News & Notes from Cameron

A Handmade Story: Manos at 50 - April 2018

What a thrill to visit Manos del Uruguay during their 50th anniversary.  We first explored  their headquarters and sampled some retail stores in Montevideo - then headed out to the countryside where we saw yarn being spun and dyed by members of the cooperative. We even dyed some yarn ourselves!  Manos is a hand-dye pioneer and was an artisan yarn well before the term became popular. Manos remains a cooperative and is a certified member of the World Fair Trade Organization, the only yarn company in South America to have this certification. HAPPY 50TH, MANOS DEL URUGUAY!!


Left: Our tour group with some co-op members. Right: principles of fair trade posted on the co-op wall. 


Left: a dye team of professionals.  Right: a dye team of amateurs (Cindy Howard-Gibbon and myself) 


Left: window at a Manos store. Right: Manos logo on entry door. 



Beginning - March 2018

"Beginning means exploration, selection, development, a potent vitaility not yet limited...going back to the beginning is seeing ourselves mirrored in others' work, not in the result but in the process...I find it intriguing to look at early attempts in experience vicariously the exhilaration of accomplishment reached step by step. This is learning." Anni Albers, On Weaving 


What a great introduction to How String Changed the World: An Exploration of Fiber, Culture and Human Ingenuity, as educators explored the origins of textiles in a recent createIt seminar at my ARTSgarage teaching studio. I'm thinking about how to restructure this hands-on seminar  into a keynote speech for a 2019 weaving conference - which means lots of  "exploration, selection and development!" 





Double Weave Guru - February 2018

In a month full of creating new work plus teaching weaving  at ARTSgarage, I had the pleasure of hosting Jennifer Moore  before she presented a lecture and workshop at Central Coast Weavers in San Luis Obispo. Jennifer is in the midst of writing a new edition of her seminal work on double weave (which will make many people extremely happy!) and is traveling the country with Double Rainbow, her new workshop. The lecture covered her experiences teaching at Tinkuy in  Peru - so fascinating - you can read about it HERE. I just love this photo of Jennifer with her class.  

Peru class photo

Weaving Together Art and Agriculture - January 2018

A very special createIt@ARTSgarage was held at Moonwater Farm in Compton on January 27th. We celebrated the eighth year of createIt programming "for educators of all stripes" by weaving together art and agriculture.  


Left photo: Kathleen Blakistone to my right  and Jamia Weir to my left -as we  keep calm and design on - thanks for a great event! 

Right photo: Jumping in to some weaving projects and conversation around the big outdoor  table at Moonwater. 


TUG Love - December 2017

As I write this my new TUG electric ball winder from Sawyer Bee is busy winding hanks of yarn with absolutely no involvement from ME. TUG was my first foray into Kickstarter, and I invested in the manufacturing of this terrific device after seeing it demonstrated at a conference by the couple who created it. I had fun reading their posts and keeping track of their progress, and then in late December TUG arrived!