News & Notes from Cameron

Crafting Memory - August 2018

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 photo: Blair Clark, from the exhibit Crafting Memory at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

While in Santa Fe, I discovered this Peruvian chullo hat made entirely of strips of reclaimed plastic trash, accompanied by a short video that provided the background narrative to this impressive work. This installation is part of the exhibit Crafting Memory: the Art of Community in Peru. The exhibit visits a series of contemporary folk artists in Peru and places their work within a larger framework of Peruvian history and social change. A thought provoking and powerful show - kudos to curator Amy Groleau and her staff! 

HGA Convergence - July 2018

HGA Convergence met in Reno this month - and what a fabulous fiber conference it was!  One thousand weavers from around the globe gathered for a deep dive into all things textile. I was honored to receive an honorable mention in The Playa mixed media exhibit for LAVAfolds #1. Another uplifitng experience was the meeting of the HGA Fiber Trust, where the interns we sponsored shared their excitement about the conference. And Convergence was where my friend Cindy gifted me these beautiful handknit socks she knit with Manos de Uruguay yarn. 

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Anni Albers Deep Dive - June 2018

June marked my deep dive into all things Anni Albers. The stack-o-books kept  growing while my pile of post-it notes shrank down to nothing. And such a great opportunity to reach out to scholars, museums, artists, and of course, the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, whom I can't thank enough.  The project launches with a lecture Anni Albers: Life and Legacy  with the Southern California Handweavers Guild on November 17, 2018, followed by a exhibit of legacy artists at the Craft in America Center from July 13 - September 21, 2019. Stay tuned! 

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ONE shuttle MANY colors - May 2018

A seminar on one shuttle color blending at the annual Weaving and Fiber Festival morphed into a fun project - several yards of handwoven fabric that I made into pillows.The base weave was tabby with twill accents and an occasional rib weave to give some additional texture. All the weft yarns were deaccessioned from my abundant ARTSgarage teaching stash. I used a single shuttle that held two bobbins and changed out 1 bobbin at a time as each ran out. This allowed for a rich blending of colors with transitions that could be subtle or bold depending on my color choices. It was a fun and fluid project – not much preplanning and no measuring – I just went with it!  

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A Handmade Story: Manos at 50 - April 2018

What a thrill to visit Manos del Uruguay during their 50th anniversary.  We first explored  their headquarters and sampled some retail stores in Montevideo - then headed out to the countryside where we saw yarn being spun and dyed by members of the cooperative. We even dyed some yarn ourselves!  Manos is a hand-dye pioneer and was an artisan yarn well before the term became popular. Manos remains a cooperative and is a certified member of the World Fair Trade Organization, the only yarn company in South America to have this certification. HAPPY 50TH, MANOS DEL URUGUAY!!

 

Left: Our tour group with some co-op members. Right: principles of fair trade posted on the co-op wall. 

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Left: a dye team of professionals.  Right: a dye team of amateurs (Cindy Howard-Gibbon and myself) 

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Left: window at a Manos store. Right: Manos logo on entry door. 

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