October 12–14, 2019 – Cameron Taylor-Brown
Color in Cloth: The Weaves You Want and Why
Weave structures mix color in very different ways. How do we determine what weaves are "right" for what we have in mind? View images from inspirational textile collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Cooper-Hewitt in New York, supplemented by images and woven samples from Cameron’s own collection. Explore a wide range of weaving across different cultures and time periods, and examine how weave choices can dramatically affect our perception of color in cloth. Review and graph out examples of supplemental thread weaves and multilayer weaves and their characteristics, referring back to the images and samples. Make your own color and weave samples that use a variety of weave structures for specific visual effects, including iridescence.
The primary goal of Color in Cloth is for you to gain the knowledge needed to use weave as an effective tool for color mixing. A secondary goal is to train your eyes to better “see” and use the basic elements of warp and weft color – hue, value and intensity - and to “see” how color and weave interact.
Upon completion of the workshop, you will know how to look at a fabric to identify the weave family and know how that family is likely to mix color, anticipate how a particular weave is likely to mix color, and how to select a weave to mix warp and weft colors for specific visual effects.
Instructor Bio: Cameron Taylor-Brown has immersed herself in fibers since the 1970s. She was introduced to textiles by artist Ed Rossbach at UC Berkeley, studied design at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (PCT&S) and worked as a fabric stylist in New York. She later taught textile design and worked as an exhibition curator at PCT&S. Since 1985, Taylor-Brown has lived in Los Angeles, where she recently founded ARTSgarage, a textile resource center. Her work is widely exhibited and is featured in publications including American Craft Magazine, Fiber Art Now, Handwoven and Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot. She teaches fiber workshops at schools, guilds, museums and conferences throughout the United States and Canada.