A GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNEY: THE PAUL J. SMITH TEXTILE COLLECTION

JANUARY 19 - APRIL 15, 2018

TURNER AND GILLILAND GALLERIES

Director Emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Design in NY, Paul J. Smith is most noted for his groundbreaking curatorial works in the America Studio Craft Movement. During his career, he collected traditional and ethnographic textiles during his world travels that have never been exhibited before.

 

 

Phulkari, Punjab Artist Unknown Silk embroidery thread, cotton Hand embroidery

Phulkari, Punjab

Artist Unknown

Silk embroidery thread, cotton

Hand embroidery


TALISMANIC TRESSES: Vien LE Wood

JANUARY 19 - APRIL 15, 2018

Award wining British textile artist and designer, Vien Le Wood is the founder of Gold Spink Studio, a fashion embellishment concept house based in Brooklyn, New York. Vien has ten years’ experience in the fashion industry. Vien’s exhibition, Talismanic Tresses is based on her view of human hair which she believes it acts as a conductor to our higher consciousness and intuition.In this exhibition she intimately crafted, stitch-by-stitch, piece-by-piece, and layer-by-layer the act of embellishment with an artistic expression. Le Wood believes that through the process of being gifted precious hair and buying discarded hair, an energy exchange is created that sends the message of mortality.

Image: Talismanic Tresses , 2017, Staples, copper, naturally dyed mohair yarn,  tie dyed and screen printed human hair. 

   

 

 


A CAMBODIAN JOURNEY: STORIES TOLD BY TEXTILES AND COSTUMES OF THE CAMBODIAN CULTURAL DANCE TROUPE

JANUARY 19 - FEBRUARY 25, 2018

A journey to preserve the traditions and culture of the Cambodian people began in 1975 with the fall of Cambodia to the Khmer Rouge. The exhibit shows classical and folk dance costumes brought from Cambodia, from hand sewn silks to painted canvas. All costumes are used by the Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe to keep the ancient traditions of the Khmer people alive in San Jose.

Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe performs

Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe performs


WITHOUT A NET: SUSAN ELSE

JANUARY 19 - APRIL 15, 2018

FINLAYSON GALLERY

As a fabric sculptor, Santa Cruz-based artist Susan Else pushes the boundaries of the studio art quilt movement by integrating sound, light and motors with colorful, stitched figures. In her solo exhibition Without a Net, Else explores the theatrical awe and dark underbelly of the circus. 

Above the Boardwalk, 2007 65 x 50 x 25" Collaged and quilted cloth over armature, motorized, with audio

Above the Boardwalk, 2007

65 x 50 x 25"

Collaged and quilted cloth over armature, motorized, with audio