Words by Marléna Ahearn
Photos by Julia Merrell
Courtney Craig, a self-proclaimed “fiber art nerd,” is spending this surprisingly crisp September afternoon getting ready for fall. In between taking out the air conditioner and folding sweaters, she shares her passion for fiber art and her journey to teaching.
“Fiber art is a way for me to relax, but also a way for me to create something by hand. I like to dye, or weave, or screen print—see it in pieces, then see it to completion. I like it old school,” says Courtney. “At the end, it’s custom. You know no one else is going to have it and when you see what you can do, it’s rewarding.”
Her classes really do become like studios, where people are sharing materials and trying techniques together. Courtney attributes the bond people create in her classes to our innate desire to keep learning. After school or college people still want to get together and learn something. Courtney’s workshops give people an environment to learn, share, and critique each other’s work—and hopefully pick up a new skill.
If you’re interested to try your hand at fiber arts or be a part of a studio environment, check out Courtney’s classes here.