Alexandra Jacopetti Hart….
Alexandra has been working in the field of textile arts for 50 years. Since Native Funk & Flash was first published in 1974 she continued a career in fine art tapestry and concurrently created Folkwear Patterns, an ethnic and vintage clothing pattern company, with two partners. Both of these efforts resulted in traveling art exhibits throughout the western United States. At Folkwear she was the traditional design researcher and instruction writer, working the handwork samples and proving the surface design patterns. Folkwear still operates under the tutelage of Kate Matthews in North Carolina.
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Folkwear Afghan Dress, pattern test sample
EXHIBITIONS & COLLECTIONS
Artwear, Fashion & Anti-Fashion, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, May-October 2005. A book of the same name by curator Melissa Leventon, was produced by Thames and Hudson, 2005
Oakland Museum Collection Several garments and handcrafted items from Funk & Flash were collected by the Oakland Museum probably in the 1980’s, including the Hero Shirt (below and pp. 8–13, Native Funk & Flash) and the Phoenix jeans on the cover—both stitched by Alexandra Jacopetti Hart. Others collected are Pat Haines’ Levi jacket, p. 24; Carnation’s (Lois Anderson) bureau, p. 44; Judith Weston’s (Hawk) knit cape, p. 55.
Iconic to Ironic: Fashioning California Identity, Oakland Museum, March 15–September 21, 2003 This exhibit told the tale of California’s influence on the fashion industry. Both the Hero Shirt and the Phoenix Jeans from Native Funk & Flash were included, along with Marilyn Monroe’s white dress from The Seven Year Itch, two gorgeous creations by Kaisik Wong, many other wearable artists’ work.
Utopia Now! (and Then), Sonoma County Museum, February 15–May 13, 2002 Sonoma County’s historical museum mounted an exhibit on utopian communities. My early presence at Morningstar Ranch qualified the inclusion of two embroidered jeans skirts of mine and the inlaid jewelry of Wilder Bentley, similar to what he is wearing on p. 29 of NF&F.
Far Out: Bay Area Design, 1967–1973, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, November, 1999 – February, 2000 Many of the artists from F&F appeared in this exhibit: among them Laurel Burch’s jewelry, pp. 76–79; the Phoenix Jeans; Alex & Lee’s jewelry, pp. 58–61. 63; John Bauer’s carved wood chairs, pp. 70 72; Mary Ann Schildknecht’s embroidered shirt and skirt, pp. 82–85. The History of Jeans: Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, 1994 Hero Shirt and the cover Phoenix Jeans were included in this exhibit. One headline: “Paris Riveted by Levi’s Display in 1994.”
Native Funk & Flash. Western Association of Art Museums’ travelling exhibit of pieces from the book, showing in fourteen participating museums and galleries in western U.S.
The Art & Romance of Peasant Clothes, 1977-78. Seven museums from Texas to Idaho. Curator, organizer and participating artist in this traveling exhibit mounted by Folkwear.
The Art of Fiber, 1976. Art Programs, Inc. Several participating museums and galleries across the western U.S.
Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA group show of painted constructions, 1965 University of California Studio Gallery, Berkeley, CA, 1971, one-woman show California Design, 1976, participating artist
Santa Rosa City Hall Council Chambers, Seven Sonoma County Fiber Artists, 1976; Three Sisters, August, 1981
Dominican College, San Rafael, CA, Fiber and Wood, Fiber from Atelier Alexandra Jacopetti Hart
Kauffman Gallery, Houston Texas, New Designers 1981
Sebastopol Center for the Arts — Innovations in Fiber V, National Juried Exhibition, October 28 – December 4, 2010
Macramé Park, Bolinas, CA, 1974, a gift to the children of Bolinas, CA.
Ribbon to Narnia, 11’ x 5’, Collection of Hyatt Regency Hotels, New Orleans
TAPESTRY COMMISSIONS AND COLLECTIONS (sample) Town of Bolinas, CA – Macramé Park, 12’x12’x12′ Play Sculpture United Gas & Pipeline, Pennzoil Towers, Houston, TX (Eleven tapestries 1974-5) Carter Hawley Hale, Computer Offices, Los Angeles, CA (Seven tapestries, 1976) Hodel Residence, Greenbrae, CA, 16-ft. fiber-sculpted suspension bridge Gulf Oil, Houston, Texas Dragon & Rose, Inc., Honolulu, Hawaii Hyatt Regency Hotels, New Orleans, LA and Dallas, TX Weinzveg, Inc. offices and residence, Santa Rosa, CA (4 pieces) Holiday Inn, NASA Center, Houston, TX Exchange Bank, Santa Rosa, CA (26-ft. tapestry) Tucson Clinic and Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona (4 pieces) Bend Medical Center, Bend, OR (4 pieces) Mt. Zion Hospital, San Francisco (3 pieces) IBM, Houston, TX