Fiber Arts Collective

We are currently open Wednesday – Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm

37 N. Third Street 

Ashland Oregon 97520

First Friday Art Walk

During First Friday, June 2nd, 5-7 pm, Luda Sokol and her friends will give mini-a fashion show at the Fiber Arts Collective featuring authentic Ukrainian garments made by Luda to celebrate Vyshyvanka Day ( День вишиванки ), a holiday that honors traditional Ukrainian embroidered clothing. Please invite your friends and join us to marvel at these gorgeous garments and honor the culture of our newest collaborator from Ukraine.

Micah BlackLight

Micah BlackLight, local artist, teacher and mentor, is going to engage in a dual-medium, interactive installation project in the FAC window for much of the month of June. He will be alternately working on the first in a series of powerful portraits of Black fathers and their offspring done entirely in ballpoint pen, and a couture fashion piece he will be constructing in full view. With this project he intends to give a glimpse ‘behind the curtain’ as the public will have multiple opportunities to engage with him as he creates the pieces during his time in the shop window.
From witnessing the techniques he utilizes to draw a full portrait in pen, to his patchwork and piecemeal approach to couture construction on the sewing machine, the public will be able to interact with the artist in ways that would normally be impossible during the process of creation. In this way, he will draw parallels to the many cultures and sub-cultures that exist all around us of which we have very little knowledge or experience. And perhaps implant in the viewers the notion of becoming curious to more experiences happening all around them, but outside their familiar comfort zones.
Drop in any time in June to view a window into Micah’s world, or visit with him working at the Fiber Arts Collective at the following times:  June 7th, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and June 15th, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Contact us at 1-541-708-6966 during business hours to register for classes and workshops or to enquire about our gallery fabrics and notions.

Class: Make a Ukrainian Motanka Doll 

The Motanka doll is a traditional Ukrainian family amulet or talisman with 5000 years of history.  It is a symbol of goodness and well-being, hope, and strength.  It is used as a child’s toy and as an amulet to bring good luck, health and wealth throughout life (successful marriage, health children, safe travels, abundant harvest, home cleaning and chores, etc.) 

The Motanka is a gift made in the Ukrainian cultural tradition, a talisman to its owner, capable of protecting her from evil and bringing her good luck, wealth, and health. 

The cross on the Motanka face symbolizes the sun, a sign of the spiritual union of heaven and earth, male and female. Motanka dolls are made from recycled clothes and often hang in the home above a door.

Date:  Saturday, June 17, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Cost:  $50 for members, $55 for non-members.  CC pmts add 4% Class size: Up to 10 students Registration: Email [email protected] OR in person at the Fiber Arts Collective OR by phone: 541-708-6966

Class: Refresh a Garment with an Indigo Dip 

Thinking about refreshing a favorite shirt or other garment in your wardrobe?  This would be the perfect time to take a dip into INDIGO. In this class, students can solid-shade dye or play with some simple shibori folding techniques to create a refreshed garment. Garments will need to be washed in a PH neutral detergent such as ECOS or Synthrapol prior to the class.  Bring an apron, gloves and a snack and water.

Date:  Saturday, June 24, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost:  $40 for members, $45 for non-members.  CC pmts add 4%
Class size: Up to 4 students
Registration: Email [email protected] OR in person at the Fiber Arts Collective OR by phone: 541-708-6966

Visiting Artist Limei Lai 

Leads a Participatory Artmaking Gathering:

“Guided Art-Making About Childhood”

Limei Lai is an Oregon based artist who seeks community building and is interested in oral storytelling. She is curious about how memory adds different qualities into objects and creates aesthetic value. 

In this participatory artmaking gathering, she explores the topic of childhood memories. While having conversation, humming, and making embroidery/writing/drawing, the artist and participants create a communal memory together. The works done collectively will be put together into an installation at the Fiber Arts Collective.  Participants can pick up their work after deinstallation.

Limei extends a special invitation to immigrant women and their parents and children to participate together in this workshop together.

Place: Fiber Arts Collective, 37 N. Third Street, Ashland, Oregon
Date & Time: Sunday, July 2nd, 2023, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Sliding Scale—Please pay what you can ($0 / $10 / $20 / $30 / $40)
Registration: Email [email protected] to reserve your spot. Space is limited.
Materials:  Limei will provide paint, paper, fabric, threads, glue, and drawing tools. Participants may bring small objects related to their childhood memories as inspiration or inclusion into the artwork.

Limei Lai’s artwork will be on display at the Fiber Arts Collective in July.

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