A Studio Sale You Won’t Want To Miss……


Hi SDA Pals – I’m moving to Portland at the end of August (to be closer to family).

On Saturday August 17th from 10-5 pm I’ll be having a studio sale

LOTS of great (and some weird) stuff. Furniture: tables, cabinets, chairs, stools/Supplies: paper, pens, paint, inks, fabric, craft supplies, books, odds and ends.

Pricing will be EXTREMELY reasonable. I have rented a new studio in Portland, but it’s not as large and I don’t want to move lots of stuff.

Feel free to email me with any questions about what’s available.

Hope to see you Saturday the 17th!

Best – Maude

Oh – my studio is at BallardWorks -2852 NW Market – corner of 30th and Market, across the street from the Taco Time – parking in front – last French door on the left as you face the building – Spark Studio

Maude May
Spark Art & Design

Coming to the Dancing Surfaces Reception on Friday?

Here’s some traffic information that will make it easier!

SDA Dancing Surfaces
Friday, August 9th reception 7-9PM
Phinney Art Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103

Traffic Revision

Travelling to the Phinney Center and parking will be a challenge for the reception on Friday. Friday is the Summer Streets event in the Phinney neighborhood. At 6:00, Greenwood/Phinney Street will be closed at 67th street up to 87th street. So, guests will want to arrive at the lower parking lot by approaching the Phinney Neighborhood Center from the east, on 67th street or from the south. There will be plenty of signage and people help directing guests. Also the Farmers Market will be running from 3-7PM in the upper lot, which will impact parking. Here is more information about Summer Streets: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/summer_green.htm.

September’s SDA Weekday Meeting – A Visit to Gay Jensen’s Studio!

The SDA Seattle weekday meeting for September 2013 will be held at the home/studio of SDA member Gay Jensen. Gay will share her artwork and give an informal “dress rehearsal” of her talk “Passion for Paint: One Woman’s Love Affair with Painting on Fabric” that she will be presenting formally to a weaving organization and a quilting organization this fall. If you are not familiar with Gay’s work you can look at her website http://www.gayjensen.com .

Date: September 4, 2013

Location: 12545 42nd Ave NE, Seattle, 98125

Important: This location is a little tricky to find so use your GPS or go online to get directions, please don’t contact Gay asking how to get there since giving directions is NOT her strong suit! Also, the entrance to Gay’s house is in the BACK, not on the street side.

Time: Noon to 3 — From noon-12:30 you can tour Gay’s home and studio, Gay’s talk will begin promptly at 12:30 and last approximately one hour, and following that the group can do show and tell, talk about future meetings, etc.

What to bring: Your lunch. Gay will provide beverages for the group. Also bring anything you want for show and tell. Please note that Gay’s home is a “no outdoor shoes indoors” household so bring your slippers if you want, or wear your favorite socks, and be prepared to remove your outdoor shoes when you arrive.

Meeting contact: Sharon Rowley, sharon@rowleyart.com

Also: Save the date Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 12 – 3 pm when we’ll be meeting at Okan Arts to learn about and shop Japanese yukata cottons.

“Art at the Pointe” this Saturday on Harstine Island


Elegant Tropical Fish c 2013 Donna Lee Dowdney

Elegant Tropical Fish
c 2013 Donna Lee Dowdney

Donna Lee Dowdney, SDA Member, exhibits her fabric art at ART AT THE POINTE on August 3, 2013. Donna’s textile exhibit focuses on an invented microcosm of plants, and creatures such as tropical fish. Some fabric art techniques Donna uses include free motion stitching, cut-back appliqué, beading, and embroidery.

The event is at the Hartstene Pointe Clubhouse on Harstine Island from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Free admission. Free parking. There will be sculptures, pottery, jewelry, glass, wood, oil paintings, watercolor, calligraphy and more. Lunch is from 11:30 to 1:30 or until we run out of food. Wine and water will be available.

Edric Ong is coming to Earthues July 18th and 19th!


“Creating landscape shibori using stamping and clamp technique with natural indigo and other dyes from plants indigenous to Seattle.”

image001Edric Ong, internationally known textile authority, author, and designer, will be leading workshops in design and natural dyes at Earthhues in Seattle. Edric Ong is renowned for his accomplishments in supporting and sustaining the arts and crafts of indigenous peoples. He has been recognized with many international awards in both categories of his work including the prestigious Aid to Artisans Advocate Award and the Mercedes Benz/Stylo Malaysian Designer of the Year Award in 2009.

Edric Ong will be leading workshops in design (Thursday afternoon, July18th) and natural dyes (Friday morning and afternoon, July 19th) followed by a trunk show on Friday from 5-7pm at Michele Wipplinger’s Earthues in Ballard (call 206-789-1065 for info).

Less well known are Edric’s skills as a dresser for his models, using his latest creations and natural accessories in scores of international fashion shows. In a free program at the Seattle Asian Art Museum on Saturday afternoon, July 20th, 1-3PM, Edric will give a presentation on the sarong, including a demonstration with volunteer models (both female and male) showing, step-by-step, how you can wrap and tie this simple and comfortable garment in more than a dozen different ways.


David McLanahan, Jungle Arts and Flora (www.jungleartsandflora.com) and SDA member was instrumental in bringing Eric to Seattle.  For more information contact David at jungleartsanflora@comcast.net.