SDA-WA Member Activities February 2020



Deborah belongs to the SDA WA South Central Group. Know more about her and her wonderful work.

00-Jerry by Deborah Ann

“Jerry” by Deborah Ann. 2020. 

“I have been an artist since I was in grade school and a fabric/fiber artist since I was 15.  Didn’t plan it that way but I can’t imagine doing anything else. I built a frame loom in 1962, did a tapestry, did many more and then was loaned a floor loom which served me until the early 1970’s when I bought my own loom. From there it was all uphill. I dyed my yarn, sold my work morphed into macramé and sculptural weaving. In 1973 I found a book on soft sculpture which was the first I’d ever seen. I sold the looms and started buying fabric. Not finding anyone to emulate, I developed my own methodology. This is all before classes, books and Wonder Under.

I didn’t know anyone who did what I was doing. No one took fabric work seriously as it was considered women’s work and not art. During my years in the women’s movement it was not politically correct to do that. It was difficult to take myself seriously.

Decades later galleries and museums openly accept fabric art as art. Books are published and classes are taught in every aspect of using the medium. So much has changed all because thousands of women in corners of the country bucked the notion that it wasn’t an important form of art.

Today most of the focus of my subject is about unseen people. I portray people on the streets, people who most of us wouldn’t give a second glance to. I try to capture some of who they are and why they matter. I love the intricacies of the face and the way light plays on it’s many plains. I use Photoshop to intensify the color and highlight to contours before I make a pattern on freezer paper. I also dye most of my own fabric because the color of commercial fabric is too flat and even. I want the finished piece to be powerful and eye catching.”

02-Drum-Song by Deborah Ann

“Drum Song” by Deborah Ann. Size 31″X 45.5″. 2019

About this piece: “The background in pieced hand dyed fabric was stenciled with Paint Stik over the “music” before it was assembled. Most of the drummer’s material is also hand dyed and stencilled with Paint Stik to create dimension. After assembling the background was quilted on a mid-arm quilting machine while the image was done on a Bernina using free motion stitching.”

01-Asya-Asya by Deborah Ann

“Asya-Asya-Asya” by Deborah Ann. Size 14″x27″. 2019

About this piece: “Asya is a friend of mine who is a very courageous person. I love her spirit and ability to overcome adversity. I took these photos of her at the food bank where we both volunteer.”

03-Different strokes by Deborah Ann

“Different Strokes” by Deborah Ann. Size 31″x 28.5″. 2016

About this piece: “These brushes were used to paint a couple of murals and were so great looking that I just had to create them in fabric.”




04-Orange You A Cutie by Cheri Kopp

“Orange You A Cutie?” by Cheri Kopp.                                                                                                      Left:OAO window-installation by Cheri Kopp and Margie McDonald. PH Peter Kopp.                                                                                                         Right: PT WAS runway-model Julie Christine, PH Diane Urbani de la Paz


Cheri Kopp in Olympic Art and Office Supply

 “Orange You A Cutie?”, Cheri Kopp’s entry in the 2019 Port Townsend Wearable Art show is on display in the window of Olympic Art and Office Supply, 220 Taylor St, PT, through mid February.

For several decades Cheri collected, cleaned, organized and stored packaging detritus from fruit consumption. For this fresh, multi-layered ensemble (12 pieces pictured), she trimmed, shaped, molded, stretched, glued, stitched, and even quilted all that non-recyclable plastic and paper trash.

The materials include plastic packaging (mesh produce bags, labels, berry boxes, produce stickers), box lids, scrap paper (tissue and foil), ribbon, yard sale beads, leftover cotton fabric, on knit fabric, felt, plastic foam dish packing, hula hoop, acupuncture needle sleeves and flip flops.


05-Rescue Raptor by Leslie Dickinson

“Rescue Raptor a Great Horned Owl” by Leslie Dickinson.42′ x 38′

Leslie Dickinson in Birds of a Fiber exhibition

 Leslie Dickinson has two collaged and thread painted pieces included in Birds of a Fiber, an exhibition at the Pacific NW Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum. This is a group exhibit curated by Jenny Walker and sponsored by Fine Feathered Friends Nature Storein La Conner.

One of the pieces shows Gandolph, an educational Great Horned Owl; his injuries do not allow for him to be released and he resides at the Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescuein Port Townsend, WA.  This quilt was made to be sold with 100% of the funds going to the rescue center.

Birds of a Fiber

Pacific NW Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum                                                                                        703 2nd St, La Conner, WA                                                                                                        January 23 – March 1, 2020                                                                                                      Opening Reception: Saturday, January 25, 2020 3-5:00pm

06-Woodpeck by Leslie Dickinson

“Woodpecker” by Leslie Dickinson.8′ x 10′


Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry news

07-First Ladies by Caryl Bryer

“First Ladies” by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

 Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry at Jefferson Museum of Art & History

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s quilt, “First Ladies”, is on display in the Jefferson Museum of Art & Historyclassroom through March 2020. Gentry is an internationally recognized quilter in our community and the quilt will travel around the United States through 2022, with Jefferson County Museum as the first stop to kick off our celebration of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial.

08-DancingThroughTheBlues by Caryl Bryer

“Dancing Through The Blues #2” by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry. Size30´x30´

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry in Found Again

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry will have two quilts in Found Again, a juried exhibition by the Art Quilt Networkat the Ohio Craft Museumin Columbus, OH. The show features 30 contemporary art quilts by artists from across the country and central Ohio

Found Again                                                                                                                                     Ohio Craft Museum
1665 W. 5th Ave., Columbus
February 9 – April 5, 2020
Opening reception: February 9, 1:00–4:00 pm. Gallery discussion: 3:00 pm.
Local participating artists will talk about their work, their techniques and inspiration.

09-Divergence by Caryl Bryer

“Divergence” by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry. Size 30´x30



10-SDA Seattle group meeting

SDA Seattle group meeting


 The January meeting was attended by Terry Berg, Cynthia Blair, Barbara Matthews, Gabi Nirino, Anne Nelson, Barbara O´Steen, Carla Stehr, Therese Stein. Terry guided astitch meditation, which is hand sewing as a meditative and creative process.  We had also a lot of stich talking. Carla surprised everyone sharing boxes and bags full of all kind of buttons and embellishments.

11-Stiched samples

Stiched samples

Carla showed her new piece, Barbara explained the making of her jacket and Gabi shared some woven pieces.

13-Barbara Jacket

Barbara´s jacket

12-Carla Stehr new piece

Carla´s new piece


14-Basket to hold your courage by G Nirino

“Basket to hold your courage” by Gabriela Nirino Riess

Gabriela Nirino Riess at Growth&Evolution

Gabriela was selected to participate in the Growth & Evolution International Jewellery Exhibition 2020, organized by COLLECTIVA | Joalharia de Autor, OSD Industrial Co and Yesheng Art & Design Center.

This exhibition explores questions about contemporary jewellery. The evolution of jewelry may have a certain trend, but no only one answer. What is your answer? Where is contemporary art jewellers’ voice?

Gabriela statement was: “Art Jewellery is a way to resist. I resist despair making things with a meaning. Create a meaning is a powerful weapon, because having a meaning is having a hope.
You can carry that meaning with you, in you, you can give it to other people.
In Contemporary Jewellery you can give value to humble and forgoten materials. That is important to me, because I live in a reality where a quarter of the population is under the poverty line and every resource is valuable.
I have woven small baskets with stripes of corn husk (“chala”, from quechua language).
I separated fibers from the leaves and I strip of the excess with the nails to obtain a very thin thread.
Corn is a founding crop in America. The chala appears as an element of Latin American resistance. It is an apparent waste, which invisible protects the earth and generates energy when it is thrown in the field.
In this sense, it is assimilated to mute populations for history: indigenous, women, poor.”

Growth&Evolution                                                                                                                           OSD Design Center
Kunming (Shangai, China)
February 14th to March 1st 2020

16-Basket to hold your dream by G Nirino

“Basket to hold your dream” by Gabriela Nirino Riess

15-Basket to hold your hope by G Nirino

“Basket to hold your hope” by Gabriela Nirino Riess



17-Drawing with paint

Drawing with paint. Barbara De Pirro 



Drawing with Paint

We will explore acrylic paints & mediums, including Golden’s ‘High Flow’ paints within refillable markers & pens, combined with various drawing media. Discover a full range of acrylic products and techniques that allow you to develop expressive & energetically complex surfaces. Come with a sense of adventure and leave with samples to frame or to inspire future artwork! Each artist will create samples of each product, process & technique; each detail will be documented, creating a reference that will prove to be an invaluable resource for all future projects. All levels are welcome.

All products graciously provided by Golden Artist Colors for all my workshops. Supply list available on registration page.

Artist & Craftsman
FEB 9, 11-4
4350 8th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA
Contact for registration: or ONLINE



Member of SDA Patricia Resseguie is also the President of Northwest Designer Craftsmen.She send some news about the exhibition and Fiber Art Master Classes that will be held at the Schack Art Center.

 Fiber Art Master Classes

Northwest Designer Craftsmenand the Schack Art Center

Present Fiber Art Master Classes as part of The Currents 2020 National Craft Exhibition and Symposium
Schack Art Center, Everett, WA
Classes from March 6-9, 2020  9:30 am to 4:30 pm each day
Registration Open Now

Basket Assemblage:  Doing It My Way with John Garrett
John Garrett will share various methods he developed over the years to incorporate many varieties of materials into his basket sculptures.  Students will work with wire, hardware cloth, pop riveters and more to make numerous samples that will eventually be assembled into a basket.

Breathing Baskets with Pat Hickman
This workshop will encourage participants to explore visual ideas suggested through openwork textile structures – knotted netting and knotless netting.  Reserving openings for air, and the importance of what is not there, will be built into conceptually based quick studies and studio exploration.

Cut it Through! with Beatrice Coron
Paper cutting, from historical roots to the contemporary art scene, demonstrates its mutli-facets.  Simple techniques – cutting, stenciling, modeling – permit artists to create large installations and intimate works.  During this intensive class of serious fun, participants will discover the incredible variety of applications of this art form from fine arts to public art commissions.

Mining Historic Textiles as a Route to the Future by Gerhardt Knodel
Textiles embody the creative vision of cultures that produced them.  They can also be extraordinary sources of inspiration for artists who envision the past differently than historians.  This class will explore several strategies for proving provocative textiles in Gerhardt Knodel’s personal collection.




Nancy´s sculpture “Silken” was selected by curator  Emily Zaiden, Director and Curator of the Craft in America Centerin Los Angeles, California.

More about Nancy at

Fuller Craft Museum 

2020 Biennial
Members Exhibition
February 8,2020 – November 8, 2020


SDA-WA Member Activities January 2020

16.Silken by Nancy Loorem Adams

“Silken” by Nancy Loorem Adams.Raw silk thread, paper mâché form, silk cocoons, paper clay and acrylic mediums. 13”x17”x9”

15.Silken detail

“Silken” by Nancy Loorem Adams. Detail


 Nancy´s sculpture “Silken” was selected by curator  Emily Zaiden, Director and Curator of the Craft in America Centerin Los Angeles, California.

More about Nancy at

Fuller Craft Museum 

2020 Biennial                                                                                                                             Members Exhibition                                                                                                                  February 8,2020 – November 8, 2020



01.Autumn Leaves by Leslie Dickinson

“Autumn Leaves” by Leslie Dickinson.Dyed/printed fabric & handmade fabric beads


 We had a wonderful December Potluck Christmas gathering with more than half of our 40 members in attendance.  Some great show and tells too.
Here in Port Townsend we are fortunate to have the Northwind Arts Centeras a major supporter of the arts. Again this year they put on their show “Small Expressions 18”, submission of any kind of art as long as it is less than 15 x 15 x 15 inches.

07.Northwind Arts Center

They had over 300 submissions and over 100 artists.  The Show opened December 5th and will run through December 30th.  Our SDA chapter has 8 pieces in the show, by Leslie Dickinson, Pat Herkal, Barbara Houshmand, Debra Olson and Jean Marie Tarascio.

02- Tentacles by Pat Herkal

“Tentacles” by Pat Herkal. Fiber, beadwork and embroidery


“Little Ofphan” by Barbara Houshmand. Vintage textiles, rock

04.Church Crow by Barbara Houshmand

“Church Crow” by Barbara Houshmand.Textiles, beads, rosary

05.Black, White Debra Olson

“Black, White and Red All Over” by Debra Olson.Mixed media

06.Share Same Space by Debra Olson

You don’t all have to be the same to share the space” by Debra Olson. Mixed media



08.Ashia by Deborah Ann

“Ashia” by Deborah Ann


 Our December meeting was quite a surprise with exceptional attendance and nearly everyone bringing a bag full of show and tell.  Deborah Ann brought her new art quilt, “Ashia”.



09.M Thomas vest

Mary Thomas´ vest

Mary Thomas brought her vest in which she incorporated both her hand weaving, hand knitting and her silk painting.

10.Carol Flecher micro

Carol Fletcher´s botanical printing

Carol Fletcher shared her botanical printing in which she experimented with micro quilting. Evans Fletcher shared that one of his pieces, Taking Flight,is featured on pg. 70 of the latest issue of Quilting Arts magazine, although he said that the image is printed upside down.

11.Vicki Gerton shawl

Vicki Gerton´s nuno-felted shawl

Vicki Gerton shared her latest nuno- felted shawl in which she incorporated one of her grandmother’s silk chiffon scarfs.

12.Carol Hall

Carol Hall´s silk painted scarve


Carol Hall, a guest, shared many of the silk painted scarves that she completed this last summer at Gruenewald Guild retreat in Chelan County, WA.

13.S Forsyth felting

Suzie Forsyth´s felting experiments

Suzie Forsyth shared both her botanical printing experiments as well as her textured felting experiments.

14.JRice collage

Judy Rice´s collage on a denim jacket

Judy Rice shared her experiments with Paintstix rubbings as well as a fiber collage on a denim jacket.




SDA-WA Member Activities December

01-Updraft by Deborah Ann

“Updraft” by Deborah Ann


Deborah Ann of Yakima WA. was awarded the Best of Show award for her piece “Updraft”.

“The piece is based on the hay field across the road from my house. I have done a few other pieces using this expanse of  green that is my view whenever I leave the house. I find it so pleasing and peaceful. ”

“I tore hand dyed fabrics into square to rectangular shapes, overlapped them and machine stitched them to create the sky and the field. Since this is a depiction of the field just after haying, the birds who come to gleen were really the theme. They are in the sky and swooping over the field.”

Larson Gallery, Yakima WA. 1107 S. 16th Ave. at the corner of W. Nob Hill.                      64th Annual Central Washington  Artists’ Exhibition.                                                 Exhibition dates: 3-30 Nov                                                                                                         Juror: Greg Robinson for the BAinbridge Island Museum of Art


02-Todo Bien pop up venue

Todo Bien pop up venue


 Nancy Scagliotti sent the following information about her pop up venue, Todo Bien.

“I will be at the Women’s International Market 2019 at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1. The hours are 11am-5pm. Do come by and have a look at the lovely bamboo scarves and shawls, cotton tops and vests.  There will be vendors selling handmade goods from a variety of cultures. Don’t miss this wonderful event that supports women cooperatives from around the world.” Women’s Work helps women and children worldwide by offering women artisans in developing countries access to US markets.

Womens Work International Market                                                                                  Mount Vernon Senior Center 1401 Cleveland Ave. Mount Vernon, WA.                             Info: 360-424-5854

Japontex 2019
Quilt Exhibit, Talk & Sale
Saturday, November 23, 2019
La Conner Civic Garden Club
11am to 4pm                                                                                                                                      
For more information about this show and vendors:


03-Handmade leather journal by Alana

Handmade leather journal by Alana

Show and Tell:                                                                                                                              Alana has signed up for the two year Gail Harker course, Level 3 Advanced Studies in Experimental Stitch. She has also been dying cotton cloth. She also shared a beautiful handmade leather journal she made during a class she took at the Quilt Festival. The class was given by Brenna Jael, Rogue Artist/Bookbinder of Slow Art Studio and Bindery in La Conner.

Dorothy is on sabbatical. Considering all the magical baskets she has produced over the years, I’m sure it is well deserved.

04-Robyn´s eco dye pieces

Robyn´s eco dye pieces

Robyn continues to create beautiful eco dyed pieces. She dyed a beautiful cashmere scarf.

Steplanie s cowl

Stephanie knitted a lovely cowl for her neice.

05-Tesi s Accordion book and drawings

Tesi´s accordion book and drawings

Tesi told us about two online seminars on creativity: Reclaiming Creativity Summit and Magical Mindfulness Retreat. Each author/artist was interviewed and then a creative exercise was given or other helpful information shared. Valerie also viewed these talks and found them to be interesting and inspirational. Tesi shared an accordion book she created for Inktober 2019. Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. Tesi also signed up for a watercolor class with Michele Cooper at A Guilded Art Gallery in Stanwood.

06-Valerie´s poncho work in progress

Valerie´s poncho work in progress

Valerie shared a poncho she is crocheting. She made a similar “hippie” poncho back in the ’70s in orange, brown and gold acrylic yarn. This one will be made from bulky wool yarn in teal and gray.



09-Barbara Osborne pieces

Barbara Osborne pieces

08-Millenium Falcon by Barbara Osborne

“Millenium Falcon” by Barbara Osborne


During the meeting, Barbara Osborne demostrated her technique for making coiled baskets from pine tree needles and rocks. If you want to know more about her wonderful work, take a look at

Barbara is going to have a studio show and sale on Saturday, December 7 from 9:30-3:30 and she wants to invite anyone who is interested to go meet her and her work at her studio and home in Seattle, which is located at 6818 21st Ave NE, 98115, 1 mile directly N of the UW campus

07-Barbara Osborn demonstration

Barbara Osborn demonstration



10-Parcial view of Gabi Nirino work

Parcial view of Gabi Nirino work


 Gabi Nirino at Centro Cultural de la Cooperación

Gabriela is participating with three other textile artists in an exhibition dedicated to the women of Bauhaus. She display a group of woven pieces and some drawings, grouped under the name of “Muestrarios” (Samples)

“Tests, samples, fragments, failed attempts. Those uncertain moments in which nothing definitive still takes shape, in which we think when doing. Those presented here are made using yarns from discarded industrial catalogues and cotton tapes of the country’s first textile industrial cooperative, C.I.T.A., today at risk of closure.In archives and texts on the Bauhaus you can find some records of samples, sketches and technical textile drawings.I am fascinated by these traces of unseen work.My tribute goes to all those who invisibly insist and believe it is worth building.”

A century after the opening of the Bauhaus, four women artists from our environment pay tribute to those other women who went through their classrooms and workshops a century ago between 1919 and 1933, leaving a legacy not always valued. Gabriela Nirino, Fernanda Piergallini, Eugenia Streb and Emilia Demichelis reflect from the textile, the production of pieces made by Anni Albers, Gunta Stölzl, Benita Koch-Otte, Otti Berger, among the most prominent of the famous German design school, and they invite us to you to think about the impact of that work today.

Centro Cultural de la Cooperación

Av. Corrientes 1543. Buenos Aires, Argentina                                                                        Monday – Friday 10:00AM to  10:00PM / Saturday-Sundays 02:00PM to 10:00PM               The exhibition runs until February 15th

11-Sample sdetail by Gabi Nirino

“Samples” detail by Gabi Nirino

EstructuraII by Gabi Nirino

“Estructura II” by Gabi Nirino

Gabi Nirino at IV Textile Jewelry Exhibition

Gabriela won the Poetic Award with the piece “Estructura II” at the IV Textile Jewelry Exhibition organized by the CAAT, the Argentine Center of Textile Art.


13-Golden Lecture by Barbara De Pirro

GOLDEN Lecture on textural surfaces by Barbara De Pirro


GOLDEN Lecture/Demo: Textural Surfaces

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, Mediums, Gels, Pastes and Grounds. Gain an understanding of each product and their different attributes. 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 & free samples. Instructor will demonstrate hands-on techniques using these products.

Sun, December 1, 2019                                                                                                                    1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST                                                                                                                     Artist & Craftsman Supply Seattle                                                                                               4350 8th Avenue Northeast.Seattle, WA 98105                                                                        Register free:


14-Stehr_Diatom7_by Carla Stehr

Top: a scanning electron microscope photo of a pattern on the surface of a diatom. Bottom: “Diatom 7” I by Carla Stehr, an art quilt inspired by the image.


Carla will be giving a presentation Dec. 8, in Port Townsend on the “Art and Science of the Marine Micro World”.  Much of her fiber art is inspired by her experiences as a Marine Biologist studying marine life with a scanning electron microscope.  Her talk for the Port Townsend Marine Science Center Lecture Series will include photos taken with the microscope and her fiber art to illustrate the science and art of the marine micro world. The presentation will be Dec 8 at 3 PM in the Fort Warden Chapel, Port Townsend.  Admission fee is 5$.  The black and white image is a scanning electron microscope photo of a pattern on the surface of a diatom. The color image “Diatom 7” is an art quilt inspired by the image.

Port Townsend Marine Science Center                                                                                        Fort Warden Chapel                                                                                                                 December 8 at 3 pm



 Barbara De Pirro at ‘Reclaimed’

Barbara has currently several sculptures included in ‘Reclaimed’ at Aljoya Thornton Place. “These established fiber based artists are presenting work sharing their relationship with what is reclaimed. This may be viewed in materials used, what was lost or taken away and, also by a change in circumstances.” Exhibiting artists; Jacqui Calladine, Barbara De Pirro, Maura Donnegan, Claire B. Jones, Sarah Jones, Lynne Rigby, Terri Shinn Curated by Anna Macrae

Exhibition Dates: SEPT 15 – JAN 26, 2020
Aljoya Thornton Place
450 NE 100th Street, Seattle, WA


SDA-WA Member Activities November

01_Leaves at Dawn by Deborah Ann

Leaves at Dawn, 2004, 62”w x 50”h


 Deborah Ann presents Larger Works in fabric. This exhibit is a collection of pieces done over many years, many of which haven’t been shown. She has been working as a fabric artist since the early 1970’s and her style has evolved over the years. She dyes her own fabrics and uses various surface design techniques to achieve the appearance needed for the art. Using hundreds of small pieces of fabric which she machine appliques them into intricately detailed portraits and views of nature.

Deborah Ann exhibits regularly in the Yakima valley with a style that is easily recognized for its uniqueness and unusual use of color. A piece called Dance of the Moonswas accepted by the jury of the Pacific International Quilt Fest in Santa Clara CA this year and was exhibited at that show. She share the last quilt she did at the South Central SDA WA Group meeting

Before becoming a fabric artist Deborah Ann worked in fiber starting in the early 1960’s. She built frame looms and wove wall hanging before acquiring a floor loom where she could produce larger works. She also worked in macramé’ and sculptural crocheting during that time. In 1973 she discovered fabric sculpture and it became the medium of choice ever since.

Collaboration Coffee

18 S. 1 st Street, Yakima.                                                                                                           October 28 th – November 30 th                                                                                           Opening: November 1 st from 6-8pm with an artist talk at 7pm.   

02_Winter Cranes by Deborah Ann

Winter Cranes, 2015, 32”w x 70”h

03_Deborah Ann latest quilt

Deborah Ann latest art quilt



04_Perfectly Imperfectly by Barbara Matthews

Perfectly Imperfect by Barbara Matthews


Barbara Matthews had the pleasure to talk to Jane Dunnewold as the featured artist in Jane’s October Creative Strength Training series.  Find the interview at the link

Two art pieces Barbara refers to in the interview are a current piece, “Perfectly Imperfect” and her earliest piece, “Heartbreak Revisted”, which was a final project from the University of Washington Fiber Certificate Program.


Heartbreak Revisted by Barbara Matthews


Interview Photo. Barbara Matthews and Jane Dunnewold



07_Nancy´s work

Nancy´s work


 Present: Alana, Stephanie, Robyn, Sydney, Tesi, Dorothy, Nancy and Valerie.

Dorothy has work in the Bainbridge Arts & Crafts Show, Paper: Texture and Form. Show runs through October 27, 2019 (more information at the end of the posts)

Nancy shared yarn that she had spun. She’ll dye it and make socks. She also shared a denim jacket with sashiko stitching and a vintage sewing tool kit. She took a two part class at Social Fabric in Bellingham called “Copy a Garment Without Taking It Apart”. She also went on a Road Scholar trip where she saw a quilt in Utah commemorating the Quilt Walk of 1864. The Mormons would lay quilts on the frozen crusted snow and then drive their wagons over them so they could get supplies to prevent them from starving. Alana shared a copy of Quilt Folk Magazine that had a story in it about the Quilt Walk.

08_Stephanie´s jacket

Stephanie´s jacket

Stephanie was wearing a jacket she made. She belongs to the Divas, a Fidalgo Island Quilters group that makes wearable art.

09_Robyn eco dying

Robyn eco dying

Robyn has been busy doing eco dying. She enhances the prints with Intense Pencils.

10_Sydeny´s work

Sydney´s work

Sydney shared a crazy quilt block she’s making for a project with friends. They have agreed to include buttons they got from another friend’s estate. She took a hand stitching class with Gail Harker using one stitch and different thread weights.

11_Tesi´s work

Tesi´s work

Tesi shared the Pojagi panels she made for her window. She also made a beautiful knit poncho.


12_Barbara De Pirro sculptures

Sculptures by Barbara De Pirro


Barbara De Pirro at ‘Reclaimed’

Barbara has currently several sculptures included in ‘Reclaimed’ at Aljoya Thornton Place. “These established fiber based artists are presenting work sharing their relationship with what is reclaimed. This may be viewed in materials used, what was lost or taken away and, also by a change in circumstances.” Exhibiting artists; Jacqui Calladine, Barbara De Pirro, Maura Donnegan, Claire B. Jones, Sarah Jones, Lynne Rigby, Terri Shinn Curated by Anna Macrae

Exhibition Dates: SEPT 15 – JAN 26, 2020
Aljoya Thornton Place
450 NE 100th Street, Seattle, WA

13_Sea Anemone by Barbara De Pirro

Sea Anemone by Barbara De Pirro

Barbara De Pirro at Basketry Now

Barbara has her sculptural basket “Sea Anemone” included in the 10th Anniversary Exhibiton of Basketry Now.

The Kentucky Museum is hosting an international show, Basketry Now: 10th Anniversary Exhibition, from July 16-December 1, 2019. The National Basketry Organization has assembled this show of contemporary and traditional basketry with artists employing a variety of both common and uncommon techniques in a wide array of materials. Juror Heather Lineberry selected 84 works of art by 55 artists, including those from the Netherlands, the UK, New Zealand, and Canada.This exhibit celebrates the National Basketry Organization’s 20th year and opened during their biennial basketry conference on the grounds of Western Kentucky University.

A full-color catalog for NBO BASKETRY NOW is available for order at the NBO online STORE

July 16 – December 1, 2019
The Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky

More details HERE


14_ANCIENT call for entries

ANCIENT call for entries


Ginny McVickar send this proposal

With the weather changing, harvest brought in, and kids off to school, it is a perfect time to get back in your studio and work on some pieces for ANCIENT. Deadline is January 11, 2020. Give yourself the time to experiment with new techniques and expand your imagination to interpret ANCIENT and have fun with it! Go to FIND CALLS and type in ANCIENT. I suggest you go to the site now and sign up for an account with your email address. This lists you as participant with the Emerald Art Center. ENTRY is open now. You can also find it on the SAQA website under non-SAQA shows. Have fun!

Ginny McVickar . Volunteer for Emerald Art Center  Springfield, OR




Cicelia has her first solo show in Seattle, called Feel Just Like Home at Gallery 4CultureThe show runs Oct 3 – 31st. Here is a link to the website with all the info:

The second piece that she will be exhibiting was funded in part by SDA’s Socially Engaged Practices Grant. It is called Fugitive Shame and will be on display at Northwind Arts Centerin Port Townsend. It is part of a group show, The Centrum Emerging Artist Residency Alumni Exhibition. This show runs Oct 5th – 27th.

Here is a link to all the info about that project (because the link isn’t up on the Northwind website yet):

Feel Just Like Home                                                                                                                 Gallery 4Culture. 101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle                                                                            Oct 3 – 31st

Northwind Arts Center                                                                                                                 Port Townsend                                                                                                                                   Oct 5th – 27th



The ancient Japanese stencil dyeing process of katazome meets present day in the work of local ber artist Cheryl Lawrence, on display in the UUCWI Art GallerySeptember through the end of October, “Democracy in Action. Celebrating the women of the 116th Congress”. The gallery is inside the Unitarian Universalist Congegation of Whidbey Island Church. Since the show is in the church gallery, which doesn’t hold regular gallery hours, please let her know if you’d like to arrange to view the installation.

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UUCWI Gallery of Art. 20103 State Route 525, Freeland                                              September to October 31


15_ZigZag4 by Dorothy McGuinness

ZigZag4 by Dorothy McGuinness


SDA WA members Mary Ashton, Danielle Bodine, Dorothy McGuinness and Jean-Marie Tarascio, along with artists Lois James, Sande Wascher-James, Jeff Brice, Heather Griffin, Victoria Harrison, , Linda Jarvis, Tracy Lang, MJ Linford, Linda McClamrock, Nikki McClure, Shane Miller, Debbie Peek, and Helga Winter will show their unique works with paper at the Paper: Texture and Form exhibiton.

Paper: Texture and Form. Sharon Carr: New Work                                                       October 4-27, 2019

Bainbridge Arts and Crafts                                                                                                          151 Winslow Way E. Bainbridge Island, WA 98110                                                                Gallery hours: Mon.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5                                                   206.842.3132

SDA-WA Member Activities October


01 Radiant-Strata by Donna Lee Dowdney
“Radiant-Strata” by Donna Lee Dowdney


 Donna Lee Dowdney was featured in Create Whimsy’s spotlight. It talks about her and her art journey. Many pictures of her work are included.


02 At the Bottom of the Sea by Cathie Wier

“At the Bottom of the Sea” by Cathie Wier


Cathie Wier and Kathie Cook have pieces juried into “The Power of Small Things” at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, on exhibit through September 29.

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center
1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd.​
Port Angeles, WA 98362
(360) 457-3532
Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm


05 Sol Duc Solitude by Kathie Cook

“Sol Duc Solitude” by Kathie Cook


Kathie Cook’s piece, Sol Duc Solitude, was accepted to the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum sponsored International Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival, October 11-13 at the Edward Hansen Conference Center in Everrett


03 Swirling by Danielle Bodine

“Swirling” by Danielle Bodine.Random weave basket made with rattan flat reed, bamboo, and plastic tape.Collaged mulberry paper, paint


SDA WA members Mary Ashton, Danielle Bodine, Dorothy McGuinness and Jean-Marie Tarascio, along with artists Lois James, Sande Wascher-James, Jeff Brice, Heather Griffin, Victoria Harrison, , Linda Jarvis, Tracy Lang, MJ Linford, Linda McClamrock, Nikki McClure, Shane Miller, Debbie Peek, and Helga Winter will show their unique works with paper at the Paper: Texture and Form exhibiton.

Paper: Texture and Form
Sharon Carr: New Work
Show runs October 4-27, 2019
Artist Reception on Friday, October 4 from 4pm to 8pm
Artist panel discussion Sat Oct.12th at 12:30
Bainbridge Arts and Crafts
151 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Gallery hours: Mon.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5

04 Oasis by DorothyMcGuinness

“Oasis” by Dorothy McGuinness. Watercolor paper, acrylic paint, waxed linen thread. Mad weave mobius


06 Vine#2 by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

“Vine #2” by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry


Caryl Breyer Gentry received an honorable mention in two categories at QuiltWeek Grand Rapids.
She received People’s Choice Award at Quilt National #19, and first place at World Quilt New England.
Her quilt, Splash, is pictured on the back page of the quarterly SAQA Journal.


07 At the Junction by Maria Varner

“At the Junction” by Maria Varner. Photo courtesy of Cassandra Beaver


Marla Varner’s quilt, At the Junction, placed first in the Modern category at the American Quilter’s Society(AQS) Quiltweek show in Grand Rapids. (If you want to learn this quilt’s story, Maria wrote about it here.)
The piece had also placed first in the Modern Category at the AQS Fall Paducahshow.


08 Feel Just Like Home by Cicelia Ross-Gotta

“Feel Just Like Home” by Cicelia Ross-Gotta


Cicelia has her first solo show in Seattle, called Feel Just Like Home at Gallery 4CultureThe show runs Oct 3 – 31st. The opening reception is from 6-8 pm Oct 3rd.
Here is a link to the website with all the info:

The second piece that she will be exhibiting was funded in part by SDA’s Socially Engaged Practices Grant. It is called Fugitive Shame and will be on display at Northwind Arts Centerin Port Townsend. It is part of a group show, The Centrum Emerging Artist Residency Alumni Exhibition. This show runs Oct 5th – 27th. The opening reception is from 5:30-8:30 Oct 5th. Another artist in the show, Jaleesa Johnston and I will also be giving an artist talk about our projects in this show on Fri. Oct 18th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Here is a link to all the info about that project (because the link isn’t up on the Northwind website yet):

Feel Just Like Home
Gallery 4Culture
101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle
Oct 3 – 31st
Northwind Arts Center
Port Townsend
Oct 5th – 27th

09 Fugitive Shame by Cicelia Ross-Gotta

“Fugitive Shame” by Cicelia Ross-Gotta.Crowd-sourced anonymous responses to the question “What is something that you are ashamed of?”


10 Cityscape Three by Kindy Kemp

“Cityscape Three” by Kindy Kemp

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“The Black House” by Barbara Houshmand


The North Peninsula members are participating at the Shades of Summer exhibition, in Wilderbee Farm

Mead Werks, Wilderbee Farm
223 Cook Ave Ext, Port Townsend
August 1 – October 13
Saturday & Sunday 12-7pm

12 Ode+to+Jane++Barbara+Ramsey

“Ode to Jane” by Barbara Ramsey

13 All Dressed Up1 by Liisa Fagerlund

“All Dressed Up” by Liisa Fagerlund



14 Sea Urchin by Barbara De Pirro

“Sea Urchin”(detail) by Barbara De Pirro.Synthetic Strapping & Crocheted Stainless Steel Wire


 Barbara De Pirro at Innovation In Textiles 2019

October 3 is the opening night of the Surface Design Associations Biennial Conference, Beyond the Surface, October 3-6. The Conference is being held in conjunction with Innovations in Textiles 2019, which features 40 textile exhibitions in greater St Louis, Missouri. In operation since 1886, the St. Louis Artists’ Guild is the oldest arts organization west of the Mississippi River. Its 5000 square foot contemporary art space in the mid-century modern Famous Barr Building will be the site of the conference’s opening and closing events as well as the exhibition.
Jurors Jo Stealey and Jim Arendt selected works by 48 artists who considered the following ideas: “Artists continually push the evolution of textiles from their long history of utilitarian use through the use of color, design, processes, and meanings. Works chosen demonstrate unique, well-developed artistic vision, and innovation. Whether commentary on social issues, meditations on the natural world, humor, storytelling, abstraction, influenced by science, or other areas of focus, this exhibition includes the best of contemporary work by SDA members.”

St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Clayton, MO 
September 20 – October 23,
Opening Reception October 3


15 Petals by Barbara De Pirro

“Petals” by Barbara De Pirro.Painted papers acrylic, crocheted stainless steel wire

Barbara De Pirro at Woman Made Gallery

Barbara De Pirro´s sculpture ‘Petals’ will be included in Show Your Paperexhibition, an exhibit highlighting artists who use paper as their substrate or primary medium. Juror: Kathyrn Markel, Principal, Kathyrn Markel Fine Arts, established in 1975, specializes in contemporary works on paper with the addition of paintings by the young avant-garde.

Woman Made Gallery is a, not-for-profit organization founded in 1992. Its goal is to cultivate, promote and support the work of female-identified artists by providing exhibition opportunities, professional development, and public programs that invite discussion about what feminism means today. The gallery is run by women and women also comprise 81% of the gallery’s represented artists. WMG welcomes the participation of people of all gender expressions and orientations as artists and program participants, members and supporters.

Show Your Paper
Sep 20 – Oct 19, 2019
Opening: Friday, Sep 20, 5 – 8 pm
Woman Made Gallery
2150 S Canalport #4A-3, Chicago, IL


16 Quilt by Christina Fairley Erickson

Quilt by Christina Fairley Erickson



Christina Fairleley Erickson at the International Quilt & Fiber Art Festival
Christina has 8 pieces that have been juried into this show.  You can find out more about the show at the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Art Museum’s website at

Edward D. Hansen Conference Center
2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett, WA
October 11-13, 2019

17 Surface Design Lab

Surface Design Lab

Surface Design Lab
Learn methods to embellish, embroider, and enrich fabrics!  This lab allows students to try different surface design methods with expert guidance. Work on projects of your own choice and at your own pace. Experiment with different materials and techniques such as: Hand Embroidery, Freehand Machine Embroidery, Felting, Fabric Collage, Dyeing, Textile Inks, Beading and More

18 Mend, Darn, Repair & Upcycle Lab

Mend, Darn, Repair & Upcicle Lab

Mend, Darn, Repair & Upcycle Lab
Great for beginning sewers – those who would like to add some sewing life skills to their knowledge or anyone who’d like to maintain their wardrobe or upcycle their clothing or thrift store finds.  Learn: Fixing Holes, Adding buttons, Hemming, Patches, Resizing, and Artful Darning.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Kirkland Campus: 11605 132nd Ave NE
Both Courses meet 7 sessions
Mondays September 23- November 25
Surface Design Lab from 12 noon-2:50 pm
Repair & Upcycle Lab from 3-5:50 pm
1 College Credit awarded per quarter for each course
To Enroll Click Here- first apply for admission to LWTech – scroll down to click “Apply for Admissions Online” under “Don’t need an Admissions Coach”.  After you get your Student ID # (SID) Click Here- Go to the Web Registration Page and follow the instructions (Choose Register/Drop Credit Classes), inputting the Course/ Item Number Below:
Surface Design Lab Course ID: SEW 116:  Item Number: 8470
Repair/Upcycle Lab Course ID: SEW 118: Item Number: 8485


19 Democracy in action flags by Cheryl Lawrence

Democracy in Action Flags by Cheryl Lawrence


The ancient Japanese stencil dyeing process of katazome meets present day in the work of local ber artist Cheryl Lawrence, on display in the UUCWI Art GallerySeptember through mid-November, celebrating the historic women currently serving in US congress.

The Whidbey Island Surface Design Group invites other Washington SDA groups to join us Tuesday, November 12, 11:am – 1:00 pm, to view our member Cheryl Lawrence’s “Democracy in Action. Celebrating the women of the 116th Congress” exhibit here on Whidbey. The gallery is inside the Unitarian Universalist Congegation of Whidbey Island Church.

Cheryl says, “Since early January 2019 I’ve been pouring myself into the creation of an installation to commemorate and celebrate the largest group of women ever elected to the U.S. Congress.My vision for this project grew to include a local group of 20 women, friends and neighbors, gathering regularly in my studio, lending their creativity, hands and hearts to this project by choosing decorations for each portrait. I dubbed them the Bead and Button Squad. We worked in community, commenting on each other’s flags, discussing the work of our squad as well as the work of democracy in America. The result is a potpourri of diverse styles which reflect both the congresswomen and the strength and reality of America in 2019. My squad and I are and were democracy in action, offering our creativity in support of our values and hopes. Since the show is in the church gallery, which doesn’t hold regular gallery hours, please let her know if you’d like to arrange to view the installation at a time other than November 12th.
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UUCWI Gallery of Art
20103 State Route 525, Freeland
September to mid-November











Meet our new SDA rep!


SDA-Washington has a new state rep—Gabi Nirino, a fiber artist and educator! As someone who has taught Textile Design at the University of Buenos Aires and the National Technical University for the last 25 years, she will bring an exciting international perspective to Washington. Learn more about Gabi here: Facebook:

Make sure to send Gabi your show announcements for our blog and monthly e-newsletter—not to me anymore! Her official SDA email is Submissions are due by the 15th of the month.

I will be stepping down as the SDA-Washington Communications Rep to spend more time on my graphic design career. It has been an honor being the SDA-WA Communications Rep for the past two years. I’ve loved being more involved, learning new skills, and meeting other fiber artists.

This is why the SDA has been around for more than 40 years—because of the generosity and hard work of members like Gabi! I wish her success as the new SDA-Washington State Rep!

Francesca Penchant

New Submission Deadline: 15th 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 the national office time to compile our newsletter to: the 15th of the month, for publication on the 16thHere 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 15th 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 by the 15th, for publication on the 16th.

If you email corrections or elaborations after the 15th, we will be happy to update posts after publication.

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