As always, there will be plenty of opportunity to demonstrate weaving, spinning, braiding. Whatever your fiber skill and love come out to the fair and share it. Contact Cathy Walls to get your name on her list of demonstrators and to find out about parking and admission. Find her contact information in your roster or use the Contact Us page to email the guild.
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.
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.
Susie Taylor combines weaving and origami to create a new woven form. She creates her dimensional textiles as a single layer of cloth, without any cutting or sewing. Only weaving and folding are used. An accomplished weaver, she explores the limitations and pushes the boundaries of what can be produced on the loom. Her work celebrates the joy of producing basic cloth that transforms into perplexing, dimensional compositions. Drawn to complexity, Susie strives for simplicity.
Carol James will be offering a two and one half day workshop. The workshop will take place at Aptos Village park, beginning after her talk at the Guild meeting and continue the following two days. If you are interested in attending—please email Mibs Somerville using the email address in your roster or use the Contact Us page to email the guild.
So, what’s sprang anyhow? Textile artist Carol James , author of Sprang Unsprung and Fingerweaving, has been exploring this technique for 20 years, and shares her insights with you. This multi-media presentation begins with a live demonstration and videos designed to help you understand how the technique works: two rows of cloth resulting from every one row of braiding work. We then examine images from museums that Carol visited in her search, starting with items dating to the Bronze Age found in Scandinavia. We look at pieces from ancient Persia, Greece, Rome and Egypt.
Evidence would suggest that sprang was also known in Medieval Europe, and continued to be used throughout the 1800s. Carol has successfully replicated many of these items and will share photos taken during the replication process. Items will be available for you to handle. These include sashes, bonnets, mittens, vests, and leggings.
Famous pieces that Carol has examined and replicated include a sash that belonged to George Washington and a 1000-year-old cotton shirt found in Arizona.
Lisa Kokin will be our guest speaker in this annual series of special lectures. Textiles are in Lisa Kokin's blood. Her parents were upholsterers, and she uses the techniques of sewing and book arts to create detailed, thoughtful work that often transforms found objects and words.
Thread as a drawing element and form of embellishment is an important focus in Kokin’s work. Lisa explores ways to sew together image and text, often using thread alone as a palette for narrative expression. She explores the use of stabilizers to make thread drawings, lace- and web-like structures and as a connection with other elements like found paper, book pages and fabric. Both hand- and machine-sewing are used to explore the expressiveness and fragility of this most intriguing of materials.
We will begin with a show and tell of work we are contributing to the Guild Sale and do our preparation of that work for the sale with labels and prices.
Deanna Deeds is a fiber artist who combines ancient hand manipulated techniques with complex loom controlled structures to create textile art with a contemporary twist. Visit her website to view her online gallery of some really interesting pieces with the "Ancient Sprang" technique woven into her tapestries.
In addition to presenting our October program Deanna will teach a 1 1/2 day workshop.
At our request Deanna has designed a workshop specifically involving this method. The workshop will require a 4 harness loom although 6 harnesses are preferred. Table top looms are OK. Those attending the workshop should have some basic knowledge of Sprang weaving.