SDA-WA Member Activities June

4/29 North Sound Surface Design Group Meeting Notes

SDA-WA members In attendance: Dorothy McGuinness, Tesi Vaara and Sydney Hole.


Dorothy McGuinness basket

Dorothy shared another beautiful basket. She recently applied to a craft show in Japan. She will also have baskets in the Tradition & Innovation in Basketry 10 show at Western Kentucky University, July 16-20. She also has baskets in two ongoing shows: Stem + Art + Design at Schack Art Center, Everett, through June 8 and Uncommon Paper, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, through May 26.


Tesi Vaara wall hanging

Tesi shared a wall hanging which was a Camano Island Quilt Guild challenge. Another quilt/collage was created at a CIQ Play Day.


Tesi Vaara quilt/collage

Sydney will be doing a Kid’s Fiber Art Camp August 5-8. It is open to kids 8 to 14 and will cover printing and painting on fabric, hand and machine stitching, indigo dyeing, weaving, book and bag making, self portraits and a museum tour. It will be held at the Garden Club in La Conner. Register online: or call 360-466-4288. We’re trying to talk her into doing this class for big kids! Below are samples of what will be covered.

The next North Sound meeting will be Monday, May 27, which is Memorial Day, at the Skagit Valley Co-op in Mt. Vernon, Room 310. Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. An RSVP to Area Leader Valerie Wootton ( would be greatly appreciated.


Patti Barker, Dragon Skin Ensemble

Felt Maker Patti Barker Wins Award at the Port Townsend Wearable Art Show

When Patti Barker created “Dragon Skin Ensemble” as a first time participant in the Port Townsend Wearable Art Show Saturday, May 11, she wouldn’t allow herself to dream of winning an award, especially the coveted Peer Award. This is where all the artists and models vote for their favorite piece of wearable art. When they called her name, she described the experience as “surreal.”

Dragon Skin Ensemble was created using double-faced nuno felt techniques, with inclusions, then hand-painted with dye. “I should have known something was up when the other felt makers in the show were asking me how I made it” said Patti. The ensemble was inspired by myth, folklore, fantasy and, of course, dragons. Its purpose is to empower women and girls everywhere. Its message is “you are stronger than you know.” You can be sure Patti is hooked and is already working on concepts for next year.


Patti Barker, Dragon Skin Ensemble


Patti Barker, Dragon Skin Ensemble



Claire B Jones, Infiwhirl 1

Claire B Jones at MUSEO Gallery

Opening Reception: Saturday June 1, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Claire B Jones will be one of the artists exhibiting at MUSEO Gallery in the month of June. Please join her for the opening reception on Saturday, June 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

MUSEO Gallery
215 First Street/P. O. Box 548
Langley, WA 98260

Gallery Hours:
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday
Noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays

Seattle-Area SDA Leaders Move On

All good things must come to an end. After several years, Debbie and Terry are resigning from program planning the Seattle monthly SDA meetings effective this June. We are looking for one or two members to take over planning the meetings from September to June and to secure a meeting place. It’s easy to do and support will be provided. It’s been rewarding, and a fun way to stay in touch with our members. Email either Terry or Debbie for more info.

SDA-WA Member Activities March


Kitsap SDA-WA Meeting Is Now the Surface Design Study Group

The Kitsap-area group recently changed its format. It now meets at Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN) Fiber Studio as a general fiber-art group called the Surface Design Study Group (SDSG). Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To attend the group, you can register by dropping by BARN, calling Tammie at BARN at (206) 842-4475 x216 or by emailing Attendees will need to register for the group every six months. Class Code FI010819

According to the BARN website, the fees are:
BARN Members: Free (Please register)
Non-Members: $24 for January – June 2019 meetings and must register.
Drop-in visitors are welcome for any of the individual sessions and can attend SDSG meetings for a fee of $20 per meeting, payable with cash or check at the time of the meeting. More info here.

Donna Lark and Susan Granstrom are looking for suggestions from the group for programs they would like to see this year. Contact them with any ideas.
The following suggestions for meetings have been offered:

  • Studio tours and potluck gatherings. Let Susan know if you would open your studio and home for a group gathering.
  • Visit the BARN Print Making Studio
  • Field Trips at Seattle Art Museum and Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
  • Travel slide shows and Show & Tell
  • Ice dyeing demo/workshop with Barbara Chandler-Young

Kitsap Group Surface Design Show

Barn Commons
March 1 to April 2

There will be a Kitsap Group Surface Design Show in the BARN Commons from March 1 to April 2. Pieces will be no bigger than 24″ x 24″. Any questions? Contact Randi Morgan at

Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN)
8890 Three Tree Lane NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

New Deadline for Submissions: 19th of the Month

We love to support SDA-Washington members! We are always looking for short notices of shows, sales, events, workshops or calls for art for our monthly blog post. Now, we are adjusting our submission deadline to allow for more time to compile our SDA-Washington member newsletter to the 19th of the month, for publication on the 20th.

Here are guidelines for submitting these posts.  


We encourage photos! Please make sure they are labeled with your last name and title of piece (example: Taylor_arcanepathways). Photos can be low resolution (72 dpi), but should be clear, in focus, and at least 300 x 300 pixels. (Photos don’t need to be larger than 2000 x 2000 pixels.) Large file sizes may bounce when sent by email, so you may need to send them in separate emails if your photos are 2 MB or higher.

Please do not embed links into your post. Copy the URLs fully, and paste them in the body of the text where you would like the link.

Please send your material by the 19th of each month. We will do our best to accommodate post requests, but since this operation is volunteer-fueled, we cannot guarantee that we will meet your deadline. We reserve the right to edit any submitted posts.

Types of posts we are looking for: show, sale, event, workshop or call for art in this blog.

Please send the information in the following format: the date and time, title of show/sale/event/workshop, the location, a short description and the name(s) of SDA members participating to: Francesca Penchant at blog.surfacedesignwa@gmail.comby the 19th, for publication on the 20th.

If you email corrections or elaborations after the 19th, we will be happy to update posts after publication.

SDA-WA Member Activities February

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Liz Axford, “Shift 3,” 72″ x 69″

SDA-WA members in Fiber Art Now’s Excellence in Fibers 2017

SDA-WA members Liz Axford, Danielle Bodine and Barbara De Pirro have artwork in the current Fiber Art Now juried Excellence in Fibers 2017, Winter 2017/18 edition of the magazine and will be in the exhibit “Excellence In Fibers” at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose CA. Opening reception October 21, 2018. Show runs October 19–January 13, 2019. Liz’s piece “Shift 3” was the Category Winner for “Wall/Floor Works.” Danielle’s piece, “Moonlight Flight” was the Category Winner for “Installation Works.” Another piece of hers, “Celestial Dance” is featured in the online exhibition.

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Danielle Bodine, “Moonlight Flight,” 3’Hx6’Wx8″D installation




Nancy Loorem Adams at Skagit Valley College Art Gallery

Nancy Loorem Adams Solo Exhibit
Skagit Valley College
Campus Center Art Gallery
Now through March 2
Artist Talk: February 27

SDA-WA member Nancy Loorem Adams has a solo exhibition on now at Skagit Valley College Art Gallery in Mount Vernon. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The artist talk will be February 27 at 10:30 a.m. in Hodson Hall 211. The gallery will be open February 24 just for Northwest Designer Craftsmen members and guests from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for those traveling to Bellingham for the Northwest Designer Craftsmen “Naturally Speaking Panel,” and basketry exhibitions on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Whatcom Museum.

Skagit Valley College
2405 East College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273




Sharon Rowley, “This Heavenly Body—Energy” (detail), 20″ x 20,” silk broadcloth and organza.

SDA-WA Members at Ida Culver House Broadview

“High in Fiber”
Ida Culver House Broadview
Now through May 12
Gala Reception: January 25, 3:30–5:30 p.m.

SDA-WA members Maura Donegan, Cameron Anne Mason and Sharon Rowley have pieces in the “High in Fiber” exhibit at the Ida Culver House in Broadview.

Above is a detail of one of four pieces by Sharon Rowley that will be on view. These pieces of her “This Heavenly Body” series explore the juxtaposition of the perfect body that is now experiencing aging and illness versus the resilient soul finding its voice and hearing “you are not alone.” Each piece is 20” x 20,” made of silk broadcloth and organza. Fabrics and threads are hand-dyed, silkscreened with original motifs, hand and machine stitched.

The Ida Culver House is open seven days a week from 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Just check in at the front desk and they will direct you to second-floor gallery.

Ida Culver House Broadview
12505 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle 98133

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Whidbey Island SDA-WA Members at Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum

“Raising the Surface”
Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum
January 31–April 29

SDA-WA members Liz Axford, Danielle Bodine, Fine Gelfand, Carys Hamer, Nan Leaman, Pat Morse, Natalie Olsen, Marie Plakos, Sande Wascher-James and Lee Woodfin are showing work in the Whidbey Island Surface Design group’s exhibition “Raising the Surface,” which opens on January 31 at the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum (formerly the La Conner Quilt Museum). The exhibit will run through April 29. An Opening Reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31 and a “Meet the Artists” event will take place on Saturday, February 10 from 2 to 5 p.m.  and is open each Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit for further details.

Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum
703 South 2nd Street
La Conner, WA




Dorothy McGuinness, “Satellite,” (2012). Watercolor paper, acrylic paint, waxed linen thread, 12 x 15 x 12 in.

SDA-WA Members at Whatcom Museum

“Rooted, Revived, Reinvented”
Whatcom Museum, Bellingham
February 3–May 6

The Whatcom Museum is hosting the traveling exhibition Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America, February 3–May 6 at the Lightcatcher Building, in collaboration with the National Basketry Organization and The Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri. This is the only West Coast venue of this exhibition. SDA-WA members Lanny Bergner and Dorothy McGuinness, Nancy Loorem Adams and Danielle Bodine have work in the exhibition.

The event is planned so that you can make the date into an outing with lunch prior or dinner following at one of the many great Bellingham restaurants, some within walking distance of the museum. Saturday was chosen to promote NWDC participation, access to easy parking and more reasonable travel in the region.The lecture is open to both NWDC members and the public to fulfill our mission to stimulate interest and appreciation for fine craft. Admission to the museum is required to see the exhibitions.  The panel is complimentary and does not require admission.


SDA-WA Members in “Gathered Together”

“Gathered Together”
Old City Hall, Bellingham
February 3–May 6

View a selection of artwork at Old City Hall by members of the Northwest Basket Weavers Guild (NWBW), including SDA-WA members Danielle Bodine, Nancy Loorem Adams and Dorothy McGuinness,  in Gathered Together: A Show of Work Celebrating Members of the Northwest Basket Weavers Guild, an exhibition juried by Lisa Telford and Katherine Lewis, artists featured in “Rooted, Revived, Reinvented” (above). Members of NWBW will be on hand on opening day to talk about basketry and the artwork on display.

Old City Hall
121 Prospect St.
Bellingham, WA 98225


SDA-WA Members in Whatcom Museum Panel “Naturally Speaking”

“Naturally Speaking”
Whatcom Museum
Saturday, February 24, 2–3 p.m
Reception to follow the event, 3–4 p.m.

Northwest Designer Craftsmen (NWDC) presents a moderated panel of internationally recognized Northwest fine art basketry artists at Whatcom Museum in Bellingham entitled “Naturally Speaking: A Panel of Northwest Artists Discuss Fine Art Basketry in the 21st Century.” Panelists will respond to questions about their use of techniques, materials and influences from moderator Layne Goldsmith, Fiber Arts Professor Emeritus, University of Washington. SDA-WA member panelists include Lanny Bergner, Dorothy McGuinness, Nancy Loorem Adams and Danielle Bodine. Included with admission/Museum members free.

Old City Hall
121 Prospect St.
Bellingham, WA 98225

“Gems of the Ocean” Art Quilt Exhibit, March 10-12


One of the art quilts by SDA member Carla Stehr in “Gems of the Ocean.”

March 10-12, 2017.

“Gems of the Ocean” at Yachats Commons, 441 Hwy 101 N, Yachats, Oregon.

Three of Carla Stehr’s pieces will be included in “Gems of the Ocean,” the first annual ocean-themed art quilt exhibit. The show is sponsored by Ocean Artistryan organization that supports and promotes music, dance and art exhibitions in the Yachats area.

Call for Art for the Schack Art Center!



The final push for Fiber Fusion is upon us! The Prospectus and Entry Form for Schack regional entries is now live here. Current SDA members who reside on Whidbey Island or along the I-5 corridor from Blaine to south of Olympia may submit entries for this show. (This includes members in the North Sound, Whidbey Island, Seattle, and South Sound groups. If you are not sure If you live in that area, please email Up to three wall, free-standing or pedestal pieces can be entered. No width limitations for wall or free-standing pieces; pieces must be 6 feet high or under. The maximum pedestal base is 2 feet. You will have until Thursday, February 2 to enter your pieces. You will be notified by February 16 of acceptance into the show. Pieces are due at the Schack by February 27. The show runs from March 9 through April 15. The opening reception, which has a reputation of being a happening event, will be Thursday, March 9 from 5-8.

PS: We recently found this Fiber Fusion article, entitled Fiber Fusion Travelling Exhibition on “Inspirational,” a UK contemporary art blog that promotes established and emerging artists edited by John Hopper.


Schack Art Center