Visit Interfibers Studio Gallery in Fish Creek on Nov. 26 for the holiday event about “Creating Revenue through the Arts.” All the clothing and jewelry created through this mission project will be on sale at affordable prices for Christmas shopping. At noon Wendy Carpenter will lead an open discussion about her work in Guatemala, with plenty of sweet treats and hot apple cider to enjoy.
The “Creating Revenue through the Arts” mission project was developed eight years ago by Carpenter. Every year she travels to Guatemala to work with the Mayan communities for three months. She teaches women how to make contemporary clothing patterns, sew on machines and market the clothing sewn with their beautiful handwoven jaspe fabric. She also works with the men cutting and polishing jadeite and Door County geodes. She creates classic necklaces and earrings that are on display in her gallery. Carpenter’s fair trade wage and volunteer teaching time provide a specialized skill and higher standard of living for the community as a whole.
Carpenter now has a sewing store in Guatemala, which allows the women to continue working after she leaves. She travels to remote Mayan villages to find rare unique fabric.
The 2016 designs consist of an open cardigan-style jacket fashioned short in the back with a long front fold, summer cover-ups and open front vests.
Interfibers is located about two miles east from the intersection of Highway 42 and County F. For more information visit interfibers.com.