Meet Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts

 

SDA members are meeting at the home of Patricia Belyea, owner of Okan Arts.  Patricia imports and sells vintage hand-dyed Japanese yukata cottons. Right now she has the largest inventory in North America with approximately 470 bolts.

We’ll start in her quilting studio which is a transformed formal dining room and spend time talking about what’s up on the design walls.  Then we’ll head downstairs to her yukata cotton ya (“shop” in Japanese) and classroom. We’ll check out the various pattern styles of yukata cottons as well as talk about yukatas in Japanese culture and the chusen printing process.

SDA Seattle weekday meeting for October 2013

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Time:  Noon – 3 pm
Location Okan Arts

315 NW 52nd Street
Seattle WA 98107

(This is in the Ballard neighborhood, down the hill from the west side of the Zoo. The most important thing to notice it is NW 52nd, not N 52nd.)

Bring your lunch and Patricia will have something fun to munch and drink as a mid-meeting snack (gluten-free).

And please bring your current work to show the group as well.
Questions? Contact  Sharon Rowley, sharon@rowleyart.com

Don’t Forget – September 4th’s Meeting At Gay Jensen’s Studio!

The SDA Seattle weekday meeting for September 2013 will be held at the home/studio of SDA member Gay Jensen. Gay will share her artwork and give an informal “dress rehearsal” of her talk “Passion for Paint: One Woman’s Love Affair with Painting on Fabric” that she will be presenting formally to a weaving organization and a quilting organization this fall. If you are not familiar with Gay’s work you can look at her websitehttp://www.gayjensen.com .

Date: September 4, 2013

Location: 12545 42nd Ave NE, Seattle, 98125

Important: This location is a little tricky to find so use your GPS or go online to get directions, please don’t contact Gay asking how to get there since giving directions is NOT her strong suit! Also, the entrance to Gay’s house is in the BACK, not on the street side.

Time: Noon to 3 — From noon-12:30 you can tour Gay’s home and studio, Gay’s talk will begin promptly at 12:30 and last approximately one hour, and following that the group can do show and tell, talk about future meetings, etc.

What to bring: Your lunch. Gay will provide beverages for the group. Also bring anything you want for show and tell. Please note that Gay’s home is a “no outdoor shoes indoors” household so bring your slippers if you want, or wear your favorite socks, and be prepared to remove your outdoor shoes when you arrive.

Meeting contact: Sharon Rowley, sharon@rowleyart.com

September’s SDA Weekday Meeting – A Visit to Gay Jensen’s Studio!

The SDA Seattle weekday meeting for September 2013 will be held at the home/studio of SDA member Gay Jensen. Gay will share her artwork and give an informal “dress rehearsal” of her talk “Passion for Paint: One Woman’s Love Affair with Painting on Fabric” that she will be presenting formally to a weaving organization and a quilting organization this fall. If you are not familiar with Gay’s work you can look at her website http://www.gayjensen.com .

Date: September 4, 2013

Location: 12545 42nd Ave NE, Seattle, 98125

Important: This location is a little tricky to find so use your GPS or go online to get directions, please don’t contact Gay asking how to get there since giving directions is NOT her strong suit! Also, the entrance to Gay’s house is in the BACK, not on the street side.

Time: Noon to 3 — From noon-12:30 you can tour Gay’s home and studio, Gay’s talk will begin promptly at 12:30 and last approximately one hour, and following that the group can do show and tell, talk about future meetings, etc.

What to bring: Your lunch. Gay will provide beverages for the group. Also bring anything you want for show and tell. Please note that Gay’s home is a “no outdoor shoes indoors” household so bring your slippers if you want, or wear your favorite socks, and be prepared to remove your outdoor shoes when you arrive.

Meeting contact: Sharon Rowley, sharon@rowleyart.com

Also: Save the date Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 12 – 3 pm when we’ll be meeting at Okan Arts to learn about and shop Japanese yukata cottons.

Reminder: July’s Seattle Weekday SDA Member Meeting This Wednesday!

Take a break from the heat and reconnect with fellow SDA members this Wednesday.

When:
Wednesday, July 3, 2013, noon – 2:45 pm

Where:
Northgate Library meeting room
10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98125
206-386-1980

Free parking

Bring your brown bag lunch and your laptop

Topics: Note : The Lightroom demo has been rescheduled to a later meeting.

— Local members who attended the SDA conference in San Antonio in early June will share their learnings and inspiration from the speakers, gallery tours, and workshops.

— Please bring any recent work or inspiration to share as well as any ideas for future programs.

Contact:
Sharon Rowley

Don’t Miss July’s Seattle Weekday SDA Member Meeting

Date: 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013, noon – 2:45 pm

Topics:

1 — Local members who attended the SDA conference in San Antonio in early June will share their learnings and inspiration from the speakers, gallery tours, and workshops.

2 — Using Adobe Lightroom, Photographer Craig Rowley will give a demo on “Evaluating Art Color and Tone Digitally”.  Let’s see how the impact of visual art changes as we vary both its tonal (e.g. dynamic range, black point, white point, exposure, contrast) and color (e.g. saturation, color contrast) characteristics in real time.  Please send some sample images of your own work for use or any other art image that you might find interesting to him by clicking HERE.   (Note:  this will not be a tutorial on Lightroom or Photoshop.)

3 — Please bring any recent work or inspiration to share as well as any ideas for future programs.

Bring your brown bag lunch.

Location:

Northgate Library meeting room
10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98125
206-386-1980
Free parking

Contact: 

Sharon Rowley

SDA-WA Saturday Meeting – April 20th

Greetings, All!

Spring has sprung and we are meeting at the Green LAKE branch on Saturday, April 20th at 11:00 a.m.

The sketchbook challenge theme for this month is Opposites–bring your sketchbook and supplies to join us for sketchbook exploration on the theme and for fellowship!

All are welcome; no need to RSVP. Just show up!

See you soon,

Karla Freiheit
206-619-8142

Learn about Needle Felting!

Join us for the April Evening SDA meeting:  Needle Felting

Hope you are all enjoying our soggy Seattle Spring.  This month for the Evening SDA meeting we are going to take a look at hand needle felting. Nicki Hitz Edson (our needle felting expert) will share with us her technique and tricks. April 15th maybe tax day but we are hoping you will join us for a relaxing get together at Starbucks for conversation, coffee and needle felting.

Date: April 15, 2013
Time: 6:00 to 8:00
Location: Starbucks – 1600 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA
http://www.starbucks.com/store/12319
RSVP: Deb Taylor debet@myuw.net

February Evening SDA Topic: Thermofax Screen Printing

Have you ever wanted to try Thermofax screen printing?  If you have, here is your chance.  Thermofax screen printing is a way of creating a re-useable screen that can be used to print an image onto fabric and a variety of other surfaces. To make the screen you need a Thermofax machine, screen material and a carbon photocopy. You can also order custom screens from a number of online sources.  I have quite a few screens that I will bring so everyone can try printing with them.  I will also try to bring my Thermofax machine and we might be able to make some new screens.

Date: Monday, February 18, 2013
Time: 6:00 to 8:00
Location: 1600 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA  – Easy to find with a small parking lot.
http://www.starbucks.com/store/12319
Bring: fabric or paper to test out the screens
RSVP: Deb Taylor at debet@myuw.net . Please let me know if you plan to join us.  The space we use at this Starbucks limited.

Carla Sonheim on Creativity and Play –

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 6th at 12:30 for a creative experience with local artist and teacher, Carla Sonheim. Here is the link to her website, http://www.carlasonheim.com/

About: Carla Sonheim is a painter, illustrator, and creativity workshop instructor known for her fun and BIO2innovative projects and techniques designed to help adult students recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating. She is the author of Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun, a bestselling book!

She has two new books: Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop (Quarry Books) and The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone (Perigee Books).drawbug

One of her students writes, “Carla just shines and is so gentle and generous that you will work hard all day and come out energised and inspired. Most importantly though, [her] class was a touchstone in my artistic journey, giving me the courage to stop resisting, and open myself to my creative voice.”

We will meeting at the University Branch of the Seattle Public Library, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E.,Seattle, WA 98105,206-684-4063. Bring your own lunch and catch up with each other;  the program with Carla will begin at 1 and end approx. 3:30.

 Also, please start brainstorming ideas for future programs and experiences  and consider being part of the dynamic program committee for this group.

Join us in January! Carving Rubber Stamps Revisited

The weather was awful for the November Evening SDA meeting (sheets for rain). Only two brave souls made.  We had so much fun I thought we would try it again (hope photo fabricthe weather is better this time).  The Starbucks on Olive way turned out to be a very nice place to meet. We had a room with a table and stools to sit on while we carved stamps. And of course there was easy access to any hot beverage you could want. What a great way to end the day! They even have a small parking lot.

Between now and the January meeting take moment to consider what shapes you are drawn to and might want to carve.  Bring some examples. Are you drawn to linear shapes, circles, or maybe shapes from nature like leaf shapes.   We will talk about what shapes keep turning up in your work and then we will carve rubber stamps (out of erasers).  I will have paint and ink to try out our new stamps.  During the evening you will be able to make at least two (maybe three) stamps which you can stamp separately or combine to make new designs.

Details:
Date: January 21, 2013
Time: 6:00 to 8:00
Location: 1600 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA
http://www.starbucks.com/store/12319
Bring: Bring fabric or paper for testing your stamp designs. If you have a utility or exacto knife please bring it.  If not, I will bring extras.  I will bring the erasers, some paint and ink to test out our stamps.
Supply fee: $3
RSVP: Deb Taylor debet@myuw.net (I want to make sure I have enough supplies)