Resources

 

 

Some of my favorite textile and education resources that range from hyper-local to international in scope.

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." 

Gist Yarn & Fiber is a source for coned yarns that I just recently discovered - with fibers and colors that weavers will love. The founder of Gist, Sarah Resnick, also has a regular podcast where she interviews members of the weaving community.  The thread that winds through everything she does is "a passion for building systems that directly support farmers, manufacturers, and artists to bring value and beauty into the world."  

Halcyon Yarn is a well-established  source for weaving yarns and more.  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. They recently added a range of beautiful linen yarns to their on-line retail offerings. 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.  

The Weaving Workshop is an online community of creative people who come together to share inspiration and motivation around the creative process. Founder Brittany McLaughlin reaches a wide audience of readers and friends through social media and The Common Thread blog. 

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.    

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. 

Woolworks! Teaching to the Standards with Fiber Arts is a terrific book packed with ideas and projects that teach math, chemistry, history and geography through textiles. I have a copy in my library and use it regularly.

Yarn Barn is another excellent  mail-order source for coned weaving yarns and equipment. They carry every single size and color of Supreme Cotton, a lustrous perle cotton yarn spun in the United States.  

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.