News & Notes from Cameron

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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Beginning - March 2018

"Beginning means exploration, selection, development, a potent vitaility not yet limited...going back to the beginning is seeing ourselves mirrored in others' work, not in the result but in the process...I find it intriguing to look at early attempts in history...to experience vicariously the exhilaration of accomplishment reached step by step. This is learning." Anni Albers, On Weaving 

 

What a great introduction to How String Changed the World: An Exploration of Fiber, Culture and Human Ingenuity, as educators explored the origins of textiles in a recent createIt seminar at my ARTSgarage teaching studio. I'm thinking about how to restructure this hands-on seminar  into a keynote speech for a 2019 weaving conference - which means lots of  "exploration, selection and development!" 

 

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Double Weave Guru - February 2018

In a month full of creating new work plus teaching weaving  at ARTSgarage, I had the pleasure of hosting Jennifer Moore  before she presented a lecture and workshop at Central Coast Weavers in San Luis Obispo. Jennifer is in the midst of writing a new edition of her seminal work on double weave (which will make many people extremely happy!) and is traveling the country with Double Rainbow, her new workshop. The lecture covered her experiences teaching at Tinkuy in  Peru - so fascinating - you can read about it HERE. I just love this photo of Jennifer with her class.  

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