Monday, August 23, 2010

A Busy Weekend

Last Friday, we drove north to Marina, which is just north of Monterey, CA, to meet my sister for her birthday dinner. She loved the weaving of her with Groucho, and showed it to all her racing buddies. She and her DH were in Marina for a weekend of autocross racing; they drive a 1960-something Shelby Mustang that's modified to the max, and both have won the national championships multiple times. So the weaving has been well and thoroughly oooh'd and aah'd over.

Saturday, we watched the races during the morning. The best time: 38.5 seconds, over a very short course with lots of tight turns. Agility, accuracy, and speed are the goals here, with each red highway cone you knock over adding another second onto your time. There are usually only 2 cars on the course at a time, mostly driving in 1st or 2nd gear with top speeds in the 40-mph range, so it's much less risky than track racing.

We then drove to San Jose to run about a million errands (better shopping there than here at home) and then met a sister-in-law and her son for her birthday dinner. That was followed by a visit to our old neighborhood in San Jose where one of our former neighbors' garage band plays an annual concert for neighbors and friends. And a very late night it was...

On Sunday we visited with more former neighbors, then went to the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, where the ITAB exhibit (International TECHstyle Art Biennial) had its opening. One of the works in the exhibit is the woven animation produced and directed by Alice Schlein along with a team of weaver/designers, which was premiered at the Complex Weavers Seminars in July. If you're in the SF Bay Area, do go to see the exhibit in person, because there are a lot of absolutely wonderful pieces on display (it runs through October 31). See the museum website for more info.

If you're too far away to see it in person, the video is available online here. Enjoy!

Here's one photo, showing the video (running in a continuous loop) and a few of the sequences I designed and wove as one of the animation team members.

Deborah Corsini, curator of the exhibit, plans to mount the woven pieces on the wall somehow for the duration of the exhibit, but because I brought them the day of the opening, that hadn't happened yet; so they were spread out on a table temporarily.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the exhibit with those who won't see it in person.

neki desu said...

yep, they really help understanding the vid. although i guess people who go there must be techies.