News & Notes from Cameron

LAVA and Love - September 2017

September was the big push to prepare for Fiber Trails, my solo exhibit that opens at the Branch Gallery on October 7. Part of the process was preparing wall text for each series in the show. Distilling concept and process into concise language was an interesting challenge and reminded me that  a good paragraph can be more difficult to construct that a long essay. I particularly enjoyed writing about LAVAfolds since my son Peter provided the inspiration for the series. Scroll on down to read the gallery text below the photo! 

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photo credit: Peter Taylor-Brown

 

LAVAfolds

 

A 2016 family trip to the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador resulted in this series. My son Peter took a number of wonderful pictures and I fell in love with a particular photograph he took of a lava flow at Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island.

 

His picture is intriguing to me because lava, an extremely hard material, looks like it could be fabric – hence the title of the series - LAVAfolds.

 

I captured various portions of his photograph, printed each onto fabric, cut them into irregular wefts and wove them into new configurations. I love the quilted dimensionality derived from such an unlikely source.

 

I also love that my son Peter provided the inspiration for this series

 

 

FiberWorks in Tulsa - August 2017

What a challenging and fun experience jurying FiberWorks 2017, a statewide exhibition organized annually by the Fiber Artists of Oklahoma. My responsibility as a juror was to "honor quality workmanship and original design...and to educate the public...by presenting a wide range of media, techniques and fiber tradtions."  I was invited to Tulsa for the opening weekend where I gave a lecture and a gallery walkthough - and so enjoyed the entire experience. Below is a picture with the hard-working and talented Lyn Lucas, co-chair  of FiberWorks 2017, plus one of opening night at the Hardesty Arts Center.  The Brady Arts District in Tulsa totally ROCKS, especially during their First Friday Art Crawl. 

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Alaskan Artistry - July 2017

A recent trip to the far north included a visit to the Alaska State Museum in Juneau. What an amazing collection of what they refer to as "Alaska Native Material," including two textile pieces that particularly called out to me.

 

The piece on the left is what remains of the Thorne River Basket – twined of spruce roots and approximately 5,450 years old. It was found on Prince of Wales Island  buried in wet mud with mussel shells nearby, thought to be its original contents. It is one of the oldest baskets ever recovered in Alaska or the Northwest Coast. The piece on the right is a pair of grass socks used for insulation with skin boots, made by the Yu'pik in Southwestern Alaska. 

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Red Offerings Revisited - June 2017

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My solo exhibit Fiber Trails opens in October at the Branch Gallery in Inglewood, CA.  I'm creating new work as well as revisiting some old friends as I put this show together. Red Offerings, a site-specific installation created after a trip to Bhutan, is being reworked for display in a corner of the  gallery. I love this piece and am so excited to see it come to life again. Here is a video that gives a hint of what the viewer will experience. In the gallery it is immersive and ephemeral. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return to Minnesota - May 2017

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I simply LOVE teaching at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota at the Textile Center in Minneapolis.

 

It feels a bit like "coals to Newcastle" given the high level of expertise of the members, but I'm always happy to make a contribution. It was fun to spend time with people I've met at past workshops plus meet many new people too. The textile tribe is a great one and I'm so glad to belong! 

 

I arrived on one of the first weekends where Spring was in full flower -  joy was in the air. We ate our lunches outside and revelled in the lovely weather.  Oh, and say what?  Oh yes, my official reason to spend time here -  I presented a new lecture called Warp and Weft: A Conversation in Color plus taught a three-day workshop Color in Cloth:The Weaves You Want and Why.