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Beautiful Mess Curator Tour

TBD

Exhibition Tour: A Beautiful Mess (Weavers and Knotters of the Vanguard)

with Curator Emilee Enders

In-Person Event!
Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 10am – 12:00pm PDT
Fee: $20
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Join us for an exclusive tour of A Beautiful Mess (Weavers and Knotters of the Vanguard) with Emilee Enders, Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Bedford Gallery.

TBDFrom micro artworks the size of a hand to mammoth room-sized installations, the national roster of women artists in A Beautiful Mess pushes the boundaries of their textile-based medium. Using rope, yarn, clay and wire, these conceptual artists knot and twist their media into sculptures that range from minimal and hyper-organized to utter pandemonium. They explore personal and political ideals — order and chaos to the extreme — and freely break the rules to create their beautiful artworks. Serious about making a strong cultural and intellectual impact, this group deftly weaves their message into works that demonstrate extraordinary technical skill.

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Tapestry Weaving – A Universe

May

Valerie Kirk Floating Fossil Tapestry

Tapestry Weaving – A Universe beyond the everyday.

Presented by Valerie Kirk
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 10 am PDT

Online Presentation via Zoom

Admission: Free to TAC Members, $5 Students and members of FAMSF, $10 General Admission.

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TAC members will be automatically registered!


While studying at Edinburgh College of Art, Tapestry Department, technique was presented as a means to an end and could be personalised to work with concept, image and construction. Drawing was encouraged and considered important as a discipline and way of making ideas tangible. Through five years of deep immersion in the medium and experimentation with personal ways of working, I found my life-long passion and a creative space beyond everyday concerns.

For me, tapestry is a place where I can best express my place in the world, in time and in relationship to my environment through tactile sensibilities in a dense constructed fabric.

French painter and tapestry designer, Jean Lurçat led a 20th Century revival in tapestry and he stated: “Well, it is . . . a coarse, vigorous organic fabric . . . It is heavy with matter and heavy with meaning. But it is more, it is heavy with intentions. It is this which secures its magnificence ……” Tapestry demands full commitment from the design development through every pass of weft over warp, to the finished work. From this there is a density that comes from focused attention to detail in the weaving, making an object that embodies all that the artist weaver transfers into the work – their skills, ideas, sensibilities, aesthetic, thoughts and ideas.

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Basket Making Twist WS

April

TBD

Basket Making with a Twist

with Barbara Shapiro

Zoom Workshop
Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10am – 12:30pm PDT

Fee: $75 ($60 for TAC members: use promo code)
Deadline to register: 4/16

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We will create one or more twisted cubes. Plaiting, which we will use, is one of the four elementary structures of traditional basketry from time immemorial, along with coiling, twining, and stake-and-strand. Via Zoom, this workshop will offer a contemporary twist on a traditional open form and should engage students in further exploration. They can contain an object, like a cork, for a pleasant rattle or a personal item making them a memory box. They can add a spot of color in a grouping of objects.

Skill level: Beginner to Advanced

Class material will be purchased or provided by students. A materials list will be provided upon registration. The cost of supplies will vary depending on materials on hand and may be as high as $30.

Please note: This workshop is open to all. There is a discounted workshop price for members of the Textile Arts Council.

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Weaving, Tradition, Art and Community

March

TBD

Weaving, Tradition, Art and Community

Presented by Carol Cassidy
Saturday, March 20, 2021, 10 am PDT

Online Presentation via Zoom

Admission: Free to TAC Members, $5 Students and members of FAMSF, $10 General Admission.

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Zoom registration link will be emailed to all TAC members.


In her presentation, Carol Cassidy will reflect on the past 5 decades of her work with weaving communities, exploring traditional techniques and moving beyond tradition.

In 1990, Carol co-founded Lao Textiles, a weaving studio in Vientiane, Laos. She spent the early years of the business collecting, analyzing and replicating traditional Lao textiles, allowing her weavers to hone their technical skills and develop a deep appreciation their traditional designs and weaving techniques.

After laying a firm foundation, the Lao Textiles by Carol Cassidy aesthetic began to emerge – one that expands on tradition to blur the boundaries of fine art and functional textiles, and of contemporary and traditional design.

The artisans and the extended Lao Textiles community are included in each aspect of the business. Lao Textiles has achieved more than financial stability for the weavers. The strength and pride of the staff extends beyond the studio, into their homes and communities.

As Lao weaving and textiles became celebrated further afield, the cultural significance and respect for weaving within Laos has grown, creating a regeneration of tradition that has empowered communities across the country. Carol has taken her personal model of weaving success beyond Laos to support artisans in northern Cambodia, Rakhine state in Myanmar and Northeast India.

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Kantha In Bangladesh

Special Event,
March

TBD

Kantha In Bangladesh: From Hidden Corners to Public View

with Cathy Stevulak and Dr. Sanchita Banerjee Saxena

Film Screening and Conversation via Zoom
Sunday, March 14, 2021, 1:00pm PST

Fee: $5 TAC and FAMSF members, and members of the UC Berkeley Community, $10 General Admission

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Join us for a screening of THREADS, the documentary film telling the story of Surayia Rahman, a Bangladeshi artist, and how she transforms kantha, the traditional Bengali technique of repurposing old sarees into patchwork embroidered fabrics, into an internationally recognized art form. Today in Bangladesh kantha continues to support women’s economic opportunities and sustains artisan enterprise and the evolution of indigenous design.

Following the viewing of the film, there will be a conversation between the filmmaker, Cathy Stevulak, and Dr. Sanchita Saxena, a UC Berkeley scholar of labor rights in the garment industry. They will address the future of kantha embroidery and women artisans in Bangladesh, and the bigger question of how to preserve indigenous arts and create a sustainable future for artisans in the era of global fashion.

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Marls As Colorwork in Hand Knitting

TBD

Marls As Colorwork in Hand Knitting

with Cecelia Campochiaro

2-Day Zoom Workshop
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 (day 1), 9:00am-11:00am
Thursday, March 4, 2021 (day 2), 9:00am-11:00am

Fee: $60 (use your own materials, or kits are available for purchase) 
TAC members and up to one paying guest of a TAC member may register.
Registration closes February 22.

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Holding strands together, aka making marls, is a wonderful way to create striking handknits. Knitters of any level can use marls to add visual interest, create unique fiber blends, and make extraordinary multi-color pieces. This virtual class will cover why marls have such a distinctive look, simple color theory for marls, tips for managing multiple balls of yarn, and prototyping pieces with microswatches.

You can choose to follow along and make your own microswatches between the two sessions if you desire. A pattern will be provided for you to make your own multi-color Ella Improv Cowl (the pattern will be given to each student through Ravelry (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ella-improv) or via email if preferred ).

Skill level: Advanced beginner and beyond. Students will only have to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off.

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Curating Handmade

February

TBD

Curating Handmade: Textiles from South Asia, Past and Present

Presented by Cristin McKnight Sethi
Saturday, February 20, 2021, 10 am PST

Online Presentation via Zoom

Admission: Free to TAC Members, $5 Students and members of FAMSF, $10 General Admission. 

Zoom registration link will be sent to all TAC members.
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Cristin McKnight Sethi will discuss the new exhibition Handmade: Creating Textiles in South Asia on view at the George Washington University Museum / The Textile Museum in Washington, DC. The exhibition brings together several historical objects from South Asia in The Textile Museum Collection alongside contemporary textiles made by artisans and cooperatives working in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. To learn more about the exhibition and related programming please visit https://museum.gwu.edu/handmade-creating-textiles-south-asia.

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Designing Pieced Fabric

TBD

Designing Pieced Fabric

with Jeanie Low

2-Day Zoom Workshop
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 (day 1), 10:00am-noon
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 (day 2), 10:00am-noon

Fee: $75 which includes $25 for 2 materials kits
TAC members and up to one paying guest may register.

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This workshop will teach you a series of techniques to design unique one a kind personal fabrics for a multitude of projects, including bags, handbags, garments, pillows and table runners. Instruction includes Powerpoint slides illustrating construction, embellishments, sample layouts and notes. A copy of these slides will be sent to all participants following the workshops.
 
Both kits will be mailed 2 weeks before the first session.
 
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Prerequisite: Sewing machine and sewing machine skills 

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