SDA WA Members News

December 2022 – January 2023

Barbara De Pirro news

Barbara De Pirro’s sculpture ‘Blossom’ is included in this year’s CraftForms 2022. It will be on display in the Davenport Gallery of Wayne Art Center in Pennsylvania from DEC 2 through JAN 21, 2023. 
This is the 27th International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft, it includes the following mediums: basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art, and wood. This year’s juror is Jeannine Falino. 
Learn more here,

“Blossom” by Barbara De Pirro

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Seiko Purdue news

Katazome Today presents contemporary visions of a unique and historically significant Japanese textile-dyeing process. Traditionally used for kimono dyeing, katazome involves the application of a rice-paste resist using special stencil papers with complex designs. Both the techniques of katazome, and those of the intricately hand carved stencil papers (katagami), have been passed down through generations of artisans over several centuries.

Although there is less demand for katazome products in Japan today, many artisans still practice it in its traditional form. The technique is increasingly gaining attention globally as contemporary artists explore katazome in new ways and see it as a form of artistic expression.

In this exhibition seven national and international artists share fresh perspectives on katazome through their current interpretations. They present a range of pictorial imagery, and non-traditional expressions such as large-scale installations and free-form painting techniques, relating katazome to themes of personal identity, shifting environments, and the globalization impacting the cultural landscapes of their home countries. The works preserve an endangered traditional technique while envisioning endless possibilities for dynamic cultural exchange.

Artists featured include Akemi Cohn (Chicago), Melinda Heal (Australia), Fumiyo Imafuku (Japan), Cheryl Lawrence (Washington), John Marshall (California), Yuken Teruya (Germany), and Mika Toba (Japan). Katazome Today is co-curated by Seiko A. Purdue, Professor in Fibers/Fabrics at Western Washington University and Amy Chaloupka, Curator of Art at the Whatcom Museum. A 48-page exhibition catalog will highlight the artists’ work in depth and will be available for purchase at the Museum Store.

February 11, 2023 – June 11, 2023

Whatcom Museum.

121 Prospect Street. Bellingham, WA 98225

Seiko A. Purdue



Department of Art and Art History

Western Washington University

516 High St. Bellingham WA 98225-9068

Detail of katagami paper from the late 19th century and the early 20th century. Courtesy of Seiko Purdue

Leonie Castelino news

Here is a review of “Through the Wall – Breaking Free”, the exhibition where Leonie participated at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum

“Breaking free” by Leonie Castelino

Leonie Contemporary

Bojagi Artist


Gabriela Nirino news

Gabriela was selected to participate into the Visual Arts National Salon in Argentine. The exhibition is organize by the Secretary of Culture of the Nation. She get a Mention of the jury for the installation of 30 pieces called “How to Make Your Own Sanctuary II”.

“How To Make Your Own Sanctuary II” by Gabriela Nirino