Local Artists Collaborate for Shared Goal
When a guild of fiber artists intent on preserving the history of textiles, collaborates with a community of writers intent on making Sparta the hub for writing education and cultural arts, the result is “Our Common Thread,” a community project that brings awareness to the heritage of textiles and the family histories and personal memories they hold.
The idea of “Our Common Thread” developed from conversations between Alleghany Writers, the Blue Ridge Fiber Fest, and members of the Mountain Homespun Fiber Guild.
“The mission of the Blue Ridge Fiber Fest is to preserve the history of textiles and promote the teaching of the next generation of fiber artists,” said Deb Clemens, Vendor Manager, Blue Ridge Fiber Fest. “One way to work toward our mission is to collaborate with other agencies and groups to bring awareness of the fiber arts to a group larger than just those who share our passion. One of these groups is Alleghany Writers.
Clemens is an AW board member and part of the committee working to produce a collection of short stories that examine the role of textiles in our heritage and personal history. Our Common Thread Volume 1, is scheduled to be released in time for the 2020 Blue Ridge Fiber Fest. Alleghany Writers is taking story submissions. For submission guidelines and deadlines, go to AlleghanyWriters.com.
The next “Our Common Thread” event will be held at the Alleghany Library on Thursday, October 17.
The event includes:
4:30pm – Demonstrations from local fiber artists.
5:30pm – Potluck supper. Bring a side dish to share. Drinks and paper products provided.
The public is invited to attend and bring an item to display in our textile gallery, along with any photos, clippings or other history.
“We’ve expanded the afternoon to include fiber demonstrations and a potluck supper,” said Ginger Collins of Alleghany Writers. “The Fiber Guild demonstrations will let attendees experience the creative process. And everyone enjoys a community meal!”
After supper Julia Simmons and Cindy Atwood will lead the conversation as attendees share their items and tell their stories. There will be a sign-up sheet at the door. Stories are limited to three minutes so all who wish to share will get a chance to participate.
“Our Common Thread” is a collaboration between Alleghany Writers, the Mountain Homespun Fiber Guild, and the Blue Ridge Fiber Fest,