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
Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Allison Byers
Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook
2012 SECA Art Award: Zarouhie Abdalian, Josh Faught, Jonn Herschend, David Wilson
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.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook
Scrape the Willow Until It Sings
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.Read the rest
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:
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.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 by Rachel Walther
The Berkeley studio of Textiles faculty member Lia Cook is furnished with every tool a textile artist could want, from the cutting-edge to the antique. A Mac computer displaying MRI images rests five feet away from a two-story Jacquard loom manufactured in 1900, and in between are a dozen spools of vivid pink, red, and yellow thread.
In order to create her woven pieces, whose dimensions range from eight inches to seven feet, Cook draws upon 40 years of professional experience in which she has developed a unique, hybrid workflow that incorporates the digital, the mechanized, and the handmade.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Jim Norrena
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design announced in April that Hilary Sanders and Michael Esteban, two recent Jewelry / Metal Arts alumni, both were awarded a 2013 Windgate Fellowship, bringing to five the total number to date of Windgate Fellowships awarded to CCA students since the award's inception.
The fellowship selection process presents a “rare opportunity to survey the best and brightest emerging makers in the field of craft.” It also gives these emerging artists both the validation and financial resources to pursue their dreams.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Rachel Walther
Alumna Mary Meyer (Painting 2001) was born and raised in California, but her affinity for the East Coast eventually drew her to New York, and she's never looked back.
Today she owns and operates Mary Meyer Clothing, a storefront shop in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn and a wholesale business. She produces and sells clothing of her own design, and also represents several other independent designers.
Her work is a mixture of organic and angular -- natural fabrics with sharp angles and bold shapes.
Meyer credits the success of her company to the enthusiasm for experimentation and innovation fostered during her years at CCA.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 by Allison Byers
Textiles instructor Sasha Duerr (center) and Local Wisdom students (photo: Jim Norrena)
This spring, CCA Fashion Design students addressed questions about garment use while participating in Local Wisdom, an ongoing international fashion research project that examines how we use, share, and engage with our clothes.
Several student projects selected as finalists will be featured in spring 2014 in a participatory symposium and exhibition in London, along with work from six other international design schools.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by Allison Byers
The events will feature a UC Berkeley chemistry professor, textile activists, and even an exhibit produced by textile-art students from the California College of the Arts, bringing a variety of perspectives to the table as a reflection of the diverse community formed around the plants. "We wanted to make it more of a festival per se, celebrating this stuff, rather than just a static and distant exhibit," Natarajan said.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Jim Norrena
Textiles faculty member Lia Cook (photo: Liz Hafalia, SF Chronicle)
As an award-winning textile artist and longtime professor at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, Berkeley resident Lia Cook admits to a slight bias about the importance of craft to a person's emotional well-being.
"We're a visually oriented culture, one in which other senses aren't emphasized," she says. "But using your hands to make something is part of what it means to be human."Read the rest