Loom and Shuttle Guild



de Young Museum ( http://deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions)

Kay Sekimachi: Student, Teacher, Artist, T.B.Walker Textile Education Gallery, de Young Museum, Until November 6, 2016

On the Grid: Textile and Minimalism, Wais and Knowles Costume and Textile Arts Galleries, June 23, 2016 – April 2, 2017

The South Sumatran Ship Cloth, The Gallery of Oceanic Arts, April 2, 2016 – February 12, 2017

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

July 8, 2016- October 2, 2016
Wedding Dress: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,  
Borrowing from local cultural organizations collectors, designers and History of San Jose, this show will illuminate the evolution of the wedding dress, ethnic similarities and differences, and explore new questions raised by the legalization of same-sex marriage. Included in the collection will be a colorful 17′ Moroccan wedding belt, a dress worn by  Josie Eldridge Crump in 1895 and a DIY dress designed around a bride’s tattoos. Traditions are clearly no longer limited to something borrowed and something blue. The exhibition is guest curated by Kate Eilertsen who says,  ” Whether it is a traditional kimono, red sari or satin Flapper era dress, the wedding dress reveals much about the traditions and history of communities around the world.”

Until October 2, 2016,  Mike McNamara: Wedding Ring Explosion.  From the SJMQT site: “Over the past twenty years, Mike McNamara “Mac” has made twenty-one Double Wedding Ring quilts for his couple friends and family, gay and straight. Early on, he made his own version of these quilts. The first designs were started with two intersecting gold rings. Subsequent versions evolved into quilts with gold arcs and hints of rings. Long before gay marriage became the law of the land, his Double Wedding Rings quilts included gay friends and family members. Like the Wedding Dress clothing exhibit, Mac’s quilts look at how wedding quilt traditions have changed over the centuries and how 21st century quilt makers are celebrating today’s marriages.”

 October 7-November 27, 2016: Lines, Angles and Shapes.  From the SJMQT site: “In the exhibit Lines, Angles, and Shapes, at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and
Textiles, three Northern California fiber artists explore architectural themes. Whether
drawing inspiration from actual buildings or pure imagination, each artist reveals her
way of expressing angle, perspective, line, and shape through her use of value, color,
and scale. The quilts ask viewers to consider the visual strength of the masonry, wood
and steel as they are depicted in the supple, fluid medium of cloth.”

October 7-January 15, 2017: Hmong Story Cloths: Stitching a History. From the SJMQT site: “Chronicling the lives of the Hmong people of Laos, Story Cloths are vibrant and intricate needlework that developed out of refugee camps following the Vietnam War. As an alternative to written language, village women would stitch cloth at night to document and communicate the story of their daily lives: collecting water, harvesting, transforming hemp into fabric and also the highlights of their lives: escaping a great flood, New Year festivities, and marriage rituals. The story cloths offer an intimate view into the cultural legacy and resilience of the Hmong people.”

October 7-January 15, 2017: The California Art Quilt Revolution:
From the Summer of Love to the New Millennium.  From the SJMQT site:
“In the last decades of the 20th century, California quilt makers charted new territory in quilt making, leading the nation in creativity and innovation. During the 1970s and
1980s, California artists were among the first to embrace the quilt medium as their
primary means of expression. More traditional quilt makers also expanded horizons,
creating original designs based on traditional quilt patterns. This exhibition includes
works by pioneers of the art quilt movement such as Jean Ray Laury, Yvonne
Porcella, Joan Schulze and Therese May, who pushed the boundaries of what could be
called a quilt, and highlights late 20th and 21st century artists working in the quilt

San Jose Museum of Art  (http://sjmusart.org/)

October 8-February 19, 2017: Beauty:   Cooper
Hewitt Design Triennial.  From the museum’s site: “SJMA is the only West Coast venue for the latest global overview of design today, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s popular contemporary design triennial. The New York Times heralded the exhibition as “an exciting opportunity to meditate on the perennially confounding questions: What is beauty? And what is it good for?” With projects ranging from experimental prototypes and interactive games to fashion and architectural structures made feasible by material innovations and nanotechnology, “Beauty” will feature more than 200 works by 63 designers from
around the globe.”

The Lace Museum, 552 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086; (408) 7304695;

July 5-October 2016
The Lacemakers of Belgium.   From Donna LaVallee: “The Lace Museum’s current exhibit, The Lacemakers of Belgium, looks at the lives and working conditions of the skilled workers who created workers of ethereal beauty.
“Long prized for its artistry, Belgian lace was also a symbol of an important national industry in the 19th and early 20th centuries. At its peak in the late 1800s, the lace trade in Belgium employed tens of thousands of skilled workers, primarily women and girls. They often learned their skills in the schools of Belgian ‘lace cities,’ such as Bruges and Brussels.  “Once they became proficient in their craft, these lace makers were employed by local workshops that produced the delicate Point de Gaze shawls, Duchesse collars, and Brussels appliqué favored by fashionable women of the era. Although Belgian lace schools and workshops had largely disappeared by the mid1900s, lace making continues in Belgium today as a cottage industry, particularly in tourist centers. “The museum’s second exhibit of 2016, The Lacemakers of Belgium, highlights the lives and work of these artisans from more than a century ago. The museum’s exhibit includes a display area recreating a Belgian lace school from early in the 20th century,
complete with period photos, costumes, and samples of lace. The exhibit also features selected items from the museum’s own collection of Belgian lace.
Regular viewing hours are 11am-4pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. Free.
The Lace Museum also offer classes in lacemaking, including tatting, lace knitting and crochet.”


Museum of Craft and Design (http://www.sfmcd.org)

Until January 22, 2017. Marianne Lettieri: Reflections.  From the museum’s site: “Using collections and memory as ways to work through current social and political contexts, Marianne Lettieri’s Reflections contextualizes overlooked relics of home making. The ritual of repetitive acts and the accumulation of objects in the domestic sphere each create a physical reminder of the passage of time. Lettieri presents vintage and Victorian tools of domestic labor in new configurations, reinforcing the perpetual flux and interconnectedness of life and communities through time. “Lettieri celebrates the past lives of the objects used in her sculptures. Leaving the patina of age and the visible traces of the personalities who once owned the objects, the objects come to be known in the present with a physical marker of their past. While the materials and processes used in this body of work change, they are linked by formal concerns and content. Lettieri’s arrangements are orderly, elegant and economical, relating back to the overarching theme of domestic labor that leads the content of work.”

February 4-June 4, 20167: Felt Decoded: Wool Felt: Nature’s Technology.  From the museum’s site: “From lacy wisps of wool to supple fabric to rocklike slabs – wool FELT is a textile of extremes. It is an extraordinary material with humble origins that has been an integral part of human life for millennia. It is a story of survival, sustainability, and evolution of a fabric and tradition so old it has become new again. “Exploring wool as Nature’s Technology is the premise of this exhibition, which will decode the process and analyze the science to reveal the unexpected beauty and versatility of wool FELT. “FELT DeCoded represents a comprehensive collection of work by Janice Arnold. Her work is informed by wool as a raw fiber, intrinsic in the practice of making FELT – a textile that represents the wisdom of our nomadic past – living in harmony with the earth. This textile is being rediscovered and reimagined as a fabric of the future for sustainability in industry, architecture, apparel and the arts.”


Asian Art Museum  (http://www.asianart.org/exhibitions)


Bellevue Arts Museum (http://www.bellevuearts.org/)

Bren Ahearn will have his first solo museum show, entitled Strategies for Survival at the the Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA,  June 10, 2016-January 2017.  Bren will give a gallery tour and talk on Saturday, June 11 at noon.