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  • Beyond the Surface: Worldwide Embroidery Traditions at the de Young

    March 6, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Beyond the Surface: Worldwide Embroidery Traditions is a show that features embroidered costumes and accessories from around the world, and the garment and textiles featured will have distinct characteristics from the time period and region where they were created. Embroidery, which is the stitching of patterns in cloth with a needle and thread has been a technique used to embellish costumes and textiles for centuries. Embroidery may be used purely as a decorative embellishment, but may also be used to construct a garment as well. The threads, patterns, and/or colors may indicate who created the garment.

    "Embroidery stitches, of which there are many different kinds, derive from three basic types: flat, knotted, and linked and looped. Flat stitches, such as running and satin stitches, are individual stitches that lie atop a fabric’s surface and are made without crossing or looping the thread. Knotted stitches, where the thread is knotted upon itself, are used to create raised patterns and textures. Linked and looped stitches, such as chain, are formed by securing a stitch with the following one and are used to create bands of embroidery."

    For more information or to order tickets for Beyond the Surface: Worldwide Embroidery Traditions, please visit the de Young website here.

     


  • Transportive Textiles: Fiber Art From Around the World

    March 1, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    There’s a fantastic collection of beautiful and vibrant fabric art, sourced from nearly a dozen countries, hand-picked and locally curated, on display at Warehouse416!  This month we celebrate Transportive Textiles, brought to you by Hess Art Advisory

    Title: Transportive Textiles
    Dates: Mar 3rd - Mar 25th
    Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Where: Warehouse416 (A family run gallery with private studio spaces & conference room, unique & edgy in style in an industrial aesthetic, promoting local contemporary artists.)
    416 26th street
    Oakland, California

    Saturday, March 11 (2PM): Curator walk-through with Claudia Hess will illuminate the special meanings of these international textiles, and elaborate on their enduring qualities. Light refreshments will be served

    Saturday, March 18 (4PM): Wine tasting to introduce the South American flavors of fine wine and fabrics, side-by-side. RSVP!

    Saturday, March 25 (2PM): Learn about the special meanings of our textiles, and how to use textiles in interior design! Artist talk will pair Claudia Hess (Hess Art Advisory) and Jill Vellinger (J Vellinger Designs). Also: pop-up tacos with Patricia Sandoval.


  • Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll at the de Young

    February 7, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Get inspired by 1960s music, art, and fashion this spring! The Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll exhibit will feature over 300 significant cultural artifacts from the summer of love, including over 150 from the museum's permanent collection. Included in this exhibit are rock posters, photographs, interactive multimedia shows, costumes, textiles, avante-garde films and more. The period is marked by groundbreaking developments in art, fashion, music, and politics.

    "Distinctive codes of dress also set members of the Bay Area counterculture apart from mainstream America. Local designers began to create fantastic looks using a range of techniques and materials, including leatherwork, hand-painting, knitting and crotchet, embroidery, repurposed denim, and tie-dye. These innovators included Birgitta Bjerke, aka 100% Birgitta; Mickey McGowan, aka the Apple Cobbler; Burray Olson; and Jeanne Rose."

    In conjunction with this exhibit, the de Young will be presenting a curator and staff lecture on Thursday, February 23rd from 10:30am - 12:30pm. The Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll exhibit will run from April 8th, 2017 - August 20th, 2017.

    For more information or to order tickets, please visit the de Young website here.


  • On the Grid - Textiles & Minimalism at the de Young

    January 31, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Now on display in the Wais and Knowles Galleries of Textile Arts at the de Young Museum, experience On the Grid: Textiles and Minimalism. This exhibit features textiles from around the world, all which share similar aesthetics found in minimalist works. The universal principles of design, such as symmetry, grids, repetition and simple forms are found in the artworks on display.

     

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    "Minimalist art is based upon pre-existing systems that conceive of the artwork in advance of its actual execution. These systems, often mathematical, rely on the repetition of simple forms. Textiles by their very nature comply with these core elements, and textile artists, like the Minimal artists, predetermine the finished work through their selection and processing of materials and in the warping or preparing of the loom. On the Grid examines these processes and further explores both the preeminence of weaving in the textile design vocabulary and its influences on the design of painted and dyed pieces that also conform to Minimalism’s repetition of forms and the grid as patterning devices."

    This show expresses "beauty in simplicity", through abstraction, precision, geometry, materiality and the process itself.
    For more information or to order tickets, please visit the de Young website here.

     


  • Textile Arts At the de Young - Sumatran Ship Cloth

    January 23, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    The textile arts collection at the de Young contains over 13,000 textiles and costumes from all over the world. The collection contains loom-woven textiles, and non-woven fabrics from bark cloth, felt, knitting and object embellishments, including beading and embroidery. Some of the highlights include Turkmen carpets, rare 12th 0 15th century Asian and North Indian silks, European tapestries, and contemporary Bay Area fiber art. The de Young has been known for its 20th-century couture exhibits from the post-World War II era. Some of the memorable pieces on display are by Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Madame Grés, Yves Saint Laurent and Coco Chanel.

    2010-18_webOne of the interesting exhibits on display now until February 12th, 2017, experience The Sumatran Ship Cloth exhibit in Gallery 31 at the de Young. This exhibit represents the three ceremonial textiles from the Lampung region of south Sumatra, a region of Indonesia where ship imagery is a major theme in woven arts.

    "For many Indonesians, the sea represents their lifeblood, and ship imagery reflects social structures, rituals, and cosmological beliefs. These textiles from the Museums’ permanent collection, dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, are being shown for the first time."

    For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the de Young website here.

     


  • WARP X WEFT: Textile 101

    August 19, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    At Britex Fabrics we believe it is important to know your fabrics. Knowledge of how fabric came into being is equally as important, and can be an endlessly fascinating topic. Enter Geana Seaburger, with her workshop Warp X Weft: Textile 101. Geana, a former Britex assistant buyer and marketing whiz, is an Oakland-based maker with a design studio,and owner of GDS Clothgoods. Although she is currently making aprons to order-and quite successfully-her passion seems to be textiles from the ground up, literally.

    Attend her workshop Warp X Weft: Textile 101 at Britex Fabrics and you will hear, touch, smell, and see cotton, linen, wool, and silk in their most natural form. These natural fibers each have very different characteristics, which becomes evident the more you handle them.

    In the classroom, she encourages students to touch, poke, prod, and pull apart a cotton ball, flax (linen fiber), wool fibers, and silk. Each fiber has differences in length, texture, strength, and beauty.

    "Typically with fibers, length corresponds with quality... "

     

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    As she talks, students rip or pull pieces of the natural fibers and cut swatches from the corresponding finished fabrics, then glue them on sheets of paper, labeling them and taking notes. This exercise helps to illustrate the process that these fibers must go through to become fabrics. Students swatch different examples of fabric weaves, and learn that the sheen of a fabric is controlled by the type of weave it is woven into/from.

     

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    Terms such as hand, sheen, drape, resilience, wicking properties, protein vs. animal fibers, plain weaves, and matte vs. reflection, are thrown around the room as the students handle and catalog examples of each of these. Synthetics and man made fibers are also discussed.

    "If we're  interested in textiles, it's good to know the whole story."

    It is a given that Seaberger is very passionate about her subject matter. She touches on environmental matters as a part of her discussion, at one point saying "conventional cotton is terrible for the environment" in the way that it is produced. She praised polyester for its ability to "imitate so many natural fibers," and described one of the fabric swatches she used as an example of a synthetic blend as a "coarse wool and yucky acrylic."

    Her workshop is given practically every month  and tickets sell out weeks, sometimes months ahead of time.

     

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    Upcoming Workshop Dates
    Saturday, September 10th 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Saturday, October 1st 10:30am - 12:30pm

     


  • In-store Sale: 2/17, All Day, Storewide

    February 11, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

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    It's that time of year again...

    The big 30% off in-store sale* is on Monday, February 17 from 10 to 7 PM.

    Count on incredible deals throughout the entire store, from Main Floor silks to Fourth Floor already-reduced remnants. Turn an ordinary pattern into an exquisite designer look-alike. Make a one-of-a-kind tie. Sew a silk chiffon scarf. Commit to making a coat. Did someone say pleats? 2014 is all about challenging yourself to be a better sewist. We're here to help with scrumptious quality textiles and accessories plus tips and tutorials to guide you along the way!

    View our Pinterest Sale Sampler >

    *Limited to stock on the floor. Imported/vintage lace, sale, and  specialty items not included. No mail orders, online, phone, or special orders.


  • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles: The World According to Joyce Gross: Quilts from the Dolph Briscoe Center

    September 2, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

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    August 4 through October 25, 2009
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    The World According to Joyce Gross: Quilts from the Dolph Briscoe Center
    A selection of 30 important historical quilts & quilt-related ephemera from the collection amassed by Joyce Gross over 35 years. Includes 30 important quilts dating from 1845 to 1980, with an emphasis on appliqué quilts.
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  • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles: Fabric Tattoos: Spirit of the The Mola

    September 2, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

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    Aug 4 through Oct 25, 2009
    Fabric Tattoos: Spirit of the The Mola
    Molas are a traditional Panamanian textile created by the Kuna people of the San Blas islands and worn in their costumes. They are created using a unique reverse appliqué technique, where the layers of colored cotton cloth are turned under to reveal the colors in the layers below.
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