News & Notes from Cameron

Mounds and Mosaics - June 2016

While teaching a workshop at the Weavers Guild of St Louis, I stayed with weaver/teacher/author John Mullarkey and Dean Klinkenberg, otherwise known as the Mississippi Valley Traveler. What a treat to encounter a love of textiles and history in the same household. When teaching an out-of-area workshop I always hope for a field trip to local sights, and John was gracious enough to make that happen. One outing was to Cahokia Mounds, where the Mississippian people had constructed  more than 120 earthen mounds, one of which is the largest prehistoric earthen work in the Americas. Here we are standing in front of it!

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the-domes-08Another day we went to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, which has some of the most beautiful mosaics I have ever seen. You can see more of the mosaics HERE.

But this archdiocese is about much more than pretty mosaics. During our tour I learned about Archbishop Joseph Ritter's commitment to the civil rights movement in St Louis and beyond. In 1946, his first year in St. Louis, he instructed all pastors in the archdiocese to end racial segregation in the parochial schools. (The U.S. Supreme Court would not take the same action with the nation's public schools until 1954.) He also asked the human rights commission under the Archdiocese of St. Louis to answer Martin Luther King's call for participation in the second Selma march following the "Bloody Sunday" attack of demonstrators by Alabama state troopers. Two mornings later, a chartered plane headed to Selma with a contingent of 50 faith-based leaders.

 

For those who are interested, HERE is an interview with Sister Antonia Ebo, who participated in the second Selma march and HERE is background information on Charles Vatterott, who chartered the airplane.


And yes, this entry is more about history than textiles, but on occasion that's what you get from the history teacher's daughter...

 

 

Balanced Weaves- May 2016

Making and teaching were in perfect balance this month.  I finished up the weaving for Leap Before You Look at the Hammer, and helped pack up the Black Mountain College loom for its next appearance at the Wexler in Columbus, Ohio.  Also taught Fiber and Weave at ARTSgarage and began preparing for Pattern and Weave which I'll teach in July. And my latest weaving, Colors of Gujarat: Common Threads was sent  to the Oceanside Museum of Art for an exhibit that opens in June. 

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On the Road Again - April 2016

Back on the road with my suitcases full of yarn. It felt familiar, given my past career as a representative  in the yarn biz.  But now I've shifted to art and education, and this road trip featured both. It was a straight shot up the 99 Highway, past my childhood home of Hanford, to teach at the Conference of Northern California Handweavers (CNCH) in Modesto. And an added bonus -  California poppies were blooming on the steep hillsides of the Grapevine as I headed north. CNCH had a great mix of classes and exhibits, plus a lovely fashion show - always fun to spend time with fellow fiber folk.   And my Spice It Up workshop with weavers, knitters and crocheters produced a variety of fun projects!

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Galapagos Color - March 2016

Color...texture...pattern... inspiration for future projects! A family trip to the Galapagos becomes a springboard for design ideas. 

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Many Threads - February 2016

 Leap Before You Look opened at the UCLA Hammer Museum, and includes a weaving I designed for the restored Black Mountain workshop loom that is in the exhibit. The show runs through May 15th, and is an inspiring celebration of the continuing influence of Black Mountain College. There are many exceptional free programs related to the exhibit, and I will be doing two weaving demonstratons! 

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Seaside Weavers visited with me at ARTSgarage and explored color and fiber in some experiments adapted from How to Be An Explorer of the World by Keri Smith. We also relaxed and had lunch in the backyard – Los Angeles in February just can't be beat. Several beautiful textiles were created at Introduction to Weaving, the first in a series of ART OF THE LOOM workshops scheduled at ARTSgarage. I'm happy to say these workshops  are filling up fast! 

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