High Fiber Arts Symposium debuts in Bend, May 13 + 14

Guest blog by Pat Clark, High Fiber Arts Symposium Organizer, ScaleHouse Founding Board Member, Arts educator, and founder of Atelier 6000

Over the past 10 years as a member of the arts community in Bend, I have witnessed a predominance of exacting differences in our artistic landscape.

I have been dismayed at how many people take for granted the quick-fix approach of arts products, not honoring the slow turn and personal commitment of making things, of objects often created in silence and with a sense of history of who we are, what we are, and where we are.


The High Fiber Arts Symposium addresses the differences between the artistry of the deeply personal hand-made object and the mass-produced take-away object. Bend has a great respect for the handcrafted product, whether it be locally grown food, handcrafted brews or the handmade artifacts, such as quilts, furniture, books and fashion. Bend demonstrates a passion for its environment and celebrates the sense of place.

Screenprinting Workshop with Sweet Pea Cole, Greenline Press

Workshops being offered during the High Fiber Arts Symposium include an Introduction to Screen Printing.



In this regard, ScaleHouse presents the High Fiber Arts Symposium. Located at the north end of the Old Mill District in the space across from Chico’s and Naked Winery, the Symposium will highlight evening presentations Friday and Saturday. During the day on Saturday an array of fiber-inspired workshops will be hosted by several studios in the Bend arts community. A Marketplace exhibiting the work of 18 local artists and craftspeople will be open to the public during the Symposium at this location.




The keynote speaker on Friday evening May 13, Jeanne Carver of Imperial Stock Ranch, Shaniko. Oregon, will discuss the importance of the handcrafted, homegrown American made product. A panel discussion will follow Carver’s remarks emphasizing how craft becomes fine art.  Saturday evening will present a fashion runway show featuring local designers.

For a complete list of workshops events and artists, please check the ScaleHouse website: www.scalehouse.org/highfiberarts.

Come and join us on May 13 and 14 …put more fiber in your diet.