Whether you weave, felt, dye, knit, or are just interested in New Mexico’s long history with the fiber arts, the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center’s New Mexico Fiber Crawl is a fascinating way to experience the entire tradition.
Over the weekend, fiber fans can explore the farms where it all begins, meet people who hand spin the yarn and the artists who work with it, and visit the galleries and museums highlighting the traditional as well as the most cutting-edge work in the state.
Beginning in Albuquerque and winding north to Taos, the Crawl features conversations with artists, exclusive access to gallery and museum collections, hands-on demonstrations, and chances to win prizes, including weekend getaways and great meals. And for those who are happy to do more than just look, there are plenty of opportunities to buy products directly from local producers and artists.
The state of New Mexico has a vast wealth of textile traditions which have been assimilated and have evolved from many diverse cultures throughout time. These traditions are well steeped into the textile arts of this state which has an extensive cultural history.
The three day event, spans from Taos, Española, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. This exciting event was designed for fiber enthusiasts such as knitters, spinners, weavers, felters, crocheters, etc. Many places of interest allowed sightseeing and artisans in northern New Mexico to enjoy on the way and between sites.
Sites offer discounts, demonstrations and events to draw in the curious and those who wanted to learn a skill or meet the artists. Deals and discounts are being offered through local sponsors and included interesting places to sightsee and hang out, delicious eateries and other places of interest.
Participants can pick up a Fiber Crawl passport at participating sites or download it and print your own. Each site will give visitors a sticker in their passport.The 2018 Kick-Off Parties took place on Friday May 18th.