Textiles News

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.

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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 news, which USA Today reported Wednesday, April 20, arrives just in time for today's Earth Day celebration—and brings to a close CCA's Earth Week festivities with a remarkable bang!

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.

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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.

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Posted on Friday, October 1, 2010 by Samantha Braman

From Bridget Riley to Gustav Klimt to Vivienne Westwood: What could they possibly have in common, you might ask? All are fodder for the active imagination and globe-trotting practice of textile artist Morgan Bajardi (Textiles 2009).

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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.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Clotaire Bazile with one of his sequined flagsView slideshow 

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.

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Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2010 by Sarah Owens

Diana in her studioView slideshow 

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.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 by Jim Norrena

The 14th Annual Yozo Hamaguchi Winners
2009 Printmaking Scholarship Awards

The 2009 Hamaguchi Awards exhibition is scheduled for August 27 through September 9 in the Isabelle Percy West Gallery on the Oakland campus.

The six undergraduates listed below each received a $2,500 tuition scholarship.

  • Julian Farmar-Bowers
  • Adam Gersh
  • Sam Handleman
  • Will Manville
  • Fonda Murray
  • June Yoon

The 2009 jury committee

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Posted on Monday, June 8, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

California College of the Arts is pleased to host A Lady Found a Culture in Its Cloth: Barack Obama's Mother and Indonesian Batiks, June 18-21, on CCA's San Francisco campus (1111 Eighth Street, at 16th and Wisconsin). The show will feature 20 large fabrics and two scarves from the batik collection of Ann Dunham, President Barack Obama's late mother. The collection has been in storage for many years and this is a valuable opportunity for the public to see it.

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Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

A student works in the garden

Fast food generally isn't healthy. But it is easy, quick, and cheap.

You could say the same about the synthetic chemical dyes that are used to color our clothes. And just as the "slow food" movement first took hold in the Bay Area—where the population is more socially sensitive, health conscious, and willing to experiment—the Bay Area is also home to the "slow textiles" movement, promoting sustainable, whole-systems thinking in the realms of textiles and fashion.

Sasha Duerr has emerged as a key player in this.

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