Textiles News

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

2012 SECA Art Award: Zarouhie Abdalian, Josh Faught, Jonn Herschend, David Wilson
SFMOMA, 2013
Paperback, 40 pages, $9.95

Three of the four winners of the 2012 SECA Art Award are CCA affiliates: Zarouhie Abdalian (MFA 2010) is an alumna, Josh Faught is on the Textiles faculty, and Jonn Herschend is a former faculty member and visiting artist. The award, given every two years by SFMOMA, honors Bay Area artists.

This SECA exhibition catalogue features interviews and texts by the award curators Jenny Gheith and Tanya Zimbardo (MA Curatorial Practice 2005), documentation of the commissions, and illustrations of previous work.

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Scrape the Willow Until It Sings
Heyday, 2013
Paperback, 288 pages, $35

Winner of the Commonwealth Club's California Book Award Gold Medal for Contributions to Publishing!

Over the last 50 years of diligent study and experimentation, Julia Parker (CCA Honorary Doctorate 2006) has emerged as one of the preeminent Native American basket makers of California. Distinguished Coast Miwok-Kashaya Pomo elder and longtime resident of Yosemite Valley, Parker is a prolific artist, teacher, and storyteller. Her body of work confirms that Native basketry is a thriving, ever-changing art form and a vital component of contemporary cultural production.

Alongside Parker's sensitively photographed work, the basket maker's words are stitched throughout with essays by the artist and scholar Deborah Valoma, chair of CCA’s Textiles Program. Valoma describes the historical and philosophical implications of basketry from a non-Native perspective. Basing her work on rigorous scholarship and a long-term personal relationship between author and artist, Valoma peels back cultural assumptions about Native American basketry to reveal the relevance of Parker’s embodied philosophies of thinking and making in the twenty-first century.

Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Three members of the CCA community have been awarded the 2012 SECA Art Award (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's biennial award program honoring Bay Area artists:

Zarouhie Abdalian (MFA 2010); Oakland-based New Orleans native and installation artist

Josh Faught, Textiles, MFA faculty; St. Louis-born, San Francisco-based textile artist

Jonn Herschend, former faculty member and visiting artist; Missouri native and video artist

Considering the fact only four artists (of 250 recommended by Bay Area curators, gallerists, professors, previous winners, and SECA members) are selected to receive the SECA Art Award, it's fair to say CCA artists dominated the awards -- including the fact the exhibition was co-curated by alumna Tanya Zimbardo (Curatorial Practice 2005), the assistant curator of media arts at SFMOMA.

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