Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Looking Back, Walking Forward

Susan Sorrell will be one of the artists participating in 
Looking Back, Walking Forward: Evolution of Southern Folk Art

Forty widely recognized, collectible folk artists demonstrate the colorful history and exciting trends of this well-loved art. Feb. 26 - Apr. 10 
Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, NC

The Liftplan Connection by Alice Schlein

A new book by SDA SC member Alice Schlein
more info please visit her website.

This 168-page book, soft-cover and spiral bound, black and white text with many diagrams, further explores some of the design techniques first introduced in The Woven Pixel, which I co-authored in 2006 with Bhakti Ziek. The Liftplan Connection (or TLC for short)  is not a replacement for The Woven Pixel, but is a standalone book. TLC includes more specific material on Photoshop Elements, as many dobby weavers choose Elements, not Photoshop, as their primary graphics program. TLC also includes material related to the use of network drafting with Photoshop. It includes chapters on creating threadings for graphics-based liftplans, building a weave library, designing liftplans with two or more weave structures, divided weaves, indexing colors and applying weaves, producing a loom-ready file in a format your weaving software and loom driver can understand, masking, overlays, using text in dobby designs, and other techniques usable on multi-shaft looms.
TLC will be most useful for weavers with looms of 16 or more shafts, but those with eight shafts will also find useful information here. It has relevance for weavers with mechanical or computer-assisted dobby devices, and for table looms with manual shaft lifting mechanisms (levers). TLC explains how to design in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, with layers, filters, and layer styles, in conjunction with your favorite weaving program, and has specific instructions for graphic import into the six most popular weaving programs.

Across the Universe

The Art League of Daytona Beach
433 South Palmetto Avenue, Daytona Beach
(386) 258-3856
across the universe
(featuring SC SDA member Frances Gardner)
Sunday March 7, 2010
Opening 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday March 27, 2010
Panel Discussion 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
with the
artists and guest speaker
Louise Lieber
Thursday April 1, 2010
Exhibit closes

Terraqueous Silks

Florence Museum of Art, Florence, SC, March  9 - May 23, 2010 
Slopes of Mauna Loa

Main Entry: terr·aque·ous 
Pronunciation: \te-ˈrā-kwē-əs, tə-, -ˈra-\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin terra land + English aqueous
Date: circa 1658
: consisting of land and water

Twenty seven batiks on silk by Mary Edna Fraser will be featured at the Florence Museum of Art. Ranging from Slopes of Mauna Loa, the largest at 184" x 36" to 14" wide kimono silks, the exhibit is focused on designs where land meets water.