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20/20: Woven Visions
Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, CA
July 10 to Aug 9, 2020
A Loom and Shuttle Guild Members Exhibition open to the public Fridays, Saturday and Sundays, with weavers and spinners present.
De Young Museum (https://deyoung.famsf.org/)
San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design (http://www.sfmcd.org)
Linda Gass – And Then This Happened…December 14, 2019 – May 03, 2020.
Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street, San Francisco, CA
Bay Area multimedia artist Linda Gass creates stitched paintings and works in glass to
question the relationship between humans and their environment. Informed and inspired by her extensive research on the impact of changing waterways, sea level rise, fire, and drought in California and the American West, Gass’s work uses beauty to shed light on difficult issues. Gass paints directly onto silk using dye, adds a
backing and fills it with batting, then stitches directly onto the painted fabric. These colorful, textured pieces visually index the environmental changes of specific regions.Evoking both topographical maps and comforting quilts, Gass’s work brings to light the incongruence between the safety of individual homes, and the often devastating effect environmental manipulation has on the natural ecological processes of our collective home, California.
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles (www.sjquiltmuseum.org)
Mayan Traje – A Tradition in Transition
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, 520 South First Street, San Jose, CA. July 21 – October 13, 2019. The Maya of Guatemala are known worldwide for their excellent weaving and distinctive trajes (traditional clothing). These were once 100% village-specific, and people could be recognized as being from a specific place. Over time, many and diverse influences have caused significant change — but even so, visitors are struck by the ubiquitous nature of indigenous weaving and the persistence of their “wearable art”. This exhibit will show outstanding examples of clothing from the early 20th century to contemporary fashion, highlight key differences, and explore some of the reasons for these changes. On view will be individual pieces as well as full trajes – none created for tourist markets. These will be drawn from the rarely-displayed collection of the Friends of the Ixchel Museum.
Richmond Art Center (www.RichmondArtCenter.org)
About SJSA: The Social Justice Sewing Academy is an education program that utilizes textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation and community activism. Founded in 2016, SJSA has run workshops with high school students, Boys and Girls Clubs and community groups in Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, Los Angeles, Rhode Island and Cambridge.
American Tapestry Alliance (https://americantapestryalliance.org)
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.
Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles, 2982 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA (https://www.lacis.com)
The Fringed Shawl. April 6, 2018 – October 5, 2019. Come explore the rich world history of the shawl, from the silk shawls of Canton, China to the silk-embroidered wool shawls of Manila and Seville, and the many roles that these would come to play in the 19th and 20th centuries, from Victorian fashion accessory, to vital element of home décor, to the Flamenco dancers that would adopt the fringed shawl as an integral part of their costume. The utility of the shawl, its dramatic drape and movement, the embroidered shawl of Canton, China, captured the attention of Western societies. The collection features some of the finest examples of embroidered fringed shawls from the 19th to early 20th century, made in China and Spain and sought after by the wealthy throughout the world. Attendees are encourages to wear a shawl. Consult the website for additional information.
The Textile Museum, Washington DC (https://museum.gwu.edu/)
Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt. August 31, 2019–January 5, 2020. In the early medieval era, the eastern Mediterranean’s palaces, sacred spaces, and residences were richly decorated with hangings, curtains, and other luxury fabrics. Bringing together rarely displayed artworks from the fourth to the twelfth centuries, this exhibition will reveal how textiles infused warmth and beauty into Egypt’s interior spaces. Co-organized with the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.