News & Notes from Cameron

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. 



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.





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.






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.




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" 


Diverted Destruction - November 2014


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! 

Textile Sightings/Guatemala - October 2014

Guatemala is a textile lover's paradise. We spent our time in Antigua and Lake Atitlan, where we took a brief hike to see wonderful Mayan carvings nestled amongst coffee plants.



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Fiber Friends - September 2014

The Textile Society of America Conference inspired several fiber events throughout Los Angeles. The conference itself attracted textile aficionados from around the world, and several venues were right in my neighborhood!  Later in the month I hosted a gathering of the Surface Design Association here at ARTSgarage  It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other and discuss our work. A lecture by Carrie Burckle and Ashley Blalock at the Craft in America Center made the day complete!


Photos, left to right: 

TSA conference with Meredith Strauss, Mary Beth Schwartzenberger shows her work at ARTSgarage, Carrie Burckle at Craft in America Center.