Fiber artists sought for Fabrication 5

November 18, 2019  |  by Bonifas Arts Center

The Bonifas Arts Center in the middle of an exhibit reboot of the fabrications competition exhibit show, featuring Upper Peninsula fiber artists, that will be on display in January.

It has been six long years since we have had a show dedicated to just the fiber arts in our area and we feel it’s time to bring the show back! It’s not often we get a chance to bring the fiber arts to the forefront of the public eye and we want you to be a part of it.

If you are a fiber artist, please consider applying this year. Submissions are due by Dec. 13. Email your submissions to Kate Oman or drop off your application at the front desk of the Bonifas. Kate says there is a big gallery to fill and is excited to see what the U.P. fiber artists have been up to recently.

Artists are invited to submit up to four pieces for digital jurying. The Application is at bonifasarts.org/for-atists. Deadline is Dec. 13.

The Bonifas Arts Center seeks to showcase the best in regional contemporary fiber art and is encouraging Upper Peninsula quilters, weavers, and fiber artists of all kinds to experiment with their chosen fiber mediums. Fabrications V: U.P. Fiber Art is a juried show that strives to include innovative work rooted in traditional fiber materials that explores unexpected relationships between fibers, non-traditional materials and other creative disciplines. The judging will be based on three equally weighted criteria: Creativity, Originality and Skill. 

Eligibility 

- Open to all residents of Michigan’s U.P.; ages 18 & older. 
- All entries must be original artwork & original design. 
- Any and all collaborations must be acknowledged. 
- Entries must have been completed within the last 3 years and not previously displayed at the Bonifas. 

There is no size limit, although size may become a factor in the final jury considerations. 

About our Juror: Sarah Eichhorn 

Sarah is a fiber artist and sustainable living advocate based in Milwaukee, WI. She received her BFA in Fashion Design from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago and her MFA in Costume Design from Florida State University. 

Sarah is drawn to creating pieces of art that utilize natural colors and fibers while pushing herself towards zero waste with her materials. She has led various workshops on natural dye and eco-printing techniques, as well as facilitated lectures on sustainable fashion. Through her personal practice, Sarah hopes to inspire others to consider where their coloring comes from and how we can collectively become more invested in the clothes we wear. Visit her site at: www.saraheichhorn.com.

Workshop: Naturally Dyed Silk Scarf & Bundle Dyed Flour Sack Towel 
January 10, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

In this 3 hour workshop, fiber artist Sarah Eichhorn will teach us how to natural dye with plants and kitchen scraps, and how they can also be used to create unique prints with bundle dyeing. We’ll cover how to set the dye on your fabric, recipes for natural dyes, and the different types of dye stuff you can use from your kitchen and garden. You’ll walk away with a beautiful naturally dyed silk scarf, a bundle dyed flour sack towel, and some natural dyed samples to use as inspiration. Perfect for showcasing the ways you can create sustainable color from the earth. Workshop is beginner level. 

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