In February 1998 Focus on Fibre Art Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit association to provide a showcase for fibre artists. This action was taken in response to the decision of Edmonton’s long-standing summer fair in 1996 to discontinue its exhibition of arts and crafts.
OUR GOALS ARE: to promote fibre artists, to create an awareness of fibre as art and to highlight the benefits of creating fibre art.
In 1998 FFAA established a biennial competition and exhibition to provide an opportunity for fibre artists to test their ability and progress in their chosen fields, to receive feedback from respected teachers/judges and to exhibit their art to the public.
FFAA has sponsored 11 biennial competitions and exhibitions to showcase fibre art and artists:
|1998 – no specific theme||2000 – Past and Future|
|2002 – From Hand to Hand||2004 – Healing with Fibre|
|2006 – Just for Fun||2008 – Wild Thing|
|2010 – Green||2012 – Spaces and Places|
|2014 – Prairies||2016 – My Heritage|
|2018 – Climate Change|
Several award winning artworks from the 1998-2012 competitions were featured in an FFAA retrospective as one third of a three-part exhibition called Western Threads: Contemporary Fibre Art at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton AB from April 12 – August 4, 2014.
In 2012 FFAA began offering fibre art workshops for members and the general public. These are made possible by volunteers fundraising with the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.
The board of directors of FFAA are volunteers drawn from the Edmonton-area fibre art community including Alberta Council of Ukrainian Arts, Black Gold Quilt Patch Guild, Edmonton & District Quilters Guild, Edmonton Modern Quilters Guild, Edmonton Needlecraft Guild, Edmonton Rug Hookers Guild, Edmonton Weavers Guild, Evergreen Spinners and Weavers Guild, and individual members.