Basket Makers: Four Generations

Friday Sep 19 2014   1:00 PM
California Historical Society  678 Mission St., San Francisco, CA  map

Julia Parker (Coast Miwok/Kashaya Pomo) and four generations of her family will share the living traditions of California basket makers and the history of Yosemite. Deborah Valoma, author of Scrape the Willow until It Sings: The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker, will introduce the family. 

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Deborah ValomaDeborah Valoma is an artist, professor, and chair of the Textiles Program at California College of the Arts in Oakland and San Francisco, where her specialized field of research and teaching is textile history and theory. She earned a B.A. from UC Berkeley in anthropology and an M.F.A. in textiles from the California College of Arts and Crafts. She has written several articles on the culture of textiles as a global aesthetic practice and edited a special issue of Textiles: Journal of Cloth and Culture on the topic of dust. Formerly the Director of Fine Arts at CCA, Valoma organized the international symposium Craft Forward, in which theorists and practitioners debated future trajectories of the field. She has served on the board of directors of several community-based organizations dedicated to the preservation of traditional arts, maintains a weaving practice, and engages in ongoing collaborations with artists and choreographers.