Friday, February 19, 2010

Sweetgrass at the Avery Center

For our Guild meeting on Saturday, March 20, we'll meet at the Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture for a special tour of their current exhibit entitled Sweetgrass: A Living Legacy of Families and Communities .  The focus of the exhibit is the baskets themselves and the intergenerational relationships between basket makers whose art connects them to past generations back to Africa. Click here to see a recent article in the Post & Courier about the exhibit and local basket makers.

The Avery Center is located at 125 Bull Street in downtown Charleston. Free parking is available behind the Center. There is no charge to enter the Center or see the exhibits. As an added bonus, at this time the Center  also has an exhibit on local painter, Jonathan Green whose work will be familiar to almost everyone.

Thanks go to Garnette Tuten for making the contact at the Avery Center. She and Kelly Fort will meet our group at the entrance to the Center between 1:45 - 2:00 PM. Let's use our e-mail lists to coordinate carpools to avoid taking so many cars into downtown.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Artists' Books

The Guild will meet on February 20 at our regular meeting place -- The Meeting Place at 1077 E. Montague Ave. in the historic business district of North Charleston.
Our own member, Linnie Trettin, will present our program on a fiber art that holds endless possibilities for beginners and the experienced -- artists' books. Since most of us are unfamiliar with book arts, this will be a wonderful introduction -- an overview of techniques, formats and structures used in producing artists' books along with materials used and opportunities to learn more
A search in Google Images resulted in a fascinating variety of examples -- just a few are here to intrigue you. Linnie tells me artists' books may  include traditionally bound books, pop ups, and accordion structures. Some are computer generated and others are completely hand-crafted with stitching, beading, metal and woodwork, and fiber arts. Some artists alter existing books in interesting ways and some create one-of-a-kind objects. Linnie warns that we might even come to surprising conclusions about what constitutes a "book."
Linnie is our "inside" member who connected us to the Masaru Tapestries Cooperative in Lesotho, South Africa. She will take a few minutes and give us an update on the progress the Coop has made to increase their production capacity by training new weavers. We might want to think about how we, as a Guild, can continue to build our relationship with this group. Even though they are far away, our shared knowledge of fiber arts is a common thread that connects us to them.

Saturday the 20th, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM will be an interesting and fun. Hope to see you there!