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Textile Arts | Los Angeles

Textile Arts | Los Angeles

Conceived as a professional networking organization, Textile Arts LA embraces artists, designers, craftspeople, and enthusiasts working across all forms of the textile arts. 

Textile Arts LA seeks to create opportunity for artistic growth and facilitate dialogue and engagement between working artists-designers and commercial opportunity. Programming includes private studio tours, professional and skill building workshops, and residencies. The organization’s signature event is a Textile Summit, launching this September 15-16, 2018.

More info about Textile Arts LA can be found here.

Mindful Materials: A Textile Summit, will take place at the Helms Design Center in Culver City. Speakers include Carmen Artigas, sustainable designer, consultant, and speaker, specializing in integrating ethical practices within the fashion industry; Kristine Upesleja, founder of Madisons Innovative; Lynn Siodmak of Outerknown; Jessica Schreiber of FabScrap; and Kestrel Jenkins of Conscious Chatter with Steve Zika, COO of Natural Fiber Welding, Isadora Alvarez, Founder of Back Beat Rags, and Juan Diego Gerscovich, Cofounder of Industry Of All Nations

Tickets for the summit and workshop day are available here.

Other programming includes

1. How Can You Resist, a master class in Indigo and Shiboriwith Jane Callendar of Callishibori

2. Artist in Residency with artist, researcher, weaver Aneesa Shami, hosted by Helms Design Center

3. Behind the Scenes Studio Tours with Michael Rohde (Oct) and Ferne Jacobs (Jan)

Michael’s work has been included in the United States Department of State Art in Embassies Program, the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, the American Craft Museum in New York, the Mingei International Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, and more

Ferne Jacobs is best known for her contemporary baskets that employ an ancient technique of twisting one thread around another. The Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House (formerly The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu), the Mint Museum of Art (Charlotte, North Carolina) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum are among the public collections holding works by Ferne Jacobs.

4. DesertX 2019 Collaboration with Makerville and Art Marks the Spot

5. Professional Development Program: a three part Fall Series on the business of art (building a practice), finances for artists, and grant-writing. Will be followed in the Spring with short form classes on marketing your art studio, portfolio building, and exhibition and residency tips.

The Impossible is Temporary

The Impossible is Temporary