San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles


A Geographical Journey: The Paul J. Smith Textile Collection. January 19- April 15, 2018.  Turner and Gilliland Galleries.  Director Emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Design in NY, Paul J. Smith is most noted for his groundbreaking curatorial works in the America Studio Craft Movement. During his career, he collected traditional and ethnographic textiles during his world travels that have never been exhibited before.

Talismanic Tresses: Vien Le Wood.  January 19 – April 15, 2018.  Award wining British textile artist and designer, Vien Le Wood is the founder of Gold Spink Studio, a fashion embellishment concept house based in Brooklyn, New York. Vien has ten years’ experience in the fashion industry. Vien’s exhibition, Talismanic Tresses is based on her view of human hair which she believes it acts as a conductor to our higher consciousness and intuition.In this exhibition she intimately crafted, stitch-by-stitch, piece-by-piece, and layer-by-layer the act of embellishment with an artistic expression. Le Wood believes that through the process of being gifted precious hair and buying discarded hair, an energy exchange is created that sends the message of mortality.

A Cambodian Journey: Stories Told By Textiles And Costumes Of The Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe.  January 19 – February 25, 2018.  A journey to preserve the traditions and culture of the Cambodian people began in 1975 with the fall of Cambodia to the Khmer Rouge. The exhibit shows classical and folk dance costumes brought from Cambodia, from hand sewn silks to painted canvas. All costumes are used by the Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe to keep the ancient traditions of the Khmer people alive in San Jose.

Without A Net: Susan Else.  January 19 – April 15, 2018.  Finlayson Gallery.  As a fabric sculptor, Santa Cruz-based artist Susan Else pushes the boundaries of the studio art quilt movement by integrating sound, light and motors with colorful, stitched figures. In her solo exhibition Without a Net, Else explores the theatrical awe and dark underbelly of the circus. 

Guns: Loaded Conversations;  Generation of Change: A Movement, Not a Moment-Quilts by the Social Justice Sewing Academy. April 22, 2018 – July 15, 2018.  Members only Preview: Sunday April 22, 2018, 2-3 pm.  Exhibition Opening Reception Sunday, April 22, 2018 3-5 pm

FiberSpace:  Call for Entry. Open Deadline.  FiberSpace is an exhibition platform at SJMQT where the museum provides gallery space and artists supply work and resources to mount a professional exhibit. FiberSpace exhibitions incorporate the work of three or more fiber artists along a clear and unified theme. Exhibits can present a wide range of fiber media and techniques, as well as a variety of messages and viewpoints. Applications must have a minimum of three exhibiting artists. The applicants will designate a managing curator for the exhibition, who can be, but is not required to be, one of the exhibiting artists. Due to the nature of the exhibition space, only a limited number of three dimensional works requiring 360º viewing can be considered. The majority of works in the exhibit should be two-dimensional or otherwise able to be displayed on a wall. Additionally, the majority of works exhibited must be available for sale. Sales will be handled by the museum store, and all proceeds will be split evenly between the participants and the museum. Any work sold must remain for the duration of the exhibit. This may be a great idea for a small group show comprised of three of our Guild Members. It is a self-managed endeavor.

De Young Museum   (https://deyoung.famsf.org/)

December 03, 2016 – March 25, 2018: Beyond the Surface: Worldwide Embroidery Traditions.  De Young’s Textile Education Gallery, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco, CA


Fort Mason Center for the Arts and Culture, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA

Sanctuary, October 07, 2017 – March 11, 2018. Admission: Free.  The notion of sanctuary—both physical and psychological—has been fundamental in shaping a sense of selfhood and social identity throughout human history. But in an era of increasing global migration and rising nationalism, the right to safe haven is under threat, and the need for compassion is greater than ever. For its latest presentation of art about place, FOR-SITE invited 36 artists from 22 different countries to design contemporary prayer rugs reflecting on sanctuary, arrayed on the floor of the historic Fort Mason Chapel in San Francisco. The four-by-six-foot rugs—woven using traditional materials and hand-knotting techniques—offer a multiplicity of perspectives on the basic human need for sanctuary. The rugs naturally invite interaction, and visitors are encouraged to remove their shoes and walk, sit, and recline on the artworks—to quietly reflect on our shared humanity. The entrance for the Chapel is off Bay Street at Franklin Street.

  American Tapestry Alliance

On-going: TEx@ATA Online Gallery, American Tapestry Alliance. The American Tapestry Alliance (ATA) is engaged in a wide range of educational, exhibition, outreach and promotional programs. Their programs serve the goals of their Mission Statement:to promote an awareness of and appreciation for woven tapestries designed and woven by individual artists to encourage and recognize superior quality tapestries to encourage educational opportunities in the field of tapestry to sponsor exhibitions of tapestries to establish a network for tapestry weavers throughout the world to educate the public about the history and techniques involved in tapestry making Now showing in the On-line Gallery: Belinda Ramson “Belinda Ramson, (born in New Zealand 1935, died in Tanja, New South Wales November 2014) first learned cloth weaving in 1965-66 in Canberra, Australia,     studying with Solvig Baas Becking. Although Baas  Becking worked in tapestry herself, she did not teach the technique. Ramson was dissatisfied with cloth weaving and was seeking something more fulfilling. “In 1967 Ramson studied as a special student for a year in the Tapestry Department, Edinburgh College of Art. She went to the studio around 9:30 in the morning and worked till 4:00 or 4:30 every day, often including the weekends, stopping only for a cup of coffee at lunch time. “In 1973, Ramson returned to Edinburgh to work as a weaver at the Dovecot Tapestry Studio, learning the precise methods which she described as “solidly based in a traditional discipline.” Ramson was committed to Archie Brennan’s way of thinking in weaving, which she considered to be “constantly innovative” and about “using the medium of tapestry to elucidate a conceptually difficult problem. Ramson summarized her experience as a workshop weaver at the Dovecot as being encouraged to think beyond the basic skills of their craft. “A painting, religiously woven, was a complete waste of time.”

Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles, 2982 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA  https://www.lacis.com

Piña – The Philippine Cloth of Pride, Endurance and Passion. July 07, 2017 – May 04, 2018. Open for Tours Only: Monday through Saturday, 1:00pm. 3:00pm, 4:30pm. Admission: Registration in Advance: $0.50/person ($1.00 minimum).510-843-7178.

International Terminal, SFO, Departures – Level 3 – Pre-Security

 Empowering Threads; Textiles of Jalom Mayaetik, August 26, 2017 – April 01, 2018.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (bampfa.org)

Way Bay. January 17 – May 6, 2018.  Includes work by Lia Cook

The Textile Museum, Washington DC (https://museum.gwu.edu/)

Textiles 101.  Opens January 27, 2018.

Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China.  February 24-July 9, 2018.

Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat.  March 10-July 9, 2018.

Mesa Contemporary Arts  (www. MesaArtsCenter.com)

39th Annual Contemporary Crafts. Feb 9 – April 15, 2018. Deborah Corsini is represented in this exhibit.  One East Main Street,  Mesa Arizona. (480) 644-6560.

Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA,  (www.laslagunagallery.com/)

Women In Art. January 28, 2018 Deadline. Las Laguna Gallery is seeking works from women artists. This exhibition is dedicated to the spirit and creativity of all women artists, past and present. All local, national and international artists, professional and amateur will be considered in this call for art. Works in Acrylic, Airbrush, Assemblage, Charcoal, Color Pencil, Collage, Digital Art, Drawings, Encaustic, Fiber Art, Graphite, Illustration, Mixed Media, New Media, Oil, Painting, Pastel, Photography (Traditional and Digital), and Watercolor, will be considered. Deadline: January 28, 2018. Artist Notification: February 11, 2018. Delivery of Art: February 23 to February 26, 2018. Artist Reception: March 1 from 6:30pm to 9:30 pm. Exhibition runs: March 1 to March 31, 2018.