Friday, February 06, 2009

International Year of Natural Fibers

The Boundary Spinner and Weaver Guild is initiating several events in 2009 to celebrate the IYNF.

We have received permission to utilize the logo for IYNF2009 and are listed in the official events on the organization’s website. These events include an Art Gallery show, “Our Daily Thread”, A GF Museum show, “The Thread of our Heritage” and two summer events in conjunction with Joybilee Farm “2nd annual Indigo Dye Demonstration” and “2nd annual Linen Festival”.
The Peace Banner:

There will be a loom set up at the art gallery from March to September, for the public to participate in weaving a “Peace banner” for the community in commemoration of the IYNF2009.
The banner will be a “rag banner” in the tradition of rag rug weaving common in many Canadian immigrant textile traditions. Strips of natural fibre fabrics upcycled from clothing or from the scrap bag, in many colours will form the weft. Visitors will be invited to write on a strip of fabric a hope or dream for peace. And then weave this fabric into the banner.
A guest book will be beside the loom for people to record their name, where they live and any thoughts they wish to express. This will provide a lasting legacy that will be displayed in area buildings on a rotating basis, and will become part of the Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

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