16th Annual North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival October 1 – 3, 2021 at the Sequim Museum & Arts

“At the Junction” by Marla Varner

 

North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival

October 1 – 3, 2021

Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Avenue, Sequim WA

Free to the public and all ages welcome!

 

Join us for this interactive fiber arts event connecting to the community with activities like a museum exhibition, educational demonstrations of fiber processes, hands-on experiences for children and adults, Fiber Arts Market of local artists’ work and fiber supplies, and information about local fiber activities, groups, businesses, and instructional resources. The North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival is an opportunity to experience positive inclusion, creative expression, encouraged education, the economic enterprise of art, and fostering fiber arts.

 

Celebrating our 16th year of the North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival, we thank our excellent volunteers make this community event possible including several local fiber arts groups, artists, fiber friendly businesses, and educational organizations! We are grateful for their fostering natures and fiber arts talents. Always emboldening genuine growth and artistic integrity, activities are free to the public and all forms of fiber art are welcome.

 

"The Covid Corvid" by Peggy St. George a bird with gears surrounded by orange and red quilting
“The Covid Corvid” by Peggy St. George

 

On Friday, October 1 during the First Friday Art Walk Sequim from 5:00 to 8:00 PM enjoy the “Bumblebunching – Warped, Twisted, & Imperfect” Opening Reception of the fiber arts exhibition which runs October 1 to November 27, 2021 at the Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Avenue, Sequim WA. This juried fiber arts exhibition celebrating happy accidents, successful satisfaction in Wabi-Sabi, and unintended artistic experiences that often lead to evolutionary forms of expression and joyful acceptance that experimentation is part of one’s art practice. Fiber Artists yearn for thorough planning and tight intention, gratification in challenging practice, and ritual appreciation and amusement in transience and incomplete mistakes. Bumblebunching are the exuberant jumbled loops created by the bobbin when stitching has improper tension while machine sewing.

 

"Experiment in Green" by Donna Dowdney
“Experiment in Green” by Donna Dowdney

 

“Bumblebunching” exhibition artists include Lynn Baritelle, Honey Bliss, Renne Emiko Brock, Donna Lee Dowdney, Liisa Fagerlund, Susanne Foster, Peggy St. George, Leslie Hoex, Estelle Jackson, Susan Kroll, Jacki Moseley, Kelly Ruth, Susan Savage, Gloria Skovronsky, Marla Varner, and Jean Wyatt.

 

“Twisted Thistle” by Liisa Fagerlund

 

On Saturday, October 2 from 11: 00 AM to 4:00 PM, we have an action-packed Fiber Arts Extravaganza full of free educational demonstrations, hands-on engagement for all ages, and Fiber Arts Market. The Fiber Arts Extravaganza inside the Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Avenue, Sequim WA. Visitors will have the opportunity to shop for items from fleece to finished products including apparel, household goods, and supplies to create your own fiber works. Demonstrations vary from spinning yarn, felting, knitting, hooking, weaving, and hand stitching. Learn more about local artists and fiber related groups to join our growing and supportive community. Also on Saturday at the museum, engage directly with the artists of the “Bumblebunching – Warped, Twisted, & Imperfect” exhibition to learn about what inspires them and how they create their art at the “Meet the Makers” Fiber Arts Reception throughout the afternoon. Bring your friends and family to discover the many forms of fiber arts and make some new friends too.

 

“Woven Hanging” by Jean Wyatt

On Sunday, October 3, you have another opportunity to visit the Fiber Arts Exhibition “Bumblebunching – Warped, Twisted, & Imperfect” from 12:00 – 3:00 PM at Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Avenue, Sequim WA.

 

During the Fiber Arts Exhibition “Bumblebunching – Warped, Twisted, & Imperfect” October 1 to November 27, 2021 the Sequim Museum & Arts is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at 544 N Sequim Avenue, Sequim WA.

 

“Guatemala Inspired Yardage” by Lynn Baritelle

 

More details at FiberArtsFestival.org and Facebook.com/northolympicfiberartsfestival

The North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival respects the Covid health and wellness guidelines of masks, social distancing, and limited capacity.

 

North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival logo

Going Old School! Entry Form for Bumblebunching – Warped, Twisted, & Imperfect with Deadline September 7, 2021

North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival logo

We are going old school! Call for Artists! Download your entry form!

2021 – Bumblebunching – Warped, Twisted, & Imperfect

A juried fiber arts exhibition celebrating happy accidents, successful satisfaction in Wabi-Sabi, and unintended artistic experiences that often lead to evolutionary forms of expression and joyful acceptance that experimentation is part of one’s art practice. Fiber Artists yearn for thorough planning and tight intention, gratification in challenging practice, and ritual appreciation and amusement in transience and incomplete mistakes. Bumblebunching are the exuberant jumbled loops created by the bobbin when stitching has improper tension while machine sewing. Seasoned or newer creations are welcome. Open to all fiber arts media.

 

Exhibit Dates: October 1 – November 27, 2021

Entry Deadline: September 7, 2021

 

Download Entry Form and full prospectus:

Entry Form and Prospectus for 2021 Fiber Arts Exhibit Bumblebunching Word Doc

Entry Form and Prospectus for 2021 Fiber Arts Exhibit Bumblebunching PDF

 

The Bumblebunching – Warped, Twisted, & Imperfect exhibition is a component of the 16th Annual North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival Oct 1 – 3, 2021 at the Sequim Museum & Arts location at 544 N Sequim Ave, Sequim WA 98382. Many fiber arts events and exhibitions happen throughout the months of September, October, and November on the Olympic Peninsula that are partnerships with the North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival.

Irresistible Aesthetics – Beauty, Absorption, & Ideology at the Sequim Museum & Arts in 2019.

Call for Artists for Bumblebunching – Warped, Twisted, & Imperfect

Bumblebunching threads in blue and purple

Bumblebunching threads in blue and purple

Call for Artists for our 16th Annual North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival Exhibition!

2021 – Bumblebunching – Warped, Twisted, & Imperfect

A juried fiber arts exhibition celebrating happy accidents, successful satisfaction in Wabi-Sabi, and unintended artistic experiences that often lead to evolutionary forms of expression and joyful acceptance that experimentation is part of one’s art practice.

Fiber Artists yearn for thorough planning and tight intention, gratification in challenging practice, and ritual appreciation and amusement in transience and incomplete mistakes. Bumblebunching are the exuberant jumbled loops created by the bobbin when stitching has improper tension while machine sewing.

Seasoned or newer creations are welcome. Open to all fiber arts media.

Entry Deadline: September 7, 2021

Exhibit Dates: October 1 – November 27, 2021 at the Sequim Museum & Arts

Online Application and full prospectus coming soon.

 

Virtual North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival Artist Spotlight – Kathy Martin of Gotmygoat of Wynham Farms

Turquoise yarn worn like a cowl
“Deep Water Turquoises” hand spun yarn by Kathy Martin

I wheel spun “Deep Water Turquoises” from a blend of Polwarth Wool and Silk, Navajo (chain) plying it with hand-dyed Kid Mohair locks. 245 yards of this bulky yarn will make a cowl or shawlette.

 

woven shawl in autumn colors
“NW Autumn” by Kathy Martin

“NW Autumn” is a wrap composed of Kid Mohair, Targhee Wool, Bamboo, Silk and bling. Many of the fibers are handspun. The wrap was knit using my own bias scarf design and taking advantage of the art yarn textures.

 

Connect with Kathy at

Kathy Martin aka Gotmygoat of Wynham Farms

https://www.gotmygoat.com

Virtual North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival Artist Spotlight – Susan Kroll of Thistlehill Farm

hand dyed, spun, and knit fingerless mittens
hand dyed, spun, and knit fingerless mittens in Shetland wool by Susan Kroll

 

Susan’s fiber artwork is made of wool from her own Shetland sheep. She uses mostly natural dyes to color the yarn that she has hand-spun and then hand knit.

 

hand dyed, spun, and knit shawl in Shetland wool
hand dyed, spun, and knit shawl in Shetland wool by Susan Kroll

 

Connect with Susan at

Susan Kroll / Thistlehill Farm

http://twistedstraitfibers.com

Virtual North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival Artist Spotlight – Marla Varner of Penny Lane Quilts

colorful quilt with rounded squares called squircles
colorful quilt with crossings At the Junction by Marla Varner
“At the Junction” by Marla Varner

 

“At the Junction” (72″ x 69″)

At the Junction is an original design composed of blocks made using freehand cutting techniques. Creating the flow of color with special attention to value provided an intriguing design challenge. Dense quilting lines in graduated colors create texture while allowing the piecing to take center stage. Improvisation provides endless decisions at every junction of the process!

 

colorful quilt with rounded squares called squircles
“For the Love of Squircles” by Marla Varner

 

“For the Love of Squircles” (73″ x 63″)

Inspired by my first squircle quilt, this second version uses solid scraps and continues the process of creating a block a day for a year.  I once again joined a group of online quilters making daily circle blocks. I cut my shapes freehand and applied them using needle turn appliqué. The resulting squircle blocks created an opportunity to explore transitions and provided the perfect canvas for hand quilting.

 

Connect with Marla at

Marla Varner / Penny Lane Quilts

https://pennylanequilts.com/

 

The 2020 North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival is Cancelled

North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival knot logo

Due to health safety concerns the 15th Annual North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival which would have been held on Oct 2 – 4, 2020 is cancelled. We are all disappointed by how Covid-19 has suppressed our creative opportunities, yet we are looking forward to artistic and economic pursuits in the future.

You might find it ironic that our 2020 fiber art exhibition theme was “Clarity of Vision – Coherence, Perspective, & Hinesight” and I developed that theme 5 years ago!

So focusing on the future, think about the 2021 theme “Bumblebunching – Warped, Twisted, & Imperfect” instead!

What is Bumblebunching? Oh you know it! The tangled loops of stitching on the bobbin side of the fabric that result from improper tension when machine sewing. A chance to embrace Wabi Sabi!

 

North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival knot logo

Let’s continue to be an optimistic light for our community with our inclusive creativity and educational outreach! We will keep sharing our fantastic fiber friends’ artwork to encourage us all!

Thank you very much for your kind support and please take care,

Renne Emiko Brock, North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival Director

 

Fiber Arts Exhibition at the Sequim Museum & Arts
Fond memories of the 2019 exhibition installation! photo by Marla Varner

North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival Fiber Arts Show and Sale at the Sequim Museum & Arts Saturday, November 30, 11 AM to 3 PM

Small Business Saturday

During the last day of the “Irresistible Aesthetics – Beauty, Absorption, & Ideology” art exhibition on November 30, delight in a special Small Business Saturday Fiber Arts Market event supporting local artists and producers selling fiber to finished products at Sequim Museum & Arts, 544 N Sequim Ave. Uncover unique gifts of fine art, wearable art, accessories, housewares, yarn, fleece, and fuzzy treasures. As you are exploring Sequim’s Hometown Holidays events, come meet the fiber arts creators and learn about the methods used to make these one-of-a-kind works.

Small Business Saturday

 

The Fiber Arts Market event is part of the North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival which is an educational and economic opportunity to learn about Olympic Peninsula Fiber Artists and related businesses that maintain traditional and innovative techniques in raw fiber, yarns, textile home goods, apparel, and fine art while fostering community inclusion and teaching future generations. FiberArtsFestival.org

 

Several small, homebased businesses will be selling at the North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival Fiber Arts Market at the Sequim Museum & Arts including members of the North Olympic Shuttle and Spindle Guild, Renne Emiko Brock, Lisa Gilbert, Leslie Hoex, Kathy Martin, Jan Tatom, Jean Wyatt, and the Twisted Strait Fibers Co-Op. And, nearly all of the participating artists are also educators who can assist you to ignite your own creativity.

Renne Emiko Brock Ombre Silk Stoles

Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to support neighborhood enterprises with unique shopping experiences that contribute to our local economy. Look for the hashtag #ShopSmall and signage of participating businesses.