California Fibers: Historical References

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by California Fibers
Curated by Aneesa Shami Zizzo
February 20 – March 28, 2021
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LOS ANGELES, CA – Studio 203 California Fibers: Historical References.

This exhibition examines history through the lens of fiber art. Each artist addresses a different aspect of history, including art historical movements, personal histories, craft history, historical sites and world mythologies. Techniques used include: weaving, quilting, basketry, dyeing, printing, knotless netting and applique.
A written statement by the artist accompanies each piece, describing how their work relates to the theme of referencing history.
California Fibers members included in this exhibition: Linda Anderson, Charlotte Bird, Carrie Burckle, Marilyn McKenzie Chaffee, Gail Fraser, Polly Jacobs Giacchina, Lydia Tjioe Hall, Susan Henry, Brecia Kralovic-Logan, Kathy Nida, Carol Nilsen, Michael F. Rohde, Aneesa Shami, Rebecca Smith, Cameron Taylor-Brown, Debby Weiss and Peggy Wiedemann.
Please note this exhibition is available for in-person viewing by appointment only.
Historical References will also be available to view online at

California Fibers artists about their pieces:

Carrie Burckle: “This piece is referencing Ed Rossbach’s ‘Small White Lace,’ which he created before 1974, in vinyl tape with a bobbin lace technique.”

An Homage to Ed Rossbach, screen printing ink on muslin mounted on stretcher bars, 24” x 24”, @carrieburckle

Michael F. Rohde:“The reverence for cloth is strong in many traditions, particularly in Japan. Scraps of fabric are not discarded, but recycled to new life.
The term Boro is applied to such reconstructed textiles. The beauty of this idea and of the results of this reverence are the basis for this tapestry.”

Boro, tapestry and embroidery: wool, silk, natural dyes, 33½” x 31½”, @michaelfrohde

Peggy Wiedemann: “Be kind to others, wear a mask.”

The Mask, pine needles, rag cordage, Irish waxed linen, paper, funnel, old optometry glasses, found objects, 13” x 12” x 4”, @peggywiedemann

Charlotte Bird: “Sedna is the Inuit goddess of the sea. She lives at the bottom of the ocean and controls the sea mammals that the people hunt for subsistence. When the hunters bring home a whale, walrus or seal she must be thanked.”

Sedna, hand dyed and commercial cotton, polyester thread; techniques: hand cut and fused applique, machine stitched, machine quilted, 48″ x 30”, @bird5902

All photos were taken from the Studio203 website

About Studio 203

Studio 203 is an artist-run space in Los Angeles. Located in
a unique commercial building, the Studio operates as a
white-walled gallery in the front and a working studio in the
back. Our vision is to support fellow artists by providing an
affordable platform in Los Angeles to help them follow their
dreams. We collaborate with forward-thinking individuals to
create exhibitions, host workshops and shape culture.
Founded by Aneesa and Grant Zizzo, and is the current site
of Aneesa Shami Studio.

About California Fibers

California Fibers, founded in 1970, supports artistic growth and professional advancement
for contemporary Southern California fiber artists.The imagination and superb craftsmanship
of these artists place them in the highest echelon in their fields. The group has an extensive
exhibition history in the USA and abroad. Many of its members are well-represented in
museums and private collections and are recipients of prestigious awards from around the
world. Their creative expression includes weaving, basketry, sculpture, quilting, embroidery,
felting, surface design, knitting, crochet, wearables and mixed media.