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ExploreFiber.com	
  
A	
  collabora)ve	
  educa)onal	
  website	
  with	
  a	
  fiber	
  arts	
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Our	
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experiences	
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  lives	
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ExploreFiber.com	
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  collec)ve	
  resource	
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  educator	
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fiber	
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  &	
  photos	
  by	
  Sherry	
  Kalisz	
  
Many	
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 Mission	
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ExploreFiber.com	
  
promotes	
  fibers	
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contemporary	
  fine	
  art	
  
mater...
ExploreFiber.com	
  
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ini3a3ve	
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  resource	
  
by	
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community	
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EXPLORE:	
  is	
  an	
  active	
  verb	
  asking	
  us	
  to	
  investigate	
  and	
  study	
  
something	
  that	
  will	...
How	
  can	
  ExploreFiber.com	
  help	
  overcome	
  the	
  challenges	
  
of	
  including	
  fiber	
  arts	
  in	
  an	
 ...
 ExploreFiber.com	
  
Gathers	
  together	
  quality	
  fiber	
  art	
  lessons	
  using	
  fibers	
  and	
  
	
  fiber	
  pr...
ExploreFiber.com	
  
Provides	
  complete	
  lesson	
  plans	
  and	
  video	
  tutorials	
  that	
  support	
  teachers	
...
Fiber	
  arts	
  encourage	
  students	
  to	
  explore	
  	
  
meaning	
  and	
  innova3on	
  through	
  journeys	
  
	
 ...
Using	
  fibers	
  as	
  a	
  
material	
  to	
  make	
  
art	
  can	
  connect	
  
the	
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  to	
  the	
  
viewer	
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9th	
  grade	
  student	
  reflects	
  
about	
  the	
  meaning	
  of	
  her	
  	
  
Cloth	
  Mâché	
  Monster	
  Project	
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This	
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response	
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teacher	
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their	
  students	
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Fibers	
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  an	
  
exci)ng	
  
material	
  that	
  
can	
  be	
  used	
  in	
  
new	
  ways.	
  
Explore	
  
Innovati...
This	
  10th	
  grade	
  student’s	
  
innova)ve	
  needle	
  felted	
  
abstract	
  composi)on	
  
was	
  submi>ed	
  to	...
Journeys	
  are	
  
the	
  process	
  of	
  
change	
  with	
  a	
  
beginning	
  and	
  
an	
  end;	
  crea)ng	
  
art	
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International	
  Artist	
  Janet	
  Echelman	
  
‘Taking	
  Imagination	
  Seriously’	
  
Experience	
  
Janet	
  
Echelma...
10th	
  grade	
  student’s	
  
journey	
  with	
  a	
  	
  
new	
  material	
  
“My	
  needle	
  fel)ng	
  piece,	
  
‘Har...
Stories	
  are	
  tales	
  
with	
  meanings.	
  	
  
Fibers	
  are	
  a	
  
wonderful	
  
material	
  to	
  use	
  
when	...
Stories	
  drive	
  
student	
  creation	
  
“My	
  needle	
  felted	
  piece,	
  
Quetzalcoatl,	
  is	
  an	
  Aztec	
  
...
The	
  purpose	
  of	
  ExploreFiber.com	
  is	
  to	
  help	
  
each	
  other	
  expand	
  fiber	
  arts	
  instruc)on.	
 ...
It	
  is	
  hard	
  to	
  teach	
  
effectively	
  what	
  we	
  
don’t	
  know…	
  
Having	
  experience	
  with	
  
mater...
ExploreFiber.com	
  
includes	
  interviews	
  
with	
  fiber	
  ar)sts	
  and	
  
art	
  educators	
  for	
  
informa)on,	...
Help	
  us	
  co-­‐create	
  ExploreFiber.com	
  !	
  
ExploreFiber.com	
  wants	
  to	
  include	
  your	
  ideas,	
  les...
We	
  want	
  to	
  hear	
  
YOUR	
  stories!	
  
Add	
  your	
  voice	
  to	
  the	
  
conversa)on	
  about	
  
working	
...
How	
  can	
  you	
  be	
  a	
  part	
  
of	
  this	
  community?	
  
Contribute	
  your	
  lessons.	
  	
  
We	
  know	
 ...
Participate	
  in	
  the	
  
ExploreFiber.com	
  
dialogue!	
  
What	
  story	
  do	
  you	
  
have	
  to	
  share?	
  
	
...
Contact	
  us!	
  
We	
  are	
  eager	
  to	
  have	
  you	
  
share	
  your	
  ideas,	
  lessons,	
  
sugges)ons,	
  and	...
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ExploreFiber.com: A Collaborative Educational Website with a Fiber Arts Focus

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ExploreFiber.com is a collaborative educational website with a fiber arts focus. This presentation sets out the mission of Explore Fiber and explains the excitement and power of working with fiber as a fine arts material.

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ExploreFiber.com: A Collaborative Educational Website with a Fiber Arts Focus

  1. 1. ExploreFiber.com   A  collabora)ve  educa)onal  website  with  a  fiber  arts  focus   Photo  by  Chris)ne  Miller  
  2. 2. Our  connection  to  fibers  runs  deep  –  one  of  our  first   experiences  as  a  human  being  is  being  swaddled  in   cloth.     Image  retrieved  from:    h>p://www.babame.com/index.php/li>le-­‐pop-­‐gro-­‐swaddle.html  
  3. 3.   We  spend  the  rest  of  our  lives  experiencing   fibers  in  our  clothing,  on  our  beds,  and  in  our   homes  and  cars.    All  humans  have  an  emotional   connection  to  fibers  and  cloth.         Photos  by  Chris)ne  Miller  
  4. 4. ExploreFiber.com  is  a  free,  collec)ve  resource  for  the  art  educator  or   fiber  enthusiast  –  a  place  to  expand  knowledge  and  share  our  love  of   the  fiber  arts.    With  each  other’s  knowledge  and  help,  we  can  explore   ways  to  transform  fiber  into  fine  art!   Photo  by  Chris)ne  Miller  
  5. 5. Artwork  by  Chris)ne  Miller  &  photos  by  Sherry  Kalisz   Many  of  us  have  a  passion  for  fibers  and  fiber  art.     Together  we  can  support  each  other  to  improve  fiber   art  educa)on.    How  can  YOU  contribute?  
  6. 6.  Mission  Statement:     ExploreFiber.com   promotes  fibers  as  a   contemporary  fine  art   material  in     art  educa3on.     Artwork  &  photo  by  Chris)ne  Miller  
  7. 7. ExploreFiber.com   is  a  collabora3ve   ini3a3ve  and  resource   by  and  for  a   community  of   educators  and  ar3sts,   working  with  fibers   through  innova3ve  art   expressions.   Cuddle  on  the  Tightrope  installa)on  by   Ernesto  Neto  -­‐  Shot  at  Nasher  Sculpture  Center   Installa)on  was  displayed  May  12  –  Sept.  9  2012    
  8. 8. EXPLORE:  is  an  active  verb  asking  us  to  investigate  and  study   something  that  will  lead  to  discovery  and  adventure.       What  does  ExploreFiber.com   provide?     •  Quality  lessons  using  fibers  as  a   fine  art  material   •  Videos  for  inspira)on  and   tutorial  support     •  Interviews  with  fiber  ar)sts  and   art  educators   •  A  blog  for  communica)on  and   dialogue  in  the  broad  fiber  arts   community   •  An  interac)ve  space  to  explore   fiber  arts  in  the  21st  century   Artwork  &  photo  by  Lisa  Mi>ler  Bradford  
  9. 9. How  can  ExploreFiber.com  help  overcome  the  challenges   of  including  fiber  arts  in  an  educational  curriculum?     Photo  by  Chris)ne  Miller  
  10. 10.  ExploreFiber.com   Gathers  together  quality  fiber  art  lessons  using  fibers  and    fiber  processes  as  a  fine  art  material.      
  11. 11. ExploreFiber.com   Provides  complete  lesson  plans  and  video  tutorials  that  support  teachers      presen3ng  fiber  art  projects  to  their  students.      
  12. 12. Fiber  arts  encourage  students  to  explore     meaning  and  innova3on  through  journeys    and  their  own  stories.         Artwork  &  photo  by  Lisa  Mi>ler  Bradford  
  13. 13. Using  fibers  as  a   material  to  make   art  can  connect   the  ar)st  to  the   viewer  in   powerful,   meaningful   ways.     Explore     Meaning   Artwork  &  photo  by  Chris)ne  Miller  
  14. 14. 9th  grade  student  reflects   about  the  meaning  of  her     Cloth  Mâché  Monster  Project  :     “Li0le  by  li0le,  people  turn   into  monsters  and  one  day   they  look  into  their  mirror  and     say,  ‘Wow!    I’m  a  monster!’     My  InspiraCon  was  the  day  I   realized  I  was  a  monster.  My   friends  and  I  only  gossiped   and  made  fun  of  others.    It   took  a  year  to  have  that   moment  where  I  realized  I  was   a  monster  too.”     The  student  ar)st  (on  le_)  recrea)ng  the  event   that  inspired  her  art  project.   Photo  by  Chris)ne  Miller  
  15. 15. This  kind  of  student   response  is  what  a   teacher  dreams  of  for   their  students  –  self   reflec3on  and  self   knowledge  which  drive   their  learning  and  fuel  the   crea3vity  for  their   artwork.     •  What  do  monsters   feel?   •  Do  monsters  feel   they  are  monsters?       •  Do  monsters  feel                scary?   Artwork  by  Allison  I.  &  photo  by  Chris)ne  Miller   Student  driven     ques3ons:  
  16. 16. Fibers  are  an   exci)ng   material  that   can  be  used  in   new  ways.   Explore   Innovation   Artwork  &  photo  by  Chris)ne  Miller  
  17. 17. This  10th  grade  student’s   innova)ve  needle  felted   abstract  composi)on   was  submi>ed  to  a  local   art  compe))on  and   advanced  to  the  state   level.   Artwork  by  Josse>e  S.  &  photo  by  Chris)ne  Miller  
  18. 18. Journeys  are   the  process  of   change  with  a   beginning  and   an  end;  crea)ng   art  is  a  powerful   journey.   Explore   Journeys   Photo  by  Chris)ne  Miller  
  19. 19. International  Artist  Janet  Echelman   ‘Taking  Imagination  Seriously’   Experience   Janet   Echelman’s     journey  into     crea)ng     monumental     fiber     sculptures     through  her   TED  talk  here  Image  retrieved  from:    h>p://inhabitat.com/janet-­‐echelmans-­‐stunning-­‐floa)ng-­‐string-­‐sculptures-­‐evoke-­‐the-­‐aurora-­‐borealis/janet-­‐ echelman1/?extend=1  
  20. 20. 10th  grade  student’s   journey  with  a     new  material   “My  needle  fel)ng  piece,   ‘Hard  Headed’  was  a  really   enjoyable  and  fun   experience.    By  using  fiber  I   was  able  to  give  the  piece  a   unique  texture,  not  normally   associated  with  skulls,  which   added  some  irony  that  I   enjoyed.”   Student  Project  Reflec)on   Artwork  by  Karlo>e  W.  &  photo  by  Chris)ne  Miller  
  21. 21. Stories  are  tales   with  meanings.     Fibers  are  a   wonderful   material  to  use   when  telling   stories.     Explore   Stories   Artwork  by  Deedee  Woodbury  &  photo  by  Chris)ne  Miller  
  22. 22. Stories  drive   student  creation   “My  needle  felted  piece,   Quetzalcoatl,  is  an  Aztec   serpent.    I  enjoyed  exploring   the  rich  stories  about   Quetzalcoatl.    Overall,  I  feel   like  Quetzalcoatl  is  interes)ng   because  I’m  sure  no  one  has   needle  felted  the  Aztec  god   before.”   10th  grade   Student  project  reflec)on   Artwork  by  Sami  M.  &  photo  by  Chris)ne  Miller  
  23. 23. The  purpose  of  ExploreFiber.com  is  to  help   each  other  expand  fiber  arts  instruc)on.   Photo  by  Chris)ne  Miller  
  24. 24. It  is  hard  to  teach   effectively  what  we   don’t  know…   Having  experience  with   materials  and  processes   gives  the  instructor   confidence  to  venture   out  into  new  ar)s)c   territories.    The   collec)ve  resources  at   ExploreFiber.com  can   support  you  in  your  own   exci)ng  fiber  journey!   Photo  by  Chris)ne  Miller  
  25. 25. ExploreFiber.com   includes  interviews   with  fiber  ar)sts  and   art  educators  for   informa)on,   inspira)on,  and   enrichment.     Photo  by  Lisa  Mi>ler  Bradford  
  26. 26. Help  us  co-­‐create  ExploreFiber.com  !   ExploreFiber.com  wants  to  include  your  ideas,  lessons,  and   stories  as  a  part  of  this  new  iniCaCve!    Don’t  be  slow!   Artwork  &  photo  by  Chris)ne  Miller  
  27. 27. We  want  to  hear   YOUR  stories!   Add  your  voice  to  the   conversa)on  about   working  with  fiber  in     the  21st  century.     ExploreFiber.com  is  a   community  network  of   fiber  ar)sts,  teachers,   and  students  who  love   working  with  fiber.     Photo  by  Chris)ne  Miller  
  28. 28. How  can  you  be  a  part   of  this  community?   Contribute  your  lessons.     We  know  you  have   wonderful  fiber  arts   projects  being  created  in   your  classrooms.       ExploreFiber.com  is   ac)vely  seeking  your   lessons  and  ideas  about   contemporary  fiber  art  for   inclusion  on  the  site.   Artwork  by  Amy  Semifero;  photo  by  Chris)ne  Miller  
  29. 29. Participate  in  the   ExploreFiber.com   dialogue!   What  story  do  you   have  to  share?     Contribute  to  the   dialogue  on  our   Facebook  and  Twi>er   networks.         Artwork  &  photo  by  Lisa  Mi>ler  Bradford  
  30. 30. Contact  us!   We  are  eager  to  have  you   share  your  ideas,  lessons,   sugges)ons,  and  experiences!       Email:  explorefiber@gmail.com   Facebook:     h>ps://www.facebook.com/explorefiber   Twi>er:  @explorefiber1   Artwork  &  photo  by  Chris)ne  Miller   ExploreFiber.com  is  moderated  by   Lisa  Mi>ler  Bradford,  Chris)ne  Miller     &  Jeane>e  Thompson  –  art  educators     and  fiber  ar)sts!      

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