On Friday, April 12th, Kathy Selbst and I spent an exciting day at the Philadelphia International Airport. The airport has a strong interest in providing art for travelers to enhance the travel experience, but has begun stepping up the involvement of travelers. Instead of simply “looking” at art, PIA wants them to really “lean in.”
So, on Thursday the airport staff picked up two looms and a selection of fiber art from generous members, then on Friday at 11:00, Kathy and I braved the rigors of security, and we arrived at terminal C to begin our demonstration. We attracted lots of attention, and were able to encourage several travelers to sample weaving. Many people were very reluctant, but some among them did sit down and work away at two chenille scarves. Our fiber art got lots of admiring glances and several local residents promised that they’d love to attend classes at PGHW. By 4:00, our scheduled departure time, the travelers had finished one scarf and had the second scarf almost complete. The verdict was so positive that the airport art department is discussing a new “hands-on” project slated for this summer. They asked us if we’d consider it… Our answer was “definitely.”
Our next outreach excursion will be the huge, exciting, PIFA Street Fair on Saturday, April 27th. We will again have a loom and will encourage people to learn to weave. We’ll be promoting the guild: our classes, meetings, and all of the wonderful things we offer. We can use volunteers, so if you can help, please contact Maryanne. I guarantee you’ll have fun!