Workshop instructor Dianne Hoppe consulting with student.

Where fiber arts, food and music have come together since 2005

Fiber College is a unique Mid Coast experience -  a combination of class room, festival and retreat that takes place in our spectacular Searsport Shores Ocean Campground and Art Space overlooking  Penobscot Bay in Mid-Coast Maine.

“We bring Maine’s fantastic artists together to share their skills and inspiration with each other, and with anyone who wants to learn” says founder and director Astrig Tanguay. “We also like to make the experience a bit of a party…live music, great local food, the opportunity to meet like-minded people and the chance to take  time-out from everyday life to focus on creativity and having fun.”

Join us for artist in residency programs, Labor Day Weekend's Open Studio sessions and/or immersive five-day retreat. The ‘things’ that get made during Fiber College events include not only beautiful art- and craft-pieces, but also new friendships, great memories, and a powerful sense of the way art connects past, and present, people and places together.

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Labor Day Weekend is Maker's Day Weekend Buy a pass and take as many Fiber College Workshops as you want on Saturday and/or Sunday!  When we think about these creative adventures, we imagine multi-generational families camping for the long weekend and mothers and children, grandparents and grandchildren, aunts and friends all taking classes.  For those who aren't interested in crafting (😱😱, but OK), there's plenty of hiking, biking, sightseeing and hanging at the beach so everyone can have a great weekend.

Workshop Studios will be open from 10:00-4:00, stay tuned for details and a link for purchasing passes.

This is a chance to immerse yourself in one of several, intensive,  five-day workshops running simultaneously from Wednesday through Sunday, the week after Labor Day. Each workshop consists of at least 21 hours of personalized instruction and forms the core of a deeper and wider retreat experience. This is your time to be you, renew your creative energy, and celebrate your passion for making. Camping not your thing? We've teamed with local inn keepers to provide lodging packages especially for Fiber College attendees.


Steven Tanguay on the BeachAstrig Tanguay, founder and director of Fiber College is a passionate and accomplished fiber artist, who designs, spins, weaves, knits, sews, tends her small flock of sheep and goats, and cultivates a dye garden, as well as running the family’s Searsport Shores Ocean Campground with her husband Steve, who is an equally passionate and accomplished musician.

With the help of volunteers and their campground staff, Astrig and Steve have been organizing FIBER COLLEGE events since 2005 as a way of share their own passions and celebrating the rich traditions of fiber art and old time music making in Maine. By focusing on gatherings that encourage visitors to the state and local residents to join in on the fun, they infuse their surrounding towns of Searsport and Belfast with prosperity in what is currently called, experiential tourism.

Fiber College is sponsored by The Makers Guild of Maine, a 501c3 that raises awareness of hand-making, music making, and cooking skills, and makes them as widely available as possible within our community. They organize  events that showcase hand-crafts, traditional music and local food in an outdoor setting and raise funds for community music and teaching initiatives. Astrig shearing sheep in March


For more information, interviews and hi-res images, contact:

Astrig Tanguay (207) 930-5919 (text or call) or email: