Entering A Show – Step One, Create Your Art Inventory

Fiber-Fusion-Logo-Web-400x484With the opening call for our Fiber Fusion Show in mind, we thought it might be helpful to review the various steps needed to create a successful application for any open call from shows or galleries.

We will be posting a series of steps designed to prepare you for applying to shows and galleries etc.  If you’re new to this process, these steps should provide you with some basic tools to help you stay organized and produce quality entries.  If you’re already participating in shows, these steps are a great reminder for you as well.  As artists, focusing on our art is always our desire, but in reality, a good amount of business needs to be conducted if we want to become successful!penandpaper

Before you even decide to enter your art into a show and complete a call for entry form, it is a good idea to create an inventory of the art you want to enter. The inventory will serve for insurance purposes and will be your record of when you finished your art, where your art was shown, the price, the materials, artist statement, and what has sold. Plus, having the inventory will make completing the entry form much easier.

Camera to computerMost shows will require you to name your photos with your name, usually last name, then either your first name or initial, the title of the art, and whether this is a full or detailed image, for example: Matthews_Barbara_Happier Days_Full.jpg.  Using that naming convention for all your photos makes the entry process that much easier.   If you organize your photos under one folder, you can easily find them when it’s time to complete the entry form. *More on preparing photographs of your art will come in a later post.

Below are some recommended fields of information that you could have in your inventory (Please note that not all of this information will be required by a gallery or show, but it important to track for business purposes!):

Inventory of Art, Definition of Fields

Field Description
Title of Piece The name of the piece as you would like it to appear on the label and in a portfolio.
Date art finished Month and year the piece was completed. If you are like me, this date is a few dates before the first show date.
Width in inches (whole numbers) Width in whole inches.
Height in inches Height in whole inches.
Depth in inches If the piece has a three dimensionality to it, then enter the depth in whole inches. In cases where a piece is not in standard rectangle shape, enter the maximum of the width, height, and depth.
Materials and Techniques Usually there is space on the label for one or two lines for the materials.   You will save yourself some editing later, if you stick to less than 120 characters (including spaces) for this field. The main idea is to include enough, so that the viewer has an idea of the process.   For example, ‘Hand-dyed silk using the Shibori method, wax resist, and machine stitching’. Please note, if you use a product that was made by someone else, you should note that, for example ‘Purchased hand-dyed silk…’ This prevents misrepresentation of your art to the juror and public.
Statement about the art (maximum 500 char) Here you talk about the inspiration for your art and hopefully draw the juror and viewer into the moment(s) when the art was created.   Colorful, descriptive adjectives and active tense make the description more interesting. To help, think of asking yourself the following questions:

1. What inspired you to make this piece?

2. What does the piece mean to you?

3. What is unique or special about the way you make it?

Speak from the heart and after the first draft, eliminate the lofty language that doesn’t add to the description and will only serve to turn the viewer off.

Insurance value If you keep good records of the materials and supplies used, you will have an easier time developing a value for insurance purposes. Unless you have a track record of sales on similar art, a claims adjuster will want this documentation of costs. The insurance value is not the price you place on a piece or the amount you receive after the commission is deducted. The insurance value will not change over time, but the price may.
Where art has shown  It’s a good idea to keep a list of all the places a piece of art has shown.  Many galleries or shows have rules about artwork having previously shown at locations close to them.
First venue where art was shown Keep track of where your art has shown, this will prevent showing in the same area/gallery in the future. This official name also is your reference in the future—was it Northern Lights Arts, Northern Light Art Center?
Dates shown The start and end dates of the show.
Price at that venue Price listed at this venue. This does not suggest that the price of the piece should change from venue to venue. Goodwill with the customer will not be preserved if a customer bought a piece at a higher price just weeks before seeing a similar piece in another venue at a lower price. However, that said, you may want to move your art and lower the price if there is adequate time between shows.
Second venue where art was shown Repeat these above four rows for the second, third and subsequent places the art was shown.
Images of piece Names and file locations
Full image Show requirements for title of image files are typically Last Name, First Name, Title of Piece, and whether an image of the ‘Full’ art or ‘Detail’ image.   These could be separated by underlines, for example—Matthews_Barbara_Ghostly Trees_Full.jpg. If you store your image with this name, the process to upload images for a call for entry will be easier. Images in a jpg format are universally accepted format. You should always retain an image at the highest resolution possible, so you can prepare an image that meets the requirements. On a PC, if you right click on the image and select Properties and Detail, you will see the resolution of the image and the dimension of the image in pixels.   On a Mac, Open any image in Preview and press Command+I.

There will be more on image size in a future post.

Detailed image (Ex: Matthews_Barbara_Ghostly_Trees_Detail.jpg)
Photographer This field is the name of the photographer, if you, then your name.   Photographers are artists too and should receive credit for the images.
Status of the art Has the art sold, what price? What was your share and date sold?
Name, Address, and email of the buyer To put on email list for announcement of other shows.
Awards Received Title and amount of award.

Inventory or Art Template

 

This is a template you are welcome to use for your art (The light grey fields are not required for the SDA-WA Fiber Fusion show)

Field Information about art
Title of Piece
Date art finished
Width in inches (whole numbers)
Height in inches
Depth in inches
Materials and Techniques
Statement about the art (maximum 500 char)
Insurance value
Where art has shown
First venue where art was shown
Dates shown
Price at that venue
Second venue where art was shown
Dates shown
Price at that venue
Third venue where art was shown
Dates shown
Price at that venue
Names and file locations of Images of piece
Full image
Detailed image
Photographer
Has the art sold, what price? What was your share?
Name, Address, and email of the buyer
Awards Received

 

We hope you find this helpful!  We’d love to hear from you if you have any feedback or suggestions!!

Sincerely,

The SDA-WA Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Media Intern Position

Social Media Intern Wanted!

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Jumpstart your social media career while networking with experienced artists.  The Surface Design Association in Washington State (SDA-WA) seeks a motivated and creative Social Media Intern, with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter experience . We’re looking for a creative communicator who would love to design/ execute a plan to promote our art event  You’ll be exposed to artists who show nationally and internationally and learn the inner workings of curating and mounting an art exhibit.  The internship position may run four to six months and you may be based anywhere in WA.

twitterSDA-WA is planning the first ever traveling exhibition of surface designers’ work in the US.  This will be a widely publicized and exciting display of textile-oriented artwork.  The exhibition will be held at four venues around the State: Richland, Redmond, Port Townsend and Everett.

For more information:

 

The Social Media Intern will help with various aspects of communication, marketing and outreach, including:

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  • Assisting with social media messaging on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest;
  • Designing social media strategy around promoting both the call for art and the exhibition.
  • On occasion, documenting and posting/blogging about special projects and events;
  • Supporting public relations projects by researching and engaging media contacts across the state, working with the Marketing Communications Director to identify and pursue media opportunities, finding new ways to tell stories and raise the interest in artists in the Surface Design Association.

Benefits

  • Valuable insights into the nonprofit arts communication arena
  • Exposure to the ins and outs of marketing, PR, and community management
  • Opportunity to develop a social media strategy and execute the plan
  • Creative work colleagues
  • Exposure to Washington State arts and artists
  • Exposure to the international parent Surface Design Association
  • One-year membership in the Surface Design Association

 

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  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of social media– Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel; familiarity with Go To Meeting/ FaceTime/ Skype
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • An interest in non-profit communications, art, or arts administration
  • Attention to detail
  • Photoshop, video editing, and design skills a plus
  • Ability to commit to at least four months of part time work

Our interns will receive invaluable experience working on a project of wide scope, professional mentorship, and building a network of contacts in the art arena.  Interns will also receive a free one-year membership to the Surface Design Association.

Please submit a cover letter, résumé and a professional reference to event.surfacedesignwa@gmail.com with the subject line SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN. If you have a web presence, please supply a url or link.

While the position will remain open until filled, preference will be given to applications received before February 12, 2016.

SDA Member Activities

SDA Member Activities

Jane Dunnewold

2016_01DunnewoldJane will be in the Northwest for a book signing of her latest book, Creative Strength Training in August.  She is also available to conduct a workshop the weekend of August 20-21st.  Her description of the workshop: Spend a day immersed in the strategies of the Creative Strength Training Program. This is lots of fun but is also instructive! Become a better artist by knowing more about yourself. Dismantle your Committee. Play and work simultaneously! No experience needed because you already have all the experience you need!  Are there members who would like to help facilitate this workshop by finding a meeting facility and a place for Jane to stay overnight?  If so, contact me, Barb Matthews, at bjmatthews76@comcast.net.

NW Collage Society

Man and Nature, Margaret Wheeler

Man and Nature, Margaret Wheeler

Solo

Solo,Gay Jensen

Cyndi Wolfe

The Past Increases, The Future Recedes, Cyndi Wolfe

Margaret C. Wheeler, Cyndi Wolfe and Gay Jensen had artwork selected by juror Joan Stuart Ross for inclusion in the Northwest Collage Society Winter Show at the Washington Convention Center.  The show opens January 16 and runs until March 26, 2016.  The Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony is Thursday February 11 from 7pm-9pm, and all SDA members are invited to attend.  For more information:

http://www.nwcollagesociety.org/shows.htm

Cameron Anne Mason

2016_01MasonLearn the key to a world of color on fabric!

My upcoming workshop, Dyeing for Quilters (and other people who love fabric), is just two weeks away. In this workshop you will learn all the basics for using fiber reactive dyes (Procion MX). These dyes are inexpensive and versatile and are the most light-fast, color-fast, and safe dyes available on the market.

We will start with basic dye chemistry and color theory for dyers and then use that knowledge as a base for exploration. We will focus on using cotton but you can also bring silk or any cellulose fiber fabric for your own exploration. Dyeing for Quilters (and other people who love fabric), Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31, 10am-4pm. Optional Open Studio Day, Monday, February 1, 10am-4pm. Get more information and sign up for this and other upcoming workshops on the Workshops page of my website, cameronannemason.com. Or contact me directly if you have questions.

Barbara Lee Smith

2016_01SmithThe Gallery at Tacoma Community College, 6501 South 19th Street, Building 4, Tacoma, WA  98466, January 4- February 5, 2016

 

Whidbey Island Surface Design                         

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Beyond the Surface January 4- March 27, 2016 La Conner Quilt Museum

Beyond the Surface includes artwork using fiber and fabric as the basis for the work. Each artist has their own unique style and the process used to accomplish their work is as varied as the individual piece. Techniques include:  dyeing, wrapping, felting, stitching, weaving, image transfer, beading, quilting, painting, printing, and collage.

 

 

 

 

Pamela Hastings  

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Pamela and her subject Diane Williams infront of Diane’s portrait, photographer: JMcMacken

The show is of my portraits from Hot Flash Women Series and some fiber/mixed media sculptures, one 9.5 feet tall, at the Port Angeles Public Library, January-March 2016, open every day except Sunday, 10am til 8 Mon-Thurs, 10-5 Friday and Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

2016_01FallertCARYL BRYER FALLERT-GENTRY: 40 YEARS OF COLOR, LIGHT, & MOTION
My new 58-quilt retrospective opens next week at the University Museum, Ole Miss. Oxford, Mississippi.
Opening reception and artist’s talk: Thursday, January 28, 6 pm, Exhibition dates: January 26-April 16, 2016.
www.bryerpatch.com, caryl@bryerpatch.com

Eve Deisher and Lanny Bergner

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Forest Moonlight, Eve Deisher,, photographer: BMatthews

Here and There: Topographic Conversations with Morris Graves – Museum of NW Art, La Conner, WA, January 9, 2016 to March 17, 2016. Here and There engages viewers in a discussion between Morris Graves, eight contemporary artists, and their environments. In addition to works by these eight artists, the exhibit features two pieces created by Graves while he was living in both Skagit and Humboldt Counties. Not only did these artists live in the same topographical regions as Graves, they are also contemplating the natural world and its ability to inspire creativity.

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The Starlight Within,  The Wizards Chamber, Seeking Morris: Star Gazing, Lanny Bergner, photographer: BMatthews

 

 

 

See more at: http://monamuseum.org/exhibition/here-and-there-topographic-conversations-morris-graves#sthash.DC0BT8Ud.dpuf See more at: http://monamuseum.org/exhibition/here-and-there-topographic-conversations-morris-graves#sthash.yHNyj0hn.dpuf

 

 

Are you a SDA Member and would like to see your news posted here?

Email bjmatthews76@comcast.net by the 15th of the month.

Fiber Fusion Entry Form Now Live!

HeaderImage1Time flies.  It doesn’t seem like that long ago when talking about a traveling exhibition here in Washington state was just a dream a few committed surface design artists had.  But now, it’s becoming reality!  As of today, the entry form for the Fiber Fusion exhibition is now open!

http://sdafiberfusionshow.org/fiber-fusion-entry-form/

Get Ready, Get Set, DYE!

Get Ready, Get Set, DYE!

Please note that each artist can enter up to four pieces and there are four spaces on the form.  However, if you make an entry and then later want to enter another piece, you can come back and enter the additional piece(s), so long as you don’t enter more than four total.  If you’ve already paid your $30 entry fee, you don’t have to pay it again.

While opening up for entries may seem like a big step, our executive team has even more in mind!  We’ll be releasing a call for proposals for teachers for each of the venues, a call for regional art to go along with each gallery or art center, not to mention fundraising to put on the best SDA shows possible.

There's still plenty of time to make artwork for Fiber Fusion- Deadline is March 20, 2016!

There’s still plenty of time to make artwork for Fiber Fusion- Deadline is March 20, 2016!

 

Do you know someone or a company that might be interested in contributing?  We’d love to get sponsors and donors to support our publicity, juried prizes, transportation between venues, and educational components.  And the grand-daddy of it all… if we can raise the money… we’d love to have a beautiful print catalog of the exhibition!

 

If you or someone you know is able to help us out, please go to:

http://sdafiberfusionshow.org/make-a-donation/

You can use your PayPal or even just do a secure online payment with a credit card through PayPal without having to sign up for a PayPal account.

Special Thanks to Claire Jones for doing such a wonderful job on the Fiber Fusion website, as well as the fantastic volunteers working behind the scenes to set everything up for this incredible opportunity!

 

 

Regional Shows within Fiber Fusion – Guest Blogger Vicki Gerton

richland1 For those of us in Eastern Washington, the regional show at the Gallery in the Park in Richland, part of the Fiber Fusion SDA exhibit, is just around the corner. With the entry date in mid-April, we are feeling rushed. We are all excited about having a show of this quality make its first stop in the Tri-Cities in June. And since a number of the members of our group are new to surface design, we are excited that a component of the show is the regional, non-traveling, section that will not be subject to the rigid judging process. It will give those of us with less experience a chance to try our wings. We are fortunate that the Allied Arts Gallery in the Park will be large enough to accommodate all 25 of the regional designated pieces.

In the hopes that your group will get as excited as we in the South Central Group are about entering a piece in the regional part of the Fiber Fusion exhibit, I am sharing a few of our works “in progress.” Mardine Campbell has a beautiful piece of silk which she screen printed while still living in Florida. richland2Mardine grew up here in Eastern Washington and says the colors remind her our beautiful sunsets. She intends to embellish the silk with beads, silk thread, stitching, and perhaps foil.

Barb Sherrill, who is retiring after having spent the last twenty years of her life supporting her family by selling her hand painted cottons and quilt patterns at quilt shows, now has time to use some of her unique hand-painted fabrics in stitched and embellished fabric collages. In the photo at right, it looks like the piece is almost complete, but everything is just pinned on for photo purposes.

Barb has two more pieces she is considering submitting.richland3

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richland5Judy Rice, who is a master weaver as well as dyer, has several “in progress” pieces she is contemplating entering into the regional show. One is a tapestry, one is a weaving project, and one is a hand dyed piece using resist methods which she is in the process of embellishing.

richland6For each Regional show that coincides with Fiber Fusion, there will be space for an estimated 25 pieces which will not travel. Those entering the Regional show will have to submit an entry form and a photo so that the galleries will know how many pieces to expect. The galleries may have different maximum sizes according to space available. If there are more pieces than the gallery has available space, some pieces will have to be excluded. There will be a panel of three which will review the submissions and exclude pieces, if that becomes necessary. Each entrant will be allowed to submit up to three pieces into the Regional show. The deadline for submitting into the Regional show will be after the deadline for the Traveling and Juried part of the show. It will be staggered according to the opening date of the specific gallery. As of this writing, the submission dates are as follows: Richland 4/15/16, Redmond 9/1/16 and Port Townsend and Everett 11/1/16. We hope you all will consider submitting pieces in the Regional show nearest you as well as the traveling show.

Make sure to check out the Fiber Fusion website at: http://www.sdafiberfusionshow.org/

New Fiber Fusion Exhibition Website for WA SDA

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Our 2016-2017 Traveling exhibition now has its own website!  Go to http://sdafiberfusionshow.org/ to see it.  The entry form will be up there on January 15 and entries are due by March 20, 2016.  Thanks to SDA member Claire Jones for doing such a beautiful job on putting this together.

We also have had our first donations and sponsors come in.  We’re pleased to announce that on top of our jurors’ prize awards, the ‘Deb Taylor Spirit of Exploration Award’ is being funded courtesy of Gay Jensen and Bud Taylor.  We’ve also received a small event grant from SDA national- thanks to Pat Herkal for leading this up with the grant proposal.  Our donation button will be added to the website soon, but please feel free to contact us if you’d like to contribute towards the exhibition.  The more money we can raise, the more we can do (we’d love to get a professional catalog printed of Fiber Fusion!)

If you haven’t ever entered a juried show, this is a terrific opportunity to learn the process. We’re planning to do several blog posts to help our membership and readers learn all you need to know for completing and submitting a show entry.  Please let us know if there are specific topics you’d like us to cover.

We’d love your comments and suggestions on the website, as well as any questions you might have on the process.

Pad Your Artistic Resume by helping out!

Searching Song Instrument by Danielle Bodine

Searching Song Instrument by Danielle Bodine

Not only is this an opportunity for exhibiting your artwork, it’s also a place where you can contribute a little of your time and talent!  Each location (Richland, Redmond, Port Townsend, and Everett) will need a crew of volunteers… even if you can’t oversee a complete area, let us know if there is a part of the job where you’d be able to help. Here are some areas we could use some assistance:

Local Operations Chair –Sees that artwork is checked in, finds volunteer to store packing material, assists in the installation, finds volunteers for the reception, assisting at the workshops and presentations, counting of ballots, signage, placement of postcards. Repackage art for transport, store art, transport to next venue. Send thank you notes.

Local area PR and Marketing—Sees that lists of newspapers, association newsletters, galleries, stores, and interested individuals are developed.  Prior to the event, coordinate flyer or postcards to stores in the locale. Find reader-boards and volunteers to distribute with posters and balloons for the opening reception and take down after the reception.

Portfolio—Develops portfolio of artists’ photos of art and artist statements.

Fundraising–Send letters out to list of companies targeted as potential donors, followup, write credit information for promotional materials.

Catalog—Arranges for professional photographer to take images at first venue, develops catalog with lead article, jurors’ statements, artists’ photos, and artists’ statements.  Works with printer through completion of catalog.

Please feel free to share your thoughts here in the comments.  We’re looking forward to seeing the fantastic range of artwork from our members in 2016.

Happy Solstice and Holidays,

Christina Fairley Erickson, Executive Director WA SDA Fiber Fusion Exhibition and Barb Matthews, WA state SDA Representative

 

Your Chance to Show (or teach) at Schack!

schack_art_centerIf you’ve never been to the Schack Art Center in Everett, you need to put it on your “To Do” list.  

Today, Barb Matthews, the WA SDA state Rep, and I met the curator at the Schack to discuss our upcoming “Fiber Fusion” traveling exhibition.  The Schack will be the final home of our WA state galleries hosting this show.  While Barb and I have both visited their gallery for other exhibitions, we were completely blown away with all the exciting spaces and changes going on.

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Some of the exhibition space and the stairway to the new 2nd floor

If you’ve been there, you know the space is big.  Well, guess what? They’re getting bigger!  They’re just completing building out their second story- almost doubling their space.  Part of their preparation is due to their upcoming exhibit of internationally known printmaker Chuck Close.  His work will be featured in both the lower and upper galleries from May-September 2016.

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One classroom space with running water

Not only do they have an amazing gallery space, they also have  incredible classrooms- even ones with running water- good for “wet” processes! They will also have specialty classrooms for printmaking, drawing/painting, glass, metal-working, and lapidary (cutting and working with precious stones.) We’ll be posting calls for teachers of different surface design techniques for the time frame of our exhibition there, but if you’re looking to lead classes or teach, you can find out how to submit a proposal for classes on their website here.  They’re particularly interested in getting some more printmaking classes for 2016.

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3-D Artists will really appreciate all the different sizes and shapes of their pedestals, as you can see here. Interested in making art cloth?  They can hang from the ceiling on both levels!  And, of course there is plenty of wall space too.

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The Schack Art Centers Store offers pieces for sale from area artists

 

 

 

 

For those SDA members who are ready to sell commercially, the Schack’s store will love to look at your work, particularly to be coordinated with the time of our exhibition.

They also have an incredible marketing and PR person and the exhibition will be seen in all sorts of news media and on radio.

So, how do you get in on this incredible opportunity?  Get into your studios and start creating!  The requirements for the Fiber Fusion exhibition are online at http://surfacedesignwa.com/fiber-fusion/ and we’ll soon have a dedicated website for our show.

The entry deadline is Sunday March 20, 2016 at midnight, so there’s still plenty of time.

Hope to be seeing your work soon!

Christina Fairley Erickson- Executive Director of the Fiber Fusion Traveling Exhibition for WA SDA