FIBER COLLEGE

TOUCHSTONES WORKSHOPS

SEPTEMBER 8-11, 2022

At the Searsport Shores Ocean Campground.

For this year’s Fiber College, we’re excited to offer a choice of six, intensive four-day workshops that will run simultaneously from Thursday through Sunday, the week after Labor Day at the award-winning Searsport Shores Ocean Campground and art facility in Mid-Coast Maine. Your chosen workshop will consist of at least 18 hours of personalized instruction that will be the core of a unique retreat experienceYou'll be sharing your meals and campfires with all of our talented teachers and your fellow makers. There will be plenty of time to work or daydream in the garden and on our beach. This is your time to renew your creative energy, confidence, and passion, carrying it with you long after we wave goodbye.  

For the second year running, we have created a program that reflects a few of what we call the  Fiber College ‘touchstones’. We don’t literally pile them on the window sill, but they are the values, experiences, and beliefs that we always try to keep in view. They help us focus, stay grounded, and keep moving forward.

Our 2022 workshops are all about the need for restoration and renewal - the importance of trying new things, actively fostering creativity,  having the courage to experiment, and taking the time to deepen our connection with the natural world, and with each other. 

Each workshop offers an immersive experience and is limited to 12 students so you can work at your own pace and skill level with lots of help from your (awesome!) instructor and fellow students. As a grand finale, on Sunday afternoon you'll enjoy a private, curated shopping experience where you'll be able to buy artwork, books, and supplies from your instructors, talented fellow students, and other makers from our Fiber College world.  Let’s dive in.

Schedule

Please note that this schedule may be modified to accommodate unforeseen circumstances and necessities beyond our control.

Thursday, September 8 - Settling in

9 AM Introduction to Rug Hooking
Stepping Out In Style starts
12-2 PM Bag lunches available for purchase
 2-5 PM Registration, welcome, mocktails, and drop-in makers session
6-7:30 PM Cocktails, snacks, introductions, instructor Show & Tell

Friday and Saturday - Diving deep into our passions

7-8 Botanical printing free play
8-9 Breakfast
12-2 Lunch and stretch
 2-5 Class
6-7:30 Dinner

Friday and Saturday evenings: unexpected treats, delights, and touchstones!

Sunday - Gently re-emerging

8-9  Breakfast
9-12 Class
12:30-3 Brunch, book signing, special shopping, pictures, and goodbyes

Class Descriptions

A RUG BY ANY OTHER NAME...

A Rug By Any Other NameDesign and hook an original art piece.

This class will introduce the creative possibilities of non-traditional materials and use a variety of exercises to deepen your creative practice and hook your own, personal design. Novice, as well as experienced rug hookers, are welcome but if you have never hooked before you will also need to sign up for the beginners’ class that we’re offering on Thursday morning.

Instructor: Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller, the owner, and artisan at Parris House Wool Works in Paris, Maine, and author of Heritage Skills for Contemporary Life: Seasons at the Parris House (Down East Books), and a much sought-after teacher in the Northeast region. Her work has been widely featured in magazines and on TV.

SMITTEN WITH MITTENS

Smitten With MittensKnit a beautiful pair of lined, Scandinavian mittens using local, natural colored yarns.

As long as you can knit ‘in the round’ you will be able to knit these Scandinavian-style mittens using wonderful, local wool and Wendy’s own pattern. She will take you through stitches and techniques that have been a rich part of Maine’s heritage since farmers, fishermen, and lumberjacks from Northern Europe first settled here, bringing their traditional knitting styles and warm, hardworking mittens with them.

Instructor: Wendy Morgan
Wendy is a native Mainer, shepherdess, spinner, weaver, knitter, teacher, and lover of all things wool fiber.

STEPPING OUT IN STYLE

Stepping Out In Style

Learn the age-old art of Cordwainer Shoemaking.

Using the original Cordwainer Shop patterns designed in the mid-1930s and worn by Hollywood legends such as Shirley Temple, Mary Pickford, and the original Henry Ford, you will use beautiful natural materials and antique hand tools to hand make a one-of-a-kind pair of shoes that will last a lifetime.

Instructor: Molly Grant
Molly Grant is an expert leather artisan, handbag and Cordwainer shoemaker, and Cordwainer instructor.

TAP INTO TAPESTRY

Tap Into TapestryWeave a modern sculptural wall hanging in your own unique style.
This class for beginners and experienced weavers alike is about letting go of doing things ‘the right way’ and exploring how to play with the essential techniques and discover your own weaving ‘voice.’

Instructor: Bobbie Tilkens-Fisher
Bobbie Tilkens-Fisher, weaver and instructor in Philadelphia PA and Thomaston, Maine; owner of At Home Modern, a vintage design company.

THE ALCHEMY OF RUST

The Alchemy of Rust

Use rusty objects, plants, and hand stitchwork to transform textiles into beautiful household linens and wearables.

This class explores the power of rust to create dramatic patterns on fabric, and modify the colors of tannin-rich plant dyes. We will get comfortable with uncertainty and imperfection, and use them to innovate. Once we have our one-of-a-kind textiles, we will turn our attention to creating finished items through the meditative process of hand stitching

Instructor: Samantha Verrone

Working out of her studio, Samantha Verrone Textiles in New York, Samantha Verrone produces one-of-a-kind and short-run home furnishings. She is inspired by ancient and newer quilting traditions as well as the challenge of finding creative uses for abandoned things.

WILD ART

Wild ArtMake natural pigments, paints, charcoal, pens, and inks from materials in the Maine landscape.

Whether you write, paint, draw, print, design or make in any medium - or simply enjoy being outdoors - you will find that wildcraftingart materials from Maine’s beaches and forests is not only full of surprises and deeply satisfying but will also change the way you think about your work and your own ‘sense of place.’

Instructor: Nick Neddo
Nick Neddo, sixth-generation Vermonter, artist, teacher, primitive skills instructor, and author of The Organic Artist: Make your own Paint, Paper, Pigments, Prints and More from Nature (Quarto).