News & Notes from Cameron

Folk Couture and Overdyed Carpets - March 2014

A recent textile adventure in Manhattan began with a visit to Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art at the American Folk Art Museum, where several fashion designers were invited to create original couture pieces inspired by objects from the museum collection. Very intriguing. My personal favorites were works by Fabio Costa, inspired by a religious carving and a quilt; Jean Yu, inspired by a porcupine sculpture; and Gary Graham, inspired by a woven coverlet.

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The website is quite an adventure too, check it out at http://fashionandfolkart.tumblr.com/exhibition.


Another day we had lunch at ABC Kitchen and then trekked through the many floors of ABC Carpet and Home, a mecca for textile lovers, for sure! The vibrantly colored overdyed silk carpets were exceptional, and the showroom included a video of the dyeing process. Wow.

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Kick Up Your Heels! - February 2014

 This is the fourth year of ARTSgarage, and what better way to celebrate than to "upcycle" these fabulous Regia socks - generously donated by Westminster Fibers and other fiber friends throughout the month of February. We'll kick things off in March with a createIt@ARTSgarage sock puppet session. Who knows what's next – we'll just take it step by step!

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Colors of Gujarat in Three Exhibits - January 2014

This month I sent several works from my series Colors of Gujarat to three exhibits! 

Shown below are A Weaver's Hands and Badhani. 

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A Weaver's Hands , Badhani and Fabric Dyer are in California Fibers at Soka University in Aliso Viejo, CA.

The exhibit runs through May 8th. For more information,link HERE.  

 

On the Line is in Coast to Coast at Visions Art Museum in San Diego, CA.

The exhibit is from February 7 – April 20th. For more information, link HERE.

 

Indigo Vat is in California Fibers at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai, CA.

The exhibit is from February 9 - March 30th. For more information, link HERE.

 

 

The Silk Road Comes to Los Angeles – December 2013

Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World opened at the Natural History Museum this month, and runs through April 13, 2014. The exhibit arrived in Los Angeles shortly after my husband and I retraced a portion of this fabled route in a travel adventure to Xian and the oasis communities around the Taklimakan desert. I documented textiles being made and traded, and am planning a createIt@ARTSgarage seminar where we will make a simple version of Aidelaxi - the warp-dyed textile still worn by Uygur women of all ages. Educators taking this seminar will make their own version of Aidelaixi cloth and can “travel the road” where this cloth is still made – all in our own hometown!

 

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Poetry Shards and a Dirty Window - November 2013

The month began with an ARTSgarage adventure with "educators of all stripes" making mixed media notecards and bookmarks inspired by poetry, and ended with a quiet afternoon in front of the fire, with late November light streaming in the front window...

Words About Color featured poems by Stephen Beal and Mary O'Neil. Working from poetry shards such as "The obi at her waist the shade of passion when passion marks despair"     "The bubbling of oatmeal mush.Tiredness and oysters"    "Just before night when most people turn on the light"   we created and conversed.
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After a festive and busy Thanksgiving, a quiet Friday afternoon reading in front of the fire felt just perfect. I looked up and noticed slanted light coming through the front window making subtle shapes and shadows. The dust on the window from the construction across the street just added to the composition.

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Then I ventured outside and enjoyed the fall foliage  - who says Southern California doesn't have seasons?