What’s Up, Weavers? California Fibers: Surface and Structure at Branch Gallery

Branch Gallery in Los Angeles, California, is a gallery dedicated to local fiber arts. The focus is on exhibiting local fiber artists, and the goal is to bring more attention to fiber as not only a craft, but also as fine art.

California Fibers, a group founded in 1970, supports fiber artists in Southern California in growing artistically and furthering their professional advancement. The group, which is made up of creators of weaving, basketry, sculpture, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crochet, and more, has had many exhibitions in the United States and abroad. In March 2018, select members of California Fibers will show their work at Branch Gallery in the California Fibers: Surface and Structure exhibit.

What: California Fibers: Surface and Structure exhibition
Where: Branch Gallery at 1031 West Manchester Blvd in Inglewood, CA
When: March 17-May 6, 2018

The theme, Surface and Structure, explores the artists’ diverse perceptions of imagery, inspiration, materials, and processes.

Kathy Nida, one participating artist, explained what the theme means to her:

“All our work exists in the world of surface and structure . . . in some, the structure is more obvious, more apparent, perhaps even more important, such as in some of the more sculptural work. In others, though there is a definite structure that holds a weaving or a quilt together, it is less about the structure and more about what shows, the surface, even though the structure is what allows it to be different than a drawing, a painting, or a single layer of yarn or fabric. Yet we all have fiber in common.”

The opening reception will be Saturday, March 17 at 3 p.m. Other events include “Artist Talk” on Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. and “Walk with the Curator,” with juror and curator Aneesa Shami, on April 28 at 2 p.m.
See below several works that will be featured in the exhibit:

Branch Gallery

Polly Jacobs Giacchina, Evolution
2016
Materials: date palm, wire, pods, caning, twine, and bamboo
Techniques: twining, knotless netting, and crochet
Dimensions: H: 28″ x W: 20″ x D: 2″ (wall hanging)
Photo credit: Rodney Nakamoto

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Kathy Nida, I Can’t Be Your Superwoman
2017
Materials: commercial and hand-dyed cottons
Techniques: fused applique, machine stitched, machine quilted, hand inked
Dimensions: H 88″ x W 52″
Photo credit: Gary Conaughton

Branch Gallery

Michael Rohde, Traces
2011
Materials: wool, cochineal dye
Techniques: Handwoven tapestry
Dimensions: H 51″ x W 35.5″
Photo credit: Andrew Neuhart

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Linda Anderson, Spellbound
2016
Materials: cotton fabric, bamboo batting, polyester thread
Techniques: all hand painted raw edge applique pieces, machine stitched and quilted
Dimensions: H 48″ x W 32″
Photo credit: Jamie Hamel-Smith

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Charlotte Bird, Microbes 10
2017
Dimensions: H 14″ x W 14″
Materials: hand-dyed and commercial cotton, hand-dyed perle cotton thread, polyester thread
Techniques: hand-cut and fused applique, machine stitched, machine quilted, hand embroidered

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Featured Image: Traces by Michael Rohde, 2011. Handwoven tapestry. Photo by Andrew Neuhart.


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