Roc Day III, a gathering for fiber enthusiasts, quilters, spinners, weavers and other crafters, will be held Saturday, January 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art in Marysville, Kan. The free event, sponsored by the Marshall County Arts Cooperative, includes interactive classes, fiber demonstrations, displays, vendors and more. Classes require a small fee. A Roc Day-themed lunch will be available with donation.
Several new mediums and techniques will be demonstrated this year. Shin-hee Chin, an acclaimed award-winning fiber/mixed media artist whose works have been displayed worldwide, will present a workshop on making pojagi pouches. Pojagi pouches, which originated in Korea, are used to cover, store or carry items. Often created from fabric remnants, they’re as thrifty as they are artistic in color and design. Registration is required for the class; a list of supplies will be provided to registrants.
The art of papiersterne, or woven stars, will be presented by Judy Hiatt. Hiatt was introduced to the art by Deborah Burkhart, who learned from her father and, in turn, from his father. Stars range in size from one to six inches on average, though some have been as big as five feet tall. Materials used can include any type of paper, fabric or ribbon.
Dressmaker Jen Horn will present workshops on bespoke corsetry. The workshops will include construction techniques and types of materials. Though corsets are best known in Victorian clothing, they have therapeutic as well as aesthetic uses.
Alex Laughlin, a senior at Valley Heights High School, will demonstrate shoe painting. Who says footwear has to be boring? Laughlin will inspire and delight in turning shoes into wearable works of art.
Additional new medium demonstrations include Connie Mueller, Linn, loom-knitting, and Judy Scott, Marysville, knitting machine jewelry.
Other artists include Sally Brandon, owner of the Shepherd’s Mill, Phillipsburg, demonstrating bobbin lace techniques; Kay McCoy, owner of Great Plains Artisans, with daughter Brandi, demonstrating wool felting techniques; and Vernita Peeks sharing a lifetime’s experience with knitting tips and tricks.
Additional interactive displays and classes will feature knot tying, broomstick lace, wool dryer balls, spinning, knitting, crocheting and other forms of fiber artistry. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn from others or to start the new year with new fiber interests or projects. Items will also be for sale.
Participants are encouraged to bring their spinning wheels, knitting or fiber-related projects.
Following the event, a special showing of the documentary “Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo” will be shown at 5 p.m. at the Astro 3 Theatre. There is no charge for admission. The movie will also run every Tuesday for the remainder of January.
Roc Day, also known as Saint Distaff’s Day, was traditionally known for the day women returned to their duties following the 12 days of Christmas.
Participants or visitors can stay for the day or just drop by and stay as long as they want.
Those wishing to participate with this event should contact Lori Parker at 785-363-7228 or e-mail [email protected]