While the weather outside is frightful, the Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo is holding its annual Weaver and Fiber artists sale to make winter delightful.
The sale will be Thursday, November 17 until Saturday, November 19. The hours on Thursday will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale is located at Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairgrounds. Admission is free, and the location is handicap accessible.
Local Felt-maker, Dawn Edwards, is selling some of her unique Items at the sale. Edwards has been a felt maker for seven years, and has been a member of the guild for five.
“I started felting when my dear friend Peggy gave me a gift certificate to a felting class,” Edwards states, “I was instantly drawn to it and haven’t stopped since.”
At the sale, Edwards is selling Felt hats, scarves, and wraps. If you are unable to make it to the sale, Edwards sells year round. She sells through various shops and galleries, such as Earthly Delights in Kalamazoo, Good Goods in Saugatuck and the Muskegon Museum of Art.
“I’ve donated numerous items throughout the years to causes that I believe in. Hospice Auctions, school related fundraiser. One of the most meaningful donations that I recently participated in was through the Journey of Hope, a partnership between The Art Center of Battle Creek, MI and the American Cancer Society (ACS).” Edwards said, “Twenty-five cancer survivors identified by the ACS teamed up with fifteen artists selected by the Battle Creek Art Center. The artists created artwork inspired by the survivor’s cancer journey/story. The resulting works of art in the exhibit were a dynamic illustration of the power of hope, healing and survival.”
Edwards has strong ties to the Kalamazoo Community as a whole as well. She is an active member of the Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo, and recently became a juried member of the Signature Gallery. She also teaches felt-making classes through her home studio, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and the Art Center of Battle Creek.
“I love to be able to witness the magic that occurs through the creative process of a bit of wool, soap, water, and your hands are a joy.” Edwards says.
The Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo has around 150 members according the publicity chairperson, Judi Southwell. Sixty of its members will be selling at the Weaver and Fiber Artist’s sale. The items being sold include: Scarves, Christmas Ornaments, Shawls, Table Runners, Rugs and other unique goods.
“It never ceases to amaze me that a few ounces of wool can be turned into a thing of beauty, limited only by the imagination,” Edwards said.