THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17,1987 THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Weavers using computers The history of textile designs turns full circle this fall as Holly Brackmann introduces computer assisted graphics to her advanced weaving classes at Mendocino College. Classes are offered at the college's Hensley Creek campus on Mondays and Wednesdays, starting this month. Persons interested should phone 468-3100 for enrollment information. Joseph Marie Jacquard caused a weaving revolution in 1800 by refining the automatic loom, introducing "programmed" patterns on cards with punched holes. The Jacquard loom, with its binary system of operation, is a predecessor to both the modem computer and modern automatic looms, Brackmann says. "Now, the widely-differing descendants rejoin as the textile arts reappy their technologies to the newly-explored area of computer design. The computer is creating the same kind of revolution in weaving which Monsieur Jacquard created almost two hundred years ago," Brackmann says. In the design phase, what orevi- ously took the artist hours to complete with graph paper and colored pencils can now be accomplished in seconds on the computer. This allows more complicated patterns and the possibility of varying them at the touch of a button, according to the instructor. "This makes designing far less tedious and laborious and much more flexible," Brackmann explains. The actual weaving also is computer assisted. The weaver still threads the loom and works the shuttle by hand and the treadles by foot, but the computer interfaces with the loom, choosing the harnesses automatically, allowing a wide range of options. Students in Brackmann's advanced weaving classes will experiment with the Generation n program designed by AVL Looms of Chico for use with their Compu- Dobby Loom. AVL is one of only two kinds of hand-looms made in this country that are computer controlled. They also will use the Design and Weave HI program, written in France and translated into English. Both programs run on the Apple Ue Brackmann feels the possibilities are endless with the new computer approach and that the only limitation is the width of the loom. She is quick to point out that the artist makes all the decisions and is still very much at the heart of this creative process. "The computer is merely a design tool, assisting rather than replacing the artist," she says. The instructor believes a good future in computerized designing awaits American art students trained in fabrics and textiles. "Soon, mainland China will begin churning out cheap two-piece suits with the unbelievable production cost of $4 total — including both materials and labor," Brackmann says. American manufacturers realize they can't compete with this kind of mass output and cheap labor, so have opted instead to focus increasingly on the opposite end of the spectrum — very high quality materials produced in short runs," Brackmann says. Because of this, domestic textile manufacturers are starting to hire Project Sanctuary honors Sylvia Lodge, volunteer Volunteers and staff at Project Sanctuary say they are going to miss Sylvia Lodge, whom they have selected as "Volunteer of the Month." Lodge has been volunteering at the project's shelter for battered women and Uicir childien for just about a year, doing individual counseling with shelter residents, weekly, after her work day at Linkages. "Sylvia has been a wonderful Sylvia Lodge, volunteer. support for the women, who enjoy and benefit from her extra personal attention," says Julie Puffer, volunteer coordinator. "Sometimes our shelter staff is so overloaded with regular group sessions and everyone's needs for advocacy and transportation in other areas that this special service which Sylvia has provided has been a vital part of the program." Puffer says "We will miss her warmth, and knowing she will always be there." Lodge came to Ukiah a year and a half ago with her husband Carl Tveit, from Ojai, after she had finished her master's degree in counseling. "I was looking for a place where I could use my counseling skills," she says regarding her volunteer time at Project Sanctuary. However, as work became more demanding on the job at Linkages, where she is employed, it became ncces- Fae Woodward Mayor proclaims Constitution Day Members of Porno Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, stand by as Col- Teen Henderson, Uklah's mayor, signs a proclamation declaring Sept. 17 as United States Constitution Day. Behind Henderson are (I. to r.) Dale Hoover, Pomo Chapter registrar; Joy Simmerly, secretary; and Ruby Snook, regent. Proclamation WHEREAS, Sept. 17, 1987, Is the 200th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution; and WHEREAS, the Constitution, as ratified, embodies the ideals of liberty under law and was designed to maintain our free government in perpetuity as a more perfect union and to secure the blessing of liberty by consent of the governed; and WHEREAS, few governments In the world have been able to provide liberty and stability to their citizens under a written constitution for more than a generation; and WHEREAS, the laws adopted under this charter of freedom and the attractive way of life resulting have drawn to our shores citizens from every cbrner of the world and provide Impressive evidence of the enlightened vision and wisdom of the drafters of the Constitution; and WHEREAS, the bicentennial offers the opportunity for the American people to rede* dlcate themselves to the great principles that have formed the basis for our national strength and prosperity; and WHEREAS, It Is timely and appropriate for us to keep in our hearts and minds the marvelous achievements of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and to preserve the Constitutional Republic and the high Ideals of our founding fathers; NOW, THEREFORE, I, Colleen B. Henderson, mayor of the City of Ukiah, State of California, do hereby proclaim Sept. 17, 1987, as United States Constitution Day. more students with art/weaving degrees over those trained in technical schools. Mendocino College offers an associate of arts degree with a weaving emphasis. Before the fall semester began, Brackmann attended a symposium on wearable art at the Mendocino Art Center. People came from all over the country to attend the fashion shows, exhibits and lectures. Holly Brackmann has taught at Mendocino College for 14 years. She was the first art instructor hired when the college opened its doors in 1973. This instructor holds a bachelor's degree in art history from San Jose State University where she first fell in love with weaving. She has a master* s in art history from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she pursued that love in graduate seminars. In 1985, while visiting Lyons, France, Brackmann viewed some of the original looms and fabrics of Jacquard, including a woven self- portrait. Brackmann hopes to introduce another advanced course on textile design this spring. sary for the volunteer to request a leave of absence from the project. She says she hopes more people will volunteer to help at the shelter. "They need more people with couseling experience,'' she says. "Women need support at times like this,'' she states regarding women who have had to flee their homes because of spousal abuse. Lodge grew up in Monterey where she attended elementary and secondary schools. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara; and her master's from Cal State, Northridge. Her stud'es were in educational psychology and counseling. She and her husband first came to Ukiah because she has a sister living here. At Linkages, Lodge works with the elderly or disabled. Her husband is employed by Ukiah Airconditioning. Holly Brackmann, Introduces computer weaving. -Calendar— TONIGHT LJVINQ WITH CANCER, • support greup for men, women and family members. 4 to 5 p.m. For information contact Nancy Adams, 463-1305. AEROBICS FOR WOMEN, by Body and Soul, 5:15-6:15 p.m., Evangelical Free Church, TSO.Yosemite Dr., Ukiah. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS, 6 p.m., 741 S. Oak St in the rear. Open to the public, no fees, no dues, no weigh- ins. Call 485-0689. TOPS (Take OH Pounds SsnsMy) CLUB NO. 1758, 6 p.m., Autumn Leaves, 425 E. Gobbi St., Ukiah. WOMEN FOR SOBRIETY NEW LIFE GROUP, 6:30 p.m., Public Health Dept, 890 N. Bush St Phone 468-8256 NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 6-7 p.m., 2181 S. State St., Ukiah. YOUNG FARMERS AND RANCHERS, 7 p.m., Farm Bureau Office, 303 Talmage Rd., Ukiah. PARENTS UNITED, 7 p.m., a self-help group offering counseling for sexually abusive persons and adults abused as children. Phone 463-4919. Sponsored by Mendocino County Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program. BARBERSHOP HARMONY CHORUS, 7:30 p.m., Room. 1, South Valley High School, 429 S. Dora St., Ukiah. (Exception: fourth Thursday, 8:15 p.m., after singing at hospitals.) Phone 462-2880 or 744-1336. WILUTS LIONS CLUB, 7:30 p.m., Brooktrails Lodge, Sherwood Road. Willite. CLEAN AND SOBER AA GROUP, gay and lesbian meeting at Lucky Deuce, Blue Bonnet Lane, Ukiah. Phone 463-1199 for information. SMOKELESS AA MEETING, 8 p.m., Senior Citizens Center. 497 Leslie St. FRIDAY TOASTMASTERS, 6:30 a.m.. Great Western Savings and Loan community room, 700 S. State St., Ukiah. FELLOWSHIP GROUP AA MEETINGS, 8:30 a.m., 12 noon, 8 p.m., 2205 S. State St. Call 463-1199. STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) CLINIC, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mendocino County Health Department offices, 890 Bush St, Ukiah. AEROBICS FOR WOMEN, Body and Soul, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., Evangelical Free Church, 750 Yosemite Dr. REDWOOD VALLEY TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 9:30 a.m., Rrst Baptist Church, Ellen Lynn (off West Road), Redwood Valley. Call 485-8260 or 743-1133. FAMILY PLANNING CLINIC, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mendocino County Health Department, 890 N. Bush St., Ukiah. SENIORS' WATER EXERCISE CLASS, 10 a.m., Municipal Park Pool, Walnut Street and Park Boulevard, in Todd ' Grove Park, Ukiah. BIBLE STUDY CLASS, 10 to 11 a.m., Ukiah Senior Center board room, 495 Leslie St., Ukiah. Bring a Bible. SENIOR DAY CARE SERVICE for frail elderly, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 640 Orchard Ave., Ukiah. For arrangements call 462-7207. GRACE HUDSON MUSEUM, open 10 a.m. to 4:30, 431 S. Main St., Ukiah. MENDOCINO COLLEGE COMMUNITY CHOIR, 12 noon, Room 1200, Classroom Building, campus, 1000 Hensley Creek Rd. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS, 12 noon, 741 S. Oak St. Open to public (no dues, no fees, no weigh-ins) Call 485-0889. LIQUID EMBROIDERY CLASS, 1-3 p.m., Ukiah Senior Center recreation building, 495 Leslie St., Ukiah. DANCE AUDITIONS, for Repertory Dance Company, 6 p.m., 501 Court Center, Mendocino College, 1000 Hensley Creek Rd. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 6 to 7 p.m., 2181 S. State St., Ukiah. MARTIAL ARTS KARATE EXPLORER POST 213, sponsored by veterans, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Hall, corner of Seminary Avenue and Oak Street. Phone 462-0744. SIERRA CLUB, organization meeting, 7:30 p.m., Deerwood Swim and Tennis Club. UKIAH GRANGE POTLUCK AND MEETING, 8 p.m., 740 S. State St, Ukiah. ALANON FAMILY GROUP, 8 p.m., 741 S. Oak St behind the church. GRATITUDE GROUP AA MEETING, 8 p.m., 640 Orchard Ave., Ukiah. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 8 to 9 p.m., Willits Grange Hall, School Street, Willits. Phone 459-6482. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS CANDLELIGHT MEETING, 9:30 to 10:30 p.m., 2181 S. State St. CHIT CHAT Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Members of the Mendocino County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission will meet Sept. 22 at Juvenile Hall. The meeting will be called to order at 11:45 a.m. Those attending should confirm by phoning 463-4272. Special Olympics needs coordinator Mendocino-Lake Special Olympics is in need of a volunteer coordinator, according to the area director, Carol Powers. " The volunteer would assist Powers with organization, supervision and public relations with volunteers used in all aspects of the Special Olympics programs. "The person needs to be dynamic, able to speak on behalf of program as well as have the ability to make contacts with the community," the director said. According to Powers, the hours required vary from five to 10 per week, with attendance required at one meeting per month. To contact the director, those interested in this volunteer position should phone 279-2709. Social psychology class this year For the first time in two years, Mendocino College is offering "Social Psychology," a course which examines the interaction between individuals and society. The class meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon in Lowery Library, Room 700. The course is approved for nurses by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 00309, for 45 contact hours. According to Jan Smyth, instructor, the class shows how attitudes are formed and changed. Students also will gain an understanding of human aggression and its control. Credits for this course are transferable to the University of California as a general education social science requirement. Enrollment is being taken at the admissions and records office on the main campus of the college, 1000 Hensley Creek Rd., Ukiah. Questions may be directed to Smyth at 468-3129. Performance Sunday benefit Special performance of "The Rainmaker" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at Ukiah Playhouse will be a benefit for the Ukiah Valley Association for the Handicapped (UVAH). The fundraiser will pay the grounds maintenance crew from UVAH. This crew, made up of disabled workers, takes care of the landscaped area around Ukiah Playhouse on Low Gap. Crew members are there twice a month. The special arrangement of a benefit performance for landscaping maintenance was the idea of Elaine McKlosky, supervisor of the maintenance crew. She and the players saw it as an unique opportunity to provide new services for both non-profit agencies. Tickets are available at the UVAH office, 980 S. Dora St., now and may be purchased at the door of the theater Sunday. Veterans van due Sept. 17 Alerting American veterans to services available to them will be the Disabled American Veterans van to be parked in Ukiah all day Thursday, Sept. 17. The van will be at the corner of Oak Street and Seminary Avenue, and will be open all day, starting at 8 a.m. Any American veteran, whether disabled or not, should check on what medical services are available to him or her, say Veterans Administration officials. For mole hole info cal Teletip For problems with moles call Teletip, the University of California Cooperative Extension's telephone information service. Rod Shippey, farm advisor, says to dial 463-4477 and ask for Message 259, "Moles."
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