Thursday, October 26th: Warm Welcome Knitting Party & Paint-a-Thon
Please join us for a fun day and a good cause!
Artist Maria Castellano-Usery of Brusnwick, Maine, is holding one of her fabulous Paint-a-Thon events to support the Welcome Blanket Project at Halcyon Yarn. We’ll also be hosting a drop in knitting party if you’d like to join us making Welcome Blanket squares, or get help joining squares you’ve already made. Enjoy complimentary hot cider and cookies too!
Maria’s joyful, color-drenched works are delightful, and so is she… Please come meet the artist, enjoy watching her creative process unfold, buy some beautiful local art, and help support a wonderful cause!
Maria will be setting up her easel at Halcyon Yarn and painting from roughly 10am – 6pm. She’ll also have a pop-up show of her work available for purchase. At the end of the day the completed painting will be raffled off and 50% of the proceeds will go to support the Welcome Blanket Project. Raffle tickets are $5 each, or 3 for $10. Maria will also donate 10% of her pop-up shop sales for the day. See more details and share the event at Maria’s Facebook Event here.
Welcome Blanket Knitting
The Welcome Blanket Project is a nationwide community fiber art project. Knitters (and crocheters, and weavers) are making hundreds of handmade blankets to be distributed to recent immigrants. The collection of blankets will form a community art project which will be on display at the Smart Museum in Chicago before being distributed by resettlement organizations to welcome new Americans. Learn more about the project here, or read more on our blog here.
As the project wraps up (so to speak) we’ll be knitting and joining Welcome Blanket squares in the store on Thursday October 26th from 3 pm – 6 pm. You can knit or crochet squares ahead of time and bring them to join, or knit along with us in the store and get help joining your squares to others as we form a community-made Welcome Blanket. We’ll also be donating 5% of our in-store sales on Thursday to the Welcome Blanket Project. If you can’t make it to the event, but would like to make squares or a full blanket, please drop squares off or mail them to arrive at Halcyon Yarn no later than Thursday the 26th (finished blankets by the 30th), and we’ll mail the piece for you.
Join us Thursday for some knitting, grab a skein for your stash, pick up a painting, or or just stop by for some cider… Help celebrate making art, and making a difference together!
Upcoming exhibits you won’t want to miss: SPARK! & Confabulations of Millenia
A new exhibition at Maine Historical Society explores contemporary creative expression in Maine. Opening Friday, November 3rd, on display through March 31st, 2018.
Maine has always been a home and a haven to artists and creative makers. From the earliest projectile points created by Wabanaki people from Mount Kineo rhyolite stone to contemporary artists who flock to Maine for our light, people are inspired to creativity by Maine’s natural beauty and unique lifestyle. A new exhibition opening in November at Maine Historical Society — Spark! Maine ART Stories — explores creativity in Maine and features sixteen contemporary Maine artists. Among them are Halcyon Yarn co-founder Hector Jaeger, frequent Halcyon Yarn instructor Barbara Burns, and Katherine Cobey who has graciously opened her knitting studio to our students in recent years.
More about several of these unique Maine artists can be found in the My Maine Stories forum at the Maine Memory Network.
“Spark! Maine ART Stories looks at the varied ways people in Maine express themselves today” says exhibition curator and MHS Outreach Curator Tilly Laskey. “The artists featured in this exhibition are diverse in their geography, their artistic mediums, and in what compels them to create. We’re exhibiting everything from snowshoes to neon artwork!”
Featured artists: Titi de Baccarat, Gina Brooks, Brendan Bullock, Barbara Burns, Katharine Cobey, Decontie and Brown, Ayumi Horie, Hector Jaeger, Karen Jelenfy, David Johansen, Daniel Minter, Geo Neptune, Edmond and Brian J. Theriault, and Ian Trask.
SPARK • November 3rd through March 31st
Maine Historical Society • 498 Congress Street, Portland, Maine
Confabulations of Millenia at MECA
The ICA at Maine College of Art (MECA) presents Confabulations of Millenia. The show brings together the works of 19 contemporary artists who take direct inspiration from the 18th and 19th centuries. On display now through December 8th.
Using established styles, techniques and objects perfected in the 18th and 19th centuries, the 19 artists assembled deploy history as a springboard in order to speak to the intricacies and inconsistencies of modern life be they social, political or aesthetic. The show especially caught our attention for including the works of Erin M. Riley and Vadis Turner. Riley’s detailed tapestries represent the tension implicit in the show’s theme by using fine traditional craftsmanship to explore challenging and graphic images of modern life and sexuality. Turner’s richly textured pieces are constructed of hand stitched quilts and draw on a series of interviews Vadis conducted with women in her community. Both artists prompt the viewer to reflect on the often-held notion of textiles as simply safe or decorative domestic expressions.
Featured artists: Martha Arquero, John Brauer, Joey Chiarello, Emily Diaz Norton, Douglas Goldberg, Jeremy Hatch, Beth Katleman, Ryan Wilson Kelly, Melora Kuhn, Livia Marin, Oscar Sancho Nin, John O’Reilly, Erin M. Riley, Richard Saja, Anthony Sonnenberg, Ryan Swanson, Vadis Turner, Julia Whitney Barnes, Kehinde Wiley
Confabulations of Millenia • October 6th through December 8th
Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA • 522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine
This is the year to learn weaving!
Whether you want to work on a little rigid heddle loom or advance your skills on an 8 shaft floor loom, we’ve got a class for you! Our spacious and well-equipped classroom studio is a wonderful space to spend a few days learning to weave. Plus, if you’d like to keep working on your project after the class we make the studio available to students for the week following the class. In the case of rigid heddle looms, you can rent the loom following the class so you can continue to work at home. Materials are included and all equipment and tools are either provided or available to rent. Please call or email for more details or with questions.
Plus, as the holidays approach stay tuned for quick and fun fiber arts “make it, take it” days, and make this a handmade holiday!
Here’s what’s coming up:
Maine Fiber Jobs
Two very different (yet both wonderful) companies we work with at Halcyon Yarn are hiring. The fiber and textile community is quite close-knit in Maine (pun fully intended), and we’re proud to work with these nearby businesses, so as a courtesy to our colleagues we’re passing along these job opportunities.
Interested parties, please contact these businesses directly, we’re just the messenger. We cannot reply to or forward your information!
Jagger Brothers Mill (Springvale, Maine)
Jagger Brothers, Inc. established in 1898 is a family owned worsted yarn spinning mill located in Springvale, Maine. The Company is seeking a qualified person for the position of Sales Manager. This position will be responsible for continuing to support and grow our customer relationships, brand building and marketing efforts. In addition to working directly with suppliers to purchase raw materials, watching fiber supply market trends to maximize our purchasing budget and ensure necessary stock is on hand.
This job is perfect for someone who not only has strong customer service and sales background but someone who has a background with fiber and spinning or textiles generally. This job has a lot of technical parts to it and we can train the right person and for that person it is an amazing and very unique opportunity.
Christmas Cove Designs (seasonal work from home)
A well-established local cottage industry in midcoast Maine seeks experienced machine knitters to produce wool Christmas stockings for the upcoming holiday season. This position requires a bulky knitting machine and ribber. Piecework to accommodate working at home. Graphs, basic instructions, and yarn provided. Please email Christmas Cove Designs at christmascovedesigns (at) gmail.com or call (207) 350-1035.