Forming Fiber art exhibit

Sept 9 – Nov 27, 2022

Stephanie Metz, Avicular #13

Sculptural fiber art is one of the most innovative forms of contemporary art. Coming from a background in craft, fiber arts is an increasingly complex area of visual artmaking.

Fiber art includes techniques such as stitching, weaving, papermaking and crocheting that were once used only for functional purposes like making fishing nets or constructing clothing. Modern fiber artists twist this by using traditional fiber materials in new ways or by combining contemporary materials with a traditional technique. Paper is layered to create translucent three-dimensional artwork and wool forms intricate sculptures, for instance.

As today’s artists investigate and experiment with fiber arts, they continue to add a new voice to the world of art. Explore the contemporary world of fiber arts in Forming Fiber Sept 9 – Nov 27, 2022.

Featured Artists

Dora Agbas | Lanny Bergner | Brea Black | Ann Coddington | Elise Flatland | Rachelle Gardner-Roe | Lissa Hunter | Winifred Lutz | Stephanie Metz | Betsy Knabe Roe | Hannah March Sanders | Leandra Spangler | Jo Stealey | Becky Stevens | Vicki Weaver

Exhibit Events and Related Programs

Dora Agbas Artist Talk and Demonstration
Wed | Sept 14 | 7-8pm
Reed Studio
Dora Agbas has two artworks in the exhibit. She will discuss her work and demonstrate her processes. You may also try creating your own cordage for basketry techniques.

Fiber Talk
Wed | Sept 28 | 7-8pm
Reed Studio
Betsy Roe will talk about the history of fiber arts and contemporary sculptural fiber.

First Friday Reception
Fri, Oct 7 | 5-8pm
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery
Join us for an evening of light refreshment with the artists in Forming Fiber.

Meet & Create with a Fiber Craft Guild
Every Saturday in October | 2-3pm
Learning Center
Members of local craft guilds will teach us new skills. This is also a great place to meet other crafty people. We’ll explore a different type of fiber craft every week.

Drop-in Fiber Crafting
Every Thursday in October | 6-8pm
Learning Center
Explore a different fiber craft each week! We’ll have supplies to get started in the craft, and helpful staff to answer questions and demonstrate techniques. Drop in anytime between 6 and 8pm.

Sculpting with Handmade Paper
Sun, Oct 30 | 1 – 5pm
Learning Center
Artist Jo Stealey will teach you to make an armature using basketry techniques of twining & random weaving with reed or wire. Armatures will be a sculptural form you’ll cover with handmade paper. Register.

Ann Coddington Artist Talk 
Wed, Nov 9 | 7-8pm
Zoom or join the Gallery in the Reed Studio
Artist Ann Coddington will be joining us via Zoom to talk about her processes and her work. You can attend at the library with other patron in the Reed Studio or register for the link to Zoom. Register.

woven basket textureRandom Weaving
Wed, Nov 16 | 6:30-8pm
Reed Studio
Random weaving is a fun, open-ended technique to produce a form or basket. We’ll provide a variety of traditional and nontraditional materials along with instruction to get your piece started. Register.

Reed Studio Make & Take Art Projects

Paper Sculpture
Sept 9-24

Watercolor Resist
Sept 25-Oct 2

Bird Sculpture
Oct 3-16

Felted Project
Oct 17-30

Wire Sculpture
Oct 31-Nov 13

Abstract Stitching
Nov 14-27



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