TAA of Cleveland Museum of Art

TAA stands for Textile Art Alliance, an arm of the museum that focus interest on textiles. Well, I took a deep breath and applied for a juried spot in their 8th annual fundraiser art sale and fashion show. Now you have to know that the jury process is like waiting for grades after finals are done. You may have an idea about where you stand, but that idea may not be on point.

The application and photos were sent several weeks ago… and I must tell you I was a bit anxious for news.

Truth is I do not have the formal art education… i am primarily self taught. I took one class in silk painting, and it was a completely different method known as Serti, or stained glass method. That idea is to draw objects like a coloring book… big open spaces, but your lines must fully close in each space. When you drop dye it pools within these areas. But one minute gap in lines means the dye runs wild outside the boundaries you set up. And my eye heads right to those gaps and runs.

In an effort to use the silk and dye I had purchased I began searching the library, and the internet for education on silk painting and I discovered shibori. This is a japanese technique where you bind the silk (yes, i use dental floss for this purpose)
Where the string or dental floss is tightly binding the silk the dye does not run as freely- this acts as a barrier. Careful position of the bindings will result in various different patterns in the silk.
My first attempt was startling to me… it was more than I could expect or imagine… and I have not been able to duplicate this perfectly, but have come close.
Delicate pink gazenias emerged from a field of greens… with delicate petals and shadowing. It is these images that both energized me, and were pleasing to see that I could create such amazing graphic pattern on silk. I wanted the dye to run, to blend, to break in odd ways. And it did more than i could imagine. I am amazed at the process. And i feel like i have found my pace in dying silk.

That said, yesterday in my email news came. The TAA jury process approved me… I am in! How very excited I am for this opportunity. It is an austere group to be associated with.

So are you looking for something interesting to do in October?
Here are the details:
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Executive Caterers, 6111 Landerhaven Drive
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
Just off route 271 at the Cedar Road exit

•10:30 – Boutique Preview Shopping for luncheon attendees,
Artists’ Raffle
•1:00 – Fashion Show & Lunch,
Advance Reservations Required
•3:00 – 5:00 – Boutique & Runway Sales,
Open to the Public

Northeast Ohio’s wearable fashion spectacular features table boutiques and a stunning fashion show with one-of-a-kind garments, jackets, accessories, and other imaginative fiber wearables for day and evening.

•The afternoon boutique and runway sales area are open to the public ($5). Tickets available at the door.
•Fashion Show Patron tickets include Boutique Preview Shopping, Fashion Show, Lunch, Boutique, and Runway Sales ($45).
•Full table reservations (10 people, $450) assigned priority runway perimeter seating.
•Tickets may be purchased by calling the CMA Box Office at 216 421-7350. For Reservation questions please contact: Meghan Olis (CMA) 216 707-2579, molis@clevelandart.org