New Deadline for Submissions: 19th of the Month

We love to support SDA-Washington members! We are always looking for short notices of shows, sales, events, workshops or calls for art for our monthly blog post. Now, we are adjusting our submission deadline to allow for more time to compile our SDA-Washington member newsletter to the 19th of the month, for publication on the 20th.

Here are guidelines for submitting these posts.  


We encourage photos! Please make sure they are labeled with your last name and title of piece (example: Taylor_arcanepathways). Photos can be low resolution (72 dpi), but should be clear, in focus, and at least 300 x 300 pixels. (Photos don’t need to be larger than 2000 x 2000 pixels.) Large file sizes may bounce when sent by email, so you may need to send them in separate emails if your photos are 2 MB or higher.

Please do not embed links into your post. Copy the URLs fully, and paste them in the body of the text where you would like the link.

Please send your material by the 19th of each month. We will do our best to accommodate post requests, but since this operation is volunteer-fueled, we cannot guarantee that we will meet your deadline. We reserve the right to edit any submitted posts.

Types of posts we are looking for: show, sale, event, workshop or call for art in this blog.

Please send the information in the following format: the date and time, title of show/sale/event/workshop, the location, a short description and the name(s) of SDA members participating to: Francesca Penchant at blog.surfacedesignwa@gmail.comby the 19th, for publication on the 20th.

If you email corrections or elaborations after the 19th, we will be happy to update posts after publication.


SDA-WA Member Activities March

SDA Members at the Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum

“Photographs and Memories Invitational”
Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum
Now through March 25

SDA members Christina Fairley Erickson, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry and Cheri Kopp  have quilts in the “Photographs and Memories Invitational” show at the Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum in LaConner through March 25, featuring works from 21 artists “who use everything from appliqué, piecing, photo transfer, painting, thread painting, weaving and other techniques. Whether using cast-off clothing, adding text to their work, or interpreting the work of loved ones, each artist strives to create a unique interpretation of a photo or memory.” The following are featured pieces, with artists’ descriptions:


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Cheri Kopp, Women’s Work, quilt

A description of the piece “Women’s Work,” from the artist: “At the intersection of Cheri’s art from cast-off materials and her quilting past, this quilt was inspired by her disintegrating ironing-board cover. It honors many traditional roles of women, celebrating housework and handcrafts. Tiny hand-made forms fill out the doll clothes, including the belly of the pedal pushers depicting pregnancy, the only true woman’s work.”



Cheri Kopp, Celebrate Me Home, 2006, quilt

A description of the piece “Celebrate Me Home,” from the artist: “Reflecting on her grandfather-in-law’s death and the idea of his “going home,” Cheri designed four blocks, using signatures on fabric, one for each home in her husband’s family. All of the family’s homes featured in this 2006 quilt are now in the hands of new owners. That’s grandfather Matthew in the window; Cheri’s home flies the Quilter’s Anonymous flag.”


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Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Centennial #1, quilt

A description of the piece “Centennial #1,” from the artist: “Caryl’s father, Cecil Joseph Bryer, celebrated his 100th birthday on July 24, 2001. The hundred guests, who celebrated with him, included his three children, nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. The photos surrounding trace his life from infancy in 1901 to his 100th birthday. Caryl’s father passed away in January of 2005, at the age of 103½.”


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A description of the piece “Watch Master,” from the artist: “For most of his adult life, Caryl’s father worked for the Elgin Watch Company in Elgin Illinois, and ran his own watch repair business on the side. She grew up watching him work with the tens of thousands of sparkling, nearly microscopic watch parts. The cabinet next to his workbench became an end table in her home, the drawers so fascinating, she couldn’t bear to clear them out. Caryl photographed the cabinet, and each of the twelve drawers, then took macro-lens close-ups of the tins and boxes full of tiny parts to make this quilt.”


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Claire B. Jones, Whole Surface: Reaching 2

Claire B. Jones Solo Exhibit: “A Perception of Failure”

“A Perception of Failure”
Betty Feves Memorial Gallery
February 22-March 22
Opening reception: Thursday, February 22, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

SDA-WA member Claire B. Jones has a solo exhibition at Betty Feves Memorial Gallery, where she will explore the idea that failure is partly about perception. In this exhibit, Claire displays a statement next to each piece explaining why it failed to meet her original objective. The viewer can then include this in their analysis and see if it alters their opinion of the piece.

Betty Feves Memorial Gallery
Blue Mountain Community College
Pendleton, OR
Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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Claire B. Jones at CoCA in Pioneer Square

“Art ∩ Math”
Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA)
March 1-April 14
Opening reception: Thursday, March 1, 6-9 p.m.

SDA-WA member Claire B. Jones has artworks in the “Art ∩ Math” exhibit at CoCA in Pioneer Square, which opens on March 1. A diverse selection of media will be featured in the exhibit from artists and mathematicians, including sculpture and oil paint, to textile and metalwork.


114 Third Avenue South, Seattle
Gallery hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Deborah Ann, Cold Café, fabric art, 20″ x 29.5″

Deborah Ann at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center

“Life at a Glance”
Crossroads Carnegie Art Center
March 1-31
Reception: Friday, March 1, 5:30-9 p.m.

Deborah Ann, SDA-WA member from Yakima, will be the featured artist at a show entitled “Life at a Glance” at the Crossroads Carnegie Art Center in Baker City, Oregon. The show runs March 1 to 31 and the opening reception will be Friday, March 1 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. She will be exhibiting 45 pieces of fabric art and mixed-media sculpture and she will conduct a workshop along with the show.

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center
2020 Auburn Avenue
Baker City, OR 97814

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Cheri Kopp, Healthy Nature, paperboard product packaging.

Cheri Kopp Collage Class at Port Townsend School of the Arts

Collage Studies Workshop
Port Townsend School of the Arts
March 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Visual artist and SDA-North Peninsula member Cheri Kopp will be teaching a Collage Studies Workshop in Port Townsend March 3.

Drawing on her love of cast-off materials, and incorporating stitching, Cheri will lead participants in exploration of a materials-based art-making process. Using simple resources – scissors, tape and paperboard packaging (cereal boxes, etc.) – and repurposing words and images intended to market products, you’ll find your own messages, creating a series of small collages. A workshop designed to exercise your creative muscle with a series of process-based exercises. All materials, supplies and tools provided. Contact Cheri with questions:

Port Townsend School of the Arts
Fort Worden Campus
Building 306
Port Townsend, WA

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Cheri Kopp, The Nose Knows, paperboard product packaging.



Mary Ashton Studio March Classes

Mary Ashton - Papermaking
Western Papermaking
March 10-11, 9:30-4:30, $200
Using Western-European papermaking techniques, students will explore variations on traditional vat sheet forming. Discussions will include various equipment, ways of making pulp, recycling, inclusions, layering, making large sheets from small frame.

Mary Ashton - Sketchbook
Make Your Own Sketchbook
March 13, 9:30-4:30, $100
Make your own sketchbook with six different papers for all you marking experiments. This book has a soft cover and will open flat, so you can easily sketch right to the spine.

Classes are held at Mary Ashton’s Seattle studio in the University/Roosevelt area (directions are sent prior to class). All papermaking classes are limited to six students; other classes usually have a limit of eight to 10. Most classes have a materials fee of $25. Open Studio is by appointment; materials fee is variable. For registration or to be added to the email list, contact her through my website or email her at



Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry at the Everett Quilt Show

“Reflections of a Quilter”
Everett Quilt Show
Xfinity Arena, Everett
April 27-28
Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry Keynote Speech
PUD Auditorium
2320 California Street
Everett, WA
April 27, 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15.00

The All In Stitches Quilt Guild, a Central Snohomish County based guild, will be having a quilt show, “Reflections of a Quilter,” April 27-28 at the Xfinity Arena in Everett.

SDA-WA member Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry will be giving the keynote speech on Friday, April 27 at PUD Auditorium. From the event website: “Reflect with Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry on her varied career in quilting. She is internationally recognized for her award-winning fine-art quilts, which have appeared in hundreds of national and international exhibitions, collections, and publications, Caryl’s honors include 100 Best Quilts of the 20th Century, Silver Star (lifetime achievement) Award and selection as one of the thirty most influential quiltmakers in the world. Caryl has lectured and taught in eleven countries around the world and continues to share her knowledge through her publications and her website.”

SDA-WA Member Activities February

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Liz Axford, “Shift 3,” 72″ x 69″

SDA-WA members in Fiber Art Now’s Excellence in Fibers 2017

SDA-WA members Liz Axford, Danielle Bodine and Barbara De Pirro have artwork in the current Fiber Art Now juried Excellence in Fibers 2017, Winter 2017/18 edition of the magazine and will be in the exhibit “Excellence In Fibers” at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose CA. Opening reception October 21, 2018. Show runs October 19–January 13, 2019. Liz’s piece “Shift 3” was the Category Winner for “Wall/Floor Works.” Danielle’s piece, “Moonlight Flight” was the Category Winner for “Installation Works.” Another piece of hers, “Celestial Dance” is featured in the online exhibition.

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Danielle Bodine, “Moonlight Flight,” 3’Hx6’Wx8″D installation




Nancy Loorem Adams at Skagit Valley College Art Gallery

Nancy Loorem Adams Solo Exhibit
Skagit Valley College
Campus Center Art Gallery
Now through March 2
Artist Talk: February 27

SDA-WA member Nancy Loorem Adams has a solo exhibition on now at Skagit Valley College Art Gallery in Mount Vernon. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The artist talk will be February 27 at 10:30 a.m. in Hodson Hall 211. The gallery will be open February 24 just for Northwest Designer Craftsmen members and guests from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for those traveling to Bellingham for the Northwest Designer Craftsmen “Naturally Speaking Panel,” and basketry exhibitions on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Whatcom Museum.

Skagit Valley College
2405 East College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273




Sharon Rowley, “This Heavenly Body—Energy” (detail), 20″ x 20,” silk broadcloth and organza.

SDA-WA Members at Ida Culver House Broadview

“High in Fiber”
Ida Culver House Broadview
Now through May 12
Gala Reception: January 25, 3:30–5:30 p.m.

SDA-WA members Maura Donegan, Cameron Anne Mason and Sharon Rowley have pieces in the “High in Fiber” exhibit at the Ida Culver House in Broadview.

Above is a detail of one of four pieces by Sharon Rowley that will be on view. These pieces of her “This Heavenly Body” series explore the juxtaposition of the perfect body that is now experiencing aging and illness versus the resilient soul finding its voice and hearing “you are not alone.” Each piece is 20” x 20,” made of silk broadcloth and organza. Fabrics and threads are hand-dyed, silkscreened with original motifs, hand and machine stitched.

The Ida Culver House is open seven days a week from 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Just check in at the front desk and they will direct you to second-floor gallery.

Ida Culver House Broadview
12505 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle 98133

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Whidbey Island SDA-WA Members at Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum

“Raising the Surface”
Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum
January 31–April 29

SDA-WA members Liz Axford, Danielle Bodine, Fine Gelfand, Carys Hamer, Nan Leaman, Pat Morse, Natalie Olsen, Marie Plakos, Sande Wascher-James and Lee Woodfin are showing work in the Whidbey Island Surface Design group’s exhibition “Raising the Surface,” which opens on January 31 at the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum (formerly the La Conner Quilt Museum). The exhibit will run through April 29. An Opening Reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31 and a “Meet the Artists” event will take place on Saturday, February 10 from 2 to 5 p.m.  and is open each Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit for further details.

Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum
703 South 2nd Street
La Conner, WA




Dorothy McGuinness, “Satellite,” (2012). Watercolor paper, acrylic paint, waxed linen thread, 12 x 15 x 12 in.

SDA-WA Members at Whatcom Museum

“Rooted, Revived, Reinvented”
Whatcom Museum, Bellingham
February 3–May 6

The Whatcom Museum is hosting the traveling exhibition Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America, February 3–May 6 at the Lightcatcher Building, in collaboration with the National Basketry Organization and The Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri. This is the only West Coast venue of this exhibition. SDA-WA members Lanny Bergner and Dorothy McGuinness, Nancy Loorem Adams and Danielle Bodine have work in the exhibition.

The event is planned so that you can make the date into an outing with lunch prior or dinner following at one of the many great Bellingham restaurants, some within walking distance of the museum. Saturday was chosen to promote NWDC participation, access to easy parking and more reasonable travel in the region.The lecture is open to both NWDC members and the public to fulfill our mission to stimulate interest and appreciation for fine craft. Admission to the museum is required to see the exhibitions.  The panel is complimentary and does not require admission.


SDA-WA Members in “Gathered Together”

“Gathered Together”
Old City Hall, Bellingham
February 3–May 6

View a selection of artwork at Old City Hall by members of the Northwest Basket Weavers Guild (NWBW), including SDA-WA members Danielle Bodine, Nancy Loorem Adams and Dorothy McGuinness,  in Gathered Together: A Show of Work Celebrating Members of the Northwest Basket Weavers Guild, an exhibition juried by Lisa Telford and Katherine Lewis, artists featured in “Rooted, Revived, Reinvented” (above). Members of NWBW will be on hand on opening day to talk about basketry and the artwork on display.

Old City Hall
121 Prospect St.
Bellingham, WA 98225


SDA-WA Members in Whatcom Museum Panel “Naturally Speaking”

“Naturally Speaking”
Whatcom Museum
Saturday, February 24, 2–3 p.m
Reception to follow the event, 3–4 p.m.

Northwest Designer Craftsmen (NWDC) presents a moderated panel of internationally recognized Northwest fine art basketry artists at Whatcom Museum in Bellingham entitled “Naturally Speaking: A Panel of Northwest Artists Discuss Fine Art Basketry in the 21st Century.” Panelists will respond to questions about their use of techniques, materials and influences from moderator Layne Goldsmith, Fiber Arts Professor Emeritus, University of Washington. SDA-WA member panelists include Lanny Bergner, Dorothy McGuinness, Nancy Loorem Adams and Danielle Bodine. Included with admission/Museum members free.

Old City Hall
121 Prospect St.
Bellingham, WA 98225


SDA-WA Member Activities January


Cheri Kopp, Wishing Well, 2016, paperboard product packaging.

Collage Class with Cheri Kopp

Make It & Take It: Quick Collage
Port Townsend School of the Arts
Friday, January 19, 2018
6–9 p.m.

Join SDA-North Peninsula member Cheri Kopp for a fun, festive, creative evening. Share a light meal, libations and music while you combine bits from paperboard packaging (and those vintage postcards) to create small, personalized collages. Scissors, tape and sewn accents – it couldn’t be easier. All materials, supplies and tools provided. Cheri Kopp is a visual artist working in fiber and all manner of cast-off materials. Contact Cheri with questions, at Learn more and register here.

Port Townsend School of the Arts
Building 306, Fort Worden Campus
Port Townsend

Cheri Kopp, Be Mine? 2017, paperboard product packaging and vintage postcard



Northwind Arts Center Juror’s Award recipient Pat Herkal, Oscar Fox.

SDA-NP members at Northwind Arts Center Show

Northwind Arts Center’s 16th Annual Small Expressions exhibit in Port Townsend celebrates art no more than 15 inches in any direction. It represents all sorts of media, including jewelry. Juror Marie Weichman, an educator at Olympic College, ceramic and installation artist, chose work of four SDA-Peninsula artists to be included in the show – Pat Herkal, Mary O’Shaughnessy, Janice Speck and Cathie Wier. Herkal’s fiber bead embroidered sculpture Oscar Fox received the Juror’s Award. The show hangs until December 30.

New Kitsap Regional Group

We had 12 surface design artists at our first meeting on December 5, with lots of ideas and enthusiasm shared.

Our second meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 2 from 11 a.m–1 p.m. at BARN Fiber Arts Studio on Bainbridge (8890 Three Tree Lane NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110).

Agenda: Show and tell so we can become acquainted with each other’s work. Please bring a piece of your recent work or a work in progress. We will display them on tables and take time to walk around and talk with each other about our pieces.

Roles and Responsibilities: We agreed at the last meeting that we would have a program committee of three people rotating every six months. Other potential roles: exhibits, communications and ??. Think about what role you would like to play in the group.

Resource/Idea Sharing: Compile a list of potential field trips, guest speakers, projects and topics of interest for our meetings. Please bring a list ready to share with the group.

Please contact Roberta Nelson ( or Tonnie Wolfe ( for more information.

2018 SDA-WA Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a way to connect with other artists and expand your world in 2018? SDA-WA is looking for a Membership Rep and a Finance Rep. The Membership Rep uses macros in Microsoft Excel to sort the Washington members list, emails new members and notifies members when their memberships are expiring. The position would be a good fit for someone who likes to work with data in Microsoft Excel. The Finance Rep works with the SDA Treasurer Sarah Bush to balance the SDA-WA budget, and handles funding requests and art show sales. The position would be a good fit for someone who likes to work with numbers.

Contact Communications Rep Francesca Penchant ( for more info about these volunteer positions!


SDA-WA Member Activities December

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Announces Viewers’ Awards

The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center announced the Viewers’ Choice winners from their show “Fiber Revolution,” which ended November 12. Congratulations to the Viewers’ Choice winners!

“These three outstanding examples of fiber art were selected by the public during this popular exhibit, which has been on display since September 15,” said Jessica Elliott, Executive Director of PAFAC. “Visitors from across the US, Canada and a few European countries voted for their favorites.” The winners were SDA-WA members Helga Winter, for “The Secret Life of Trees,” Cathie Wier, for “Turbulence” and Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, for “Bandoneon.”


Helga Winter’s “The Secret Life of Trees”


Cathie Wier’s “Turbulence”


Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s “Bandoneon”



Top: Art cloths by Rebecca Wachtman. Bottom: Resin sculptures made with the cloths.

Rebecca Wachtman Community Art Project at MBNCA

Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts
November 25, 12–3 p.m.

SDA-WA member Rebecca Wachtman is leading a community art project at Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts entitled, “Our Place In This World.” It will be held on Saturday, November 25 from noon to 3 p.m.

Participants will be guided through creating a piece of art cloth out of reclaimed silk. The art cloth that the participants create will represent their own place within the community.

Rebecca will then use the art cloths to create three-dimensional resin sculptures, which will join other art-cloth sculptures on interactive display installations. These displays will be shown at various locations, including the MBNCA.

Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts
2919 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 734-1994


SDA Kitsap Group Forming

Kick-off Meeting
BARN Fiber Arts Studio
Tuesday, December 5, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

We are starting a new Washington State SDA group, and would love you to join us to plot and plan and brainstorm possibilities for the future. Kick-off meeting on Tuesday, December 5 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at the BARN Fiber Arts Studio on Bainbridge. Bring lunch if you like.

If you have been a member of the North Peninsula group, you don’t have to choose—you are welcome in both groups. And future collaborations with our SDA friends to the North will definitely be a part of the mix. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Questions? Email Roberta Nelson  or Tonnie Wolfe.

BARN Fiber Arts Studio
8890 Three Tree Lane NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110



Scarf Detail by Marie Plakos

Marie Plakos in Gail Harker Exhibit

Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum
Through December 30

SDA-WA member Marie Plakos has work in “Creative Passion & Stitch,” at Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum in La Conner, Washington. The exhibition shows the original design work and experimental stitch techniques of Plakos and four other Level 4 graduates from the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts. The exhibition runs through December 30.

Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum
703 South Second Street
La Conner, WA 98257
(360) 466-4288



Work by Debbie Eliasen

Debbie Eliasen in Small Works Art Show on Camano Island

“Honey, I Shrunk the Art”
Matzke Fine Art Gallery
Through January 14

SDA-WA member Debbie Eliasen has a piece in the 27th Annual Small Works Show, “Honey, I Shrunk the Art,” at Matzke Fine Art Gallery. The reception was November 18. Show runs through January 14.

Matzke Fine Art Gallery & Sculpture Park
2345 Blanche Way
Camano Island




“Flourish” (detail) by Barbara De Pirro

Barbara De Pirro’s “Flourish” Installed in Poetry Garden

Seattle Center Poetry Garden
Through January 2018

SDA-WA member Barbara De Pirro’s piece “Flourish” will be installed at Seattle Center Poetry Garden through January 2018. She created it with thousands of plastic bottle caps that she reclaimed, drilled, then stitched into multicolor banners. The piece represents and celebrates the multicultural mix of people in our community. Presented by Office of Arts & Culture Seattle and Seattle Center.

Seattle Center Poetry Garden
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109


“Flourish” by Barbara De Pirro




A felt studio in Hungary

Felt Tours in Hungary with Flóra Carlile-Kovács

Discover the country of Hungary, and take workshops from the world-class felt masters it offers with SDA-WA member Flóra Carlile-Kovács.

East-Hungary Felt Tour, April 19–30, 2018
West-Hungary Felt Tour, May 3–14, 2018

– Five days felting workshops
– Hungarian foods
– Sightseeing
– Thermal baths
– Craft markets

A special message from Flóra:
In one of my workshops in the Pacific Northwest, my students came up with the idea that I should organize a Felt Tour to Hungary, as I am a felt artist and instructor, and a native of the country. In this tour, they could learn from the amazing Hungarian felt masters, and also travel in the country with like-minded people, try our delicious foods, visit Turkish baths, historic sites, antique- and contemporary-craft markets and wonderful places no guide books even mention. This dream soon became true; I led my first Felt Tour to Hungary in 2016. It was so well received, that I offered two Felt Tours in the spring of 2017, with different focuses on the workshops and in different parts of the country.

In the East-Hungary Tour, we visited small towns of the eastern part of Hungary, and took three one-day and one two-day workshops from world-class felt masters. These were project-oriented classes that built on one another, and featured various felting techniques, both in 2D and 3D designs. Participants made small and large objects; these included a bottle holder with nomadic design instructed by Mihály Vetró, 3D home decor instructed by Márti Csille, felted jewelry instructed by Judit Tóth-Pócs and a prefelt pillow cover instructed by Gabriella Kovács. It speaks for the instructors, that both beginner feltmakers were able to succeed in the classes and advanced students could still learn a lot!

In the West-Hungary Tour, we visited some wonderful historic sites of the west side of Hungary, took one two-day workshop and one three-day workshop from internationally recognized felt masters. Both the felted bag with woven inlay instructed by Vanda Róbert and the sculptural hat instructed by Judit Tóth-Pócs workshops were advanced felting projects, but even those who decided to take their first felt workshops just prior the tour (to get the most out of it), succeeded!

These tours have become much more than just guided tours for me. It has become my mission to introduce outstanding Hungarian artists, craftsmen, amazing people and places to my guests, and to give a personal insight of my home country in just twelve days.

To get the itineraries and more info about the 2018 Felt Tours, or register, please email me:

Hope to see you on one of the tours!
Flóra Carlile-Kovács







SDA-WA Member Activities November


“Please Touch” Exhibit in Seattle

Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts
October 5–28

A/NT Gallery Seattle Center
November 4–27

SDA-WA members Terry Berg, Barbara O’Steen, Therese Stein and Becky Wachtman have pieces in “Please Touch: A Tactile Art Exhibition at Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts. The reception was October 13.

An “Arpilleras” exhibit is also on display to touch. Fresia Valdivia, assisted by SDA member Terry Berg, taught a group of women every Saturday for 12 weeks to choose recycled materials, design, hand sew and embellish 18 x 18 fabric squares. Each woman interpreted and translated photos from the January 21 Women’s March into social justice statements.

Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts
2919 Rainier Ave
Seattle, WA 98144


“Ceremonial Object” by Therese Stein


“Welcome” by Becky Wachtman



“I Love You Are You Okay” by Cicelia Ross-Gotta​

Cicelia Ross-Gotta at Gramma Poetry

Gramma Poetry

Also starting Thursday, October 5, SDA member Cicelia Ross-Gotta​ had an opening at Gramma Poetry for the exhibition of “I Love You Are You Okay,” her 2017 University of Washington Sculpture MFA thesis installation.

The installation will be up through October and November, with a collaborative performative event happening with/around the installation at Gramma Poetry Saturday, November 11 with artist Michael Swaine. Her installation and statement are featured here, on Gramma weekly.

Gramma Poetry
300 S. Washington St., Unit Z
Seattle, WA 98104



“Fossil Fantasy #1” by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry Quilt Presentation in Port Angeles

On October 15, SDA-WA member Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry presented “Fine Art Quilts: Inspiration, Creative Process & Techniques” at Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.

This was in conjunction with the current SDA-North Peninsula chapter show “Fibe(R)evolution,” at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center through November 15.

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center
1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
Port Angeles, WA 98362


Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry



“Ebey Slough” by Tesi Vaara

Tesi Vaara on Create Whimsy

SDA-WA member Tesi Vaara was recently interviewed by Create Whimsy, Lynn Woll and Chardel Blaine’s blog that shares “the stories of makers, and what they make, inspiring creativity in our everyday live.” Interview here.



A recent Lois Gaylord show booth in Portland

Lois Gaylord at Seattle Weavers’ Guild Annual Show & Sale

Seattle Weavers’ Guild Show & Sale
St. Mark’s Cathedral
October 26–28

SDA member Lois Gaylord will be vending at the Seattle Weavers’ Guild Annual Show & Sale. Proceeds from the sale are used to fund the guild’s volunteer outreach program and to bring internationally-known artists to Seattle to educate members of the guild and the public.

Thursday, October 26
5 pm – 8 pm
Friday, October 27
10 am – 8 pm
Saturday, October 28
10 am – 5 pm

St. Mark’s Cathedral in Capitol Hill
Lower Level, Bloedel Hall
1245 10th Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98121

Parking and entrance to the sale are free. Enter at the back of the parking lot.


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“Royal Brushlets” by Danielle Bodine. 21″ & 22″H x 2.5″D. Cast mulberry paper, brushes, coiled waxed linen, beads.
(Photo: Michael Stadler)

MUSEO Gallery Gift Show 2017

Reception: Saturday, November 4, 5–7 p.m.

SDA-WA members Danielle Bodine, Nancy Loorem and Teri Jo Summer will be exhibiting their artwork along with other gallery artists in the Whidbey Island MUSEO Annual Holiday Gift Show “Gifts Large and Small.” The opening reception will be Saturday, November 4, 5–7 p.m.

215 First Street
Langley, WA 98260



“Lost Count” by Cheri Kopp

Cheri Kopp Collage Workshop in Port Townsend

Port Townsend School of the Arts
November 18–19, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

SDA-North Peninsula member and visual artist Cheri Kopp is leading a workshop designed to exercise your creative muscle via series of process-based exercises. Explore your creative process with an immersive weekend class on the Olympic Peninsula.

Drawing on her love of cast-off materials, and incorporating stitching, Cheri will lead participants in exploration of a materials-based art-making process. Using simple resources – scissors, tape and paperboard packaging (cereal boxes, etc.) – and repurposing words and images intended to market products, you’ll find your own messages, creating a series of small collages.

Learn more and register here:  All materials, supplies and tools provided. Contact Cheri with questions:

Port Townsend School of the Arts
Building 306
Fort Worden campus
Port Townsend


“Perpetual Mourning” by Cheri Kopp


Barbara De Pirro Current and Upcoming Events


“Nests” in Shoreline

A temporary environmental installation within an urban forest in Washington state. These 30 sculptures are woven out of the invasive ivy that strangles both our urban & rural forests. Each nest has then been harmoniously installed throughout South Woods Park in Shoreline.

South Woods Park
2210 NE 150th St, Shoreline, WA


“Bloom” at Sally D. Francisco Gallery
Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, New Jersey
September 16–October 29

Society of Arts + Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts
March 29 – June 9, 2018

“Bloom” is traveling the country as part of the National Basketry Organization’s “All Things Considered: Basketry in the 21st Century” show. It is the ninth in a series of juried biennial exhibitions intended to show the full spectrum of work currently being executed by well-known and emerging artists in the United States. From black bamboo to reclaimed plastics, the 70 artworks included in the show represent a broad range of approaches by artists working within the field of contemporary basketry.


Artistry in Fiber, Vol. 2
Several of Barbara’s pieces are featured in Artistry in Fiber, Vol. 2: Sculpture by Anne Lee and E. Ashley Rooney, published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd. The three volumes in this series on fiber art are available on the Schiffer Publishing website.

Upcoming at the Seattle Center
Seattle Center Poetry Garden Art Series
Poetry Garden, Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA
November 2017–January 2018
Seattle Center, in collaboration with the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, is bringing temporary art installations to their campus with the “Seattle Center Poetry Garden Art” Series. They have invited Barbara De Pirro and four other artists to create works specifically designed for their Poetry Garden centered on the theme of “Seattle Center Festál 20.” Festál at Seattle Center is a free series of annual ethnically-related festivals, and it is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.


An example of joomchi paper

Joomchi with Zia Gipson on Whidbey Island

Pacific NorthWest Art School
April 28–29, 2018

9 a.m.–4 p.m.
$330This is an introductory to advanced course taught by SDA-WA member Zia Gipson in the ancient Korean technique of joomchi or felted paper. In this context the word ‘felted’ means that this method of fusing papers uses some of the same hand tools and styles of manipulation that one can use in making felt from wool fiber. In both cases, the main tools are the hands and water. Having studied papermaking for several years and traveled extensively in Asia I will also talk about the uses of paper in traditional rural societies in Korea and Japan.

The full two days will include a history of hand paper making using long fiber papers especially mulberry fiber as it is still practiced around the world. We’ll build collages without glue or other usual methods of adhesion, relying instead on the natural process of papermaking. Once we’ve worked our paper by rolling and by hand we can shape the papers into a three-dimensional form or cast the assembled layers into strong, stiff shapes. We’ll explore the options for final texture from a soft, fabric like finished product to a stiff, highly crumpled sheet. Color in your composition will come via the dyes in the long fiber papers you use or in surface design at any stage of the process… as always color and pattern can be an important or subtle element in your composition. What you will do with the finished felted paper is up to you… shape into jewelry or a vessel and prepare for hanging on the wall. Register here.


Sculpted Hats Class with Flóra Carlile-Kovács

Flóra Carlile-Kovács Felting Classes at Pacific NorthWest Art School

Sculpted Hats
April 4–6, 2018
In this workshop, Flóra will teach you how to push the boundaries of the felt hat making process. We’ll construct a complex resist template and learn about layering techniques that serves our goals the best, building in extra parts that will affect the shrinkage and the final shape. Additional techniques will be taught, when and how to add more details to the piece. There will be an emphasis on final shaping and finishing. Experience level: from advanced beginners to advanced. Register here.
Felted Bag with Woven Inlay
September 13–14, 2018
In this workshop, Flóra will teach you how to marry weaving and felt-making, highlighting both technique’s nature in just one object. On day one, we’ll make samples of the variations of the technique. You’ll learn the way to create round cords and flat straps and experiment with different weaving techniques embedded in felt. On the second day you’ll felt a seamless bag with a woven design. Register here.
Troubleshooting in Wet Felt-Making: Advanced Felt-Saving Techniques
September 12, 2018
When to use bubble wrap, when to use a rug liner, when to use a drop-cloth or a sheet in felt making? Have you ever felted a piece and you thought it wasn’t successful? Did the silk not stick to the wool? Did you cut the wrong side of the slippers? Are the edges of the felt ruffly and uneven? Did the embellishments separate from the felt? Did the design not turn out the way it was planned? Have you ever started a project but did not really have the time to finish up?In this workshop, Flóra gathered a variety of felt-saving techniques, that are usually the highlights of different workshops. Several tools and techniques will be introduced for troubleshooting accidents of all kinds, that might happen during felt making. Bring your unfinished/unsuccessful piece(s) to the class. We’ll group the items with similarities and discuss all the possibilities to save the piece(s) and give it/them a new life. After the group discussion everyone get’s to work on their own, with more one-on-one counseling. We’ll take photos of the projects at the beginning and at the end of the class. Register here.


Felted bag class with Flóra Carlile-Kovács


SDA-WA Member Activities October

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Michelle Johnson’s “Plant Dance”

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Helga Winter’s “The Secret Life of Trees”


Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s “Citric Abstraction”


Cathie Wier’s “Turbulence”

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Joyce Wilkerson’s “Low Tide Study”

North Peninsula Chapter Fiber Revolution Show

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center
September 16–November 15

Fiber Revolution is the next exhibition scheduled at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center. The art was created by members of the WA State Surface Design Association—North Peninsula Chapter, which encompasses Jefferson, Clallam and Kitsap counties.

Thirty-nine pieces from 26 artists are displayed, all differing in expression. The only commonality is the use of fiber. Fiber can be natural or synthetic, or can be any substance that acts like or resembles a fiber. For example, an installation woven with copper and stainless steel threads is displayed comfortably next to a garment made from wool and dyed with local botanicals.

The Revolution is taking a time-honored process and changing it up, moving it along and breaking some rules. The resulting art is created outside the bounds of tradition. All work was completed in the last 18 months; most in the last three.

The show opened September 16 and runs through November 15. Exhibiting artists will make presentations throughout the run of the exhibit.

Fiberrevolution Poster 11 x 17.indd


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Lois Gaylord’s New Chakra Wall Hanging

Lois Gaylord Classes & Shows

Beginning Weaving at the Swedish Club with Lois Gaylord
Have you ever wanted to learn how to weave? In this four-week class, you will go from total novice to Beginning Weaver who knows how to set up (warp) a loom, and can weave several types of cloth. No experience necessary.

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Classes are on Wednesday evenings from 6:30–8:30 p.m. The first class starts on Wednesday, September 13.

Fall Schedule:
#1 – September 13–October 4
#2 – October 11–November 1
#3 – November 8–December 6 (no class November 22, day before Thanksgiving)
If you have a scheduling conflict and need to start in the middle of a session, let her know; you may be able to work something out.

Lois Gaylord will also be showing her pieces at these shows:

Emerald Spiral Fall Expo
Saturday, September 23, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Kent Commons 525 4th Ave. N, Kent, WA

Puget Sound Pagan Pride
October 7–8
Freighthouse Square
2501 E D St, Tacoma, WA 98421

Arts North Studio Tour – Sun House Studios
October 14 & 15 – 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tour ten different studios, plus guest artists.
Visit the website to download a map.

Seattle Weavers’ Guild Annual Show and Sale
October 26–28
Thursday, October 26 – 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
Friday, October 27 – 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday, October 28 – 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Bloedel Hall at Saint Mark’s Cathedral
1245 Tenth Ave East, Seattle WA 98102

Lois also recently restocked inventory at Cunning Crow Apothecary in Greenwood. New displays for the mini bags and tarot bags. It’s a wonderful shop filled with magical things and a very knowledgeable staff.
 Their address: 9024 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.

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Lois Gaylord pieces at Cunning Crow Apothecary



Art Appraisal with Dawn Laurant

All SDA members are invited to:
Dawn Laurant’s Talk on Art Appraisal

VALA Eastside @ Redmond Town Center
Sunday, September 24, 2–4 p.m.

As part of her “Talk on Art Appraisal” for the SDA Eastside meeting, Dawn Laurant will talk about her experience as an appraiser and what criteria she uses when evaluating art.

The presentation is 30 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session. The following topics will be covered during the presentation:

  • What is an appraisal, and how does an appraiser conclude value of an artwork
  • Overview of current art market and trends
  • Appraising contemporary art and textile/fiber art

About Dawn
Dawn Laurant, Kirkland Cultural Arts Commissioner and Fine Art Appraiser, is certified by the American Society of Appraisers. More recently, she has worked as an auction specialist for Pacific Galleries in Seattle, and as a senior art broker with Art Brokerage Inc., where she specialized in building private and corporate collections in fine and contemporary art.

She has an extensive background in the arts, spanning a 30-year career working with museums and nonprofit organizations as a curator, as an arts educator, and as an exhibit developer. Her previous work includes exhibits and programs at VALA Eastside, Ryan James Fine Arts, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Oakland Museum and the Marin County History Museum.

“As Principal of Laurant Art Appraisals, I offer my clients an in depth knowledge of the art market with expertise in modern and contemporary paintings, sculpture, drawings, and prints. My Appraisal Reports for insurance, estate settlement, market value and charitable contribution comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and The American Society of Appraisers code of ethics. As an art broker, I specialize in building private and corporate collections, representing clients worldwide. I believe that communities that support the arts are healthy and happy communities and to that end, I have dedicated much of my professional life to arts education and broadening arts access. In addition, I volunteer with organizations supporting public art and community events, and serve on the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission.”
—Dawn Laurant, Fine Art Appraiser


Art Appraiser Dawn Laurant


Brazil’s Exposição Internacional de Arte Têxtil

Zeca Medeiros at CQA Meeting

All SDA-WA members are invited to attend a special October meeting of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association.

Zeca Medeiros, Curator of Patchwork Design, Brazil
Saturday, October 14, 10:30 a.m.
Otto Miller Hall, 3469 Third Ave W
Seattle Pacific University Campus
FREE, with refreshments

Listen to esteemed Zeca Medeiros speak about textile art in Brazil and the international exhibit he produces annually, “Exposição Internacional de Arte Têxtil,” with artists from Brazil and other countries.

Members of CQA have participated since 2009, and have even traveled to Brazil to see the show and receive top prizes. Many of them will be at the meeting to share their experiences.

More about CQA’s monthly meeting:


Curator Zeca Medeiros


Natural Dye Master Class with Sara Goodman

October 23–27
, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Pacific NorthWest Art School

15 NW Birch Street
Coupeville WA 98239

Join SDA member Sara Goodman at Pacific NorthWest Art School for a five-day dyeing class that will cover the basics of using natural dyes, including:

  • Proper scouring of cellulose and protein substrates
  • How to use three mordants: alum, iron, and Symplocos (a natural aluminum bio-accumulator plant that grows in the rain forests of Indonesia)
  • How to get a range of colors by combining alum and iron mordants in different proportions
  • Using iron as a color changer, as a mordant and in the dye bath, to obtain a range of beautiful blacks
  • Using mordants in both hot and cold preparations for total immersion and thickened surface applications
  • Discharging mordants using citric acid or lemon juice
  • Setting mordants with chalk and wheat bran


  • Immersion dyeing using concentrated dye extracts, dry and fresh materials
  • Making thickened stock solutions for painting, printing, silk screening etc.
  • Making and maintaining a natural fermentation indigo vat over-dyeing for complex colors
  • Light fastness and setting dyes using curing and steaming

Students will leave the class with:

  • Notebook containing instructions and recipes for all the mordant and dye procedures from the class
  • Samples that illustrate each of the procedures we did linked to the notebook
  • Cloth color chart illustrating all the mordants crossed with all the dyes
  • Samples of your own, on your own cloth

Experience Level: Intermediate; especially for experienced chemical dyers who want to explore natural dyes. Tuition: $695
 Materials Fee: $30


Karamatsu shibori, mixture of many dyes


Mokume shibori, cochineal and indigo


Clay resist and indigo

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Block printing and discharging mordant, logwood dye

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Potato dextrin

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Block print with iron and alum mordants, weld dye