News & Notes from Cameron

Photos to Fabric - July 2013

July: A month where figs begin to ripen and textiles get made. I'm creating a body of work in a technique that is new to me. First I print my "Colors of Gujarat" photos onto fabrics, then layer, stitch and color the images. Here a couple of them, still in process, one of a fabric dyer, and another of an indigo vat. It's great to have dirty fingers! And every now and then I go onto my balcony and select a ripening fig before a neighborhood squirrel can grab it.

Fabric Dyer - overall and detail

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Indigo Vat - overall and detail

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Color Immersion – June 2013

 

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A visual fog of shifting color.

A sensual dance.

Ethereal.

Beautiful.

Serene.

The James Turrell retrospective

at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

is a total immersion experience.

 

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The LACMA presentation is one of three concurrent exhibitions of the artist's work. The other two shows are at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

 

A recent article about James Turrell in the New York Times Magazine is a great read, plus there is a June 28th  interview with Charlie Rose.

 

Immerse yourself.

Granny Squared - May 2013

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As I traveled around this month working with yarn stores on next season's collections, regular updates came my way on the amazing textile project going on in my own neighborhood. What an undertaking.

The Granny Squared Project, the brainchild of Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, is a

noisy

colorful

joyful

immense

and simply wonderful installation

on the façade of the Craft and Folk Art Museum - within walking distance of my house. You can see lots of photographs on the YBLA website, HERE.      I borrowed some images as a teaser!

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If you live anywhere within driving distance,  Granny Squared is worth a trip. The installation is up for only 1 more month, and then the CAFAM façade must...revert...back...to...normal.

Liberating Your Hands – April 2013


"Hands love to knit and sew, hammer and saw, knead and shape...Hands love to do what hands can do, but the mind often says, "No you can't. I don't feel like it." The hands are ready, the mind is reluctant...The best way to learn is...by putting your awareness in your hands and actually feeling what the hands are doing... hands do well when you (let them)  feel out for themselves what seems like a good way to do something and letting them try various ways and methods. Hands like that. They don't appreciate being bossed around."  from Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings, Recipes and Reflections by Edward Espe Brown. We read many passages from this wise and inspiring book during our Food for Thought workshop at the Craft in America Study Center on April 6th.

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Into the Storm and a History in Layers - March 2013

Hands On Color at Woodstock Weavers in Illinois was a joy to teach - the challenge was getting there. My first flight got cancelled and we were uncertain if the later flight would be a go. But eventualy I made it to O'Hare, and BethAnn Duncan, Guild President and my intrepid hostess, braved the storm to pick me up.
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Many wonderful photos are posted on the Woodstock Weavers Guild website. Look for "event pictures" on the left of the home page.  Link HERE.

 

While I was in Illinois, Resplendent Dress from Southeastern Europe: A History in Layers, opened at the UCLA Fowler Museum to big crowds.  Curated by Elizabeth Wayland Barber and Barbara Belle Sloan,  the exhibit features a treasure trove of fabulous costumes from the Fowler collection, and uncovers textile traditions whose origins can be traced back 20,000 years. Elizabeth Barber is an incredible historian, and her insights enrich and deepen the visual splendor of the costumes on display.  Barbara Sloan was kind enough to walk me through the show and I managed to snag her signature on the accompanying book, now a part of the ARTSgarage library. This outstanding exhibit deserves to travel...  To see more, link HERE.

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