April 26, 2018
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Wear your art

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

If wearable art makes your heart sing, here’s good news from Christine Maachi, executive director at Maine Fiberarts in Topsham:

Maine Fiberarts will present an open house reception with Brunswick artist Barbara Taylor 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 10, Maine Fiberarts Center and Gallery, 13 Main St. As part of the reception, a gallery talk, “Resources for Clothing Design, Patterns, Fabrics and Sashiko Stitching” will take place 2:30-3 p.m. with the artist. The event is free and open to all.

Taylor also will host a two-day sewing “Patchwork Jacket Workshop” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, April 16 and 30. Participants will be guided through the design and transformation of a sweatshirt into a uniquely embellished, colorful jacket using machine applique techniques. Reservations are required and there is a fee for participation. A flier listing supplies to bring to class will be sent upon registration.

The workshop and gallery talk are part of Taylor’s exhibit “Wearable Art: Tunics, Jackets, and Vests” on display through Saturday, April 30, at Maine Fiberarts. Using simple lines reminiscent of traditional Japanese and Chinese styling, Taylor is noted for her use of decorative Japanese hand-stitching known as Sashiko, or “little stabs.” Sashiko originated as a running stitch used in the repair of clothing in ancient times while doubling as a modest embellishment, often integrating patterns from nature.

For more information or to see a preview of the artist’s work, call 721-0678 or visit http://www.mainefiberarts.org/.


The Bangor Area Sewing Guild is offering the class Custom Fitting a Pants Pattern at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at Hampden Municipal Building. Attendees are asked to bring a purchased pants pattern. Do not go by size when buying the pattern, but by hip measurement (be honest!).  Also bring a tape measure and thin marker. The cost is $10 for guild members, $15 others. Call 941-8815 to register or for more information. Those new to sewing are urged to attend. For more information, call Kathy Childs at 941-8815.

Lesia Sochor will lead a pair of workshops on traditional Ukrainian egg decorating on Saturday, April 9, at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden.

Pysanky is part of the springtime rituals of Ukraine. Using a process known as wax resist dyeing, lines of melted beeswax are drawn on the eggs with a special tool. The eggs are dipped in a series of colored dyes, and when the wax is removed, the final pattern is revealed. The patterns, which have symbolic meaning, are considered talismans of good fortune for the coming year.

Sochor, an artist from Brooks and a first-generation Ukrainian descendant, learned the art of egg decorating from her mother.

The first workshop is designed for families and will be held 10 a.m.-noon. The family workshop cost is $35 per family of three, $30 Merryspring family members. The workshop is recommended for children over age 6, and children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

The second workshop is designed for adults and will be held 12:30-2:30 p.m. The adult workshop cost is $25, $20 Merryspring members.

All materials will be provided and each participant will take home his personally decorated egg as well as educational handouts.

Preregistration is required for both workshops and space is limited. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 7. To register or for more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239.

Call Ardeana Hamlin at 990-8153, or email ahamlin@bangordailynews.com.

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