Annual West Concord Designer Open Studio Show

Robin Originals Creative Knits invites you to the 21st Annual West Concord Designer Open Studio Show!

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
October 30, 31 & November 1
10am – 6pm daily

Robin L Bergman:
Luxury Knitwear & Accessories

Pamela Bracci:
Hand Painted Silk Clothing

Muffy Young:
Handwoven, Dyed Silk Scarves & Shawls

Mena Messina:
Gemstones, Glass, Silver & Gold Jewelry

We’ve been busy in our studios designing beautiful new pieces for you! We hope to See You There!

More Info:

Directions to Robin Originals:
From I-495: Route 2 East to Route 62 West.
From I-95: Route 2 West 3.5 miles. Continue on Route 2 bearing left at lights for 3.3 miles.
Left onto Route 62 West. Bear right at fork onto Commonwealth Avenue at 99 restaurant. Bear right over railroad tracks. First left is Bradford Street. New Entrance with elevator between #23 & #33. follow signs to_ROBIN ORIGINALS, 2nd Floor.
Accessible by Commuter Rail to West Concord Station: 617-222-3200_MBTA Commuter Rail Fitchburg / South Acton Lines


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“Material World” – one day symposium at Harvard Art Museum 9/26/15

This one-day symposium considers the historical importance, artistry, and evolution of textiles, within the context of a world where traditional notions of textiles are constantly changing. The event is organized as part of the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science.

Symposium M. Victor Leventritt
September 26, 2015
10:30am – 5:00pm

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

Visit website for schedule and more details – click here!


Image credit: Anni Albers, Wall Hanging, 1926. Silk. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Association Fund, BR48.132. © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Alliance for Artists Communities 2015 Conference in Providence, RI

Register now for the Alliance of Artists Communities’ 2015 annual conference! October 13 – 16 in Providence, Rhode Island.

Join us in one of the country’s most artist-centered cities as we explore ways in which we can advance today’s artists – and their role in developing healthy, vibrant, engaged communities. The 2015 Conference will bring together arts leaders, funders, policy-makers, board members, educators, and artists from across the globe for three days of performances, trainings, tours, and talks. All are welcome!

Visit website for to register and more information on training, talks and tours – click here!

Upcoming lectures at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell

Check out these upcoming and more lectures on their website for more details – click here!

Sunday, September 20, 2015 – 2:00 p.m.

Lecture free with museum admission. Free for members.

Join Wild Fibers editor, Linda Cortright, as she shares some of her experiences exploring the world of wool and how that landscape is changing in America.

Dr. Linda Przybyszewski’s “The Lost Art of Dress” Lecture and Book Signing

Free with museum admission. Free for members.    

Historian Dr. Linda Przybyszewski will introduce local audiences to a unique relationship between government and fashion. This research has not previously been presented in New England. This program will also include a book signing.


Meg Lukens Noonan’s “The Coat Route” Lecture and Book Signing

Sponsored by the Parker Lectures
Lecture free; museum admission not included.

Meg Lukens Noonan

Journalist Meg Lukens Noonan will discuss her book, The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury and Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat, and her international quest to uncloak the clubby world of bespoke tailoring. Pinned on the making of one fabulous–and unthinkably expensive–vicuna overcoat, the book is part travelogue, part fashion history and part love song to things of lasting value. The Coat Route was named “Best General Nonfiction Book of 2013” by the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

A Downton Abbey Fashion Primer, 1912-1925

Sponsored by the Parker Lectures. Lecture free; museum admission not included.

Lecture by Madelyn Shaw, Curator of Textiles at the Smithsonian Institution.

Downton Abbey Fashion Primer 11.1 or 9.15


Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, MA – Call to Artists

Artists will use textiles, fibers, and fabrics to blend with and highlight features of Heritage Museums & Gardens’ different terrains. Interested in being part of The Common Thread – an Outdoor Art Installation of Fibers, Textiles and Textures? Deadline: October 4th.

Click here for pdf file: Common-Thread-Call-to-Artists

Visit their website for more details:




A few more upcoming dates….

Smithsonian Craft Show (April 2016) ~ deadline: September 20th

SDA Personal Development Grant ~ deadline: October 1st

Touch: Interactive Craft at Arrowmont ~ deadline: October 24th

American Tapestry Biennial 11 ~ deadline: October 31st

Planning a trip to Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada?
Join Adrienne Sloane for her workshop Knit Anything: Not Clothing, October 16-18th.  This workshop is part of Fibre Arts NL 2015 Conference.



Upcoming CFE’s this month

International “FIBER ARTS VII”
Sebastopol Center for the Arts in CA
Deadline: Today! International FIBER ARTS VII is a biannual juried exhibition at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, presenting a distinct approach to innovative and traditional fiber techniques, and a contemporary concept for the use of traditional and unusual materials. For more details, click here!

SPUN: an innovative all fiber exhibit
Etui Fiber Arts Gallery in NY
Deadline: September 4th. SPUN is a juried exhibition for all fiber media, with an emphasis on innovative interpretations of fiber.  For more details, click here!

Materials: Hard & Soft
Patterson-Appleton Visual Arts Center in TX
Deadline: September 4th.  This exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. For more details, click here!

CraftForms 2015
Wayne Art Center in PA
Deadline: September 10th. This 21st international juried exhibition is dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of contemporary craft while providing a venue for established and emerging artists alike to share their functional and sculptural creative endeavors. For more details, click here!

Crosscurrents: Land, Labor and the Port
Textile Society of America Symposium 2016
Deadline: October 1st for Call for Papers and Call for Group Exhibitions.  For more details, click here!