Textiles News

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.

Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by Jim Norrena

CCA's spring School to Market course is offered as part of the interdisciplinary craft curriculum initiative and is cotaught by David Cole (Jewelry / Metal Arts Program) and Anne Wolf (Textiles Program).

Now in its fifth year, the School to Market workshop represents a partnership between CCA and the American Craft Council to help bring hands-on entrepreneurial experience to young makers working in craft media.

American Craft Council Show

Over the course of the semester, the faculty members guide students through the process of producing, displaying, and then exhibiting their their fine craft works and that of their peers at the prestigious American Craft Council Show held July 31 through August 2 at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion in San Francisco.

Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 by Laura Braun

“Learn to knit a variety of stitch structures and create samples in the form of swatches: stripes, simple pointelle/lace stitches, hems and welts, basic cables. As a final project, students may choose to knit a simple top, for which the instructor will provide a demonstration and instructions.”

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Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

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.

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.



Textiles Studios

California College of the Arts

Oakland Campus

5212 Broadway

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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.

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“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.

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.

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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.

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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.”

Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Kate Nartker weaving on the TC-1 jacquard loom in the CCA Textiles Studios, 2014

The Textiles Program is pleased to announce the creation of the Lia Cook Jacquard Weaving Residency, named in honor of internationally known artist, weaver, and long-time CCA Textiles faculty member Lia Cook.

About Kate Nartker

Kate Nartker (MFA 2012) was the first artist in residence when the residency was established in the spring of 2014.

She works between animation and textiles to disassemble images, narrative, and material structures. 

Nartker is a lecturer in the Art Department at San Francisco State University and is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery.

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