Fiber Fusion Traveling Exhibition News October 2016

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Traveling exhibition show dates:

Vala Art Center, Redmond, November 10, 2016- January 13, 2017

Northwind Arts Center, Pt Townsend, February 2-26, 2017

Schack Art Center, Everett, March 9-April 15, 2017

Regional Shows:

VALA Art Center

image-2VALA has moved to a new, larger space!  They are still in the Redmond town square amidst all the shopping action, but now in a beautiful exhibition space.   While the move came in the middle of our planning, the outcome is that we will be able to display many pieces that we thought might be too large for the old space, so there will be no limitation on the size of pieces for the regional show!  Eastside SDA members will have additional time to enter other pieces larger than the original 12 by 12” restriction — we have extended the entry deadline until 10/29/16.  Eastside SDA artists who live or work in the Eastside area (Renton, Fall City, North Bend, Redmond, Newcastle, Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Woodinville, Carnation, Medina, Mercer Island, Sammamish, Snoqualmie or Bothell) are qualified to submit.

All entries will be reviewed and acceptance sent out no later than Tuesday November 1.  The pieces need to arrive at VALA by mail Friday Nov 4-Sat Nov 5, or drop off on Sunday Nov 6 between 10 and 2.  Requests for dropping off earlier at Christina’s home in Bellevue possible, just send us an email with your phone number and we’ll be in touch. Fill out your entry at  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTuzXhiOCIh8cjjrdYp6Is3ihHmWIx5UDsXsPcdchAim7Iug/viewform?c=0&w=1 . New submissions can supersede prior submission – just note on the form!

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Northwind Arts Center

The regional component of the Fiber Fusion exhibition will happen at the Pt Townsend Public Library.

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The regional show will likely run from February through April, 2017.  We are hoping to sponsor workshops, classes and presentations by SDA members. SDA members who live in the Kitsap or Olympic Peninsula area are qualified to enter.  Stay tuned for more information about a theme, allowable size for entries, and entry deadlines.  If you would like to be involved with the planning for this show please email Susanne Scott infotectives@gmail.com or Barbara Houshmand barbarahoushmand@gmail.com or attend a monthly SDA meeting on the second Wednesday.

Schack Art Center

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We also have good news about the Schack Art Center where space abounds!  There will be no size limit on size of pieces submitted for the regional component of the show!  There is an especially large free-standing and pedestal space on the main floor.  The only size limitation is no new submission of light-weight hanging pieces that might activate the motion detection system. SDA members who live in Seattle, North Sound, Whidbey Island and South Sound areas are eligible to enter.  Schack also has wonderful workshop space for wet dyeing, printing, and presentations. Prospectus will be forthcoming.

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 For more information about SDA Washington:

Fiber Fusion Exhibition– SDAFiberFusionShow.org

Surface Design Washington—SurfaceDesignWA.com

Facebook.com/SurfaceDesignWA

Instagram.com/SDAWashington

Twitter.com/SurfaceDesignwa

 

WA SDA Holiday Sale Opportunity

snowflake3cHow would you like to be able to display and sell artwork at one of the premiere shopping areas on the Eastside during one of the biggest shopping days of the year?  In conjunction with the Fiber Fusion exhibition at the VALA Art Center,  WA SDA would love to have a holiday sale on December 3, the day of “Redmond Lights”.  (Link to: http://redmondlights.com/ ) Redmond Lights includes a Luminary walk with ends at Redmond Town Center.  Musical entertainment, family activities, and the City hall tree lighting are all part of the event.

If interested, we need one or more WA-SDA members to organize and run this one-day sale to sell SDA artists’ work. Organizer(s) will receive a share in commission on sales.  Smaller pieces ($20-80) are recommended as being the most salable.

If interested, contact us by October 9 at event.surfacedesignwa@gmail.com

Call for a volunteer to teach a 2 hour class in Redmond

Hi SDA-WA!  The Fiber Fusion show will soon be traveling to Redmond where it will reside at VALA.  In conjunction with the show moving to VALA/Redmond, we will have several opportunities to participate in related events.  The first opportunity is to teach (or take!) a class at the Redmond Senior Center.    We will post more about the class once it’s finalized.  If you’re interested in teaching a class, please see the call below!

Call for teachers:

We are looking for a SDA member volunteer to teach a free 2 hour community class/ demonstration in conjunction with the Fiber Fusion exhibition in Redmond. The class will be held at the Redmond Sr Center in a classroom with a sink, so wet processes are possible. The Senior Center has reserved Wednesday November 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for this event. This is an excellent opportunity to try out a class idea, generate potential students for a longer paid class you’re offering, or get some teaching experience on your resume.

Deadline for proposals is Wednesday August 24 at 7 pm. Please send a short description of what you will do / offer and a very short description of yourself. If chosen, these will be published in the Redmond Parks & Recreation catalogue. Please send to event.surfacedesignwa@gmail.com

Fiber Fusion Show Opening 2016

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We are thrilled to have had such a wonderful response to our Fiber Fusion show opening!  We had an amazing turn-out and we were even on the local NBC affiliate news!!

NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA | (please note there will be a short ad prior to the video starting up.)

2016-06-10 15.33.15Allied Arts Gallery at the Park was the perfect location for  the opening and all of the artwork looks phenomenal in the bright and airy gallery!

Congratulations to:

  • The artists for creating such spectacular works of art!
  • The Jurors for selecting such a diverse and interesting set of artwork for the show!
  • and to The Executive Committee for creating and executing such a fabulous show!
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Juror’s Choice “The Birth Of The Grid” by Nancy Loomis Adams

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Winner Best Use of Mixed Media “A Resinable Trio” by Rebecca Wachtman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Honorable Mention “Match Sticks” by Melisse Laing

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Deborah E. Taylor Spirit of Innovation Award “Doom” by Francesca Penchant

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Honorable Mention “Exercise 4” by Angelica Sta. Teresa

 

 

 

 

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The Fiber Fusion show executive committee. Top: Maura Donnegan, Jeannie McMacken, Bottom: Christina Fairley Erickson, Barbara Matthews, and Allied Arts Gallery Regional Show Chair Vicki Gerton

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Juror Layne Goldsmith talking about the Juror’s Choice award winner “The Birth Of The Grid”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member Activities Updates For May 2016

Hi SDA-WA!

Here are upcoming activities for and from our members!!

Member Activities

Member Debra Calkins has posted a call for art in hopes of bringing attention to a very important issue!  She is looking for 2-D art from any medium to participate.  Here are the details:

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83% of the victims of the sex slave trade in America are US citizens. 40% of them are children. Unmade Bed is an exhibit about sexual trafficking which would include the work of artists; their reactions, feelings, and thoughts on this inhumane practice.

I would also like to invite those who would consider expressing the denial around this topic. Art carries powerful messages and has healing power. We hold in our hands, hearts and minds the ability to stand up to this injustice.

This will be a traveling exhibit with 3 – 5 venues. Each of the venues will be two days to four days. The first venue is at WICA (Whidbey Island Center for the Arts) in Langley, WA on Whidbey Island opening on October 7, 2016. The traveling will be completed by the end of 2017. Depending on the size of the venue, not all art will be shown in every venue.

Each artist will receive a catalog of the exhibit.

Docent training will be available for anyone wishing to spend time with the exhibit while it is installed, talking with visitors and assisting with any purchase inquiries.

I will be jurying for suitability and space availability, as well as for the size requirements for our largest venue.

2-D art any medium

All art must be ready to install with a hanging wire or sleeve and slat.
Images:
File Format: JPEG only
File Dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side.
File Resolution: 72ppi/dpi
File Size: 5 MB maximum
Please label images LastName_title.

Include an image list, including Title, Medium, Year, Dimensions, description and price if for sale. If not for sale, insurance value. Please label this file LastName_ImageList.
Include an artist statement for each piece. Please label this file LastName_ArtStmt.
Include a bio. Please label this file LastName_bio.
Include a head shot. Please label this file LastName_me. These files may be pdf or word documents.
Email the images and information to longwalkhomestudio@gmail.com

Application fee of $25.00. Please mail check to Debra Calkins P O Box 1203 Freeland, WA 98249.

Artists are responsible for all costs of shipping to and from Whidbey Island. Artists are responsible for the insurance on their art.

By entering your art for this exhibit you affirm that you are the originator of the art and own the copyright. In addition, you release the use of your image of your art to be used for promotional purposes only.
Dates:
August 15, 2016 Deadline for entry
September 1, 2016 Notification of acceptance
September 24, 2016 Shipments of art received by

More detailed information will be requested after acceptance.

Any questions contact Debra Calkins debra@LongWalkHomeStudio.com

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2016-05-04 21.32.59crpdMember Rebecca Wachtman is hosting 2 workshops at Allied Arts Gallery in Richland, WA in conjunction with the Fiber Fusion show.  The workshops are titled An Intro To Silk Painting and Resisting Your Dyes With an Ice Kicker.  Both workshops will be held on Saturday, June 11th.  For more information you can visit our SDA-WA post at https://surfacedesignwa.com/2016/05/04/fiber-fusion-workshops-at-allied-arts-gallery/

or to sign up for classes as well as information about other events at Allied Arts Gallery, you can visit: http://www.galleryatthepark.org/adult-workshops/

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Events

shack garage saleThe Schack Center in Everett is having an artist garage sale on Saturday, June 4th from 9am to 3pm with over 100 artists participating.  It’s a great opportunity to score great art, supplies, and make connections with other artists.  It’s free to attend and street parking is free in downtown Everett on weekends. You can also park for free at Everpark Garage, one block north of the event.

For more information, please see:  http://www.schack.org/events/artists-garage-sale/


 

And of course we’re SUPER-excited that the Fiber Fusion show will be opening in June!!   fiber fusion show

The Fiber Fusion Show opens at Allied Arts Gallery in Richland, WA on June 5th.  Everyone’s invited to attend.  The opening event will be from 1-3pm and promises to be a lot of fun!  We hope to see you there!!

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And just a friendly reminder that registration is open for the Jane Dunnewold Workshop and Critiques…spaces are filling fast! Only a few more days for this exclusive offer to SDA members. The workshop will be open to others in a few days!

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Creative Strength Training Workshop with Jane Dunnewold
Prompts, Exercises, and Personal Stories for Encouraging Artistic Genius
Friday, August 19, 2016
9:00 – 4:00
Seattle Pacific University
Third Avenue West & Nickerson Street, Seattle

OFFERED AT A SPECIAL RATE OF $95 FOR SDA MEMBERS ONLY
Note! Registration opens to the public at a rate of $125 after May 30.

…and another special opportunity –

Private 40-minute Critique Sessions with Jane Dunnewold
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Time slots to be chosen or assigned
At a private studio in Richmond Beach, 15 minutes north of Seattle

$60 40-minute Critique Session, Saturday, August 20, 2016
or $155 Workshop AND Critique Session

For more information, please see our post:

https://surfacedesignwa.com/2016/05/16/creative-strength-training-workshop-with-jane-dunnewold/

Tips on Shipping Your Artwork for the SDA WA Fiber Fusion Exhibition

Tips on Shipping Your Artwork for the SDA WA Fiber Fusion Exhibition         by Vicki Gerton

I would like to thank Laura Russell at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, OR for most of these very good ideas on shipping artwork!

Since this is a traveling show, your shipping boxes will be carefully stored while your artwork is on exhibit and your artwork to be stored inside your own box between venues and for transporting to the next venue.

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PACKAGING

  • Ship your artwork in a sturdy box or a tube, not in bubble mailer or envelop. This box or tube should be sturdy enough to last through round trip shipping and the travel between venues.
  • Inside the box or tube, place your artwork in a plastic bag, allowing a margin all around inside the box. Pad this margin with bubble wrap or other padding material.  DO NOT USE PEANUTS–they make a mess.  If you use tape, use low tack tape (blue painting tape works well).  Do not use clear packing tape which must be cut with scissors or a knife risking cutting your precious artwork.

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  • Label your packing material with your name and title of the piece.
  • Include a packing slip inside the box with your name, address and contact information, the recipient’s address, title of your artwork(s), quantity sent, retail price or insurance value. Also include a photo of your artwork for quick identification of what artwork goes in your box (low resolution or snapshot is ok).
  • If your piece requires special instructions for hanging, include these in with the packing slip.
  • Check with shipper as to tape requirements on outside of box. Never use duct tape because it does not adhere properly to cardboard.
  • You must also include a prepaid return shipping label so your artwork can be shipped back to you after the showing in the last venue.

 

SHIPPING

  • For the least expensive ground shipping, plan to ship a week before the work needs to arrive at destination. If you ship on a Monday, your artwork will probably spend the least time in transit.
  • FedEx Ground is good and they provide excellent tracking. You will be able to generate a pre-paid return label.  FedEx also has a shipping time calculator to help you know when to send your package off.
  • United States Postal Service (USPS) is another good option. There is some tracking on priority packages.  However, they will not be able to generate return shipping labels in advance.  You can buy enough stamps, but that requires standing in line for any package over 13 ounces.
  • UPS is OK but some report problems.
  • FedEx and UPS allow you to open an account online. You can create shipping labels online and have your credit card billed.  You can also print your return label and you will not be charged until your package is actually sent back to you.  You weigh your package yourself on your studio or kitchen scale.

 

INSURANCE

  • You are responsible for any insurance you wish to put on your artwork during the shipping to and from the Fiber Fusion Exhibition.
  • FedEx will not insure over $500 value.
  • To collect any claims from the shipper you will need to prove the value of your claim. Some shippers only pay materials, and some will pay only the wholesale value.
  • Some retail shipping services have third party insurance services.

 

SDA Newsblog sources for packing your art

 

[Hot Tips on Shipping Your Artwork.jpg} Hot Tips on Shipping Your Artwork http://www.surfacedesign.org/newsblog/hot-tips-on-shipping-your-artwork by Patricia Malarcher who is a studio artist and independent writer and Editor of SDA’s quarterly Surface Design Journal for 18 years (1993-2011). She lives and works in Englewood, New Jersey.

Fiber Fusion Workshops at Allied Arts Gallery

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I’m sure you are all planning your trip to Richland to view SDA Fiber Fusion 2016 next month. There are so many interesting things to see and visit in the area.  Take some time also to enhance your skills at one of our workshops which are being taught in conjunction with the show!

 

 

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Silk Painting Example 1 – Hibiscus

You could begin with An Introduction to Silk Painting  – a workshop being taught by SDA-WA member, Rebecca Wachtman.  Do you love the idea of painting your a scarf that is uniquely your own, or perhaps you’re thinking bigger – painting fabric for an art project.  An Introduction to Silk Painting workshop is just the thing to get your feet wet with a small project that will teach you the basics!

 

This workshop will be teaching you about working in the Serti Technique. Serti means “closing”, “Wall”, or Fence”…what it really refers to is using a resist to stop the dye from flowing into undesired areas of your painting.

 

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Silk Painting Example 2 – Crocus

Learn how to select silks, silk dying and painting basics, color mixing and fun texture techniques.  Each student will apply resist to create a floral pattern and then paint their own, hand-dyed/hand-painted, 12″ square of silk art.   The workshop has a great price too!  $50 for Allied Arts Gallery members and $60 for non-members. An Introduction to Silk Painting will be held on June 11th, 2016 from 9am-12pm.  Click here for more information the workshop, or visit to www.galleryatthepark.org

 

 

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Ice Dyeing Example

Did you know that paint sits on the surface, and that dye chemically bonds with the fabric? The way dyes bond to fabric is the reason why dyed fabrics can be washed and rarely lose color.  Continue your Fiber Fusion education with a workshop on resists and dyeing using modern Shibori techniques with the added bonus of getting to take home your own ice-dyeing packet (which you’ll start in class but get to finish on your own).

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Folds-Resist Example

Rebecca will lead you through several different Shibori-resist techniques which you will bring home as set of samples to inspire you, or to use in your next project.  The workshop is titled Resisting Your Dyes with an Ice Kicker, and will be held on June 11th, 2016 from 1pm-4pm.  It’s price is $35 for Allied Arts Gallery members and $45 for non-members. Click here for more information on this workshop, or go visit www.galleryatthepark.org

 

 

Allied Arts will also be holding a workshop on wool carding called Creative Carding (taught by Kim Perkins). You will look at different grades of wool and other fibers, experiment with color-mixing as you card to get artbattsthreeexactly the shade you want,  prepare rolags for spinning or make batts for felting.  The Creative Carding workshop will be held on June 4th from 2pm-5pm.  The cost is $50 for members and $60 for non-members.  For more information, click here or visit www.galleryatthepark.org 

 

For more information on all of the workshops available at Allied Arts Gallery, please visit http://www.galleryatthepark.org/adult-workshops/