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

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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.

SDA-WA Member Activities March

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SDA member Mary M. Ashton is participating in “In the Gallery—Northwest Designer Craftsmen” March 3–March 30 at Koch Gallery—Vashon Center for the Arts, 19600 Vashon Highway, Vashon Island.

The Koch (pronounced “Kahsh”) Gallery shows work in a wide range of media and subject matter including paintings, sculpture, mixed media, photography, wood, glass, ceramics and fiber. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday 10–5, Saturday Noon–5. Hope you can make an excursion and see all of the work of so many excellent artists!


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This Friday in Port Townsend! There will be a reception for the North Peninsula SDA group show “Surface Design at the Carnegie” at the Carnegie Library, from 6–7:30 p.m. One of the artists, Jeannie McMacken, took the following snapshots of the show hanging (and also designed the flyer above).

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SDA-North Peninsula Chapter leader Barbara Houshmand, who curated the “Surface Design at the Carnegie” show, adds a hanging line to a piece for display.

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Northwind Arts Center is responsible for curating the shows at the Carnegie Library. SDA-North Peninsula was chosen to exhibit through June. Northwind volunteer Bill Brennan hangs a series of small fiber art pieces.

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Jean Marie Tarascio, curator of “The ABC of Surface Design” group installation, which is hung in the lower part of the library. All letters were limited to 12 inches in height, and had to be light enough to be suspended from fishing line. They were to be examples of surface design techniques. After the showing at the Carnegie Library, the installation will head to the Port Angeles Library.

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SDA-NP group member Cheri Kopp (left) helps Jean-Marie Tarascio prep the letters for hanging.

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Many hands helped hang the group show. Cheri Kopp’s husband Peter installs the final letter—E. A total of 21 artists created 34 letters that are suspended above the stacks at the Carnegie Library.

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Fiber Fusion—Schack Show

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Important Information for Artists

Volunteers Needed
Please consider signing up for a job to help make this show truly outstanding.  Most jobs take only 2 hours of your time.  We particularly need people to check in art on February 27th at the Schack.  That day Christina and I will be driving a van to pack up the show at Northwind and delivering the art to the Schack.  We need people to sit at the table at the Schack to accept the regional art that is delivered.  Go to our Sign-Up genius page to see what positions are needed or contact Barb at bjmatthews76@comcast.net.

E-Postcards
You can view a copy of the e-Postcard by clicking here and then right click to save to your computer. Please send out to your friends, family, or email lists and post on your Facebook or other website/blog/social media to help get the word out about this magnificent exhibition!

Video Project (Optional)
We plan to have a looping video of SDA artists working in their studios during the exhibition. We would love to include a video by you. Segments from multiple artists will be compiled into a single video. Individual videos should be 2-5 minutes long. Ensure there is enough light to see your art. Captions are fine, but we do not recommend audio. If you do have audio, ensure that any narration is strong and clear. (we recommend you write what you want to say and learn it by heart before filming.) We may edit, dependent upon time, quality of video, and number of videos submitted. Video can be made with cell phone, but the quality of video will depend on phone quality. Video that is determined to not be of sufficient quality may not be used. When you have a completed video, send an email to event.surfacedesignwa@gmail.com and we will send you a Dropbox link to upload your video file to. All videos need to be in mp3 format.

Surface Design Examples (Optional)
As part of our educational program, we would like to show the viewers some works in progress. If you have some samples which show your working methods or steps involved, include these in with the package of your art. It would be useful to include a few words of explanation to aid the docents to use as they explain the work. Please mark them with your name and artwork inventory number and include a list of what you have supplied, so they can be returned to you with your artwork.  The advantage of submitting work-in-progress is that your work may be highlighted by docents.

Other Information—Packing, Delivery and important dates

Important Dates:
http://sdafiberfusionshow.org/important-dates/

Where to deliver your art:
http://sdafiberfusionshow.org/important-information/

Tips for Packing and Shipping your Artwork:
https://surfacedesignwa.com/2016/05/10/tips-on-shipping-your-artwork-for-the-sda-wa-fiber-fusion-exhibition/

Fiber Fusion Artists’ Talk Sunday

Our very successful traveling exhibition, Fiber Fusion, is now at the halfway point. It opened at the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend on February 2.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you are in for a treat—a great number of beautiful, intriguing, witty and questioning works in fiber! In neutral to vibrant colors! In all sizes! 2- and  3-D!

As part of the exhibition, you are invited to an artists’ talk and presentation on Sunday, February 12 from 1 to 2 p.m.

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Cloth, Shadow, Line by Joyce Wilkerson

Joyce Wilkerson will tell us about her work “Cloth, Shadow, Line,” which pairs a textile fragment with a photograph. Joyce is primarily a weaver, and is also interested in printmaking and photography. In her work, she explores the greater whole created by the dialogue between the media.

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11-13-15 Dinner at La Belle Equipe Smoke Dress by Jeannie McMacken

Jeannie McMacken will introduce us to her ephemeral piece, “11-13-15  Dinner at La Belle Equipe Smoke Dress.” This is Jeannie’s emotional response to the recent terrorist attack in Paris. To express her horror and grief Jeannie experimented with unexpected materials, and presents us with a very moving work.

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Zambia by Judith Bird

Judith Bird will describe the making of her piece “Zambia,” which combines two surfaces, one a handwoven and one a silk fabric, both dyed in contemporary interpretations of Japanese shibori techniques.

We look forward to seeing you at the artists’ talk!

SDA-WA Member Activities February 2017

Schack Art Center Fiber Art Workshops, March 11–April 15

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To complement the Fiber Fusion exhibit, Schack is presenting six SDA-WA member workshops from March 11–April 9.

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Fiber Fusion: Weave a Mini Tapestry
Lois Gaylord
Discover the fun and creative possibilities of this popular craft, while we learn the basics and create a miniature tapestry. Ages 18 & up, Beginner.
Saturday, March 11, 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Class fees: Members $55, Non-Members $60.

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Textile Painting with Acrylics
Barbara De Pirro
Learn how to transform your textiles simply by using Acrylic paints, mediums and gels. Ages 18 & up, All Levels.
Saturday, March 18, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Class fees: Members $115, Non-Members $120.

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Modern Batik
Cameron Anne Mason
Learn the ancient art of batik with a modern twist using updated techniques and materials. Ages 16 & up, All Levels.
Friday, March 24, 10:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Class fees: Members $95, Non-Members $100.

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The Printed Surface: Mark-Making Using Thickened Dye
Cameron Anne Mason
Using fabric as a canvas and thickened dye as a medium, students will make marks with a variety of tools such as stamps, stencils, and silkscreens. Ages 18 & up, All Levels.
Friday, March 31, 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Class fees: Members $110, Non-Members $120.

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Silk Painting Workshop for Beginners
Rebecca Wachtman
A fun introduction to fiber art—painting on silk! The students will learn the basics of how to select silks, get them ready to paint, how to paint, how to set their dyes, and how to mount their artwork. Ages 18 & up, Beginner.
Sunday, April 2, 12:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Class fees: Members $55, Non-Members $60.

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Wacky Baskets
Danielle Bodine
Create a personalized random weave basket made out of paper strips. Strips are colored and stamped and then woven into baskets. Ages 6 & up, All Levels.
Sunday, April 9, 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Class fees: Members $25, Non-Members $30.

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Random Weave Baskets
Danielle Bodine
Create a unique, personalized basket embellished with natural materials. You will learn to construct a vessel out of flat reed using a random weave basketry technique in this fun, creative workshop. Ages 6 & up, All Levels.
Sunday, April 9, 3 p.m.–5 p.m.
Class fees: Members $25, Non-Members $30.

 


FibeRevolution at the Port Angeles Fine Art Center, September 16–November 15

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The SDA North Peninsula group has been accepted for a non-juried show in the fall at the Port Angeles Fine Art Center, September 16–November 15. Opening reception, September 16, 5–7 p.m.

If you are a member of SDA-NP, you are invited to submit new work. All work should not have been shown before on the Peninsula or in our group area (such as Bainbridge Island). The Center can mount work from ceilings, beams, ledges and even outdoors. There will be three Viewer’s Choice cash awards. Work must be for sale. The gallery retains a 40% commission.

There will be an opening reception presentation, and opportunities for lectures and workshops during the exhibition to show fiber art’s breadth and depth. Let’s show what the evolution/revolution of fiber looks like!

More information to come. http://www.pafac.org


Inward Journey, Search for Self, February 5–March 31

Lois Gaylord’s solo show, “Inward Journey, Search for Self” will be at the University Friends Meeting & Friends Center from February 5–March 31. Opening reception, Sunday, February 5, 1–3 p.m. University Friends Meeting & Friends Center, 4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105. https://www.facebook.com/events/735555793260230/


Swedish Club Weaving Classes, February 7–24

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Lois Gaylord will be teaching weaving at the Swedish Club from February 7–24.

Beginning Weaving
Series of four classes. Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28. 2–4 p.m.
No experience necessary. Learn the basics of working on a loom, from yarn to finished cloth. Use the Club’s looms. Blue card members $89; non-members $112.

Basic Tapestry & Two-Harness Weaving
Series of four classes. Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28. 6:30–8:30 p.m.
No experience necessary. Use the Club’s looms, or bring your own tapestry or rigid heddle loom. Blue card members $89; non-members $112.

To enroll, download a registration form or call the Swedish Club at 206-283-1090. The Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 http://swedishclubnw.org/

Hungarian Felt Tours 2017

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SDA member Flora Carlile-Kovacs is offering two Hungarian felt tours in 2017, after the success among her students of her 2016 Hungarian felt tour!

 

East Hungary Felt Tour 
(April 20–May 1)
12 days

  • Five days of workshops with the best Hungarian felt masters:
    Bottle Holder with Nomadic Design with Mihály Vetró
    Pillow with Prefelt Technique with Gabriella Kovács
    3D Felted Home Decor with Márti Csille
    Felted Jewelry with Judit Pócs
  • Fifth-generation hatmaker Gyula Mihalkó shows his centuries-old processes in Balmazújváros
  • Mihály Vetró presents a slide show and lecture on his field trips to nomadic feltmaker tribes
  • Tour the unique Folk Craft School of Nádudvar
  • Visit the Royal Castle and the outstanding Art Nouveau exhibition of Gödöllő
  • Discover the treasures of Budapest and its contemporary craft markets
  • Experience a Turkish bath

West Hungary Felt Tour 
(May 3–14) 
12 days

  • Five days of workshops with two internationally recognized felt masters:
    Sculptural Hat with Judit Pócs
    Woven Felt Bag
    with Vanda Róbert
  • Visit the old towns of Tata, Győr and Veszprém
  • Visit the 1,000-year-old Pannonhalma Arch Abbey
  • See a guided tour of the Festetics Castle of Keszthely
  • Discover the treasures of Budapest and its contemporary craft markets
  • Experience a Turkish bath

 


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Born in Hungary, Flora Carlile-Kovacs is a felt designer and instructor who teaches felt workshops at the Pacific Northwest Art School on Whidbey Island. She has been selling her work at the Iparos Gallery in Prague since 2005. Her studio is part of the West Seattle Art Walk.

Cost, each tour: $2,550 (not including airfare)
For more info and registration, contact Flora at:
carlile.kovacs@gmail.com
http://www.floranemez.eu

Call for Art for the Schack Art Center!

 

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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 event.surfacedesignwa@gmail.com.) 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.

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