SDA-WA Member Activities June

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NEW! Mary Ashton Studio Summer Papermaking Classes

Introduction to Western Papermaking
Using Western-European papermaking techniques, students will explore variations on traditional vat sheet forming. Discussions will include various equipment, ways of making pulp, recycling, inclusions, layering, making large sheets from small frame and intro to three dimensional techniques. May 27, 28 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $175

Introduction to Japanese Papermaking
Japanese paper is made up of inner bark fibers of traditional plants.  The long fibers are layered to form a sheet of paper using a different process than traditional Western made paper.  The result is a fine, translucent long fibered paper with some distinct qualities.  All aspects of fiber preparation will be covered in this class.  Three traditional fibers will be used: Abaca, Kozo and Gampi.  Basic equipment needed for future work will be discussed. June 10, 11 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $175

Pulp Painting and Big Paper
Pulp painting is a form of painting paper on paper.  Paper pulp, usually cotton, is overbeaten to make a fine slurry which is then pigmented to form a personal palette.   These specially pigmented pulps are applied to a freshly pulled sheet of paper using a variety of techniques to execute the desired effect or image. Students will work on samples of the various techniques and will then work on a larger wet sheet of their own design.​ July 15, 16 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $175

All papermaking classes are limited to 6 students. Classes are held at Mary Ashton Studio in the University/Roosevelt area. All classes have a materials fee of $25. For registration, contact maryashtonstudio@earthlink.net with your name and phone number. See http://www.maryashtonstudio.com for more info.


 

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Claire B. Jones at Vashon Center for the Arts​

SDA member Claire B. Jones will be exhibiting with Jean Emmons and Tara McDermott in Koch Gallery at Vashon Center for the Arts on Vashon Island from June 2 to June 29. Opening reception is Friday June 2, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Koch Gallery shows work in a wide range of media and subject matter including paintings, sculpture, mixed media, photography, wood, glass, ceramics and fiber. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday Noon to 5 p.m.


 

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Dorothy McGuinness at FibreWorks Studio & Gallery

SDA-Washington member Dorothy McGuinness will exhibit work in the group show “Beyond The Basics: Jackie Abrams & Friends,” the next exhibition at FibreWorks Studio & Gallery in Madeira Park, British Columbia June 17 to July 23. It is a juried show of basketry inspired by the teachings of renowned Vermont basketry artist Jackie Abrams. In addition to the accepted submissions, the exhibition will also feature some of Abrams’s work.

The opening reception is Saturday, June 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. A Surface Design Association Award of Excellence will be announced at the reception.


 

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Detail of Barbara De Pirro’s “Metamorphosis”

Barbara De Pirro​’s Upcoming Events​

De Pirro’s “Flora​” bouquets at Off the Walls Gallery
The re-invented ​”Flora​” bouquets are now installed at Off the Walls Gallery in Shelton, 703 W Railroad Ave, Shelton, Washington. Reclaimed plastic bags crocheted into botanical forms. ​She will be sharing other installation project reinventions at the ​”Meet the Artist​” event​, May 31, 4​ p.m. to 7 ​p.m. Show ​and tell, conversation​ and snacks.​

De Pirro’s ​”​Metamorphosis​”​ at the Washington Department of Ecology
​The installation of​ “Metamorphosis​”​ is now installed at the Washington Department of Ecology in Lacy, Washington​​.​ This project spans three floors, illuminated by an ever-changing glow of natural light​.​ Meet​-the​-artist ​reception​ is June 2​ for show and tell, conversation and snacks.​ Contact Barbara De Pirro for more details, depirroart@gmail.com​.​

​”​Metamorphosis​”​ is a series of opulent chrysalis forms representing a transformation from the humble ​and​ forgotten into the exceptional. As nature creates life cell by cell​,​ so ​De Pirro has created these sculptures. ​She reclaimed and hand cut hundreds of plastic bottles into individual cellular shapes, then stitched them​ together into a multifaceted organic structure.

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Celestial Dance: Sun Spots and Asteroid by Danielle Bodine

Danielle Bodine at Hangaram Art Museum

SDA member Danielle Bodine will show her work at the International Fiber Art Fair at the Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Art Center in South Korea from June 12 to 19. Bodine is one of the 15 national and international fibers and textile artists selected by Program Director MI-Kyoung Lee, Craft + Material Studies Coordinator, Fibers/Textile at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia to exhibit her art work and participate in this international show.

SDA-WA Member Activities May

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Gwen Lowery, “Corona 1”

Gwen Lowery Receives People’s Choice Award at the Schack Art Center

SDA member Gwen Lowery’s piece “Corona 1” was voted best in show by viewers, winning the People’s Choice Award at the Schack Art Center for SDA-Washington’s “Fiber Fusion” Show, which ran March 9 to April 15. Congratulations, Gwen.

 


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“Gathering: Six Northwest Basketry Artists” at Spaceworks Gallery

“Gathering: Six Northwest Basketry Artists” is an exhibition of six basketry artists who are members of the National Basketry Organization and they represent the diversity of traditional and non-traditional approaches to the making of Pacific Northwest basketry. The works are created out of a diverse range of materials using a variety of basketry techniques. The participating artists are Lanny Bergner, Jill Nordfors Clark, Katherine Lewis, Dona Anderson, Danielle Bodine, and Peeta Tinay. The window display is at Spaceworks Gallery on the corner of 11th and Broadway in Tacoma, WA. This exhibition is in conjunction with “Tradition and Innovation in Basketry IX: National Basketry Organization 2017 Conference” held in Tacoma from July 18–22, 2017. http://nationalbasketry.org/

The exhibition will be on display from April 5 through July 2017.

 


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“NOW: Beauty and Paradox” at MUSEO Gallery

Ten Northwest artists explore contemporary issues through beautifully crafted paintings, sculpture, mixed media and ceramic works designed to express deeper paradoxical meaning. Each artist employs her unique artistic expression: ironic, whimsical, even outraged to create interest and engagement.  Collaboration between Museo Gallery and Nancy Loorem Adams.

SDA members Nancy Loorem Adams, Danielle Bodine, Natalie Olsen, and Patricia Resseguie will be exhibiting their artwork along with Dona Anderson, Jill Nordfors Clark, Maxine Martell, Jane Richlovsky, Inge Roberts and Sande Wascher-James. Please join the artists for the opening reception Saturday, May 6, 5–7 p.m. The show runs through May 29, 2017.

MUSEO Gallery
215 First Street/P. O. Box 548
Langley, WA 98260
museo@whidbey.com
Tel: 360.221.7737
http://www.museo.cc

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Nancy Loorem Adams, “Strung Out,” 24″H x 16″W x 10″D, cedar, walnut and fir veneer, paint and lacquer.

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Danielle Bodine, “Forbidden Love,” 3l”H x 18″W x 10″D, mulberry paper, coiled waxed linen, plastic tubes, wires, plastic plant.

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Natalie Olsen, “Loin Cloth”

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Patricia Resseguie, “Metamorphosis Vessel 8,” 2″H x 5″W x 6″D, metallic thread and jewelers’ wire.

 


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“Port Townsend Wearable Art Show” in Port Townsend

The seventh annual 2017 Port Townsend Wearable Art Show is May 13 at 2 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. SDA-North Peninsula chapter artists accepted into Po​r​t Townsend Wearable Art Show this year include: Donna Lark-Weiner, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Michelle Johnson, Janice Speck, Judith Bird and Joyce Wilkerson. Tickets, ranging from $25–75, are available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2722563

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Joyce Wilkerson working on “Seagrass Zia Jacket,” in progress

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Joyce Wilkerson, “Seagrass Zia Jacket” in progress

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Judith Bird, “Imagined Africa” in progress

 


Arisa Brown Receives Scholarship from the Northwest Designer Craftsmen

SDA member Arisa Brown received a scholarship from the Northwest Designer Craftsmen to attend the National Basketry conference this summer. “Tradition and Innovation in Basketry IX” will be at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, from July 18 to 23, 2017. More info: http://nationalbasketry.org

 

SDA-WA Member Activities April

 

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Fiber Fusion Group Show

The last leg of SDA-WA’s “Fiber Fusion” tour runs from March 9–April 15 at Schack Art Center in Everett. The Center has both free and paid “Discovery Tours:”

Self-Guided Tour—Free (Available daily during open hours.)

This free tour begins with an exhibit questionnaire that will guide you through the current exhibit as you hunt for the answers, learn about the artwork and artists. Feel free to look into the studios to possibly see artists painting, drawing, printmaking, metalsmithing, at work in the Flame & Kiln Studio or blowing glass in the Hot Shop.

Docent Guided Tour—$30 per group 

(Available Wed.-Sun. open hours during scheduled exhibits, beginning the Wednesday after exhibit opens. Check exhibit schedule for dates. Subject to docent availability.)

This guided tour is filled with fun and facts about the history of the Schack, the artwork in the current exhibit and behind-the-scenes peeks at the Hot Shop, classrooms, mezzanine gallery and studios, and other wonderful parts of the space.

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Ann Maki in “Reawakening” Show

SDA Member Ann Maki has her fiber art show “Reawakenings” at Social Fabric in Bellingham, 1302 Commercial Street, March 3–25.

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Rebecca Wachtman in “Flowers, Fungi, & Flight” Show

SDA member Rebecca Wachtman’s exhibition “Flowers, Fungi, & Flight”  will be at the Pacific Rim Galleria at Bellewood, 3710 Providence Point Drive SE, Issaquah from April 8–28. It will include a variety of silk paintings, as well as a selection of silk and resin sculptures.

Rebecca will be demonstrating silk painting on April 8 from 1 p.m.–2 p.m., and then the opening reception will follow immediately after the demonstration, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

Bellewood’s Pacific Rim Galleria is open to the public for the opening reception. If you can’t make the opening reception and want to see the exhibit, Bellewood welcomes visitors and asks that you call to schedule a viewing, 425-391-2880.


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Barbara De Pirro in “Northwest Designer Craftsman” & Bellevue College Gallery Space

SDA member Barbara De Pirro has been challenging her self to create smaller sculptural works. She has work in “Northwest Designer Craftsman” at Vashon Center for the Arts from March 3–30 and at Bellevue College Gallery Space April 12-May 17.


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Unmade Bed: The Exhibit by Debra Calkins

This book is a catalog of the art and viewer responses of the “Unmade Bed” Exhibit, curated by SDA member Debra Calkins.

Prostitution is said to be the oldest profession in the world. The reality is that prostitution is the oldest ongoing abuse. There are many organizations that provide statistical information, such as 80% of the people trafficked in the United States are US citizens; half of them are children; 85% of those children come out of foster care. As a culture, we are in denial, thinking not in our neighborhood, not on our corner.

“Unmade Bed” is an exhibit of visual art that tackled the heart response to the sex slave trade. We, all of us, hold in our hands and hearts the ability to stop this inhumane practice. We can overcome the denial, stop the blaming, take action, provide for the victims and change the world. Available here: https://www.amazon.com/Unmade-Bed-Exhibit-Debra-Calkins/dp/1540542556


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Cover of Sea Unseen Book, showing a microscopic image of Shark Skin.

Sea Unseen by Carla Stehr

SDA member Carla Stehr’s fiber art is often inspired by microscopic images that she photographed with a Scanning Electron Microscope as part of her scientific work as a Fisheries Biologist. Just after she retired, she published a collection of the most artful images taken during 30 years of scientific research. The book was written so that people of all interests could see the microscopic beauty of marine organisms. The book Sea Unseen: Scanning Electron microscopy images from Puget Sound and Beyond, was printed through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric and Administration by the US Government Printing Office. Below are examples of a few microscopic images and the fiber art inspired by the images.

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Denticles is inspired by a microscopic image of shark skin.

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Scanning Electron Microscope image of the surface of zebrafish skin. Each fish skin cell has microridges arranged in thumbprint-like patterns.

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Fish Skin 2 was inspired by the microscopic image of fish skin.


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You & What Army by Francesca Penchant

You & What Army: Portraits 2016 is a collection of photo illustrations created by SDA member Francesca Penchant. Francesca creates fiber-art costumes, takes self-portrait photographs, and then digitally manipulates them to create various characters.
PDF: http://www.francescapenchant.com/assets/whatarmy.pdf
Print: http://www.blurb.com/b/7640948-you-what-army

She also created a book of 2015 portraits called Fifteen Portraits.
PDF: http://www.francescapenchant.com/assets/fifteenportraits.pdf
Print: https://goo.gl/GBtsUJ

“Gems of the Ocean” Art Quilt Exhibit, March 10-12

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One of the art quilts by SDA member Carla Stehr in “Gems of the Ocean.”

March 10-12, 2017.

“Gems of the Ocean” at Yachats Commons, 441 Hwy 101 N, Yachats, Oregon.

Three of Carla Stehr’s pieces will be included in “Gems of the Ocean,” the first annual ocean-themed art quilt exhibit. The show is sponsored by Ocean Artistryan organization that supports and promotes music, dance and art exhibitions in the Yachats area.

SDA-WA Member Activities March

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SDA member Mary M. Ashton is participating in “In the Gallery—Northwest Designer Craftsmen” March 3–March 30 at Koch Gallery—Vashon Center for the Arts, 19600 Vashon Highway, Vashon Island.

The Koch (pronounced “Kahsh”) Gallery shows work in a wide range of media and subject matter including paintings, sculpture, mixed media, photography, wood, glass, ceramics and fiber. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday 10–5, Saturday Noon–5. Hope you can make an excursion and see all of the work of so many excellent artists!


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This Friday in Port Townsend! There will be a reception for the North Peninsula SDA group show “Surface Design at the Carnegie” at the Carnegie Library, from 6–7:30 p.m. One of the artists, Jeannie McMacken, took the following snapshots of the show hanging (and also designed the flyer above).

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SDA-North Peninsula Chapter leader Barbara Houshmand, who curated the “Surface Design at the Carnegie” show, adds a hanging line to a piece for display.

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Northwind Arts Center is responsible for curating the shows at the Carnegie Library. SDA-North Peninsula was chosen to exhibit through June. Northwind volunteer Bill Brennan hangs a series of small fiber art pieces.

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Jean Marie Tarascio, curator of “The ABC of Surface Design” group installation, which is hung in the lower part of the library. All letters were limited to 12 inches in height, and had to be light enough to be suspended from fishing line. They were to be examples of surface design techniques. After the showing at the Carnegie Library, the installation will head to the Port Angeles Library.

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SDA-NP group member Cheri Kopp (left) helps Jean-Marie Tarascio prep the letters for hanging.

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Many hands helped hang the group show. Cheri Kopp’s husband Peter installs the final letter—E. A total of 21 artists created 34 letters that are suspended above the stacks at the Carnegie Library.

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Fiber Fusion—Schack Show

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Important Information for Artists

Volunteers Needed
Please consider signing up for a job to help make this show truly outstanding.  Most jobs take only 2 hours of your time.  We particularly need people to check in art on February 27th at the Schack.  That day Christina and I will be driving a van to pack up the show at Northwind and delivering the art to the Schack.  We need people to sit at the table at the Schack to accept the regional art that is delivered.  Go to our Sign-Up genius page to see what positions are needed or contact Barb at bjmatthews76@comcast.net.

E-Postcards
You can view a copy of the e-Postcard by clicking here and then right click to save to your computer. Please send out to your friends, family, or email lists and post on your Facebook or other website/blog/social media to help get the word out about this magnificent exhibition!

Video Project (Optional)
We plan to have a looping video of SDA artists working in their studios during the exhibition. We would love to include a video by you. Segments from multiple artists will be compiled into a single video. Individual videos should be 2-5 minutes long. Ensure there is enough light to see your art. Captions are fine, but we do not recommend audio. If you do have audio, ensure that any narration is strong and clear. (we recommend you write what you want to say and learn it by heart before filming.) We may edit, dependent upon time, quality of video, and number of videos submitted. Video can be made with cell phone, but the quality of video will depend on phone quality. Video that is determined to not be of sufficient quality may not be used. When you have a completed video, send an email to event.surfacedesignwa@gmail.com and we will send you a Dropbox link to upload your video file to. All videos need to be in mp3 format.

Surface Design Examples (Optional)
As part of our educational program, we would like to show the viewers some works in progress. If you have some samples which show your working methods or steps involved, include these in with the package of your art. It would be useful to include a few words of explanation to aid the docents to use as they explain the work. Please mark them with your name and artwork inventory number and include a list of what you have supplied, so they can be returned to you with your artwork.  The advantage of submitting work-in-progress is that your work may be highlighted by docents.

Other Information—Packing, Delivery and important dates

Important Dates:
http://sdafiberfusionshow.org/important-dates/

Where to deliver your art:
http://sdafiberfusionshow.org/important-information/

Tips for Packing and Shipping your Artwork:
https://surfacedesignwa.com/2016/05/10/tips-on-shipping-your-artwork-for-the-sda-wa-fiber-fusion-exhibition/

Fiber Fusion Artists’ Talk Sunday

Our very successful traveling exhibition, Fiber Fusion, is now at the halfway point. It opened at the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend on February 2.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you are in for a treat—a great number of beautiful, intriguing, witty and questioning works in fiber! In neutral to vibrant colors! In all sizes! 2- and  3-D!

As part of the exhibition, you are invited to an artists’ talk and presentation on Sunday, February 12 from 1 to 2 p.m.

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Cloth, Shadow, Line by Joyce Wilkerson

Joyce Wilkerson will tell us about her work “Cloth, Shadow, Line,” which pairs a textile fragment with a photograph. Joyce is primarily a weaver, and is also interested in printmaking and photography. In her work, she explores the greater whole created by the dialogue between the media.

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11-13-15 Dinner at La Belle Equipe Smoke Dress by Jeannie McMacken

Jeannie McMacken will introduce us to her ephemeral piece, “11-13-15  Dinner at La Belle Equipe Smoke Dress.” This is Jeannie’s emotional response to the recent terrorist attack in Paris. To express her horror and grief Jeannie experimented with unexpected materials, and presents us with a very moving work.

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Zambia by Judith Bird

Judith Bird will describe the making of her piece “Zambia,” which combines two surfaces, one a handwoven and one a silk fabric, both dyed in contemporary interpretations of Japanese shibori techniques.

We look forward to seeing you at the artists’ talk!