Saturday, March 21, 2009

Celebrate Women's History!!! YWCA Women's Fiber Fest

Saturday, March 14 started before dawn as volunteers and staff arrived to assist vendors to set-up for the day and it was well worth waking up early! Wonderous wares filled the marketplace in Haggart Hall and the downstairs Community Room with rich textures and colors of raw and finished fiber. Spinning wheels sprouted up in numberous locations providing opportunities to watch and learn. Groups of women gathered to advance their skills in small classes held at the YWCA and up the street at Studio 214, a local art studio.

Arts In Stark - Kimono Project

Using paint, paper and some simple tools, elementary students and their accompanying adults created amazing designs, which were used to create kimono inspired original stationary. Artists Nola and Haidi Haiss developed the techniques and facilitated the class. Between stages, Andrew Magrath, who spent three years teaching in Japan, used props and photos to give the group a glimpse into Japanese culture. The class will be repeated, only in three sessions, for Girls Together participants. This project is sponsored by Arts in Stark, who awared a mini-grant to underwrite the costs of the project.