Invented Fabric: The Textured Cloth

by - Monday, May 04, 2009

2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium

Instructor Jean Cacicedo

This special workshop, held every year, introduces an unusual combination of approaches to constructing or embellishing cloth. This year Invented Fabric is taught by Jean Cacicedo who has adapted her workshop “The Textured Cloth.” Jean arrives from Berkeley, California, to give this three-day workshop exploring the transformative properties of various cloths. Students will discover how the natural surface beauty and structure of fabric can be distorted to yield new inspiration and potential for both craft and art.

Methods of working emphasize surface and structure through manipulation, deconstruction, and reconstruction. Students use cotton, silk, polyester, and wool fabrics: the differences in fibre content create a range of transformational possibilities. Design ideas will incorporate shrinking, fusing, slashing, and stitching. There will be samples made of all the various techniques, slides to view, and time for creating larger samples for potential use in a garment design. All levels of expertise are welcome. Some sewing will be required.

Jean Cacicedo

Jean Cacicedo received a BFA in Sculpture from the Pratt Institute, New York, in 1970. Cacicedo was a prime innovator in the Wearable Art Movement of the 1970s. For over three decades she has worked on special processes for wool fabrics as well as on works on paper. Known for her “signature coats,” her pieced and sewn, slashed, felted, and dyed constructions have been exhibited throughout Western Europe, Japan, and the United States. In 2000, a 30-year retrospective of her work was featured at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, California. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the de Young Museum, San Francisco, Oakland Museum of California, Museum of Art and Design, NYC. She currently works out of her studio in Berkeley, California.

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  1. I have attended many workshops with Maiwa and loved them all - this one looks fantastic and is the workshop I'm hoping to get into this year.


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