SDA WA Members Activities

JULY 2021


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.

Francesca Piñol (Spain) Gail Harker (USA

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.

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 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.

Any questions, contact Gabi Nirino at:

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.


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. 


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

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

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  My present website ( will become unavailable sometime around the 1st of August. The Flickr account this website was based on will still be available at

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 

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:

Eastside—For more information, please email Eastside Facebook Page

SDA Eastside Meeting & Event Calendar

North Peninsula—Please, contact Sue Gale for more information

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 or new co-leader Tesi Vara (in charge of membership)

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

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

South Central—  Please email Vicki Gerton for more information

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

Vancouver, WA—Please contact Mary Arnold for more information