Sheng Lor, HopeCRAFT’s master weaver, has been weaving with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities for five years. She discusses the role that weaving plays in the lives of people with special needs and how weaving can be adapted to a variety of needs, and shares some of her favorite woven works by individuals with developmental disabilities.
This talk is designed to help fiber artists feel more comfortable making fearless choices when using color in their work by paying attention to the colors around them. In addition to digital images, Kathrin will have samples of weaving and dye work. https://blazingshuttles.com/
While schoolteachers in Indonesia, Margaret and Curtis Clemson fell in love with Indonesian textiles. They began learning about, and collecting, the textiles, traveling to different islands to acquire pieces employing specific textile techniques. Now they are prominent collectors and vendors of Indonesian textiles, with their own company called, “Dancing Threads.“ Each year, they travel from their New Mexico home to San Francisco for the Tribal and Textile Arts Show, where they exhibit and sell pieces from their collection. The Clemsons have agreed to stay on for a few days after the show to bring a part of their collection to Black Sheep and to tell us about it. You will be amazed!
Come one, Come ALL! to our annual potluck Holiday Dinner on December 21st. Please bring a favorite potluck dish (with an ingredients label for those with food allergies) and/or beverage to share, and join us early as we will begin setting up our potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m.
We’ll dig into the bounty beginning about 6:30 p.m. Plates, eating utensils, napkins, and glasses will be provided, but members are encouraged to provide their own mugs.
Expect a charming evening filled with joyous fun, delicious food and delightful entertainment – the suspenseful and hilarious gift exchange during which we’ve gotten many giggles and squeals! Please bring a wrapped, untagged gift (fiber-related gifts are always nice) with a suggested value in the $15 – $20 range.
If you have any holiday tablecloths or table-top decorations you might be able to loan for this even please contact Melanie.
As Bay Area residents, we are all aware of the environment, and we work hard as individuals to do our part to walk gently on the earth. But we are all textile creators and users. What do we do with textile waste?
Dr. Connie Ulasewicz, the Chair of the Department of Family Interiors Nutrition and Appparel at San Francisco State University, pursued that question in a uniquely San Francisco way. She sought to find out what happens to the many textiles – sheets, towels, tablecloths and other items – used by the tourist and conference industry in the Bay Area, when they have worn out and must be discarded.
She and her colleague, Dr. Hamid Khani, Professor in the Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts Department, produced a video that explores this issue.
At our November 16th meeting, Dr. Ulasewicz will be with us for the screening of the video and to discuss with us the issue of sustainability in textiles.
One of Ulla’s Crossings pieces is included in a show called Migration in Art Works Downtown in San Rafael. http://www.artworksdowntown.org/exhibits/current/1337-current
To see Ulla’s work go to her website: http://www.ulladelarios.com/
This low-key summer meeting is a “Stitch and Bitch” concept, applied to our own range of fiber art. Bring something to the meeting you’d like to work on or play with or show off, or explain why it’s worth doing, or ask the gathering of experts for advice on … You get the picture. It is play and sharing and community in a relaxed summer mode. We’ll have refreshments too, and won’t stay late.
Tonight’s program will be held at Redwood City’s Veteran’s Memorial Senior Center, located at 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City. We’ll gather there after our meeting room, the Gold Start Room, doors open at 6:45 pm, and officially begin at 7:15 even though we’ll be very informal.
We’ll make reservations for dinner at 5:30 pm at the Redwood Grill. Its address is 356 Woodside Plaza, Woodside Rd., Redwood City, but you may find it simpler to look for it in that shopping center, at the corner of Massachusetts Ave and Woodside Rd. It is only a few blocks from the Senior Center and has plenty of parking.