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 Tierra Amarilla, 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.
This three day Fiber Crawl, spans from Tierra Amarilla, Taos, Española, Los Alamos (including Jemez Springs), Santa Fe and Albuquerque. This exciting event was designed for fiber enthusiasts such as knitters, spinners, weavers, felters, crocheters, etc. There will be many sightseeing opportunities for visitors, as well as artisans in northern New Mexico, to enjoy on the paths to and between sites.
Sites will be offering discounts, demonstrations and events to draw in the curious and those who are interested in learning a skill or meeting the artists.
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 will take place on Friday May 18th.