Cool? Relevant? Jacquard weaving? Janice Everett will explain
June 16, 2009

Photocollage by Janice Everett

Photocollage by Janice Everett

Janice Everett, a fabric artist, textile designer, consultant, teacher, and longtime friend, will give a talk about the history — and contemporary relevance — of Jacquard weaving, this Sunday, June 21, at Proteus Gowanus gallery in Brooklyn. Visit the gallery’s website for details.

Janice will discuss and use samples of historical and contemporary Jacquard textiles to show the connection between the Jacquard loom’s punch card system, the development of computer technology (remember that computers once filled entire rooms, used punch cards, and actually did use tubes?), and the use of computer-generated imagery in the work of such contemporary artists and designers as Lia Cook, Kiki Smith, and Chuck Close.

Coincidentally, Chuck Close’s remarkable Jacquard-woven tapestries are currently on exhibit at the Pace Wildenstein 25th St. gallery in NYC, but only until Saturday.


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Film showing: Crafts of Bhutan (including weaving and dyeing)
December 5, 2008

Bhutan is a kingdom in the Himalayas and next Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 1 PM, the Rubin Museum of Art and the New York Guild of Handweavers will present the film, “Traditional Crafts of Bhutan Part I.” After the screening, Nell Znamierowski, my friend and fellow NewYork Guild member, will moderate a discussion.

Nell Znamierowski taught at NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology for many years and is the author of “Step-by-Step Weaving: A Complete Introduction to the Craft of Weaving”.

For complete information, go to the Rubin Museum website, www.rmanyc.organd there’s a link to the New York Guild of Handweavers at the bottom of this page.

Last call: African textiles PLUS
December 3, 2008

Detail of a Xenobia Bailey work

Detail of a Xenobia Bailey work

I learned from Holland Cotter’s art review in the NY Times today that there is another exhibition at NYU in conjunction with the African textiles exhibition, “The Poetics of Cloth,” that I mentioned in my Weave of the week #9.

The exhibition, “S&M: Shrines and Masquerades in Cosmopolitan Times,” is a mixed-media group show that sounds interesting and provocative, but it also got my attention because it includes a piece by Xenobia Bailey. I first became aware of Ms. Bailey’s work after seeing her impressive fiber structure, “Sistah Paradise’s Great Walls of Fire Revival Tent” at the Brooklyn Museum in 2006 (detail above).

You can see her current piece on the exhibition’s website: www.nyu.edu/pages/galleries/eighty/s&m_index.html .

Both exhibitions close this Saturday, December 6.