Good Reads

As a library, I think it is important to advertise avenues for book lovers. If you like books and you like libraries then you have probably already heard of good reads. In case you haven’t, this is our Christmas gift to you. Enjoy!

Good Reads is an online social platform for people to share and build book lists. It is one of the worlds largest sites for book recommendations and book lists. The site allows you to build book wish lists and reading lists, as well as keep tabs on books you’re in the process of reading. You can look at specific genres you are interested in reading, collaborate in book clubs. You can even choose to judge a book by its cover if you wish and search one of the many image based lists (including “Best cover of all time”, “Breathtaking book covers” or “Horrible covers”). Good Reads even has a focus for academic life or the art world. Here is a book list for some of OCAC’s craft departments. Check them out. If you find a book you really like, please come into the library and we will try to track it down for you.

Book Arts: Not represented, create one!








Wood: Not represented, make your own list!


Simon Peers quote: “If we hadn’t made this permanent …”

[Byline: The Golden Spider Silk at the V&A showcases the world’s largest pieces of cloth made entirely from spider silk].

“Simon Peers explains the spectacle before us. ‘If we hadn’t made this permanent, this silk would be webs in the wind. That’s part of the magic. Something so ephemeral and yet somehow we’ve managed to capture it.'” (24)

Jones, Denna. “World Wide Web.” Embroidery. May | June, 2012. pgs 24 – 27.

Things to do in Portland this weekend: (05/18/12 – 05/20/12) “Thesis Exhibition opening reception at the Ten Four gallery & Annual Spring Art Sale at OCAC & Oregon College of Art and Craft Graduation Commencement”


The Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) Thesis students are putting on a group show of their own in downtown Portland, Oregon(Friday, May 18, 2012 from 6-10 pm on the corner of NW10th Avenue and Hoyt in the Pearl District).

This is a very important event for our students. Each thesis student has spent the past year creating a body of work, and this final exit show is an opportunity to display their work as an entire group, and, to a broader group visitors. You can show your support by visiting the following site (which has more details and examples of the students’ work):

More information here:

Where:  Ten Four (formerly the Attic Gallery) | NW 10th Ave. and Hoyt

When:   May 18th, 6 – 10pm. Runs through May 31st (11am – 7pm, Tuesday – Sunday).

Phone: 503 297-5544



Buy local and support Portland’s emerging artists at the annual Oregon College of Art and Craft Spring Art Sale. Explore the functional, inventive and sculptural ceramic, book arts and fibers pieces, as well as the affordable, limited edition original jewelry created by OCAC students.

Organized by faculty, students and alumni, the sale proceeds fund the participating student artists, visiting artists, and the purchase of studio equipment.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Where: Oregon College of Art and Craft | 8245 SW Barnes Rd.

When:   Saturday and Sunday, May 19th  and May 20th.

Phone: 503 297-5544




Public Reception 2:30pm-4:30pm

The Board of Trustees of Oregon College of Art and Craft is pleased to announce commencement exercises for the graduating class of 2012 at the Jean Vollum Drawing, Painting and Photography Building on the OCAC campus.

Johanna Branson | Commencement Speaker

Johanna Branson was graduated fromWellesleyCollegewith a B.A. in art history; she received a PhD in the same field from Brown University in 1976.

Dr. Branson has published widely on modern and contemporary art. Special projects have included Seeing Through “Paradise”: Artists and the Terezin Concentration Camp, an international exhibition and catalogue; Homeland: Use and Desire, an exhibition of contemporary art from the American southwest; and essays on topics ranging from Kara Walker to Huynh Phuong Dong, a Vietcong artist and soldier.

Dr. Branson spent her professional career at the Massachusetts College of Art, first as Professor of Art History, and then as the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Branson is currently a Fellow of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and continues to serve as an accreditation team chair. She is also a consultant and speaker on various topics in higher education, art, and design.

Where: Oregon College of Art and Craft, Jean Vollum Drawing, Painting and Photography Building | 8245 SW Barnes Rd.

When: Saturday, May 19th, 12pm (invitation only) 2:30 – 4:30 Public Reception | Free!

Phone: 503 297-5544



Support the OCAC Thesis Students’ Exit Show!!

The Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) Thesis students are putting on a group show of their own in downtown Portland, Oregon (Friday, May 18, 2012 from 6-10 pm on the corner of NW 10th Avenue and Hoyt in the Pearl District)… and they need our help!

This is a very important event for our students. Each thesis student has spent the past year creating a body of work, and this final exit show is an opportunity to display their work as an entire group, and, to a broader group visitors. You can show your support by visiting the following site (which has more details):

Holly Levell quote: “Well, I looked at a lot of …”

“Joe Hall: Although the choices people make seem unconscious, on another level, we’re encouraged to choose certain brands, did you look at that side of it – the advertising and marketing?

Holly Levell: Well, I looked at a lot of packaging design and how companies were making things. I did some work on one of the Heinz companies. The advertising team tries to think of products in terms of their emotional connection with people, so Heinz Baked Beans are all about a sort of nostalgia. The adults buying them now still remember being a child and having beans on toast on a rainy day. Heinz wants the customer to relate to the advertising and the colours of the packaging in some way. So I started to think about how to get people to look at objects. The idea of using textiles is of softening a solid thing, making it even more like the nostalgia thing – a soft sort of memory” (21)

Hall, Joe. “Keeping It Real.” Embroidery. Vol. 63. March/April, 2012. pgs 18-23.

Come check out the Diem Chau show!

Meet artist


THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 4 – 7pm,

at the Oregon College of Art and Craft | 8245 SW Barnes Road

A Vietnam native, Diem Chau and her family came to America as refugees in 1986. Drawing on memory and strong family ties, Chau stitches on translucent organza a narrative of personal history, family memories of her homeland and moments forgotten and faded.

She and uses found objects such as porcelain cups and plates to frame her work. Ms. Chau’s work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Portland, and Seattle. Wieden & Kennedy, US Cellular, Safeco Insurance and the Wing Luke Asian Museum have all commissioned work by Diem Chau.

41. Darrel Morris edited by Alison Ferris

At 12:45pm today in the Centrum Studio, OCAC’s very own Fibers Department Head & Associate Professor, Jiseon Lee Isbara,  will be giving a presentation as part of the College’s Monday talks series.

Kirsi Peltomäki, assistant professor of art history, department of art, Oregon State University, wrote the following about the artist in her article, “Jiseon Lee Isbara: Piecing Fabric and Life with Thread and Order” on the Call + Response website, supported by the Museum of Contemporary Craft:

“Hand-sewing, whether to join fabric pieces together or make a mark on them by embroidery, remains at the center of Jiseon Lee Isbara’s artistic practice, although she freely makes use of a sewing machine as well, and, on occasion, includes other techniques such as inkjet printing on fabric. A fiber-based artist by training and profession, the material and conceptual dimensions of Lee Isbara’s works simultaneously resonate with contemporary sculpture, particularly work by Eva Hesse and Mona Hatoum, and with the Korean textile tradition of pojagi wrapping cloths. Lee Isbara’s recent work involves pieced fabric stitched into patchwork forms and displayed in three-dimensional installations or two-dimensional wall arrangements. In any configuration, Lee Isbara’s work constitutes mental maps, visualizing territories that are coded and decoded in languages at once familiar and uncharted.”

More images of her recent work can be seen on her website. If you’re in the area, Don’t miss her talk!

For this week’s library pick, we have selected a title that showcases the work of Isbara’s contemporary, Darrel Morris, who is also pushing the limits of hand sewn embroidery. Darrel Morris edited by Alison Ferris. It’s part of a series put out by Telos called the Portfolio Collection, “the British publishing venture dedicated to documenting contemporary fiber art [and] prominent textile artists around the world” (from here).

In Alison Ferris’ foreword about Morris, she describes his embroidered portraitures as “poignant miniatures”  that “addresses masculinity from a queer perspective and, by extension, comes to grip with matters such as shame and humiliation, melancholy and mourning, and the abuse of power as they are experience every day.” She continues that his embroidered images “rendered like characters in comic strips – result in powerful and humorous, if often forlorn, narratives” (6).  These narratives not only express the technical prowess of the artist but particularly the challenges of expression when appropriating other forms of depiction (e.g., comic strips) and translating them into the material thread and cloth and the (visual and physical) vocabulary of fiber art. The result is fantastic. And, as Bob Hicks, wrote in an article for the Oregonian, Morris’s work will astonish the viewer for its technical skill but especially for its “emotional insight” (here).  Check it out!