Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Past event: Indigo dye workshop in San Francisco, July 12, 2015

Indigo To Go Workshop

with Joy-Lily

Sunday July 12, 2015; 12 - 4 PM 
Location:   Sharon Art Studio in Golden Gate Park  

Cost:  $75 ($65 if you are a member of the Sharon Art Center)  plus $20 materials fee

Discover how easy it is to mix up and use and maintain a dye vat of pre-reduced indigo. Watch your cloth turn blue in the air, like magic. Create dramatic, colorfast, indigo blue and white patterns on your clothing, quilt fabric, and home decor. Bring your own white items to dye: T-shirts, socks, pillowcases, tea towels, etc. Class will be held outdoors under a canopy. 

Sign up online at http://www.sfreconline.org course code 40892,  or call 415-753-7004

Photos: dyed socks; pole-dyed fabric; scarves with stitched shibori designs.

-- RH

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Your Artwork in a BART Station?

At the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland on Friday night (right at the 14th Street BART station entrance), I picked up a flyer about workshops for artists that are being sponsored by BART for this subway art project. Two workshops are already scheduled: July 8 at the Joyce Gordon Gallery, and July 18 at ProArts Gallery. Contact Abby Thorne-Lyman (athorne@bart.gov) and check the website, http://www.bart.gov/art. Additional workshops are planned, and the flyer notes in English, Spanish, and three other languages (I'm guessing Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Korean), "If you need language assistance services, please call (510) 464-6752 at least 72 hours prior to the date of the event."

I have no idea if they're interested in textile art, but I'm sure a quilt could be the basis for a piece of more crowd-safe artwork.

-- Rachel Holmen

P.S.  The Alice Beasley talk on Friday was wonderful, and the artwork will be up for another few weeks.  This show is easy to get to, and it's well worth your trouble.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Past Event: Alice Beasley Speaks Friday in Oakland

Alice Beasley has exhibited her quilts at many of EBHQ's "Voices in Cloth" shows.  She has a current show at the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland.  The gallery is holding a special event from 6 to 9 pm this Friday as part of this exhibit.  Ms. Beasley will be speaking at the gallery this Friday at 7 pm; her talk will be moderated by Nancy Bavor, who is the  Curator of Collections at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

The exhibit, entitled "Loss: Public/Private", examines absence and loss in both our private (life, aging, loneliness); and in our public lives (voting rights, gun violence, global financial crisis).

The Joyce Gordon Gallery is located at 406 14th St. in downtown Oakland; the gallery phone number is (510) 465-8928.  

-- Rachel Holmen