Namita Gupta Wiggers, director and co-founder of Critical Craft Forum and former curator at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, gave a wonderfully thought-provoking speech in regards to our fabric medium. Maria Shell, art quilter, encouraged us to seek out funding opportunities.
There were breakout sessions on various topics as well as discussion panels. The photo below is of the student fiber artists panel.
It was interesting to see the students artworks. Most were very conceptual in their work. In addition, there was an international artist panel, as well as a local, Oregonian artist panel. Here Sidnee Snell shows her work.
And there was a silent auction of donated works. I did not get my act together to make one in time. Lots of great pieces were up for bidding and we were told that over $14,000 was raised.
Here are just a few of the pieces that I liked. The photos aren't great because they were all wrapped in plastic and the lighting was kind of dim.
At the Market by Terry Grant
Staccato III by Hope Wilmarth
Glee by Diane Melms
None of these came home with me.