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We put together a list of some ways you and your children can celebrate National Craft Month during March.
3. Celebrate by thinking about Summer Camps - We believe in crafting all year round and so why not celebrate the month by registering for camp? Who said all your crafting had to be done in one month? Join us for one or many weeks of camp as we craft our way through the warmest months of the year creating fabulous memories, projects and friendships!
4. Learn a new technique - Did you know we have a YouTube channel with tons of how-to videos. You can learn to knit, crochet, wonderknit, weave and so much more by watching our tutotiral videos. Is there something missing? Let us know, we'll create a new video and post it!
5. Stock up with new tools - Ever wonder where we get our cool tools from? Well wonder no more! You can bring our tools home by shopping in our online store! We've got everything you need to keep crafting long after National Craft Month has passed. We also have video to match the tools you buy! Get on our our creativity train.
Need help? Have more questions? We'd love to chat. Simply contact us and we can share ideas, talk about upcoming events, or answer any questions.
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FiberPhiladelphia 2012 is an international biennial and regional festival for innovative fiber/textile art. Exhibitions are happening at more than 40 locations including major institutions and independent venues during the event. They will include work by renowned international artists and a new generation of artists breaking into the field. The first shows began in January and they stretch until June.
Now, if you've been reading our blog, you'll know that March is National Craft Month. But did you know that on March 2nd May Michael Nutter declared by official proclamation that March is Fiber Arts Month in Philadelphia? Well, friends, it's true. At the opening ceremony which was held at Moore College of Art and Design we were treated to a welcome address by Mayor Nutter (at a yarn bombed microphone), an introduction by Dr. Happy Fernandez (President of Moore), another intro by Amy Orr (Executive Director of FiberPhiladelphia 2012) and finally, a keynote lecture by Elissa Auther. She is the author of String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art (Minnesota, 2010). Click here to see photos of this amazing event and the opening that occurred afterward at the Crane Arts BUilding!
Yes, that's me yarn bombing the microphone that Mayor Nutter, et al, spoke at.
Now, at this point, you may be asking yourself why I am writing about this. What's the tie back to The Handwork Studio? Here's the deal: I work for The Handwork Studio year round as the Director of Curriculum and Education, but I'm also a fiber artist who makes and shows work in galleries. I was drawn to FiberPhiladelphia in January 2011 by a fellow fiber artist and the next thing I knew I found myself on the Executive Board of this fabulous festival surrounded by the most amazing individuals: artists, curators, students, designers and volunteers. Together, we created the single most important Fiber Arts event in Philadelphia in the last 20 years. I am so proud to be a part of this group and promote the exhibitions, support our business sponsors and spread the word.
So please stop by The Handwork Studio and pick up one of our directories and plan your visit to our shows around the city today! You can also find them at many locations around town; check the website for a list of our exhibitions and support your local fiber artists!
Full Disclosure / Shameless Plug:
I have a number of shows during the festival that I would love for you to share with your children, friends and family. Click here for the full exhibitions list and search for "Melissa". You can see some of the work I do when I'm not knitting bunnies and sewing marshmallows!
If you're reading this, chances are you have a little fiber artist at home and in that case I would strongly recommend that if you're in the Philadelphia area between now and the end of April, take them to see Cold Comfort at The Schuylkill Center for Envrionmental Education. This show has been delighting the little ones (and not so little ones) since January and is a real treat, both indoors and out!
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