Saturday, November 15, 2014

Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective Honors Romare Bearden at the Hartford Public Library

Romare Bearden

Art, History and Social Activism: CtFAC Honors Romare Bearden

Date: On display December 17, 2014-March 13, 2015
Location: Downtown Library 3rd Floor Gallery

In honor of the recent arrival of two spectacular Romare Bearden murals at Hartford Public Library, The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective (CtFAC) presents a special exhibit that pays homage to the stylistic works of Bearden, his commitment to civil rights and his contributions to the African-American jazz and art communities. CtFAC has created a collection of works in textiles, fiber, mixed media and surface design celebrating and recognizing one of the greatest visual artists of the 20th century.

A special reception to meet the artists of CtFAC will be held on January 17, 2015, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in the 3rd floor Hartford History Center. This event is free and open to the public. - See more at:

Hartford Public Libarary
500 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Mon - Thurs 10 am - 8 pm
Fri & Sat 10 am - 5 pm
Sun (Nov - Apr) 1 pm - 5pm
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

CTFAC Saturday Workshop with Susan Carlson

The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective hosted Susan Carlson Saturday for a workshop to learn her technique of fabric collage. We had an amazing day of creative thinking and visual inspiration. Here are a few photos. 

You might also like to visit Susan Carlson's website 
Susan Carlson
Getting started 
Turtle - Susan's design

Turtle enhanced

Susan's son Sam in Fabric

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gearing Up for 2015 - Romare Bearden

I will let you in on a little secret.
The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective is gearing up for a show (details to be announced later) inspired by the life and collages of artist ---

Bearden was born in 1911 to parents who were active in the Harlem community. Through his parents, Bearden met writers, artists and musicians of the Harlem Renaissance who later became major influences on his art and life. While studying mathematics at New York University, Bearden created editorial drawings for the Baltimore Afro American, Colliers and The Saturday Evening Post. 
He later enrolled at the Art Students League in New York where he was encouraged to incorporate social and political commentary into his art.
After serving in the military and studying philosophy in Paris, Bearden returned to New York where he worked as a caseworker at the Department of Social Services and painted in his spare time.
In 1963 Bearden formed the Spiral Group, composed of African American artists who sought to make a contribution to the civil rights movement.
It was during this time that Bearden, who previously had worked mostly with paints, developed his collage technique.
In this technique, which was considered radical at the time, Bearden would create photomontages out of clippings from popular magazines, black and white photographs and pieces from his own art. He would then photographically enlarge the collages. Bearden chose a variety of subjects, ranging from the cotton fields of the South to the streets of Harlem and jazz clubs. This new collage technique, which he called "photomontage projections," represented a stylistic breakthrough, which Bearden continued to refine until his death in 1988. 

These links will provide a little background information on the artist and you might also be inspired to create!