SOME LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS
Mendocino Art Center www.mendocinoartcenter.org
– List of class offerings
– Info about discounts for locals
– Current exhibits
Arts Council of Mendocino County www.artsmendocino.org
-County Arts Events Calendar
– Membership information
Gualala Arts Center – www.gualalaarts.org
The Textile Arts Council – a support group of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco with the goal of advancing the appreciation of the Museums’ textile and costume collections. And their facebook page.
SOME ITEMS THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST
Interactive Website on Andean Textiles: The CTTC (Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco) and University of Central Florida are excited to present “Portal to Peru,” an interactive website that explores Andean textiles from a variety of different angles. An excellent tool for educators, travelers, and anyone looking to learn more about Peru’s amazing textile tradition, we invite you to explore the new site at: https://projects.cah.ucf.edu/portaltoperu/
In Search of Forgotten Colours – Sachio Yoshioka and the Art of Natural Dyeing. Suggested by Elaine.
Miriam C. Rice: MUSHROOMS FOR COLOR and MUSHROOMS FOR PAPER Lovely Video on Miriam Rice’s use of MUSHROOMS. Filmed in 1988 and 1993. Linked from The International Mushroom Dye Institute (IMDI)
Enjoy this remarkable work in its charming tinyness! — media menu for more images AltheaCrome.com
ETHOS – facebook page :
People around the world have used used indigo as a natural dye for millennia. A new study reports the earliest known use of indigo dye was found in 6,000-year-old cotton textiles from Peru. Before these findings, archaeologists attributed the earliest use of indigo to ancient Egypt, where indigo-dyed linens have been found wrapped around mummies from about 4,400 years ago. It is amazing to think …………..
SOME WORTH RE-INVESTIGATING
Weave A Real Peace – www.weavearealpeace.org
— WARP’s mission is to foster a global network of enthusiasts who value the importance of textiles to grassroots economies. Our purpose is to exchange information, raise awareness of the importance textile traditions to grassroots economies, mobilize textile enthusiasts and create conversations that result in action. Our network is made up of weavers, academics, and interested supporters who value the importance of textiles to communities around the world. Founded in 1992, WARP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with members from across the United States, Canada, Central and South American, Europe, Africa, and Asia. A newsletter is published quarterly telling of weaving, spinning, and dye cooperatives and other member projects from around the world. Once a year we come together for an annual meeting somewhere in the United States in a place rich in regional textile resources or history.
The Basketmaker from Hakai Magazine (Coastal Science and Societies)
The Ancient Mangel of Santarcangelo di Romagna: In a tiny town near Italy’s Northeastern coast, the unique art of handmade, rust-printed textiles is still alive thanks to a piece of living history: a massive stone-and-wood mangle designed, in part, by Leonardo da Vinci.
Jan 2021: Email forwarded from Lolli ….. My name is LouAnne and I’m a Girl Scout troop leader from Wyoming writing to thank you! Since we’ve gone remote, we’re always looking for online material so the girls can keep having fun learning and work towards earning their badges from home. We found this page while we were working towards our Textile Artist badges.
One of the girls from my troop (Leah) really wanted to share a resource she came across with you because she felt it might be a great way to pay it forward! It’s https://www.wristbandexpress.com/content/all-about-weaving-and-spinning/ and it’s all about weaving and spinning!
Sapori & Saperi Flavours and Knowledge of Italian Artisans TOURS … Tastes & Textiles Adventures.
Cooper-Hewitt OBJECT OF THE DAY https://www.cooperhewitt.org/category/object-of-the-day/
Greek Monastery founded in 1796: Kalograion Monastery Silk Weaving
First Week in October: in celebration of American Craft Week — www.americancraftweek.com
California Wool Grower’s Association: www.californiawoolgrowers.org
– the voice of the California Sheep Industry at the local, regional, state, and national level.
– To provide consumers with safe, quality lamb and wool products
Studio Art Quilts Associates – www.saqa.com . (Textiles as “Fine Art”)
Handweavers Guild of America: www.weavespindye.org
Founded in 1969 to inspire creativity and encourage excellence in the fiber arts, the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc., brings together weavers, spinners, dyers, basketmakers, fiber artists and educators. HGA provides educational programs, conferences, and an award-winning quarterly publication, Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, to its members as it seeks to increase awareness of and appreciation for the fiber arts.
Conference of Northern California Handweavers www.cnch.org
– Umbrella organization of guilds in Northern California hosts a biennial fiber conference. Member guilds information, educational opportunities.
– Links to calendar of events
– Quarterly Newsletter
– Announcement of conferences
Janice Sullivan: On Instagram graduated in Textiles from Boston University and Massachusetts College of Art with a Masters in Art Education. She has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1982, teaching classes in Textiles and exhibiting her work both locally and nationally. She has taught at City College of San Francisco since 1995. In her twenty five year study of loom manipulated, multi-tensioned double weave, she has pioneered a new approach to sculptural textiles. Her work is represented in many corporate and private collections across the country including several Kaiser-Permanente Hospitals, Moody’s Investment Services, Quantum Corporation, Summit Medical Center & Southwest Texas Methodist Hopital.
Pavlos: www.pavlosmayakis.com is an artist-weaver who creates contemporary intuitive abstract mixed media assemblages by often using nontraditional screen printing techniques to act as a point of departure for intentional mark making on silk noil cloth. Fragments of painted loom controlled shibori cloth are cooperatively stitched on the canvas. His work is about creating harmony and balance by metaphorically transcending the contemporary notion of Western dualism. His current assemblage series speaks to the mastery he has developed reconciling the disparate disciplines of nontraditional screen printing, loom controlled shibori, stitching, and painting.
A Loom With a View http://www.sheilaohara.com/
When I was 10 years old my mom sent me off with two of my sisters to the Josephine D. Randal Junior Museum in San Francisco to take summer art classes. We would ride the streetcar to Market and Castro Streets and climb up the steep hill to the museum. I took drawing, ceramics, jewelry making, and weaving for several summers. I liked all the mediums but there was something about the weaving that seemed to suit me well. The mathematical side of me enjoyed the yarn calculations. The artistic side of me enjoyed the colors and the designing. The tactile side of me enjoyed handling the yarns and fabrics. In high school I continued to take art classes as well as weave at the Junior Museum after school when I was not in softball or volleyball practice.
Stephanie T. Hoppe – Handwoven Rugs and Tapestries www.stephaniehoppe.com
San Francisco Fiber – Lou Grantham – Classes and Fiber www.sffiber.com
Rebecca Burgess – Fibershed www.fibershed.com
Fibershed is a non-profit organization that supports the collaboration of small scale farmers with local artisans to generate a growing and thriving bioregional textile culture that functions hand-in-hand with principles of ecological balance, local economies, and regional organic agriculture.
Fibershed has created its first Wool & Fine Fiber Book — a collection of tactile samples showcasing our region’s wool and other fine fibers, with details about quality and availability. Fibershed is producing this series of books as part of our education and economic development programs; we seek to expand and illuminate the potentials of regional ‘soil-to-skin’ production and drive a healthy demand for fibers grown in our home communities.
“Above the Fray” traditional hill-tribe art represents the finest traditional artists who live in hill-tribe Laos and Vietnam. Hand-woven silks, cotton and hemp textiles, basketry, jewelry and other arts are as meaningful in these artists’ lives today as they have been for generations. While these artists come from a diversity of ethnicities – Tai Daeng, H’mong, Katu, Lao Loum, Dzao, Akha and others – they all share a passion, talent, and reputation for creating the highest-quality textiles and other arts using traditional materials, methods and motifs.
TEXTILE AND FIBER ARTS & ARTISTS
American Tapestry Alliance www.americantapestryalliance.org
California Rug Project www.californiarug.org
Gloria F. Ross Center for Tapestry Studies www.tapestrycenter.org
Gunta Stölzl www.guntastolzl.org
WEAVING & DYEING SUPPLIES
Dharma Trading Co. Fiber Art Supplies & Clothing Blanks since 1969
Weaving Southwest (Taos, NM; the source for the yarn I use; looms, books, gallery) www.weavingsouthwest.com
ProChemical & Dye (Somerset, MA; the source for the dyes I use)
VISIT MENDOCINO COUNTY
Visit Mendocino www.visitmendocino.com
OUTSIDE OUR LOCAL AREA – BUT OF INTEREST
The Textile Museum in Washington DC. The Textile Museum was established in 1925 by collector and connoisseur George Hewitt Myers to expand public knowledge and appreciation—locally, nationally, and internationally—of the artistic merits and cultural importance of the world’s textiles through scholarship, exhibitions, and educational programs. The Textile Museum, now part of George Washington University (GWU), is here to upend these assumptions and make textiles newly vital. The only institution of its kind in the country, it is now embedded in the footprint of a large urban university campus, has expanded its facilities to an impressive 46,000 square feet, and is now more easily accessible.
Anansevillage.com Fairtrade@anansevillage.com (707) 964-3534
Ananse Village, located on Highway One, just south of Fort Bragg is entering the fall season with a number of surprising changes. They have enlarged their retail space by almost 300%. Which of course, means a huge increase in their tantalizing inventory. This is of particular interest to textile addicts because it means more beautiful pants, tops, long and short dresses, scarves, shawls, beads and baskets. And perhaps, most wondrous of all, they have shelves and shelves of stunning, hand dyed fabrics. Of course they also carry a most unusual line of books dealing with fabrics, music, architecture, habitats and more. Alongside these items you will find musical instruments, drums and furniture, particularly from Africa. At some point this fall they will be showing and selling the amazing collection of Guatamalan textiles collected by Raffa, a much loved, recently deceased member of our coastal community.
Besides the arrival of new items, Ananse Village is preparing to offer a tantalizing new service. One of their long time employees, Sandra Lindstrom, is going to make sample garments from some of their one of a kind hand dyed fabrics. Then Ananse Village will take orders for garments made to order out of their large fabric collection. This means that we, their ardent supporters, will be able to have personally chosen fabric made into a pattern of our choice by one of the north coast’s finest seamstresses. How good can it get? We at Pacific Textile Arts, try to boast the wonders of Ananse Village at every opportunity because they are outstanding people running a unique business according to the best fair trade policies, as well as underwriting many community micro-businesses in Africa. We salute them and the work they do for humanity.