Textiles News

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 by Becky Ruden

Artist and writer Indira Allegra weaves words, videos and performance into tapestries both physical and metaphorical. It’s almost impossible to succinctly describe Allegra’s practice, but in this and many other arenas, she’s the best one for the job: “I explore themes of tension and intimacy through text/ile performance,” she says.

Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017 by Laura Braun

Jacques studied fashion design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for two years, then transferred to California College of the Arts in Oakland, California, where she focused on textiles and sustainability.
During her studies, she took a natural dye course and fell in love.

Posted on Monday, March 13, 2017 by Laura Braun

Although Gravel & Gold owners Holly Samuelsen (Textiles 2008) and Tomra Palmer focus on modern silhouettes, their textile designs are influenced by 20th century Vienna collective Wiener Werkstätte and the British Omega Workshops, along with midcentury Finnish textile design. “We’re always looking back, particularly at the last century moving toward modernism,” Samuelsen says.

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Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017 by Laura Braun

At California College of the Arts, I originally thought I wanted to do fashion design, but I realized there wasn’t enough creative room. I wanted to do more sculptural stuff. The program made sure you could successfully start a fashion line, but I just wanted to make weird things. I took textiles and painting classes, where they were open to costumes, stuffing things, and beading, and I found my place. I didn’t want to rely on painting as my full income, and I didn’t want to compromise or be a starving artist, so I started designing textiles and making bags and clothes, my own line.

Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017 by Laura Braun

Elizabeth Eakins is a textile designer and steward of the environment. She is the founder of Elizabeth Eakins Inc., a textile company that produces hand-woven rugs and fabrics from natural fibers. When she landed in New York City in 1978, Elizabeth Eakins, a Pittsburgh native and graduate of the prestigious California College of Arts & Crafts, had simple expectations. “I thought ‘I’ll just be the rug lady—the person that people want to come to and get rugs,’” says Eakins, who learned to weave when she was 11 years old.

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 by Laura Kenney

Natural Color: Vibrant Plant Dye Projects for Your Home and Wardrobe
Ten Speed Press / Watson-Guptill, 2016
Hardcover, 272 pages, $30

Organized by season, this book by Textiles faculty member Sasha Duerr is a guide to the full range of available plant dyes -- drawn from commonly found fruits, flowers, trees, and herbs -- with accompanying projects.

Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 by Laura Braun

From 1942 to 1944, Sekimachi and her first-generation Japanese-American parents were interned at detention camps in California and Utah. While there, Sekimachi took painting and origami classes. After the war, she studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now the California College of the Arts).

Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by Laura Braun

Harness Mother Nature’s color palate in “Natural Color: Vibrant Plant Dye Projects for Your Home and Wardrobe”(Watson-Guptill Publications, $30). Author Sasha Duerr, a Bay-area textile artist and California College of the Arts professor, highlights her favorite techniques for using everyday plants to create unique clothing, accessories and home decor. Projects are divvied up by season and preceded by a guide to best practices for successful and safe dyeing.

Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2016 by Laura Braun

Sekimachi’s works are part of a larger movement of fiber arts, which developed in the 1960s as textile artists began using fiber to create sculptural, non-utilitarian forms. Though she learned the foundations of weaving at Berkeley Adult School, her weaving techniques were radically transformed in 1955 after taking courses at the California College of the Arts and Crafts with influential textile artist Trude Guermonprez who had taught at innovative craft-focused institutions such as Black Mountain College and Pond Farm.

Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016 by Jim Norrena

CCA students from the spring 2016 EcoTAP Soil to Studio course, taught by organic dye expert and Textiles Program faculty member Sasha Duerr, are seeing their work -- in the form of costumes made from natural dyed fabrics -- performed on stage by Bay Area site-specific theater company We Players.