LAUNCH PARTY! Scrape the Willow

Sunday Oct 20 2013   2:00 PM
The Workshop Residence  833 22nd St., San Francisco, CA  map

“The baskets are like stories. If you listen they will tell you something.” Please join basket maker Julia Parker and author Deborah Valoma for for an afternoon of conversation and celebration of their new book Scrape the Willow Until It Sings

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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.