Some of my favorite textile and education resources that range from hyper-local to international in scope.
Branch Gallery is a fiber-based art space in Los Angeles that emphasizes both exhibitions and education, and provides opportunities for fiber artists to share their work with the broader Los Angeles arts community. The Branch Gallery is a project of The Knitting Tree, L.A., a fiber and yarn retail space that is adjacent to the gallery.
California Fibers is a juried group that supports artistic growth and professional advancement for contemporary Southern California fiber artists. California Fibers has an extensive exhibition history in the USA and abroad.
ClothRoads is a global textile marketplace where you can travel to a world of authentic textile culture. ClothRoads offers beautiful products made by artisans from around the world, along with compelling stories about these artisans and their cultures. ClothRoads also has a great newsletter "Monthly Calendar of World Textile Events."
Craft in America Center is an exhibition and learning space in Los Angeles, gives voice to many types of contemporary crafts, including textiles, with exhibits, events and a reference library.
Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles explores the leading edge of craft, art and design, including textiles, and coordinates hands-on workshops that tie in to their exhibits.
Fiber Art Now is a quarterly magazine for contemporary fiber art and textiles. But they are much more than a magazine, and have a robust presence as advocates for contemporary fiber. Their mission is to connect and inspire the contemporary fiber arts and textile community.
Fowler Museum Textile Council is an interest specific member group for the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles that offers unique opportunities to explore the museum’s world-renown textile collections, attend lectures, visit private collections and attend members-only exhibition previews and walkthroughs.
Froebel USA is a site dedicated to the educational philosophy of Friedrich Froebel, who sought to empower human creative potential through hands-on exploratory learning. Froebel USA seeks to re-establish the original aim of Froebel's work as a K-12 design education curriculum "facilitating a new era of human progress where creativity and design become the most valued commodity in our economy."
Halcyon Yarn is a comprehensive source for weaving yarns and more. Since there are no brick and mortar weaving stores in Southern California, buying local isn't an option when looking for yarns and tools specific to the weaving community. I suggest Halcyon as one mail-order option because they offer excellent service, a wide range of products, and donate 5% of your yarn purchase to your weaving guild if the guild has signed up and is mentioned when you place your order.
The Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. is a national organization dedicated to promoting the textile arts. They provide a forum for handweavers, handspinners, and related fiber artists, host a biennial conference and publish Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot magazine.
Los Angeles Fibershed is a proactive organization working with the concept of bioregionalism. With a focus on fiber, they seek to develop a more intimate relationship with the landscape by listening, sharing knowledge and practicing problem solving in support of the changing bioregion.
Maiwa is many things - a school of textiles, a supporter of artisan crafts, a retailer and a maker of inspirational documentaries. Based in Vancouver, BC, I wish they had a branch in Los Angeles!
Southern California Guild of Handweavers is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and practice of handweaving and textile related crafts. They offer programs and workshops with nationally-known instructors.
The Surface Art Association is a Los Angeles area organization that seeks to inspire creativity, encourage innovation and further the rich tradition of textile and surface art. They offer programs and workshops with nationally-known instructors.
Surface Design Association is an national organization for textile practitioners in a variety of fiber media. They host a biennial conference and publish the Surface Design Journal.
TextileArtist.org is a website for textile artists and art enthusiasts to be inspired, learn from the best, promote their work and communicate with like-minded creatives.
Textile and Fiber Art List is a juried association whose members make handmade textiles and fiber. There are over 500 members from 44 countries. TAFA members may exhibit, sell and/or teach.
The Textile Blog and Inspirational Magazine are the result of John Hopper’s passion for contemporary textiles. He has a great eye and an inquiring mind, and is increasingly being asked to jury international fiber exhibits.
Textile Arts Los Angeles is an exciting new organization that cultivates and promotes textile art-making and design in the Los Angeles area, bringing together people to facilitate dialogue, share resources and create community. If you live in Southern California and like contemporary textiles, this is, quite simply, a "do not miss" opportunity. Their Facebook group is quite active as well. Join. Right. Now.
Textile Museum Associates of Southern California is the Los Angeles based support group for The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. They present programs on hand made textiles and carpets from ancient to contemporary.
Vreisis Limited Sally Fox is a pioneer in the reintroduction of organic naturally colored cottons into our marketplace. She is based in Northern California and is active in Fibershed. Her yarns and fibers are beautiful.
Village Spinning and Weaving was the only brick and mortar Southern California retailer offering coned yarns and equipment to handweavers. The owners, John and Marsha Novak, are transitioning the store to web-based and on-line only. They are knowledgable and helpful, and remain a valuable resource to the weaving community. At this time it is unclear what they will carry - check their website for the latest news.
Weave a Real Peace (WARP) is an international networking organization based in the United States. WARP offers a forum for those who strive to support long-standing textile traditions as a means for cultural preservation and economic development by fostering a global network of interested supporters.
Yarn Bombing Los Angeles is a fiber arts community that engages people both worldwide and locally. YBLA collaborates with city governments, museums, art spaces and public spaces to create thought-provoking community-generated public art installations. They meet monthly at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.