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.

 

 

14th Annual North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival in Sequim WA is October 4 – 6, 2019

"Geometry In Textiles"
"Geometry In Textiles"
“Geometry In Textiles” by Betty Cook – red, Nancy Wilcox – orange, Mary Ann Clayton – yellow, Peggy St. George – green, Janet Green – blue, and Anne Davies – purple

 

The North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival celebrates its 14th year which is always the first weekend in October in Sequim and various events and locations throughout autumn. Join us for this interactive fiber arts event connecting to the community with activities like a museum exhibition, workshops, educational demonstrations of fiber processes, hands-on projects 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.

 

"Night Wave" by Estelle Jackson
“Night Wave” by Estelle Jackson

 

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. Join us at the NEW Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Ave, Sequim WA. The North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival is an opportunity to experience positive inclusion, creative expression, and the economic enterprise of art. Always encouraging genuine growth and artistic integrity, most activities are free to the public and all forms of fiber art are welcome.

North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival Website – FiberArtsFestival.org

 

"Climate Change Quilt" by Patti Pattison
“Climate Change Quilt” by Patti Pattison

 

“Irresistible Aesthetics – Beauty, Absorption, & Ideology” is a juried fiber arts exhibition of spellbinding, splendid, and sublime delights for the senses embracing the fascination of working with mesmerizing materials and hypnotic methods. Expressed as satisfyingly subtle to voraciously hedonistic, aesthetics is defined as the perception, appreciation, and creation of what is considered beautiful. Belief systems, color values, and personal philosophy are embedded into the pleasure of creating and experiencing fiber art creations. From utilitarian towels to fancy fluff, attraction and obsession fuel creators to produce exquisite works through time honored techniques and enthusiastic experimentation.

 

"Michelle Ma Belle" by Gladis Marr
“Michelle Ma Belle” by Gladis Marr

Artists include Carolyn Abbott, Judy Anderson, Lora Armstrong, Lynn Baritelle, Catherine Bilyard-Eagle, Renne Emiko Brock, Mary Ann Clayton, Betty Cook, Anne Davies, Lauralee DeLuca, Liisa Fagerlund, MarySue French, Nona Giersch, Lisa Gilbert, Janet Green, Stan Green, Marilyn Hiestand, Leslie Hoex, Erica Iseminger, Estelle Jackson, Susan Kroll, Gladis C. Marr, Kathy Martin, Donna McMillen, Brianne Moores, Sherry Nagel, Sue Nylander, Ilse Osier-Forrest, Patti Pattison, Jolene Sanborn, Pauline Schultz, Gloria Skovronsky, Peggy St. George, Jan Tatom, Gail Van Horsen, Marla Varner, Linda Wesseler, Nancy K. Wilcox, and Jean Wyatt.

 

"Changing Seasons" by Stan Green
“Changing Seasons” by Stan Green

 

Exhibit Dates: October 1 – November 30, 2019

 

North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival Events

 

Friday, October 4, 2019 –

First Friday Art Walk Sequim Fiber Arts Exhibition Opening Reception for “Irresistible Aesthetics – Beauty, Absorption, & Ideology” 5 – 8 PM at Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Ave, Sequim WA  SequimArtWalk.com SequimMuseum.com

 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Fiber Arts Extravaganza Demonstrations and Fiber Arts Market 9 AM to 3 PM at Sequim Museum & Arts. NOFAF Fiber Arts Market from fleece to finished products including apparel, household goods, and supplies to create your own fiber works with creators Renne Emiko Brock, Lisa Gilbert, North Olympic Shuttle and Spindle Guild, Kathy Martin, Jan Tatom, Twisted Strait Fibers, and Jean Wyatt. Explore and learn from demonstrations of fiber processes in action with the Strait Knitters, exhibiting artists, and the North Olympic Shuttle and Spindle Guild.

Fiber Arts Exhibition “Irresistible Aesthetics” 9 AM to 3 PM with “Meet the Makers” Reception starting at 12 PM

 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Fiber Arts Exhibition “Irresistible Aesthetics” 12 to 3 PM

 

First Friday Art Walk Sequim logo with one open door on the 1st Friday.

Friday, November 1, 2019 –

First Friday Art Walk Sequim Fiber Arts Fiber Arts Market and Exhibition 5 – 8 PM at Sequim Museum & Arts at 1544 N Sequim Ave, Sequim WA

 

Renne Emiko Brock Ombre Silk Stoles

Saturday, November 30, 2019 –

Fiber Arts Market Small Business Saturday 11AM – 4PM at Sequim Museum & Arts.

 

Port Angeles Fiber Arts Exhibition at Studio Bob

Shetland Cowl by Susan Kroll
Shetland Cowl by Susan Kroll
Shetland Cowl by Susan Kroll

The North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival includes a Port Angeles Fiber Arts Exhibition in September at Studio Bob’s at 118 ½ E Front St. on Saturday, September 14, 5 – 8 PM, Sunday, Sept 15, 12 – 3 PM, and Sept 21, 12 – 4 PM for Arts and Draughts Festival. This exhibition is filled with local fiber artists sponsored by Cabled Fiber & Yarn and the festival. Artists will be on hand to discuss their work and share their creative process.

 

Call for Fiber Artists – Irresistible Aesthetics – Beauty, Absorption, & Ideology

Renne Emiko Brock Ombre Silk Stoles
Renne Emiko Brock Ombre Silk Stoles
The “Irresistible Aesthetics – Beauty, Absorption, & Ideology” exhibition is a component of the 14th Annual North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival Oct 4 – 6, 2019 at the new 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.

Prospectus for exhibition “Irresistible Aesthetics – Beauty, Absorption, & Ideology”

A juried fiber arts exhibition of spellbinding, splendid, and sublime delights for the senses embracing the fascination of working with mesmerizing materials and hypnotic methods. Expressed as satisfyingly subtle to voraciously hedonistic, aesthetics is defined as the perception, appreciation, and creation of what is considered beautiful. Belief systems, color values, and personal philosophy are embedded into the pleasure of creating and experiencing fiber art creations. From utilitarian towels to fancy fluff, attraction and obsession fuel creators to produce exquisite works through time honored techniques and enthusiastic experimentation. Seasoned or newer creations are welcome. Open to all fiber arts media.

Online Application at

https://uniqueasyou.submittable.com/submit

Entry Deadline: September 7, 2019 at 9 PM

Artwork Delivery: Before September 25, 2019

Exhibit Dates: October 1 – November 30, 2019

Opening Reception: Oct 5, 2019

First Friday Art Walk Sequim Receptions: October 4, 2019 and November 1, 2019

North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival – FiberArtsFestival.org

North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival logo

Fiber Arts Show and Sale at the Sequim Museum & Arts Saturday, November 24, 10 AM to 3 PM #shopsmall

shop small with local fiber artists

shop small with local fiber artists

North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival Fiber Arts Show and Sale at the Sequim Museum & Arts Saturday, November 24, 10 AM to 3 PM

 

During the last day of the “Transformative Style – Originality, Revolution, & Repute” art exhibition, 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, 175 West Cedar St. Downtown Sequim. Uncover unique gifts of fine art, wearable art, accessories, housewares, yarn, fleece, and fuzzy treasures. Meet the creators and learn about the methods used to make these one-of-a-kind works. This 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

 

Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to support neighborhood enterprises with unique shopping experiences that contribute to our local economy. Several small, homebased businesses will be selling at the North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival Fiber Arts Market at the Sequim Museum & Arts including Lynn Baritelle, Renne Emiko Brock, Jan Tatom, Jean Wyatt, and more. Look for the hashtag #ShopSmall and signage of participating businesses.

 

shop small local fiber artists