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Fiber arts month here–just the facts

Shannon Robinson’s Baby Blanket #1, at the show of woorks by Philadelphia-area artists at the DaVinci Art Alliance. (2005, unraveled baby blanket packed into a brick form)

If you didn’t know April was Fiber Arts Month in Philadelphia, you are not alone. But this is an event with a national reputation, and fiber artists from all over the country do know it’s happening. Wherever I go, I meet people who have traveled great distances to see the work.

Here’s some of what’s happening:

-5th International Fiber Biennial at Snyderman-Works Galleries

-Fiber Artists Philadelphia at the DaVinci Art Alliance

-Material Speaks: The New Quilt at the Esther Klein Art Gallery, an exhibit from the Art Quilt Network / New York.

-The 7th ArtQuilts at the Sedgwick this year not at the Sedgwick at all, but at the Philadelphia Art Alliance presents Exhibition 4: Fiber Works at the Painted Bride.

In addition, the energizer bunny of local fiber artists, Kathryn Pannepacker provided the following info about some events in which she is involved:

-upcoming on Saturday, the second trolley tour this month to see and hear from Pannepacker about “Wall of Rugs: the global language of textiles”, a painted mural (7ft x 500 ft long) of textiles representing 43 countries, followed by a studio visit. 9am-noon. Call (215)685-0754, for more information and to reserve your seat

-Project:Loom, an installation & community learning project of weaving and recycling with Pannepacker, at PROVENANCE/American Soil, 1610 Fairmount Avenue, Phila:

Sat.& Sun. May 6th & 7th,10-11:30p.m: pick frame/loom, bagels and coffee;12-2p.m: weaving workshop; $ frame/loom & workshop. Yes, you weave and take home your frame/loom weaving!

Thursday and Fridays in April & May: 10-5p.m on-site weaving project/open studio drop-in for learners