“Fiber art” is a broad term for plant and animal fibers used to create objects, either useful or decorative, traditional or avante garde. This includes (but is not limited to):

TEXTILE ARTS & SKILLS

  • basketry
  • beadwork
  • braiding and macrame
  • clothing design, construction, tailoring
  • crochet, knitting
  • dyeing
  • cloth embellishment, surface design
  •  felting
  •  horse tack (hitching, braiding, weaving)
  •  lacework
  •  leather work (brain tanning, painting, embellishment, saddlery and tack)
  •  mixed media
  • Native American traditional skills
  •  needlearts (embroidery, lacework)
  •  paper
  •  quilting
  • rug braiding and rug hooking
  •  sculpture (in which fibers are incorporated)
  •  sewing
  •  spinning
  •  taxidermy (animal hides, skins, tanning, clothing construction, animal mounts)
  •  textile design
  • upcycling
  •  weaving
  •  wood carving

INDIVIDUALS & GROUPS

  • Artists (professional)
  • Artisans (practitioners, crafts persons, amateur or semi-professional)
  • Shops and galleries (where artisan goods are sold or on display; retail stores that provide supplies and/or classes)
  • Guilds & organizations (quilt guilds, textile guilds, other)
  • Wholesale/retail suppliers to the trade (individuals and companies, i.e., woolen mills, equipment makers)
  • Farms/ranches where fiber animals are raised (sheep, rabbits, goats, llama, alpaca, yak, bison, others)
  • Cultural institutions (schools, museums, arts centers, recreation centers or those who offer fiber-related classes, exhibits, programs or activities)
  • Others with special interest in the fiber arts