AWOoooo-ly Fiber Workshop
( A Wooly Fiber workshop) + Book Signing
Saturday, June 26 10am-2pm
In-person at The Center for Maine Craft
Virtually via Facebook
Join us anytime between 10am-2pm – we’ll be hosting Lucky Platt (aka Dorothy Macdonald) former MCA program manager and author-illustrator of the new picture book Imagine a Wolf (Page Street Kids 2021) and fiber artist Lynn Whiting of Whiting Works.
At 11am and 1pm, join us at the Center or virtually via Facebook Live (Like the Maine Crafts Association here to watch) for a conversation about the materials and processes of spinning yarn, including hand dying with natural dyes and the unique qualities of alpaca fiber. Lynn will be working at her spinning wheel, and Lucky will introduce the title character of her book – a magical Wolf who has a special connection with fiber arts. Lucky will also be signing books between 10am-2pm, and can provide free personalized bookplates and book goodies for anyone – visit https://www.luckyplatt.com/shop/p/bookplates to order yours today!
About the Book
Imagine a Wolf
By Lucky Platt
Ages 4 to 8
The tale of a wolf who struggles with being stereotyped as a villain, even in their own fractured fable.
What do you see when you imagine a wolf?
Sharp, pointy teeth?
Big, hungry eyes?
A soft sweater and a friendly smile?
Wait a minute!
The wolf in this story would rather knit than huff, puff, or blow anyone’s house down. But that doesn’t stop the townsfolk from crying wolf anyway. What’s a kind-hearted wolf to do when everyone keeps running and screaming at “Hello?” It’s time to show the world that this wolf is the furthest thing from Big and Bad.
This beautifully illustrated fable engages readers directly, reminding them to challenge expectations.
Visual artist and author-illustrator Lucky Platt creates children’s picture books, life size bear paintings, mixed media animations, relief prints, paper sculptures and more delights in her lakeside home studio in rural Maine, where she lives with her husband James Macdonald (a woodworker, luthier and marquetry artist) and a teenage border terrier. Lucky works with a range of traditional art mediums – oil paint, ink, gouache, graphite, colored pencil – in eclectic combinations.
Lucky has presented art and writing workshops for children and adults through the Maine Crafts Association, Schoodic Arts for All, the Maine Arts Commission, Rockland Public Library and Maine Media Workshops & College. Her stories explore themes of resilience, healing, positive self expression and inclusion. She has shown her work in galleries and non-traditional art spaces in Maine, New York, Pennsylvania and Madrid, Spain.
Lucky grew up in northeast PA and studied painting, drawing and printmaking at Vassar College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Complutense City University of Madrid. She is committed to enriching her craft, and has participated in workshops with Maine Women Writers’ Collection, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Farnsworth Art Museum, Society of Visual Storytelling, SCBWI, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, among others.
In 2020, she left her work as program manager for Maine Crafts Association to become a full time writer and illustrator. Her first picture book, Imagine a Wolf (Page Street Kids) debuted January 12, 2021 and is available almost anywhere books are sold in the US. AHHHooooOOOO!
Lucky is a two-time recipient of an Individual Artist Project Grant from the Maine Arts Commission (2016, 2020), a two-time recipient of an Anderson Ranch Art Center scholarship (2019, 2020), and a recipient of an Ox-Bow Artists’ Residency scholarship for printmaking (2004). She is a founding board member of the Unity Public Library and a proud and active member Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, Maine Crafts Association, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture Book Challenge, and Pittsfield Public Library.
Lynn Whiting is a fiber artist living in and creating her handmade products in Standish, Maine. She has four alpacas and two cashmere goats. The alpacas are sheared once a year, while the goats get brushed when they shed their undercoat in the spring. Then the fiber is hand washed, dyed, carded, and spun into yarn. The fiber from her animals creates lovely, soft, versatile yarn. Lynn has also worked with and spun with other animal fibers, though most of her products are made with 100% alpaca. She also weaves and crochets with the handspun yarn to make a variety of products including scarves, cowls, hats, wall hangings, and hand warmers. Lynn does all her own dyeing; using predominately natural dyes to bring the yarns and resulting creations to life. She finds that one of the many joys of working with fiber is that you can take it everywhere and it is so versatile. Lynn has a fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University with a focus on Ceramics and Art History.
Center for Maine Craft
288 Lewiston Rd. West Gardiner ME 04345
The Center is located at the West Gardiner Travel Plaza; Rt 126 (AKA Lewiston Road), off Exit 103 from 95 Southbound; Exit 102 from 95 Northbound; Exit 51 from I-295.