“Focus on Fiber”: Second Thursday at the Torpedo Factory

Candace Edgerley and Tamryn McDermott

As you stroll along King Street or daydream by the Potomac in the early evening, keep in mind that on the second Thursday of every month, the Torpedo Factory is open late. We’re here to chat, share our work, and answer your questions—and we invite you, in turn, to learn more about a medium or discipline our artists have mastered.

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, from 6 to 9 p.m., join us for “Focus on Fiber,” a Second Thursday celebration of artwork that intermingles function and beauty in wonderfully tangible ways. Amid music and refreshments, you’ll meet artists who will demonstrate wool-spinning, weaving, and painting silk—as well as others who’ve decided to work and socialize well into the evening.

Our artists will be working in the main hall on the first floor as well as in their studios. Just look for balloons outside the studios of participating artists, including: 

Annemarie Feld, airmail purse

Ann Citron (studio 329) will show off her wonderful fiber sculptures. 

Ann DiPlacido (studio 320), known for her free-form tapestry, will demonstrate large-scale weaving in the studio she shares with Jennifer Athanas, who transforms recycled and vintage items into new and unique art.

Sylvia DeMar, an instructor at the Art League School (studio 21), will demonstrate spinning wool.

Lubna Zahid of the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery (studio 18) will demonstrate silk painting.

Anna Yakubovskaya (studio 302) will share her elegant hand-painted silk garments and accessories.

The ever-inventive Lisa Schumaier (studio 16) will show visitors how to manipulate fiber in creative and surprising ways.

Ann Citron, “Best Foot Forward” (detail)

At Fiberworks in studio 14, the work of Annemarie Feld, is featured this month in “Pushing the Envelope,” an exhibition of handmade, mail-inspired purses.

Along the indoor balcony of the first floor, Candace Edgerley and her daughter Tamryn McDermott will hang a banner that’s destined for the 11th annual Art al Vent exhibition in Gata de Gorgos, Spain. Zita Simutis will also have some of her hand-printed fabrics floating from the balconies.

Second Thursday is free, fun, and open to all! Stop by on your way to dinner or plan a full evening of artistic exploration—and come away amazed by the sheer range of what fiber artists can accomplish.

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