San Francisco-born Japanese artist Kay Sekimachi has created a beautiful set of leaf bowl sculptures using skeletons of actual maple leaves. The artist added Kozo paper, watercolor and Krylon coating to the leaves to create these ethereal works of art. Sekimachi studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland from 1946 to 1949. She's best known for her labor intensive loom works.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by Laura Braun
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 by Em Meine
Presented by the CCA Textiles Program Lecture Series
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Voices of Industry creates hand woven garments and textiles from 100% domestic fiber, farmed and spun in the U.S. Adele Stafford launched this project in 2013 and hand weaves each piece on her Ahrens Violette mechanical dobby loom in San Francisco.
California College of the Arts
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Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Laura Braun
From the Serpent & Bow blog
When Rachel Blodgett (Textiles/Printmaking, 2011) first arrived at CCA’s Oakland campus, she knew she had found her place. As someone drawn to history and nature, the century-old college and its foliage-laden campus instantly called to her.
In fact, the lush landscape of the campus served as an impetus for her fascination with dyes, which inspired her to launch Serpent & Bow, a full-fledged online business specializing mainly in sustainable indigo-dyed lingerie.
“The Oakland campus felt magical and it just felt like home to me. I enjoyed taking the shuttle between campuses. My first year I took Fashion [Design] and had to get up early and it was just really beautiful,” says Blodgett.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Laura Braun
She earned a bachelor's degree in English and psychology and a master's in counseling from the University of Michigan and later moved to the Bay Area, where she studied textile design at the California College of the Arts in Oakland and worked as a therapist. At one point, she took a class in perfumery and was hooked; soon she was experimenting with essential oils, researching the origins of perfume in the ancient world and tracking down rare materials.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 by Laura Braun
She was plucked from her master's program at the California College of the Arts to set up new Jacquard curricula at the Chicago Institute of Art, where she was a tenured professor until a few years ago. Her work has been included at exhibitions at numerous museums, including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art's Renwick Gallery.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, August 4, 2014 by Laura Braun
Meredith Brion is studying textiles at California College of the Arts, so it makes sense that when she describes her tank, she goes into colorful detail on its weight and the images it inspires (see below). The East Coast native considers her style low-key, and an extension of her mood and how it changes. “I was a tomboy growing up, so I think most of the time I’m channeling that essence or chance of me getting my hands dirty,” Brion says. ” I bike a lot, so that’s also a consideration.”Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by Laura Braun
Serpent & Bow use sustainably sourced fabrics and natural dyes such as indigo to create these handcrafted textiles and fashion items that evoke mythical mer-people. Founded by Rachel Blodgett and Julian Farmar-Bowers, from Northern California, the pair studied at California College of the Arts. While Rachel studied textiles, Julian studied printmaking, and began developing this combined interest in creating beautiful, hand-painted garments that, according to them, honors nature, their source.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 by Rachel Walther
Norval Gill (Art Education 1937) was born in Stockton in 1914. He began his artistic career during the Great Depression, and today, approaching his second century of life, he is still working and enjoying his craft.
Along the way he was on the Federal Art Project, worked as an illustrator and draftsman at an aircraft company, and has been a teacher, a graphic designer, a painter, a sculptor, and a devoted family man.
Gill is reluctant to differentiate between art for illustration, exhibition, personal enjoyment, and advertising. “I’ve always felt that art is art, and art that is done for a particular purpose does not make it less worthwhile.”
His influences have included the writings and philosophy of the British type designer and sculptor Eric Gill as well as his CCA(C) professor Glenn Wessels, who first exposed him to Lewis Mumford’s book Technics and Civilization and connected him with the Federal Art Project after graduation.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 by Deborah Valoma
Mariano Sosa Martinez and Rafaela Ruiz Guetierrez demonstrate at the Textile Futures public demonstration at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum. Photo by Sita Bhaumik
CCA's Textiles Program hosted two respected members of the artist collective Centro de Arte Textil Zapoteco Bii Dauu -- Mariano Sosa Martinez and Rafaela Ruiz Gutierrez -- for its 2014 biennial event, Textile Futures 2014: Conversations Around the Dye Pot.
Textiles Futures promotes cross-cultural and cross-generational dialog geared toward locating and expanding the rhetoric around textile sensibilities and practices.
This year the CCA Textiles Program collaborated with artist and curator David Wilson with his ongoing project The Possible at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Allison Byers
Clothes manufacturing and design is entering a phase similar to what food experienced in the 1970s. Spurred by the naturally available flora of Northern California, and led by the idiosyncratic political enthusiasms of the people who live there, there's a slow movement toward wearing and manufacturing sustainable clothes and linens. Duerr has taught a class at the California College of the Arts on how to color clothing without using industrial materials. Her nonprofit Permacouture Institute hopes to spread that gospel to public schools as well.Read the rest