SDA WA Artist Activities

Gay Jensen

2015_Nov_Linear_Gay JensenGay Jensen invites SDA members and their friends to her Annual Holiday Show and Sale, December 5th and 6th from 10am-5pm, at Paul Lewing’s Studio, 105 N. 200th Street in Shoreline.  Gay will be exhibiting a large selection of her fiber/mixed media artworks, baskets and more.  Artist Paul Lewing and jewelry artist Kathy Dannerbeck will also be showing their work.  Festive cookies will be served, come join the fun!

Barbara O’Steen

Barbara O’Steen, has a piece in the Best of the Fest at La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum that continues thru November 22. The piece is “Parched” which won first place in the category “Fiber Art – Constructed” in their recent Fall Festival show. It is made of recycled materials, mostly torn canvas with ink-drawn insects hiding here and there, approximately 6′ T x 4′ W. 2nd place in the Fiber Art category was Propagation by Patti Bleifuss.  http://www.laconnerquilts.org/2015-quilt–fiber-arts-festival-awards.html

Lois Gaylord

2015_Nov_GaylordOddmall: The Emporium of the Weird returns to the Holiday Inn Hotel Downtown-Everett on November 21st and 22nd 2015. Show hours are 10-6 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday.
Learn more on our website: http://www.oddmall.co
Free Admission
Over 100 Artists, Crafters, and Santa Claus makes an early appearance!
Santa Hours are 12-5 each day
5 Photo’s with Santa only $10!!! (Digitally delivered)

 

Cameron Anne Mason

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I’m opening my studio for hands-on dye action!
Batik Silk Scarves is a fun, fast 3-hour workshop, perfect for the Holiday Season. You can make up to four unique silk scarves, or share the gift of an experience by signing up with a friend or loved one. Workshops are $60-$90, depending on how many scarves you make. A hand-made, luxurious silk scarf makes the perfect gift for that special person on your list!
Private sessions for 6 or more are also available for Holiday parties.

Click here to go to the Workshops page on my web-site for more information. http://www.cameronannemason.com/

Zia Gipson and Brenda Lovie

2015_Nov_Gipson 2015_Nov_LovieSeattle Sampling Tour
December 4, 5 & 6, 2015
Seattle Sampling is Seattle’s most established and largest holiday arts tour celebrating over 25 years of fabulous arts & crafts!http://www.seattlesampling.com/

48 of Seattle’s top professional craftspeople, join to share their locally and nationally recognized work for a 3-day holiday weekend. Select studios also showing Dec 12th and Dec 19th.

This free, self–guided tour offers holiday shoppers a relaxed and intimate opportunity to meet the artists in their own environments.
First Choice Friday
December 4th
4–9 pm
Join us for the sneak preview
of each Studio’s offering!

Open Studios
Saturday and Sunday
December 5th & 6th
10am – 5pm

Second Chance Saturdays
December 12th and/or December 19th
See map for participating studios and times

Mary Ashton

2015_Nov_AshtonRexville Grange Art Show near Mt. Vernon.

November 13-15, November 21-22.
See details and map at http://www.rexvillegrangeartshow.com

 

North End Arts Tour (NEAT).

New studios and artists have been added for 2015!
Come take the free self-guided 2015 North End Arts Tour (NEAT).
Evening opening Friday, Dec 4, 5-8pm, Sat and Sun, Dec 5-6, 10am-5pm. Download the map and passport from the website http://www.neatseattle.com. Get all seven studio stamps on your passport by Sunday, Dec 6, for a chance to win one of three gift cards. See website for details.

“Fiber Fusion” Call for Entry!

Fiber Fusion Exhibition- artwork "Fertile Feilds" detail by Larkin Van Horn

“Fertile Fields” (detail) by Larkin Van Horn

The Washington Surface Design Association (WA SDA) has just published the prospectus to our upcoming traveling exhibition. With four galleries over the course of 10 months, we’re looking for the best examples of surface design from our talented members.  For more information go to:

http://sdafiberfusionshow.org/

We will be releasing more information as quickly as possible, but hope this will get you thinking, creating and making now!

We’d also love to get some more input and ideas from our members.  Areas we’d like some help include: PR/Marketing, Budget/Fund-Raising, Managing Entries, and Educational Opportunities.  If you’re available, please contact our WA State Rep: Barbara Matthews or Exec. Director of the Exhibition, Christina Fairley Erickson.

Eastside SDA opens “Fiber Fantasy” at Vision 5

Artists Christina Fairley Erickson, Crystal Edwards, and Rebecca Wachtman at the exhibition opening.

Artists Christina Fairley Erickson, Crystal Edwards, and Rebecca Wachtman at the exhibition opening.

FIBER

"Sunset" by Crystal Edwards.  Painted yarn and wood.  30" x 40" x 1"

“Sunset” by Crystal Edwards. Painted yarn and wood. 30″ x 40″ x 1″

FANTASY, the 2nd Annual SDA [Surface Design Association] Eastside group exhibition is on display during the month of October 3rd – 31st in the North Gallery at Vision 5. This 20 piece exhibition of is designed to build awareness of fiber art in our community. The selected fiber artwork is chosen for its ability to lead the viewer into contemplation of fantasies, and its ability to act as a spark for the viewer’s own creativity. The diversity of the work showcases a small selection of the vast array of that is Surface Design.

Curator Crystal Edwards with her piece "Galaxy" made from painted yarn.

Curator Crystal Edwards with her piece “Galaxy” made from painted yarn.

SDA Member, Crystal Edwards has put together this group show, featuring the work of 6 Eastside SDA members: Liz Copeland, Maura Donegan, Crystal Edwards, Christina Fairley Erickson, Louise Roby, and Rebecca Wachtman.

"Magnolia's Life Recycled" by Rebecca Wachtman.  Silk painting; mounted canvas.  26.25" x 20.25" x 1.75"

“Magnolia’s Life Recycled” by Rebecca Wachtman. Silk painting; mounted canvas. 26.25″ x 20.25″ x 1.75″

There will be an Artist’s talk at the Eastside SDA meeting on Sunday, October 11th from 2- 5pm.  

"Fern Fantasy" by Liz Copeland.  Stitched Fabric Collage. 20" x 16" x 2"

“Fern Fantasy” by Liz Copeland. Stitched Fabric Collage. 20″ x 16″ x 2″

It will feature and open discussion with artist and guests about the artwork and its creation.  ALL SDA members and guests are welcome to attend.

ADDRESS:
8525 163RD CT NE
REDMOND, WA 98052

 

Note: For some GPS and Map guiding systems, it is better to search for Vision 5 instead of the address. Vision 5 is off of 164TH AVE NE and NE 85TH ST

"Beginning" by Maura Donegan.  Materials: Silk organza, rayon thread.  16.5" x 16.5"

“Beginning” by Maura Donegan. Materials: Silk organza, rayon thread. 16.5″ x 16.5

Vision 5 is open to the public from Mon-Friday 9 am – 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am – 3pm.

"Hijab Misconceptions" by Christina Fairley Erickson.  Made to reveal the misconceptions that Western women have about women who wear the Hijab... the idea that Hijabi's wouldn't like Victoria's Secret as much as a woman who isn't covered.

“Hijab Misconceptions” by Christina Fairley Erickson. Made to reveal the misconceptions that Western women have about women who wear the Hijab… the idea that Hijabi’s wouldn’t like Victoria’s Secret as much as a woman who isn’t covered.

"Complications" by Louise Roby.  Materials: Basket lid, beads & string.  21" x 16"

“Complications” by Louise Roby. Materials: Basket lid, beads & string. 21″ x 16″

In Memoriam: Artist Spotlight- Deb Taylor

"Frayed Holes" by Deb Taylor - 2015. Chambray fabric, painted cotton batting, screen printing, quilting, beads. The work is a later addition to the Fiber 19 group Beyond Blue collaborative project.

“Frayed Holes” by Deb Taylor – 2015. Chambray fabric, painted cotton batting, screen printing, quilting, beads. The work is a later addition to the Fiber 19 group Beyond Blue collaborative project.

It is with heavy hearts many of us in the SDA community heard of the passing of Deb Taylor, fiber artist, teacher and friend.  The following are some memories and images of Deb and her work contributed by SDA members.


 

Memories of Deb by Barbara Matthews:

I met Deb in an independent study class lead by Jane Dunnewold.  By way of introduction, Jane had us tell two truths and a lie to the group.  We were to guess the lie.  I thought my 3 triathlons would trip people up. Before the intros got to me, Deb trumped me by saying she had done 8 triathlons (surely she could not have done that many–I thought she was exaggerating!) but she had!  She had done the Danskin triathlons as a cancer survivor no less.

Deb Taylor's "Evening Flight" - 2014 Window sheer fabric, paper, silk, linen and sand

Deb Taylor’s “Evening Flight” – 2014
Window sheer fabric, paper, silk, linen and sand


We connected because I think we both felt a little out classed by others in the study group.  We started meeting weekly to show our progress on our art and get suggestions.  We were the yin and yang in doing art–her willing to play with any media; me more methodical in my thinking. She would gently chide me to play more. She was fearless and seemed to have endless energy diving into her art even after 8 hours of work. Her curiosity for surface design was boundless; she sought people out to learn new techniques. She jumped on the chance to learn the deconstructed printing I learned in a workshop. I came to appreciate her approach, because she played hard and developed a full bag of techniques and materials. She had a blast learning.

Deb was the one I called on to take excursions, most recently to Vancouver and Maiwa. Another to a quilt show, where a skein of silk kimono ‘yarn’, which we split, enticed us to collaborate on art pieces.
I miss being able to email or text Deb with new adventures.   Our next venture was to Harbor Freight where we heard from friends at a recent retreat there were lots of interesting finds.
I have lost my excursion buddy, but more than that, I am heartbroken to have lost the person who I realize now was my best friend in Seattle.

Deb served as a SDA Seattle group leader for 2 years and also blog editor.

Some Members of Fiber19, a fiber group that meets monthly, at a show of Fiber19 work at the Sydney Art Gallery in port orchard, wa: Tre Taylor, Becky Wachtman, Louise Roby, Mary Auld, Deb Taylor, Barbara Matthews

Some Members of Fiber19, a fiber group that meets monthly, at a show of Fiber19 work at the Sydney Art Gallery in port orchard, wa: Tre Taylor, Becky Wachtman, Louise Roby, Mary Auld, Deb Taylor, Barbara Matthews

Thoughts on Deb by Sharon Rowley:

Deb’s body carried her spirit as far as it could.  I never heard her complain about her health, or broadcast how she was feeling.  I was in the car with Deb and Bud in San Antonio in 2013 and she took a call on her cell phone that she’d been waiting for.  So I heard her side of a conversation with a nurse doing intake for an experimental procedure in Philadelphia that she was considering.  Since I’d heard that much, I was given the history and what they were likely to try next.  Bud recited possible side effects with a determination that I later realized came from having held Deb through so much.

Serenity Flower by Deb Taylor. Painted canvas with repurposed Silk Sari ribbon.

Serenity Flower by Deb Taylor. Painted canvas with repurposed Silk Sari ribbon.

A year ago, Jane Dunnewold suggested Deb as an addition to the critique group Ruth Vincent and I had formed.  Deb had just spent a week in her multi-media class and wowed Jane with her creative spirit.  Ruth and I were regularly treated to Deb’s lead-in of “it’s not much” and shown work that blew us away.  If there was a new technique she’d seen, she was in it up to her elbows.  That kind of pioneering spirit jolts you right out of your comfort-spot.

My work comes from a place of internal and external positive energy.  Deb helped feed that place. A big heart, calm presence, warm smile always.  Generous of her time and energy.  She provided an important context for me in the work I’ve been doing for the past year on aging and illness.  If you didn’t see that she was ill, it is not because she was hiding it, or because you weren’t important to her.  She chose to lead with the positive; strength, creativity, connecting with others.

Bud’s been an incredible support to Deb’s artistry.  It was clear Deb would seek his feedback on her work and valued it.  Her small “deconstructed” dyed and hand-stitched pieces are presented on unusual hard surfaces, with Bud’s help.  When Deb lost her job and wasn’t getting any traction finding a new one, and Deb was discovering the joy of full-time “making art”, Bud encouraged her to make art her new job.

Deb’s major accomplishment this past year was becoming an exhibiting artist.  It may sound like a natural progression, but it means a lot of hard work and determination.  She was thrilled to be in several shows and especially to be juried into the CQA show recently at the LaConner Quilt and Textile Museum.  It was a delight to see her shine when she and I took Jane up to see our work in the show this past spring.

May her spirit live on.

Deb Taylor working in Jane Dunnewold's San Antonio studio, assisting with Sharon Rowley's Prayer Flag installation, 2013

Deb Taylor working in Jane Dunnewold’s San Antonio studio, assisting with Sharon Rowley’s Prayer Flag installation, 2013

Thoughts on Deb by Becky Wachtman:

I received word on Wednesday, that a friend had passed away – suddenly and without warning.  Two weeks ago she was at a retreat with me sharing laughs and art projects.  One week ago, she emailed me and gently encouraged me to teach silk painting at a local college.  Monday, she was chatting excitedly with a mutual friend about all of her exciting plans for the future. Tuesday night, she was gone.

"Lithostratigraphic 1" by Deb Taylor- 2014 Cotton, dye, Inktense pencils, textile medium, Plexiglas, slate

“Lithostratigraphic 1” by Deb Taylor- 2014
Cotton, dye, Inktense pencils, textile medium, Plexiglas, slate

She was an inspired artist who dabbled in many different mediums (most of them fiber-related).  She was always kind and had a gentle, loving spirit.  She was a caring teacher and sharer of wisdom. She was a member of Fiber 19 and leader of the Surface Design Association (Seattle division).  She was truly a lovely woman, whom I was privileged to call my friend.  My heart bleeds for her family, and tears fall heavily when I think about all of the people whose lives she touched… whom I know will be missing her as much as I am.

Looking through lens of the loss of a friend, makes me realize just how unimportant some of my worries have been.  I know my bowls will get made, and the family war will work itself out.   But not ever getting to share another laugh or piece of art with my friend… that cannot be changed.  That is an incredibly sad fact.  One that reminds me to cherish those around me that I love (even the ones currently driving me nuts!).

Deb Taylor, you were my friend and I thank you for sharing a part of your life with me!  You are missed, you are loved, and you are remembered with fondness and joy!


We believe there will be a small memorial service for Deb in Bellevue around October 24.  We will update details about this as they become available.    Christina Fairley Erickson

 

September 18-20 Textile Artist Events!

The Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts is celebrating its 20th Anniversary and is hosting a full weekend of events (most are free) next week.  The juried art show includes work of many members of SDA WA, all of whom are or have been students at the Center.  It is being held at 708 S. First St, La Conner (across from Earthenworks Gallery) from 11-5 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  The La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum is also hosting an exhibition of 7 graduate students of the Gail Harker Center called “Celebrating 20 Years of Art” on the 1st and 3rd floors  (running through October 4.)

Tanita_mayer_lecturehe weekend’s events are launched with Keynote Speaker, Anita Luvera Mayer, at the Museum of Modern Art (MONA) in La Conner at 121 S. First St.  Anita will be tracing her personal journey in creating textiles with a talk, slide presentation and Style show.  Anita is an internationally recognized weaver, clothing designer, versatile fiber artist, instructor and author.  She will show some of her original designs, inspired by ethnic and historic garments.  The $25 ticket for this evening includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash wine bar will be available.  Information and tickets are available at https://ghcsc.worldsecuresystems.com/store/reception-and-keynote-speaker-anita-luvera-mayer-at-mona

FREE EVENTS:

Saturday September 19

10:00 – 6:00 Exhibition and Retrospective: The Art of Sandy Little

10:15 am Commemoration of Sandy Little’s Life and Art

10:00-11:00 Artist in Residence: Barbara Gilbert – Little Stab Stitches-Exploring Sashiko

11:00-12:00 *Presentation by Marie Plakos: Photography Inspires My Textile Art

DZibrik_seedpods1:00-2:00 Artists in Residence: Deborah Zibrik – Bugs in Motion, Lisa Harkins – Stumpwork Embroidery

2:00-3:00 *Presentation by Wendy MacKinnon & Susan Lenarz: Between the Covers

3:15-4:15 Artists in Residence: Wendy MacKinnon & Susan Lenarz – Bookbinding Demonstration

4:30-5:30 *Presentation by Maria Winner: My Life Reflects My Art

Sunday September 20

10:00-4:00  Exhibition and Retrospective: The Art of Sandy Little

10:00 – 11:00 Artist in Residence: Maria Patrizzi – Handcast Paper

11:00 – 12:00 *Presentation by Gwen Lowery: Painting the Universe

1:00 – 4:00 Community Appreciation Afternoon

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* The four Presentations have limited seating, so please register in advance at:  http://www.gailcreativestudies.com/announcements/20th-anniversary-reservations-for-presentations

Both Maria Winner and Gwen Lowery, speaking at the events, are WA SDA members.

For more information or a full brochure of events, go to: http://www.gailcreativestudies.com/ and scroll down to “Upcoming Events”.

WA SDA Exciting News!

Felt Leaves by Christina Fairley Erickson

Felt Leaves by Christina Fairley Erickson

We’ve had some fantastic behind-the-scenes work being done by some of our membership… all with the end goal of putting on a traveling exhibition in Washington state in 2016-2017.  We’re now in final negotiations with several galleries throughout the state and will be releasing the prospectus to our membership in October.  Thanks to our steering committe and advisory committee members for putting the time and forethought into making this an amazing opportunity for SDA artists in our state!

Now it’s time to put out a request for additional involvement.  As the saying goes, “Many hands make work light,” we’d like YOU to be on the forefront of this exhibition.  Here are some of the volunteer jobs we need filled:

  • Education Lead
  • PR & Marketing Lead
  • Finance/Budget Lead
  • Graphic Designer
  • Email Coordinator
  • Website Manager
  • Preparation for Jury

Do you have any skills that might contribute in these areas?  Even if you don’t want to take up the lead, we’d love to have you be involved!  Please contact Christina Fairley Erickson, Executive Director of the WA SDA Traveling Exhibition, at 425-753-4625 or event.surfacedesignwa@gmail.com for questions on how you can be involved.

We’ll also be looking at having specific participation from the local area groups in the general area where each gallery is located.  More on that soon!

Member Exhibit, Sharon Rowley

 

Universal Sun, Sharon Rowley

Universal Sun, Sharon Rowley

 

 

July 25 & 26

1 pm – 4 pm

“Full of Spirit” exhibit

Sharon Rowley’s studio:

19308 22nd Ave NW, Shoreline, WA

 

 

This summer, the afternoons of July 25 & 26, Sharon Rowley will be exhibiting her work of the past 3 years at her studio in Richmond Beach. Many of her new organza-covered pieces will be on display. Also enjoy her unique prayer flags which flew during the 2013 SDA conference at Jane Dunnewold’s San Antonio studio.

Sharon@rowleyart.com

Emerging, Sharon Rowley

Emerging, Sharon Rowley

www.rowleyart.com