Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018 | 12:30–1:30pm
ADMISSION: Free in conjunction with Free First Tuesdays
Join us as we gather in the Textile Lab for a series of artist-led workshops that explore textile arts, fashion designs, and embroidery.
Established Textile Artist Claire Spector discusses her current body of work Blind Stitching: Contemporary Textiles, Sewn by Feel, along with up-cycled art clothing; life-size figurines emphasizing common cross-cultural roots; and a tactile textile activity.
Inspired by Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Claire Spector’s backdrop includes: a display of her Great-Grandmother Ethel Burstein’s antique black silk two-piece dress; a hand-sewn cloth cotton purse she pinned into the bodice of her dress when she went out; and a prayer book she received as a wedding gift. All will be arranged around a table set with linens, unique antique hand-painted fish plates, and a platter upon which she served homemade gefilte fish at the weekly Shabbat meal she prepared for her family on the Lower East Side.
(Image description: Photograph of Claire Spector smiling. She has long curly gray hair, is wearing fit over glare shields and holding a red and white cane. She is standing in front of her work at "Blind Stitching: The Art of Sewing Differently" at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, August 27, 2018. The photo includes images of Claire’s "Contemporary Textiles, Sewn by Feel," including (from left to right) "Blind Spot," "Homage to MC," "Canyon de Chelly," "Pentangle," "Cinnamon Swirl," "Koi," "Dot Kin," "Engagement I & II" and partial images at the far right of "Diptych I" above, "On the Upside." Claire is touching the raised Sashiko embroidery spiral in the middle bottom block of the piece, "Cinnamon Swirl.")
Claire Spector is a legally blind contemporary textile established artist. Since 2005, her near vision has been multiple, misaligned, and unstable. She is very sensitive to light, motion and geometric patterns, walks with a red and white cane, and uses assistive technology.When she was quite young, her artist mother Barbara taught her to sew by hand, to knit, draw and make prints. Spector says, “Hand-sewing teaches patience. Piecing by-hand is a meditation…a sense memory of visual close work now guided by touch. My ﬁngers reference edges, seams and tactile embroidery spirals I sew following a ﬂow. Work progresses organically, a bit at a time.” She sews with cotton, linen, wool and silk scraps, remnants and deconstructed clothing using good cotton thread, short #10 quilting and big-eyed Sashiko needles, Perle cotton 8 embroidery thread, sharp cuticle scissors, glass-head pins, and a treasured Japanese pin cushion. She ﬁnds the reassuring click of a Clover needle threader and the quiet of hand-sewing is a welcome break from synthesized assistive technology voices, the sewing machine, and the intensity of nonproﬁt service facilitating medically vulnerable, culturally and linguistically isolated community members. Sharing art created in this fashion opens dialogues and opportunities to explore new possibilities, learn about resources, and discover creative workarounds for a more vibrant life.
(Image description: Claire is smiling. She has a long cascade of curly salt and pepper hair, and has on dark glasses and glare protecting fit-overs.)
Weave, drape, embroider and learn in this hands-on educational annex Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Featured activities include weaving on a giant loom, draping on dress forms, embroidering patterns inspired by the exhibition, and more.
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Access Programs are made possible by major support from Wells Fargo Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by The Morse Family Foundation.
Free First Tuesdays are made possible by a grant from the Alexander M. & June L. Maisin Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Maribelle and Stephen Leavitt, and Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.
Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem is organized by The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and is curated by IMJ's Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and Life Associate Curator Efrat Assaf-Shapira. The Israel Museum’s curatorial team includes Curator in Charge Daisy Raccah-Djivre; Exhibition Curator Efrat Assaf-Shapira; Scientific Advisors No’am Bar’am Ben-Yossef and Esther Juhasz; Head of Traveling Exhibitions Sivan Eran-Levian and Traveling Exhibitions Coordinator Chandi Medad. Exhibition texts are based on the original 2014 Israel Museum exhibition Dress Codes: Revealing the Jewish Wardrobe and on The Jewish Wardrobe (edited by Esther Juhasz) published by the Israel Museum in 2012. The exhibition is organized at The CJM by Curator Heidi Rabben.
Lead Sponsorship in San Francisco is provided by the Koret Foundation, Gaia Fund, and Maribelle and Stephen Leavitt. Major Sponsorship is provided by The Bernard Osher Foundation and Dorothy R. Saxe. Patron Sponsorship is provided by Taube Philanthropies for Jewish Life and Culture and Suzanne and Elliott Felson. Supporting Sponsorship is provided by Judy and Robert Aptekar, Britex Fabrics, Dana Corvin and Harris Weinberg, Rosanne and Al Levitt, Siesel Maibach, Shelli Semler and Kyle Bach, Eta and Sass Somekh, Ellice Sperber, and the Ullman Family. Additional support is provided by an anonymous donor, David Agger, Morton and Amy Friedkin, Joy and Joel Kellman, Dr. Michael and Davida Rabbino, the Irving and Varda Rabin Foundation of the Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay, Tzipi and Sam Tramiel, and Marilyn and Murry Waldman.
Generous support is provided by the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest.
Support for this exhibition is provided by the Bernard and Barbro Osher Exhibition Fund of The Contemporary Jewish Museum.