The Arizona Desert Weavers and Spinners Guild and the Telarana Weavers and Spinners Guild invited members of all the guilds to the Bhakti Zeik Lecture on Weaving Design.
The lecture began at 10 AM and everyone gathered to find their places after admiring the Zeik Class Samples spread all over the table.
"Bhakti Ziek is an internationally recognized studio weaver/instructor. She is based in New Mexico, but she is currently teaching at ASU, Fiber Arts Department. Bhakti is an award-winning artist and her works have been exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has been a keynote speaker for numerous conferences including HGA's Convergence 2004, Surface Design Conference, and Midwest Weavers Conference. As a textile scholar, she has juried and curated many textile exhibitions. Her essays on contemporary fiber have been published in exhibition catalogues and art journals, including American Craft, Fiberarts and Surface Design Journal", writes The Mother O All, newsletter editor, the Arizona Desert Weavers and Spinners Guild.
Bhaki Ziek began her presentation talking about her world travels and how she began with a trip through Mexico and Guatemala. The slides of the primitive peasant dresses and wraps influenced Bhaki Ziek to create more intricate weavings. She expressed her love of the peasant clothing.
Ms Ziek continued her studies at Cranbrook Campas.
The Woven Pixel: Designing for Jacquard and Dobby Looms Using Photoshop was written by Alice Schlein and Bhaki Ziek. This 362 page black and white, spiral binding book has everything you need to know about designing woven cloth using Photoshop. This book is intended for weavers, surface designers, graphic artists and others who wish to have their work produced as woven cloth, whether on hand looms or through industrial production.
The lecture was inspiring to say the least. We came away with ideas and motivation to make our fiber art the best it can be. "If I weave it, it is there forever... there is a space and time for everything... if you know something...share it", are just some of the great phases and ideas I brought home with me. These words spoken by Ziek were sprinkled amongst so much great information about fiber art and artist muse.
Thank you Arizona Desert Weavers and Spinners Guild and the Telarana Weavers and Spinners Guild for inviting members of other guilds to enjoy this lecture today with you. What a pleasure it was!