Attention Eastern WA & Vancouver WA!

Attention Eastern WA & Vancouver WA!

BE SEEN THIS JUNE!

alliedartsgallery_smHere’s another chance to be part of Fiber Fusion. Eastern WA and Vancouver, WA -area members are invited to submit up to two pieces of art to be displayed in a non-juried regional exhibition. Held in conjunction with our juried Fiber Fusion traveling exhibition in June.

This bonus opportunity provides members a space at Allied Arts in Richland where your work will be seen by all those attending the state-wide show. Best of Region award to be given. You’ll benefit from the exposure and publicity. Be part of the Event of the Year for Washington state SDA members. At least one piece is guaranteed to be displayed. Be part of this exciting event. Deadline: April 30 photo submission.

For more info or to enter the show, please see: Allied Arts Regional Non-Juried Art Show

SDA-WA Member Activities – Updates For March 2016

Member Activities (and a few other reminders)

Hi SDA-WA!

Our members are a busy bunch!  Just a reminder – if you would like your activities and events posted on our blog or Facebook page, please send an email to blog.surfacedesignwa@gmail.com with your event or activity information, your contact info, and a good photo or two or three of your event, activity, art, or yourself!

Gay Jensen and Dorothy McGuinness

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Dorothy McGuinness

 

Gay and Dorothy both have pieces in the 20th Juried Art Exhibit at the Schack. For more information, see:

JURIED ART EXHIBIT

March 10 – April 23, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 10, 5-8pm
Awards Presentation at 6:30pm

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Gay Jensen

Sponsored by the City of Everett Cultural Arts Commission

This biennial collection of Northwest artists features a wide variety of mediums to produce an eclectic and visually stimulating exhibit. Jurors: James Arrabito, Chris Hopkins, and Verena Schwippert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nan Leaman & the Whidbey Island Surface Design Group

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Nan Leaman

Nan and WISD are showing some of their works at the La Connor Quilt Museum in the show Beyond The Surface.   Beyond the Surface includes artwork using fiber and fabric as the basis for the work. Each artist has their own unique style and the process used to accomplish their work is as varied as the individual piece. Techniques include:  dyeing, wrapping, felting, stitching, weaving, image transfer, beading, quilting, painting, printing, and collage.

For more information, see: http://www.laconnerquilts.org/beyond-the-surface.html

Nan also has works on display at:

  • The Santa Fe Weaving Gallery, Santa Fe NM
  • The Flying Shuttle, Seattle WA
  • Artworks Gallery, Whidbey Island, WA

 

Diane Williams

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Diane Williams

Diane is an artist participating in the Real Change Portrait Project.  Her work (along with many others) will be on display at Seattle City Hall from March 1st through the end of April 2016.  The opening reception is March 1st,  from 2-4pm.   Since the project began about four years ago, more than 30 artists have volunteered to paint a portrait of a Real Change vendor.

“I made a portrait quilt for the Real Change Portrait Project. It features 30 Real Change vendors on a city street like grid surrounded by crazy quilt scraps  All seams are exposed and the binding is wonky because homelessness is not neat and finished. The quilting goes every which way because homelessness is crazy and unpredictable. It was featured on the cover of Real Change during the Winter Fund Drive in 2013.”

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

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Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

Caryl says “I’m very pleased to announce that I will be escorting a quilters safari to Kenya in January of 2017.  Please join me to see the fabrics and fiber arts of Africa as well as the amazing wildlife and culture in this beautiful country.  This is a deluxe tour with professional guides, great accommodations, and only four people per Land Rover on the game spotting runs.

There will even be a couple of afternoons when we can fit in a quilting presentation or two.  You can find all of the details and book online at Craft Tours http://www.crafttours.com/trips/?page=africa_caryl_0117

Here is your brochure:
http://www.bryerpatch.com/news/Kenya2017/Kenya2017.pdf

Here are details of the itinerary:
http://www.bryerpatch.com/news/Kenya2017/KenyaItinerary.pdf

I hope you can join me.

Caryl

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And yes, it’s another reminder for all of our members!

The Fiber Fusion Traveling Art Show call-for-art closes on March 20th.  That’s only 3 weeks away!   Don’t let this great opportunity pass you by!

Click here to access the entry form: http://sdafiberfusionshow.org/fiber-fusion-entry-form/

 

 

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Are you a SDA Member and would like to see your news posted here?

If so, please send us an email by the 15th of each month to: blog.surfacedesignwa@gmail.com

Please include:

  • Your name and contact info
  • your event or activity (please include the location, dates, and the times of your events!)
  • The website for your event if your event has one
  • A picture that you want included (or two or three – we may not use them all, but it’s nice to have options!)   **NOTE – it is wonderful to have a picture of your artwork and a picture of you as well!
  • A breif write-up/description of the event and/or artwork

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Just a quick reminder about a great opportunity for quilters to attend a Quilt Art Symposium occuring in Tacoma, WA in April!

quiltartsymposiumA Gathering of Art Quilters

Quilt Art Symposium promises to shine a light on the future of Quilt Art with three leading speakers, a luncheon, an artist-led tour of the CQA exhibit, and an opening party.

Saturday, April 16, 2016
Washington State History Museum
Tacoma WA

Tickets are $75 +available here

Please help CQA by spreading the word about this quilt community event.

http://quiltartsym.com/

 

Entering A Show – Good Photography Gets Your Work Selected

Shop Talk: Good Photography Gets Your Work Selected

by LM Wood       (Originally Published in SDA Newsblog 03/20/2015)

 

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Camera Settings

Poorly lit photographs in unprofessional settings can kill your chances of getting your work selected for a show. Do you know how to set up your art, lights and camera to produce the most effective photographs? LM Wood produces an illustrated list of dos & don’ts to make sure your entries get seen.

Read the full blog article here: http://www.surfacedesign.org/newsblog/shop-talk-good-photography-gets-your-work-selected

 

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LM Wood

LM Wood is an experimental artist living and working in North Carolina – as well as SDA Website Manager. Originally from Minnesota, she pursued a variety of careers before discovering art in college.  She received an MFA in Photography fromUniversity of Cincinnati and an MFA in Fibers from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. Having been educated in a variety of diverse artistic styles and practices, Wood navigates between the domains of art, craft and technology. Her work is a blend of digital technologies and traditional processes, resulting in hybrid works that elevate process and craft to “high art”.

Entering A Show – Preparing For A Juried Show

Pictures For An Exhibition,

by guest blogger Larkin Van Horn

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Larkin Van Horn

Jurying artwork for an exhibition holds no great mysteries.  A group of relative strangers sits in a darkened room while images flash before their eyes, from which they must somehow agree which to accept and which to decline.  Easy, right?  Not so fast.

Before they get to that point, they will receive instructions from the
organizer of the show.  These instructions can be as simple as “pick the best work” or “put together something cohesive”, or they can go on for pages.  Usually it is something in between.  The organizer will tell them
things like:  how many pieces to accept; how many linear feet to fill;
whether to focus on visual impact or technical proficiency; how picky to be
about any size restrictions; how closely the work should hold to the theme
of the show (if any); whether to accept controversial pieces (politics,
religion, nudity, etc.) and so on.  If the show is going to travel, the
jurors may be asked to select a sub-set for the smallest venue, or this step
may be left to the organizer.

Though some exhibits are juried from the actual artwork, most exhibits are
juried from photograhs.  And for every slot on the “accepted”
roster, there may be 10 entries or 100.  The jurors have to look at all
these photos and make their choices in one day.  They will start with a fast
run-through of all the entries, making no decisions.  The second time
through, each juror will make notes and vote “Yes”, “No”, or “Maybe”.  Those
entries with all “No” votes will be set aside.  Those with all “Yes” votes
will be accepted.  If all the stars align, the number of “Yes” votes will
equal the number of slots on the roster, and everyone can go home.  Not very
likely. The next step is to scrutinize the “Maybe” pieces to see which make
the most sense to move up to fill the roster.  There is a lot of discussion
at this point.  And then the final run-through of the accepted works.  The
jurors will be asking themselves things like “will this collection make a
cohesive show?”, “will this collection engage the viewers?”, “is this
representative of the organization?”.

To add furtmonkey covering eyes cliparther confusion to the mix, most juries are “blind”, meaning the photos are not accompanied by the name of the artist. So the jurors have no way of knowing if they have included something from everyone who entered, or if they have put together a 6 person show.  If the instructions to the jury included the requirement that every person who enters the show will have one piece in the show, then right before the final run-through one of the assistants will check the selected entries against the list of accepted pieces to make sure that hurdle has been crossed.  If not, it’s back to the
drawing board for the jurors.

Jurors come to their task with their backgrounds as artists, gallery owners,
museum curators, collectors, etc.  As much as they try to stay completely
objective, they are, after all, human.  Their personal tastes and
preferences come with them and will undoubtedly color some of their
decisions.  Accept this, forgive them, and carry on.
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One final note:  If the mantra of the real estate business is “location,
location, location”, the mantra of the juried exhibition is “photography, photography, photography”!  If they can’t tell what they are looking at, jurors will vote “No” and move on. Professional product photography can be expensive, and if you plan to do your own photography, remember a few things:
– No fingers and toes.  If your work is intended for the wall, hang it
up.  Don’t hold it up in the driveway.
– Don’t distract the jurors with houseplants, tablecloths, or anything
that is not THE ART.  If your piece requires a stand or support, make sure it is                            unobtrusive.
– FOCUS!  Make sure your photo is not out of focus.  Jurors won’t take
a chance on something they can’t see clearly.
– Get a second opinion.  You know what your art looks like, and may not
see any photographic flaws.  Have someone else look at your photos before                               submitting them.

And a last word about words:  the jurors may ask about the title of your
work, and even your artist statement.  Whatever you write, be clear,
concise, and let the words enhance the experience of seeing the art.
Don’t get lost in artspeak – say what you mean.

There will be future blog posts about preparing your photos for the entry
process and writing an artist statement.  Be on the look out for them, and
remember that the work isn’t done until the paperwork is finished.
And good luck!

Biography–
“Larkin is a member of the Northwest Designer Craftsmen, Studio Art Quilt
Associates, Surface Design Association, and serves on the Board of Directors
for The Grünewald Guild. She is in demand as a teacher and lecturer, and has
published books on beadwork, and patterns for wearable art garments and
fabric vessels. Her work has been displayed and won honors both regionally
and nationally, and is in many private and church collections.   She is an experienced Curator, Juror and Judge for fiber art exhibitions locally and for traveling exhibits.

Larkin grew up in Everett, and currently lives on Whidbey Island in
Washington State with her husband/photographer/webmaster, Van, and her
eclectic collection of fabric, fibers, and beads.”

To learn more about Larkin or her art, please see her website: www.larkinart.com

 

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One Fine Spring Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gloria

 

Entering A Show – Step One, Create Your Art Inventory.

Fiber-Fusion-Logo-Web-400x484Entering A Show – Step One, Create Your Art Inventory             Written by Barb Matthews

With the opening call for our Fiber Fusion Show in mind, we thought it might be helpful to review the various steps needed to create a successful application for any open call from shows or galleries.

We will be posting a series of steps designed to prepare you for applying to shows and galleries etc.  If you’re new to this process, these steps should provide you with some basic tools to help you stay organized and produce quality entries.  If you’re already participating in shows, these steps are a great reminder for you as well.  As artists, focusing on our art is always our desire, but in reality, a good amount of business needs to be conducted if we want to become successful!penandpaper

Before you even decide to enter your art into a show and complete a call for entry form, it is a good idea to create an inventory of the art you want to enter. The inventory will serve for insurance purposes and will be your record of when you finished your art, where your art was shown, the price, the materials, artist statement, and what has sold. Plus, having the inventory will make completing the entry form much easier.

Camera to computerMost shows will require you to name your photos with your name, usually last name, then either your first name or initial, the title of the art, and whether this is a full or detailed image, for example: Matthews_Barbara_Happier Days_Full.jpg.  Using that naming convention for all your photos makes the entry process that much easier.   If you organize your photos under one folder, you can easily find them when it’s time to complete the entry form. *More on preparing photographs of your art will come in a later post.

Below are some recommended fields of information that you could have in your inventory (Please note that not all of this information will be required by a gallery or show, but it important to track for business purposes!):

Inventory of Art, Definition of Fields

Field Description
Title of Piece The name of the piece as you would like it to appear on the label and in a portfolio.
Date art finished Month and year the piece was completed. If you are like me, this date is a few dates before the first show date.
Width in inches (whole numbers) Width in whole inches.
Height in inches Height in whole inches.
Depth in inches If the piece has a three dimensionality to it, then enter the depth in whole inches. In cases where a piece is not in standard rectangle shape, enter the maximum of the width, height, and depth.
Materials and Techniques Usually there is space on the label for one or two lines for the materials.   You will save yourself some editing later, if you stick to less than 120 characters (including spaces) for this field. The main idea is to include enough, so that the viewer has an idea of the process.   For example, ‘Hand-dyed silk using the Shibori method, wax resist, and machine stitching’. Please note, if you use a product that was made by someone else, you should note that, for example ‘Purchased hand-dyed silk…’ This prevents misrepresentation of your art to the juror and public.
Statement about the art (maximum 500 char) Here you talk about the inspiration for your art and hopefully draw the juror and viewer into the moment(s) when the art was created.   Colorful, descriptive adjectives and active tense make the description more interesting. To help, think of asking yourself the following questions:

1. What inspired you to make this piece?

2. What does the piece mean to you?

3. What is unique or special about the way you make it?

Speak from the heart and after the first draft, eliminate the lofty language that doesn’t add to the description and will only serve to turn the viewer off.

Insurance value If you keep good records of the materials and supplies used, you will have an easier time developing a value for insurance purposes. Unless you have a track record of sales on similar art, a claims adjuster will want this documentation of costs. The insurance value is not the price you place on a piece or the amount you receive after the commission is deducted. The insurance value will not change over time, but the price may.
Where art has shown  It’s a good idea to keep a list of all the places a piece of art has shown.  Many galleries or shows have rules about artwork having previously shown at locations close to them.
First venue where art was shown Keep track of where your art has shown, this will prevent showing in the same area/gallery in the future. This official name also is your reference in the future—was it Northern Lights Arts, Northern Light Art Center?
Dates shown The start and end dates of the show.
Price at that venue Price listed at this venue. This does not suggest that the price of the piece should change from venue to venue. Goodwill with the customer will not be preserved if a customer bought a piece at a higher price just weeks before seeing a similar piece in another venue at a lower price. However, that said, you may want to move your art and lower the price if there is adequate time between shows.
Second venue where art was shown Repeat these above four rows for the second, third and subsequent places the art was shown.
Images of piece Names and file locations
Full image Show requirements for title of image files are typically Last Name, First Name, Title of Piece, and whether an image of the ‘Full’ art or ‘Detail’ image.   These could be separated by underlines, for example—Matthews_Barbara_Ghostly Trees_Full.jpg. If you store your image with this name, the process to upload images for a call for entry will be easier. Images in a jpg format are universally accepted format. You should always retain an image at the highest resolution possible, so you can prepare an image that meets the requirements. On a PC, if you right click on the image and select Properties and Detail, you will see the resolution of the image and the dimension of the image in pixels.   On a Mac, Open any image in Preview and press Command+I.

There will be more on image size in a future post.

Detailed image (Ex: Matthews_Barbara_Ghostly_Trees_Detail.jpg)
Photographer This field is the name of the photographer, if you, then your name.   Photographers are artists too and should receive credit for the images.
Status of the art Has the art sold, what price? What was your share and date sold?
Name, Address, and email of the buyer To put on email list for announcement of other shows.
Awards Received Title and amount of award.

Inventory or Art Template

 

This is a template you are welcome to use for your art (The light grey fields are not required for the SDA-WA Fiber Fusion show)

Field Information about art
Title of Piece
Date art finished
Width in inches (whole numbers)
Height in inches
Depth in inches
Materials and Techniques
Statement about the art (maximum 500 char)
Insurance value
Where art has shown
First venue where art was shown
Dates shown
Price at that venue
Second venue where art was shown
Dates shown
Price at that venue
Third venue where art was shown
Dates shown
Price at that venue
Names and file locations of Images of piece
Full image
Detailed image
Photographer
Has the art sold, what price? What was your share?
Name, Address, and email of the buyer
Awards Received

 

We hope you find this helpful!  We’d love to hear from you if you have any feedback or suggestions!!

Sincerely,

The SDA-WA Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SDA Member Activities

SDA Member Activities

Jane Dunnewold

2016_01DunnewoldJane will be in the Northwest for a book signing of her latest book, Creative Strength Training in August.  She is also available to conduct a workshop the weekend of August 20-21st.  Her description of the workshop: Spend a day immersed in the strategies of the Creative Strength Training Program. This is lots of fun but is also instructive! Become a better artist by knowing more about yourself. Dismantle your Committee. Play and work simultaneously! No experience needed because you already have all the experience you need!  Are there members who would like to help facilitate this workshop by finding a meeting facility and a place for Jane to stay overnight?  If so, contact me, Barb Matthews, at bjmatthews76@comcast.net.

NW Collage Society

Man and Nature, Margaret Wheeler

Man and Nature, Margaret Wheeler

Solo

Solo,Gay Jensen

Cyndi Wolfe

The Past Increases, The Future Recedes, Cyndi Wolfe

Margaret C. Wheeler, Cyndi Wolfe and Gay Jensen had artwork selected by juror Joan Stuart Ross for inclusion in the Northwest Collage Society Winter Show at the Washington Convention Center.  The show opens January 16 and runs until March 26, 2016.  The Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony is Thursday February 11 from 7pm-9pm, and all SDA members are invited to attend.  For more information:

http://www.nwcollagesociety.org/shows.htm

Cameron Anne Mason

2016_01MasonLearn the key to a world of color on fabric!

My upcoming workshop, Dyeing for Quilters (and other people who love fabric), is just two weeks away. In this workshop you will learn all the basics for using fiber reactive dyes (Procion MX). These dyes are inexpensive and versatile and are the most light-fast, color-fast, and safe dyes available on the market.

We will start with basic dye chemistry and color theory for dyers and then use that knowledge as a base for exploration. We will focus on using cotton but you can also bring silk or any cellulose fiber fabric for your own exploration. Dyeing for Quilters (and other people who love fabric), Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31, 10am-4pm. Optional Open Studio Day, Monday, February 1, 10am-4pm. Get more information and sign up for this and other upcoming workshops on the Workshops page of my website, cameronannemason.com. Or contact me directly if you have questions.

Barbara Lee Smith

2016_01SmithThe Gallery at Tacoma Community College, 6501 South 19th Street, Building 4, Tacoma, WA  98466, January 4- February 5, 2016

 

Whidbey Island Surface Design                         

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Beyond the Surface January 4- March 27, 2016 La Conner Quilt Museum

Beyond the Surface includes artwork using fiber and fabric as the basis for the work. Each artist has their own unique style and the process used to accomplish their work is as varied as the individual piece. Techniques include:  dyeing, wrapping, felting, stitching, weaving, image transfer, beading, quilting, painting, printing, and collage.

 

 

 

 

Pamela Hastings  

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Pamela and her subject Diane Williams infront of Diane’s portrait, photographer: JMcMacken

The show is of my portraits from Hot Flash Women Series and some fiber/mixed media sculptures, one 9.5 feet tall, at the Port Angeles Public Library, January-March 2016, open every day except Sunday, 10am til 8 Mon-Thurs, 10-5 Friday and Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

2016_01FallertCARYL BRYER FALLERT-GENTRY: 40 YEARS OF COLOR, LIGHT, & MOTION
My new 58-quilt retrospective opens next week at the University Museum, Ole Miss. Oxford, Mississippi.
Opening reception and artist’s talk: Thursday, January 28, 6 pm, Exhibition dates: January 26-April 16, 2016.
www.bryerpatch.com, caryl@bryerpatch.com

Eve Deisher and Lanny Bergner

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Forest Moonlight, Eve Deisher,, photographer: BMatthews

Here and There: Topographic Conversations with Morris Graves – Museum of NW Art, La Conner, WA, January 9, 2016 to March 17, 2016. Here and There engages viewers in a discussion between Morris Graves, eight contemporary artists, and their environments. In addition to works by these eight artists, the exhibit features two pieces created by Graves while he was living in both Skagit and Humboldt Counties. Not only did these artists live in the same topographical regions as Graves, they are also contemplating the natural world and its ability to inspire creativity.

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The Starlight Within,  The Wizards Chamber, Seeking Morris: Star Gazing, Lanny Bergner, photographer: BMatthews

 

 

 

See more at: http://monamuseum.org/exhibition/here-and-there-topographic-conversations-morris-graves#sthash.DC0BT8Ud.dpuf See more at: http://monamuseum.org/exhibition/here-and-there-topographic-conversations-morris-graves#sthash.yHNyj0hn.dpuf

 

 

Are you a SDA Member and would like to see your news posted here?

Email bjmatthews76@comcast.net by the 15th of the month.

Fiber Fusion Entry Form Now Live!

HeaderImage1Time flies.  It doesn’t seem like that long ago when talking about a traveling exhibition here in Washington state was just a dream a few committed surface design artists had.  But now, it’s becoming reality!  As of today, the entry form for the Fiber Fusion exhibition is now open!

http://sdafiberfusionshow.org/fiber-fusion-entry-form/

Get Ready, Get Set, DYE!

Get Ready, Get Set, DYE!

Please note that each artist can enter up to four pieces and there are four spaces on the form.  However, if you make an entry and then later want to enter another piece, you can come back and enter the additional piece(s), so long as you don’t enter more than four total.  If you’ve already paid your $30 entry fee, you don’t have to pay it again.

While opening up for entries may seem like a big step, our executive team has even more in mind!  We’ll be releasing a call for proposals for teachers for each of the venues, a call for regional art to go along with each gallery or art center, not to mention fundraising to put on the best SDA shows possible.

There's still plenty of time to make artwork for Fiber Fusion- Deadline is March 20, 2016!

There’s still plenty of time to make artwork for Fiber Fusion- Deadline is March 20, 2016!

 

Do you know someone or a company that might be interested in contributing?  We’d love to get sponsors and donors to support our publicity, juried prizes, transportation between venues, and educational components.  And the grand-daddy of it all… if we can raise the money… we’d love to have a beautiful print catalog of the exhibition!

 

If you or someone you know is able to help us out, please go to:

http://sdafiberfusionshow.org/make-a-donation/

You can use your PayPal or even just do a secure online payment with a credit card through PayPal without having to sign up for a PayPal account.

Special Thanks to Claire Jones for doing such a wonderful job on the Fiber Fusion website, as well as the fantastic volunteers working behind the scenes to set everything up for this incredible opportunity!

 

 

Regional Shows within Fiber Fusion – Guest Blogger Vicki Gerton

richland1 For those of us in Eastern Washington, the regional show at the Gallery in the Park in Richland, part of the Fiber Fusion SDA exhibit, is just around the corner. With the entry date in mid-April, we are feeling rushed. We are all excited about having a show of this quality make its first stop in the Tri-Cities in June. And since a number of the members of our group are new to surface design, we are excited that a component of the show is the regional, non-traveling, section that will not be subject to the rigid judging process. It will give those of us with less experience a chance to try our wings. We are fortunate that the Allied Arts Gallery in the Park will be large enough to accommodate all 25 of the regional designated pieces.

In the hopes that your group will get as excited as we in the South Central Group are about entering a piece in the regional part of the Fiber Fusion exhibit, I am sharing a few of our works “in progress.” Mardine Campbell has a beautiful piece of silk which she screen printed while still living in Florida. richland2Mardine grew up here in Eastern Washington and says the colors remind her our beautiful sunsets. She intends to embellish the silk with beads, silk thread, stitching, and perhaps foil.

Barb Sherrill, who is retiring after having spent the last twenty years of her life supporting her family by selling her hand painted cottons and quilt patterns at quilt shows, now has time to use some of her unique hand-painted fabrics in stitched and embellished fabric collages. In the photo at right, it looks like the piece is almost complete, but everything is just pinned on for photo purposes.

Barb has two more pieces she is considering submitting.richland3

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richland5Judy Rice, who is a master weaver as well as dyer, has several “in progress” pieces she is contemplating entering into the regional show. One is a tapestry, one is a weaving project, and one is a hand dyed piece using resist methods which she is in the process of embellishing.

richland6For each Regional show that coincides with Fiber Fusion, there will be space for an estimated 25 pieces which will not travel. Those entering the Regional show will have to submit an entry form and a photo so that the galleries will know how many pieces to expect. The galleries may have different maximum sizes according to space available. If there are more pieces than the gallery has available space, some pieces will have to be excluded. There will be a panel of three which will review the submissions and exclude pieces, if that becomes necessary. Each entrant will be allowed to submit up to three pieces into the Regional show. The deadline for submitting into the Regional show will be after the deadline for the Traveling and Juried part of the show. It will be staggered according to the opening date of the specific gallery. As of this writing, the submission dates are as follows: Richland 4/15/16, Redmond 9/1/16 and Port Townsend and Everett 11/1/16. We hope you all will consider submitting pieces in the Regional show nearest you as well as the traveling show.

Make sure to check out the Fiber Fusion website at: http://www.sdafiberfusionshow.org/

New Fiber Fusion Exhibition Website for WA SDA

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Our 2016-2017 Traveling exhibition now has its own website!  Go to http://sdafiberfusionshow.org/ to see it.  The entry form will be up there on January 15 and entries are due by March 20, 2016.  Thanks to SDA member Claire Jones for doing such a beautiful job on putting this together.

We also have had our first donations and sponsors come in.  We’re pleased to announce that on top of our jurors’ prize awards, the ‘Deb Taylor Spirit of Exploration Award’ is being funded courtesy of Gay Jensen and Bud Taylor.  We’ve also received a small event grant from SDA national- thanks to Pat Herkal for leading this up with the grant proposal.  Our donation button will be added to the website soon, but please feel free to contact us if you’d like to contribute towards the exhibition.  The more money we can raise, the more we can do (we’d love to get a professional catalog printed of Fiber Fusion!)

If you haven’t ever entered a juried show, this is a terrific opportunity to learn the process. We’re planning to do several blog posts to help our membership and readers learn all you need to know for completing and submitting a show entry.  Please let us know if there are specific topics you’d like us to cover.

We’d love your comments and suggestions on the website, as well as any questions you might have on the process.

Pad Your Artistic Resume by helping out!

Searching Song Instrument by Danielle Bodine

Searching Song Instrument by Danielle Bodine

Not only is this an opportunity for exhibiting your artwork, it’s also a place where you can contribute a little of your time and talent!  Each location (Richland, Redmond, Port Townsend, and Everett) will need a crew of volunteers… even if you can’t oversee a complete area, let us know if there is a part of the job where you’d be able to help. Here are some areas we could use some assistance:

Local Operations Chair –Sees that artwork is checked in, finds volunteer to store packing material, assists in the installation, finds volunteers for the reception, assisting at the workshops and presentations, counting of ballots, signage, placement of postcards. Repackage art for transport, store art, transport to next venue. Send thank you notes.

Local area PR and Marketing—Sees that lists of newspapers, association newsletters, galleries, stores, and interested individuals are developed.  Prior to the event, coordinate flyer or postcards to stores in the locale. Find reader-boards and volunteers to distribute with posters and balloons for the opening reception and take down after the reception.

Portfolio—Develops portfolio of artists’ photos of art and artist statements.

Fundraising–Send letters out to list of companies targeted as potential donors, followup, write credit information for promotional materials.

Catalog—Arranges for professional photographer to take images at first venue, develops catalog with lead article, jurors’ statements, artists’ photos, and artists’ statements.  Works with printer through completion of catalog.

Please feel free to share your thoughts here in the comments.  We’re looking forward to seeing the fantastic range of artwork from our members in 2016.

Happy Solstice and Holidays,

Christina Fairley Erickson, Executive Director WA SDA Fiber Fusion Exhibition and Barb Matthews, WA state SDA Representative

 

SDA WA Artist Activities

Gay Jensen

2015_Nov_Linear_Gay JensenGay Jensen invites SDA members and their friends to her Annual Holiday Show and Sale, December 5th and 6th from 10am-5pm, at Paul Lewing’s Studio, 105 N. 200th Street in Shoreline.  Gay will be exhibiting a large selection of her fiber/mixed media artworks, baskets and more.  Artist Paul Lewing and jewelry artist Kathy Dannerbeck will also be showing their work.  Festive cookies will be served, come join the fun!

Barbara O’Steen

Barbara O’Steen, has a piece in the Best of the Fest at La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum that continues thru November 22. The piece is “Parched” which won first place in the category “Fiber Art – Constructed” in their recent Fall Festival show. It is made of recycled materials, mostly torn canvas with ink-drawn insects hiding here and there, approximately 6′ T x 4′ W. 2nd place in the Fiber Art category was Propagation by Patti Bleifuss.  http://www.laconnerquilts.org/2015-quilt–fiber-arts-festival-awards.html

Lois Gaylord

2015_Nov_GaylordOddmall: The Emporium of the Weird returns to the Holiday Inn Hotel Downtown-Everett on November 21st and 22nd 2015. Show hours are 10-6 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday.
Learn more on our website: http://www.oddmall.co
Free Admission
Over 100 Artists, Crafters, and Santa Claus makes an early appearance!
Santa Hours are 12-5 each day
5 Photo’s with Santa only $10!!! (Digitally delivered)

 

Cameron Anne Mason

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I’m opening my studio for hands-on dye action!
Batik Silk Scarves is a fun, fast 3-hour workshop, perfect for the Holiday Season. You can make up to four unique silk scarves, or share the gift of an experience by signing up with a friend or loved one. Workshops are $60-$90, depending on how many scarves you make. A hand-made, luxurious silk scarf makes the perfect gift for that special person on your list!
Private sessions for 6 or more are also available for Holiday parties.

Click here to go to the Workshops page on my web-site for more information. http://www.cameronannemason.com/

Zia Gipson and Brenda Lovie

2015_Nov_Gipson 2015_Nov_LovieSeattle Sampling Tour
December 4, 5 & 6, 2015
Seattle Sampling is Seattle’s most established and largest holiday arts tour celebrating over 25 years of fabulous arts & crafts!http://www.seattlesampling.com/

48 of Seattle’s top professional craftspeople, join to share their locally and nationally recognized work for a 3-day holiday weekend. Select studios also showing Dec 12th and Dec 19th.

This free, self–guided tour offers holiday shoppers a relaxed and intimate opportunity to meet the artists in their own environments.
First Choice Friday
December 4th
4–9 pm
Join us for the sneak preview
of each Studio’s offering!

Open Studios
Saturday and Sunday
December 5th & 6th
10am – 5pm

Second Chance Saturdays
December 12th and/or December 19th
See map for participating studios and times

Mary Ashton

2015_Nov_AshtonRexville Grange Art Show near Mt. Vernon.

November 13-15, November 21-22.
See details and map at http://www.rexvillegrangeartshow.com

 

North End Arts Tour (NEAT).

New studios and artists have been added for 2015!
Come take the free self-guided 2015 North End Arts Tour (NEAT).
Evening opening Friday, Dec 4, 5-8pm, Sat and Sun, Dec 5-6, 10am-5pm. Download the map and passport from the website http://www.neatseattle.com. Get all seven studio stamps on your passport by Sunday, Dec 6, for a chance to win one of three gift cards. See website for details.