Start spreadin’ the news, I’m leaving today

I want to be a part of it: New York, no rx New York. – Liza Mennelli (1977)


Well, see maybe not today – but after reading all about New York below, you may just vote to go there in May.

Interesting Facts about New York:

  • More than 26,000 people live in each square mile.
  • New York’s Central Park is larger than the principality of Monaco.
  • Hong Kong is the only city in the world with more completed skyscrapers than New York City.
  • Since 2005, New York City has the lowest crime rate of the 25 largest US cities, and one of the safest cities in the US overall.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (”The Met”) contains over 2 million works, making it one of the largest art museums in the world.
  • Walking around Times Square is free.

Museums/ Galleries/ Other Great Stuff  to check out….

Museum of Art and Design
Habu Textiles
Museum of Modern Art
The Museum at FIT
Textile Study Group of New York
American Folk Art Museum
Cooper Hewitt Design Museum
Garment District

There really is so much to see, we could go on forever.
So start spreading the word…. an get ready to vote.

New Works, Alumni – Angela Silver

Snapshot!ACAD alumni Angela Silver (2006 grad) presents Tercet at the 2009 D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival on in New York from Sept. 25th to Sept. 27th.
Throughout the streets, health Angela Silver questions meaning in contemporary experience by usurping the ubiquitous traffic sign system and replacing the text with multi-lingual poetics.

D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival, a three-day multi-site neighborhood-wide event is a one-of-a-kind art happening: where serendipity meets the haphazard and where the unpredictable, spontaneous and downright weird thrive. The now teenage D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival® presents touchable, accessible, and interactive art, on a scale that makes it the nation’s largest urban forum for experimental art.

Art Under the Bridge is an opportunity for young artists to use any medium imaginable to create temporary projects on-the-spot everywhere and anywhere, completely transforming the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, New York, into a vibrant platform for self-expression. In addition to the 80+ projects throughout the historical post-industrial waterfront span, visitors can tour local artists’ studios or check out the indoor video_dumbo, a non-stop program of cutting-edge video art from New York City and around the world.

The immediacy of the event means many artists reflect on current issues: among others, the rise of technology, recession blues, homelessness and environmental concerns.

For more information on the festival, visit Dumbo Arts Festival

I swear I’m gonna live forever, heading back to Santa Fe

– Jon Bon Jovi (1990)
So while most of you will be too young to remember the lyrics to the song, check some of you may still be interested in going to Santa Fe on our department trip (living forever not withstanding).

imagesInteresting facts about Santa Fe:

  • It takes your body a day or two to adapt to high altitude. Taking it easy and drinking extra water helps.
  • Santa Fe, buy more about the capital of New Mexico, viagra is the oldest capital city in the U.S. and the name means “Holy Faith” in Spanish.
  • Santa Fe has more than 225 restaurants, 250 art galleries, 70 jewelry shops, 13 museums and one world-famous opera.
  • Santa Fe averages 300 days of sunshine, 14 inches of rain and 17.5 inches of snow each year. (aka – we are almost guaranteed good weather)
  • For 2009 Santa Fe was ranked as the fifth most popular travel city in North America by the travel-savvy readers of Destination – Travel + Leisure magazine.
  • Santa Fe drive boasts the largest concentration of galleries in the United States, 40 in a few blocks as of 2006.


Including many smaller galleries. Santa Fe has many world-class museums. Many are located around the historic downtown Plaza or close by:


You may also want to check out…

Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Espanola Valley Fibre Arts Center
New Mexico Museums
Jane Sauer Gallery
Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

Knitting Club meets Wednesday

On Saturday I visited Calgary’s Military Museums to see Unravelling the Yarns: War Rugs and Soldiers, viagra 60mg an exhibition of War Rugs from the Fyke Collection of Afghan War Rugs curated by Dr. Michele Hardy. The rugs were donated to the Nickle Arts Museum by Robert Fyke, ed a dear friend who passed away in 2009. It was good to see some of the rugs from this incredible collection again.Robert was a passionate and outspoken collector of war rugs who enjoyed sharing the story of these fascinating textiles with his friends and colleagues. A digital version of the entire collection has recently become available along with resources for further research.

In the new exhibit at The Founder’s Galery, the rugs are shown alongside artifacts from the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Museum and Archives. The pairing of an AK-47 or hand grenade with its woven analog provides not only a context for these uniquely contemporary textiles, but also lends a sobriety and grave reality to the imagery contained in the rugs.

In her statement for the exhibition, Millitary Museums’ Art Curator Colleen Sharp writes, “Few rugs woven by tribal people today reflect contemporary experiences in their narratives, yet these rugs offer a first person perspective of war as told by their Afghan weavers.” It is for this fact, I feel that the rugs have such a powerful story to tell. The inherent paradox of violent imagery and themes woven into a rug, an article of domestic comfort or religious expression (some are in fact used in prayer), gives wordless expression to the horrific incursion of violence into the daily lives of the weavers and their families.

Unravelling the Yarns: War Rugs and Soldiers continues at The Founder’s Gallery in The Millitary Museums until January 31, 2011. For admission info and hours Click HERE

The entrance to the Founder’s Gallery also features Canopy, by Toronto artist Penelope Stewart. The work “…features a tiled pattern photographed and screened onto thirty feet of organza fabric. The ghostly pattern evokes remembrance and is derived from detail on the University of Toronto memorial to soldiers lost in the world wars.” (Curated by Colleen Sharpe, Art Curator with the Founders’ Gallery.)


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This Wednesday at 12:30pm the ACAD Knitting Club will have it’s first meeting (for real this time). We will be meeting upstairs in the fibre department, by the big windows. We aren’t suppose to have food up there, so try and eat lunch before you come. Bring your knitting (or other like projects) and I will see you there.


Too many emails???


The question is… New York or Santa Fe? Where do you want to on a Fibre Department student trip next May?

Over the next couple of days, medicine we’ll be posting links to websites that make arguments for both sides. Check them out, let them do battle in your mind and then click here to take survey to place your vote before September 30.

May the best city win!!!!
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Artist Talk by Saaraliisa Ylitalo


Fibre artist Saaraliisa Ylitalo will be giving an artist talk Offerings: Fibre Works in Paper at ACAD Friday, drug September 25 in room 520 at 1030 am. This talk is open to the public – ALL ARE WELCOME!

Saaraliisa has been working in the field of fiber for over 30 years. During much of that time she has lived and taught abroad in Costa Rica, tadalafil Japan, Peru and South Africa. While in Kyoto for five years, she fell in love with washi (handmade paper) and studied with a master papermaker. Her own work uses her handmade paper and whatever other fiber techniques she needs at the time.

Over the years her work has had a strong social conscience, dealing with subjects such as abuse and victimization, secrets and body image. She visually communicates the struggle between hope and despair and the tension created from the interplay of those forces. Her newer works have echoes of these themes, but are more focused on life’s more ethereal and spiritual questions. “I persist in asking: as humans, why do we struggle, why do we care, what makes us try? I have no answers to these seemingly spiritual enigmas, and I do not seek the answers through conventionally religious means, but I continue to dissect the struggle.”