Thursday, September 19, 2013

Art Prize

On Wednesday, I traveled to Grand Rapids to take in a bit of Art Prize. This annual art experiment is in it's fourth year - but this was the first trip for me. If you haven't heard, this art show is in venues all over the city of Grand Rapids, anyone can enter, and everyone gets to vote on their favorites. There is prize money for the winners - Big Prize Money. I may have to throw my hat (or hand knit scarf?) in the ring next year.  I was on the look out for fiber art.
This is Wool House by Annie Belle. It is located on the 5th floor of UICA. I voted for this one because it is super cool. It celebrates knitting, brings about a feeling of warmth and safety. It is knit from wool roving. Go see it in person! 
This is Chasing Ice by Danielle Rante. It is carefully cut paper and lava rocks. It is meant to cause us to think about the polar caps, melting. It is extraordinary.  At The GRAM

This is Fluidity, by Shea Hester-Haddard. It is a collection of tiny porcelain vessels. Some bowls, but as they climb the walls, more like pinched butterflies. They look as though they are trying to escape. No, not fiber - but it has some things in common with fiber art.  Evidence of being made by hand, and a repetition of form are also often present in works of fiber art. You can see this one at UICA, also on the 5th floor. 

I voted for many more than these three. It seemed that the best stuff was at the two Museums, but I also saw loads of very cool art at some of the other venues along the way. You can't risk skipping a venue! It was a fabulous day, until I got back to my car:
A street lamp fell off its post, and on to my car. How can that even happen? I got there just in time to see the clean up guys toss the big thing into their clean up vehicle, and a Police Woman was also there. That part was lucky, I guess.  I got a case number, and a phone number to call at the City. Now, my car is at the body shop, and I am trying to find a car to rent. 

I am looking forward to this Saturday, when I get to talk with the Michigan Weaver's Guild in Southfield about Collapse Weaves. I will share more about that on my blog next week. 

Monday, September 9, 2013


I have had the pleasure of sitting next to Maggie Jackson at a dinner party in Seattle. What an amazing, and FUN, Lady. I was sent the following information from a member of the Ann Arbor fiberarts guild - and it is just too good not to share!

Irish Knitting Wearables workshop – in Ann Arbor Oct. 12-13

Maggie Jackson, internationally known designer from Ireland, will teach two workshops featuring her signature stitches and texture techniques for knitters to use in creating their own wearable art,  October 12-13, sponsored by the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.  The workshops are now open to non-members of AAFG and will be held at the Washtenaw Community College, Ypsilanti. Examples of Jackson’s wearable art are on her website.  Just look for Maggie Jackson wearable Irish knits.  

The fee for the workshops  is $210 payable on  registration.  The workshop registration form is on the AAFG website in the October newsletter.(A $40 material fee will be collected at the class.) Workshop questions? Contact

Maggie Jackson’s wearables collection will be shown at the AAFG Guild meeting on Monday night, October 14.  Meeting starts at 6:30pm.  Non-members are welcome and will pay a $10 fee for this fashion show. AAFG meets at Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty St, between 7th and Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI.

Marion Marzolf, publicity

AAFG welcomes information about fiberarts events on space available basis. Contact editor: Elizabeth Rodriguiz:

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Labor Day Scarf

Labor Day Scarf! 
One of the most fun things about the rigid heddle loom is how quickly you can get a project on, and off again! Sometimes I get a true craving to make something. Boom, boom. This project fit the bill. I warped the loom on my kitchen counter (92 inches!) while waiting for my husband to get home. I finished the threading while enjoying a glass of wine. 

Over the next two days I worked on it here and there. In between company, bike rides, swimming and cooking. By Monday afternoon I had it off the loom and ready for finishing. In this case, "finishing" means to toss it in the washing machine to felt the ends, and then give it a good press. Voila! Scarf! 

It has a fun shape, a nice drape, and is very soft and warm. 

The pattern is available here, under the pattern tab, or on Ravelry.