SDA WA Members Activities



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

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 with any questions.

We look forward to you attending!

Best wishes,

Gabi Nirino and SDA WA group leaders


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 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
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:

Eastside—For more information, please email Eastside Facebook Page

SDA Eastside Meeting & Event Calendar

North Peninsula—Please, contact Sue Gale for more information

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

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

South Central—  Please email Vicki Gerton for more information

South Sound—Please contact Faith Hagenhofer at for more information.

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