WHEN you are a practicing alchemist, as Sasha Duerr is, strangers will often ask you to demonstrate your powers by heating up a caldron in the yard. It’s a living, and Ms. Duerr is usually happy to give it a try. On a recent Monday afternoon, she had arranged to spark up three propane camp stoves and scavenge a few things to boil.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2012 by Allison Byers
Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook
Digital, 20 pages, free
This catalogue documents the work done in Sasha Duerr's (Textiles and Fine Arts faculty and MFA 2003) fall 2011 Craft Lab course, a cross-pollination of textile, fashion, and environmental systems thinking, inspired by ecological principles found in permaculture and regenerative design applied to restoration, repair, and its inherent connection to "craft."Read the rest
Posted on Friday, January 27, 2012 by Molly Mitchell
A CCA student greets visitors to the School to Market booth at the 2012 American Craft Council Show at Fort Mason.
California College of the Arts and the American Craft Council have in common a passion for furthering craft education and mentoring young makers.
It’s no surprise that CCA and the ACC have over the past years joined forces to produce a number of programs geared toward the practice and business of making and selling craft.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Cory Gunter Brown and Cassidy Hope Wright founded The Moon, a self-described "slow fashion" boutique and design studio in 2007
This is the first installment in a series of artist profiles that depicts CCA's connection to the Oakland Art Murmur -- in particular to 25th Street in downtown Oakland, where in almost any given gallery, shop, or studio, artists from California College of the Arts are making their living in the arts. Collectively, they are changing the cultural landscape of Oakland, elevating its reputation as one of today’s most talked-about art scenes.
Earlier this summer, while walking along 25th Street between Broadway and Telegraph avenues in downtown Oakland, I found myself appreciating a discernible shift in the neighborhood's appearance. It used to be only abandoned warehouses and defunct automotive repair shops comprised the city blocks in this area (the result of 1989's Loma Prieta earthquake, which took its toll on an already economically depressed downtown Oakland).
Yet now, slowly, one by one, this same area seems to be the impetus for an appreciable spate of creative businesses and artist live/work spaces.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Happy Earth Day, CCA!
California College of the Arts is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review, an education service that helps students select and apply to colleges.
CCA's inclusion in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition reinforces the college's reputation as an exemplary institution of higher education committed to sustainability.
The Guide to 311 Green Colleges, the first and only free comprehensive college guidebook to focus solely on high-ranking U.S. colleges and universities, showcases outstanding commitments to environmental sustainability in and out of the classroom (e.g., environmentally related practices, policies, and academic offerings). The 220-page guide contains profiles of 308 institutions of higher education in the United States and three in Canada, all of which demonstrate a significant commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook
The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes
Timber Press, 2011
Paperback, 172 pages, $19.95
Buttery yellow from garden weeds or gorgeous garnet-red dye from flowers -- achieving stunning colors for your fabric, yarn, and other natural materials is almost as easy as boiling water, with ingredients as close as your spice cabinet and as plentiful as fallen leaves on an autumn day. Through step-by-step instructions and color-saturated photographs, textile designer and CCA faculty member and MFA alum Sasha Duerr explains the basics of making and using natural plant dye, from gathering materials and making the dyes to simple ideas for how to use them.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, October 1, 2010 by Samantha Braman
Posted on Thursday, September 2, 2010 by Jason Engelund
This spring (2012) Anne Wolf will collaborate with the Zen Hospice Project of San Francisco to teach her course "Presence and Absence," which is part of the college's ENGAGE at CCA initiative. Students enrolled in the course will focus their studies on end-of-life care, as they create a series of memorial pillows for the organization's newly renovated Guest House.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook
Clotaire Bazile is a Vodou priest, a healer, and one of Haiti's most famous flag makers. CCA's Textiles Program will bring him to campus in April as part of its Masters of Tradition series. Starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, the Oliver Art Center on the Oakland campus will host a public exhibition of Bazile's sequined Vodou flags and a slide lecture by Susan Tselos, an expert on Haitian sacred art, followed by a question-and-answer session with Bazile and Tselos and a reception with Haitian music and dance.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2010 by Sarah Owens
CCA alumna and ceramicist Diana Fayt (Ceramics 1992) works out of a sunny studio in San Francisco's Bayview / Hunters Point district. Born in Sunnyvale, California, to a Hungarian family of craftspeople and circus performers, Diana is the first person in her family to attend college.
Always open to new opportunities, her path to success has been winding and filled with good friends and fortune.Read the rest
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