News & Notes from Cameron

The Textile Trail/New York - June 2014

As an ardent hunter/gatherer of all things cloth, I searched out and stumbled upon some great finds in a recent trip to New York.

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I finally made it to the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn and was shown around by summer intern Callie Shea, a senior from the Savannah College of Art and Design. This place is buzzing with activity, and "aspires to unify and empower the textile community, and advocate for the handmade." Later in the day, I re-discovered Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party at the Brooklyn Museum. I had completely forgotten how much beautiful needlework is integrated into each place setting.

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Another day my children and I ventured out to the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture. What an impressive organization "working to improve the way America eats and farms." Plus they had a great printed hand towel, a collection of kahdi dishcloths and a big weaving in the woods!

Bonds and Connections - May 2014

Each member of Designing Weavers Guild shows a project that addresses the guild theme in an annual presentation. "Bonds and Connections" is this year's theme, and I illustrated my fiber bonds and connections with the whimsical sock puppets made at a recent createIt@ARTSgarage session!

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My work as a regional yarn representative is embodied in the socks themselves – discontinued samples from Regia that were donated to me from representatives throughout the United States and Canada. I designed several puppet prototypes, a joyful experience in making, and then presented what I learned to a wonderful group of educators who simply outdid themselves creating their own puppets.

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So there you have it – each puppet connects my fiber work  in making, teaching and sales, plus celebrates the strong bonds with the many people who have become my friends through fiber!

Color! Color! Color! - April 2014

April was a visual FEAST – a bit of rain brought out enough poppies and lupine to create the displays we Californians look forward to every spring. And the students in my April workshops used colorful yarns in delicious combinations, reminding me why teaching color and design to weavers and knitters is so rewarding.

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At the end of the month I stopped in at the TNNA trade show and picked up samples of new yarns and colors from many of the vendors I represent. Alchemy came out with several glorious new color combinations, and gave me entire hanks because (insert crocodile tears) there weren't any extra color cards!

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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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