Textiles News

Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 by Deborah Valoma

Tali Weinberg, California Drought Portrait (1895–2014), 2015

The CCA Textiles Program was pleased to host Tali Weinberg as the 2015–16 Lia Cook Jacquard Artist in Residence.

As a part of her residency in October 2015, Weinberg worked in the CCA Textiles Studios on the TC-1 jacquard loom, publicly lectured on her work, and participated in critique in Josh Faught's Zeros and Ones digital weaving course.

Her work was exhibited as a part of the Textiles Program's 12th annual exhibition #CCATEXTSTYLING in January 2016.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

Having survived her family’s internment at the Topaz War Relocation Centerin Utah, Sekimachi immediately knew what her future held the moment she witnessed a weaving class as a student at the then-California College of Arts and Crafts, post-World War II.

Posted on Friday, April 1, 2016 by Laura Braun

Truong studied photography and textile art at the California College of the Arts, which has campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, and received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 2010. “The Oakland campus of CCA is a hub for arts and crafts, and during school I became very inspired by nature and working with textiles,” said Truong.

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Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Carole Beadle, Funnelling Life, 1999View slideshow 

The Museum of Craft and Design is pleased to present Lies that Tie: Carole Beadle and Lia Cook, opening on Saturday, April 9, 2016, and on display through August 7.

Organized in collaboration with California College of the Arts (CCA) on the occasion of Carole Beadle’s and Lia Cook’s retirement from tenure as faculty members in the college’s renowned Textiles Program, this exhibition explores the far-reaching impact of these two artists’ illustrious studio and teaching practices, which have helped forge innovations in the field and shape contemporary ideas of the handmade.

Key contributors to the revolutionary fiber art movement of the 1970s, Beadle and Cook have helped CCA to build one of the premier fine arts-oriented textile programs in the country.

For more than four decades, their aesthetic legacy has rippled outward to hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students at the college, many of whom, in turn, have launched prominent careers of their own.

Posted on Friday, March 25, 2016 by Chris Bliss

In today’s world, across every imaginable industry, there’s a growing demand for creative people. Skilled artists are needed who can bring to the table an entrepreneurial spirit, unique problem-solving skills, and a hacker/DIY mentality.

Fine arts graduates can be found at the cutting edge of creative solutions, working in industry and in the community, and founding partnerships and enterprises of their own.

Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2016 by Laura Braun

While finishing her Master’s at California College of the Arts in 2012, Amy performed in a former sweatshop in San Francisco that had been raided by the INS. “The people in there were sick. They were not there on their own free will at all,” says Keefer. The space was in a windowless basement, locked from the outside, and still had hatch marks on the walls (to count items sewn, Keefer guesses). There were slats in the stairs where the workers slept during breaks from making typical tourist sweatshirts printed with the Golden Gate Bridge.

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 by Laura Braun

They invited Kokin to speak as part of their annual lecture series Saturday at the Santa Museum of Art and History. Renowned for her mixed media work, Kokin lives and works in El Sobrante in Contra Costa County and received her bachelor’s and master’s from the California College of the Arts in Oakland.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 by Laura Braun

Lee’s own introduction to this lineage was at California College of the Arts (at that time, California College of Arts and Crafts, or CCAC), where he studied in the early ’90s with Suzanne Lacy, a performance artist and pioneer of socially engaged art. Lacy had been a student of Allen Kaprow, who is credited with inventing the Happening.

Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Textiles are my life, not only because of my cultural heritage but due to my family background as well. My mother’s family has been making traditional Mexican cloth dolls for 40 years; I grew up in Mexico City surrounded by colorful fabrics and ribbons. I wanted to do art using the materials and techniques I was raised with: not design, not the textile industry. 

My dad is an actor, and he introduced me to the art world. He is a storyteller in his own way, and I guess that’s why I love stories so much; I think everyone has something interesting to say, and the use of narrative in my work is fundamental.

It is odd that even though we have a rich textile culture in Mexico, there’s no program focused on textiles seen as fine art. I was very disappointed and thought about studying something else after high school, but my mom said that I needed to expand my search and look for other schools outside the country.

I was thrilled to discover CCA, and I’ve been very happy here—it has been a whole new experience, and the Textiles Program is amazing.





Posted on Monday, November 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

That is the gist of the current interactive performance installation “Sonic Blossom,”conceived by the Taiwanese-born artist Lee Mingwei, formerly resident in New York, now in Paris. The spare physical elements — a chair; a delicate stand for the small speaker system placed behind the singer, replacing live piano; exotic cloaks for the vocalists — are all of Mr. Lee’s design.