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Fiber Guild of the Savannahs create a fiber art installation for lobby of Oatland Island Wildlife Center inspired by the live oak trees
Fiber Guild of the Savannahs create a fiber art installation for lobby of Oatland Island Wildlife Center inspired by the live oak trees
52 backers pledged $3,560 to help bring this project to life.

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The Fiber Guild of the Savannahs has been in existence in the Low Country since 1972. It has evolved from a group of hand weavers to a group of artists interested in creating in a wide variety of fiber media. We have an active group of 70 members who have tackled the mission of creating a spectacular fiber art installation capturing the essence of Oatland... the live oak trees.

The Fiber Guild of the Savannahs has shared a long history with Oatland Island Wildlife Center. Before Oatland, the guild would meet in members' homes. Oatland offered a room for the guild to use in 1977. Our first meetings were held there and 2 years ago we moved back after the building was renovated when we were generously offered a space for our looms, equipment and meetings. In an effort to give back, we offer workshops and demonstrate at Oatland's two major festivals: Harvest Festival in the Fall and Sheep to Shawl every Spring, shearing the three sheep we donated to Oatland. When asked to think of something in fiber to help deaden the sound of the numerous school children who often spend time in the 30ft tall lobby, we quickly stepped up to the mark. We welcome the opportunity of showing the unique qualities only fiber art can bring to a space and the opportunity to work together on this magnificent project. With your help we can keep it growing.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center is an education facility owned by the Chatham County Board of Education. It consists of a two mile nature trail with native Georgia animals along it. Over 45 species of animals including gray wolves, bobcats, cougars and much more make their home here. Oatland has thousands of students and visitors each year so making a good first impression is important!

Here is a video from an Enrichment Day for the animals here at Oatland!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0UpcdsOafY

Oatland's Main Building
Oatland's Main Building

The main building was built in 1927 by the International Brotherhood of Railroad Conductors as a retirement home and is rich in history. It was renovated two years ago and the front desk lobby area is now very open which unfortunately proves to be problematic with sound. The lobby also lacks any art and does not really leave much of an impression on the students or visitors.

The column in the back left will be the trunk of the tree. The branches will be draped over the lobby desk.
The column in the back left will be the trunk of the tree. The branches will be draped over the lobby desk.
Side view of the columns that surround the front desk.
Side view of the columns that surround the front desk.

The Fiber Guild of the Savannahs were inspired to start this installation by the timeless live oak trees that are just right outside of the building.

The Oak trees outside of Oatland Island that inspired the installation.
The Oak trees outside of Oatland Island that inspired the installation.
One of the branches in the works for the installation
One of the branches in the works for the installation

The entire installation will be constructed by the various talents of the guild. Weavers, knitters, spinners, crocheters, felters, and quilters all put their skills to the test to complete this project. 

Some samples made for the tree.
Some samples made for the tree.

All the donations will be going to the cost of yarns, wool, materials and fabrics in order to fulfill the needs of this hungry tree. We hope to purchase some heavy duty equipment for sewing the thick tapestry woven fabric and items to help with the manipulation of the many yarns (4-5 strands) which are needed to represent bark. it will include installation and materials for the framework as well as the hardware necessary to hang the tree over the front desk in the lobby. The tree will have many branches with handknit and crochet Spanish moss and a gazillion quilted, knit, felted and leaves all created by the guild members. There will also be little animals in the tree branches made by various techniques.

One of many branches to come!!!
One of many branches to come!!!

The goal of this project is to leave visitors with a lasting impression of Oatland; to give them a sense of wonder and discovery as they search the branches looking for birds and animals of all kinds while admiring all the love and attention that was put into this amazing Oatland Mighty Oak- a Fiber Art Installation. 

A maquette of what the final tree might look like.
A maquette of what the final tree might look like.

This project is a group effort! Our fiber art installation is being completed by many people who have lives outside the guild. They meet once or twice a week to volunteer their time and efforts and many spend hours working at their homes. They have donated much of their own materials too which can become very costly. Please help us to make this project a reality and become one of the team!

Guild member Muriel working on the "bark" of the tree on the loom.
Guild member Muriel working on the "bark" of the tree on the loom.

Visit the Fiber Guild of the Savannahs website here: http://fiberguildsavannah.homestead.com/

Visit the Oatland Island Wildlife Center website here: http://internet.savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us/schools/oat/default.aspx

Risks and challenges

This is definitely a work in progress. This is being completed by the members of the Fiber Guild of the Savannahs who have lives outside the guild. They meet once or twice a week to volunteer their time and efforts to work on the project. Those unable to come work at Oatland, on their part of the project, do a lot at home.

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    1. Every $10 dollars you donate automatically puts you into a drawing for one of two handmade sheep shawls made at the annual Sheep to Shawl Festival held at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. (For example - If you donate $30 you get three entries). You will also receive a handwritten thank you note.

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    4. A “Adopt A Wild Friend” of one of Oatland’s animals of your choosing. The adoption includes a certificate of your animal, fact sheet, and the Oatland quarterly email. (Also includes rewards 1, 2 & 3)

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    5. Free Admission to a “Taste of…” Fiber Workshop of your choosing for the 2014 calendar year. Also includes a photo book of the process of making the installation. (Also includes rewards 1, 2, 3 & 4)

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    6. Choice of a hand-woven scarf, a hand quilted small purse, a pair of hand knit socks or 8 oz of hand spun yarn made with love by the members of the Fiber Guild. These will be made to order so please allow some time for the members to complete your requests.(Also includes rewards 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)

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