Arts.
As of Tuesday, November 3, 2015
The fabric of the community, in literal form, goes on display in two ways this month.
Columbia Gorge Fiber Fest moves to The Dalles for the 2015 show, Nov. 6-8.
“Altered Threads” art exhibit opens Nov. 6 at Columbia Center for the Arts.
Through November, weavers, felters, quilters, and embroidery artists from three fiber guilds, as well as independent fiber artists from the Columbia Gorge, will combine their talents and efforts to present an exhibition at the Columbia Center for the Arts titled Altered Threads. A variety of art constructed from fiber will be on display throughout the month, including quilts, rugs, table runners, scarves, and much more. The fiber guilds include The Columbia Fibre Arts Guild, the Columbia River Quilters’ Guild, and the Gorge Handweavers Guild.
“The beautiful pieces in this show are a tribute to the guilds and the incredible work they do,” said Gallery Manager Rene Westbrook. “We feel honored to have these artists at the Center and invite everyone to come and see this vibrant and functional art.”
Since mankind’s earliest beginnings, fiber has been an essential element of life; providing clothing, shelter, and tools for survival. Most spinners and weavers use natural fibers from both plants and animals. Animal fibers include alpaca fleece from the Camelidae Family, and sheep produce wool, goats supply us with cashmere and mohair, rabbits give us angora, and the musk oxen donate qiviut. Don’t forget the tiny insects that provide us with lustrous silk. This is just a small list of animals that supply coverings for humans.
Fiber artists also use many different plant sources for their fiber needs. Common cellulose fibers are linen (flax plant), cotton, bamboo, hemp, coir (coconut fiber), pita fiber (agave plant), ramie (nettle plant), sisal (agave plant) and jute. Choices become even more interesting when working with fibers that have been processed in the commercial industry. Synthetic fibers such as rayon, tencel, and polyester fibers are continually expanding the types of fibers being utilized by fiber artists.
Columbia River Gorge yarn shop Knot Another Hat is bringing the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival (CGFF) to the new Fort Dalles Readiness Center for its fifth showing. The festival brings hundreds of fiber enthusiasts from throughout the United States and Canada to the Gorge.
The CGFF was founded in 2011 and was held in Hood River for its first four years. The Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles offers larger space for vendors, as well as state-of-the-art classrooms both onsite and next door at Columbia Gorge Community College.
The show boasts a marketplace with 45 artisan vendors from around the Pacific Northwest, including hand-dyed yarn and fiber artists, locally grown fiber, and even a creamery which will be offering both fiber and cheese from its farm. In addition to the market, attendees can find workshops in knitting, spinning, felting, rigid heddle weaving, and drop-spindling. This year’s show also includes an author book signing and Happy Hour on Friday evening and a keynote banquet on Saturday evening at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center featuring best-selling author Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.
The CGFF kicks off at 4 p.m. Nov. 6, with a no-host social in the marketplace, and runs through Nov. 8. The marketplace is free and open to the public; advanced registration is required for workshops and banquet tickets. More information on the CGFF schedule and classes can be found on its website, columbiagorgefiberfestival.com.
Knot Another Hat was established in Hood River in 2005 and is owned by Sarah Keller, who recently moved the store to a new location, 11 Third St, Suite 103. Phone is 541-308-0002.
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