Central New York (CNY) Fiber Artists and Producers, Inc. was organized to support the efforts of individual fiber farmers and artists in Central New York. The founding members came together with a desire to form a different sort of fiber guild - one that would include artists active in all of the fiber crafts as well as people just raising fiber animals. We sought to foster participation in and appreciation of the fiber arts as well as an understanding of the connection between fiber animals and the artistry they inspire. We also recognized a need for increased visibility and marketing opportunities for CNY fiber farmers and artists. Our annual CNY Fiber Festival now meets that need as a new and growing fiber event in upstate New York, providing a venue for the exhibition of fiber animals, fiber products, and finished goods made from natural fibers. We also intend to assist our membership with other social and educational activities such as demonstrations, workshops, contests, and outreach.
CNY Fiber Festival
CNY Fiber Artists and Producers is proud to announce our third annual festival held June 8th and 9th of 2013 was again a success in spite of the uncooperative weather on Friday for setting up and on Saturday. Held at the Butternut Hill Campground on Route 20 in Bouckville, NY, we appreciate the accommodating efforts by the folks there no matter how often we made last minute requests and changes. THANK YOU, Craig.
A very big THANK YOU to the vendors who came and shared their fiber passions through their products and willingness to answer questions of the festival attendees. A sincere wish for a speedy recovery goes out to those of you who had to cancel out due to serious health issues and our warmest condolences to those of you who have suffered recent losses. We look forward to your joining us next year.
A very special THANK YOU too to the 30 or so vendors who specifically scheduled some 70 demonstrations during the two days on over more than 40 topics. We heard “Wow – this is so interesting!” repeatedly throughout the tents. It was a great opportunity to show the pubic the effort and the skills needed to create our wares, as well as explain the mysteries behind our fiber focus.
THANKS also to the fiber guild members who provided continual activity and opportunity to address questions by both other vendors and festival attendees.
THANKS too to the food vendors and the Central NY Antique Tractor Club – your participation added considerably to the success of the festival.
A very special THANK YOU to the Madison FFA whose members stepped up to the plate again this year and really helped us out doing a wide variety of jobs. And THANK YOU too to the Country Homesteaders 4-H club and leader Diana Ellerbruch. We’re proud you were part of our extended crew.
Can’t also forget those behind the scenes vital partners, Morris Tent Rentals and Blue Bowl Sanitation; they followed our every request so a big THANK YOU goes to them too.
And one of the most important and biggest THANK YOUs should go to YOU, our festival attendees. We truly appreciate your interest in what we are passionate about and your support of our endeavours by purchasing our products. More than just a social event where we get to reacquaint with our fellow craftsmen, we rely on events like this festival to provide a buying public that allows us to sustain our fiber businesses. Your purchases fund our livelihoods. THANK YOU again.
If you did miss out on this year’s festival, you can read all about it and some of the featured attractions including our inaugural Fleece Sale and the latest Collaborative Art Project. We have posted photos on the Fiber Festival page. We again included a festival critique in each vendor’s packet and will review their suggestions to make next year’s festival even better for everyone. Membership and committee conference calls are perodically set up to discuss what worked well and where improvements can be made as well as solicit additional ideas for the upcoming festival. We are always looking to improve so if you have an idea that you think would fit in well with our festival, please send a note to any of the Board of Directors or folks on the Contact Us web page.
Fiber Resource Guide
Our first publication was rolled out at this year's CNY Fiber Festival. We proudly present this index to fiber resources in CNY and beyond. Entries are keyed to area maps and categorized to make it easy for users to locate fiber animals, products, and services. Look for the latest version at each CNY Fiber Festival, other events and businesses, and on this site. For more information on how you can be included in the next update, check out the Fiber Resource Guide webpage.
In November, 2012, members of the organization who raise llamas, alpacas, sheep, and fiber goats presented a workshop entitled “Is there a fiber animal in your future?”. We discussed housing and equipment, pasture management and fencing, health care and maintenance, marketing, and many other considerations. It was well received and is likely to become an annual event. If you are interested in specific workshops, demonstrations, or other educational activities involving fiber animals or fiber arts either during the festival or outside that event, please pass on your ideas to Viv Fulton (see contact info).
Collaborative Fiber Art
Each year, the CNY Fiber Artists and Producers are hoping to showcase a specific artistic project at our annual Fiber Festival that focuses on this wonderful world of natural fibers. In 2012, middle school students, CNY Fiber Artists and Producers members and fiber friends throughout the community joined together to create an exhibit of fiber animals covered with hundreds of individual felted, knitted, woven, and crocheted squares. The collaborative art project for 2013 continues into 2014 and showcases our own satellite Coral Reef. We joined the worldwide movement to increase public awareness of global warming and the resultant environmental issues that will ultimately impact all of us. For more information about this, go to the 2013-2014 Coral Reef web page.
Board of Directors
(You may send an e-mail to any of the Board members by clicking on the name.)
Hermit Pond Farm
10601 Merrill Rd.
W. Edmeston, NY 13485
|Mary Eidt—Vice President
Shepherd's Falls Farm
953 Bailey Rd
Fabius, NY 13063
The Olde Homestead
10800 Hollow Rd
W. Edmeston, NY 13485
Rhodie Hill Farm
625 County Rd 24
Sherburne, NY 13460
PO Box 174
Brookfield, NY 13314
1940 Jerome Rd
Fabius, NY 13063
Preston's Alpacas LLC
805 County Hwy 39
Worcester, NY 12197
Cicero, NY 13039