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FiberPhiladelphia 2012

Posted by Melissa Haims on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 @ 06:30 AM

Hi there! Miss Melissa here for a double shot of blog posts. Last week I wrote about the American Camp Association's Tri State Camp Conference and while I was there I talked A LOT about FiberPhiladelphia and promised to share more details... Here they are:

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! 

Miss Melissa yarn bombing Mayor Nutter's microphone.  Mayor Nutter at said Microphone.

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!

little tree hugger at Cold Comfort.

Enjoy!

Miss Melissa

 

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Story Time at The Handwork Studio | A Time Out From Creating

Posted by Julia Yosen on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 @ 03:04 PM

Story time at The Handwork StudioParents ask us all the time when we run camp 6 hours a day, 5 days a week for approximately 20 weeks out of the year (that includes Winter, Spring and Summer break), Do they really craft all day?!?!?  


The truth is sometimes we have to pry the knitting needles out of their hands at the end of the day.  I will tell you nothing brings us more sincere happiness then to see a child who loves what they are doing.  However, I must confess that we do not craft for the entire six hours.   We do ask our campers to take a break to do things like eat and rest there hands.  During that down time we like to read.  


Over the years The Handwork Studio has accumulated quite a collection of story books that weave magnificent tales of silly sheep that won’t follow the flock, or a messy girl who has a room that looks like it is lived in by pigs, so of course she sews many pigs, and of a quilt that has been passed down from generation to generation.   

 

A Handwork Studio Favorite ReadOne of our favorite stories is "Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep, A Yarn about Wool”  by Teri Sloat and illustrated by the whimsical artist Nadine Bernard Wescott.  This simple funny rhyming story has proven to be a must read for all ages in our camps.  

 

The story begins when Farmer Brown shears his sheep in the chilly days of early spring. Much to their dismay these shivering sheep want their wool back!  As the story progresses the sheep follow Farmer Brown and watch as their wool is turned into something new.  Readers get to see the journey wool goes on from being cleaned and combed to dyed and spun and at the end you have happy sheep that get to see what their wool has become.

 

We feel nothing engages a child more than a good story and helps them to relate to the many different skills we teach at The Handwork Studio.  If you are interested in "Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep, A Yarn about Wool”or other fabulous stories we have at The Handwork Studio please contact us at anytime.

Happy reading!

Miss Julia

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