The Folk Art Studio is housed in the lower level of Fiber & Vine on Main Street Norway. We offer traditional craft workshops in collaboration and partnership with Fiber & Vine. Like Fiber & Vine's community of knitters, fiber artists, spinners and makers, Folk Art is defined through community. Historically folk art can include any form of traditional craft that is "for and of the people" and utilitarian of use. Folk art focuses on using locally sourced materials, often scavenged, traded, recycled, re-purposed or reused. Teaching and learning is cross generational and often handed down through demonstration and word of mouth. Tools are generally simple and often handmade and not heavily reliant on machines or power tools
We strive to offer affordable workshops that support local craft artisans as well as offer opportunities for learning craft techniques and exchanging knowledge and creative dialog.
-Folk Art Studio Teachers-
Ian Trundy Swedish Spoon Carving
Ian lives in Norway, Maine and is a furniture maker at Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers in Auburn. He has had a nearly lifelong passion for woodworking and when he isn’t working he enjoys spending his free time pursuing the many offshoots of the woodworking craft.
Shibori & Indigo Dying | Eco Printing
Mary DeLano is a multi-lingual fiber artist who loves eco printing, natural dying, stitching, wool applique, and rug making. Mary enjoys sharing her passion for fiber arts with new students. She teaches throughout New England, including at Maine Fiber College, where she also serves on the organizing committee.
Papermaking | Bookbinding | DOllmaking
Diana Arcadipone is an educator and maker who works with incorporating traditional craft techniques with painting on paper.
In addition to teaching, Diana helps plan, promote and coordinate programming at the Folk Art Studio.
Rebecca May Verrill
Wild Crafted Basketry
Rebecca May Verrill is a native of the western foothills of Maine where she first developed her love of crafting objects from the natural world. She learned the folk tradition of basketry while living in Taos, NM where she lived for 10 years primarily working with clay. Influenced by strong craft traditions in the southwest and harvesting wild red willow along the banks of the Rio Grande to craft vessels of a different sort, Rebecca easily added basketry to her creative practice. She received her Master of Fine Arts from SUNY New Paltz in 2013 and currently maintains a studio practice in Portland, ME, where she teaches the occasional workshop, exhibits work regionally and nationwide. For more about Rebecca and her ceramics please visit www.rebeccamayverrill.com
Nuno Felting | Kids Fiber Art | Needle Felting
Kim Hamlin is a fiber artist, designer and dancer living in Western Maine. Kim has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Bennington College, where she studied visual arts and dance improvisation. Kim loves kids of all ages and has a fun and encouraging rapport with them.
Sarah Shepley is a full time artist and chaplain. She teaches bookmaking and printmaking throughout Maine and has recently begun a project in Ecuador, teaching art an an orphanage in Cuenca . She has been working with Geli plates for over 5 years and has developed a few distinct techniques.