We’re in what’s called the digital or information age, though I sometimes think of it as the “you can do that on the computer” age. As an increasingly digital-dependent society we are constantly being directed to “do that on the computer,” whatever that may be: banking, shopping, “hooking up,” playing games, etc. I can see the appeal, more so now than ever, of turning to an art form, craft, or pastime that is grounded in doing things that can’t be done on the computer — one that uses natural fibers as its medium and is based in making things by hand. Eugene Textile Center fosters the fiber arts from weaving, spinning and dyeing to felting, its website says. These are techniques that the Oregon Fiber Arts Group notes have been practiced for “eons.” The Oregon Fiber Arts group, which meets at the center, is now showing work at the center’s gallery. The center is foremost a business that sells fiber … [Read more...] about Eugene Textile Center
NextFab, the for-profit cool-tools “makerspace” studio network started by Evan Malone, Ph.D. in West Philadelphia in 2009, plans to temporarily close its three-year-old, 4,000 square foot jewelry and textile studios at 1227 N. Fourth St. later this year in preparation for a move to larger quarters in a 16,000-square-foot space at 1800 N. American St. this winter. Members who need space between the shutdown and the planned new opening can rent space at NextFab’s 21,000 sq. ft. Washington Ave. tech-tools location in South Philly or its 10,000 sq. ft. Wilmington location, collect refunds, or apply the down time to future new memberships, according to NextFab. The new facility, like the 4th St. location, will be headed by jewelery-industry veteran Melilssa Guglielmo. Philadelphia has been trying to redevelop the blocks along wide American St. in the former west Kensington factory and food-industries corridor since the 1980s. Instead of the … [Read more...] about NextFab to shut 4th St. jewelry-textile makerspace, reopen at bigger site on N. American St.
Kirby Adams Louisville Courier Journal Published 11:21 p.m. UTC Jul 13, 2018 Slowly lowering a section of cream-colored silk into a dyebath made from heated marigold petals, Lupe Medina inspected the rich yellow hue overtaking the fabric. She held the material in the dark liquid a few seconds longer allowing the material to soak up more of the natural dye to achieve the vibrancy she was hoping for. "It's very relaxing in here," she said of the studio in Portland where she works with plant dye and silk. "I am happy to be learning these skills." Medina works alongside Spechelle Crowdus, artisans employed by the Anchal Project, a nonprofit based in Louisville that works to empower women worldwide through design. “These two women are proof of the transformative power art has to restore confidence and provide hope,” Anchal founder Colleen Clines said. “Every one-of-a-kind textile piece is carefully hand-crafted and … [Read more...] about These one-of-a-kind textiles are empowering Louisville women
Troy, N.Y. >> Got old clothes you want thrown out, but don’t want to end up in a landfill? There will now be several locations throughout the city to drop off these unwanted items. You can drop off all clothing, belts, blankets, curtains, drapes, gloves, hats, hand bags, paired shoes, sheets, towels, sneakers, and stuffed animals. Everything should be clean and dry, but it can be worn, ripped, or stained. The drop off locations are:• Fire Department Central Station – 2175 6th Avenue (rear alley) • Fire Department Station #1 – 115th Street and 5th Avenue Advertisement • Fire Department Station #3 – 530 Campbell Avenue • South Troy – Corner of Main Street and E. Industrial Parkway (Alamo facility) Don’t drop trash, furniture, carpets, rugs, toys, foam stuffing, diapers, mattresses, glass, metal, aluminum, or food waste. It’s free, and it’s part of the city’s new textile recycling … [Read more...] about Troy begins textile recycling program
Textile artists from around the world delve deep into their creative process to create fiber art pieces conveying their unique world vision and personal footprint. Runs through 7/10. The Santa Fe Weaving Gallery debuts its first Artist Invitational since 2014. Textile artists from around the world are delving deep into their creative process to create one of a kind fiber art pieces that convey each artists’ unique world vision and personal footprint in cloth. Opening reception for the Invitational Show, entitled “Visionary Textiles: Looking Inward,” is on June 27th, 5-7 pm, at Santa Fe Weaving Gallery, 124 ½ Galisteo St., Santa Fe, NM. The show will be on display through July 10, 2018. … [Read more...] about Visionary Textiles: Looking Inward