Fiber Artists Gather for 'Wearable Art' Show

     Homer’s wearable art show is returning this fall. Fiber artists from the Kenai Peninsula and beyond are invited to submit creations for the November shows.

     This year’s theme is “Show Off.”

     “It has to be able to walk down a runway and go up and down stairs,” Kari Multz said. “But other than that, your creativity is limitless.”

     Multz is one of the founding members of the Homer Fiber Arts Collective and helped start this event 27 years ago. 

     “And over the years this group has grown. This group has gone to Juneau twice to participate in the Wearable Arts there. But I think that we were one of the first actual Wearable Arts shows in the state,” she said.

     For these two shows, the Collective is joining forces with Bunnell Street Arts Center. Assistant Director Adele Groning said the groups have collaborated before, but this is a more formal partnership. She said working together will help keep the fiber arts community strong.

     “The idea of this partnership is… starting this year with this show, that then there’s this dedicated pocket of funds that every year we can contribute towards something in that fiber arts world. Whether that be a workshop or a show or maybe scholarships down the line,” she said.

     Anyone who plans to submit a wearable piece of art will pay a small entry fee. There’s a limit to three pieces per artist and every piece must be either mailed to Bunnell or dropped off at Land’s End by 5 p.m. Nov. 9. Groning said pieces can range between your typical gown to something more exotic.

     “I’ve worn a dress made out of band saws before. I’ve made a dress made out of origami tin cans. Dresses made out of Tyvex, plastic bags, paper,” Groning said.

     Multz and Groning said the focus is on full ensembles, not just jewelry. And Multz said the pieces will be up for sale as well. She said the first show, which is set for 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 16, has been considered the “buyers” show in the past.

     “People would come because, as we know, Homer has a limited number of places to buy clothing. And this show, particularly 20 years ago, was the place to buy your amazing ball gown or even a wedding gown or gifts for Christmas,” she said.

     They are hoping for 70 to 100 pieces for the event. And the organizations also are seeking models to wear the clothes.  

     “They’re all sizes and shapes and sexes. It’s not a specific thing. Then the real trick to the show is figuring out who is wearing what, when,” she said. 

     Any interested models or artists with questions can contact the Bunnell Street Arts Center or stop by The Fringe.