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How String Changed the World! A Conversation with Artist and Educator Cameron Taylor-Brown
February 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
On Wednesday, February 12th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm (Doors at 7:00 pm), please join us in welcoming Textile Arts Los Angeles and Cameron Taylor-Brown for practiceLAB, an artist conversation – How String Changed The World: An Exploration of Fiber, Culture, and Human Ingenuity.
Traces of ancient flax – colored, twisted, spun and cut – show that textiles were already an integral part of human life 35,000 years ago. Discover why humans first twisted fibers into thread, and how this invention revolutionized early cultures. Track the history of flax, wool, silk and cotton in the ancient world, view textiles through Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and explore how string and textiles are woven into language and identity. We’ll follow the presentation with a hands-on exercise where participants will ply their own string and make their own cloth – and in the process discover why using the fiber arts as a vehicle for self-discovery and innovation is so satisfying.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Cameron Taylor-Brown 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 subsequently taught textile design and worked as an exhibition curator at PCT&S. Since 1985, Taylor-Brown has lived in Los Angeles, where she 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 workshops at ARTSgarage, schools, guilds, museums and conferences throughout the United States and Canada. She is a past president of California Fibers and on the advisory boards of the Fowler Textile Council and Textile Arts | Los Angeles.