News & Notes from Cameron

The Weaving Workshop - November 2017


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This month I was invited by Brittany McLaughlin  to write an article for The Common Thread. And HERE it is! 

Brittany is a designer, educator, author, videographer - and founder of the Weaving Workshop - I'm excited to participate in her endeavors. 



Fiber Family - October 2017

My exhibit Fiber Trails was up all month at the Branch Gallery and was well-supported by the larger fiber community as well as by family and friends. I enter November feeling grateful for these treasured relationships – and bid a fond farewell to the work that sold over the course of the show.


Top photo is with my husband and our two children. Bottom photo is with my brother Zach and our Uncle Tom.  



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! 






























photo credit: Peter Taylor-Brown




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 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. 



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.