Tuesday, August 28, 2012

do not miss: fiber college

Don't you hate misuse of the word unique? It means one-of-a-kind, nothing else just like it on the planet. Snowflakes? Unique! Beautiful handcrafted quilts like this one? Unique!  A shirt at a chain store? nu-UH! I rarely use the word. When I say it, I mean it.  Fiber College in Maine, next week: wonderfully unique.
 Sept 6-9th. Searsport, Maine. Here's why you should join us:
Fiber College Maine
One of the teaching spaces, an art studio. I'm teaching 3 classes.
Put aside the amazing teachers, consider the setting. On the ocean. In Maine. In September, at a campground resort with a beach and acres of award winning gardens with fiber art installed amongst nature. You can't beat the warm, friendly & artful vibe, starting with Astrig Tanguay, her husband Steve and the staff who run the whole shebang.
Fiber College
Students in one of my classes last year. That's fellow teacher Ellen Mason modeling one of her sweaters. Look what she is doing this year, drop-in dyeing. My dream activity!
Now, consider  the options.( full list here.) You can stay at the grounds, or at reasonably priced housing nearby, and take amazing workshops.  Everything from indigo vat dyeing, latvian mittens, broom making, spinning, knitting techniques, stitching, quilting, wood carving, paper marbling, making a shawl pin. This year instructors include Katharine Cobey , Kirsten Kapur/Through the Loops, and Mary Lou Egan, of the WearWithAll designers .That's just a teeny snippet of knit possibilities. Crazy!
Fiber College Maine   
If your time or budget isn't free, you don't need to take classes at all.. There are daypasses for $8. to  hang out with your tribe, visit the vendors, and  the open demonstrations, and art. Or just sit and knit in beauty. Potluck dinners, a fashion show, a yarnswap...options, baby, options. Saturday night takes place in the center of Searsport, with an outdoor cocktail party and impromptu show & tell, followed by a sitdown delish dinner and a slidetalk presentation. This year the presenter is ME. I'm doing a fun 1 hour slide talk about photographing knitwear, 99% jargon free. It's the talk I last did in LA for the Slipt Stitchers Guild.I guess it's a bi-coastal presentation! .
Fiber College Maine
Another from last year's class, we were playing with backgrounds.
Fiber College Maine

A czech glass button demonstration talk I wandered into last year. So cool! 020_GaleZuckerFiberCollege 
Eating local: lobster stew, fresh corn, brew  and blueberry pie to follow.Fiber College Maine 
Penobscot Bay: view from my tent. I camped last year. It was lovely but I am afraid of pushing my luck with the weather, in my ancient tent. This year I'm sharing cottages with friends. 
Will I see you there?
ps if you live nearby or are attendng but not in a class on Friday afternoon or Sunday morning: I need a couple of models to pose in knitwear for a photo class. It'd be best if you are OK in front of a camera, and if you fit within the S-M-L spectrum of sweater comfortably. You'll probably learn a photo trick or two, get some photos to keep , not to mention have my gratitude forever. (and I'll pay for your day pass).  Shoot me an email if you can help ezisusATsnetDOTnet .
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Here're other places I am teaching in coming months, I just updated my info.


Lisa/knitnzu said...

Well, I haven't yet done fiber college... A shame as I live in Augusta... But i might come for the day and model for you... I'll send an email.

twinsetellen said...

I am sitting here sobbing with regret that I cannot possibly attend this year. Did that make you feel even a tiny bit ashamed? I bet it didn't.

patriceod said...

Well darned! I will be in Maine at Katahdin this weekend (with AT hiker son, can you believe it?) So tempted to hang it all up and stay and stay. Have fun.

Cathy R said...

Boy that sounds like fun! Wish I could join you. The drive would be a bit forbidding, though.

At least I'm planning to get up into the mountains for one of the weekend, days!

BeckyinVT said...

One of these seasons I WILL make it to Fiber College. It's not that far away and it looks SO LOVELY!

Mary Lou said...

I'm so excited! But I had a wierd anxiety dream about Fiber College and boxes of books last night.

maryse said...

One day I will remember when it is and make plans.

gayle said...

You just have all the fun, don't you?