July 3, 2016

California Fibers: Eclectic Threads at the Oceanside Museum of Art

California Fibers currently has an exhibit, California Fibers: Eclectic Threads, at the Oceanside Museum of Art, in Oceanside, California, through October 9. The show is in a large room upstairs in the museum, with half the walls painted black and half white, to show off the wide variety of fiber art in the exhibit.

On July 12, from 6:30 to 8 PM, there will be a "Walk and Talk with the Artists". It will be a semi- seated event, in that there will be chairs available to sit, watch, and listen, but guests will be encouraged to move around the gallery and gather with each artist near their artwork.


Chari Meyers, Tree of Life


VALYA, Speechless Scroll II


Lydia Tjioe Hall, (top to bottom) Sand Dollar, Muffled Destination, Familiar


Susan Henry, 99


Gail Fraser, Ripple Effect


Michael F. Rohde, Yanomano


Ashley V. Blalock, Keeping Up Appearances


Chari Meyers, Fracture


VALYA, I Know That He Knows That She Knows


Linda Anderson, Waiting


VALYA, Apron II


Polly Jacobs Giacchina, Spiral Progression


Doshi, Kakemono


Polly Jacobs Giacchina, Web of Textures


Lynne Hodgman, Dangling Participles


Cameron Taylor-Brown, Colors of Gujarat: Common Threads #1


Peggy Wiedemann, Happy Boy


Charlotte Bird, Who Knew? Four Inventors Who Changed Our Lives


Charlotte Bird, Who Knew? (detail)


Kathy Nida, Mammogram


Carrie Burckle, Re Bloom


Carrie Burckle, Constructed Harmony


Mary Beth Schwarzenberger, Viewpoint


Julie Kornblum, I'm Still Here


Linda Anderson, Beneath the Surface


The show is definitely worth stopping by to see, and there are three other exhibits in the museum for you to check out while you're there. 

July 10, 2015

Beyond the Boundaries Award: Michael Bill Smith

Every year, California Fibers looks for an exhibit that meets our requirements for the Beyond the Boundaries award. This year, we chose the exciting Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge exhibit at the Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon, Michigan.

The Beyond the Boundaries award is for artistic innovation in subject matter, materials, and/or technique in a national or international fiber exhibition. This year's winner, Michael Bill Smith, was chose by Extreme Fibers' jurors Ferne Jacobs and Namita Gupta Wiggers.

His piece Cardinal Sean Brady is seen below, and is created from sparkling vinyl, acrylic, metal bolts, and upholstery tacks.

Cardinal Sean Brady, 2014, 48" x 36" x 8"

The exhibit will be at the Muskegon Museum of Art opening August 20 at 5:30 and continuing through November 1. It will then be at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City, Michigan, December 6, 2015 and run through March of 2016.

June 30, 2015

California Fibers in Diverted Destruction 8: The Fabric Edition

Last Saturday was the opening of Diverted Destruction 8: The Fabric Edition at The Loft at Liz's, 453 S La Brea Ave in Los Angeles, California. California Fibers' members made up a large portion of the show, as we were challenged by gallery owner Liz Gordon to create work from recycled materials, including a lot of upholstery sample books from local stores.

The exhibit continues through September 8. There are two free workshops scheduled for Saturday, July 11 from 2-5 PM (adult), and Saturday, July 18 from 2-5 PM (family-oriented). The workshops will be facilitated by California Fibers' members. There is also an artists' talk scheduled for Wednesday, August 12, from 7-9 PM.

There's pictures of the work below, but they do not do justice to the work in real life. Make time to stop by and see the show, and enjoy the antique hardware store below that has some amazing stuff in it.

Cameron Taylor Brown, Majestic Stone: Pisac Ruins, Peru (top) and Majestic Stone: Ollantaytambo, Peru (bottom)
Cameron Taylor Brown, Majestic Stone: Pisac Market, Peru (top) and Majestic Stone: Machu Picchu, Peru (bottom)

Charlotte Bird, Travels in Space (top) and Mid Century (bottom)

Lydia Tjioe Hall, Line of Descent (left) and Carrie Burckle, Rebloom (right)

Carrie Burckle, Rebloom

Carrie Burckle, Hexagon Blues

Peggy Wiedemann, Messages; Polly Jacobs Giacchina, Protected; Julie Kornblum, I'm Still Here (l-r)

Polly Jacobs Giacchina, Protected

Julie Kornblum, I'm Still Here
Peggy Wiedemann, Messages
Lori Zimmerman, Landscape A
Lori Zimmerman, Landscape B
Lori Zimmerman, Landscape C
Lori Zimmerman, Landscape D

Lori Zimmerman, Quarter Jacket
Michael F. Rohde, Construction
Michael F. Rohde, Destruction



Lydia Tjioe Hall, Birds Eye View

Mary Beth Schwartzenberger, Inscription

Gail Fraser, Web of Threads II, Web of Threads I, and The Gathering Grounds (l-r)

Polly Jacobs Giacchina, Curvature (left) and Gail Fraser, Web of Threads II (right)

Peggy Wiedemann, Celebration

Chari Myers, Dragon Tree (left) and Dawn (right)

Susan Henry, Sunset Boulevard (top) and Diverted Business (bottom)

Susan Henry, Sunset Boulevard (top) and Diverted Business (bottom), and Chari Myers, Dusk (right)


Mary Beth Schwartzenberger, Blossom

Doshi, Mood Clown (happy side)
Gallery views follow, full of people at the opening, which is always nice. Many of the artists showed up, as you can see below.










Again, the show continues through September 8, or stop by one of the workshops or the artists' talk to see the art.