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.