You are cordially invited to join us at the opening of our upcoming exhibition, Excellence in Fibers VIII, on September 15, 2023. As you know, Excellence in Fibers is an annual juried exhibition by Fiber Art Now magazine. This year, the exhibition is guest curated by Demetri Broxton. Mr. Broxton is an independent curator and practicing artist, and the Senior Director of Education at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco.
We hope you’ll consider joining us for one or all of the following events on Friday, September 15:
10 am to 11 am | Members & Guilds-Only Preview & Curator’s Talk | 10am – 11am
Join Guest Curator, Demetri Broxton, for a tour of the exhibition. Demetri will speak about his selection process and answer any questions you may have. Registration is encouraged. Register here.
11 am to 5 pm | Open to the Public
5:30 pm to 7 pm | Public Opening Reception
Free to all attendees. Wine and snacks offered.
You may reach much more about Excellence in Fibers VIII here! As always, please reach out to us with any questions. We look forward to welcoming you on Friday, September 15.
The Monterey County Fair wool auction will take place on Sunday Sept 3rd. Everyone is welcome to attend, it’s in the pavilion by gate 6, parking is on the street and starts at 11:30 a.m. People can come early starting between 9:30-10 to look over the fleeces, have some snacks and coffee and get their auction numbers.
Jane Ingram Allen – Papermaking Workshops
Here’s my Schedule for Fall and Winter 2023 Papermaking Workshops in Santa Rosa, CA
Saturday, September 30, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Sculptural Papermaking – Class Fee: $160
(includes materials and use of equipment)
Description: This workshop will expand your papermaking into three dimensions by
introducing various ways to make handmade paper sculptural forms, including use of molds, drying on 3-D surfaces, construction techniques, modeling with pulp and using armatures.
Participants will create new sculptural works and come away with many ideas for handmade paper sculpture and installation art. This workshop is for beginning and experienced papermakers and will stretch your imagination and skills into the 3rd dimension and beyond.
Jane drying handmade paper on Taipei manhole cover in 2004.
Saturday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Japanese Papermaking – Class Fee – $170
(includes materials and use of equipment)
In this workshop you will learn to make a variety of handmade paper using Japanese fibers
and techniques. We will use kozo pulp and a Japanese bamboo Sugeta as well as Western
molds and deckles and other fibers such as local leaves and bark and purchased sheet pulps to create thin and strong handmade paper art using Japanese and modified Japanese techniques Jane has learned during her residencies in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, China, and the Philippines. We will learn to prepare the vat, use formation aid and the traditional Mino City, Japan, papermaking methods as well as contemporary adaptations.
Turning Over a New Leaf, 2000 handmade kozo paper leaves and book of promises, created in Mino City, Japan, during 3-month residency in 1999-2000.
November – Dec. 2023 – No Classes in Santa Rosa
I will be traveling to Taiwan in November and December to do a site-specific installation of the “In Deep Water” project, a collaboration with printmaker Jami Taback that is about water and climate change. This exhibition will be at Live Forever Foundation Vital Space Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan, from Dec. 3, 2023 to April 3, 2024. During the stay in Taiwan, Jami and I will also offer a workshop for local participants to learn our processes of hand papermaking and printmaking.
Jane and Jami installing “In Deep Water” at Sonoma Community Center, 2022
Show-and-Tell: Ally Krause
I have a few pieces in a local show: the 53rd Annual Textile Exhibition at the Olive Hyde Art
Gallery in Fremont. Three of my ikat weavings and one mini-quilt are on display. The show is up through October 7th, and there’s also a virtual gallery to view the pieces online (mine are in Virtual Gallery Room 1). Links and more information can be found here: https://olivehydeartguild.org/news-events/upcoming-exhibits/.
The Olive Hyde Art Gallery proudly presents the 53rd Annual Textile Exhibition, showcasing a variety of fiber artwork by talented local artists.
Lambtown Festival, Oct 3-5, 2023 Dixon, CA
Check out the 2023 Lambtown Festival
Weaving Voices Podcast
Weaving Voices is a Whetstone Radio Collective x Fibershed podcast that stitches textile
systems and traditions, economic philosophy, and climate science into a quilt of understanding.
Designed to transform our thinking and actions both as citizens and material culture makers and users.
Hosted by Fibershed Executive Director Rebecca Burgess, Weaving Voices tells the stories
of our textile culture. We learn from communities that have enduring textile recipes that have lasted for multiple millennia, a complete contrast to the current and contemporary system dependent on fossil carbon and volume-based production models.
If you wear clothes, you’ll want to tune into these stories about how the dominant narrative, imagery and trends try to tell us what is “appropriate” and good to wear. And how most of the time, this leaves out the voices, lives and daily realities of the people, animals and landscapes that make our clothing possible.
Descriptions of episodes to date, along with links for listening from the website, or
subscribing on Apple Podcasts or Spotify apps, along with transcripts, are found here: