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Textile Arts Center Goodness

Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda

Do you know the Textile Arts Center?

                      Brooklyn studio space. Photo borrowed from TAC's website.

''The Textile Arts Center (TAC) is a NYC-based resource facility dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of textiles through creative educational programs for children and adults. TAC aspires to unify the textile community and advocate for the handmade by providing accessible, skills-based classes that reinvigorate engagement with traditional crafts. Techniques like weaving, sewing, and dyeing are practical, connective, and process-driven -- common denominators for designers, artists, and creative practitioners around the world. Because these activities are so widely used, they help to foster community and bring creativity back into our daily lives. They are part of our collective history and vital to our ongoing expressions of design, art, and culture.'' -TAC

Jordana Munk Martin (President of TAC's Board of Director's and Founder of Oak Knit Studio) discussing work during our last AIR critique... with Tara St. James, Annie Coggan, Pascale Gatzen, other visiting critics and the residents. June 2014, Photo by Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda.

On September 2013 I began a 9-month-long Artist Residency (AIR) program at TAC. I moved my studio and BALMASEDA headquarters from Highland Mills, NY to Brooklyn in hopes of exploring new paths through my work and being closer and more connected to a creative community.

Artists in Residence stitch-sampler-making gathering at the AIR studio. Fall 2013. Photo by Barbara Pearsall.

Artists in Residence stitch-sampler-making gathering at the AIR studio. Fall 2013. Photo by Barbara Pearsall.

AIR Cycle 5 ladies learning spinning and felting at TAC. Fall 2013. Photo & Video by Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda.

Some of my shape explorations (using foam-clay, and paper yarn) during AIR Drawing Marathon lead by Jordana Munk Martin in Fall 2013. Photo by Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda.

A snap of one of my 'thinking walls' at the AIR studios, Fall 2013. Photo by Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda.

While at TAC, I also helped teach some of the afterschool/youth programs (ages 5-9). Here during the Sewing and Fashion segment. Winter 2013. Photo by Fran Caselli.

I experimented with various materials and techniques focusing on process and the experience of making. Here, one of my first tests hand-stitching black beans. Dec. 2013. Photo by Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda.

Helping one of the #kidsofTAC paint her warp during the Weaving segment of the afterschool program. Winter 2013. Photo by Fran Caselli.

A later 'thinking wall' at the AIR studios, Spring 2014. Photo by Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda.

This chapter gifted me a new fiber-art family, and I had the opportunity of being part of wonderful things. Since there is way too much goodness to fit in this blog, I will share highlights of the last few months through my next posts. Take a peek at the launch of the TAC Magazine, and... a bit about the project I'm developing for our AIR Cycle 5 Exhibition which opens on November 6th, 2014 at Showroom Gowanus.

A family-photo after TAC's 5th b-day celebration. Magical people! June, 2014. Photo borrowed from TAC's Instagram.

And, if you haven't do so already, I invite you to go visit TAC in person. Whether you decide to take one of their classes (they have morning series, after-work sessions, weekend intensives, and month-long courses), take advantage of their fantastic Sewing Seeds program, or rent studio time. You can also engage virtually through their blog and web-shop.

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