EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS


2004–2008, 2012–2017
Founder | Organizer, Textile Program Exhibitions, Textiles Program
California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
Annual exhibition of work produced by graduate students working in and around textiles, undergraduate students in the Textiles Program, and the Lia Cook Jacquard Artist-in-Residence.

Text Tales: Narrativity in Cloth, 2016­–2107
#CCATextstyling, 2015–2106
Textiles-ISH, 2014–2015
Textilities, 2013–2014
Knots, 2012–2013
Fabrication, 2007–­2008
Made In, 2006–2007
Con-Text, 2005–2006
Textiles is a State of Mind, 2004–2005

2005–2008, 2012–2017
Organizer, Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Textiles Program
California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
Public lectures series of artists working within textile and hybrid practices, historians, designers, and conservators.

2012–2016
Founder | Organizer, Lia Cook Jaquard Residency, Textiles Program
California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
One-month residency awarded annually in honor of internationally known weaver and Professor Emeritus Lia Cook, which supports CCA alumni in the production of experimental work using the TC-2 jacquard loom as their primary tool.

Ruth Tabancay, 2016
Tali Weinberg, 2015
Johanna Friedman, 2014
Kate Nartker, 2013


2006–2014
Founder | Organizer, Textiles Futures, Textile Program
California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
Biennial series of public lectures and hands-on workshops promoting cross-cultural and cross-generational dialogue in the field of textiles. Goals include locating and expanding the rhetoric around textile sensibilities and practices; expanding the definition of contemporary to include artists working in traditional genres; facilitating discourse between diverse cultural practitioners; and supporting artists working to preserve traditional practices. 

Mariano Sosa Martinez and Rafaela Ruiz Gutierrez, Zapotec weavers and natural dyers, 2014
Clotaire Bazile, Haitian Vodou priest, healer, and sequins flag maker, 2010
Yasuo Nakajima, Japanese Regional Treasure and indigo dyer, 2008
Julia Parker, Coast Miwok/Kashya Pomo basket maker, 2006

2012

Project Creator | Co-Chair, Craft Forward
California College of the Arts, Oakland and San Francisco, CA
Three-day international symposium that examined the multifaceted practices that both distinguish and blur the boundaries between craft, art, design, architecture, and writing. Brought together a diverse group of makers and thinkers to explore the ethos of craft and its resurgence in the 21st century with panels such sensory craft, identity craft, digital craft, resistance craft and presenters Glenn Adamson (keynote), Liz Collins, Teddy Cruz, Bridget Cooks, Paul Flores, Theaster Gates, David Howes, Lydia Matthews, Allyson Mitchell, and Otto von Busch. Symposium programming included a one-day series of conversations, Convenings III, organized in partnership with the American Craft Council; tours of the craft-based facilities; and artist residencies, exhibitions, and student presentations. With co-chair Mark Takiguchi, envisioned and developed structure of symposium; designed symposium topics and panels, and programs; identified, invited, and hosted speakers; oversaw all logistics including travel and hospitality; worked with Advancement Office to successfully win significant grants from the Windgate Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts; oversaw a $110,000 budget; wrote explanatory texts for program and promotional materials; worked with graphic designers Mark Fox and Angie Wang to develop logo and branding; and acted as liaison to American Craft Council.

1998
Organizer, Old Ways, New Ways, Textiles Program
California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
Public lecture and hands-on basket making workshop by Native American weaver Julia Parker, co-sponsored by the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Image Collections

For generations, weavers have experimented with the unique graphic potential of building by units within the framework of a grid. In the Grammar of Ornament (originally publishedin 1856), nineteenth-century architect and designer Own Jones hypothesizes that weaving played a central role in the cognitive development of humans and shaped the "first notions of symmetry." These mathematical structures simultaneously shaped structure and materialized on the surface as flat pattern--each a visual code of how the threads were assembled. Fiber construction developed into more than a technology; it became the fertile matrix for an entire aesthetic tradition--the geometric aesthetic, the indigenous language of textiles. 

Programs



EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS


2004–2008, 2012–2017
Founder | Organizer, Textile Program Exhibitions, Textiles Program
California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
Annual exhibition of work produced by graduate students working in and around textiles, undergraduate students in the Textiles Program, and the Lia Cook Jacquard Artist-in-Residence.

Text Tales: Narrativity in Cloth, 2016­–2107
#CCATextstyling, 2015–2106
Textiles-ISH, 2014–2015
Textilities, 2013–2014
Knots, 2012–2013
Fabrication, 2007–­2008
Made In, 2006–2007
Con-Text, 2005–2006
Textiles is a State of Mind, 2004–2005

2005–2008, 2012–2017
Organizer, Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Textiles Program
California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
Public lectures series of artists working within textile and hybrid practices, historians, designers, and conservators.

2012–2016
Founder | Organizer, Lia Cook Jaquard Residency, Textiles Program
California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
One-month residency awarded annually in honor of internationally known weaver and Professor Emeritus Lia Cook, which supports CCA alumni in the production of experimental work using the TC-2 jacquard loom as their primary tool.

Ruth Tabancay, 2016
Tali Weinberg, 2015
Johanna Friedman, 2014
Kate Nartker, 2013


2006–2014
Founder | Organizer, Textiles Futures, Textile Program
California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
Biennial series of public lectures and hands-on workshops promoting cross-cultural and cross-generational dialogue in the field of textiles. Goals include locating and expanding the rhetoric around textile sensibilities and practices; expanding the definition of contemporary to include artists working in traditional genres; facilitating discourse between diverse cultural practitioners; and supporting artists working to preserve traditional practices. 

Mariano Sosa Martinez and Rafaela Ruiz Gutierrez, Zapotec weavers and natural dyers, 2014
Clotaire Bazile, Haitian Vodou priest, healer, and sequins flag maker, 2010
Yasuo Nakajima, Japanese Regional Treasure and indigo dyer, 2008
Julia Parker, Coast Miwok/Kashya Pomo basket maker, 2006

2012

Project Creator | Co-Chair, Craft Forward
California College of the Arts, Oakland and San Francisco, CA
Three-day international symposium that examined the multifaceted practices that both distinguish and blur the boundaries between craft, art, design, architecture, and writing. Brought together a diverse group of makers and thinkers to explore the ethos of craft and its resurgence in the 21st century with panels such sensory craft, identity craft, digital craft, resistance craft and presenters Glenn Adamson (keynote), Liz Collins, Teddy Cruz, Bridget Cooks, Paul Flores, Theaster Gates, David Howes, Lydia Matthews, Allyson Mitchell, and Otto von Busch. Symposium programming included a one-day series of conversations, Convenings III, organized in partnership with the American Craft Council; tours of the craft-based facilities; and artist residencies, exhibitions, and student presentations. With co-chair Mark Takiguchi, envisioned and developed structure of symposium; designed symposium topics and panels, and programs; identified, invited, and hosted speakers; oversaw all logistics including travel and hospitality; worked with Advancement Office to successfully win significant grants from the Windgate Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts; oversaw a $110,000 budget; wrote explanatory texts for program and promotional materials; worked with graphic designers Mark Fox and Angie Wang to develop logo and branding; and acted as liaison to American Craft Council.

1998
Organizer, Old Ways, New Ways, Textiles Program
California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
Public lecture and hands-on basket making workshop by Native American weaver Julia Parker, co-sponsored by the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, CA.