Indigo Process

Thank you to my mentors and collaborators from whom I learned shibori techniques and natural indigo fabric dyeing:

Shoji Fujii, shibori artist from the traditional shibori village of Arimatsu, Nagoya, Japan, we developed original bicycle shibori techniques, for a collection of yoga wear, together at Make Hang

Murase family, the masters of sheek, classically contemporary shibori at Suzusan in Arimatsu, showed me how to finesse of the traditional shibori knots

Yoshiko Wada, internationally famous shibori artist and president of the World Shibori Network, I assisted her in workshops and presentations of indigo dyeing with Michel Garcia‘s scientific and culinary inspired approach to natural dyes.

Carter Smith, American clothing designer using shibori dyed fabrics, made using his original techniques, we collaborated on clothing pieces

Als Attire, handmade attire in North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, neighbors of Make Hang, Al tailored custom jackets of my shibori dyed silk fabrics.

-Angelina DeAntonis, the designer and creator of Ocelot Clothing, we have shared creative dyeing sessions and learned tips and tricks together.

-My professors at California College of the Arts, all textile artists, Kathleen Larisch, Carole Beadle, Anne WolfJosh Fought

-Inspiration for natural dyeing fabrics from my professor Sasha Duerr, and weaving from Lia Cook

 

 

Woolen Indigo

Woolen Indigo is a collaboration between Elwyn of O’Lover Hats, and I, at Make Hang.

We creatively experimented with our interpretations of Japanese itajime and arashi shibori techniques.

 

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The Dream and Direction of my Creative Practice in the North Beach Community

In the near and upcoming 2012, I will curate and orchestrate group and solo shows of local, emerging artist’s, tactile sculptures. There is no other space in San Francisco like Make Hang. Informed by the building’s Chinese sewing sweatshop history (1960s-2010), the materiality of the work shown and the textile forms that are crafted in the studio pay homage to the skilled hands who sewed here before us. Immigrant workers made mass-produced clothing at all hours, living in the dirt-floored, dark basement.

Make Hang is primarily my studio that I share with the community, promoting and sharing techniques for various crafts. In this time of booming technology and economic angst, people yearn to create with their hands, but often do not have the resources. At Make Hang, supplies, tools, space and expertise are provided gratis to community members with a creative vision. In 2012 I will further develop my facilities, in the 1000 sq ft upstairs gallery and studio, and 1000 sq ft basement workroom.

Make Hang now has monthly rotating shows, and about one event a week related to the work shown. Some events I plan include First Fridays in North Beach, the North Beach Holiday Crawl, the North Beach Art Walk, artist talks, workshops, parties, local music, and alternative art performances like fish carving and meat sculpture. This month Make Hang is displaying Victoria DeBlassie’s orange textiles, hanging in space, creating a glowing. scented, architectural spiral. Collect, Skin, Dry Stitch, Repeat, the show title, explains DeBlassie’s process which will be illustrated and performed throughout the course of the show from December 2nd to January 27th.
Make Hang is inspired by Flux Projects in Atlanta, and Southern Exposure in San Francisco, both artist-run, they enable and promote contemporary underrepresented artistic voices.

Photography by Alan Robin

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sticks n strings

In my studio practice, I am influenced by the craft expressions of the diverse cultures represented in the extraordinarily multicultural community of San Francisco. While developing skills in textiles at California College of the Arts: weaving, woodworking, knotting, spinning and other sculptural textile approaches, I studied textiles traditions of the world. I learned how powerful yet accessible traditional craft textiles can be for personal and cultural expression.

My creative practice symbolically weaves local, diverse communities together by Culturitizing fallen branches from windstorms in San Francisco. When natural limbs fall on city sidewalks they become abject: tossed in compost or the chipper. I gather and Culturitize them, for example: giving them new life with gold leaf to bling, with textiles to clothe, and paint to embellish, just as peoples all over the world have traditionally crafted their ideas and identities. I allegorically and ironically want to give voice and care to the cast offs in my neighborhood.

The decked out sticks are woven into local trees with upcycled yarn, used rope and other found material. My Culturitizing craft works are influenced by guerrilla yarn bombing, immigrants collecting discarded cans, and faux finishes masking plastic made-in-China accessories.

My goal for this Culturitize craft is to have a public, guerrilla installation on almost every block in North Beach, in strategically unexpected, not instantly noticeable places. These installations will not only be made by myself, they will be created by many of my neighbors, whom visit my studio, Make Hang, looking for a creative project.

Photography by Jazzwall

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