Fibre Arts Coral Reef Project

February 8, 2015

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A community fibre art project is underway in Espanola, Ontario.  A collaborative project between the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival & the Espanola Public Library will support the creation of a massive fibre coral reef.  Fibre artists from near and far will be contributing sea creatures & coral structures all created from fibre – yarn, fabric, wood & paper.  The results of weeks of creation will culminate in a massive fibre art installation of a coral reef during this year’s 4th annual Espanola Fibre Arts Festival in October.

The idea for the fibre art reef stems from an internationally recognized project created by two sisters Christine & Margaret Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring.  The Wertheim sisters began their project in 2005 and now it has become known as one of the largest community engagement art projects in the world.

Coral reef structures are beautiful stretches of sea bed that display great colour, texture and form.  Sadly, global warming & pollution are threatening the existence of these fragile ecosystems. The purpose behind this community fibre art collective is to bring together like minded individuals to create art together.  In this case, there is an added benefit of increasing awareness regarding the plight of coral reefs in our world.

Meetings will be held at the Espanola Public Library the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month beginning February 19th.  If you are interested in learning crochet or knitting techniques this fibre art project may be of interest to you.  Each meeting will feature patterns, information and inspiration for the creation of sea creatures and coral structures. The Espanola Fibre Arts Festival will be accepting donations of yarn, fabric, knitting needles, crochet hooks and other fibre arts related materials to be share within the collective.

There will also be an international call for submissions of fibre art sea creatures and coral structures linking the local fibre art community to the global creative community. If you are interested in participating in this community art project please visit the Espanola Fibre Arts Facebook Page for updates and photos. 

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Fibre Art Coral Structure by Jocelyne Sobeski