In the Gallery
Fibre Flair! featuring Chilliwack Spinners & Weavers Guild
September 15 to October 16, 2017 in the Chilliwack Community Arts Council’s Art Room Gallery
Artist Meet and Greet & *Pop-Up Market* on Friday, September 15 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Come and see the stunning and fashionable fibre creations of Guild artists! Watch live spinning and weaving demonstrations! Shop from handcrafted jewellery and natural soaps from Green Pear Designs and Bath Scents Handmade Soap! All while enjoying delicious refreshments!
Get wound up in the allure of the loom as the Chilliwack Community Arts Council and Chilliwack Spinners and Weavers Guild proudly present Fibre Flair!: a curated collection of finely crafted, wearable art pieces. On display September 15 to October 16, 2017, this colourful exhibition highlights the close-knit group’s modern spin on age-old craft forms.
The Chilliwack Spinners and Weavers Guild was founded in 1974 by Mildred Renz with the aim of bringing together creative individuals who enjoyed the art of spinning and weaving. Building on a mutual appreciation for these time-honoured art forms, the Guild now has over 40 enthusiastic members who over the years have showcased their work in various venues including Chilliwack City Hall, and the Chilliwack Community Arts Council’s Gallery. The Guild holds workshops and spin-ins, and actively participates in numerous community events such as the Chilliwack Fair, Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market, and Chilliwack Children’s Arts Festival, encouraging the public to learn and appreciate their fascinating craft.
Fibre Flair! is an opportunity to see how fibre comes to life through spinning, weaving, knitting, and crocheting using the latest creative techniques to combine different fibres, textures, and colours to create stunning pieces for any wardrobe. From the processing of raw materials to envisioning the desired designs, the pieces presented in the Fibre Flair! exhibition reveal the character and vision of each Guild member. Beyond the aesthetic appeal, each of the pieces show the process that not only the materials underwent, but also the journey that the artist herself embarked upon to arrive at the final finished design.
In honour of the Fibre Flair! exhibition, a special meet and greet with the Guild artists will be held on September 15, 2017. By visiting the Chilliwack Community Arts Council from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., fellow fibre fans will have the opportunity to watch live spinning and weaving demonstrations, enjoy delicious refreshments, and shop additional fashionable items created by Guild members, as well as by talented guest artisans specializing in handcrafted jewellery and natural bath and body products: Green Pear Designs, and Bath Scents Handmade Soap.