SDA-WA Member Activities March

SDA Members at the Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum

“Photographs and Memories Invitational”
Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum
Now through March 25

SDA members Christina Fairley Erickson, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry and Cheri Kopp  have quilts in the “Photographs and Memories Invitational” show at the Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum in LaConner through March 25, featuring works from 21 artists “who use everything from appliqué, piecing, photo transfer, painting, thread painting, weaving and other techniques. Whether using cast-off clothing, adding text to their work, or interpreting the work of loved ones, each artist strives to create a unique interpretation of a photo or memory.” The following are featured pieces, with artists’ descriptions:


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Cheri Kopp, Women’s Work, quilt

A description of the piece “Women’s Work,” from the artist: “At the intersection of Cheri’s art from cast-off materials and her quilting past, this quilt was inspired by her disintegrating ironing-board cover. It honors many traditional roles of women, celebrating housework and handcrafts. Tiny hand-made forms fill out the doll clothes, including the belly of the pedal pushers depicting pregnancy, the only true woman’s work.”



Cheri Kopp, Celebrate Me Home, 2006, quilt

A description of the piece “Celebrate Me Home,” from the artist: “Reflecting on her grandfather-in-law’s death and the idea of his “going home,” Cheri designed four blocks, using signatures on fabric, one for each home in her husband’s family. All of the family’s homes featured in this 2006 quilt are now in the hands of new owners. That’s grandfather Matthew in the window; Cheri’s home flies the Quilter’s Anonymous flag.”


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Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Centennial #1, quilt

A description of the piece “Centennial #1,” from the artist: “Caryl’s father, Cecil Joseph Bryer, celebrated his 100th birthday on July 24, 2001. The hundred guests, who celebrated with him, included his three children, nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. The photos surrounding trace his life from infancy in 1901 to his 100th birthday. Caryl’s father passed away in January of 2005, at the age of 103½.”


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A description of the piece “Watch Master,” from the artist: “For most of his adult life, Caryl’s father worked for the Elgin Watch Company in Elgin Illinois, and ran his own watch repair business on the side. She grew up watching him work with the tens of thousands of sparkling, nearly microscopic watch parts. The cabinet next to his workbench became an end table in her home, the drawers so fascinating, she couldn’t bear to clear them out. Caryl photographed the cabinet, and each of the twelve drawers, then took macro-lens close-ups of the tins and boxes full of tiny parts to make this quilt.”


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Claire B. Jones, Whole Surface: Reaching 2

Claire B. Jones Solo Exhibit: “A Perception of Failure”

“A Perception of Failure”
Betty Feves Memorial Gallery
February 22-March 22
Opening reception: Thursday, February 22, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

SDA-WA member Claire B. Jones has a solo exhibition at Betty Feves Memorial Gallery, where she will explore the idea that failure is partly about perception. In this exhibit, Claire displays a statement next to each piece explaining why it failed to meet her original objective. The viewer can then include this in their analysis and see if it alters their opinion of the piece.

Betty Feves Memorial Gallery
Blue Mountain Community College
Pendleton, OR
Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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Claire B. Jones at CoCA in Pioneer Square

“Art ∩ Math”
Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA)
March 1-April 14
Opening reception: Thursday, March 1, 6-9 p.m.

SDA-WA member Claire B. Jones has artworks in the “Art ∩ Math” exhibit at CoCA in Pioneer Square, which opens on March 1. A diverse selection of media will be featured in the exhibit from artists and mathematicians, including sculpture and oil paint, to textile and metalwork.


114 Third Avenue South, Seattle
Gallery hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Deborah Ann, Cold Café, fabric art, 20″ x 29.5″

Deborah Ann at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center

“Life at a Glance”
Crossroads Carnegie Art Center
March 1-31
Reception: Friday, March 1, 5:30-9 p.m.

Deborah Ann, SDA-WA member from Yakima, will be the featured artist at a show entitled “Life at a Glance” at the Crossroads Carnegie Art Center in Baker City, Oregon. The show runs March 1 to 31 and the opening reception will be Friday, March 1 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. She will be exhibiting 45 pieces of fabric art and mixed-media sculpture and she will conduct a workshop along with the show.

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center
2020 Auburn Avenue
Baker City, OR 97814

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Cheri Kopp, Healthy Nature, paperboard product packaging.

Cheri Kopp Collage Class at Port Townsend School of the Arts

Collage Studies Workshop
Port Townsend School of the Arts
March 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Visual artist and SDA-North Peninsula member Cheri Kopp will be teaching a Collage Studies Workshop in Port Townsend March 3.

Drawing on her love of cast-off materials, and incorporating stitching, Cheri will lead participants in exploration of a materials-based art-making process. Using simple resources – scissors, tape and paperboard packaging (cereal boxes, etc.) – and repurposing words and images intended to market products, you’ll find your own messages, creating a series of small collages. A workshop designed to exercise your creative muscle with a series of process-based exercises. All materials, supplies and tools provided. Contact Cheri with questions:

Port Townsend School of the Arts
Fort Worden Campus
Building 306
Port Townsend, WA

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Cheri Kopp, The Nose Knows, paperboard product packaging.



Mary Ashton Studio March Classes

Mary Ashton - Papermaking
Western Papermaking
March 10-11, 9:30-4:30, $200
Using Western-European papermaking techniques, students will explore variations on traditional vat sheet forming. Discussions will include various equipment, ways of making pulp, recycling, inclusions, layering, making large sheets from small frame.

Mary Ashton - Sketchbook
Make Your Own Sketchbook
March 13, 9:30-4:30, $100
Make your own sketchbook with six different papers for all you marking experiments. This book has a soft cover and will open flat, so you can easily sketch right to the spine.

Classes are held at Mary Ashton’s Seattle studio in the University/Roosevelt area (directions are sent prior to class). All papermaking classes are limited to six students; other classes usually have a limit of eight to 10. Most classes have a materials fee of $25. Open Studio is by appointment; materials fee is variable. For registration or to be added to the email list, contact her through my website or email her at



Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry at the Everett Quilt Show

“Reflections of a Quilter”
Everett Quilt Show
Xfinity Arena, Everett
April 27-28
Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry Keynote Speech
PUD Auditorium
2320 California Street
Everett, WA
April 27, 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15.00

The All In Stitches Quilt Guild, a Central Snohomish County based guild, will be having a quilt show, “Reflections of a Quilter,” April 27-28 at the Xfinity Arena in Everett.

SDA-WA member Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry will be giving the keynote speech on Friday, April 27 at PUD Auditorium. From the event website: “Reflect with Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry on her varied career in quilting. She is internationally recognized for her award-winning fine-art quilts, which have appeared in hundreds of national and international exhibitions, collections, and publications, Caryl’s honors include 100 Best Quilts of the 20th Century, Silver Star (lifetime achievement) Award and selection as one of the thirty most influential quiltmakers in the world. Caryl has lectured and taught in eleven countries around the world and continues to share her knowledge through her publications and her website.”

SDA-WA Member Activities January


Cheri Kopp, Wishing Well, 2016, paperboard product packaging.

Collage Class with Cheri Kopp

Make It & Take It: Quick Collage
Port Townsend School of the Arts
Friday, January 19, 2018
6–9 p.m.

Join SDA-North Peninsula member Cheri Kopp for a fun, festive, creative evening. Share a light meal, libations and music while you combine bits from paperboard packaging (and those vintage postcards) to create small, personalized collages. Scissors, tape and sewn accents – it couldn’t be easier. All materials, supplies and tools provided. Cheri Kopp is a visual artist working in fiber and all manner of cast-off materials. Contact Cheri with questions, at Learn more and register here.

Port Townsend School of the Arts
Building 306, Fort Worden Campus
Port Townsend

Cheri Kopp, Be Mine? 2017, paperboard product packaging and vintage postcard



Northwind Arts Center Juror’s Award recipient Pat Herkal, Oscar Fox.

SDA-NP members at Northwind Arts Center Show

Northwind Arts Center’s 16th Annual Small Expressions exhibit in Port Townsend celebrates art no more than 15 inches in any direction. It represents all sorts of media, including jewelry. Juror Marie Weichman, an educator at Olympic College, ceramic and installation artist, chose work of four SDA-Peninsula artists to be included in the show – Pat Herkal, Mary O’Shaughnessy, Janice Speck and Cathie Wier. Herkal’s fiber bead embroidered sculpture Oscar Fox received the Juror’s Award. The show hangs until December 30.

New Kitsap Regional Group

We had 12 surface design artists at our first meeting on December 5, with lots of ideas and enthusiasm shared.

Our second meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 2 from 11 a.m–1 p.m. at BARN Fiber Arts Studio on Bainbridge (8890 Three Tree Lane NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110).

Agenda: Show and tell so we can become acquainted with each other’s work. Please bring a piece of your recent work or a work in progress. We will display them on tables and take time to walk around and talk with each other about our pieces.

Roles and Responsibilities: We agreed at the last meeting that we would have a program committee of three people rotating every six months. Other potential roles: exhibits, communications and ??. Think about what role you would like to play in the group.

Resource/Idea Sharing: Compile a list of potential field trips, guest speakers, projects and topics of interest for our meetings. Please bring a list ready to share with the group.

Please contact Roberta Nelson ( or Tonnie Wolfe ( for more information.

2018 SDA-WA Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a way to connect with other artists and expand your world in 2018? SDA-WA is looking for a Membership Rep and a Finance Rep. The Membership Rep uses macros in Microsoft Excel to sort the Washington members list, emails new members and notifies members when their memberships are expiring. The position would be a good fit for someone who likes to work with data in Microsoft Excel. The Finance Rep works with the SDA Treasurer Sarah Bush to balance the SDA-WA budget, and handles funding requests and art show sales. The position would be a good fit for someone who likes to work with numbers.

Contact Communications Rep Francesca Penchant ( for more info about these volunteer positions!

SDA-WA Member Activities December

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Announces Viewers’ Awards

The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center announced the Viewers’ Choice winners from their show “Fiber Revolution,” which ended November 12. Congratulations to the Viewers’ Choice winners!

“These three outstanding examples of fiber art were selected by the public during this popular exhibit, which has been on display since September 15,” said Jessica Elliott, Executive Director of PAFAC. “Visitors from across the US, Canada and a few European countries voted for their favorites.” The winners were SDA-WA members Helga Winter, for “The Secret Life of Trees,” Cathie Wier, for “Turbulence” and Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, for “Bandoneon.”


Helga Winter’s “The Secret Life of Trees”


Cathie Wier’s “Turbulence”


Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s “Bandoneon”



Top: Art cloths by Rebecca Wachtman. Bottom: Resin sculptures made with the cloths.

Rebecca Wachtman Community Art Project at MBNCA

Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts
November 25, 12–3 p.m.

SDA-WA member Rebecca Wachtman is leading a community art project at Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts entitled, “Our Place In This World.” It will be held on Saturday, November 25 from noon to 3 p.m.

Participants will be guided through creating a piece of art cloth out of reclaimed silk. The art cloth that the participants create will represent their own place within the community.

Rebecca will then use the art cloths to create three-dimensional resin sculptures, which will join other art-cloth sculptures on interactive display installations. These displays will be shown at various locations, including the MBNCA.

Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts
2919 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 734-1994


SDA Kitsap Group Forming

Kick-off Meeting
BARN Fiber Arts Studio
Tuesday, December 5, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

We are starting a new Washington State SDA group, and would love you to join us to plot and plan and brainstorm possibilities for the future. Kick-off meeting on Tuesday, December 5 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at the BARN Fiber Arts Studio on Bainbridge. Bring lunch if you like.

If you have been a member of the North Peninsula group, you don’t have to choose—you are welcome in both groups. And future collaborations with our SDA friends to the North will definitely be a part of the mix. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Questions? Email Roberta Nelson  or Tonnie Wolfe.

BARN Fiber Arts Studio
8890 Three Tree Lane NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110



Scarf Detail by Marie Plakos

Marie Plakos in Gail Harker Exhibit

Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum
Through December 30

SDA-WA member Marie Plakos has work in “Creative Passion & Stitch,” at Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum in La Conner, Washington. The exhibition shows the original design work and experimental stitch techniques of Plakos and four other Level 4 graduates from the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts. The exhibition runs through December 30.

Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum
703 South Second Street
La Conner, WA 98257
(360) 466-4288



Work by Debbie Eliasen

Debbie Eliasen in Small Works Art Show on Camano Island

“Honey, I Shrunk the Art”
Matzke Fine Art Gallery
Through January 14

SDA-WA member Debbie Eliasen has a piece in the 27th Annual Small Works Show, “Honey, I Shrunk the Art,” at Matzke Fine Art Gallery. The reception was November 18. Show runs through January 14.

Matzke Fine Art Gallery & Sculpture Park
2345 Blanche Way
Camano Island




“Flourish” (detail) by Barbara De Pirro

Barbara De Pirro’s “Flourish” Installed in Poetry Garden

Seattle Center Poetry Garden
Through January 2018

SDA-WA member Barbara De Pirro’s piece “Flourish” will be installed at Seattle Center Poetry Garden through January 2018. She created it with thousands of plastic bottle caps that she reclaimed, drilled, then stitched into multicolor banners. The piece represents and celebrates the multicultural mix of people in our community. Presented by Office of Arts & Culture Seattle and Seattle Center.

Seattle Center Poetry Garden
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109


“Flourish” by Barbara De Pirro




A felt studio in Hungary

Felt Tours in Hungary with Flóra Carlile-Kovács

Discover the country of Hungary, and take workshops from the world-class felt masters it offers with SDA-WA member Flóra Carlile-Kovács.

East-Hungary Felt Tour, April 19–30, 2018
West-Hungary Felt Tour, May 3–14, 2018

– Five days felting workshops
– Hungarian foods
– Sightseeing
– Thermal baths
– Craft markets

A special message from Flóra:
In one of my workshops in the Pacific Northwest, my students came up with the idea that I should organize a Felt Tour to Hungary, as I am a felt artist and instructor, and a native of the country. In this tour, they could learn from the amazing Hungarian felt masters, and also travel in the country with like-minded people, try our delicious foods, visit Turkish baths, historic sites, antique- and contemporary-craft markets and wonderful places no guide books even mention. This dream soon became true; I led my first Felt Tour to Hungary in 2016. It was so well received, that I offered two Felt Tours in the spring of 2017, with different focuses on the workshops and in different parts of the country.

In the East-Hungary Tour, we visited small towns of the eastern part of Hungary, and took three one-day and one two-day workshops from world-class felt masters. These were project-oriented classes that built on one another, and featured various felting techniques, both in 2D and 3D designs. Participants made small and large objects; these included a bottle holder with nomadic design instructed by Mihály Vetró, 3D home decor instructed by Márti Csille, felted jewelry instructed by Judit Tóth-Pócs and a prefelt pillow cover instructed by Gabriella Kovács. It speaks for the instructors, that both beginner feltmakers were able to succeed in the classes and advanced students could still learn a lot!

In the West-Hungary Tour, we visited some wonderful historic sites of the west side of Hungary, took one two-day workshop and one three-day workshop from internationally recognized felt masters. Both the felted bag with woven inlay instructed by Vanda Róbert and the sculptural hat instructed by Judit Tóth-Pócs workshops were advanced felting projects, but even those who decided to take their first felt workshops just prior the tour (to get the most out of it), succeeded!

These tours have become much more than just guided tours for me. It has become my mission to introduce outstanding Hungarian artists, craftsmen, amazing people and places to my guests, and to give a personal insight of my home country in just twelve days.

To get the itineraries and more info about the 2018 Felt Tours, or register, please email me:

Hope to see you on one of the tours!
Flóra Carlile-Kovács







SDA-WA Member Activities October

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Michelle Johnson’s “Plant Dance”

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Helga Winter’s “The Secret Life of Trees”


Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s “Citric Abstraction”


Cathie Wier’s “Turbulence”

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Joyce Wilkerson’s “Low Tide Study”

North Peninsula Chapter Fiber Revolution Show

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center
September 16–November 15

Fiber Revolution is the next exhibition scheduled at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center. The art was created by members of the WA State Surface Design Association—North Peninsula Chapter, which encompasses Jefferson, Clallam and Kitsap counties.

Thirty-nine pieces from 26 artists are displayed, all differing in expression. The only commonality is the use of fiber. Fiber can be natural or synthetic, or can be any substance that acts like or resembles a fiber. For example, an installation woven with copper and stainless steel threads is displayed comfortably next to a garment made from wool and dyed with local botanicals.

The Revolution is taking a time-honored process and changing it up, moving it along and breaking some rules. The resulting art is created outside the bounds of tradition. All work was completed in the last 18 months; most in the last three.

The show opened September 16 and runs through November 15. Exhibiting artists will make presentations throughout the run of the exhibit.

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Lois Gaylord’s New Chakra Wall Hanging

Lois Gaylord Classes & Shows

Beginning Weaving at the Swedish Club with Lois Gaylord
Have you ever wanted to learn how to weave? In this four-week class, you will go from total novice to Beginning Weaver who knows how to set up (warp) a loom, and can weave several types of cloth. No experience necessary.

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Classes are on Wednesday evenings from 6:30–8:30 p.m. The first class starts on Wednesday, September 13.

Fall Schedule:
#1 – September 13–October 4
#2 – October 11–November 1
#3 – November 8–December 6 (no class November 22, day before Thanksgiving)
If you have a scheduling conflict and need to start in the middle of a session, let her know; you may be able to work something out.

Lois Gaylord will also be showing her pieces at these shows:

Emerald Spiral Fall Expo
Saturday, September 23, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Kent Commons 525 4th Ave. N, Kent, WA

Puget Sound Pagan Pride
October 7–8
Freighthouse Square
2501 E D St, Tacoma, WA 98421

Arts North Studio Tour – Sun House Studios
October 14 & 15 – 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tour ten different studios, plus guest artists.
Visit the website to download a map.

Seattle Weavers’ Guild Annual Show and Sale
October 26–28
Thursday, October 26 – 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
Friday, October 27 – 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday, October 28 – 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Bloedel Hall at Saint Mark’s Cathedral
1245 Tenth Ave East, Seattle WA 98102

Lois also recently restocked inventory at Cunning Crow Apothecary in Greenwood. New displays for the mini bags and tarot bags. It’s a wonderful shop filled with magical things and a very knowledgeable staff.
 Their address: 9024 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.

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Lois Gaylord pieces at Cunning Crow Apothecary



Art Appraisal with Dawn Laurant

All SDA members are invited to:
Dawn Laurant’s Talk on Art Appraisal

VALA Eastside @ Redmond Town Center
Sunday, September 24, 2–4 p.m.

As part of her “Talk on Art Appraisal” for the SDA Eastside meeting, Dawn Laurant will talk about her experience as an appraiser and what criteria she uses when evaluating art.

The presentation is 30 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session. The following topics will be covered during the presentation:

  • What is an appraisal, and how does an appraiser conclude value of an artwork
  • Overview of current art market and trends
  • Appraising contemporary art and textile/fiber art

About Dawn
Dawn Laurant, Kirkland Cultural Arts Commissioner and Fine Art Appraiser, is certified by the American Society of Appraisers. More recently, she has worked as an auction specialist for Pacific Galleries in Seattle, and as a senior art broker with Art Brokerage Inc., where she specialized in building private and corporate collections in fine and contemporary art.

She has an extensive background in the arts, spanning a 30-year career working with museums and nonprofit organizations as a curator, as an arts educator, and as an exhibit developer. Her previous work includes exhibits and programs at VALA Eastside, Ryan James Fine Arts, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Oakland Museum and the Marin County History Museum.

“As Principal of Laurant Art Appraisals, I offer my clients an in depth knowledge of the art market with expertise in modern and contemporary paintings, sculpture, drawings, and prints. My Appraisal Reports for insurance, estate settlement, market value and charitable contribution comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and The American Society of Appraisers code of ethics. As an art broker, I specialize in building private and corporate collections, representing clients worldwide. I believe that communities that support the arts are healthy and happy communities and to that end, I have dedicated much of my professional life to arts education and broadening arts access. In addition, I volunteer with organizations supporting public art and community events, and serve on the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission.”
—Dawn Laurant, Fine Art Appraiser


Art Appraiser Dawn Laurant


Brazil’s Exposição Internacional de Arte Têxtil

Zeca Medeiros at CQA Meeting

All SDA-WA members are invited to attend a special October meeting of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association.

Zeca Medeiros, Curator of Patchwork Design, Brazil
Saturday, October 14, 10:30 a.m.
Otto Miller Hall, 3469 Third Ave W
Seattle Pacific University Campus
FREE, with refreshments

Listen to esteemed Zeca Medeiros speak about textile art in Brazil and the international exhibit he produces annually, “Exposição Internacional de Arte Têxtil,” with artists from Brazil and other countries.

Members of CQA have participated since 2009, and have even traveled to Brazil to see the show and receive top prizes. Many of them will be at the meeting to share their experiences.

More about CQA’s monthly meeting:


Curator Zeca Medeiros


Natural Dye Master Class with Sara Goodman

October 23–27
, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Pacific NorthWest Art School

15 NW Birch Street
Coupeville WA 98239

Join SDA member Sara Goodman at Pacific NorthWest Art School for a five-day dyeing class that will cover the basics of using natural dyes, including:

  • Proper scouring of cellulose and protein substrates
  • How to use three mordants: alum, iron, and Symplocos (a natural aluminum bio-accumulator plant that grows in the rain forests of Indonesia)
  • How to get a range of colors by combining alum and iron mordants in different proportions
  • Using iron as a color changer, as a mordant and in the dye bath, to obtain a range of beautiful blacks
  • Using mordants in both hot and cold preparations for total immersion and thickened surface applications
  • Discharging mordants using citric acid or lemon juice
  • Setting mordants with chalk and wheat bran


  • Immersion dyeing using concentrated dye extracts, dry and fresh materials
  • Making thickened stock solutions for painting, printing, silk screening etc.
  • Making and maintaining a natural fermentation indigo vat over-dyeing for complex colors
  • Light fastness and setting dyes using curing and steaming

Students will leave the class with:

  • Notebook containing instructions and recipes for all the mordant and dye procedures from the class
  • Samples that illustrate each of the procedures we did linked to the notebook
  • Cloth color chart illustrating all the mordants crossed with all the dyes
  • Samples of your own, on your own cloth

Experience Level: Intermediate; especially for experienced chemical dyers who want to explore natural dyes. Tuition: $695
 Materials Fee: $30


Karamatsu shibori, mixture of many dyes


Mokume shibori, cochineal and indigo


Clay resist and indigo

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Block printing and discharging mordant, logwood dye

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Potato dextrin

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Block print with iron and alum mordants, weld dye



SDA-WA Member Activities September


Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry Open Studio

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry will have her Port Townsend (WA) studio open and her fine art quilts on display August 26 to 27, 2017, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

In addition, Ron Gentry will have some of his photography on display and while you are there, you will be able to enjoy Ron and Caryl’s personal collection of quilts and art by other artists.

This is same weekend as the Port Townsend Studio tours, so you will have a chance to see many other studios on the same weekend.

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry Open Studio
10 Baycliff Place
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Printable Invitation
Directions & Map


Barbara De Pirro Upcoming Classes

Textural Surfaces
On Saturday, August 26, Barbara De Pirro will be teaching a “Textural Surfaces” workshop in Seattle, a full-day class. She’ll be bringing an assortment of grounds, pastes and gels for each student to explore. All Golden products and most tools/materials are provided. These are some of the products we’ll be exploring in the class: Gesso, Absorbent Ground, Pastel Ground, Lt. Molding Paste, Coarse Molding Paste, Molding Paste, Fiber Paste, Crackle Paste, Glass Bead Gel.

August 26, 11–4
Artist & Craftsman
4350 8th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA
ONLINE Registration


Painted Papers for Collage
Create your own hand painted papers for collage, book arts and cards! There are many different ways to create pattern and texture on paper; stenciling, stamping, masking, combing, dabbling, dry brush, splatter, drip and drizzle… to name a few. You will explore these methods using acrylic paints in combination with a range of acrylic mediums and gels. Get ready to make your own sumptuous one-of-a-kind papers during this playfully productive workshop!

September 3, 11–4
Artist & Craftsman
4350 8th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA
ONLINE Registration

GOLDEN LECTURE: Printmaking with Acrylics
Join us for a lecture and demonstration of Printmaking techniques using GOLDEN Acrylics. We will show you many stress free printmaking techniques, no press required. We will provide an overview of the many surfaces available for printing, as well as the array of GOLDEN Acrylic Paints that are suitable for making multiple prints. Attendees leave with new creative possibilities and ideas for small prints, greeting cards, journaling, fabric applications, as well as techniques for larger professional applications. Attendees will receive Information packets and free samples.

September 9, 1–3
Artist & Craftsman
616 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA
ONLINE Registration

Printmaking with Acrylics
Learn the basics of creating monotype, collagraph and relief printed images. All of these methods create unique results; the pressure of printing creates texture and pattern not possible when painting directly on paper. You will explore techniques of transferring imagery without a press, using water based media, acrylic paints and slow drying mediums. The actual process of creating each print encourages spontaneity and openness to fresh unexpected results. Create art that can stand on its own or a supply of prints, ideal for mixed media compositions.

September 24, 11–4
Artist & Craftsman
4350 8th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA
ONLINE Registration



Image Transfers & Acrylic Skins
Discover the range of acrylic gels and mediums that can be used to create image transfers. Explore how to transfer laser copies of your own artwork, drawings or photographs onto the surface of your paintings or collages. Learn how to create Image Transfer Skins and Paint Skins. Gain a broad understanding of product, material, method, tips and tricks. These techniques are an excellent way to develop transparent and translucent imagery, text and texture, incorporating layers into your paintings, collages or mixed media works.

October 7, 11–5
Schack Art Center
2921 Hoyt Avenue, Everett, WA
Contact for Registration (425) 259-5050 or ONLINE

A lecture for all levels and backgrounds, from painters, mixed media, fiber to sculptural artists… ideas for all! This presentation covers a wide variety of techniques for use in a wide range of media. Learn about GOLDEN Acrylic paints, gels, mediums and grounds, plus QoR Watercolors. This is a great place for beginners and experienced artists alike to learn new techniques and be inspired by innovative applications. Attendees will receive Information packets and free samples.

August 20, 1–3
Schack Art Center
2921 Hoyt Avenue, Everett, WA
Contact for Registration: (425) 259-5050
September 13, 6–8:30
Peninsula Arts Association
2621 John’s Prairie Rd. (P.U.D. # 3), Shelton, WA
ONLINE Registration
September 16, 1–3
Allied Arts Association
89 Lee Boulevard, Richland, WA
Contact for Registration (509) 943-9815, or ONLINE
All products graciously provided by Golden Artist Colors for all workshops.
Supply list provided upon registration.
Contact for Registration:
For more info:

Mary Ashton Papermaking Classes

Mary Ashton Studio has newly added papermaking classes in September.

Introduction to Western Papermaking
Using Western-European papermaking techniques, students will explore variations on traditional vat sheet forming.  Discussions will include various equipment, ways of making pulp, recycling, inclusions, layering, making large sheets from small frame and intro to three-dimensional techniques.
2 days | Sept 2, 3 | 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. | $175


Pulp Painting and Big Paper
Pulp painting is a form of painting paper on paper. Paper pulp, usually cotton, is overbeaten to make a fine slurry which is then pigmented to form a personal palette. These specially pigmented pulps are applied to a freshly pulled sheet of paper using a variety of techniques to execute the desired effect or image. The painting can be very abstract or very exacting depending upon the tools used. Application can be free hand or with the aid of tools, stencils, monoprints and a variety of additives. It is very fluid and rather that a work on paper, the image is the final work of paper. The result may be complete or the pulp painting may be augmented by printmaking, collage or any other technique that might be enjoyed by the artist. It is a great crossover technique to expand an artist’s skills.
2 days | Sept 3, 4 | 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. | $175

All classes have a materials fee of $25. Classes are held at the Seattle studio in the University/Roosevelt area (directions are sent prior to class). All papermaking classes are limited to six students. For registration, contact Mary Ashton (email: maryashtonstudio at with your name and telephone number.



SDA-WA Member Activities August


“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


Marie Plakos

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)


Shibori/tie-dyeing techniques

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+


Bergner Lanny-Florametric

“Florametric” by Lanny Bergner

Bergner Lanny-Spiral-Nebulae

“Spiral Nebulae” by Lanny Bergner

Bodine Danielle-Inlet-Passage

“Inlet Passage” by Danielle Bodine

De-Pirro Barbara Bloom-2

“Bloom 2” by Barbara De Pirro

De-Pirro Barbara Radiate

“Radiate” by Barbara De Pirro

Ervin Kathey_Dresden-Tea-Service

“Dresden Tea Service on Grammies Table” by Kathey Ervin

Ervin Kathey_Tea-Party

“Tea Party” by Kathey Ervin


“Strung Out” by Nancy Loorem Adams

McGuinness Dorothy_Zig-Zag-5

“Zig Zag 5” by Dorothy McGuinness

Milne Carol Whoop

“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.

Exhibition Schedule
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



Lanny Bergner


Barbara De Pirro


Dorothy McGuinness


Carol Milne

“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
940 Broadway
Tacoma, WA



“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
Coupeville, WA



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
Helga Winter
Jeannie McMacken
Kathy Mack
Sue Scott
Jean-Marie Tarascio
Barbara Houshmand
Cheri Kopp
Mary Tyler
Nora Shapiro
Cathie Wier
Eliane Girard
Leslie Dickinson
Mary O’Shaughnessy
Kindy Kemp
Karen Tuner
Janice Speck
Diana Gipson
Anne Jarnagin
Barbara Ramsey
Joyce Wilkerson
Pat Herkal
Diane Williams
Joyce Gordon

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.

“Groundswell” Exhibit
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:


Call for Member Activities Submissions


Deadline: Wednesday, 6/21!
For Member Activities Submissions

Do you have a show, class, event or studio sale in the coming months? Did you earn an award or grant? Let us know! We love to share member activities!

Send your news to Francesca Penchant at by midnight on June 21 so we can include it in our next Member Activities blog post.

Thank you!