Fiber arts are gaining momentum among makers as traditions are kept alive and ancient techniques are adapted to today’s materials. Join the Summer of Fiber for a variety of exhibitions showcasing art and artists from Oklahoma and beyond. Numerous workshops, demonstrations, and presentations are planned to bring fiber art in its myriad forms to the public.

Exhibitions are listed below in the order of their opening dates.

Chiaki Dosho's The Profound - photo Courtesy of Studio Art Quilt Associates

WHERE: OSU Museum of Art
720 South Husband Street, Stillwater
WHEN: 5/1 – 8/18
From archeological digs revealing the history of civilizations to contemplations on hidden meanings in novels, layers surround us in abstract and material ways. Featuring the work of 23 artists, Layered Voices showcases textiles that illustrate each artist’s interpretation of layers. The Textile / Surface Design Exhibition at OSU Museum of Art in Stillwater is presented by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). Curated by fiber artist and surface designer, Betty Busby.

Artist Talk: 7/12 guest lecture by visiting artist Betty Busby, 6 pm.
Workshop: 7/12 – 7/14 Participants will explore new techniques for producing surface design on fabric. Presented by visiting artist Betty Busby.

WHERE: Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd. Oklahoma City
WHEN: 6/2 – 8/11
Oklahoma Contemporary will host a solo exhibition of fiber installations by Chiyoko Myose, a Japanese artist who has been living in Wichita, Kan., for the past 20 years. With her works, Myose expresses her experiences of living in a foreign country. She considers herself as a sojourner, a person who stays in one place temporarily, like a traveler. The works explore cultural, social, philosophical and spiritual themes. Four installation pieces will have a common theme of “relationship,” from relationships between individuals to those between countries. The exhibition will also include a piece that invites members of the community to contribute to the artwork by tying knots with threads. Each new knot is a reminder that we are all connected and we should treasure that connection. The exhibition will feature a new work, created especially for Oklahoma Contemporary.

Opening Reception: 6/2 3-6 pm
Make + Take: 7/14 Participants will explore new techniques for producing surface design on fabric. Presented by visiting artist Betty Busby.

Quilts on Fence photo by Amanda Lipscomb

WHERE: [Artspace] at Untitled
1 NE 3rd Street, Oklahoma City
WHEN: 6/14 – 8/18
A biennial exhibition of quilts by members of the OKC chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild (OKCMQG). Quilts are made both by individuals and collaborative groups. Through lectures, classes, and demonstrations, Once Old Is New aims to bring Modern Quilting to the broader community.

Free unless otherwise noted.
Opening Reception: Thursday June, 14 2018, from 5-8 pm. Free and open to the public, refreshments provided.
Keynote: New Tendencies in Modern Quilting by Ann White Derrick. Find out where Modern Quilting is heading, plus a free make-and-take demo. Thurs 6/21, 6-8 pm.
Thread-to-Bed Community Quilting Marathon: Sat 6/23, 11 am – 3 pm. Watch as participants race against the clock to produce an entire quilt on-site from start to finish. $15 public, $10 OKCMQG members.
Quilt-As-You-Go Workshop with Sarah Atlee: Sat 6/30, 10 am – 4 pm. Each participant will learn a fast and easy technique that can be used to make all kinds of quilted projects at home, with no need for a long arm quilting machine. $75, register here.
City Blocks 2-Day Design Workshop with Sarah Atlee: Sat-Sun 7/7-7/8, 10 am – 4 pm both days. In this intensive two-day workshop, Sarah will lead participants on an exploration of Oklahoma City’s historic Deep Deuce neighborhood to inspire abstract quilt designs. $150, register here.
Longarm Quilting Demonstration & Trunk Sale, sponsored by Bernina of Oklahoma City: Fri 7/20 6-8 pm.
Doodle Bugz Felting Workshop with Erin Butler: Fri 7/27 10 am – 4 pm. Be you beginner, or already experienced in the art of felting, these Doodle Bugz are little joy bringers that are just plain fun to make and wear. $75, register here.
Felted Cowl Workshop with Erin Butler: Sat-Sun 7/28-7/29, 10 am – 4 pm both days. Participants will learn how to create a sculptural, fine merino wool cowl with surface applications of silks, bamboo top, and non-superwash art yarns. $150, register here.
Color Play for Quilters and Big Stitch Workshop: with Beth Furnish and Elizabeth Richards. Sat 8/4, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm. $35
Additional public demonstrations will be offered during the show. Follow for event details.
Closing Reception: Thurs 8/9 5-8 pm.

WHERE: IAO Gallery
706 West Sheridan Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: 6/15 – 8/10
An Oklahoma tradition now in its 40th year, FiberWorks showcases the best in contemporary fiber art from across our state. This year’s juror, David B. Brackett, will offer a workshop in macrame knotting during opening weekend. Other public demonstrations are being planned throughout the show.

Fiber Artists of Oklahoma (FAO) is made up of individuals interested in sharing knowledge and promoting appreciation of all aspects of fiber art, including weaving, spinning, embroidery, knitting, crochet, knotting, basketry, felting, quilting, papermaking, dyeing, rug hooking, lace-making, and mixed media collage. The organization sponsors and produces FiberWorks, a major annual juried fiber art show featuring Oklahoma artists.

Opening Reception: Friday 6/15, 6-9 pm. Free and open to the public.
Juror’s Lecture: Friday 6/15, 5 pm
Juror’s Critique: Sat 6/16, 10 am – 12 pm
Creative Knotting 2-day Workshop with David Brackett: Sat-Sun 6/16 (1-5 pm) and 6/17 (10 am – 4 pm). $75 plus $10 materials fee, register here.
Closing Reception: 8/10, 6-9 pm

Isabelle de Borchgrave - Fashioning Art from Paper

WHERE: Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City
WHEN: 6/16 – 9/9
Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper features the life-size, trompe l’œil paper costumes of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave (born 1946). Following a visit to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum in 1994, de Borchgrave began working in the new medium, creating trompe l’œil paper works in what eventually would become four major paper fashion collections. The first, Papiers à la Mode (Paper in Fashion), takes a fresh look at three hundred years of fashion history from Elizabeth I to Coco Chanel. The World of Mariano Fortuny immerses museum goers in the elegant world of twentieth-century Venice. Splendor of the Medici leads visitors through the streets of Florence, where they come across famous figures in their sumptuous ceremonial dress. And in Les Ballets Russes, de Borchgrave pays tribute to Serge de Diaghilev, Pablo Picasso, Léon Bakst, and Henri Matisse, who all designed for this extraordinary ballet company.

For this exhibition, all four collections will be presented together, for the first time, in a survey of de Borchgrave’s innovative work. Along with these pieces, a series of kaftans highlighting Silk Road textiles will be included, as well as a newly commissioned costume inspired by a painting by Peter Paul Rubens, Portrait of Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Condé, c. 1610. Both the original costume and the Rubens portrait will be included in the exhibition.

This exhibition is organized by Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Society of the Four Arts, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Frick Art and Historical Center, and Artis—Naples, the Baker Museum.

WHERE: Oklahoma Christian University, Gaylord University Center
2501 East Memorial Road, Edmond
WHEN: 8/3 – 8/4 from 9 am to 5 pm

The annual exhibition of quilts by the Edmond Quilt Guild (EQG). Also includes door prizes, vendors, and an artisan market. Admission is $7. The Edmond Quilt Guild is committed to preserving, teaching, and sharing the history and art of quilting. Members meet monthly at the Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond.

Quilt Raffle: The EQG is selling raffle tickets for Stars Over Oklahoma, an exquisite queen-size quilt made by Moda Mavens and quilted by Kerry Fizbeck. Fabric donated by Sooner Quilts of Guthrie, OK. Tickets are also good for a second chance drawing for an Accuquilt GO! BIG cutter. Tickets can be purchased from any guild meeting or at the quilt show until Saturday at 4:00 pm at $1 each or 6 tickets for $5. The drawing will take place on Saturday afternoon. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

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