News & Notes from Cameron

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. 

 

 

Colorful Christmas - December 2014

Christmas was bright and festive. Our family created fabric fan ornaments inspired by fans Kaffe Fasset and Brandon Mably made for a Christmas tree at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. A clever use of beautiful fabric scraps, thank you Brandon for the great idea!  Plus a lovely gift from my husband who knows I can never have too many books about color. The Brilliant History of Color in Art by Victoria Finlay is a fun and informative read structured around the colors of paint. I've gotten as far as Part Three/ Modern Colors   "Mauve: Chemistry Project Gone Wrong" 

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Diverted Destruction - November 2014

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Diverted Destruction 8 - unraveled the fabric edition will explore the repurposing of textile materials into works of art. What a fun concept, and to be involved at the planning stages of this show is a total hoot. Lori Zimmerman and I recently met with Liz Gordon, the owner of the Loft at Liz's Gallery and the gallery manager Randi Kreeft, and worked through all kinds of great ideas for this 2015 exhibit that will feature work by members of California Fibers. My head is full of possibilities and half the fun is thinking through the materials at hand and all the different ways I could use them. Between the fabrics provided by Liz and the many materials I keep for ARTSgarage, I have lots to choose from.  And the gallery is within walking distance of my house. Pretty sweet when you get to work with talented people and don't have to ship boxes or even drive!