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427 E Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
United States




OCTOBER 21, 2017 | 10 am TO 5 PM


A yak, an alpaca and rabbit walk into a bar... wait... they walk into Cottonwood Center for the Arts! Yumi the Yak and her fiber animal friends are all headed for Textile West’s annual fiber festival, TACTILE on Saturday, October 21 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Textiles West is excited to offer the community a free, family friendly festival that explores all aspects of textile and fiber arts. In addition to the Animals in the Alley, Textiles West has a full day of great lectures, discovery stations and make and takes for all ages. How do those wooly fibers get from the animal and turn into a sweater?

Expect food from Chef NaO’s Food Bus (offering gluten free options), as well as the unveiling of Textiles West’s Stitching Community Together exhibit, a textile installation where individuals or organizations have made a Pojagi Panel sharing the story of their experience. The installation will be hung in various locations throughout the Pikes Peak region and will reflect the diversity of culture within our community. Learn more about this project and add your voice to the story!


  • Tom Lundburg - "The Language of Textiles: Fiber in Contemporary Art"
    CSU Professor Lundberg coordinates the fibers program and teaches courses in weaving, printed-and-dyed fabrics, and mixed-media textiles

  • Anne-Marie Chmielewski - "Soil 'n Soul:  Exploring our Fibershed, the Making of a Local Hemp/Wool Yarn & What it Means to Integrate Place into Creative Process"
    Chmielewski is a founding member of Mountains & Plains Fibershed. A childhood spent raising sheep and crocheting fueled a long-term love affair with local fiber.


Learn more about the wide array of textile and fiber processes offered by our incredible teachers and textile graduate students from CSU.

  • Knitting and crochet
  • Wood turning-bobbin lace spindles and other fiber art tools
  • Felting-nuno felting
  • Dyeing-surface design
  • Spinning angora rabbit
  • Eco-printing
  • Bobbin lace
  • Applique
  • Weaving


  • Creativity Banners from our digital printer for first 200 visitors
  • Thermofax screen print cards
  • Felt wool balls and make a necklace


Sponsored by COPPeR. Everyone is invited to participate in this hands-on art instillation


For more information, or for interviews, contact: Liz Kettle at lizkettle@gmail.com  or 719-650-3416.

Development of the Textiles West program was conceived within Cottonwood Center for the Arts by a team of resident artists. Strategic collaboration and funding from the Richard Petritz Foundation made the launch of this new center possible.