Paducah is a haven for creative minds. In fact you could say that creativity is the common thread that connects people from around the globe to Paducah - the world's 7th City of Crafts and Folk Art in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
The owner of MAKE Paducah, Kijsa Housman, was inspired by the UNESCO rating for a Fiber Arts city. While Paducah is known for quilting, she wanted to showcase the many other types of fiber arts and opportunities for creativity. The first Fall Fiber Festival was held last year and it was a huge success.
The Paducah Fiber Festival mission is to deepen the connectivity of cultures through creativity with fiber arts. The festival provides a fun and educational event that displays sheep and fiber products,. The hope is that public can develop their interest and skills in these areas, as well as obtaining supplies and products.
Housman is excited to partner with fiber artists, both professional and novice, as well as folks that simply appreciate all the fabulous fiber art forms. This year the festival, which takes place on September 22 – 23, has even more classes and national guest instructors.
Class fees are very reasonable and cover the instruction as well as lots and lots of fabulous materials! Most classes will provide more value in materials than the cost of the class.
Koru Gardens, a local farm, will host a visit from some of the stars of fiber arts - sheep!
Housman wants to stress that you do not have to take a workshop to join in on the fun. “There will be art vendors and food vendors, and there is just something for everyone.” Please note that 7th street will be closed to accommodate the vendors.
“The vendors are so exciting,” Housman told me. “They will be bringing hand-dyed yarns from their own sheep/alpaca farms, organic lotions and soaps, handmade wooden looms, and any type of accessories and tools you can think of since these aren't available in Paducah. It will be a great opportunity to find some fabulous items.”
“The vendors can even tell you which animal the wool comes from, how they dye their threads, what ingredients are in their bath products and how they made them, as well as how they create the art & products.”
The Yeiser Art Center is the educational sponsor for this years festival and will be partnering with Paducah School of Art and Design, as well as the National Quilt Museum to provide free children’s creative activities and fiber arts education. Attendees can also see tatting demonstrations from the Heartland Lace Guild.
On September 22 MAKE Paducah is partnering with the Yeiser Art Center (YAC) to bring you an Artist Talk with Fiber Artist, Jerry Phillips at 4:30. The talk will be held in the YAC gallery.
For a schedule of the weekend, more information about these classes and to register, visit the “Paducah Fiber Festival” tab at makepaducah.com. MAKE Paducah is located at 628 Broadway and is open for shopping and creativity Tuesday –Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. For additional questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on this jam-packed festival, visit http://makepaducah.com/paducah-fiber-festival/.