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!

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”.

The Art of Recycling – Group Exhibit

Cyndi Wolfe, My Carbon Footprint

Cyndi Wolfe, My Carbon Footprint

Gay Jensen, The Recycler

Gay Jensen, The Recycler

The Art of Recycling Exhibit at the Arts of Kenmore Galley at Kenmore City Hall features the work of 10 artists. Showcasing art representing a wide range of subject matter and aesthetics made from predominately recycled/repurposed materials, this juried exhibit includes the work of two members of SDA WA: Cyndi Wolfe and Gay Jensen. In choosing the 19 artworks included in this exhibit, the jury looked for overall artistic excellence, paying special attention to composition/design, focal point, originality, artistry, and skillful application. There will be an Artist Talk given by Gay Jensen at 7pm during the opening reception on February 27th. Members of SDA WA are encouraged to attend!

Location: Arts of Kenmore Gallery at Kenmore City Hall, 18120 68th Ave NE, Kenmore, WA 98028
Date/Time: February 27-April 30, 2015. Opening Reception: Friday February 27, 6:30pm-8pm. Ongoing exhibit hours: M-F 9am-5pm.

SDA Contact: Gay Jensen gayjensen@comcast.net

Natural colors and even more…

Michel Garcia’s  Natural colors and even more,’ lecture will be held Thursday, July 17th from 7-8 at the Center for Urban Horticulture followed by a catered wine and hors d’oeuvre reception.

Michel Garcia, natural dyeing expert

Michel Garcia, natural dyeing expert

Michel Garcia has unlocked the natural, colorful mystery of plants, through a life-long passion and interest.  In the process he has developed ways to lessen the environmental impact of chemical dyes.  A French National born in Morocco, Garcia is a well–respected botanist, chemist, and naturalist. In addition, he is an artist, author, and curator.

Garcia first discovered natural dyeing as a teenager; his continued study of plants and pigments shaped his focus on “green chemistry.” In 1988, he founded Association Couleur Garance in Lauris, France to promote the study of the unique properties of plants.

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Michel Garcia, Le Jardin Conservatoire des Plantes Tinctorales

In 2002, he established Le Jardin Conservatoire des Plantes Tinctorales, (Botanical Garden of Dye Plants) at the Chateau de Lauris.  Brimming with over 350 varieties of heritage plants used for dyeing and painting, and in the manufacture of inks, cosmetics and food, the garden is an important horticultural resource for botanists, chemists, natural dye researchers and artisans alike.

Garcia uses the garden to investigate and understand the chemistry of specific plant colorants.

His research from original sources on historical 18th and 19th century printed European textiles, and the techniques used to produce them, led him to reinterpret and revise traditional dye methods that are laborious and polluting into alternatives for manufacturing color in ecologically sound and sustainable ways.

Garcia works as a consultant in West Africa, Tunisia, Mexico, United States, Canada, China, Indonesia, and Europe.  He’s written 21 monographs and three books, and is featured in three educational DVDs.

Using proven methods to investigate the complex world of natural dyes, Michel Garcia’s students gain in-depth experience and a new perspective of plants and the indigo vat process.

Natural colors and even more,’ a lecture by Michel Garcia will be held Thursday, July 17th from 7-8 at the Center for Urban Horticulture followed by a catered wine and hors d’oeuvre reception.

Cost of the lecture is $12.  Registration information for the lecture can be found at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1X8qNRr9kgieT_Mn8TRlnX8XzfMKBQX1zuKQk-4yLF4A/viewform. For more information, please email Barbara Matthews, bjmatthews76@comcast.net

Lecture sponsored by University of Washington School of Art, Surface Design Association of Washington State, and Earthues, a Seattle natural dye company. More information about Michel Garcia can be found at a web site sponsored by Yoshiko Wada http://naturaldyeworkshop.com/.

 

 

Piecing Abstraction with Pat Pauly comes to B.C.

Have you read our latest SDA Journal article on Piecing Abstraction?    Register for a workshop with featured artist, Pat Pauly.  Known for her improvisational technique, Pat uses bold colour and unusual juxtapositions of printed and painted fabric, to create absolutely stunning art.
 
Check out her website: http://www.patpauly.com/index.htm   or enjoy her blog:  http://piecesandresistance.blogspot.com/ 
Recognized as a Quilt National and Quilts=Art=Quilts winner,  SAQA BC has the opportunity to host Pat teach and give her evening lecture coming in October 2014.

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Workshop:  CUTTING UP THE PRETTIES     2 days

$120- current SAQA members,
$140 for all others
Thurs-Friday Oct 9-10, 2014
10 – 4 each day
Brookswood Seniors Centre,
19899 – 36 Ave, Langley, BC
20 participants max
sponsored by SAQA BC
We all have that great yard of fabric that we purchased, made, traded or were given.  But using it up is sometimes the most difficult thing to do!  Sometimes that fabric just does not “play” well with others.  Pat will show you how to “cut up the pretties” to use that special fabric to its best advantage.  So, gather those great and unique fabrics, in combination with other handmade or commercial fabrics, and explore design and colour in some careful exercises that will give you a road map for creating with one of a kind pieces.  Pat will show various design solutions while you learn a new language in design elements.  This class will teach you to embrace and USE the special fabric we love (but are afraid to use) and we will overcome our fear of ‘Cutting Up the Pretties.”  This is a hands on sewing class where we will start a notebook of ideas as well as begin an art quilt using our great fabric.
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Evening Lecture:  WALK ON THE WILD SIDE:  Finding Your Style in Contemporary Quiltmaking

 
Friday, October 10, 2014       7 – 8 pm          $10
George Preston Rec Centre,
20699 – 42 Ave, Langley, BC
Sponsored by SAQA BC
This evening lecture is Pat Pauly’s irreverent look at her own work and career, with its lucky beginnings and twists and turns.  After having diverged several times to accept positions in other aspects of the design profession, she cane back to full time contemporary quilting, where she had started in the early 1980’s.  All is far game for inspiration and comment as Pat presents more than 400 images in the space of an hour; you will never think of the word “quilt” in the same way, again.
Interested?  Registration for the workshop is limited to 20 participants, evening event – 100.     
 
Need additional information?  or to register contact:  Jennifer Cooper      coopernordic@gmail.com 

Maura Donegan’s “Text-ural” Art

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Maura Donegan with some of her 3-D cubes

 

Last week, SDA member Maura Donegan visited the Eastside SDA chapter meeting to share her incredible fiber art embroideries.  Born and raised in Ireland, Maura holds a diploma from the London Cities and Guilds Embroidery program which she started in the UK.  However, after completing her first year, she moved to the Puget Sound region… Luckily, she was able to continue and complete her studies under the tutelage of  Gail Harker here in La Conner, WA.  In 2011, Maura was one of four graduates of the Gail Harker Center to be featured artists at the “Four Embroiderers” exhibition at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum.

 

imageMuch of Maura’s work features words embroidered with each letter within squares in a grid, like crosswords.   Memory and a historical tradition of handwork in both Maura’s family and women in general are honored in her work.  Some of her pieces are for the wall, while others are 3-D, such as her box of 108 cubes, each with a 6-letter word inscribed on it.  108 is considered a sacred number by several Eastern religions and is the “hyperfactorial of 3, as it is of the form:108Maura invites people to choose a cube from the box and then replenishes with more cubes as needed to maintain the number within.

 

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Box of word cubes

Maura’s Irish heritage also is seen in some exciting new pieces she is making with machine embroidery on a heavy Japanese paper.  The designs are inspired by ancient art on the megalithic rock tombs that were near where she grew up.  The dense, beautiful embroidery is made with metallic thread, making elegant patterns and webs in the areas she has cut away which replicate the stone-age art.

 

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Experience the Glories of British Textiles with Gail Harker

custom_tourMany Washington state SDA members have had the pleasure of studying at the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts, or even just visiting the studio for an exposition or a SDA group meeting.  Gail was also one of the featured speakers at the 2012 SDA symposium in Seattle.  Now a truly unique opportunity is being offered by Gail this October… a chance to tour and study art, design and stitch in Great Britain!  

The Littlebury Hotel in Bicester, Oxfordshire

The Littlebury Hotel in Bicester, Oxfordshire

Gail lived over 20 years in Britain, and has developed relationships that open doors to places that the general public will never get to see!  Tours to historic houses, museums and galleries will be guided by specialists, tutors and curators. If you have a keen interest in textiles of all sorts, including embroidery, quilts, and lace,  or a fascination with educational and historic sites, you should consider this trip, planned specifically to enhance appreciation of art, design and stitch studies.

The sense of camaraderie that Gail engenders in her students will be fostered during travel between venues in a comfortable coach where historic stitches and techniques will be discussed, demonstrated and even practiced.  Participants are also encouraged to keep individual sketchbooks on the tour.

Each night after activities the participants will return to the Littlebury Hotel, with the exception of 2 nights aboard a ferry when the tour goes to Normandy, France, to see the amazing Bayeux Tapestry and moving D-day beaches.  Returning to the same comfortable hotel each night allows students to share their experiences and not have the difficulty of packing up and moving multiple times throughout the trip.

A portion of the 70 meter long Bayeux tapestry, embroidered in approximately 1070 CE.

A portion of the 70 meter long Bayeux tapestry, embroidered in approximately 1070 CE.

17th century Frog purse from the Asmoleum Collection

17th century Frog purse from the Asmoleum Collection

The tour starts off with a special one-day event called “The Big Stitch” at the Ashmoleum Museum, Oxford.  There will be about 25 demonstrators throughout the museum, special talks, and a new exhibition of 17th century embroideries.

At the Victoria & Albert Museum, a textile specialist will be giving the group a personal talk while viewing incredible Tutor, Stuart, Georgian, and Victorian textiles.

One day is spent at the infamous Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra palace, where the height of stitched textile art is showcased each year, as well as an amazing vendor market of over 100 specialist shops.

17th Century red velvet embroidered Bible owned by James II, King of England (1633-1701.)

17th Century red velvet embroidered Bible owned by James II, King of England (1633-1701.)

Another highlight is getting to visit the British Library where the group will get to see 16th-17th century books with embroidered pictorial bookbindings.

There are so many wonderful stops and details that it’s difficult to pick just a few to highlight here.  On the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts website (http://www.gailcreativestudies.com/) you can download a full packet that describes all the details and places the tour will cover, as well as having some fantastic links to textile collections and online galleries.

 

 

To find out all about this incredible tour, you can go to: http://www.gailcreativestudies.com/about/england-tour-2014 and scroll down to see the highlights and download the complete packet on the tour.

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Margaret Layton waistcoat (1610-1615) at the Victoria & Albert Museum, made of linen, embroidered with colored silks, silver and silver-gilt thread, lined with silk.