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Fiber arts workshop coming to Florence

on Thursday, 24 September 2015. Posted in Arts & Culture, Local News

Up and coming Asheville artist, Sally C. Garner, will be leading a fiber arts workshop in Florence, on Saturday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Oct. 4. Participants will turn sketches into works of art, using the basics of crochet to “sculpt” and “paint” with various materials, such as yarn, wire, or rope, and a crochet hook. For this workshop, students should know how to crochet at a beginner’s level.

Ms. Garner will begin the workshop by sharing examples and teaching on contemporary fiber artists to spark ideas. During the Inventive Crochet Workshop, time will be provided to explore various ways in which to crochet using different materials, as well as to sketch personal designs. The cost of the two-day workshop is $60. The workshop will take place in the Florence County Museum’s multi-purpose room located at 111West Cheves Street and is hosted by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance.

Scholarships for the workshop may become available. Workshop times are Saturday, October 3rd from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, October 4th from 1-6 p.m. with a one-hour break for lunch on Saturday. Lunch is not included in the price of the workshop. Participants may either bring a lunch or visit a nearby restaurant during the lunch break.

Participants should bring a sufficient amount and variety of yarn (suggested weight is worsted to super bulky), wire (suggested gauge is 20-28), and/or any material suitable for crocheting, such as fabric, plastic, or rope, prepared into “yarn” before the workshop and various sizes of crochet hooks, larger is preferred, size J/6.00 and larger.

Any questions concerning the workshop, potential scholarships or the materials list should be directed to Uschi Jeffcoat with the Florence Regional Arts Alliance at 843-407-3092 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To register for the Inventive Crochet Workshop please visit: inventive-crochet-workshop/ or call the Florence Regional Arts Alliance at 843-407-3092.

In order to provide the most quality instruction possible, only a limited number of spots are available. Sally Garner is a young artist located in Asheville, North Carolina. She grew up knowing she would become an artist, and went on to earn a BFA in sculpture at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. During her time there, she realized that her artwork could be driven by her craft of crocheting.

Sally has been crocheting since 2009 and started to teach the craft in 2014. Today, Sally creates crocheted installations using non-traditional fibers to create works that incorporate both the nostalgia associated with traditional crocheting and the contemporary appeal for artwork that abstracts metaphors and enchants the senses. Currently her installation exhibit, A Memory Rewound is on display in the Florence County Museum’s Waters Gallery located at 185 South Dargan Street.

To learn more about the artist, visit The Florence Regional Arts Alliance is a community-based local arts agency that serves the citizens of Florence County and the Pee Dee. It is committed to preserving, supporting and promoting a vibrant arts community for Florence County and the surrounding region. This organization is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about the Florence Regional Arts Alliance and its mission visit www.florenceartsalliance. org.

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