The Second Annual New Mexico Fiber Arts Crawl takes place this year from Friday, May 18 to Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The free event sends participants on a tour of museums, farms, businesses, and studios of local fiber artists from Albuquerque to Taos. Using a free “Fiber Crawl Passport” and map of sites along the trail, the fiber-curious may navigate to locations such as the Yarn Store in Nob Hill in Albuquerque, Tansey Contemporary in Santa Fe, Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos, Jemez Artisans Gallery in Jemez Springs, Española Valley Fiber Arts Center (EVFAC) in Española, and Mooncat Fiber in Taos. The event is designed for knitters, spinners, weavers, felters, crocheters, and any fiber enthusiast interested in learning more about the fiber arts.
To obtain a passport, stop in at any site on the Crawl or visit nmfibercrawl .org to download the passport (it helps to be able to print double-sided). At each stop, visitors will receive a sticker for their passport. The website also provides links to download printable maps with thorough location specifics.
Enthusiasts may experience the history and culture of New Mexico’s fiber arts by interacting with artists, learning a skill, viewing a demonstration, or discovering the origination and processing methods of textile materials. Organizers hope to provide visitors with a deeper understanding of specific materials used, creative process particulars, the varied cultural contexts behind each piece, and the people who make them. EVFAC is a nonprofit member-driven organization that seeks to encourage understanding that may in turn create an economic impact for local artists by raising awareness of the scope and efforts of their community in the state. There are many demonstrations scheduled at EVFAC, and touching the work is seen as an essential part of the experience. Demonstrations are to include knitting, weaving, spinning, and tie-dying.
In addition, a number of farms, including Rancho de Los Sueños Alpacas, Aspen Ridge Alpacas, and Que Sera Alpacas, will offer free tours for visitors to see how the animals are cared for and how to handle fleece pickers and electric carders. Visitors may also watch demonstrations on how to properly skirt alpaca blankets and learn about the process of spinning.
On Friday night, attendees are invited to attend the Fiber Crawl kick-off party and opening reception of the Fiber Arts Exhibit “Recall, Recapture, Remember,” sponsored by EVFAC. The party and reception takes place at Tansey Contemporary (652 Canyon Road) from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.