“The hand is the window on to the mind” Immanuel Kant

SDA WA Members News

It have been a while since I publish a post. Sorry, life sometimes is just too much! I hope that you all are doing well and that you are founding joy in your art. Here are some news. You can also follow SDA WA on Instagram and on Facebook. If you tag @sdawashington when you post some news it is easier for me to share them. Thank you!

Gabi Nirino, SDA WA Communications Rep

“Interlinked 12” by Claire B Jones

Claire B Jones Solo Exhibition “A Perception of Failure” at Cascadia College

SDA-WA member Claire B Jones has a solo exhibition at Mobius Art 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 how it impacts their opinion of the piece.

A Perception of Failure

Mobius Art Gallery

Tues November 15th – Tuesday December 13th 2022

Opening Reception: – tentatively scheduled for Tuesday November 15th 5pm-7pm. Please check Cascadia College

18345 Campus Way NE

Bothell, WA 98011

Gallery Hours: – Monday through Thursday 9am – 4pm

Seattle group meeting with Roberta Wagner

The Seattle group meeting during October was hosted by Claire Renaut. We have Roberta Wagner as a guest artist, showing some of her work and talking about her art journey. Thank you so much!

You can appreciate her beautiful work and read about her blog here https://www.robertawagner.com

Terri Shinn on Quilt National ´23

Terri Shinn quilt “Uncertain Interludes” was juried into Quilt National ‘23. This exhibition is organized by the Dairy Barn Art Center. The jurors were Chiaki Dosho, Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi and Irene L. Roderick.

 

Seiko Purdue news

Seiko Atsuta Purdue is Professor in the Fibers/Fabrics area in the Department of Art and Art History at Western Washington University. She developed the Fiber area’s blog (Western Washington University).  She said: “I had so many talented students since I started teaching here.  It has been 20 years!  Please view the images on each course and BFA. I am planning to offer the Japan trip course in Fall 2024.  https://wp.wwu.edu/fiber/

One big project I have been putting lot of time and energy into is a Japanese textile exhibition that I am curating.  It’s called Katazome Today: Migrations of a Japanese Art, and will be on view at the Whatcom Museum February 11 through June 10, 2023.  The exhibition will travel next to the Boise Art Museum during the summer/fall 2023 and to a third and final West Coast venue in winter 2024.  “Katazome Diaspora” (spreading important techniques) is my original idea and introducing both tradition/history and contemporary applications.  I will bring a Japanese artist and more participating artists.  I will let you know about the relevant events, lectures and workshops. “

“Hope & Triumph” by Leonie Castellino

Leonie Castelino on Through the Wall exhibition

A collaboration of three artists who through – the power of their art -passionately engage in dialog on women, pandemic and feminism.
Inspired by Irene Osborn’s sculpture, ‘Through the Wall’, they seek understanding by turning to early feminist history, ‘On the Equality of the Two Sexes’ by Francois Poulain de la Barre, 1673.
In this multimedia conversation, they weave their art in ethereal fabric, clay, bronze and haunting music into a mesmerizing and evocative exhibition.

More about Leonie here http://www.leoniecastelino.com/

THROUGH THE WALL – Breaking Free

A C O L L A B O R A T I O N
Opening Reception Nov 5, 2022. 3 – 5 pm

Nov 2 – Dec 4, 2022

Pacific NW Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, La Conner, WA

Wed – Sun: 11 am – 5 pm

Left to right: “Breaking free”, “Cocoon in Pink & Green”, “Dance in Blue & Copper”, “Dance in Magenta” by Leonie Castelino.

“An Infinite Wave” by Claire Renaut

Claire Renaut news

Claire was accepted at the International Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival 2022.

“Geometric Assemblage” by Claire Renaut

SDA WA Members Activities

JUNE – JULY 2022

“Keeping Watch” by Lynne Rigby

SDA WA Members at Aljoya Thornton Place

A group of SDA WA members was selected to participate in “Art Collection” at Aljoya Thornton Place, in Seattle, from June to September. The exhibition is curated by artist Anna Macrae. The SDA artists participating are: Jeri Auto, Barbara De Pirro, Maura Donegan, Peggy Ellis, Susanne Foster, Faith K.E.Hagenhofer, Venessa Bunny Harold, Erica Iseminger, Gabriela Nirino, Marcia Mellinger, Jacki Moseley, Claire Renaut, Lynne Rigby, Sharon Rowley, Virginia Franz Turner, Paige St-Pierre, Seiko Purdue.

You can download the full catalogue of the show here

“Persimmon chair” by Susan Clark

Susan Clark is going to participate in Bellevue Art Musuem Art Fair

I make one-of-a-kind art chairs, rugs, hangings. It was while living in Seattle that I truly discovered spectacular flowers from all over the world, as well as amazing native species The climate of the Northwest is a great contrast to our near Siberian climate on the western Canadian prairies. My husband was a graduate student, and I spent all my free time drawing en plein air and silk painting.

Coincidentally, my grandmother’s family fled Seattle during the 1918 Spanish flu and sought refuge in a sparsely populated northern Saskatchewan (Canada) sawmill town, where this grandmother ended up supporting her family as a seamstress.

I have had a lifelong attraction to beautiful color, which brought me to silk painting which allows me to achieve brilliant jewel-like colors on iridescent fabrics. I live in Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional lands of the Nêhiyawak, Nahkawe, Dakota, and the Métis people.

I invite you to visit my booth at the Bellevue Art Museum Art Fair

July 29 – 31, 2022

Fri., Sat. 10AM – 9PM; Sun. 11AM – 7PM

Booth M2: von Saskatoon Fine Furnishings

Bellevue Square, Main Fair Site

“Azalea Chair” by Susan Clark

Dorothy Mc Guinnes interview

This is a YouTube link to an interview about Dorothy McGuinness and her Schack Artist in Residency.

https://dorothymcguinnessbasket.com

She also published a wonderful book last year.

Using hundreds of strips of paper at a time, strips that are cut 3 millimeters wide with a pasta cutter from watercolor paper painted with acrylics, McGuinness weaves in original ways that build unique and intriguing forms. Her creations, whether baskets or sculptural art, exude energy and elegance. Here she shares for the first time, in fascinating photos and practical text, how to weave several basket shapes in diagonal twill, including instructions in undulating twill. Explore new structural forms: weaving multiple woven units together, asymmetrical corners, and multiple-stepped corners in tandem that add structure to the work. McGuinness demonstrates how to create several rim treatment finishes for the baskets. Next, learn some different ways to incorporate a sculptural element into your work. You’ll also explore how various color patterns in the base will weave up on the sides of the basket. Throughout, she encourages you to search your own interests for ideas to incorporate.

SDA WA Members Activities

MARCH – MAY 2022

Paige St-Pierre work

PAIGE ST-PIERRE IN REFASHION

Paige is participating in Refashion, wearables made from repurposed materials, at Bainbridge Arts&Crafts until the end of April.

The current state of the fashion industry combined with my concern about the micro-plastic’s in the Pacific North West’s watersheds and salmon habitats inspired the conception of this piece. As we now know, polyester is one of the key contributors of micro plastics in our water.

The topographical maps of mountain ranges, such as our famous Mt. Rainier, were the inspiration for the thread lines and textures I created with free motion embroidery to secure together the multilayered fabric scraps. To finish the outer shell of the coat, I cut and sewed the pattern pieces from this “new” fabric to create a recycled polyester garment. The embroidery and beading on the pockets and lapels represent the intricate maps of the fragile salmon habitats we proudly tout in tourist brochures yet largely take for granted in our everyday lives. 

 *This sport coat is made from polyester/cotton blend garments from my closet,  alteration off-cuts from my neighbor’s wedding dress and a repurposed bamboo bed sheet and pillow cases. 


Bainbridge Arts&Crafts 151 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA. Open Mon-Sat 10-6 + Sun 11-5

http://www.paigest-pierre.com/

In-betweenness” by Seiko Purdue. kozo (mulberry fiber), pins, 2022

NEW SEIKO PURDUE INSTALLATION “In-betweenness”

I have been casting clothing into handmade paper for a long time.  Because I learned a pouring method of paper-making called “nagashikomi” in Echizen (Fukui, Japan) in 2015, I have been exploring the technique in order to cast the textures of clothing.  This series is about human connection.  Instead of fighting, I like to see that people are holding hands.  Clothing without human bodies can show gestures, personalities, and what is lost.  

Geheim Gallery 

1228 Bay St. Bellingham WA
Friday 3-7pm and Saturday/Sunday 11-4pm 

http://www.seikopurdue.com/

“Directionless 1: An Ode to Escher” by Claire B. Jones. Cotton canvas and thread.
Photo credit: Bret Corrington

CLAIRE B. JONES AT MOBIUS ART GALLERY

Claire B Jones is one of four artists exhibiting in Intersections = Math + Art: Showing Our Work at Mobius Gallery at Cascadia College in Bothell, WA. This exhibition features artists who integrate mathematical processes into their artworks. The results reflect a diversity of forms and an opportunity to share an interdisciplinary approach to both art and math. An opening reception and artist discussion is currently scheduled for Thursday May 12th, 12-2pm.

Intersections = Math + Art: Showing Our Work May 9 – June 3rd, 2022 Mobius Art Gallery,  First Floor of CC3, Global & Learning Arts Building, 18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA, https://www.cascadia.edu/discover/visitors/gallery.aspx

SDA WA Members Activities

Surfacing features art by Washington SDA artists. While this past year of social isolation has been challenging, many of us have continued making art, often creating pieces that reflect a period that forced all of us to confront personal feelings and global issues in an unprecedented way. Now, we are finally beginning to surface. Yet the pandemic represents only one interpretation of Surfacing.
The word has a range of meanings, from calls for social change to personal reflection to looking at ourselves and the world in an entirely different way. And nowhere are we better able to express what Surfacing means to each of us than in our artwork.
The jurors selected 23 pieces from the submitted works to be included in the online exhibition shown in the Surface Design Association website. These featured pieces can be appreciated in this Surfacing link.
However, the creativity of all participants deserves to be celebrated. That is why this catalog shows all the works presented.
We Surfaced together these difficult times as an artistic community. This is our strength.

Let keep doing art together!

You can see the complete catalogue here

“Four and Twenty Black Birds Baked in a Pie” by Danielle Bodine
Coiled linen, cast mulberry paper, bone beads, wire  

We are starting the New Year in the sweetest, most decadent way we could think of. Sandra Jarvis has curated this fantastic show highlighting work from new and old friends, with lots of surprises.

The Eat Dessert First show opens January 22nd and closes February 27th, 2022

Museo Gallery, Langley, WA 98260

“Height of Sweetness” by Nancy Loreem Adams
Stoneware, celadon and gold luster glazes

“Life is Just a (Virtual) Bowl of Cherries” by Jill Norfors Clark
Lashed reed, layered and stitched hog casing

SDA WA South Central WA group news

Terri Fischer has three pieces in the Tri-City Quilters’ Guild Show at Gallery at the Park in Richland, WA, running January 4 – 29.  Her pieces are entitled:   Tokyo Boogie WoogieShapes and Shadows, and Flurry.  

Here is a link to the gallery information about the show:  https://www.galleryatthepark.org/featured-shows/2022/1/5/tri-city-quilters-guild-show-2022.

Morelia Project, by Deborah Ann

Deborah Ann will have a show at The Seasons Performance Hall Bistro and Gallery, 101 N Naches Ave., Yakima, WA 98901. The opening will be January 21, 5-7 pm and the show will close March 18.  The hours are Thursday through Saturday 5-9 pm.

Jerry, by Deborah Ann

LINDA DOWNING WORK

Linda shared some of her recent pieces

SDA WA Members Activities

AUGUST – SEPTEMBER 2021

CALL FOR ENTRIES

While this past year of social isolation has been challenging, many of us have continued making art, often creating pieces that reflect a period that forced all of us to confront personal feelings and global issues in an unprecedented way.  Now, we are finally beginning to surface.Yet the pandemic represents only one interpretation of Surfacing.  The word has a range of meanings, from calls for social change to personal reflection to looking at ourselves and the world in an entirely different way.  And nowhere are we better able to express what Surfacing means to each of us than in our artwork.


Jurors:
Francesca Piñol (Spain) Gail Harker (USA

http://www.francescapinol.com/ https://gailcreativestudies.com/

Elegibility: to be a member of SDA Washington State by the time of the deadline.

Creating in Washington but not a member? Enjoy 10% off your membership with the promo code SDAREGIONAL.

Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2021.
The jurors will review all submissions. Each selected artist may have one image for the online gallery. Notifications will be sent October 15.

Requirements:
You may submit one or two pieces of work. You will need to submit one image per piece (plus one detail, if necessary to appreciate the technique) and will need to complete this google form entry for each image submission. Work must be made between 2019-2021.

Images must be 2000 pixels minimum on the shortest side. Max file size is 3 MB.

Please send your image(s) to Gabi Nirino at sdagnirino@gmail.com and use “SDA WA Surfacing submission” for the email subject line. The jurors will have access to the images you submit but will not see your names. Please make sure to name your image file with the nickname of your choice, and use this format: “nickname_title of piece”.jpg. The nicknames are to mask artist names during the jurying review process only.

Please complete the following form for each piece submitted and make sure to double-check your spelling. The information provided on this form will be used for the online gallery information. Note: the jurors will not see the artist name, email, nickname and website fields.

https://forms.gle/r47QLyNvGcmr9H4S6

Any questions, contact Gabi Nirino at: sdagnirino@gmail.com.

Thank you for your submission!

More about the jurors. This month: Gail Harker

Gail Harker

A Canadian who moved to Britain in 1976 with her American husband and family, Gail studied art in Canada, England and Scotland. She completed both Parts 1 and 2 (Diploma) of the Cithy and Guilds Design and Embroidery course with Distinction in both parts. She was awarded the Senior Qualification of Licentiateship (LCGI) by the City and Guilds Institute and continued on teaching City and Guilds and becoming an External Verifier for student work.

Returning to the US with her family in 1995, she pioneered the establishment of the first City & Guilds Creative Studies Centers in North America. Gail founded and operates the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center in La Conner, Washington, for the last 25 years. Over her career, she has taught thousands of students, sharing her passion for embroidery, textiles and design.

She has authored five books on embroidery published in both Britain and the U.S.

           More about Gail? You can visit https://gailcreativestudies.com

Pat Herkal at Port Townsend Gallery

Pat Herkal is the featured artist at Port Townsend Gallery on Water Street in August. Her beadwork is paired with batik artist Melissa Bixby.Herkal’s work is a whimsical and colorful celebration of the natural world. Embellished with embroidery then beaded, her art features intricate hand sewn details. She mixes fiber, thread, beads and trinkets to create jewelry, sculptures, dolls and more.

715 Water St, Port Townsend 7 days a week. 10am-6pm

Pat Herkal ´s piece

Evans Fletcher at the Boxx Gallery

Evans Fletcher has a piece in the “Images of The Shrub-Steppe” 5th Annual Art Exhibition, featuring works inspired by the shrub-steppe lands of coliche Canyon Conservacy. It was juried by Carolyn Nelson

August 7 – 28, 2021 – Box Gallery, 616 Maple Street, Tieton, WA.

Dorothy McGuinness new book

Dorothy McGuinness has written a book on diagonal twill basketry in paper. The title is “The Art of Contemporary Woven Paper Basketry, Explorations in Diagonal Twill”. It will be available in September 2021 from Schiffer books or through Amazon. Congratulations!

Dorothy McGuinness´s new book

SDA Members in Small Expressions at the Pacific Northwest Quilts & Fibers Arts Museum

Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. (HGA) organized its 2021 annual juried exhibit of small works: Small ExpressionsFeaturing 36 contemporary small-scale art works by artists from 21 states and 2 countries, Small Expressions will tour galleries in the United States from July 2021 through June 2022.

Members participating: Danielle Bodine, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Dorothy McGuinness.

Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fibers Arts Museum

112 Morris Street, La Conner, WA.

Terri Shinn and Dorothy McGuinness at Anacortes Art Festival

Terri and Dorothy participated in the Art in the Port event, during the Anacortes Art Festival. Terri won the Artistic Excellence Award, selected by Juror Carie Collver.

Carol Fletcher´s new quilt “Kathmandu”

Gabi Nirino news

Gabriela (Gabi) Nirino was accepted in four shows:

10x10x10 Tieton, Tieton, WA. August 7-October 10 with the piece “Tanka” a small sculptural weave, made with corn husk fiber. Tanka means “hat” in Aymara language.

Edmonds Art Festival, Edmonds, WA. August 27-29 with “Chunche” . The piece won 2nd prize in 3D category. 

Shifting Tides, 14th Juried Art Exhibition. Columbia City Gallery, Seattle, WA. August 11-September 19, with “How to Make Your Own Sanctuary”. It is a group of 10 wood pieces based on the Argentine popular devotion of Gauchito Gil.

Earth Matters. Watermark Art Center, Bemidji, Minnesota. September 3-October 30. The work “Small Objects to Sow in a New World” is an installation of 22 pieces created with corn husk fiber. 

“Tanka” by Gabi Nirino. Corn husk fiber
“Chunche” by Gabi Nirino. Corn husk fiber.
“How to Make Your Own Sanctuary” by Gabi Nirino. Found wood, paint, textiles, blood.

Barbara De Pirro Workshops

Online Painted Papers for Collage

Create your own unique stash of Collage papers! There are many different ways to create pattern and texture on paper; stencil, stamp, imprint, saturate, mask, resist, comb, dabble, brush, splatter…and so on. I will demonstrate using GOLDEN Fluid & High Flow Paints plus explore mark making techniques & gluing of these papers using various GOLDEN Acrylic Mediums & Gels. I’ll share all the tips & tricks!

De Pirro Art Workshops 
AUG 28, 11-1 
Contact for registration: HERE 

Online Mixed Media Textiles & Acrylic

Discover a range of techniques, tips & tricks that can transform your Fiber Art! We will explore a series of GOLDEN Acrylic products that can be used to create incredible surfaces, textures and patterns! These methods can be used to create sculpture, basketry, vessels, installation or 2 dimensional art. The focus is not intended for ‘everyday’ wearable art however definitely a possibility for costume. This workshop will open your eyes to a whole new approach in working with textiles. This event is co-hosted by Textile Study Guild of San Diego.

De Pirro Art Workshops 
SEPT 4, 1-3 
Contact for registration: HERE 

WA Regional SDA Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 situation, various meetings went online. Please contact the area leaderOnline meetings are a good opportunity to participate in different groups.

Bellingham – There is a small new group, please email Seiko Purdue for more information: atsutas@wwu.edu

Eastside—For more information, please email crystal.a.edwards@gmail.com.SDA Eastside Facebook Page

SDA Eastside Meeting & Event Calendar

North Peninsula—Please, contact Sue Gale for more information msgale63@gmail.com. https://sda-np.com

In normal times, the North Olympic chapter meets monthly, with meetings rotated between Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles. Guests are welcome

North Sound (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties). Please, contact area leader Valerie Wootton vjwcamis@earthlink.net or new co-leader Tesi Vara (in charge of membership) tvc2c@frontier.com.

Seattle– Meetings every second Wednesday of the month. Please, contact Therese for more information tmstein47@aol.com. We alternate on-line and in presence activities.

South Central— Deborah Ann will host our September 8th meeting at her home in Yakima, starting at 10 am.  We will be making block printing plates out of Sculpy clay.  Masks will be required for this indoor meeting or whatever is recommended by the CDC.  Please email Vicki Gerton (vgerton@gmail.com) for a list of what to bring and directions to Deborah Ann’s house

South Sound—Please contact Faith Hagenhofer at faithatcatspaw@yahoo.com for more information.

Vancouver, WA—Please contact Mary Arnold for more information marnold48@comcast.net

SDA WA Members Activities

JULY 2021

CALL FOR ENTRIES

While this past year of social isolation has been challenging, many of us have continued making art, often creating pieces that reflect a period that forced all of us to confront personal feelings and global issues in an unprecedented way.  Now, we are finally beginning to surface.Yet the pandemic represents only one interpretation of Surfacing.  The word has a range of meanings, from calls for social change to personal reflection to looking at ourselves and the world in an entirely different way.  And nowhere are we better able to express what Surfacing means to each of us than in our artwork.


Jurors:
Francesca Piñol (Spain) Gail Harker (USA

http://www.francescapinol.com/ https://gailcreativestudies.com/

Elegibility: to be a member of SDA Washington State by the time of the deadline. Creating in Washington but not a member? Enjoy 10% off your membership with the promo code SDAREGIONAL.

Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2021.
The jurors will review all submissions. Each selected artist may have one image for the online gallery. Notifications will be sent October 15.

Requirements:
You may submit one or two pieces of work. You will need to submit one image per piece (plus one detail, if necessary to appreciate the technique) and will need to complete this google form entry for each image submission. Work must be made between 2019-2021.

Images must be 2000 pixels minimum on the shortest side. Max file size is 3 MB.

Please send your image(s) to Gabi Nirino at sdagnirino@gmail.com and use “SDA WA Surfacing submission” for the email subject line. The jurors will have access to the images you submit but will not see your names. Please make sure to name your image file with the nickname of your choice, and use this format: “nickname_title of piece”.jpg. The nicknames are to mask artist names during the jurying review process only.

Please complete the following form for each piece submitted and make sure to double-check your spelling. The information provided on this form will be used for the online gallery information. Note: the jurors will not see the artist name, email, nickname and website fields.

https://forms.gle/r47QLyNvGcmr9H4S6

Any questions, contact Gabi Nirino at: sdagnirino@gmail.com.

Thank you for your submission!

More about the jurors. This month: Francesca Piñol

She holds a BA in Antropology by the University of Barcelona (UB) in 1995, an MA in Textile Design by the Catalonian Politecnique University (UPC), an MA in African Studies by the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) in 1996), an MA in ArtTherapy by the UB in 2004 , and at that moment she is doing her PhD, a research about Naturat Dyes and Digital Textile Design.

She extended studies with stages abroad: at the Skolen for Brugskunst (School of Design) of Copenhagen in 1989 and at CIETA (International d’Etude Centres des Textiles Anciens) of Lyons in 1994 and 95. Also some artistic residence has done as Contextile in Portugal in 2012 and Arctic Circle 2015 (15th expedition).

            Although it combines various techniques, materials and textures, weaving is the technique most commonly used with the incorporation of digital Jacquard technology and the color obtained from natural dyeing with materials from the surroundings, making unique pieces or short series.

Her collaboration between Art and Neuroscience, a crosstalk between professionals from arts and neuroscience, has been selected at the international competition Art of Neuroscience 2018 and awared with the Honorable Mention 2018.

            Her studio Laboratori Tèxtilis a space for research and experimentation with textures, natural color and digital fabric. It combines artistic creation with research and teaching.

RESIDENCIES 

2016. Design School, Kolding, Dinamarca. 

2015. The Circle Arctic. Illes Svalbard, Noruega. 

2014. Design School, Kolding, Dinamarca. 

2012. Contextile, Guimaraes, Portugal. 

1989. Experiencia de Tecnología y Escuela Libre  y Jornadas de Diseño

          Industrial. Seminario de Sargadelos, Cervo, Lugo. 

EXHIBITIONS

Since 1982 he has exhibed her work in different cities and countries: Girona, Barcelona, Lloret de Mar, Padova (Italy), Sant Agustí –Eivissa-, Kobenhavn, Farum (Denmark), Esparraguera, Terrassa, Granada, Loures (Portugal), Málaga, Sitges, Lodz (Poland), El Vendrell, Palma de Mallorca, Menorca, Olot, Sabadell, Salou, Sant Cugat, Aleppo (Syria), Rauma (Finland), Barbastro (Huesca), Torino (Italy), Cairo (Egypt), Guimaraes (Portugal), Écomusée Textile, Husseren_Wesserling (França), Olot, Lleida, Girona, Vilassar de Mar, Terrassa, Estambul (Turquia), Arles (França), C-Mine (Belgica), Madrid.

facebook : francescapt                         instagram: francescapinol

http://www.francescapinol.com/

Marques d´Aigua Catalogue exhibition. It is the result of a artistic trip to the Artic

https://www.digitalweaving.no/art-meets-science-in-francescas-tapestries/

TRACES_SEA 2016 – 40 x 200 cm
Silk, acetat, paper

Kumihimo Wishes: Current Times

Seiko Purdue´s project at the Jansen Art Center

“I am celebrating this moment when the collection of people’s strength, patience, creativity, compassion, and spirit comes together in this exhibition by presenting “Kumihimo Wishes: Current Times.”    

Kumihimo is a Japanese rope/cord making art form.  Traditionally people use a wooden tool called marudai or a floor loom to make elaborate designs.  Kumihimo came from China around the 8th century and was used for scrolls, sutras, swords, and armor.  During the 19th century, Kumihimo became a necessary item for wearing kimono.   

During this pandemic time I have been thinking about the power of “craft” deeply.  Handwork really helps while being isolated.  As a Japanese artist, I decided to share Kumihimo.  I made more than 365 Kumihimo kits, each containing a foam disk and 8 strands of yarns that I dyed with natural dyes.  I wanted to emphasize the numbers of days, one year, that seemed like a long time to experience the pandemic.    

Many people responded to the Kumhimo project and spread it quickly.  Some people returned it by mail and I was excited to open each package. Some people offered to introduce it to their friends and families.  It went to different states and even overseas.  I see that some people spent lots of time on their pieces besides weaving ropes.  I got so much energy from people’s positive responses and I am grateful to honor people’s handworks, creativity, and voices here.    

When I started this project, in November 2020, I thought that our life should be normal in one year.  I wrote senryu (similar to haiku) during spring 2020; looking at those now reminds me of what it was like to stay at home all the time with no people on the streets.  I can’t forget what it was like one year ago.  The numbers of people who got COVID19 became enormous all over the world and several waves seem to continue.  Although many countries are still suffering, vaccinations are changing our lives.  I am saddened to think of the people who lost family and friends.  I must express gratitude to the people who worked for others to save lives, helped by taking risks, and did something for others.  We have learned so much from our experiences and we should not forget it even after COVID is under control.  It is amazing to feel free without a mask and going to a restaurant and hugging friends! 

There are so many things that have been coming out from the ground that we haven’t seriously faced or confronted. As a Japanese female artist who lives in the US, I had a chance to think farther during this pandemic, particularly about race, human rights, and freedom.  I really wish that people in the world would become more connected instead of fighting.  I love the way that craft techniques have been passed from generation to generation. It creates very strong ties to human relationships peacefully. “

Seiko Purdue

“Kumihimo Wishes: Current Times” by Seiko Purdue (partial view)

June 3 – August 26, 2021 – Jansen Art Center – 321 Front Street, Lynden, WA.

Dorothy McGuinness new website

I have a new website https://www.dorothymmcguinness.com/.  My present website (dorothymcguinnessbasket.com) will become unavailable sometime around the 1st of August. The Flickr account this website was based on will still be available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/83457485@N04/

On the new website you can sign up for my newsletter if you would like to continue to have updates on what I am up to. Thank you to all of you who visited and looked at my artwork on the old website.

“Satellite” by Dorothy McGuinness ‐ Acrylic ‐ Paper ‐ 12″ x 15″ x 12″ 

Online Collage & Layering by Barbara De Pirro

Barbara De Pirro Workshops

Online Collage & Layering

We will explore techniques combining paper, found materials and acrylic to create inspirational artworks! Learn how to develop pattern, imagery & texture, combining methods using Golden Paints, Mediums, Gels, Pastes for Collage. Experiment by building up the surface with both smooth & textural layers, revealing & concealing imagery plus transferring images of your own artwork, drawings or photographs into the surface.

De Pirro Art Workshops 
JUL 25, 1-4 
Contact for registration: HERE 
$60

Online Printmaking for Collage

We will explore techniques using your own printed imagery to create inspirational Collage artworks! Learn the basics of creating monotype, collagraph, thermofax and relief printed images. All of this can be done without a press, using water based, slow drying GOLDEN acrylic paints. These methods create unique results; the pressure of printing creates texture and pattern not possible when painting directly on paper. Several examples & demonstrations will show how these prints can then be used in Collage & which products work best for gluing various weights of paper. Gain a broad understanding of product, material, method, tips & tricks.

De Pirro Art Workshops 
AUG 8, 1-4 
Contact for registration: HERE 
Fee: $60

WA Regional SDA Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 situation, various meetings went online. Please contact the area leaderOnline meetings are a good opportunity to participate in different groups.

Bellingham – There is a small new group, please email Seiko Purdue for more information: atsutas@wwu.edu

Eastside—For more information, please email crystal.a.edwards@gmail.com.SDA Eastside Facebook Page

SDA Eastside Meeting & Event Calendar

North Peninsula—Please, contact Sue Gale for more information msgale63@gmail.com. https://sda-np.com

In normal times, the North Olympic chapter meets monthly, with meetings rotated between Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles. Guests are welcome

North Sound (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties). Please, contact area leader Valerie Wootton vjwcamis@earthlink.net or new co-leader Tesi Vara (in charge of membership) tvc2c@frontier.com.

Seattle– Meetings every second Wednesday of the month. Please, contact Therese for more information tmstein47@aol.com.

In June we had our first in-person meeting since the pandemic began.

South Central—  Please email Vicki Gerton for more information vgerton@gmail.com

South Sound—Please contact Faith Hagenhofer at faithkeh@hotmail.com for more information.

Vancouver, WA—Please contact Mary Arnold for more information marnold48@comcast.net

SDA WA Members Activities

JUNE 2021

CALL FOR ENTRIES

While this past year of social isolation has been challenging, many of us have continued making art, often creating pieces that reflect a period that forced all of us to confront personal feelings and global issues in an unprecedented way.  Now, we are finally beginning to surface.Yet the pandemic represents only one interpretation of Surfacing.  The word has a range of meanings, from calls for social change to personal reflection to looking at ourselves and the world in an entirely different way.  And nowhere are we better able to express what Surfacing means to each of us than in our artwork.


Jurors:
Francesca Piñol (Spain) Gail Harker (USA

http://www.francescapinol.com/ https://gailcreativestudies.com/

Elegibility: to be a member of SDA Washington State by the time of the deadline.

Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2021.
The jurors will review all submissions. Each selected artist may have one image for the online gallery. Notifications will be sent October 15.

Requirements:
You may submit one or two pieces of work. You will need to submit one image per piece (plus one detail, if necessary to appreciate the technique) and will need to complete this google form entry for each image submission. Work must be made between 2019-2021.

Images must be 2000 pixels minimum on the shortest side. Max file size is 3 MB.

Please send your image(s) to Gabi Nirino at sdagnirino@gmail.com and use “SDA WA Surfacing submission” for the email subject line. The jurors will have access to the images you submit but will not see your names. Please make sure to name your image file with the nickname of your choice, and use this format: “nickname_title of piece”.jpg. The nicknames are to mask artist names during the jurying review process only.

Please complete the following form for each piece submitted and make sure to double-check your spelling. The information provided on this form will be used for the online gallery information. Note: the jurors will not see the artist name, email, nickname and website fields.

https://forms.gle/r47QLyNvGcmr9H4S6

Any questions, contact Gabi Nirino at: sdagnirino@gmail.com.

Thank you for your submission!

“Hidden Tropical Fish” by Donna Lee Dowdney

Donna Lee Dowdney at BARN

Donna has four mixed media and fabric art pieces exhibit at BARN

“Hidden Life” by Donna Lee Dowdney
“Silver Spirals” and “Undersea Undulations” by Donna Lee Dowdney

More about Donna

http://donnaleedowdney.com

Barbara O´Steen pieces

” I created them perhaps 25 years ago and a friend purchased both pieces.  She has proudly displayed them for all these years.  One is a large floor pillow.  She and I and husbands shared the hippie years when we had living rooms with nothing but carpet and pillows.  Mine have mostly gone but she continued to use her pillow, yet I’m surprised how clean it looks.  The tapestry is Mt. St. Helens blowing on May 18 of 1980.  I watched that from the high deck from my house and soon started on the tapestry.  Three months later when the annual event of Bumbershoot was at the Seattle Center they set up a large gallery of juried art that was about the volcano and mine was included.

“The Volcano” by Barbara O´Steen. 52″ x 36″, wool.
Floor pillow by Barbara O´Steen. 41″ x 27″, wool.
“Birdhouse” by Pat Herkal

Pat Herkal at Port Townsend Gallery

Pat Herkal was juried into the Port Townsend Gallery

She will be exhibiting and selling her beaded jewelry, vessels and ‘critters. The Gallery is at 715 Water Street. Starting in June it will be open seven days a week 10:00 – 5:00.

Pat creates to fill her life with joy, to discover how to mix colors and textures, to honor the environment and to keep her brain nimble.Whimsy, color and the natural world inspire her work. Mixing fiber, thread, beads, trinkets, shells, stones and found objects – man made and natural – Pat creates jewelry, sculptures, wall hangings, critters and dolls. Most are hand sewn adding one bead at a time. The smaller the bead the better. Her work is often embellished with embroidery. She has fun making, so when people see her work, we hope it makes them smile.

More about Pat: https://www.patherkal.com

Online Encaustic & Resin Effects Workshop by Barbara De Pirro

Barbara De Pirro Workshops

Online Encaustic & Resin Effects w/Acrylic

Create a mysterious & luminous depth, enriching your artwork! 
Discover how to create the luscious effect of wax encaustic & resin pours using GOLDEN Acrylic products. This online class includes demonstrations of how to achieve this effect using various acrylic mediums & gels; transparent & translucent, tinted & un-tinted, smooth & textured. In the process you’ll discover the unique qualities of each product. I’ll also share multiple samples of these methods in use within both collage & painted surfaces including how I incorporate them into my own artwork. These techniques enable you to create an intriguing depth, further developing imagery, pattern & texture within the layers of your art.

Schack Art Center 
JUN 5, 1-4 
Contact for registration: HERE 
NOTE: 3 WA State Educator OSPI Clock hours are available for this class. 
Fee: M $60 NM $65

Online Fabric Painting w/Acrylics

Discover a range of techniques that can transform your Fiber Art, creating incredible surfaces and patterns! We will explore a series of Golden Acrylic products, the combination of these can be heat set, creating a soft hand that can also be laundered. Whether you choose to use your fabrics for art to wear, functional art, wall hangings, sculpture or art installations, this workshop will open your eyes to a whole new approach.

De Pirro Art Workshops 
JUN 13, 1-3 
Contact for registration: HERE 
$40

More about Barbara: https://depirro.blogspot.com

WA Regional SDA Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 situation, various meetings went online. Please contact the area leaderOnline meetings are a good opportunity to participate in different groups.

Bellingham – There is a small new group, please email Seiko Purdue for more information: atsutas@wwu.edu

Eastside—For more information, please email crystal.a.edwards@gmail.com.SDA Eastside Facebook Page

SDA Eastside Meeting & Event Calendar

North Peninsula—Please, contact Sue Gale for more information msgale63@gmail.com. https://sda-np.com

In normal times, the North Olympic chapter meets monthly, with meetings rotated between Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles. Guests are welcome

North Sound (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties). Please, contact area leader Valerie Wootton vjwcamis@earthlink.net or new co-leader Tesi Vara (in charge of membership) tvc2c@frontier.com.

Seattle– Online meetings every second Wednesday of the month. Please, contact Therese for more information tmstein47@aol.com.

South Central—  Please email Vicki Gerton for more information vgerton@gmail.com

South Sound—Please contact Faith Hagenhofer at faithkeh@hotmail.com for more information.

Vancouver, WA—Please contact Sharon Svec atsharon@smsvec.comfor more information.

SDA WA Members Activities

MAY 2021

Barbara Osborne at Weave

“Waiting for Grendel” by Barbara Osborne. 
 Coiled pine needles with shed deer antlers, slices of rock and bones

SDA member Barbara Osborne and her basket cronies David Chambers and Sharon Kita will be joined by fiber artist Tininha Silva and painter Sean Yearian for a show named Weave at Northwind Arts Gallery, 701 Water St. in Port Townsend, WA. The show will be both in person and online. Gallery dates and hours to see the show in person are 12-5 Thursdays-Sundays from April 29 to May 30. To see the show online, go to northwindarts.org, then exhibits; this show will be in the Best Gallery.
Additionally, Northwind Arts is hosting a Zoom night on Wednesday May 19 at 7:00 PM where the artists will talk about their work and processes. This presentation is free, but you must register through the Northwind Arts website to be sent the access link to the Zoom panel.

SDA-WA North Peninsula Members´ News

“Zoanthids” by Pat Herkal

SDA North Peninsula Members at Northwind Art’s Grover Gallery

Port Townsend’s Northwind Art’s Grover Gallery presents Undersea through May 30. Tangled Fiber SDA-NP artists Pat Herkal, Barbara Ramsey, Jean-Marie Tarascio and Cathie Wier reflect their varied views of the Salish Sea interpreted through the textile arts. Some of the creatures are true to life while others are expressions of the groups ocean inspired imaginations. The collection is composed of fiber, wire, yarn, paper and beads. 

“Textured Waves” by Barbara Ramsey
“Tangled Fibers”. Collaborative piece
“Blue Seaweed with Plankton” by Jean-Marie Tarascio
“Low Tide”by Jean-Marie Tarascio, h24″ x w 20”. Recycled tea bags, pattern paper, wire.
“Seaweed” by Cathie Wier

Erika Wurm Hitchcock at Howell’s Sandwich Co

Erika Wurm Hitchcock has 2 pieces hanging at Howell’s Sandwich Co. in Port Townsend, WA.  
In this series of 6 all together she reuses as much repurposed material as possible to breathe new life into found objects but also keep them out of the landfill.  They were created to highlight endangered species of the Olympic Peninsula, WA area.
The first one depicts Sperm Whales, the largest toothed predator of the oceans and how they encircle their young, old and sick when they feel threatened; leaving their strong tails facing outward to whack away any enemies.  This piece is 12″ x 12″. The second piece is inspired by Leatherback Sea Turtles, their largest recorded size measured 10ft in length which is the height of a regulated basketball hoop. This piece is 14.5 ” x 12 “.



SDA North Peninsula Members at Walk-by Textile Exhibit

Walk-by Textile Exhibit on Tyler features 25 Quilts, Vintage and Contemporary “Past and Present Quilts” is the new display at 675 Tyler St., Port Townsend, in the walk-by exhibit of the North Olympic Chapter of the Surface Design Association. Created or collected by eight textile artists, the 25 pieces on view through May include art quilts and patchwork, some dating from the 1940s and 1950s, pieced by great-great aunts and grandmothers. Some are handstitched, some made with hand-dyed fabric. New pieces, some inspired by the Gee’s Bend quilts, feature vivid colors and improvisational designs.

Participating artists and collectors include: 

Port Townsend: Leslie Dickinson, Sue Gale, Pat Herkel, Debra Olson, Mary Tyler.  Port Ludlow: Jeri Auty  Sequim: Linda Carlson, Kathie Cook.

Information on the quilts is posted in the window and on the chapter’s website, sda-np.com.

SDA Members in Art of Recycling-Repurpose with a Purpose

SDA members Danielle Bodine, Barbara DePirro, Patti Shaw and Terri Shinn are participating in the exhibition Art of Recycling-Repurpose with a Purpose, at the Shack Art Center. Participating artists showcase their creativity by turning otherwise discarded materials into works of art. This exhibit aims to shine a spotlight on the environmental, social and emotional impact of waste as well as explore new ideas about recycling and repurposing.

Schack Art Center 

2921 Hoyt Ave. Everett, WA.

April 1 – June 5, 2021

“Tek-Space Avian” by Danielle Bodine. 43”Hx15”Wx8”D
Recycled computer cables, Italian cleaning brush, coiled black backer rod, synthetic sinew 

“Sometimes I Feel Like This” by Patti Shaw. 27”w x 39”h. 
Burned aluminum votive candle wick tabs, waxed linen thread.  
“October Tangle” by Terri Shinn. 10” x 22”. “Red Flag Warning”. by Terri Shinn. 12” x 24”. Old quilt remnants, acrylic on wooden panel
“Autumn Blaze” by Terri Shinn
12” x 36”
Old quilt remnants, acrylic on wood panel
“Kelp Forest” by Barbara de Pirro. 200 recycled plastic bottles were collected, washed, cut and reassembled.
“Cluster” by Barbara de Pirro. Non-recyclable poly strapping that would otherwise be discarded.

Barbara de Pirro Online Environmental Sculpture Workshop

Discover how De Pirro creates environmental sculptural forms and installations using both reclaimed & organic materials. She will share a range of techniques that transform these found materials into a ‘fiber’ that can be manipulated into dimensional structures. Learn how to translate methods traditionally found in the textile, jewelry, basketry & industrial arts using unconventional materials. In addition to creating samplings of each of the techniques, De Pirro will share photos, samples & insight about creating large scale sculptural art installations. In this process you will learn how to develop these small ideas into large scale structures and environments.

Schack Art Center (Co-host) 
MAY 15, 10-1 
Contact for registration: HERE 

WA Regional SDA Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 situation, various meetings went online. Please contact the area leaderOnline meetings are a good opportunity to participate in different groups.

Bellingham – There is a small new group, please email Seiko Purdue for more information: atsutas@wwu.edu

Eastside—For more information, please email crystal.a.edwards@gmail.com.SDA Eastside Facebook Page

SDA Eastside Meeting & Event Calendar

North Peninsula—Please, contact Sue Gale for more information msgale63@gmail.com. https://sda-np.com

In normal times, the North Olympic chapter meets monthly, with meetings rotated between Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles. Guests are welcome

North Sound (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties). Please, contact area leader Valerie Wootton vjwcamis@earthlink.net or new co-leader Tesi Vara (in charge of membership) tvc2c@frontier.com.

Seattle– Online meetings every second Wednesday of the month. Please, contact Cynthia for more information cynthiawriter@gmail.com

South Central—  Please email Vicki Gerton for more information vgerton@gmail.com

South Sound—Please contact Faith Hagenhofer at faithkeh@hotmail.com for more information.

Vancouver, WA—Please contact Sharon Svec atsharon@smsvec.comfor more information.


SDA WA Members Activities

MARCH-APRIL 2021

SPECIAL EVENT

Hello SDA members,

We would like to invite you for a SDA Washington group meeting on Sunday, April 11 at 12:00 pm Pacific with guest speaker Susan BrandeisPlease contact your group leader for the zoom invite or with sdagnirino@gmail.com.

Susan is Distinguished Professor Emerita following a 35–year teaching and research career as Professor of Textiles at North Carolina State University’s College of Design. 

Her book, The Intentional Thread: A Guide to Drawing, Gesture, and Color in Stitch was reviewed in the Summer 2020 issue of Surface Design Journal: The Potential of Paper.

The meeting format includes:

  • Presentation by Susan Brandeis about her art practice and book, with Q&A – approx. 60 minutes
  • Break-out rooms afterwards, for those interested in small group conversations – approx. 15-20 minutes

For the zoom meeting, you will enter a waiting room first and your audio will be muted when joining.  

Please contact Gabi Nirino at sdagnirino@gmail.com with any questions.


We look forward to you attending!

Best wishes,

Gabi Nirino and SDA WA group leaders

DOROTHY McGUINNESS NEW BOOK

Dorothy McGuinness has written a book on diagonal twill basketry in paper. The title is: The Art of Contemporary Woven Paper Basketry, Explorations in Diagonal Twill. It will be available in September 2021 from Schiffer books or through Amazon. 

Using hundreds of strips of paper at a time, strips that are cut 3 millimeters wide with a pasta cutter from watercolor paper painted with acrylics, McGuinness weaves in original ways that build unique and intriguing forms. Her creations, whether baskets or sculptural art, exude energy and elegance. Here she shares for the first time, in fascinating photos and practical text, how to weave several basket shapes in diagonal twill, including instructions in undulating twill. Explore new structural forms: weaving multiple woven units together, asymmetrical corners, and multiple-stepped corners in tandem that add structure to the work. McGuinness demonstrates how to create several rim treatment finishes for the baskets. Next, learn some different ways to incorporate a sculptural element into your work. You’ll also explore how various color patterns in the base will weave up on the sides of the basket. Throughout, she encourages you to search your own interests for ideas to incorporate.

“Radiate” by Barbara De Pirro

BARBARA DE PIRRO IN THE ART OF RECYCLING EXHIBITION

Barbara De Pirro will have several sculptures & two art installations included in the Art of Recycling – Repurpose with a Purpose’ at Schack Art Center. “Participating artists showcase their creativity by turning otherwise discarded materials into works of art. This exhibit aims to shine a spotlight on the environmental, social, and emotional impact of waste as well as explore new ideas about recycling and repurposing.Though these artists come from widely diverse backgrounds, they all share a common bond: the ability to transform waste objects into works renewed into beauty, utility and meaning.” 

Art of Recycling – Repurpose with a Purpose 

Schack Art Center 2921 Hoyt Ave, Everett
April 1 – June 5

Detail of “Precarious Pod” Installation by Barbara DePirro

De Pirro Art Links:Facebook Instagram Youtube
Blog
De Pirro Art Workshop Links:GOLDEN Facebook Vimeo. Eventbrite

 

De Pirro Art Workshops 

Online Shimmer & Shine

Discover the radiant effects of Golden Iridescent and Interference colors. Explore using them over rich textural surfaces, as a lustrous under painting or simply as a glistening detail. I will share samples & demonstrate these unique paints on their own and investigate what happens when they are mixed with other acrylic paints. If you love luminescent colors that sparkle & shine this is just what you need! 
This event is co-hosted by Artist & Craftsman Supply in Seattle.


APR 24, 1-3 
Online registration: HERE 

Online Collage-DeCollage

Moving beyond any preconceived notions of what defines collage; this workshop will expand your vocabulary of methods and approaches. Discover techniques combining assorted papers, GOLDEN Acrylic paints, grounds & pastes to create multi-layered artworks. Building up surface texture, imagery and pattern then excavating back through, revealing & concealing, enriching the surface. Realism, abstract and mixed media artists will all benefit from this innovative way of thinking about materials. Create a surface depth with with so many possibilites!

De Pirro Art Workshops 
APR 10, 1-4 
Contact for registration: HERE 
Fee: $60

WA Regional SDA Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 situation, various meetings went online. Please contact the area leaderOnline meetings are a good opportunity to participate in different groups.

Bellingham – There is a small new group, please email Seiko Purdue for more information: atsutas@wwu.edu

Eastside—For more information, please email crystal.a.edwards@gmail.com.SDA Eastside Facebook Page

SDA Eastside Meeting & Event Calendar

North Peninsula—Please, contact Sue Gale for more information msgale63@gmail.com. https://sda-np.com

North Sound (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties). Please, contact area leader Valerie Wootton vjwcamis@earthlink.net or new co-leader Tesi Vara (in charge of membership) tvc2c@frontier.com.

Seattle– Online meetings every second Wednesday of the month. Please, contact Cynthia for more information cynthiawriter@gmail.com

South Central—  Please email Vicki Gerton for more information vgerton@gmail.com

South Sound—Please contact Faith Hagenhofer at faithkeh@hotmail.com for more information.

Vancouver, WA—Please contact Sharon Svec atsharon@smsvec.comfor more information.

SDA WA Members Activities

February 2021

Pat Herkal at Collective Visions Gallery

“Seahorse” by Par Herkal

Pat Herkal’s 3D soft sculpture, Seahorse, was juried into the 2021 CVG Show, an annual Washington state competition. The fully beaded 10″x3″ piece hangs from monofilament and a swivel that allows it to gently turn. It is completely hand sewn. The show closes February 26.

The Bremerton gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm. 135 Washington artists are represented.

SDA-WA Seattle members´ news

Seattle group members had a zoom meeting during the members made a presentation, showing their sources of inspiration. Here is a small sample of this initiative, in which images of works by different artists, photographs, texts and music were shared.

Glenda Guinn Gilles at Violet Protest

VIOLET PROTEST SQUARE OF THE WEEK – made by Glenda Guinn Gilles from Kirkland, WA – Besides the exquisite embroidery detail, this square reflects the desire for unity after these turbulent times – red and blue mixing together to form a unified core. Each of us occupies our separate life with its concerns, hopes, and challenges. But if we can find a way to face our challenges together, our nation can blend all its beautiful diversity, nurture the treasures we possess and build a nation that truly reflects the America we’ve all heard about and believe can be possible. https://www.facebook.com/thevioletprotest/

About the Violet Protest “Whether we weave, knit, crochet, quilt, or embroider all 26,750 of these squares — through this social action, and from every corner of America; we as makers of all political persuasions, believe we can employ our willing spirit and our talents to contribute to healing divisions that threaten our country. ​This collection of textile squares will be first displayed at Phoenix Art Museum, in the Spring of 2021, before they are sent to the new 117th Congress by late 2021.

Focused on the values we hold dear as Americans, rather than any political beliefs, the color violet symbolizes the literal combination of red and blue, long held as symbols of our nation’s differing ideologies. Our common goal is to send a physical message of friendly protest through this colossal visual expression to demonstrate that if we as citizens are ​willing ​to come together, so then must our elected officials”

Barbara De Pirro Workshops

Online Collage & Layering

We will explore techniques combining paper, found materials and acrylic to create inspirational artworks! Learn how to develop pattern, imagery & texture, combining methods using Golden Paints, Mediums, Gels, Pastes for Collage. Experiment by building up the surface with both smooth & textural layers, revealing & concealing imagery plus transferring images of your own artwork, drawings or photographs into the surface.

Schack Art Center (Hosting) 
FEB 27, 1-4 
Contact for registration: (425) 259-5050 or HERE 
Fee: M $60 NM $65

Online Printmaking & Collage

We will explore techniques using your own printed imagery to create inspirational Collage artworks! Learn the basics of creating monotype, collagraph, thermofax and relief printed images. All of this can be done without a press, using water based, slow drying GOLDEN acrylic paints. These methods create unique results; the pressure of printing creates texture and pattern not possible when painting directly on paper. Several examples & demonstrations will show how these prints can then be used in Collage & which products work best for gluing various weights of paper. Gain a broad understanding of product, material, method, tips & tricks.

De Pirro Art Workshops 
MAR 6, 1-4 
Contact for registration: HERE 
Fee: $60

Student Cynthia working on her textile collage book cover in Winter Quarter 2021

Christina Fairley Erickson classes

If you’ve been longing for getting together with others who love embroidery, dyeing, and anything that can decorate the surface of fabric, come join us at the Surface Design Lab at LWTech!  

Registration is now Open– CLICK HEREfor more information and instructions on how to register.

Christina will bring her unique experience, lots of samples for inspiration, and demonstrations of various surface design techniques.  

During Spring Quarter, only lab courses will be meeting at the school and masks/PPE/social distancing will be required.
If you have taken classes at LW Tech in the past, you can go straight to  https://webapps.lwtech.edu/wts/webreg/waci221.html
For Complete information and how to register for this class, go to 
https://fiberartistjourney.com/classes-at-lwtech-surface-design-lab/

Spring 2021 Registration Now Open!
Questions?  Contact Christina 

5 Mondays- April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3 and May 10  from 11 am-2:50 pm
Lake Washington Institute of Technology–Kirkland Campus: 11605 132nd Ave NE

WA Regional SDA Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 situation, various meetings went online. Please contact the area leaderOnline meetings are a good opportunity to participate in different groups.

Bellingham – There is a small new group, please email Seiko Purdue for more information: atsutas@wwu.edu

Eastside—For more information, please email crystal.a.edwards@gmail.com.SDA Eastside Facebook Page

SDA Eastside Meeting & Event Calendar

North Peninsula—Please, contact Sue Gale for more information msgale63@gmail.com. https://sda-np.com

North Sound (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties). Please, contact area leader Valerie Wootton vjwcamis@earthlink.net or new co-leader Tesi Vara (in charge of membership) tvc2c@frontier.com.

Seattle– Online meetings every second Wednesday of the month. Please, contact Cynthia for more information cynthiawriter@gmail.com

South Central—  Please email Vicki Gerton for more information vgerton@gmail.com

South Sound—Please contact Faith Hagenhofer at faithkeh@hotmail.com for more information.

Vancouver, WA—Please contact Sharon Svec atsharon@smsvec.comfor more information.

SDA WA Members Activities January 2021

SDA-WA North Peninsula members´ news

Local Artists Create Window Display in Port Townsend 

Silk dye, hand-dying, resist, trapunto, embroidery, sashiko, paper collage, fabric collage, origami, felting, beading, repurposing, wire and wood sculpture, quilting and fabric piecing are among the techniques displayed in a new exhibit by 10 Olympic Peninsula artists in the Surface Design Association window at Tyler and Lawrence in Port Townsend. 

Featuring 33 pieces created while sheltering at home, “Pandemic” will be displayed through March. Most artwork is for sale, at prices ranging from $6 to $800. Participating artists are:

SUE GALE

“Then There Now” and “Cotinus”

CHERIE KOPP

“Postcards from Home” series and “Fitted Fashion Face Coverings”

DEBRA OLSON

“Nature Montage” and “Reclaiming the Process”

JANICE SPECK.

ERIKA WURM

“Wooden Boat Bunny”

JERI AUTY

 Curves 1 ”, “Curves 2”, “Windows”, “Colors Galore” and “Rachel’s Quilt”

MARY TYLER

“Winter Star”

LINDA CARLSON

“Origami Cards”, “Garland”, “Knit Wit”, “Mountainscape 1” and “Mountainscape 2”

EVETTE ALLERDINS

“Solace”, “Road Trip”, “Walkabout”, “F**kd”, “Maui” and “Journey”

BARBARA HOUSHMAND

Handbags

Debra Olson new work

Debra is going to participate in an exhibition at the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum (more information coming soon!)

” I carve foam and then cover with papier mache’ to create the form of the bird. I then add paint, paper, fabric more paint, beads and found objects. An acrylic finish is then applied. Naming them comes directly from their emerging personalities:  “Spotted Towhee” (may be directionally challenged as he carries a map on the top of his hat as well as on his breast!) and “King Quail” “.

Information on these artists and their pieces is posted in the display window and on the SDA chapter’s website, https://sda-np.com/. In normal times, chapter members meet regularly, with meetings rotated between Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles. Meetings are open to the public at no charge. 

SDA-WA Seattle members´ news

Six members of the Seattle group participated in an exchange challenge. Each person in the group sent an envelope to one other person in the group with materials to be used to create a piece. Here are the results:

CARLA STEHR

“One photo shows the challenge materials I was given (the left-overs), including orange and black and white cotton fabric, metallic sliver and white fabric, grey felt, white embossed vinyl backed with flannel and a plastic shipping envelope. Definitely not colors or materials I tend to use in my art. But the shiny plastic envelope reminded me of the inside of shells, and I had recently been experimenting to see if I could get fabric to look like oyster shells.

For the inside shell surface, I stitched the plastic shipping envelope onto a base of white Ecofelt, added gray felt and black cotton fabric (at the top) to make the hinge, and painted the orange fabric purple for the muscle scar that all oyster shells have. For the outside, I stitched the white vinyl fabric and small pieces of orange, black and white and sliver-white fabrics onto a base of white cotton fabric and Ecofelt. I put wireform mesh in the middle and stitched the two sides together. It was an experiment to see if the wireform mesh would allow me to bend it into a three-dimensional shape, and it worked! ” 

“ExpOyster” back and front views by Carla Sther

CYNTHIA BLAIR

Received materials. Front of the collage book cover Cynthia made for the challenge. 

THERESE STEIN

Applique on jacket

GABI NIRINO

The pieces of fabric were cut in stripes and woven in a rigid heddle loom

Barbara Matthews in ‘We the People’

Barbara´s piece ‘United’ was accepted into the ‘We the People’ exhibition at the Carlisle Arts Learning Center in Carlisle, PA. She earned an Honorable Mention, Staff Selection.

The exhibition will be shows until January 30th.

“United” by Barbara Matthews. Woodway, WAUnityHand dyed silk, acrylic, glass, wood

SDA-WA Vancouver members´ news

Bonnie Bucknam and Sally Sellers in State Wide Art Competition

Pacific Northwest artists Bonnie Bucknam and Sally Sellers, both of Vancouver, Washington, have been chosen for inclusion in the 2021 CVG Show in Bremerton’s Collective Visions Gallery

The annual CVG Show is one of the largest and most prestigious art competitions in the Northwest. Two hundred ninety-five artists from cities and towns throughout Washington State submitted 550 images for consideration. The competition’s juror, Michael D’Alessandro, chose about 130 pieces from these submissions for inclusion in the show.
Exhibition Co-chairs Alan Newberg and Cindy DuVall say: “The 2021 show has attracted top quality artists from every quarter of our state to submit their best work. Attendees and collectors will find a museum-quality show of work ranging in size from large sculptures, paintings and fiber art pieces to small prints, photos and jewelry. These range in style from exquisite traditional work to provocative contemporary works and deeply personal expressions. Some of these artists are well established professionals, and others are emerging talents in the world of art. Our state is very rich with talent.”
The 2021 CVG Show will begin at 11:00 am on Jan 23, 2021, and will continue through February 26. The entire show, as well as several related art events, will be available virtually, and in-person at the gallery if COVID19 protocols allow.

Collective Visions Gallery is located in downtown Bremerton at 331 Pacific Avenue, just 4 blocks from the ferry terminal. Phone: 360 377 8327.

For a complete list of accepted artists, the entire show and exhibition events, visit www.CVGShow.com.

“Line Dry” by Bonnie Bucknam. Fiber, dimensions 82” h x 80” w       
“Splendor in the Grass” by Sally Sellers. Fiber, dimensions 39” h x 45” wide

Barbara De Pirro new workshops


Online Painted Papers for Collage
Create your own unique stash of Collage papers! There are many different ways to create pattern and texture on paper; stencil, stamp, imprint, saturate, mask, resist, comb, dabble, brush, splatter…and so on. I will demonstrate using GOLDEN Fluid & High Flow Paints plus explore mark making techniques & gluing of these papers using various GOLDEN Acrylic Mediums & Gels. I’ll share all the tips & tricks!
Schack Art Center (Hosting) 
JAN 30, 1-4 
Contact for registration: (425) 259-5050 or ONLINE 
Fee: M $60 NM $65
This is not the only workshop that Barbara teaches! More information in:
https://www.goldenpaints.com/wap/Barbara.DePirro/8

WA Regional SDA Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 situation, various meetings went online. Please contact the area leader. Online meetings are a good opportunity to participate in different groups.

Eastside—For more information, please email crystal.a.edwards@gmail.com.
SDA Eastside Facebook Page

SDA Eastside Meeting & Event Calendar

North Peninsula—Please, contact Sue Gale for more information msgale63@gmail.com. https://sda-np.com

North Sound (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties). Please, contact area leader Valerie Wootton vjwcamis@earthlink.net or new co-leader Tesi Vara (in charge of membership) tvc2c@frontier.com.

Seattle– Online meetings every second Wednesday of the month. Please, contact Cynthia for more information cynthiawriter@gmail.com

South Central—  Please email Vicki Gerton for more information vgerton@gmail.com

South Sound—Please contact Faith Hagenhofer at faithkeh@hotmail.com for 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 atsharon@smsvec.comfor more information.

SDA WA Members Activities December 2020

“Flux” by Ellen Ramsey, 2019. Wool, silk, cotton, 24″ x 60″

 

Ellen Ramsey News

Ellen participated in a Tapestry Artists of Puget Sound exhibition posted online.

Also her neon piece, “Wired” is included in COLOUR, an online show organized by the Tapestry Touring International (UK). This is a nice way to brighten a gloomy winter day when you need a little boost.

In other news, earlier this year she edited a special publication for the American Tapestry Alliance filled with essays and interviews about contemporary practice in the field of tapestry weaving. “I’m very proud of how it turned out! “

In this link, you can go to both exhibitions and you can read a digital .pdf of the magazine.

“Flight Pattern” by Ellen Ramsey, 2019. Wool, silk, paper, pheasant feather, 5″ x 6″

“Wired” by Ellen Ramsey, 2019. 12 “x 6”, wire, cotton, wool, acrylic paint, electrical wire.

Jan Silver and Joyce Wilkerson in Pushing The Limits

Jan and Joyce were selected to participate in the online exhibition PUSHING THE LIMITS. A Virtual Shaft Weaving Art Exhibition, curated by the textile artists and weavers Olivier Mason and Lala De Dios. The exhibition includes 53 weavers all over the world.

“Weaving is one of oldest human industries -if not the oldest- and many kinds of looms or weaving devices have been accompanying humankind since the beginning of times. From the backstrap loom to dobby looms, the history of weaving has been an uninterrupted succession of technological inventions until the arrival of the first Jacquard hand looms in 18th century France.  The rest is  history. Today we are living the Jacquard digital loom era. Contemporary textile artists use this tool which allows for an -almost- unlimited freedom to weavers.

It is the aim of the curators of this exhibition to highlight the unlimited possibilities of this limited “machine” to create textile pieces that are works of art in their own right.”

“Grid#3” by Jan Silver. Triple weave. Cotton, wool, silk, stainless steel, cumare, ramie.

https://www.instagram.com/seattleweaver/

“Ride the Wind” by Joyce Wilkerson. 24 shaft weave, 4 wefts. 40% cotton, 20% rayon, 15% wool, 10% Tencel, 10% bamboo, 5% linen. 

http://www.joycewilkerson.com

SDA-WA North Peninsula member´s news

Pat Herkal showed Cormorant, a new critter made in the time of Covid. “It keeps feeling more and more appropriate.”

“Cormorant” by Pat Herkal. Skull found on the beach off Water Street close to our house, wool and beads.

Debra Olson is participating at the PTSA Grover Gallery in the “One of a Kind” exhibition. This short tour gives you an overview of the beautiful 2D and 3D art works, including paintings, jewelry, sculpture, textiles and more.

https://ptschoolofthearts.org/grover-gallery

Debra Olson´s birds

Erika Wurm Hitchcock “Here is my most current piece I have finished.  My first incorporating dried flora and fungi along with many other materials.

Called Autumnal Owl”,this mixed media works is 17.5″ x17.5″.  It was inspired by an adorable photograph I came across of an Eastern Screech Owl.  Created with acrylic paint, crocheted doily, repurposed wreath and consciously collected dried plant life this cutie is ready to be enjoyed. Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to share my art.”

“Autumnal Owl” by Erika Wurm Hitchcock

“Floating Leaves” by Cathie Weir. Ply-split braiding with 4-ply artist-made cords of raffia. 

Cathie Weir showed two new pieces

“Fall Fading” by Cathie Weir. Ply-split braiding with 4-ply artist-made cords of raffia. 
Rosemary Burris´s collage

Rosemary (Rose) Burris

“I recently created a bird dog sculpture and did a fabric collage all over it. I am searching for the perfect piece of driftwood to mount him on.  Also completed several smaller collages.” 

Sculpture by Rosemary Burris

Diana Gipson at Bainbridge Art Center

This is a closeup of the piece I have in BARN’s (Bainbridge Art Center) Ars Poetica show.  It is my fiber companion to a poem, Grand Canyon.  It is a hand dyed silk shibori with appliqué stitching.

Grand Canyon

POET | LYDIA HARRISON 

FIBER ARTIST | DIANA GIPSON

Timeworn formations caress the deep blue skyas snowy egrets utter to the
sandy beach below.

A Bighorn lamb suckles his mother’s milk,oblivious to the intrusion
of the orange headed lizard scampering by..

Cacti cling tenaciously
to nooks and crannies,
throwing their arms up in jubilation at small victories.

The shale, the limestone, the granite, and the lavamurmur quietly as the unrelenting river
nibbles grain by grain from their feet.

An orchestra of frogs and cricketswelcome the moonlight
as the deer meander near the water’s edge.

Bats swoop among the eddies and ripples,munching a delectable feast
of thorax and antennae and feathery wings.

Shadows dance against the Red Wallas it stands sentry,
keeping ancient secrets.

A majestic place,a sacred land.
The Grand Canyon


Here is the link to the catalogue, with texts and images.

Michelle Johnson at Bainbridge Island Studio Tour Artists

BIMA features regional artists from the longstanding BI Studio Tour. This exhibition showcases the range of art and crafts — functional and decorative — representative from their annual summer and winter studio sales.

“Tree Abstraction” by Michelle Johnson.  Wet felted using a variety of wool.
Mary Tyler´s piece

Mary Tyler at InLiquid Gallery

Mary Tyler has 4 pieces included in the Art Cloth Network show, Time Unbound, at the InLiquid Gallery in Philadelphia PA through Jan 2, 2021.

Dreams of the Carpenter’s Level” by Mary Tyler

https://mbtyler.net/home.html

Pat Herkal and Debra Olson at Northwind Art Center

Pat and Debra participated in the Small Expressions 19 Exhibit. Here it is a virtual tour https://northwindarts.org/exhibits/small-expressions-a-juried-exhibit

It is an exhibit of original small format artwork created by a wide selection of artists. The Juror, JEFF OLSON, selected the entries to be exhibited, then the entries receiving awards will be chosen from the actual 2- or 3-dimensional works of art brought to Northwind Arts Center on December 3.

Brooches by Pat Herkal
Brooches by Pat Herkal
“Lone Tree” by Debra Olson

Gabriela Nirino at Mydaybyday Gallery at Rome

Gabi participated in the “7 artists for 7 days exhibition 2020” at the Mydaybyday Gallery at Rome. “Women and poems” is the 5th edition of this show.

“When the whole world is in a sort of standby…life goes on and we get to immerge ourselves again in beautiful works of contemporary art jewelry design.

More info and video here https://www.mydaybydaydiary.com/store/p44/gabrielanirino.html

“Together” by Gabriela Nirino. Linen, hemp, silk/steel threads. Natural dyes.


SDA Members at NWCraft20

NWCraft20 is Northwest Designer Craftsmen’s first annual virtual benefit exhibition featuring the newest work of Northwest Designer Craftsmen member artists. NWCraft is intended to be an annual virtual exhibition designed to benefit venues dedicated to exhibiting fine craft: museums, art centers and galleries.

SDA members included are: Lanny Bergner, Danielle Bodine, Barbara De Pirro, Joyce Hayes, Wendy Huhn, Ann Johnston, Claire B. Jones, Nancy Loorem Adams, Gwen Lowery, Barbara Matthews, Dorothy McGuinness, Barbara Nepom, Gabriela Nirino, Barbara Osborne, Patricia Resseguie, Sally Sellers, Patti Shaw, Terri Shinn, Laura Stangel Schmidt

NOVEMBER 27, 2020 TO JANUARY 3, 2021
2020 BENEFICIARY: BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM
KCTS MEDIA SPONSOR

“Circling Terra” by Lanny Bergner
“Scudo Supremo” by Danielle Bodine
“Corolla” by Barbara De Pirro
“Bach Invention #4” by Joyce Hayes
“When Yes Means No & No Means Yes 2” by Wendy Huhn
“Wave17” by Ann Johnston
“Arches I” by Claire B. Jones
“She and They” by Nancy Loren Adams
“Path to Infinity” by Gwen Lowery
“Blue Star” by Barbara Mathews
“Shooting stars”. y Dorothy McGuinness
“Somewhat Scully” by Barbara Nepom
“Island” by Gabriela Nirino
“3 Pines Watching” by Barbara Osborne
“Reborn” by Patricia Resseguie
“Solstice” by Laura Stangel Schmidt
“Tuesdays Just As Bad” by Sally Sellers
“Tribute to Knees” by Patti Shaw
“Autumn Ablaze” by Terri Shinn
Barbara De Pirro workshops

Barbara De Pirro new workshops

Ah yes, we’re all very familiar with both but have you ‘really’ explored them as a Mixed Media, Fine Art tool? I’ll be sharing samples & demonstrating both, in combination with several Golden Acrylic products. So many variations to choose from, thick, thin, transparent, opaque, smooth, textured including some unexpected combinations. Whether you choose to use commercial tools or create your own I’ll manipulate both in ways beyond their original mark making design. Wonderful things can happen when all these worlds intermingle!

De Pirro Art Workshops 
JAN 16, 1-3 
Online registration: HERE 
$35

Other workshops schedule here

https://www.goldenpaints.com/wap/Barbara.DePirro/8

WA Regional SDA Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 situation, various meetings went online. Please contact the area leader

Eastside—For more information, please email crystal.a.edwards@gmail.com.

North Peninsula—Please, contact Sue Gale for more information msgale63@gmail.com. https://sda-np.com

North Sound (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties). Please, contact area leader Valerie Wootton vjwcamis@earthlink.net

Seattle– Online meetings every second Wednesday of the month. Please, contact Cynthia for more information cynthiawriter@gmail.com

South Central—  Please email Vicki Gerton for more information vgerton@gmail.com

South Sound—Please contact Faith Hagenhofer at faithkeh@hotmail.com for 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 atsharon@smsvec.comfor more information.

Whidbey Island. Area Leaders—Debra Calkins (debraonwhidbey@gmail.com), Mary Burks (mary.burks112751@gmail.com) and membership chairperson Natalie Olsen (thegnat@whidbey.com).