“Please Touch” Exhibit in Seattle
Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts
A/NT Gallery Seattle Center
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
Cicelia Ross-Gotta at 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.
300 S. Washington St., Unit Z
Seattle, WA 98104
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
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.
Lois Gaylord at Seattle Weavers’ Guild Annual Show & Sale
Seattle Weavers’ Guild Show & Sale
St. Mark’s Cathedral
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.
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.
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: https://ptschoolofthearts.org/classes/collage-studies-with-cheri-kopp-november All materials, supplies and tools provided. Contact Cheri with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Port Townsend School of the Arts
Fort Worden campus
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.
Joomchi with Zia Gipson on Whidbey Island
April 28–29, 2018
$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.
Flóra Carlile-Kovács Felting Classes at Pacific NorthWest Art School
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.
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.
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.