Jeremy Sanders
Hand dyed, hand woven fabric (2006)
Dimenions variable
Jeremy Sanders
Hand dyed, hand woven fabric (2006)
Dimenions variable
Jeremy Sanders

I experience a neurological phenomenon called synesthesia, which causes me to see a particular color associated with every number and letter of the alphabet. I hand dye thread to match the colors I see in text and then weave cloth that contains coded language, which resembles plaid patterning. By carefully selecting the words and type of cloth, I point to issues of identity and sexuality, specifically within the queer community.

I weave cum-rags that derive their color patterns from gay inter-net slang. The Craigslist.org series are based on 3 and 4 letter abbreviations that men use to describe them selves, or whom they wish to meet for sex on craigslist.org (e.g.- MWM, STR8, POZ).

The X-tube.com series are based on the screen-names of men who post photos and videos of themselves to share with other men on x-tube.com (e.g.- ruffcubnj). For this series I mail the hand-made rag to men who in turn use it in a photo or video on x-tube, then mail it back to me.

“Queer plaids” are based on actual historical Scottish textiles. Interjected within the plaid pattern are my hand dyed designs, containing derogatory words for gay men that have since been re-appropriated by the gay community as positive identifiers (fairy, queen, fag, etc).

In 1997 I moved from Baltimore Maryland to San Francisco, where I received a BFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004, and an MFA in Textiles from California College of Arts and Crafts in 2006.

I currently teach Textile and Fashion Design at the University of California at Davis, and City College of San Francisco, and have also taught Textiles part-time at California College of the Arts.

My original costume designs were included in Kunst-Stoff’s 10th anniversary season at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2008, and my fine art textiles were included in “C-Change” exhibition at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco, The “CCA Centennial Alumni show” at the Oliver Art Center in Oakland in 2007, and at “Cream From The Top” at Arts Benicia in 2006.

In September of 2008 I hosted and curated a successful fundraising art auction for the STOP AIDS Project at the San Francisco LGBT Center. My cum rag series was exhibited at Magnet Community Center in February 2009, and at Eros Safe Sex Club in August of 2009.

Jeremy Sanders
Hand dyed, hand woven fabric (2006)
Dimenions variable
Works in exhibition:

Hairdresser (2007)
Hand dyed, hand woven cotton
45 x 180 inches

Pansy (2006)
Hand dyed, hand woven fabric
36 x 144 inches

Queen (2006)
Hand dyed, hand woven cotton
36 x 144 inches

Clone (2006)
Hand dyed, hand woven fabric
36 x 144 inches

Gay/Fag (2006)
Hand dyed, hand woven fabric
36 x 144 inches

Fairy (2006)
Hand dyed, hand woven cotton
36 x 144 inches

Cum Rags (2007-8)
Hand dyed, hand woven cotton
10 x 12 inches each, 10 rags

Interior Decorator (2007)
Hand dyed, hand woven fabric
45 x 180 inches