Celebrating the visual languages of PEOPLE, COMMUNITY, CULTURE, and ENVIRONMENT through the global practice of resist-dye traditions and innovations, keeping in mind authenticity, reciprocity, and networking.
Upcoming exhibition in January 2013 coming to beautiful Petaluma in northern California
4 Weavers: Contemporary Expressions of an Ancient Craft
January 11 – March 10, 2013
Reception: January 12, 2 – 4pm
Petaluma Art Center
The exhibition features multi-dimensional, textiles, clothing and costume by four contemporary artists: Candace Crockett, Ulla de Larios, Suki Russack, and Barbara Shapiro with the participation of Sandra Erickson of the Center for Pattern Design in St. Helena.
The lives and careers of these four women have intertwined for many years. Beginning as weavers, they have followed various paths in developing their art. Each has a passionate and unique involvement in the contemporary fiber arts movement. The exhibition demonstrates their commitment to labor intensive textile techniques as a means to building strong, contemporary visual statements.
Candace Crockett taught studio courses in the Art Department at San Francisco State University for thirty years. An important theme in her career involves the use of historical and ethnic techniques and imagery in fresh new ways. She works extensively with dyeing, repetition, and dimensional surfaces that absorb and reflect light.
Born and raised in Sweden, Ulla de Larios brings her early textile experiences and an American under-graduate degree in painting to her contemporary textiles describing socio-political themes. A computer aided loom has joined her Swedish looms and from these come a variety of two-and-three dimensional weavings of refined complexity and delicacy.
Suki Russack uses warp ikat double weave to create life-sized images of women that chart an internal journey of discovery. She designs clothing constructed from narrow hand woven strips of fabric as well as costumes in hand-dyed fabrics for dance productions.
Barbara Shapiro is a weaver, dyer, and basket maker who works with and teaches indigo dyeing. The study of textile traditions has informed her artistic approach to the creation of woven silk textiles and plaited and coiled three-dimensional forms. She writes on contemporary textiles for national publications and exhibits widely.
Sandra Ericson is a leading educator in the clothing and textile field, having taught the fashion design, pattern making, draping, textile and construction courses at City College of San Francisco for over 30 years. She holds both a BA and an MA Degree in Clothing and Textiles from San Jose State and San Francisco State Universities. Her personal research has led her to become one of the few experts on the work of Madeleine Vionnet, a Parisian couturier in the 1930’s. Recently, Sandra founded the Center for Pattern Design, a ‘think tank’ for pattern design.
Events, Workshop and Lecture Schedule
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2 – 4pm Opening Reception
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2 – 4pm Demonstrations by the artists in the galleries
Saturday, Feb 2, 1 – 3pm Lecture & Demonstration Warp and Weft Painting with Ulla de Larios
Saturday, Feb 16, 2 – 4pm Demonstrations in the galleries with 4 weavers and clothing designer, Sandi Ericson
Saturday, Feb 23, 9am – 4pm Workshop: Greener Indigo workshop with Barbara Shapiro
Saturday, March 2 , 1-3:30pm Workshop Draping the Vionnet bias cut skirt with Sandra Ericson
Sunday, March 10, 2 – 4pm Closing Party