Teaches the following courses on the Ukiah
To see a list of classes taught in a specific semester, go to Holly Brackmann's homepage.
Holly Brackmann has had an interest in weaving since childhood.
Her first weavings were potholders on a frame loom. She rekindled her desire
to weave in 1968 while working on a B.A. in art history at San Jose State University.
Although she specialized in art history at U.C.L.A., she took graduate weaving
seminars while earning a M.A.. in art history. Since then, she has continued
to weave, and since 1973 has taught at
Mendocino College, Ukiah, CA. She was the first art instructor hired and instituted the textile program in the curriculum. Currently, she is a full time instructor of weaving, fabric printing and dyeing, and art history. In 1983 Holly chaired the Conference of Northern California Handweavers and sat on the Board of Directors of this non-profit educational corporation from 1983-1989. Holly has exhibited in art galleries, museums, and received commissions around the United States. She has woven
architectural scale wall hangings, as well as miniature pieces and garments.
Holly's main interest in weaving over the past twenty years has been in three dimensional forms from flat woven pieces. In other words, weaving pieces flat on the loom and then manipulating the weavings to become three dimensional wall hangings once removed from the loom. Many of her latest pieces in this technique have used pearl cotton and a warp face repp weave. She has explored multiple shaft repp weaves to produce multiple blocks of color.
Because of Holly's interest in art history and weaving, she is constantly travelling and taking classes. She has studied weaving techniques in Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America. Sharing her knowledge with others, she has lead study tours to Europe, Peru, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Australia, and India.
Currently, Holly is working on more personal art statements,
while utilizing high technology and new surface design techniques. Slides which
she has taken in various parts of the world, are made into a photo CD, manipulated
on the computer and made into a photo screen. The image is then printed on hand
woven multi-fibered fabric and partly "eaten" away using the devore
process. After dyeing, the image becomes more distinct, and partially transparent
due to fiber differences and the devore process. Weaving is a major factor in
Holly's life. She is committed to teaching
and exhibiting her weavings.
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