News & Notes from Cameron

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!


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. 


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!


silkroads 3 AMNH s Third Central Asiatic Expedition AMNH James Shackelford


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.
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.


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

Making Meaning - October 2013

Recent travels - one to China's Central Asia and another within walking distance to the Nathalie Miebach exhibit at the Craft and Folk Art Museum - remind me that human notation systems are amazing, complex, and varied. But also unintelligible unless we comprehend the assigned meaning and can unlock the content contained within....

Mandarin and Uygur signage in China were a complete mystery to us, as were many of the English translations.


The musical notation we encountered in China's Central Asia was different as well.


Closer to home at the CAFAM exhibit, Nathalie Miebach creates her personal version of a musical score. She encourages musicians to "read" her notations and play what they see.


Weavers have notation systems too. I can "see" a cloth construction when "reading" a weave draft - it must look completely mysterious to a non-weaver. Knitters have a written language they follow too - PSSO anyone?