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The Ragged Cloth Cafe: A home for fiber & textile artists of all sorts.

The Ragged Cloth Café is a place for serious artists (who are also serious talkers) to verbally circle ideas about their own work, the visual arts, and the theories, histories, definitions and philosophies of arts while relating these to the textile arts. The group was begun by textile artists and most, but by no means all, of us continue to have textile art as our base of reference. We are prone to go deep into any given topic, likely to go on for hours circling an idea, bringing in tangent ideas, never entirely resolving any issue, but seldom descending into boring repetition. We are practicing artists by day; thinking artists by night; verbal artists whenever we see the chance.

The café invites civil discourse, discussions which probe and prod, and which are well-salted and sugared with references that will expand our horizons.  The Cafe has its regulars who contribute and start discussions, and its regulars who comment and prod us to think more deeply. You are welcome to comment at any time. If you would like to post, you can do so by contacting June Underwood at juneunderwood.com. Those who contribute do so either as “guests” or as “contributors.” Contributors are asked to post on a regular basis.

We ask for civil discourse, –no flaming, of course — although heated discussions about art are more than welcome. We also request that you not discuss technique at any length, since in our experience, textile artists have many technique resources and discussions tend to get bogged down in that arena; we also do not allow sales information. You are welcome to bring in your own art and discuss it in terms of ideas and questions you might have, either about design or about its general meaning and intent. I am hoping to get a sidebar for the uploading of information about exhibits and opportunities, but until I do, they may require a post of their own. Check with me.

Within this group, you will find fiber artists, art quilters, creators of complex/art cloth, wearable art, art dolls and others. The list is administered by June O. Underwood.

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17 Responses to “About”


  1. 1 Vik Sheldon December 6, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    so informative and well researched. Thank you so much!

  2. 2 magnus August 3, 2013 at 6:59 pm

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  3. 4 bethiewells September 11, 2012 at 4:03 am

    How does the use of Textiles within Contemporary Performance Art convey emotion?

  4. 5 colormuse August 23, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    so glad to have made the discovery of this blog. I went seeking more info about Mary Abbott and this read is very exciting. I’ll find my way here again. Thank you for being

  5. 6 eloise piper May 28, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I am trying to locate Kanti Jocelyn to send her an update of the surfdace design book. please send me an e-mail address that I might contact her
    thank you, eloise piper

  6. 7 Jonathan Polkest January 17, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Registering another revelation about discovering Ragged cloth cafe, looking forward to further visits.

  7. 8 Susie Monday December 5, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Hi June and all, I gave you all an award (Kreativ Blog) and linked on my site. I don’t expect this to make the pages, here, but wanted to send some of my readers (again) to this wonderful site. Keep us the great work. Susie

  8. 9 drawinglady September 24, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Hello I’ve just come across this in the way one does, sort of google magic. I’m really looking forward to checking out the posts and comments and finding other textile and stitching artists. I just discovered a wonderful German artist who uses stitching and thought I would share her with you Angela Vischer. You can check out my recent forays into using stitches on my weblog.

    Thanks for all the inspiration to come.

    Rachel.

  9. 10 kiteastman July 15, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Can’t wait to dig into the past posts — I look forward to reading the blog!

  10. 11 Lenna Andrews June 27, 2008 at 4:33 am

    What an interesting concept for a blog! I came here via Jane Davila’s blog and I do a lot of mixed media art with fabric. I am going to sign up for the email updates, how cool! Lenna in CT

  11. 12 Lawrence Coleman May 26, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    I would love a site where I could put forth artistic ideas and receive (listen to) other ideas in response

  12. 13 suburbanlife April 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I came via your visit to my blog – am smitten and will return often for sustenance! G

  13. 14 Shelly April 29, 2008 at 5:35 am

    Wow! I read the post on BlogHer about working in isolation and needing to share ideas. Is this really such a place?

  14. 15 shiborigirl September 5, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    i look forward to making this a blog regular read. thanks-

  15. 16 Fiona Wright August 8, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    Hello, I just found out about you guys from SDA journal.
    Fantastic. I look forward to what seesm will be a really interesting blog
    thanks
    Fiona

  16. 17 Adrienne April 7, 2007 at 11:54 am

    Hi June,
    I would like to join this forum. Saw your post on QuiltArt.

    Thanks,
    Adrienne


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