After the Symposium …. Join a regional SDA group!

Here is a list of regional meeting and who to contact so that we can keep all this wonderful momentum going!

Thank you Christina Fairley Erickson for preparing this information.

(Click on the image below to enlarge it.  Because this is an image, the email addresses are not linked.   You will need to type them into an email.)

Surface Matters Symposium is just around the corner!

Hello All,

The Symposium Committee is putting last minute touches on what promises to be a spectacular symposium.  We are excited to have fiber artists coming from Canada, Oregon, California and all over Washington.  Our hope is that the connections we make this weekend will evolve into new joint ventures through out our region.  So come ready to make new friends, learn new things and perhaps take your art in new directions.

Our Venue is the Unitarian Church in the Wedgewood neighborhood of Seattle, just northeast of the University of Washington and minutes east of I-5.

6556 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Registration for Saturday’s Symposium opens at 8:30 am with opening remarks beginning promptly at 9 am.

If you have last minute questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at:

See you there!

Drawing, Felt and Sketchbook Classes at the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center

Do you long to draw but are afraid to begin, thinking you aren’t good enough?

Drawing and Painting for the Terrified and Picture It in Collage and Stitch

The Hare 2 by Richard Box

Well-known international tutor Richard Box can help you overcome your fears. He is returning to the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center in La Conner to teach two of his popular courses in March.

Box, from the UK, joins guest tutor Pat Sparks in kicking off a number of guest classes being held at the Creative Studies Center this year.

In Drawing and Painting for the Terrified, Box helps you develop your powers of perception, overcome your self doubt and begin to draw and paint with confidence as he teaches you simple principles and skills.

Box’s first class, Drawing and Painting for the Terrified, will be held March 9-13, and Picture It in Collage and Stitch will be held March 16-18.

Drawing and Painting for the Terrified Brochure / Registration

Picture It in Collage and Stitch Brochure / Registration


Watercolor Felt Inlay

Pat Sparks will offer her Watercolor Felt Inlay course April 20-22 at the Center.

"Linn County Petunias" by Pat Spark

In Watercolor Felt Inlay, students use wool to paint felt much like one does using watercolors to paint on paper. Students learn by doing a series of samplers, and then, with confidence, create their own designs.

Watercolor Felt Inlay Brochure / Registration

Two Day Sketchbook Class

Gail Harker is offering her popular Sketchbooks: A Journey of Visual Discovery class, over a weekend, March 31 and April 1, and as a 2-day condensed class rather than over the usual 5 days.

To learn more about these and the upcoming Level 1 courses, visit our website at Gail Harker Creative Studies Center 

Michael Cepress on the Role of Fashion in Surface Design

SDA- Washington is thrilled to have Michael Cepress present what is happening at the cross section of fashion and surface design at the upcoming Surface Matters Symposium.

In his talk entitled, Fashion Forward? Where we going and how we are getting there,  Michael will give us an artist presentation about the role of fashion in surface design and how artists are handling the changing aesthetic, creative and industry climates to move forward into the future.

Holding a BA in Art from the University of Wisconsin and an MFA in Fibers from the University of Washington, Cepress has worked as a designer and educator for over 10 years. His work travels internationally with features in the New York Times, FiberArts, Seattle Magazine, and books on the subject of Wearable Art.  For more about Michael, go to his webpage.

Seats are limited to each break out sessions.  Check out the Saturday schedule for more information.

Woad Workshop with Denise Lambert – May 12th and 13th


Denise Lambert, Photo by Kaari Meng

This is a rare opportunity to learn the art of woad dyeing from dye master Denise Lambert of Bleu de Lectoure. Denise was instrumental in the revival of woad cultivation and use in France and has adapted this ancient medieval

Photo by Kaari Meng

dyeing technique to modern times. Each workshop participant will receive a silk scarf, a length of cotton lace and a workshop booklet. Participants may bring their own natural fiber materials to dye: fabric, lace, vintage pieces, canvas top shoes, yarns, ribbons – the list is nearly endless.

  • Location: Magnuson Park, Seattle WA
  • Date and Time: Saturday May 12 and Sunday May 13, 2012 from 9-4
  • Cost $189
  • Register at

For more information, contact Kathy Hattori at Botanical Colors  206-518-7073