News & Notes from Cameron

Common Threads - August 2016

This month I completed Common Threads #2, another work in my Colors of Gujarat series! 

 Here is the weaving fresh off the loom on the left and its transformation to final piece on the right.Colors2Process1GujaratColor2

And here is a close-up: 



BoroBoro LA Style - July 2016

I admit it, this post is for fellow textile geeks!  After a recent Fiber and Weave workshop in my ARTSgarage studio, I played around with the leftover warps and made several samples that explored  differential shrinkage  of cotton and wool.  I experimented with many ways that wool can "move" when subjected to soap, hot water and agitation via open denting, weave structure and beat. It was totally engrossing, and triggered many ideas for future work. Teaching is a great vehicle for new ideas, as I might not have gone in this direction if not for Fiber and Weave.

Here are 3 different samples:

1. Cotton and wool striped warp, 12 EPI in the center and 6 EPI on the sides;  wool and cotton wefts, plain weave, areas of firm and loose beats, overall and detail. 


Before fulling, I inserted washers to prevent shrinkage               The sample as it came off of the loom (loom state)


2. all wool warp, 12 EPI, twill vs plain weaves with wool and cotton wefts; washers tied to prevent shrinkage;  loom state 


3. All wool warp, 12 EPI in center, 6 EPI on the sides, wool and cotton wefts, washers tied to prevent shrinkage, loom state


Mounds and Mosaics - June 2016

While teaching a workshop at the Weavers Guild of St Louis, I stayed with weaver/teacher/author John Mullarkey and Dean Klinkenberg, otherwise known as the Mississippi Valley Traveler. What a treat to encounter a love of textiles and history in the same household. When teaching an out-of-area workshop I always hope for a field trip to local sights, and John was gracious enough to make that happen. One outing was to Cahokia Mounds, where the Mississippian people had constructed  more than 120 earthen mounds, one of which is the largest prehistoric earthen work in the Americas. Here we are standing in front of it!

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the-domes-08Another day we went to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, which has some of the most beautiful mosaics I have ever seen. You can see more of the mosaics HERE.

But this archdiocese is about much more than pretty mosaics. During our tour I learned about Archbishop Joseph Ritter's commitment to the civil rights movement in St Louis and beyond. In 1946, his first year in St. Louis, he instructed all pastors in the archdiocese to end racial segregation in the parochial schools. (The U.S. Supreme Court would not take the same action with the nation's public schools until 1954.) He also asked the human rights commission under the Archdiocese of St. Louis to answer Martin Luther King's call for participation in the second Selma march following the "Bloody Sunday" attack of demonstrators by Alabama state troopers. Two mornings later, a chartered plane headed to Selma with a contingent of 50 faith-based leaders.


For those who are interested, HERE is an interview with Sister Antonia Ebo, who participated in the second Selma march and HERE is background information on Charles Vatterott, who chartered the airplane.

And yes, this entry is more about history than textiles, but on occasion that's what you get from the history teacher's daughter...



Balanced Weaves- May 2016

Making and teaching were in perfect balance this month.  I finished up the weaving for Leap Before You Look at the Hammer, and helped pack up the Black Mountain College loom for its next appearance at the Wexler in Columbus, Ohio.  Also taught Fiber and Weave at ARTSgarage and began preparing for Pattern and Weave which I'll teach in July. And my latest weaving, Colors of Gujarat: Common Threads was sent  to the Oceanside Museum of Art for an exhibit that opens in June. 



On the Road Again - April 2016

Back on the road with my suitcases full of yarn. It felt familiar, given my past career as a representative  in the yarn biz.  But now I've shifted to art and education, and this road trip featured both. It was a straight shot up the 99 Highway, past my childhood home of Hanford, to teach at the Conference of Northern California Handweavers (CNCH) in Modesto. And an added bonus -  California poppies were blooming on the steep hillsides of the Grapevine as I headed north. CNCH had a great mix of classes and exhibits, plus a lovely fashion show - always fun to spend time with fellow fiber folk.   And my Spice It Up workshop with weavers, knitters and crocheters produced a variety of fun projects!