PATA-Printmaking and Textile Art Workshops

A group of international students convened at the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, Poland to participate in “Resist!,” a two week intensive course on designing and dyeing cotton warps with red and yellow plant based dyes. Participants from Poland joined with other textile artists from England, Iceland, Ireland, and Spain. The academy is home to an extensive and well respected textile art, design and fashion program. Students wove on looms from historic mills that populated the city since the 19th century.Marlgorzata Chwedoruk

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Weaving ikat with natural dye! Summer 2014

Tree Homage
Tree Homage. 2013-14. Warp ikat; cotton; locally sourced natural dyes: madder root and cosmos. 59”x 24” (150 x 61 cm)

I have been waiting to weave up the warp that I dyed in the summer of 2013. Finally, I have the time to put it on the loom and weave it up. Dyes are from madder and cosmos flowers. The weave structure requires 16 shafts and I am using 3 colors in the weft.Loom-view-sm

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The Golden Fiber

Installation of bamboo at the Art Factory in Patterson, NJ for their textile themed exhibit, opening September 28 from 1-8 pm.
Installation of bamboo at the Art Factory in Patterson, NJ for their textile themed exhibit, opening September 28 from 1-8 pm.  Photo Credit: David Shapiro

Golden Fiber, installation view at the Art Factory, Patterson, NJ. Photo: David Shapiro
Golden Fiber, installation view at the Art Factory, Patterson, NJ. Photo: David Shapiro

Installation at the Art Factory Textile Exhibition. Opens September on September 28, 2013. Photo: David Shapiro
Installation at the Art Factory Textile Exhibition. Opens September on September 28, 2013. Photo: David Shapiro

detail of the Golden Fiber. 2013.
detail of the Golden Fiber. 2013.

Wendy Weiss
The Golden Fiber
Bamboo (courtesy of Art Factory); spray paint; nylon monofilament

In 1881, the Dolphin Manufacturing Company, also known as the Dolphin Jute Mill, was the largest jute factory in the United States. It processed over two thousand tons of jute, used 3,376 spindles to produce yarn, 86 looms to weave cloth, and employed 600 men and women. The mill was in operation until the late 1950’s.

Jute grows in a moist, warm climate. It needs neither pesticides nor fertilizer and is planted close together for a tall and straight crop. Farmers harvest the 8-15 foot tall green leafy plants after they flower and before they go to seed. They cut the stalks at ground level or pull them up by the roots, bundle, and tie them into big groups. The tall plants are left in the field a few days where the leaves drop and then set in moving water to soften the pectin, which enables the separation of the fiber from the woody core.

The vast majority of the jute crop grows in Bangladesh and India. Called the “golden fiber” because of its commercial value and light color, the market for jute bottomed out in the 20th century with the advent of synthetics and plastic bags. Interest in renewable resources and staunching the flow of plastic into the waste stream, has regenerated interest in jute, bolstering the economy in Bangladesh. Thirty percent of the country’s population participates in the production of the jute crop.

The Everyday Interests of Young People

The Might Vitamins perform at closing reception for the Everyday Interests of Young People at the Tugboat Gallery, Lincoln, NE. September 28, 2012

Film still from the Everyday Interests of Young People in the Hard to See Theater at Tugboat Gallery. Photo Credit: Nina Szczerbowska

Film still in the Everyday Interests of Young People in the Hard to See Theater at Tugboat Gallery. Photo Credit: Nina Szczerbowska

The Everyday Interests of Young People

Core Issues 1–Core, handwoven with monofilament, vegetal dyes, 100′ long

Exhibition by Jay Kreimer and Wendy Weiss at the Tugboat Gallery in Lincoln, NE. Sept. 7-29, 2012.

The Everyday Interest of Young People is about mixing, and watching, and at least three species of containment. Feel like the walls are closing in? The two of us are combining a number of our controlled obsessions, and crossbreeding in pursuit of a fertile hybrid. Each room is more about altering the space, and the weight of the space, than it is about the objects placed in the space. Some of it opens and some of it closes. The Treescape is drawn with reused black polyester pants. It extends onto all six surfaces of the larger room at the Tugboat Gallery, surrounding the viewer

Core Issues 2–Treescapes installed at the Tugboat Gallery

. Weiss draws on the textures and linear elements of the places where she walks. The environment is immersive, expansive and playful yet contained.

Core is a 100 foot woven tube suspended by six columns. The work fills the room. The columns anchor and form a body for the very interior presence of the Core weaving. The weaving suggests the workings of the body: intestinal, umbilical, essential. It is exaggerated and deeply human. The feeling of gravity and concentration plays in contrast to the encompassing space of the tree scape. The viewer walks through the Treescape and gazes into the Core.

The Hard-To-See Theater plays with contraction and expansion, exterior space and interior space. The radically dropped and angled ceiling covers a red wooden stairway to a platform. Three heads rest on columns in an almost classical style, one nearly normal except for a feral smile, another red with devil’s horns, and a third wearing a crown. Stooping to climb the stairs, the viewer discovers a viewing area that opens onto a small theater with thirty-two seats and three people in the audience. The film seems to be concerned with uncertainty and biology—The Everyday Interests of Young People. The three members of the audience, who turn periodically toward the viewer, seem to be enjoying the show.

The materials in Kreimer’s Hard-To-See Theater are recycled and precycled. The steps and platform use lumber salvaged from a neighbor’s deck. The video and heads suggest a remembered walk through psychic space. The false ceiling is precycled (we thought we coined it!) and will be reused to insulate and finish an attic ceiling.

Weiss and Kreimer’s The Everyday Interests of Young People plays with human spaces, interior and exterior, and the passage between the open and the enclosed. The contrasts and continuities in the three rooms charge each other and invoke qualities of the many spaces humans inhabit.

Against the Sky at the Museum of Nebraska Art