SDA-WA Member Activities December 

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Mary Ashton, Denial of Perfection

Mary Ashton  in 10x10x10xTieton

Mary Ashton had the piece “Denial of Perfection” in 10x10x10xTieton, an exhibition featuring works no larger than 10 in x 10 in x 10 in at Mighty Tieton, an incubator for artisan businesses located in central Washington. Saturday, August 11-October 7, 2018.


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Dorothy McGuinness, Twister, watercolor paper, acrylic paint, polyester thread, 8 x 27 x 8″, 2015. Photo: Dorothy McGuinness.

Dorothy McGuinness receives GAP grant from Artist Trust

Last month, Dorothy McGuinness received a 2018 GAP Award funding from Artist Trust. According to the Artist Trust website, she will use the funding, “to showcase some new and dramatic work at two gallery shows next year, allowing her to continue educating viewers that basketry can be more than the functional craft form that often defines and constrains it.” Says Dorothy, “The GAP award will be instrumental in helping me participate in two gallery shows. I really appreciate the vote of confidence.”


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North Sound October 29 Meeting Notes

SDA members in attendance: Sydney, Tesi, Dorothy, Donna, and Diane. Sydney shared fabric that she bought from Marcia Derse Fabrics http://www.marciaderse.com at the Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival. Tesi has a quilt in the companion show at the museum.  Please check out their website for more information.  Tesi shared her sneakers that she decorated for her Wearables Group. She used Posca Acrylic Paint Pens. She also shared her shawl knitted with hand dyed wool. She was also featured on the Create Whimsy website Working in a Series with Fiber Artists as an artist who works in a series. Dorothy has three baskets that appear in the Fiber Arts magazine. She also has a piece in the Craft Forum in Pennsylvania. Donna shared that she does nuno felting. Diane shared wool pieces that had been dyed using silk ties applied to the wool and steamed.


 

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Janice Speck necklace

Janice Speck in Port Townsend Wearable Art Trunk Show

Wearable Art Trunk Show
Port Townsend School of the Arts’ Art Experience
Saturday, November 24, 2018
12-7 p.m.

Janice Speck will be showing work in a Wearable Art Trunk Show at Port Townsend School of the Arts’ Art Experience on November 24. Port Townsend School of the Arts will be hosting the show at their Art Experience location during extended gallery hours from 12-7 p.m. Other trunk show artists include Judith Bird, Kate Dwyer, Sara Mall Johani, Teri Nomura and PTSA faculty and students. Last month, we posted a few of her necklaces on our blog.

PTSA Art Experience
236 Taylor Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368


 

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Mary Ashton, Regression 1929, 1960, 2004, 2016

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Mary Ashton, Between Ice and Snow

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Mary Ashton, Crevasse

Mary Ashton  at Museum of Northwest Art

Surge
Museum of Northwest Art
Through January 6, 2019

Mary has pieces in “Surge,” an exhibition designed to draw attention to climate change and its impact on Northwest’s coastal communities” at the Museum of Northwest Art. She has four pieces in the exhibition: two pulp paintings (Crevasse and Between Ice and Snow), a set of four Japanese woodblock prints (Regression 1929, 1960, 2004, 2016), and a free-hanging pulp painted piece (Loss).

Museum of Northwest Art
121 First Street
La Conner WA 98257

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Mary Ashton, Loss, free-hanging pulp painted piece


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Barbara de Pirro, Multiples: Keeping Tabs, Aluminum Pull Tabs & Crocheted Stainless Steel Wire

Barbara de Pirro News

“Contemporary Art of Pacific Northwest Crafts” Exhibit
WA State Convention Center
Through January 6, 2019
705 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
7am to 10pm daily
Level 2 Main Galleria

Barbara’s new sculpture, Multiples: Keeping Tabs, created out of hundreds of aluminum pull tabs crocheted together using stainless steel wire, is included in the Northwest Designer Craftsmen’s “Contemporary Art of Pacific Northwest Crafts” Exhibit at the WA State Convention Center that we posted about in the SDA-WA Member Activities October blog post.

Barbara also has several new pieces for sale in her Etsy shop. She has been an Etsy member since 2012.

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SDA-WA Member Activities November

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Mary Tyler experiment in dyeing

Mary Tyler Blog Entry

Mary Tyler has a new blog entry at the Art Cloth Network site. Mary talks about and shows photos of her ‘what if’ experiments in dyeing. To find the blog, go to:
http://artclothnetwork.blogspot.com


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Gabi Nirino on Create Whimsy

Gabi Nirino was recently interviewed by Create Whimsy, Lynn Woll and Chardel Blaine’s blog that shares “the stories of makers, and what they make, inspiring creativity in our everyday lives.” Interview here.


 

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Janice Speck Necklace

Janice Speck Necklaces

Member Janice Speck has long been experimenting with making necklaces out of ethnic, vintage, and found beads complemented by felt balls. Says Janice, “I have so much fun doing these!”

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Janice Speck Necklace

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Janice Speck Necklace

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Janice Speck Necklace

 


North Sound Surface Design Group Meeting Notes

Present: Dorothy, Stephanie, Robyn, Sydney, Tesi and Valerie

9-24-2018 – Tesi shared several books: Breakdown Printing by Claire Benn & Leslie Morgan. Also, Improvisational Screen Printing by Jane Dunnewold. Tesi attended another Gold Bar retreat in August put on by Off-Grain Stitchers. They have retreats three times a year in February, May and August. Colleen Wise demonstrated Thermofax methods which require a Thermofax machine, black and white copies and the film. Tesi continues her studies with Gail Harker at various La Conner locations and will show her work at an exhibit in March. One of her quilts in the Sex Abuse series was at the 2018 Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival, October 12-14. She is also working on a collaborative quilt challenge. Five people start out by making a basic quilt and then passing it on to be cut up and changed.

Sydney attended a small, group, four-day retreat in Bellingham in a private home and retreat center called Cedar Ridge. She worked on several projects including cutting out a dress, worked on quilt blocks and finished bags for her granddaughters.

Stephanie attended the same workshop with Sydney and worked on a rayon batik top, a quilt and a pillow. They also visited Two Thimbles Quilt Shop at 1805 Cornwall, Bellingham. Two Thimbles stocks over 4,000 bolts of fabric, with an extensive collection of 1800’s reproduction prints, along with a lively group of batiks, solids and contemporary lines. A collection of Australian fabrics designed by aboriginal artisans provides a unique contrast to the Civil War era prints. Sounds like a very interesting shop. Stephanie also shared information about online surface design workshops being offered by Susan Purney Mark.

Dorothy is busy making baskets to be sold in a gallery in North Carolina. She has a piece in the Northwest Designer Craftsman show through January 4. The Artist’s Opening is Sunday, October 7 at 1:30. She is also one of three finalists to prepare a design project for the Kent-Des Moines Railroad Station. She also has pieces in the Arts Alive Show in La Conner November 9, 10 and 11.

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Dorothy McGuinness basket


 

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SDA-NP Members at Port Townsend School of the Arts Gallery

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Port Townsend School of the Arts Gallery
October 2018

For the month of October, Port Townsend School of the Arts celebrates the uniqueness of the North Olympic Peninsula with a themed installation by Tangled Fibers.

Tangled Fibers is a group of established fiber artists whose members include SDA-WA members Pat Herkal, PTSA faculty Barbara Ramsey, Jean-marie Tarascio and Cathie Wier. The group challenged themselves to create a fiber forest that embodies the spirit of Olympic Peninsula forested terrain. The resulting installation includes beading, embroidery, quilting, weaving and crochet techniques. Additional PTSA faculty art will be on exhibit for the month, complementing the fiber forest theme.

The Flora Fauna Fiber show is a variation of what they installed in the Fiber Habit  window this summer. This exhibit marks the beginning of what could become a fruitful partnership between SDA-NP and PTSA.

The show will be up for the month of October, along with a concurrent display of PTSA faculty art, plus some individual pieces by the four of them. Art Walk Opening was October 6. Many of PTSA artist-teachers were on hand to talk about their work and their classes.

PTSA Gallery
236 Taylor Street (directly across the street from the Rose Theater)
Port Townsend


 

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Dorothy McGuinness Featured on Art Fusion

Artist and contemporary basketmaker Dorothy McGuinness is featured on the online art gallery Art Fusion for October.


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Liz Axford, Shift 3, 72″x69″, cotton broadcloth, batting thread, hand dyed with Procion MX dyes, machine pieced, machine quilted.

Danielle Bodine and Liz Axford at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Excellence in Fibers, in Collaboration with Fiber Art Magazine
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
October 9, 2018-January 13, 2019
Opening reception: Sunday, October 21, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Fiber Art Now magazine highlighted innovative, contemporary textile art in their Excellence in Fibers issue (Vol 7, issue 2, Winter 2017). Afterward, the pieces went on to show in an exhibition of the same name at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. The exhibit highlights current trends in the categories of vessel forms/ basketry, installation, wall/ floor works, sculptural works, and wearables.

Danielle Bodine’s piece Moonlight Flight, category winner for “Installation Works,” and Liz Axford’s piece Shift 3, category winner for “Wall/Floor Works” in the Fiber Art Now magazine’s Excellence in Fibers will be on exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles  from now to January 13, 2019. Artist opening reception is Sunday, October 21, 3:00-5:00pm.

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA

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Danielle Bodine, Moonlight Flight, 3’Hx6’Wx8″D installation, Mulberry and recycled papers cast on basket, removed, reformed, painted, collaged, embellished and coiled objects. Photo credit: Michael Stadler.


 

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Patti Barker, Dragon Coat

SDA-WA Members at PNW Quilt & Fiber Festival

PNW Quilt & Fiber Festival
October 12-14, 2018

Several more SDA-WA members sent in news about PNW Quilt & Fiber Festival October 12-14. Patti Barker, a felt maker from Friday Harbor, had three of her works exhibited in the Festival. Two of them received awards. She received second place in felt for her Stained Glass Shawl and third place in felt for her Dragon Coat (above).

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Patti Barker, Stained Glass Shawl

 

Caryl Fallert-Gentry was awarded Best of Machine Quilting for her quilt Lepidopteran #4 (below). It also received 2nd place in the Pictorial Quilts category.

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Caryl Fallert-Gentry Lepidopteran #4. Size: 32″ x 48″ (81cm x 122cm). Techniques: Hand painted, machine pieced, appliqued, and quilted. Materials: fabric-100% cotton, batting- 50% cotton/ 50% bamboo.

Pat Herkal’s vessel See the USA received 3rd place in the Fiber Art 3D/Sculptural category.

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Pat Herkal, See the USA Road Trip, topographic maps, embroidery, beads, travel pins.

Virginia Franz Turner and Rebecca Wachtman had art juried into the exhibition. Virginia Franz Turner juried into the festival exhibition with two pieces: Fingers to the Bone and The Mother of Us All. She also has another piece in collaboration with Rebecca Wachtman called Schroedingers Cat.

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Virginia Franz Turner, Fingers to the Bone

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Virginia Franz Turner, The Mother of Us All

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Virginia Franz Turner & Rebecca Wachtman, Schroedingers Cat


SDA-WA Members in Light Show in Texas

Light Show
Texas Quilt Museum 2018
Now through December 23, 2018

Light Show is an exhibit by CQA artists that was originally shown at the National Quilt Museum in Paduka KT in 2017. Staff from the Texas Quilt Museum saw the exhibit and liked it so much they invited CQA to show a smaller version at the Museum. Light Show – Texas will be on display in La Grange, Texas, October 4 to December 23, 2018. An article of the exhibition also appeared in SAQA Art Quilt Quarterly Magazine – Issue No. 12.

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Barbara O’Steen – Fields

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Carla Stehr – Microscape 3

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry - Parabollipses

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry – Parabollipses

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Helen Remick – Bringing Memory to Light

Louise Harris - Growing into the Light

Louise Harris – Growing into the Light

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Louise Harris – Repetition 4 Earthlight

Melisse Laing - Seeing the Light

Melisse Laing – Seeing the Light


 

Becky Wachtman Classes at The Schack

Intro to Silk Painting
Oct 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Level: Beginning. $75 ($65 members).

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In this fun workshop, students will learn the basics of painting upon silk using the Serti technique. In the workshop, students will learn the basics of how to select silks for painting. They will learn to draw their design on silk and apply resist to the pattern as well as learning how to paint on the silk using silk dyes. Students will also learn about methods for setting dyes and mounting artwork. Students will take home a finished silk painting, ready to frame, plus they will be given information sheets to help them get started on their own silk painting journey. All class supplies provided but instructor will also have a few silk painting dye sets available for purchase ($20, 4 bottles of dye: magenta, cyan, yellow, black, and a small bottle of dyeset), and will also have PVC frames available for purchase for $10 so you can continue at home! All supplies provided.

Students will need to provide:
1) An apron or wear clothing that can be dirtied by dyes

Students may also want to bring:
1) A pattern or picture to draw from
2) Rubber or disposable gloves

Surface Design: Printing, Stenciling & Image Transfer
Dec 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Level: Beginning. $85 ($75 members).

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This fun series of surface design workshops is intended to introduce students to a wide variety of techniques allowing them to experiment and explore the world of surface design. Students will leave each class with sample of each technique which they will have created. Plus, they will be given instructions sheets so they can continue to work with the various techniques at home. For all classes, please consider using fabric sourced from thrift shops (ex: sheets, shirts, curtains, etc.). In this workshop, students will be experimenting with a wide variety of surface design techniques including: stamping on fabric with premade stamps, carving simple stamps, eco-printing, mono-printing, using premade stencils, creating stencils, and image transfer.

For this workshop, students will need to provide:
1) At least 8 pieces of light-colored fabric 6″x6″ to 24″x24″ in size (students are welcome to bring a few shirts to print upon)
2) A carving/cutting tool (an X-acto Knife works well for this)
3) Cutting mat
4) An apron or wear clothing that can be dirtied by dyes
5) Rubber or disposable gloves
6) Some plastic baggies to carry home wet fabric

Students may also want to consider bringing:
1) An old/craft iron to help with heat-setting their designs and drying their items. The instructor will have an iron to share but having several in class will make things go faster.
2) A few natural items such as leaves, sticks, or flowers
3) A few other items which they want to experiment with. Suggestions include: a bit of rope, a few rocks, items with an interesting texture


 

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Patti Barker Teaches Felting at Fiber Fusion

Fiber Fusion Northwest
Evergreen State Fairgrounds
October 20-21

Patti Barker will be teaching at Fiber Fusion Northwest. On Saturday she will be teaching a Stained Glass Shawl class and on Sunday she will be teaching a Circle Vest class. For more information, visit pattibarker.com.


 

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Arisa Brown at Black Lab Gallery

Beyond The Surface
Black Lab Gallery
November 9, 2018-January 10, 2019
Opening: Friday, November 9 at 6 PM

Arisa Brown will have her first gallery solo show at the Black Lab Gallery in Everett. There will be drinks, food and live music playing later in the evening. See the gallery’s facebook page for more details.

Black Lab Gallery
1618 Hewitt Ave
Everett, Washington 98201
(425) 512-9476

SDA-WA Member Activities June

“Illusion” Quilting Tutorial from Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

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Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Illusion #37

From 1990 to 2014, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry taught hundreds of quilting students how to make Illusion quilts based on her simple method for creating the appearance of overlapping transparent triangles. Now that she’s no longer teaching hands-on workshops, she’s offering a complimentary, commercial-free pattern and digital workshop with detailed, full-color, step-by-step instructions, here:
http://www.bryerpatch.com/faq/faq.htm#Illusion


North Sound SDA Group Meeting, April 23

From North Sound Area Leader Valerie Wootton: In attendance: Robyn, Stephanie, Dorothy, Tesi and Valerie.

Dorothy reported that the Museo Gallery in Langley has been sold. A quick look at their website shows two exhibits in May. Elin Noble, noted fiber artist, in her first Museo show, will exhibit silk itajime shibori panels, as well as a selection of her “Fugitive Pieces” quilts. Brian O’Neill, ceramicist extraordinaire, presents new ceramic vessels. The show opens with an artists’ reception on Saturday, May 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will continue through May 29.

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Dorothy McGuinness, Basket

Dorothy also shared another amazing basket done in mad weave. She will also have one of her baskets in the Anacortes Art at the Ports show, August 3-5 in the Port Transit Shed Event Center.

Stephanie explained how a telephone quilt works. It’s based on the children’s game “gossip.” One person brings a small quilt and hands it off to the next person for “inspiration.” That person creates their own quilt based on the first one and hands the new quilt off to the next person for inspiration. The goal is to see how much the pieces change from start to finish.

Stephanie told us about Quilt Canada 2018. It will be held in Vancouver, BC, May 31 through June 2 at the Vancouver Convention Center, West Building, Hall A.

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Tesi Vaara, Crocheted Shawl

Tesi shared a pretty green crocheted scarf that she made. And she shared a delicate pink scarf made by her grandmother. She told us about the PNW Knitting Show June 27-July 29.

Robyn shared more of her sun prints with stitching, paint and color sticks. She also shared a book she picked up at Pelican Bay Books, Anacortes.


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Donna Lark, Wedding by the Sea, nuno felted. Model: Lauren Lark.

SDA-NP Members at Port Townsend Wearable Art Show

Three SDA-North Peninsula members, Diana Gipson, Donna Lark and Joyce Wilkerson, were juried into the eighth annual Wearable Art Show in Port Townsend Saturday, May 12. The show is hosted by and supports the Fund for Women and Girls. The fundraiser helps ensure women and girls in Jefferson County are safe, secure, equal and empowered. Artists ranged in age from 8 to 80 and were from Jefferson County, Oregon, New York, Canada and Chile.

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Diana Gipson, The Weekender, silk noil jacket and pants, tissue linen slip dress. Model: SDA-Kitsap member Kathy Mack.

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Joyce Wilkerson, Primal Jacket, handwoven silk and chenille. Model: Gina Johnson.

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Donna Lark, Animals in the Landscape, nuno felted. Model: SDA-NP member Barbara Ramsey.


 

SDA-North Peninsula Members in “Metamorphosis”

“Metamorphosis”
Sequim Civic Center
June 1-30
Reception: Friday, June 1, 5-7 p.m.

“Metamorphosis,” an exhibition of fiber art by North Peninsula SDA members, will show at the Sequim Civic Center June 1-30. Reception Friday, June 1, 5-7 p.m.

Artworks include quilts, felted pieces, fiber jewelry, hand weaving and other fiber mixed media. Civic Center hours: 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

If you have more info about the art and artists in “Metamorphosis,” please send to  blog.surfacedesignwa@gmail.com.

Sequim Civic Center
152 West Cedar Street
Sequim, WA