SDA-WA Member Activities OCTOBER – NOVEMBER 2020

“Marching CV19 Munchers – CV19 eating critters and their leader” by Danielle Bodine

Danielle Bodine in Mandatory Color Exhibition

Surface Design Association International Juried Members Exhibition “Mandatory Color” examines the use of color as a response to world-wide social distancing and quarantine. Juror Amie Adelman, Professor  of the College of Arts and Design at the Unversity of North Texas  in Denton.

Danielle Bodine obtained the 2nd place with her work “Marching CV19 Munchers – CV19 eating critters and their leader”, 2020, 13″ x 21″x 21,” yarn, fabric, beads, plastic tubes, wires, slinkies, found objects; coiled.

Museum of Texas Tech University
3301 4th Street
Lubbock, TX 79415
On exhibit through December 6, 2020

Barbara O`Steen work

Barbara O’Steen at Little/BIG

Barbara O´Steen is participating in an exhibition of the Contemporary Quilt Art Association at the Shack Art Center.   Little/BIG Annual Holiday Art Exhibit features works from members of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association. She is showing some 12×12 fiber art pieces and a large 25″ x 35″one, in a collage style that she hasen’t used for years in that she is usually creating trees and a message about Climate Change.

Shack Art Center 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, WA November 19 – January 3

Barbara O`Steen work

Featured Artist Dorothy McGuinness.

Dorothy makes beautiful and unique sculptures using basket weaving techniques. There is a link below to a video where her work is analized by other artists, on
Please take some time to watch and listen and maybe even give some feedback to Dorothy.

More about her amazing work at

Sue Nylander and Liisa Fagerland – Eye to Eye exhibit

SDA-WA North Peninsula member´s news

Sue Nylander and Liisa Fagerland are showing the Eye to Eye exhibit in the North Peninsula Fiber Habit window , from October to December.

More information about this exhibition and the group

“Undersea Garden” by Tangle Fibers group

Tangle Fibers group at the Port Angeles Fine Art Center

“Undersea Garden” comprises a collaborative installation and exhibition by Port Townsend SDA-NP artists Pat Herkal, Barbara Ramsey, Jean Marie Tarascio and Cathie Wier – collectively known as Tangled Fibers.  Their art is a celebration of the patterns, colors and textures of sea life. Using fiber, paper, beads, color, texture, wire, yarn and whimsy, the Esther Webster Gallery has been transformed into an undersea garden of kelp, tide pools, octopus, sea stars, nudibranchs, jellyfish and other delightful creatures of the sea. Some are painstakingly true to life, others created from their ocean fevered imaginations. Some pieces in this exhibit are the work of the individual member of the Tangled Fibers group, others are collaborative efforts. Exhibiting works are for sale in person and online.PAFAC is open Thursday-Sunday 11-5 or visit for a virtual tour and the gift shop offerings, until November 15.

“Undersea Garden” by Tangle Fibers group
“Hidden Leafy Sea Dragons” by Jean Marie Tarascio 
“Marine Scape” by Barbara Ramsey
“Seahorse” by Pat Herkal
“Look Deeply” by Cathie Wier

South Central SDA-WA Group Notes

The group is having zoom meetings. Here are some pieces the members were working on.

Mary Thomas’s vest using her handwoven fabric

Mary Thomas’s vest using her handwoven fabric
Mary Thomas’s vest using her handwoven fabric

Carol Fletcher’s wall piece “Insomnia” , using micro-quilting on an experimental piece made at our South Central September meeting; this fabric was also dyed in our experimental monotype experiments.This piece was accepted into the  Larson Gallery’s 65th annual Central Washington Artists’ Exhibition. .

“Insomnia” by Carol Fletcher
Carol Fletcher ´s wall piece

Carol’s husband, Evans Fletcher, also had a piece accepted, “Westcoast 2020”

“Westcoast 2020” by Evans Fletcher

In addition, Deboran Ann’s piece, Clay Pots, was also accepted into the Larson Gallery’s 65th annual Central Washington Artists’ Exhibition. A photo of Deborah Ann’s piece was recently in SDA WA’s newsletter.

“Clay Pots” by Deborah Ann

Suzie Forsyth’s experimentations with growing her own indigo, making an indigo pot from her home grown indigo, and successfully dyeing some fabric.

Suzie Forsyth’s indigo experimentation
Suzie Forsyth’s indigo experimentation

SDA-WA Seattle memeber´news

“Protecting the Peace” by Sharon Rowley

Sharon Rowley and Barbara Matthews at Creative Strength Training art exhibition

WA State SDA members Sharon Rowley and Barbara Matthews have art featured in Jane Dunnewold’s 2020 Creative Strength Training member art online exhibition

“Exposed” by Barbara Matthews


Cynthia Blair in the Seattle Times

Cynthia´s fabric collage “Houses” symbolizing things that have sustained her during this period was one of 12 (out of about 100 entries) the Seattle Times featured in a newspaper article and on its website. 

“Houses” by Cynthia Blair
Therese Stein´piece

Therese Stein presentation

Therese shared with us her techniques experimenting with plastics to create art with recycled material; also some examples of different artists who work with plastic.

Therese Stein ´s piece made with recycled plastic

Gabi Nirino at Raggio Foundation

Gabriela Nirino is participating with “Mangrullo” in the on-line Textile Art Exhibition at Rómulo Raggio Foundation in Vicente López, Argentina. Here is the link

“Mangrullo” by Gabi Nirino. Corn husk strips, nailon thread, pine wood.

Barbara De Pirro News

Barbara at ‘Basketry: Architecture and the Environment’

National Basketry Organization, Inc. presented an online conversation on September 17th. It is now available on YouTube HERE. (FYI you can skip the first 16 minutes which was our warm-up time and not part of the presentation.). Barbara De Pirro creates Mixed Media Sculptures and Installations. Her observations of nature have triggered a profound admiration for its brilliance, resilience and its vulnerability. With each project she strives to create a sense of wonder.

The Curator/Interviewer 
Jo Stealey is a nationally known artist, teacher and curator and most recently, professor emerita the University of Missouri. She was the co-curator for the traveling exhibition, Rooted, Revived Reinvented: Basketry in America as well as the juror for this year’s NBO Members in Print 2.

“Metamorphosis” by Barbara De Pirro

Barbara ´s Workshops

Online Acrylic Skins & Collage

Discover the range of GOLDEN acrylic paints, gels & mediums that can be used to create Image Transfer, Paint & Acrylic Skins. Gain a broad understanding of product, material, method, tips & tricks. These techniques are an excellent way to develop transparent & translucent imagery, text and texture, incorporating layers into your paintings, collages, sculptures or mixed media works. Think of this as just another way to create your own unique collage material!

De Pirro Art Workshops 
NOV 21, 1-4:00 
Online registration: Here

WA Regional SDA Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 situation, please contact the area leader

Eastside—For more information, please email

North Peninsula—Please, contact Sue Gale for more information

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

Seattle– Our next SDA on-line meeting, which will take place on Wednesday, November 11 from 11:00 to 12:30, will be a bit different and quite special.  We will be treated to a presentation by Berkeley, California-based artist Terry Milder, who constructs mixed-media pieces that integrate paper making, photography, fiber/textile, sculpture and digital techniques. All members are welcome. Please, contact Cynthia or your area leader for more information

South Central—  Please email Vicki Gerton for more information

South Sound—Please contact Faith Hagenhofer at 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 (, Mary Burks ( and membership chairperson Natalie Olsen (

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