Come Play with Us: 2nd annual

SOFAAR will be hosting its second annual Come Play with Us communal fibre-crafting event at the Annapolis Royal Firehall again this year.

We would love to hear from you all about participating. Last year, over 200 visitors came through the Firehall to see what working with fibre was all about. We had a such a great time and so did the kids and parents who came out to see.

Many men and children learned how to sew on a button, do some hooking, try some wet-felting and pick up a needle!

Come to craft for a couple of hours or all day.

Come and do a demo for everyone to see.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Christine at: info@sofaar.ca

SOFAAR_Come Play With Us_8.5 x 11_2018

 

SOFAAR_Come Play With Us_8.5 x 11_2018

Fun fibre-filled afternoon!

Yesterday, January 20th, 2018 brought together 22 fibre-happy crafters to begin our new year of fun fibre afternoons.

We met at the Saint-Alphonsus church hall in Bridgetown. An enjoyable afternoon was spent working on projects and showing and telling what we were all up to. Lots of different techniques to see: knitting, felting, hooking, cross-stitch and embroidery.

Keep checking in for more Saturday fibre filled afternoons dates.

Showing and telling in Bridgetown. January 20th 2018
Showing and telling in Bridgetown. January 20th 2018
Needlefelting.
Needlefelting.
Hooking.
Hooking.
Surface embroidery.
Surface embroidery.

Fibre fun gathering: January 20th 2018

Cast away any winter blahs and come out for an afternoon of communal fibre crafting in Bridgetown on January 20th from 1:30 to 4 pm.

Bring the project you are working on whether you are knitting, hooking, quilting, sewing, cross-stitching or other and any show and tell you would like.

There will be refreshments.

If you are a member, bring a friend. If you are friend, come and see what SOFAAR is all about.

All welcome. All fibre arts welcome.

Where: Saint- Alphonus Church Hall, 93 South Street, Bridgetown. Across the Bridge on the right past the pub.

When: Saturday, January 20th,

Time: 1:30 to 4 pm

Weather permitting. We will post if the event is cancelled.

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Happy New Year!

Happy fibre-filled year of 2018 to all of you!

Some news to start the year.

The Mary E. Black gallery in Halifax is sending out a call for Exhibition submissions:

 

The Mary E. Black Gallery invites proposals from community groups, cultural groups, guilds, artists, craftspeople and curators for the year of 2020. Annually, seven shows are selected by the Exhibition Review Committee to fulfill the gallery’s mandate, as Nova Scotia’s only public fine craft gallery, to exhibit traditional and contemporary fine craft created by aspiring and established local, regional, Canadian and international artists. Juried, curated and travelling exhibitions are eligible.

Year round the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design hosts exhibitions in the Mary E. Black Gallery which educate the public about craft and design and promote the pursuit of excellence in the craft community.

Submissions must include the following:

Letter of Intent/Proposal:

  • Clear description of theme/concept and the type of work defined by medium, technique, membership or function (maximum of 500 words)
  • Proposed or working title of exhibition
  • A list of artist/s and justification for their inclusion if the proposal is curatorial or a group exhibition
  • Please indicate if you are open to the possibility of being curated into a two person show, group show, or shared use of our gallery space.

Support Material:

  • A list of works to be exhibited (include artist, title, medium, dimensions in metric, date of work) or if not yet created, a list of what is planned for inclusion
  • Support material which can include any materials relevant to the application, images (maximum of 20), promotional materials, reviews and catalogues
  • Image requirements are as follows: JPEG format, maximum of 1024×768 resolution, 72 DPI, RGB
  • A list of the support material provided including the title, medium, dimensions in metric, date of work
  • A curriculum vitae of the principal organizer/curator or artist

Proposals and support material must be submitted via Dropbox link toadministration@craft-design.ns.ca by 4pm AST on April 3, 2018.
Late submissions, incomplete applications, or submissions sent outside dropbox will NOT be accepted.

Proposal evaluation is based on:

  • The artistic merit of the exhibition proposed
  • The quality of the applicant’s work to date
  • The ability of the organization/individual to bring the exhibition to fruition

The Mary E. Black Gallery offers:

  • Artist’s fees based on recommended CARFAC rates
  • Cost of an opening reception
  • Colour invitation / exhibition brochure
  • Inclusion in our standard publicity program
The Mary E Black Gallery staff offers assistance to applicants who may have difficulty with the process or face barriers to applying. If you would like help applying, please contact the gallery at administration@craft-design.ns.ca(link sends e-mail) or 902-492-2522.

 

Merry Christmas!

Our Christmas Social last week was a lot of fun and many beautiful “shows and tells” were on view.

Many thanks to Jennifer for all her help at the United Church Hall.

Merry Christmas and Happy Stitching to everyone.

We look forward to a very fibre-filled 2018.

Céleste Thibodeau-Stacey's "Funeral March of a Marionnette" inspired piece.
Céleste Thibodeau-Stacey’s “Funeral March of a Marionnette” inspired piece.
Cheryl Den Hartog's mittens based on the shape of our own Fort Anne.
Cheryl Den Hartog’s mittens based on the shape of our own Fort Anne.

Christmas Social Show and Tell: December 14th 6 pm

Venue change: United Church at the lights in Annapolis Royal

Please  mark your calendars for Thursday, December 14th at 6 pm to join your fellow SOFAAR members at the United Church Hall (basement) for an evening of enjoyment and sharing.

This church is located at the corner of Route 1 and St.George St. at the lights. Parking is available at the church, across the street in the ARCAC parking lot and also in the Court House parking lot.

If you would like, please bring a finished project or work in progress for show and tell. It’s always inspiring to see what everyone else is doing!

Please also bring a nibbley – either sweet or savoury to add to the table.

And bring a friend (non-members $2).

Coffee, tea, cider or non-alcoholic punch will be provided.

Christmas stitching
Christmas stitching

Art Sox event at ARCAC

Celebrating the Humble Sock!
On Nov.13th, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00pm ARCAC and SOFAAR had lots of fun collaborating on a celebration of ART SOX.  10 pairs of special socks as well as a museum set featuring famous paintings were displayed and raffled off following a brief and often humerus presentation of each artist by Ted Lind.
SOFAAR members created displays of rare and unusual socks as well as gorgeous colourful socks and hand dyed wool.

Art Sox
Art Sox

Cheryl den Hartog kept us “in stitches” with her amusing description of “Turning the Heel”.  Numerous sock knitters were knitting & in one case, crocheting! socks through-out the eve.

Kay den Hartog
Kay den Hartog

The eve. was topped off with coffee, tea and an artistic display of individually decorated “sock cookies” by Lola’s.

Sam Myhre
Sam Myhre
And more sox!
And more sox!

Can’t wait to see what our next collaboration with ARCAC will feature.  It’s bound to be a combination of a little education and a whole lot of fun!

Stay tuned………

Exciting textile talk on November 1st at ARCAC

“What archaeologists Learn About Ancient Peoples From Their Fibre Articfacts:

Dr. Niki Clark will share insights from 20 years of research on prehistoric textiles of North and South America.

This talk takes place upstairs at ARCAC in Annapolis Royal. That’s the art gallery right by the lights. You can’t miss it.

Members: free

Non-members: $5.00

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 1st; 7 pm

Everyone welcome and refreshments will be served.

We hope you will join us!

Fibre-in at North Hills in the sun!

A few of us were able to come out today to work on our projects at our scheduled fibre-crafting afternoon at North Hills this afternoon. It was such a lovely, sunny day that we were able to work outside and it was delightful.

Gail showed off her sock in progress and Christine is happy to report that her cat hooking is (almost) done. Just needs the border straightened up a bit!

Cathy, Kay and Cheryl were working away on knitting projects and we were thrilled to have new SOFAAR member Rachael join us all the way from Greenwood with her quilting project. Céleste dropped in to say hi and have a glass of leftover Retreat wine with us !!

We hope to see you at our next event which will take place on the evening of Wednesday, November 1st at ARCAC upstairs when Dr. Niki Clark will give a talk on textile archaeology. She will share insights from 20 years’ research on prehistoric textiles of North and South America. 7 pm. This is a free event.

Gail's sock in progress!
Gail’s sock in progress!
Christine's last "hooks".
Christine’s last “hooks”.
"Cat nap"
“Cat nap”