WHIDBEY ISLAND SURFACE DESIGN GROUP EXHIBITION AT PACIFIC NORTHWEST QUILT & FIBER MUSEUM
“Reflections” is an exhibition of the varied and exciting artwork of the members of the Whidbey Island Surface Design Group. It is a group of visual artists living and working on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington State. Though they work in many different media, techniques, and visual traditions, they share a fascination and on-going interest in surface design, the creative exploration of fiber, fabric and mixed media. WISD members create wall hangings, contemporary quilts, hand-made books, encaustic images, fiber art sculptures, basketry and wearable art. They are weavers, mixed-media artists, photographers, dye artists, sewers, beaders, painters and more. Sharing a variety of artistic interests and techniques enriches their experience.
Dates: January 29- April 26, 2020
Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Museum
703 South Second St, LaConner, WA 98257
Hours: Wed – Sun, 11am-5pm
Lee´s work is inspired by her interest in the use of found and recycled materials, this piece evokes a sense of obsolescence, waning memory, lost experience, and aging, reminding us that these are meaningful natural occurrences in the stages of life. It is meant to hang suspended from the ceiling so it turns and catches ‘reflections’ of that imagery.
NORTH PENINSULA SURFACE DESIGN GROUP AT THE PORT TOWNSEND NORTHWIND ARTS CENTER
A group of members of SDA is included in “Let´s Play”, a juried exhibit at the Port Townsend Northwind Arts Center, from January 30 to March 1. The Juror, Marit Berg, is a painter and printmaker. Let´s Play encouraged the artist to “Release your inner child. Discard your usual practice. Use a different medium. Take a different approach. Combine things you don’t usually put together. Experiment!” The SDA artists participating are: Leslie Dickinson, Liisa Fagerlund, Caryl Bryier Fallert-Gentry, Sue Gale, Erica Iseminger, Debra Olson, Barbara Ramsey, Cathie Wier and Diane Williams.
Northwind Arts Center
701 Water Street
Caryl Bryier Fallert-Gentry got the Juror´s Award with her piece “Canyon 32”.
Caryl explains: “I started by altering the photo, changing the shape, exaggerating the colors, and deepening the shadows. The altered image was printed on cotton fabric. I quilted very heavily, almost to the level of thread painting, with many different colors of thread. Rather than trying to exactly reproduce the photograph, I just tried to capture, in fabric and thread, the drama that one feels upon see this amazing example of nature’s art.”
Leslie says: “First I built a large Duck Cloth bowl, then I collaged, fused and spiraled the Philip Jacobs Brassica fabric into floral spiraled bowls, embellished with wire mesh, beads and attached to the bowl.”
Sue says: “I applied pin tuck stitching and painted fusible webbing. The pattern is a meandering roadway with areas of interest along the route; thus the title. I used commercial fabric, adding beads and hand stitching.”
Debra says:“Challenged myself to work with less color as well construction process, starting with the reeds and leaf panels, then constructing from the bottom upward. Adding more monotone colors (than normal) and wrapping the reeds with fabric, then threadwork.”
Cathie explains: “Both of these pieces are created by manipulating doubleweave. Doubleweave is accomplished by weaving two layers simultaneously and the layers are exchanged. In this weaving I was experimenting with different fibers in the two layers, working for a variety of textures. In some places I cut away the top layer to expose the bottom layer and added some stitching. In the Bento Box I added accents of shibori-shaped polyester and ply-split braiding.”
Diane says: “He’s a jumping jack toy made from a flattened beer can, bits of my son’s dirty, rotten, discarded trail work uniforms, a found glove, a gourd, beads, buttons, paint, nail polish, pinecones, and other detritus. He was inspired by my son being called a “stupid trail fairy,” by two girls who were irritated at being passed on the Bright Angel Trail multiple times by my son whose work took him up and down the trail several times a day. It’s my son’s hashtag hence.”
SDA MEMBERS AT “CURRENTS 2020”
Northwest Designer Craftsmen presents Currents 2020, a national invitational juried exhibition, symposium and weekend of masterclasses from March 5 – April 11, 2020. The exhibition, in partnership with the Schack Art Center, commemorates the 65th anniversary of NWDC’s mission to promote excellence in design and craftsmanship, and stimulate interest and appreciation for craft in and beyond the Northwest region. The artists are: Lanny Bergner, Danielle Bodine, Barbara De Pirro, Kathey Ervin, Claire Jones, Nancy Loorem Adams, Barbara Matthews, Dorothy McGuinness, Gabriela Nirino, Barbara Osborne, Patricia Ressequie, Sharon Rowley.
Schack Art Center
2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, WA
The Currents 2020 National Craft Exhibition,
March 5 – April 11, 2020
Opening Reception: March 5, 5-8 pm
Hours: M-F 10-6, SA 10-5, SU 12-5
SEATTLE SURFACE DESIGN GROUP MEETING NOTES
The February meeting was attended by Terry Berg, Cynthia Blair, Debbie Eliasen, Janet Kurjan, Suzanne Morlock, Anne Nelson, Gabi Nirino, Barbara O´Steen, Carla Stehr and Therese Stein. The group was experimenting with different materials and textures using a small loom.
Barbara O´Steen shared a folder with a great collection of photos of her tapestry work.
SOUTH CENTRAL WA SURFACE DESIGN GROUP MEETING NOTES
Notes from the January 9th and February 12 meetings. This group continues to be a very dynamic group with skills and interests in many areas and well attended meetings. At the most recent meeting, Judy Rice taught everyone how to make delightful heart shaped baskets for Valentine’s Day.
Carol Fletcher showed us a nifty trick for the backing of a fiber hanging where corners and edge bindings are applied so that a rod can be inserted to hang the item.
Vicki Gerton shared a convertible shawl/poncho that was pieced bojagi style (Korean style piecing) from vintage silk kimonos and silk shirts.
Marcia Keefer shared a cedar bark and sedge covered water bottle and a square cedar or willow bark basket.
Anke Wildman showed us a pair of placemats or hangings make out of some of her dyeing experiments.
In January, Suzie Forsyth brought several felting experiments including a shawl that had see-through windows in it.
Sue Havre has been busy experimenting with various non-traditional monotype printmaking techniques that can be used on textiles or paper.
CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
BARBARA DE PIRRO WORKSHOP
Barbara De Pirro will be offering her workshop, ‘Sculpture: Paper & Acrylic’ on MAR 14 & 15, https://www.schack.org/classes/sculpture-paper-acrylic/ This workshop will be happening in conjunction with the ‘Currents 2020’ – NWDC Exhibit and Symposium, March 5 – April 11, 2020 at Schack Art Center.
About: Barbara De Pirro is a Mixed Media Sculptor, Installation Artist and Educator. Her observations of nature have triggered a profound admiration for its brilliance, resilience and its vulnerability. With each project she strives to create a sense of wonder; enticing the viewer to turn that vision outwards into the natural world, nurturing an understanding of that interconnection and encouraging reflection about our relationship with the environment.
De Pirro’s artwork has been commissioned and exhibited in Museums, Galleries, Sculpture Parks, Art Centers and Public Art Organizations. She is a member of Northwest Designer Craftsman, Surface Design Association and National Basketry Organization. She is an Artist Trust Fellowship, Residency and GAP Grantee, Millay Colony for the Arts & Golden Foundation for the Arts Alum. De Pirro’s artwork is highlighted in multiple publications; including “Basketry Now”, “Artistry in Fiber: Sculpture’, ‘TextileArt Around the World’, ‘Green Art: Trees, Leaves and Roots’, World of Threads, Fiber Art Now and Surface Design Association.
STILL ON GOING
Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry in Found Again
Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry will have two quilts in Found Again, a juried exhibition by the Art Quilt Networkat the Ohio Craft Museumin Columbus, OH. The show features 30 contemporary art quilts by artists from across the country and central Ohio
Ohio Craft Museum
1665 W. 5th Ave., Columbus
February 9 – April 5, 2020
WA Regional SDA Meetings
Eastside—For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Peninsula—The next meeting is March 12th at 2pm, at the Sequim Public Library, Sequim, WA. Meeting starts at 2pm. Please, contact Sue Gale for more information email@example.com
North Sound(Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties)—The next meeting is March 30. Area Leader Valerie Wootton firstname.lastname@example.org
Seattle– The Seattle group meeting will be on March 11 from 11 to 1.Please, contact Cynthia for more information and directions email@example.com.
South Central— Our March 11th meeting will be a no host event at Starbucks, 2411 W. Court St., in Pasco starting at 10 am (9:45 for gathering and beverage ordering). Bring your show and tell. Email Vicki Gerton (firstname.lastname@example.org) for directions and with questions.
South Sound—Please contact Faith Hagenhofer at email@example.com more information.
Surface Design Study Group– Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To attend the group, you can register by droppingby BARN, calling Tammie at BARN at (206) 842-4475 x216
Vancouver, WA—Please contact Sharon Svec firstname.lastname@example.org more information.
Whidbey Island—The meetings are held on second Tuesday of themonthand typically run from 9:30 am to noon.Area Leaders—Debra Calkins (email@example.com), Mary Burks (firstname.lastname@example.org) and membership chairperson Natalie Olsen (email@example.com) http://www.whidbeyislandsurfacedesign.com.