News & Notes from Cameron

Stripes and Scottish Sheep - September 2009

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I enjoyed a fun Saturday early in the month with the Creative Weavers Guild in San Diego, CA. There were familiar as well as new faces - as I was a juror of their 50th anniversary exhibit at the Mingei Museum several years ago and have presented previous programs. We explored both the left and right brain in two seminars - Ready, Sett, Go and Simply Stripes. Later in  September,  my husband and I visited Scotland for the first time - we toured Johnstons of Elgin, a cashmere spinning and weaving mill that was founded in 1797! Sadly, no photos were allowed there, but I did get plenty of pictures of Scottish sheep breeds as we toured the countryside.

Getting Started - August 2009

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We all face it - how to get started on new work if we're not quite sure where we're headed. To quote Nike, "Just do it!" Really - starting and making something, even with no end in mind, gets the juices flowing. There are months when I have no studio time, and in order to transition back into a "studio mind-set" I weave samples. Last month I transitioned into studio time with a double-weave color study, where the two warps are different in hue but close in value and intensity. The sample was sett for a weft-dominant cloth, and the challenge I gave myself was to select weft colors that blended with the value of the warps to make blocks of solid color. I now have a wonderful long strip of vibrant delicious colors, and decided to scale up a few and weave some much-needed pillows for the family room. While weaving the pillows, I'll be thinking about where I want my next series of art pieces to take me.

Note: I finished these color study pillows in September, and entitled them the Anni and Josef series. In a moment of true serendipity, Issue 30 of Selvedge featured an article on "Josef Albers, married to the unsurpassed weaver, Anni Albers, and it seems natural that his ideas translate perfectly into a textile designer's sensibility."

Colors in the Canyon - June 2009

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In a recent trip to Arizona, my husband joined me in Sedona's Oak Creek Canyon for the weekend. We discovered that Sedona's rocks and foliage offer a breathtaking color study in complementary hues. From the dramatic scale of cliffs and pines to an intimate cluster of wild flowers by the side of the trail, the interplay of reds and greens is a constant theme.

Some believe that Sedona is home to several vortex sites - hot spots of natural energy that invigorate the human spirit. The dynamic vibrations unique to complementary colors surely contribute!

WeaveCast Interview Just Released! - April 2009

WeaveZine editor Syne Mitchell interviews me about my approach to color and design and explores my philosophy about teaching and learning in an April  episode of WeaveCast. The interview was originally recorded while I was in Seattle last February - I had forgotten how much fun we had talking about a wide range of topics. (I had also forgotten that after teaching all day, I sounded like a frog until we took a break and I drank some water! ) It was the first time I had met Syne, and it was my first experience being interviewed for a podcast. Syne's efforts with WeaveCast are  creating something quite wonderful and unique  - an audio record of the weaving world from her particular perspective.  I am so honored to be included!  To check out Weavezine and WeaveCast and to listen to my interview, click on http://www.weavezine.com/content/38-color-and-design

Color Connects in Riverside - March 2009

At the recent Color Connects conference in Riverside, CA  my weavings were featured in three exhibits, all with openings during the Riverside Art Walk on Thursday March 5th. Elephant in the Room a comment on hanging chads and politics, received a prize in the conference's Spectrum Showcase. I taught Words About Color , helped with a wonderful fashion show, and had a great time immersing myself in the world of fiber!

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with Deborah Jarchow at Spectrum

with Kathleen Wain at the Riverside Art Museum

with Amanda Parsons at Riverside Community College

Dream Weavers at the Quad Art Gallery at Riverside Community College, runs through April 10th.

Designing Weavers Personal Best can be viewed at the Riverside Art Museum through April 4th.