close up image of a triple weave band from Bolivia

Triple-weave band from Bolivia

Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild

Weekly e-News

The Guild publishes an almost weekly e-News in pdf format that is emailed to the membership. Members who have been receiving the almost weekly emails know that this includes information about equipment for sale, upcoming textile exhibitions, reminders about meetings and other news of interest to our community. Use the Contact Us page to email the guild for more information about joining the guild or to request the current e-newsletter.

April 8-10, 2016: CNCH Modesto, CA

The annual Conference of Northern California Handweavers, CNCH, will be in Modesto. Check their website occasionally for updates about classes, activities and registration.

April 13, 2016: Michael Rhode

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am


Michael Rhode , a weaver since the early 70s, became a full-time studio artist in 1998 after a career as a biochemist. "Working in the medium of woven textiles," he states, "I use my tools to observe and comment on what I see. These observations come from news of world events, travels and study of ancient and traditional art forms. By employing simple, iconic geometry and strong colors, there is room left to contemplate what is not there and not explicitly stated. Recent pieces of work over the last several years have addressed the impact of human and natural causes on the homes and lives of people. These include houses that disappear into the sands of war, are filled with rising floodwaters or simply vanish as the natural consequence of time. Yet, without the foreknowledge of what is behind the creation of these images, the works stand as objects of quiet beauty."

The artist, who is based in Westlake Village, CA, draws on his study of color and design at the Alfred Glassel School of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, where he attended classes after earning a PhD in biochemistry at Ohio State University. Michael's tapestries and rugs are regularly selected for juried exhibitions nationally and internationally. His work is represented in the collections of the Mingei International Museum, San Diego; the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles; and The Art Institute of Chicago. For many years he was a member of the Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild and we are delighted to have him return to bring us up to date on his work.

May 11, 2016: Jean Cacicedo: Looking Back Going Forward

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am


Cacicedo was a prime innovator in the Wearable Art Movement of the 70’s. For over three decades she has worked both on and off the body, incorporating a special process she developed for wool fabrics as well as works on paper. Known for her “signature coats”, her pieced and sewn, slashed, felted and dyed constructions have been exhibited throughout Western Europe, Japan and the United States. In 2000, a 30-year retrospective of her work was featured at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, California. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the de Young Museum, San Francisco, Oakland Museum of California, Museum of Art and Design, NYC.

Cloth is the primary element in much Jean Cacicedo’s work. Combined with symbol and metaphor, her sewn constructions tell stories about images collected from journeys both physical and spiritual. She is inspired by the transformative properties of working with wool cloth through the process of shrinking and dyeing. Working in the form of one-of-a-kind garments are the forms Cacicedo creates garments that have the ability to transform a body, the power to seduce the eye and the hand and the means to connect us to art, both visually and physically. The wearer has an active role in the experience of the art creating a duality of both fantasy and function.

June 8, 2016: Annual Potluck and Gathering

We will enjoy our annual potluck gathering at a place to be announced!

Directions to Aptos Village Park

Map to Aptos Village Park meeting site

Take the State Park Drive exit off Highway 1 (the same one we have been taking for years to go to the Aptos Library). Instead of turning left at the intersection with Soquel Drive, turn right. Drive past the shopping area and over the bridge. Make a left turn in front of the Aptos Village Garage. Watch out for approaching traffic as the road curves slightly here. Turn left again IMMEDIATELY, after you cross the railroad tracks. Follow the road until you come to the parking area and club house.

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Study Group Meetings:

Felt Makers Study Group meets every few months to share various techniques, supplies, equipment, and critique the creative expressions made by artists in art-to-wear, forms, vessels, or objects for home decor. Demonstrations by selected participants will be given each meeting. Contact Marilou Moschetti or use the Contact Us page to email the guild for more information.

Braiders Study Group meets at irregular intervals. All weavers of narrow ware, at any level of experience, are welcome. Use the Contact Us page to email for current information. New members are welcome.

Spinners:, At present we do not have a spinning Study Group. We recommend Anne's Web which meets in Salinas monthly. Anne's Web meets the second Saturday of each month from 10am til 2pm at the Buena Vista Grange Hall, 518 River Road. Directions: From Hwy 1 and Hwy 101, take Hwy 68 to Reservation/River Rd., Salinas. Turn east on River Rd., proceed 5 miles to old gray church on right, 518 River Rd. Each meeting includes a pot luck lunch, a show-and-tell opportunity, any announcements anyone cares to make, and the rest of the time is spent doing whatever each member cares to do. There are no officers, and no rules, other than courtesy. Dues are $12 a year. Members receive a monthly newsletter and a roster. Visitors and newcomers are welcome. For more information contact Gerry Wade by e-mail.

Weaving Supplies in Santa Cruz

Golden Fleece at 317 Potrero Street, Santa Cruz, 831-426-1425.

Mostly knitting yarns, but wonderful variety. The Swift Stitch , 402 Ingalls St. #12, Santa Cruz, 831-427-9276. 10% discount to Guild members.

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