Upcoming Member Meetings and Events:

Thursday, March 23, Goldstein Museum of Design Gallery – Presentation by Mary Zicafoose, WGM Workshop leader
6:30 – Exhibits Open, Reception
7:30 – Speaker, Mary Zicafoose, Stories I like to Tell – Highlights From My Life As An Artist and Weaver

Mary Zicafoose’s tapestries and rugs span the globe from the corporate offices of Tenaska in Canada to the United States Embassies on three continents. Her woven pieces blend cultural icons and symbols with a contemporary hand, creating powerful visual statements in fiber. The work and processes are a reflection of the artists’ superb craftsmanship and her ability to speak articulately through the use of color.

Mary’s fascination with pattern and ethnic cloth began as a child, with a scrap of Pacific Island fabric given to her by a favorite aunt. After many formative years of art schooling and teaching, Mary somewhat surprisingly found herself behind a loom. She has spent the last 22 years in pursuit of visual surprise on the flat woven “rug” surface, through dye processes, tapestry techniques, and intriguing color play. Weaving has become Mary’s ticket into the Arts; it is a personal vernacular that speaks about the unabashed use of color and the power of illusion.

Mary has worked, traveled, and taught throughout the Americas. A largely self-taught weaver, she received her BFA from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. Her graduate studies include the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Nebraska. She credits her courage at the dye pot to the influence of painter Mark Rothko and her designs to every textile she has seen and touched. Mary currently maintains a one-woman fiber studio in Omaha, Nebraska, where she lives with her family. www.maryzicafoose.com

Note: The exhibit, ‘Global Technique, Local Pattern: Ikat Textiles’ will be on display at the Goldstein Gallery from January through May.

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Thursday, April 13 – 7 pm – Beth McLaughlin, Linen Conservation Show and Share

Linen, a lustrous traditional fiber has recently regained popularity. Learn how to take care of everyday linen towels as well as treasured family heirlooms. Find out how to wash linen so it becomes more absorbent and less apt to wrinkle; how to store linen to prevent harmful creases. When to wash and when to dry clean. To mangle or not to mangle?

Our presenter is our very own Beth McLaughlin, a WGM member and textile conservator at the Midwest Art Conservation Center in Minneapolis.  Beth encourages you to check your cupboards for favorite textiles and family heirlooms made of linen and bring them to share at this meeting.

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Thursday, May 11 – 7 pm – Cameron Taylor-Brown, “Warp and Weft: A Conversation in Color”

Cameron Taylor-Brown has immersed herself in the worlds of fiber, education and commerce since the 1970s. She studied fiber art at the University of California, Berkeley with artist Ed Rossbach and textile design at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. She worked in New York City as a stylist of upholstery and home furnishing fabrics, taught textile design at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science and worked as an exhibition curator. Since 1985, Taylor-Brown has lived in Los Angeles where she maintains a studio and is active in several arts organizations. She was a founding board member of the Textile Group of Los Angeles and a past President of California Fibers and Designing Weavers. She recently founded ARTSgarage, a textile resource center in Los Angeles.

Her artwork is widely exhibited and has been published in American Craft, Fiberarts, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot, Fiber Art Now and the Fiberarts Design Books Four, Five, Six and Seven . For many years, she traveled Southern California and Arizona as the regional representative for several top yarn companies, including Rowan, Manos del Uruguay, Alchemy and SweetGeorgia. An experienced teacher and facilitator, she conducts workshops throughout the country exploring design, color, creativity and the collaborative process.

Cameron Taylor-Brown was a founder of ACCESS Community Arts & Education, a consulting partnership that worked with classroom teachers and artists to make direct connections between the arts, curriculum, educational content standards and community arts experiences. Two accessARTS models, Start with Art and Arts in the City , were developed with the support of California State Charter School Grants. These classroom-tested models were disseminated throughout the state of California in 2004-5. accessARTS strategies remain central in Cameron’s approach to teaching and learning. Event info>

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