Soka University in Aliso Viejo is a giant, sprawling campus boasting some amazing architecture.
And from January 13 until May 8, 2014 Soka University is hosting a free exhibit in the Founders Hall Art Gallery of 66 original works of art by 22 members of California Fibers.
|Julie Kornblum surplus yarn, plastic bags|
The artworks range from very large to very small and from traditional to avant garde.
The level of skill in all the works is very impressive.
|Susan Hart Henegar, tapestry|
A photo never does justice to scale and textures.
These tapestries and the recycled quilt are about 5' X 7'.
|Susan Henry, recycled mens wool trousers and suit jackets|
|Vayla, felted and quilted|
|Polly Jacobs Giacchina, date palm, caning and raffia|
There are numerous three dimensional pieces that are very organic in shape.
|Gail Fraser, hand twined with wax linen, reed, sisal, wire and ceramics|
|Lydia Tjioe Hall, steel wire, cast bronze, waxed linen thread|
|Lynne Hodgman, crocheted rayon thread|
This is a very large installation and very effective for its' relative simlpicity.
|Ashley V. Blalock, cotton yarn|
And I will conclude with one of my favorite pieces;
an old school skill of crochet taken to an artistic level with a giant floor to ceiling installation.
Many people possess skills that they think are quite ordinary when in actuality the only limit to the skill is their imagination.
This exhibit celebrates and explores the ancient skill of working with fibers in many new and innovative ways.