Diane Cutler – Weaver, Spinner, Knitter and Dyer
Diane Cutler is a former member of the Redwood Guild who now lives in Cottage Grove, Oregon.
She writes: As a child of 10 years, I was taught to knit. As I grew older I knitted as a hobby. After graduating in Cosmetology, raising three boys, and working full time in my salon, knitting took a back seat. After the boys were grown and left the house, I learned to weave. I fell in love with the whole process. Some of my Guild members spun and thought I should also. It has been a wonderful trip and weaving, knitting, spinning and then dyeing has been an adventure still happening. What I will show you is a small part of many wonderful hours.
Sue Weil – Tapestry Artist
As an artist, I am interested in creating works that add beauty and a sense of quiet to the places they inhabit. Early in my career, I wove one-of-a-kind fabric to use in my line of women’s fashion. This early exploration of color and drape in wearable art, informs my current work in tapestry where I continue to blend yarns of different tone, texture and weight to achieve richness and depth.
My tapestries often reflect my inner call for peace and order; though occasionally depict humorous images as a shout-out for comic relief in an all-too-serious world. Some recent work speaks to dramatic events playing out around us. I’ve been told that my work is architectural in feel; the weight, line and balance reflecting an architect’s sensibility. Feeling that often less is more, my designs are intentionally spare, exploring rhythm and asymmetry in bold compositions.
Weaving attracts me for its simplicity: two opposing sets of threads twining together to create a whole. Working at the loom provides me the opportunity to sit in the stillness of my thoughts, allowing my hands to think.
Dotti Day – Eco Printing
Long time TTAG member, Dotti Day, will share her experience and research in Eco printing and dyeing. Eco printing can be used with paper and various fabrics. Silk and wool are the most receptive to color but cotton and linen can also be used.
“Eco printing or eco dyeing is a contemporary application of the traditions of natural dyeing. In eco printing or dyeing, plants are enclosed in textiles or paper, bundled by winding over rods or stacked in layers and then steamed or immersed in hot water to extract the pigments and produce a print made with plant dyes.” – Threadborne
Dotti will demonstrate the various processes and the group will be able to experiment with the techniques of bundling and wrapping. She will bring several steamed items ready to unwrap so members can see the surprises of the results.
Members who attended the November TTAG retreat are asked to bring samples of their projects. Their materials and examples will be discussed. If other members have tried this technique, please bring your items to share.
Laura Pierce – Rug Hooking
Laura is a fourth generation rug hooker, growing up with rugs made by her mother, Emma Webber. Laura took up the hook in 1996 when a new ATHA chapter started up in Sonoma County. Since then, six of her rugs have been selected for Rug Hooking Magazine’s Celebration of Hooked Rugs; ‘Emmy’, the little girl blowing bubbles, is her most famous. Primarily a wide-cut artist, Laura has a broad appreciation for the Art, Folk Art and Craft of Rug Hooking.
Laura offers Rug Hooking instruction at her studio in Sonoma County, and at rug camps and workshops around the country. She is known for teaching Portraits, Animals, Landscapes and Reflections. She blogs frequently at ‘Laura’s Loop’ www.laurawp.wordpress.com.
Dan Steves: Alternative Looms: Beauty From Beyond the Standard
As weavers, we often think of looms as either a multi-shaft table loom or a large floor loom, good for creating yardage. But there are plenty of weavers using a variety of looms, often doing more than plain weave, and creating wonderful works that are surprisingly beautiful and complex. Dan Steves will provide a survey of these other looms – small, portable, and much more versatile than expected, showcasing works created on some of these fantastic little machines.
Annual Potluck and Planning Meeting
Our June meeting is our annual potluck gathering, and will be our last meeting for the 2015 – 2016 program year. We will break for the summer as usual. Our first meeting for the 2016 – 2017 program year will be September 19, 2016. People are encouraged to bring something to pass, and to come hungry and eager to talk about program ideas for the coming year.
Charlie Kennard – California Indian Basketry Techniques and Textures
Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basketweaver and a student of California Indian and European techniques. He has taught for The Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin (MAPOM), Pt. Reyes Field institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, and in many schools and at teacher trainings.
Tule boats made in his workshops can be seen at the California Academy of Sciences, the Bay Model in Sausalito, and another is in the collection of the Oakland Museum. You can also visit a basketry plant garden he has created at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. Charlie is active in native habitat restoration in Marin, managing several projects for Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed.
A list of Charlie’s workshop schedule for the summer can be downloaded by clicking here: Charlie Kennard 2016 Workshops