“Shades of Indigo” by Kaylin Francis
Kaylin Francis Wins 2017 Outstanding Student Award
The Surface Design Association has awarded the 2017 Outstanding Student Award to Kaylin Francis, Seattle SDA member. Kaylin is a recent graduate with a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in Craft from the Fibers Department at Oregon College of Arts and Crafts. Her work is highlighted on the SDA website here.
The purpose of the award is to increase awareness of the Surface Design Association by rewarding the innovative work of students and by providing exposure to a high level professional association in their chosen field. The Outstanding Student Award is presented each year to a student enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university.
SDA Member Kaylin Francis
Marie Plakos in Gail Harker Exhibition
“Level 4 Studies in Experimental Stitch & Multimedia Diploma” Exhibition
Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts, Mt. Vernon
Saturday, July 22 & Sunday, July 23, 11–4 p.m.
SDA member Marie Plakos will be among the artists in this celebration of the accomplishments of Level 4 Experimental Stitch & Multi-media graduates, who have just completed two and a half years of study with Gail Harker. It is free and open to the public.
While on this course, students use original design work and experimental stitch techniques to create innovative and imaginative new art pieces using a wide variety of techniques. Work on display will include wall hangings, 3-D items and a portfolio of samples.
The five graduates include Dianne Corso of Anacortes, WA, Isabel Parker of Port Alberni, BC, Canada, Marie Plakos of Langley, WA, Susan Sasnett of Seattle, WA and Terri Shinn of Snohomish, WA.
Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts
12636 Chilberg Rd., Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
(just outside of La Conner)
Rebecca Wachtman Dyeing Class at Schack
“Resisting Your Dyes”
Schack Art Center, Everett
Saturday, August 12, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
SDA member Rebecca Wachtman will be teaching a variety of shibori/tie-dyeing techniques in “Resisting Your Dyes” at the Schack Art Center in Everett, August 12.It is a chance to learn and play with a variety of resist and dyeing techniques that are shibori and tie-dye inspired. Students will have the opportunity to play with natural-fiber fabrics and learn a variety of fun techniques for applying dyes and using physical resists.
Students will learn:A variety of shibori/tie-dying techniques. A few of the techniques include: twisting and tying up fabric using string resists, use various clamps as resists, placing beans/marbles/rocks or other materials into fabric and tying fabric around them to create resists. If time, they can practice sewn-in resists using needles and thread. They will be making Shibori and tie-dye samples to take home. If they wish, they can dye a shirt or two as well! Ages 18+
“Florametric” by Lanny Bergner
“Spiral Nebulae” by Lanny Bergner
“Inlet Passage” by Danielle Bodine
“Bloom 2” by Barbara De Pirro
“Radiate” by Barbara De Pirro
“Dresden Tea Service on Grammies Table” by Kathey Ervin
“Tea Party” by Kathey Ervin
“Strung Out” by Nancy Loorem Adams
“Zig Zag 5” by Dorothy McGuinness
“Whoop” by Carol Milne
“Basketry in the 21st Century” at American Art Company
“All Things Considered 9: Basketry in the 21st Century”
American Art Company, Tacoma
Now through August 26
Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 10–5:30, Saturday, 10–5
Presented by the National Basketry Organization, “All Things Considered 9: Basketry in the 21st Century” is the ninth in a series of juried biennial exhibitions intended to show the full spectrum of work currently being executed by well-known and emerging artists in the United States. Lanny Bergner, Danielle Bodine, Barbara De Pirro, Kathey Ervin, Nancy Loorem Adams, Dorothy McGuinness and Carol Milne are among the SDA members with work in the show.
The exhibition opens in conjunction with the 2017 National Basketry Organization’s conference in Tacoma, Washington. From black bamboo to reclaimed plastics, it represents a broad range of approaches by artists working within the field of contemporary basketry. Showcasing excellence in creative exploration, technique, craftsmanship, these 70 artworks were juried by Lloyd Herman, the founding Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery from 1971 to 1986. Herman is also the author of Art That Works: The Decorative Arts of the Eighties, Crafted in America. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington. Exhibition catalog available for purchase August 1, 2017.
July 20 – August 26, 2017: American Art Company, Tacoma, Washington
September 16 – October 29, 2017: Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, New Jersey
March 29 – June 9, 2018: Society of Arts + Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts
American Art Company
1126 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma, WA 98402
Barbara De Pirro
“Baskets Revisited” at The Art Stop Gallery
“Baskets Revisited: Northwest Designer Craftsmen 2017”
The Art Stop Gallery, Tacoma
Now through August 26
Lanny Bergner, Barbara De Pirro, Dorothy McGuinness and Carol Milne are among the SDA members who have pieces in the show at the Art Stop gallery, an exhibit of basketry and related work by artists from the Northwest Designer Craftsmen.
The Art Stop Gallery
“Right Side Wrong” by Melisse Laing
Details of quilts by members of the Fiber Optix art group
SDA Members in Fiber Optix’s “Against the Wall” Quilt Show
“Against the Wall”
Penn Cove Pottery, Coupeville
Now through September 4
Textile wall hangings by members of the Fiber Optix art group are in “Against the Wall” at Penn Cove Pottery.
Fiber Optix is a group of nationally and internationally recognized Pacific Northwest artists who make abstract art quilts. The work is built upon the foundation of traditional, utilitarian quilt making, but these contemporary artists use the tools of that tradition in order to achieve the same goals as all artists: self expression and the creation of meaningful works of art. The striking, colorful pieces in “Against the Wall” vary in size, but all are meant to be hung on the wall.
Local Whidbey Island artists included in the exhibit: SDA member Liz Axford, plus Marcia Derse and Janet Steadman. SDA members in Fiber Optix who have work in the show are Louise Harris, Janet Kurjan, Melisse Laing and Barb Nepom. Other Fiber Optix members in the show are Sandy Altenberg, Cher Cartwright, Nancy Cordry and Ellin Larimer.
Penn Cove Pottery
26184 State Route 20
Port Angeles Main Library Shows
“ABC of Surface Design” & “Pop Art”
Port Angeles Main Library
Now through October 17
As a part of the Port Angeles Library’s “Art in the Library” series, the “ABC of Surface Design” group project is a special traveling installation now in Port Angeles, following a four-month run in Port Townsend. Twenty-four SDA members contributed work that will be displayed through November:
Donna Lark Warner
Also, “Pop Art,” the Port Angeles Library’s themed show, runs from July 21 through October 17. Nine regional artists are exhibiting work for this exhibit, including SDA members Jeannie McMacken, Michelle Johnson, Cheri Kopp, Diane Williams and Barbara Ramsey.
Port Angeles Main Library
2210 South Peabody Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362
“Flourish,” (detail) by Barbara De Pirro
Barbara De Pirro Upcoming Events
Besides “Basketry in the 21st Century” and “Baskets Revisited,” SDA member Barbara De Pirro has additional upcoming events this year.
“Textile Painting with Acrylics” Class
Artist & Craftsman Supply, Seattle
July 30, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
City of Shoreline
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department
Now through Fall 2017
Poetry Garden, Seattle Center
Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle
November 2017 to January 2018
For more info: http://www.depirro.com/