Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais, Minnesota Special Events
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Northern Fibers Retreat

February 14 - 18, 2018

Celebrate the Art and Craft of fibers in the heart of winter. This cozy retreat features a variety of classes, lunch-n-learn talks and demonstrations, a show-n-share event, and more, all while celebrating with other fiber enthusiasts.

The Art Colony is excited to co-host this event with the North House Folk School and the Northwoods Fiber Guild. Classes and programs will be offered at both the Art Colony and North House. View North House's course offerings here.

Full event schedule will be available winter 2018. See below for Art Colony classes.

2018 Schedule of Events | Art Colony Classes

Youth: Tapestry Weaving (Ages 7 - 12)
Mary MacDonald
February 16 | 9 am - 12 pm
Tuition: $18
Students will learn basic tapestry techniques on a cardboard loom. Mary will teach warping and design, and students will be able to keep their looms to continue practicing at home. Ages 7 – 12.

Off the Cuff
Julie Crabtree
February 16 | 1 day
Tuition: $95 | Supply fee: $13
Julie will teach students to design and create a stitchery cuff made with layered fabric on a base stabilizer. Students will machine and hand-stitch, adding in embellishments of beads, stones, and trinkets along the way. Stitched cord and bobbin couching will also be a part of the process and different methods of fastening will be demonstrated. A small pendant can be made with the remaining fabric to coordinate with the cuff.

Demonstration: Hanging Flat Textiles
Maureen Hark
February 16 | 12 pm | Location: Congregational Church
Tuition: $13 for catered lunch; free with brown bag
Formerly the textile conservator at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Maureen will give a hands-on demonstration on how to hang flat textiles to better preserve your family heirlooms, antiques, or personal items.

Soy Wax Batik Basics and Beyond
Cyndi Kaye Meier
February 16 – 17 | 2 days
Tuition: $170 | Supply fee: $49
Make colorful and patterned textiles using soy wax and Procion dyes. Students will create three silk scarves and six cotton swatches for use in wearable art, quilts, or home décor. Soy wax is an ecological product (petroleum-free) that is easy to melt, apply, layer, and remove from fabric. Cyndi will teach color basics and considerations, as well as facilitate explorations of line, pattern, and design.
Button It Up With Glass
Mary Bebie
February 17 | 9 am – 12 pm
Tuition: $40 | Supply fee: $15
Finish your new sweater with your own fused glass buttons. Students will make 12 original one-inch buttons while learning the basics of fused glass. Each button will be an original design featuring a collage of colors, shapes, and textures. Attend the kiln opening on Sunday, February 18 at 9 am, or pay to have your pieces mailed.
Stitchery: The Winter Northwoods
Julie Crabtree
February 17 – 18 | 2 days
Tuition: $190 | Supply fee: $27
Students will design and create an easy painted background on canvas fabric. Julie will instruct on how to embellish with free-motion machine stitching. Adding bits of fabrics and fiber along with the layers of stitches will fill out a snowy tree winter landscape. Students will finish their pieces with extra hand stitching and beads, per individual preference.

Caring for your Heirloom Textiles
Maureen Hark
February 18 | 11:30 – 1:30 pm
Tuition: $20 | Supply fee: varies
Textiles are a part of our every day life, from tea towels to christening gowns. Passed down from generation to generation many have strong sentimental value while others have artistic or historical interest. We are often torn between wanting to use them or tuck them safely away, but how we care for them today will make a difference for their future. Students can bring a textile to be prepared for storage under Maureen’s direction, while gaining essential decision making tools to better care for their pieces. 

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