Textile Futures 2014: Conversations Around the Dye Pot

Presented by the Textiles Program
April 6, 2014 12:15 pm
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum | 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Demonstration, panel discussion, and reception are open to the public with admission to the museum. (No reservation required.)
English-Spanish interpretation provided
More info: Deborah Valoma, dvaloma@cca.edu

As a part of the Textile Futures series, the Textiles Program at California College of the Arts will host artists Mariano Sosa Martinez and Rafaela Ruiz Gutierrez -- two highly respected members of artist collective Centro de Arte Textil Zapoteco Bii Dauu, located in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Textile Futures

The Textiles Futures series (formerly Masters of Tradition) promotes cross-cultural and cross-generational dialog geared toward locating and expanding the rhetoric around textile sensibilities and practices. 

In recent years the Textiles Program has featured

Yasuo Nakajima, a traditional indigo dyer from Japan (2006)
Julia Parker; a Coast Miwok/Kashaya Pomo basketmaker (2008)
Clotaire Bazille, a Haitian Vodou priest and sequins flag maker (2010)
Nia Fliam and Agus Ismoyo, Indonesian batik artists from Yogyakarta, Java (2012)

This year, the CCA Textiles Program collaborates with guest curator David Wilson in his ongoing project “The Possible” at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum

Natural Dye Demonstration

Noon–2 p.m.
Mariano Sosa Martinez and Rafaela Ruiz Gutierrez offer a public demonstration of natural-dye techniques from the Oaxaca region of Mexico.

Panel Discussion

2–3 p.m.
A panel discussion on the resurgence of traditional natural-dye practices in both Oaxaca and the United States follows on the Fritz Haeg rug. 

Additional panelists include Sasha Duerr, artist, faculty member at CCA, and author of The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes; Deborah Valoma, artist, chair of the CCA Textiles Program, and author of Scrape the Willow Until It Sings: The Work and Words of Basket Maker Julia Parker; and Sita Bhaumik, writer and interdisciplinary artist.

Artist Reception

3–4 p.m.