ALEXANDRA JACOPETTI HART has been an active fiber artist since the 1960’s when she was living in Berkeley, CA and operated a small home-based business called Dharma Trading Co. (yes, it went on to become the Dharma Trading under Isaac Goff). She learned handweaving with Maj Britt Mobrand who is still teaching and weaving in Berkeley.
Alexandra moved on to Marin County and became one of the founders of the Baulines Craftsmans Guild taking apprentices under their program in Bolinas, CA. She completed a large piece of public art, a knotted playground known as Macramé Park in 1974. Filmmaker Ben Van Meter made a 21 minute film, “The Saga of Macramé Park” about its creation.Later that year she published Native Funk & Flash with Scrimshaw Press which was a bestseller that year. That fall she moved to Sonoma County. Soon after setting up in a family compound known as Sunshine Camp in Forestville, Alexandra began Folkwear Patterns with two friends: Ann Wainwright Funsten, a pattern maker and Barbara Garvey, an avid home sewer; she wrote the garment histories and the handwork instructions, adapted traditional handwork designs and proving them.
Parallel to the Marin and Sonoma activities she executed many large-scale woven tapestries for residential and corporate installations across the country. More recently she returned to smaller scale, personal pieces, concentrating lately on peyote-stitch beadwork necklaces.
Stories, Book Reading, Signing, Mini Exhibit
November 17, 2013 at Gravel & Gold
Alexandra will regale fans at Gravel & Gold (3266 21st Street, S.F.) with stories and images of Native Funk & Flash artists at 5:30 pm, November 17, followed by a reading from the new third edition of this Bay Area Counterculture classic and, of course, book signing. Folks are encouraged to wear their funky, flashy 70’s regalia to the event!
Even more, ten pieces from Alexandra’s personal collection of embroidered and woven garments from this beloved book and others not shown before are currently being displayed at Gravel & Gold, on 21st Street near Valencia through November 25.
Alexandra has put together a wonderful website that pulls together reflections and insights on the era and creation of Native Funk and Flash. Check it out.
Alexandra Jacopetti Hart: Fiber Arts and The Saga of Macramé Park film November 16, 2013
Alexandra Jacopetti Hart will be speaking about her fiber arts career and screening The Saga of Macramé Park on November 16 at 4:00 pm in San Francisco. The event is sponsored by the S. F. MOMA at the Neptune Society Columbarium at 21 Loraine Court as part of their series celebrating SECA Award artists. They are featuring events in interesting venues around the city during their long closure for renovations.
This day of free-to-the-public presentations features an installation by SECA winner Josh Faught, who will begin the day speaking of his work at 12:00 noon in the extraordinary setting of the Columbarium’s Rotunda. This place must be seen to be believed (click on Virtual Tour at http://www.neptunesanfrancisco.com/about/sf_columbarium.html). The acoustics are amazing and the environment is totally unique.
The Saga of Macramé Park (21 min.) was made in 1974 by underground filmmaker Ben Van Meter through an NEA Grant to feature a series of Baulines Craftsmans Guild artists and their apprenticeship program. This was the first completed in the series.
In June a retrospective exhibit “Fiber, Folkwear and Funk & Flash: Fifty Years of Fiber with Alexandra Jacopetti Hart” celebrated her career, along with the publication of a third edition of the Bay Area Counterculture classic, Native Funk & Flash.
Other guests that day are Harmony Hammond (textile artist and feminist) speaking at 2:30 pm, and as yet unconfirmed, Armistead Maupin (Tales of the City) at 1:15 and Barbara Shawcroft (long-time Bay Area textile artist) at 3:15