Better SAFE than Sorry

By on 27 June, 2011 in Art, Karren Pell with 1 Comment

Maybe you got tied up elsewhere and missed the “Fiberpalooza” event at Old Alabama Town on June 11, but let me throw you a line: The good news is you can still see the exhibit, “Warped, Twisted, and Tangled,” in the Loeb Welcome Center. The title should be a clue that the creators, the South Alabama Fiber Enthusiasts (SAFE), are NOT a bunch of boring old ladies sitting around knitting and gossiping — this exhibit features beautiful work, creative objects, and is just plain fun (okay, maybe they gossip a little).

Allow me to hook you in to these fabulous artists. These folks weave, spin, crochet, knit and just about anything else relating to fiber you can think of, and create an amazing variety of beautiful items. I introduced myself one evening to the president, Betty Ann Lloyd, because she was sitting at an outdoor concert spinning — yep, spinning — wheel and all. Some other creators are Sherri Hamilton, knitting; Paula Weiss, knitting and embroidery; and Diana Hiatt, spinning, dyeing, and fiber figures. Original, hand dyed, hand spun, and hand knitted textiles hang like art work — well, they are art work! Functional items like table runners and napkins created by the talent and creativity of these fiber artists add beauty to everyday life. A variety of apparel is also on display: hats, scarves, socks, and children’s clothes. Don’t forget to check out the irresistible “animosities.” Some items are available for purchase after the exhibit. Don’t let all that yard work tie you down — take a little bit of time to see something fun and beautiful.

So before your summer goes spinning out of control, go see “Warped, Twisted, and Tangled.” The exhibit is free to the public, runs through the end of July, and is open Monday through Saturday from 9-4 at the Loeb Welcome Center for Old Alabama Town on Columbus Street. You will enjoy it with every fiber of your being.

Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.

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  1. Heather C says:

    Have you heard of yarnbombing or graffiti knitting? Sometimes it is called urban knitting as well. The wiki on it is here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarn_bombing Cool stuff!

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