The New Mexico Fiber Crawl honors New Mexico’s rich Fiber Arts heritage and contemporary culture, and throughout the weekend you will gain the appreciation for the richness and creativity of the local Fiber Artists. During the weekend the work made by local Fiber Artists is on display - and most importantly is approachable and tangible. As you enter studios, galleries and farms, you will be able to touch the work, talk to the artists and learn from their day-to-day experience.
When traveling the crawl, you will meet amazing Fiber Artists. They will tell you about their resourcefulness, leading you into their world filled with colors, textures and incessant imagination. Their drive to create is to make our live beautiful, since their work showcases beauty, makes dream turn into tangible soft objects of décor and adornment.
The first New Mexico Fiber Crawl planned for May 2017 was designed with the following objectives:
- Create an economic impact in terms of sales through increased visits by customers during the weekend of the Fiber Crawl.
- Enable visitors to visit many sites throughout the weekend using incentives and transportation.
- Raise awareness of the size and diversity of the Fiber Arts community in New Mexico.
Our first Fiber Crawl took place in May of 2017. Allowing fiber artists, cultural centers, farms and museums to open their doors and expose the Fiber Crawl participants to indulge in unforgettable experiences in New Mexico fiber art works. The general public had an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of where their materials come from and are processed into final products and how they are used and have been used in the past within the diverse cultures and contexts of New Mexico.
The tour was a two-day event spanning 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 offered discounts, demonstrations and events to draw in the curious and those who wanted to learn a skill or meet the artists. Deals and discounts were offered through local sponsors and included interesting places to sightsee and hang out, delicious eateries and other places of interest.
Participants on this exciting tour of art, culture and education opened their minds to the ever expanding fiber arts culture in New Mexico. Participants picked up a Fiber Crawl passport at participating sites or download it and printed their own. Each site gave visitors a sticker in their passport. Once people attended a site 5, 10 and 15 times were eligible to enter the Grand Raffle Prizes! 2017 Kick-Off Parties took place on Friday May 12 and the Crawl began on Saturday May 13 through Sunday May 14 2017.