Would you like to be a location on the New Mexico Fiber Crawl? Below you will find the guidelines and terminology to see if this event could be a good fit for your location.
Who is eligible to be on the New MexicoFiber Crawl?
- Fiber Artists Studio: location of where the artists’ work, and produce their products. Studios are the location of the artist's business, and must be accessible by a group of people (minimum of 5-10). Studios should be located on the ground level, with very few obstacles for anyone, including individuals with disabilities. 75% of all work offered in each studio should be fiber arts.
- Stores: any commercial entities that sell supplies fiber artists use. Yarn and fabric stores sell products that may not be made locally or in the US. However, these raw-materials are necessary for fiber artists’ work, and should be included in the New Mexcio Fiber Crawl. Stores are an important link in the fiber arts value chain and contribute substantially in generating interest and sales.
- Farms: any farms that grow fiber for the use of fiber artists. The farm can grow wool, alpaca and yucca fiber or can harvest reeds, pine needles, or dye-plants and mushrooms. The farm is also an important link in the Fiber Arts value chain and contribute substantially in generating interest and sales.
- Galleries: that focus on showing and selling fiber art work. During the New Mexico Fiber Crawl 75% of the gallery’s displayed work should be fiber arts. EVFAC will make the decision which galleries can be accepted based on the information provided in their application.
- Museums: are included in the New Mexico Fiber Crawl since they have important fiber art collections, support education in various fiber art techniques, and have the capacity to develop an exciting event that will be unique for the New Mexico Fiber Crawl weekend. Living museums that function as education centers in preserving lifestyles and techniques of the past, are also included.
- Libraries: or local places where fiber art work can be displayed during the crawl for public viewing.
How can I apply?
- Review the requirements, and submit a completed olnline application via the Site Application page by February 15, 2019.
- Remit the non-refundable application fee of $15 online by February 15, 2019.
- Remit the remaining participation fee to EVFAC by March 15, 2019. (Sites: $75, Site+: $175)
What are the Site recommendations to make the Fiber Crawl a successful event?
- Sites can prepare a site raffle prize in the value of $50, which should be displayed prominently at the site during the Fiber Crawl. Sites will organize the raffle of their prize, and offer raffle tickets to anyone who walks in the door, organize the drawing, inform the winner and send the prize to any out-of-state winners. Note that no purchase is necessary to obtain a raffle ticket and win a prize.
- Sites should solicit deals and discounts from local suppliers and businesses, for example: 10% off a meal, free appetizers, free samples, etc. these deals and discounts will be offered to the participants of the New Mexico Fiber Crawl. The businesses do not have to provide coupons, but could accept the passport as eligibility of the negotiated deal.
- Sites should advertise the New Mexico Fiber Crawl on their website, through their mailing lists, in local publications, and promote the event through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, etc.)
- Sites should proactively distribute their allotted postcards, posters, maps and passports. Sites can assist visitors in printing out any additional passports, if needed, or can direct participants to the event website before starting the Fiber Crawl.
- Sites and Site+s should inform participants about the Grand Raffle Prizes that are linked to the frequency of visits. Participants can enter through social media, or by sending in the raffle page of the passport to EVFAC. The drawing will occur at EVFAC after the event.
- Individual Artist opportunities will be posted on the Call for Artist page. Artists are encouraged to contact sites to see how they can participate in showing, selling their work, or demonstrating their skill. It is entirely within the discretion of each site which fiber artists can be accepted at their site.
Can you please explain the terminology you are using?
- Site: A site is a stop on the New Mexico Fiber Crawl.
- Site+: A highlighted stop on the New Mexico Fiber Crawl. The benefits of being a Site+ are highlighted placement on the New Mexico Fiber Crawl website, some joint advertising opportunities, increased visibility, and a higher number of visitors.
- Thread: a geographical area that connects sites together. Threads are concise traveling areas designed by EVFAC with the visitor in mind. A Thread has to include at least 3 sites located within 45 miles away from a neighboring site.
- Fiber Arts: refers to any art object whose material consists of fiber and other components made out of fiber.
- Fiber Artists: Any fiber artist in New Mexico can apply to be part of the New Mexico Fiber Crawl. Some artists may not have studios and cannot fulfill the site requirements. In that case the artist should contact sites to see how they can participate in showing, selling their work or demonstrating their skill. It is entirely within the discretion of each site which fiber artists should be accepted in the Fiber Crawl. Opportunities will also be posted on the Call for Artist page.
- Local: Most importantly the emphasis of the New Mexico Fiber Crawl is to support all locations that contribute towards the fiber art's wealth in New Mexico. EVFAC trusts the participants to be honest about the originality of their work or the origin of their materials. EVFAC will not discriminate based on origin of materials, and will encourage that each location is transparent and has the willingness to educate the visitor. When it comes to local products, EVFAC does not limit local to just New Mexico, since a New Mexican fiber artists can make yarn from fiber sourced in neighboring Colorado or New Hampshire. The same artists can also make a sweater from a commercial yarn using a published pattern. Any product that was made or had value added by the artist in New Mexico will qualify as a local product.
Who cannot participate?
Fiber Crawl wants to be as inclusive as possible and will try to find way of how sites or artists can participate. At the same time EVFAC has defined a list of sites or individuals who do not qualify, such as:
- Sites that do not meet all the requirements.
- Those who do not have a physical location in New Mexico and within the Fiber Crawl geographical area designated by EVFAC.
- Locations and individuals that do not produce or represent Fiber Arts in general. At the time of the Fiber Crawl 75% of all items have to be Fiber Art.
Event Entry Form for confirmed sites
To enter your event information, download and fill out the Event entry form. Please email your completed from to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Event Entry”. Download the version you want below.
- 2019 Event Entry Form: coming soon
- 2019 Event Entry Form: coming soon