“For the Love of Squircles” by Sequim fiber artist Marla Varner is among the fiber pieces on display.

“For the Love of Squircles” by Sequim fiber artist Marla Varner is among the fiber pieces on display.

2020 fiber arts festival now online

SEQUIM — The North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival has gone virtual.

The festival website at FiberArtsFestival.org and Facebook page at Facebook.com/northolympicfiberarts festival) is showcasing several local fiber artists through Thanksgiving, Nov. 26.

The latest in a long line of festivals to nix its plans in 2020, the 15th-annual North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival was cancelled in favor of an online show.

Organizers of the event cited health safety concerns for the festival, which was scheduled for three days ending today.

“We are all disappointed by how COVID-19 has suppressed our creative opportunities, yet we are looking forward to artistic and economic pursuits in the future,” Renne Emiko Brock, North Olympic Fiber Arts festival director, said in a press release.

The festival theme is Clarity of Vision — Coherence, Perspective, & Hinesight.

The North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival is an interactive fiber arts event connecting to the community with activities at various locations and features exhibitions, workshops, educational demonstrations of fiber processes, hands-on projects with children and adults, a fiber arts market of local artists’ work and fiber supplies, lectures and information about local fiber activities, groups, businesses and instructional resources.

Organizers are looking ahead to the 2021 festival, Emiko Brock said, with the theme “Bumblebunching – Warped, Twisted, & Imperfect” — referring to the tangled loops of stitching on the bobbin side of fabric that result from improper tension when machine sewing.

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