News & Notes from Cameron

Textile Treasures - May 2015

This was month number one of my transition to making and teaching - and no longer representing yarn companies! I rediscovered a couple of old friends as I sorted through my "stuff" and reordered my studio. These old friends are textile treasures: Textile Calculations by E.A. Posselt and an 1892 student textile analysis portfolio from the early days of what is now Philadelphia University. 

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Eloise at the Plaza - April 2015

This month was filled with any number of fiber-based events, but the afternoon I treasure most was spent drinking tea with my children at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. On a beautiful April morning, we explored Central Park and the installation Desire Lines by Tatiana Trouve'. We looked up from Desire Lines and there it was, the Plaza Hotel, so of course it was time for tea!


Eloise was one of my favorite childhood books, and having tea in her former domain was so elegant and fun. And it was also fun to discover a website dedicated to Eloise right HERE.

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New Directions - March 2015

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Exquisite fibers arrive at my door on a regular basis. I open each box and fall in love.

 

The most recent package was from Alchemy Yarns of Transformation containing a hank of TWIG, an enticing blend of silk and linen, hand-dyed by Gina Wilde.I'm feeling a bit sad, because very soon someone else will be opening these inspiring packages.

 

After 30 years of representing several companies that make some of the most gorgeous yarns on the market, I'm stepping out of sales and focusing on my studio practice and on teaching.

 

Yes, I'm looking forward to this next chapter, but will miss the excitement of seeing and touching the new fibers that arrive each season. I most definately won't miss the driving, but I will miss representing the many fiber folk who are passionate about their craft and create such tangible beauty for all of us to enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Perfect Pairing - February 2015

A trip to Patagonia this month led to the unlikely but perfect pairing of REI and Sulka. I've been saving a box of pristine (and now vintage) Sulka silk dress socks that belonged to my grandfather Whitney. The Patagonia trip involved lots of hiking and I needed some liners. So the perfect pairing was born - Sulka silk liners and REI wool!

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Hopefully Whitney would have approved of the pairing – he was an adventurous fellow who enjoyed travel and new experiences. He never made it to Patagonia – Europe and Hawaii were more his beat, but now at least his socks have made the journey! Here are some of the places his socks have been...

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ARTSgarage - January 2015

This month I came up with four topics for the fifth year of createIt@ARTSgarage for "educators of all stripes."

I'm looking forward to creating with fellow educators! All programs are free, but you must pre-register. 

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Artful Vessels on Sunday, March 15th from 1-3:30 PM. Based on requests from many ARTSgarage participants, we will make string and paper vessels that could be enclosed containers or open baskets, depending on your preference.

 

 

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Fiber Tiles on Sunday, June 7th from 1-3:30 PM. Inspired by traditional Persian designs, construct colorful tiles with paper, oil pastels and yarns, and play around with the different patterns they create.

 

 

 

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Diverted Destruction 8 on Saturday, August 1 from 1-3:30 PM. Meet at the Loft at Liz's at 453 South La Brea, around the corner from ARTSgarage. View works featuring the reinterpretation by artists of salvaged fabrics collected and rescued by the gallery. Use open-ended questions to explore what's going on in these "up cycled" artworks, and make your own mixed media piece from rescued materials.

 

 

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Wrap It Up on Sunday, November 8 from 1-3:30 PM. Inspired by the classic book on Japanese packaging How to Wrap Five Eggs, experiment with materials and wrapping techniques to create your own interpretations of traditional Japanese packaging.

 

Invitations go out 3-4 weeks before each session. If you are an educator and not yet receiving information, just contact me on  my website or message me on Facebook and I will  add you to the ARTSgarage mailing list. 

 

The fine print: sometimes my schedule changes so I have to adjust the dates, so just "pencil"  in the above dates until you get the actual invitation.