Monday, March 14, 2011

Gone Camping

I'm coming up for air after being immersed in FiberCamp Boston all weekend.  FiberCamp was held at MIT.

It's not surprising to find this sculpture, Alchemist, at MIT.  It's a human form made of mathematical symbols.  You can find out more about Alchemist on the artist's website.  After entering the website, click on Exhibitions and Projects, Current.

On Friday night Kathy Elkins from WEBS started the weekend with her talk entitled "It's Personal".  She spoke about the history of WEBS and how it's grown and changed over the years.  She also talked about the importance of community and how they try to maintain that at WEBS.  Since FiberCamp is driven by the local fiber arts community, it was a great way to kick off the weekend.

Dirty Water DyeWorks was one of the FiberCamp vendors so Saturday morning was spent setting up.

The other vendors were Stitch House and Mind's Eye Yarns.  We had a very comfortable space in the main registration room.

The attendees seemed to appreciate the variety of goods offered by the vendors.

Some couldn't wait to get started on projects and wound their new yarn right on the spot.

FiberCamp is run by the attendees who offer workshops on various topics and techniques.

Instructions on how to offer a workshop. 

All weekend long people were in and out of the registration room, checking the schedule.

There were sessions on everything from hyperbolic crochet to needle felting to making a dress form out of duct tape.  Magic loop knitting, backstrap loom weaving, spindle and wheel spinning - such a variety. 

Some of the workshops were spur of the moment, spontaneous offerings.  People were filling in the schedule as the day progressed. Seize the moment of inspiration, offer a session and go with the flow.

Probably one of the greatest benefits of FiberCamp was the time to simply hang out, work on projects and chat with other fiber enthusiasts.  It was an opportunity to catch up with friends and make new ones.  FiberCamp is a wonderful event to nurture and strengthen community.  Thanks to Guido Stein and Common Cod Fiber Guild for making it all possible.

One final note this Monday morning.  There are so many needs in the world right now, but I feel compelled to mention this cause.  The people at XRX who bring you Stitches events and Knitter's Magazine are holding a raffle for one of their employees, Sue, who is battling ovarian cancer.  You can read all about it here.  I'm inspired by Sue's strength, courage and tenacity.  I've mentioned before that ovarian cancer has touched my life.  Take a moment to read about Sue. If possible, help by entering the raffle.

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