News & Notes from Cameron

Slow Food, Slow Fiber - November 2012

Good Enough to Eat: the Fusion of Food and Craft opened at the Craft in America Study Center this month. This "Exhibition in Three Servings" runs through June 22, 2013. The exhibit inspired me to think about cooking and crafting in my own life. I start with colorful, quality ingredients. These ingredients are organized - and eventually transformed - into a final composition. Both processes are high touch. Both are creative and joyful. Both take time. Slow food and slow fiber - two ways to slow down in an increasingly fast world.

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OpenStudio@ARTSgarage on November 18th celebrated two years of creating fiber art with "educators of all stripes." Mountains of supplies were piled onto all surfaces and participants responded in whatever way moved them. The simple joy of making was evident around the table. A very fun afternoon!

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Warping My Loom - October 2012

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I caressed the saturated colors of Bhuj in Gujarat (and was reminded of the wonderful trip with my friend Jean) as I warped bright yarns for a new double cloth design. My loom will be threaded soon, and I'm looking forward to weaving in my spare moments during the busy months ahead. It's "on the road again" to visit yarn retailers throughout Southern California and Arizona and I always like to have a new project calling to me when I get home.

Pattern and Color in Istanbul - September 2012

The tile designs in Istanbul take your breath away. On our recent trip, we viewed intricate patterns that were jaw-droppingly beautiful. Here is a sampling from the Topkapi Palace. Who knows, these images could inspire a new workshop!

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Lighthouse, Lobster and Looms - August 2012

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We began the month visiting old friends in Deer Isle, Maine. Deer Isle is such a lovely spot - the last time I'd been was at a Haystack workshop many years ago. Out on the water at dusk, I managed to get a rather iconic lighthouse shot. Dusk create such mysterious shadows and is my favorite time to take photographs. And of course I ate LOBSTER.

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There's  lots of fiber activity in Maine, so it was a true busman's holiday. Tim Whitten, an engineer by training and now an artisan, owns the Marlinespike Chandlery in Stonington, and creates incredible ropework. I also met Christine Leith of Eggemoggin Textile Studio, who dyes and weaves luscious textiles with silk fiber. In the small world department, she knows some members of California Fibers quite well, including Carrie Burckle, who stayed with Christine while taking a class at Haystack. I also wandered into the flagship store for String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn and caressed some "hand dyed yarn that's out of this world."

 

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Then back in Los Angeles, I opened my copy of Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot and discovered my piece "Elephant in the Room" had been featured in an article on Looming Election: Woven Works at the Craft in America Study Center!

Shark Car, Exhibits and an Old Flag - July 2012

July was textiles month in  Southern California.  HGA Convergence 2012 touched down in Long Beach and our fiber community was in overdrive,  providing many exhibits and events. Plus I was almost on television, but it was not to be...

My studio and ARTSgarage were included in an HGA tour, and a shark car plus our cat Tuxedo greeted everyone as they entered. It was both goofy and magical  - for more photos visit my Facebook album.

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In addition to teaching at HGA Convergence, I showed work in six Southern California exhibits and delivered pieces for a seventh exhibit, Tracing the Steps, opening on August 3 at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego.  Pictured  at left  is Indigo Dreams #2, featured in California Fibers: Here and Now, at the Werby Gallery at California State University, Long Beach.

 

America's Lost Treasures debuted on the National Geographic channel this month and I was interviewed at length about the construction of the flag featured in the Los Angeles episode.

Alas, my entire segment ended up on the cutting room floor. They used a textile conservator to establish the flag's authenticity and must have decided my contributions weren't central to the story. It was a fun afternoon but a humbling lesson on the perils of the editing process.

 

Below are photos of the flag in question, and of Curt ,  one of the hosts,  with me in my studio.

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