Community members with an interest in fiber arts are invited to join the WNC Fiber Folk Group, which meets weekly from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays in the Star Atrium of the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
The WNC Fiber Folk Group crochets items to raise awareness about social issues affecting the world community. The crochet items are intended for display around WCU and Western North Carolina.
Denise Drury, interim director of the WCU Fine Art Museum, formed the WNC Fiber Folk Group with WCU faculty and staff during the summer of 2011. Almost immediately, members set out crafting pieces for the “Asheville Reef,” a satellite reef of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef. The project is designed to raise awareness of dangers threatening the Great Barrier Reef, off Australia’s coast, and groups around the world have created satellite reefs to complement the principal reef. The WNC Fiber Folk Group created the “Asheville Reef” (on free exhibit through Oct. 5 in Karpen Hall at the University of North Carolina Asheville) in an effort with other four other groups from across Western North Carolina.
The group helps contribute to the greater art community of WNC, Drury said. “It also is a way for nonprofessional artists to add to the creative future, while building a sense of community around the Fine Art Museum,” Drury said. “We’re not just a white box full of art. We are a community.”
With the reef project complete, the 10-member group is on to new things. Group member Jen Nickel suggested that the group take on a new project for a national hunger awareness event in November. This time, instead of crocheting items depicting coral, group members will crochet items depicting food.