New Mexico offers a wealthy textile tradition that is steeped in its diverse culture and enriched by its extensive history. To honor, promote and showcase the creative work produced by fiber artists across New Mexico the Española Fiber Arts Center (EVFAC) is launching its first New Mexico Fiber Crawl, a press release states.
The event is planned Saturday and Sunday (May 13-14), over Mother’s Day weekend. On Friday night (May 12), Kick-off Parties are also scheduled. This free event takes visitors on a tour of cultural centers, stores, museums, farms and the studios of local Fiber Artists from Albuquerque to Taos. “The New Mexico Fiber Crawl promises to be an unforgettable experience for everyone,” the release states.
During the two-day event participants will be given a free Fiber Crawl Passport and a map with a list of artists and sites along the trail. There are four regions that cluster activities within geographical areas, allowing participants to “tour the Crawl and join in the community events while sight-see our beautiful Northern New Mexico along the way,” according to April Jouse, EVFAC Director of Operations.
Each site will offer discounts, demonstrations and events to draw in the curious and those who want to learn a skill or meet the artists. Shops such as The Yarn Store at Nob Hill in Albuquerque, Looking Yarn & Gifts in Santa Fe, Warm Hearts in Los Alamos and Vortexyarn in Taos, will feature local artists, their work and present local products for sale.
Farms such as Que Sera Alpacas, Wide Sky Ranch and Rancho de los Sueños will offer access to fiber animals and will sell yarns and products made from their fiber.
Participating galleries and museums in Santa Fe invite exclusive access to their collections. Shops such as the Tapestry Galley in Madrid, Laura Sheppherd Atelier, Bridal in Santa Fe and Artemisia in Taos represent many local Fiber Artists, who will be present to talk about their work.
“Before the weekend,” Jouse says in a prepared statement, “see all the sites and events on the NM Fiber Crawl website (NMFiberCrawl.org) to plan your Crawl."
EVFAC has organized this event in collaboration with a number of guilds such as Las Tejedoras Fiber Arts Guild and Tejedoras de la Trampas to include as many Fiber Artists as possible. Olimpia Newman, EVFAC’s Director of Development states in the release, “New Mexico Fiber Crawl was designed to create an economic impact through sales, to enable as many visits to sites as possible and offer incentives to do so, and most importantly, to raise awareness about the size of the Fiber Arts community in New Mexico.”
Fiber Crawl 2017 is supported by New Mexico Arts, Rio Arriba County, and private donors.
The Española Valley Fiber Arts Center is a nonprofit organization that "cultivates and supports multi-generational participation in local, traditional and contemporary Fiber Arts. Its three main areas of focus are to build expertise in the Fiber Arts for adults and youth through Education, to increase awareness and participation in the Fiber Arts and foster economic growth in the fiber arts community through collaborative efforts that respect heritage and promotes a Fiber Ecosystem - that grows, harvests, prepares and uses fibers creatively,” information from the website states.
For more information, call the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center at (505) 747-3577 or visit evfac.org. For more about the New Mexico Fiber Crawl, visit NMFiberCrawl.org.