Upcoming event – The Culture of Cloth

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For the most part, my fabulous Day Job as Assistant Director of a performing arts center and my fascinating hobby job as a sericulturist and weaver stay pretty separate.  Everybody at the office knows about my weaving and silk work, and a lot of them have seen me other places – but our mission at the Center is *performing* arts, so my creative endeavors don’t interact much with my administrative work.

UNTIL NOW!  Our building is 100 years old this year, and as part of our Century Celebration, we’re doing an event on August 8 called The Culture of Cloth (link to PDF of event flyer).  Artist Sue Benner, who coordinated the weaving of the big tapestry panels in our Meadows Hall, will give a presentation of her work, members of the Dallas Handweavers and Spinners Guild will be demonstrating weaving, spinning, and surface design of textiles, and I’ll be reeling silk.

Artist Sue Benner with Cellular Structure VII

Artist Sue Benner with Cellular Structure VII

Me, reeling silk.  I did these videos for an article in Spindlicity, and filmed them in Meadows Hall where we will be demonstrating.

The event is FREE, but we do ask that folks let us know they’ll be coming – please call the Sammons Center at 214-520-7789, or email me at michael@sammonsartcenter.org or Diane at diane@sammonsartcenter.org

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  1. dark_phoenix54
    dark_phoenix54 says:

    For the first time in my entire life, I wish I were in Texas. That sounds like a really interesting event, and I love that piece (Cellular Structure VII)!

  2. trickykitty
    trickykitty says:

    Oh wow.

    That building is absolutely gorgeous. I can see why it’s won so many awards.

    After seeing you demonstrate the silk reeling, it would be nice to see spinning and weaving. I think I’ll try to attend. Are you expecting a large crowd? I’ll be sure to send a proper RSVP email once I’m home and able to check my calendar.

    I love networking my friends out to each other.

    Speaking of re-tasking historical buildings:
    Incidentally, a friend of mine just opened a coffee house in the historic downtown Garland. They were able to fix up an old turn-of-the-century store front and bring back some of its original architectural features. Her and her husband are hosting a weekly steampunk swap meet, which only adds to the ambiance of the place when you see folks all dressed up in period pieces that actually match the decor of the building! There are other events as well, but I just get a kick out of the swap meet idea.

    Her original idea was even more intriguing as she wished to fix up the original Garland firehouse/powerstation/jail into both a coffee house and a study center for teens. I think that building is still up for grabs, and her previous work in space planning for it was excellent.

    Anyway, I highly recommend visiting The Generator and hope you’ll pass the word, even if it’s just to check out the remodel.

    Re: A plea for info on behalf of a friend:
    I have a friend that is seeking work in the performing arts arena after just moving here from Albuquerque, NM. She has a degree in theater education and a pretty well-rounded resume including props, stage manager, director, and administration, and would of course love to work with children. Would you have an idea on potential openings with any of the groups that you work with at the Sammons Center, or perhaps some other contact person(s) that I could get her in touch with? I would greatly appreciate it if you know of anything. If so, please drop me a line at trickykty at gmail.com. If not, I will totally understand.

  3. admin
    admin says:

    Re: Oh wow.

    Very cool coffee shop! I’ll have to try and get out there one of these days. I have *no* idea how many people we will have for this – I’d be happy with forty or fifty. Look forward to seeing you here!

    As far as your friend – contact Raphael Parry or Meredith Quirin with Shakespeare Dallas – Raphael in particular would be likely to know which other theaters might be hiring. I think Shakespeare is just now winding down their season so they’re probably DE-staffing… but it’s not the same for everybody. http://www.shakespearedallas.org

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