Built in 1891 by a wealthy Victorian family, this beautiful villa which has a Victorian style, now houses the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum at La Conner.
The museum moved into the villa in 1997, and Rita Hupy, the first director, was herself a resident of La Conner and quilter. The technique of quilting is the work of patchwork with pieces of fabric and quilting thread.
Initially, the purpose of the museum was to promote and exhibit the works of local quilters. Very quickly the museum will have a national and international scope.
In 2005, it has already hosted 64 exhibitions of works of quilts and artists of the fiber of regional, national and international fame.
In 2006, the museum organized its first annual festival: the “Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival”. Since then, these festivals have not stopped growing in number of participants as well as notoriety.
The museum is fully restored in 2013 in Victorian style . His name changed in 2017 to become: Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum.
You can wander through the house, go from one room to another, sometimes discovering exhibits and sometimes a furnished room.
If you visit the museum before 18 November you can admire a work by Claire Renaut for which she received the 1st prize « Fiber Art » and an Award of Excellence « Innovative Design ».
In Japan, she discovered the technique of spinning paper to make yarn and weave it, this technique is called Shifu. She was also trained in weaving and silk painting.
Today Claire Renaut uses Shifu using newspaper as raw material to create her works. Weaving newspapers is for her the means to convey emotions and messages.
To know more about Claire Renaut www.clairerenaut.com
703 2nd St La Conner, WA 98257