You may remember a blog note I wrote back in May, about teaching applique and embroidery to 20 members of the Seaview Weaving and Fiber Arts Guild. That's where this next bit of networking begins ...
Elsa, one of the guild members who participated in that workshop, showed me her progress on her selected piece (shown above). Sinc
e that time she has launched another project -- a Fiber Arts Club for young teenagers (ages 9-12) in Lake Forest Park, just north of Seattle. The club meets on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month and is currently scheduled through April. Kids who attend will find materials and tools to help them explore functional fiber techniques such as carding, spinning, weaving, knitting, and sewing. Elsa's son, who also teaches, is an artist in his own right, turning his needle felting into characters from a galaxy far, far away...
Elsa is volunteering her time to introduce kids to these arts and crafts, and says "I want to establish a routine so you can drop in or attend regularly. I enjoy giving back to a community that has given me so much, so I will continue to volunteer while actively seeking funding."
She sent me these photos of her students and their works in progress, and asked if I might be interested in doing an encore of the kits I provided as a teaching tool for the Seaview Guild.
Elsa, thank you for asking! A box of kits and supplies for a dozen students is on its way!
I look forward to seeing some of the finished projects, and hope that it inspires some of your young artists to pursue a career in the fiber arts. Thank you for working to further the teaching of art and craft in your community!