CALIFORNIA explores craft practices definitively Californian, from Native Americans continuing ancient traditions, to contemporary artists expressing new iterations of the art of the handmade.
Tracing the history of fiber in California begins with the indigenous Pomo people located in Northern California where basket weaver Corine Pearce is reviving ancestral Pomo basketry techniques.
Trained by the legendary Porter Blanchard, metalsmith Randy Stromsoe works, surfs, and lives a life of continuous inspiration on the Central Coast of California.
Turning to the Arts and Crafts movement classically embodied in California by Greene and Greene architects, The Gamble House, one of the finest examples of this work is explored, along with the handwork of renowned father and son woodworkers James Ipekjian and Jack Ipekjian, and the spectacular stained glass of the Judson Studios.
Winding through San Francisco’s Wearable Art movement of the 1960s, the fiber trail leads us to the elegant one-of-a-kind clothing by textile artist Deborah Cross in Santa Cruz.