Fiber College of Maine 2017
Wednesday, September 06, 2017 – Sunday, September 10, 2017
“We’re so excited about the 11th year of our grand gathering! With more than a decade of friendships and connections behind us, we’re starting to reach both backwards and forwards when we plan for each September. “College” for us means a gathering of individuals united by common passions and interests, one fueling the other.
Reaching into our past, we’re happy to welcome back the quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. These wonderful women were with us two years ago. Last year Donna Johnson taught a class in slow stitching…she was inspired by the eco printing classes she took with Amelia Poole. These two wonderful women created such a demand for naturally dyed cotton thread that we asked Jackie Ottino Graf to teach a class in cellulose dyeing this year…and these stories of inspiration and new projects could fill campfire conversations night after night.
This year we’re pleased to expand the woodworking sessions with a new shop dedicated to transforming trees into works of art. Brian Theriault from Fort Kent is coming down to teach the traditional art of snowshoe making using wood he harvested himself and deer gut he prepared with his 90-year old father. James Francis will be teaching a drum class that embodies the beliefs of the Penobscot Nation and uses the ash and moose hides of Northern Maine. Ken Wise returns to teach spoon making again but has added canoe paddles to the curriculum. And did I mention that Hawk Henries is coming back to teach flute making and ornate blocks?
Our overarching theme this year is Re-Use, Re-Design, Re-Create in the spirit of the Black Belt of Alabama and the Native Americans closer to home. Zero waste design is a way of life that is re-gaining recognition and as members of the wealthiest society in the history of the world, it is invigorating to see just how we can re-purpose our abundance to feed the needs of our souls.”