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May 28, 2014

Fiber Arts Show coming up

A local group of so-called Fiber Fanatics will soon be showing off and sharing their passion for their craft as part of an upcoming exhibit at the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum.

The Fiber Arts Show, which will officially open on June 10, will feature the works of 7 to 10 different fiber artists from across Northwest Oklahoma.  The featured artists are all members of a group known as Fiber Fanatics Of Northwest Oklahoma (FFONWOK).

Locally those members include Woodward artisans Charles Sides and Shelly Liston, who were setting up some of their own fiber pieces at the museum on Tuesday afternoon for a small preliminary show.

Their pieces were primarily knitted shawls, hats and scarves, which were hung like bunting along the walls in the museum's gallery room. The items are all made from  hand-spun yarns which feature a variety of different fibers, including everything from expensive fibers such as cashmere and angora to some repurposed fibers made from acrylic stuffing and some other unique sources.

For instance, Sides pointed out one of the gray scarves which he said he made using hair from his own pet cat.

There were also a few art pieces on display as well including a playful mask Liston titled "Happy Accident" made out of Alpaca yarn that had been dyed a bright blue.

Sides' art pieces included a Russian Embroidered miniature landscape titled "Night Spear Fisherman" and a knit wall hanging titled "Gegen den Strom," which is German for Against the Stream, as the piece features a fish pattern, with one fish facing the opposite direction of all the others.

But Liston said their pieces are just a taste of what the full Fiber Arts Show will have to offer once the other artists, who will be coming from as far away as Mustang, bring their additional pieces.

"We have some awesome things here right now, but when the rest of our members bring their stuff, it will just blow people's minds," she said.

Liston and Sides said they expect the other FFONWOK members to bring everything from tapestries to needle felted animal sculptures to kumihimo braids, which are complex braided ropes made from up to 20 different strands of fibers.

"It's amazing what people can come up with when working with fibers whether it's to make something wearable or to make art," Sides said.

While these "amazing" pieces will be on display at the museum for visitors to look at through June 28, the public will have a special opportunity to learn more about how they are all made during an artists' reception on June 14.  The reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the museum's rotunda.

During the reception, visitors will have the opportunity to talk to some of the fiber artists about their various works as well as watch some live demonstrations and even enjoy some hands-on opportunities to learn a few of the different fiber art techniques.

For more information about the show, call the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum at (580) 256-6136.

And to learn more about the Fiber Fanatics of Northwest Oklahoma, visit the group's webpage at ffonwok.weebly.com or on social media at www.facebook.com/fiberfanatics.

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