CNCHnet . . . The Textile Arts Webzine of the Conference of Northern California Handweavers

Winter 2010


For this issue we are exploring CREATIVITY and INSPIRATION through the eyes of fiber artists in our area.

The deYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park has  a show called “To Dye For: A World of Saturated Color” highlighting dye techniques in their traditional use and how these same techniques are used today.

Claudia Cocco, a member of the 2010 CNCH planning committee, took on the challenge of reviewing the show as well as doing interviews with the Curator, Jill D’Alessandro, and each of  the five featured local artists. Thank you Claudia for your well thought out and written articles.

The next part of the creativity conundrum is, “can it be taught and can it be learned.”
To explore those facets, we have a College of Marin Artist/Teacher who considers teaching creativity her main focus.  This is followed by the story of a young woman who spent this Summer as a student at Rhode Island School of Design learning, among other things, how to focus her creativity.

As fiber artists we all use our imaginations and our artistic abilities to create.  So, of course, it is fun to see what some of our guild members are doing.  Check out weaving with plastic film, making baskets with horsehair, weaving on two warps, as well as making embellishments.

Creativity. How do we define it?  Are some of us born with a creative gene? Is it teachable? Is it something we learn? Is there a process to develop it?  Does creativity strike like a bolt from the blue or is it carefully thought out?  After reading this issue, you may decide that creativity is impossible to describe, but you know it when you see it.


Judy Fisher  To go to the first article, Click here