Alice Cappa is an experienced creator
and educator working with private and public schools,
special needs organizations, and personal studio arts, including fiber
arts, photography, book arts, and writing. As a fiber artist and writer,
she enjoys mixing media and words, as in word collages on hand-made fibrous
papers. Or combining book-making with stories. And creating characters
to process weaving, spinning, dyeing, or paper-making.
her natural fiber wearables include handwoven wearables in light-weight,
that integrate a unique expression of color and texture into a traditional
craft. A favorite technique is Leno-lace, an open weave used to define
edges and imagery. It's become a signature for many of her weavings. They
started with a series of marine images, the "SeaShawls", and later
meandered into forests and gardens with such iconic shapes as a maple
leaf, magnolia blossom, seahorse, shells, or a lizard. Color often progresses
to gradient shades. See
Alice also spins, dyes, and weaves fleece from her sheep.
Combined with nubby textures and clear, rich colors, their wool gives
sensory experience, functional application, and visual appeal. The sheep,
a small family of Shetlands, (the "Ovine Yard Service") have
their job description as chief lawnmowers, garden pruners & fertilizing
experts, plus the additional task of supplier of scarves, throws, or pillows.
They can be lazy or playful, but are expert "wool-gatherers".The sheep
also take part in camp activities or events on their small "farmette".
Presentations also take Alice to schools and festivals, sometimes with
a lamb in tow.
educational experiences, "Weaves By Cappa" takes commissions
for handwoven wearables and participates in juried shows.
more: * Descriptions of each weaving is shown on the
menu page, leading to pages on options for each style. See special
graphic composites using the "Old Masters" as models, so they
can display them appropriately. They are fun and give a "style"
to each weaving.
* New work is posted seasonally and those currently on hand are shown
on the "Ready
For You Now" page.
* Current schedule of shows, demos, or workshops
is oon the Calendar,
as are gallery listings and event details.
* The Newsletter is a seasonal or event-oriented email to keep
us in touch. No weekly spams! It is generated for those I meet at the
shows and mailing lists are never shared. In the Tallahassee area, one
can expect info on current shows or features during spring, fall, or holiday schedules. In other cities, not so much. The newsletter is usually about an annual event in a specific area, with photos of current work.
to join the list. You may also keep in touch through
"Weaves By Cappa", with timely postings and photo albums of
all activities, lambs, and processes. "Like" my page; I'd enjoy
hearing from you.
Regarding writing... stories express these same concepts: color, texture, ambience.
Two ongoing series have been developing since the '80s.
In one, to interest young people in the fiber arts,
Yarn Talk is an illustrated story "by my lambs", dramatizing the process from the sheep's point
of view. On her small "farmette", lambs are inspiring muses
for spinning yarns, both fibrous and verbal.
In the other series,
Tales From The Summer Hills, an enchanted
land is expressed in colorful folktales. Narratives were inspired by hand-marblings,
where swirls of colors and shapes came alive as characters and scenes.
They were magical, and "spoke" of their stories..
creates and writes to express, to inspire, to celebrate, and hopefully
her work will strike a chord within one's own imaginative and personal
themes. A few
of the Summer Hills tales have been printed onto long scrolls of handmade
papers and exhibited in galleries, along with their counterpart of a marbled
illustration. One tale was chosen by WFSU's former "Stories In The
Air". Others have won places with TCC's The Eyre, and TWA's
Seven Hills Review. YarnTalk's story of SnoBelle, a lamb's
quest for a handwoven shawl, is in process as an illustrated chapter book.
*For narratives & photos of the sheep, see "LambTalk".
Blog articles also
contribute to the stories on both YarnTalk (the book) and Tales
From The Summer Hills.
*Marblings from the Summer Hills characters... check back for later posting.
Process... Demos & Educational
takes place in either of two ways...
a 4-harness loom with rising heddles and tredling pedals. Her
weaving is usually in basic tabby weave, but with distinctive sections
of pattern or leno-lace weaves. Lace weave imagery follows a "cartoon",
a sketch placed below the warp to serve as a guide. Styles are "loom-shaped",
traditionally sized and shaped on the loom as it is woven, which avoids
excess cutting or sewing. Most edges are selvedges (not cut) and all
new yarns are knotted in, which will never unravel.
- * On a triangle loom,
which is a large frame without harnesses, heddles, nor peddles. Like
a giant potholder, it allows many textures, fibers, instant color changes,
and the addition of such embellishments as ribbons, beads, buttons or
Classes or individual instruction on a loom or spinning wheel
on the sheep are sprinkled throughout these pages.
The first 2 lambs, Bambi and Filene, began the long line of subsequent
lambs, mixtures with various breeds, and the fiber processes of spinning, dyeing and weaving. They greet visitors with the "Dyed 'N Wool" field trips, or weaving workshops, and one may go to school, too. See pics on the LambTalk
page, or read updates about SnoBelle, the adventurous lamb of the
YarnTalk storybook, on the
Find more: Fiberarts
workshops, Demos, or Presentations in Weaving/Spinning, Dyeing, and
Handmade Paper-Making, are offered in many ways:
*For Adults: Triangle Weaving, is a fun, versatile technique
for scarf of shawl making and is described on the Classes
page. See photos of the many groups from Central Florida to the
Panhandle, Atlanta, Baltimore, and points beyond. For individual instruction
on a loom or spinning wheel, please contact
by phone or email.
*More info: The
Rest Of The Story holds info on processes, terminology, and the
Available handouts may include: camp newsletter, Forage and Dye lists,
Triangle Weaving How-To, and DIY Dye kit.
began with 3rd grade cardboard looms and expanded with three degrees in
Art Education and Graphics/Multimedia. It carried through several artist
residencies over 38 years and 5 surrounding counties of No. Florida and
So. Georgia. Since her first two shows in 1980, the Great Gulfcoast Arts
Festival and the Florida Folk Festival, have remained her favorites.
Alice continues to go into schools with VSA-FL (Very Special Arts) or
do demos or art activities for all classes. Adult Tri-Weaving workshops also have taken her from Central Florida to the Panhandle, Atlanta, Baltimore, and points beyond. Though
in later years traveling has decreased, Alice still participates in juried
shows and exhibits. Previous travels took her to the SE, SW, and NE, with
varied awards, 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, People's, or Purchase.
Stories began to further illustrate the processes, or complete handmade
books, or narrate life with the sheep. Further development with critique
groups or writing conferences are ongoing.
many photos of the groups she's worked with, see photo links from these
'N Wool ~
Just For Schools ~
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