News & Notes from Cameron

Lava Folds, continued - November 2016

Two pieces in my latest series, working title "Lava Folds," are completed! More will follow. November2016-1November2016-3November2016-2November2016-4

Lava Folds - October 2016

Working from a photograph of hardened lava taken by my son Peter, I began playing with the intersection of lava and cloth, hard and soft, visual and tactile.  I love this exploratory phase of artmaking! 

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Simple Complexity - September 2016

What a treat to have the exhibit Simple Complexity by master weaver Kay Sekimachi open at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles - and it is up for three months with a number of related events. The gallery walkthrough on December 4th with curator Holly Jerger is on my calendar, can't wait! 

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Common Threads - August 2016

This month I completed Common Threads #2, another work in my Colors of Gujarat series! 

 Here is the weaving fresh off the loom on the left and its transformation to final piece on the right.Colors2Process1GujaratColor2

And here is a close-up: 

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BoroBoro LA Style - July 2016

I admit it, this post is for fellow textile geeks!  After a recent Fiber and Weave workshop in my ARTSgarage studio, I played around with the leftover warps and made several samples that explored  differential shrinkage  of cotton and wool.  I experimented with many ways that wool can "move" when subjected to soap, hot water and agitation via open denting, weave structure and beat. It was totally engrossing, and triggered many ideas for future work. Teaching is a great vehicle for new ideas, as I might not have gone in this direction if not for Fiber and Weave.

Here are 3 different samples:

1. Cotton and wool striped warp, 12 EPI in the center and 6 EPI on the sides;  wool and cotton wefts, plain weave, areas of firm and loose beats, overall and detail. 

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Before fulling, I inserted washers to prevent shrinkage               The sample as it came off of the loom (loom state)

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2. all wool warp, 12 EPI, twill vs plain weaves with wool and cotton wefts; washers tied to prevent shrinkage;  loom state 

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3. All wool warp, 12 EPI in center, 6 EPI on the sides, wool and cotton wefts, washers tied to prevent shrinkage, loom state

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