The Washington chapter of the Surface Design Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 SDA-WA Group Event Grant! We will award Sue Scott and the SDA-North Peninsula group $500 to go toward a workshop with Shannon Weber, a studio artist, designer and educator for 33 years who makes one-of-a-kind, fiber mixed-media sculpture and objects, and who lives in Cottage Grove, Oregon. We are thrilled to foster our members’ creativity and fiber knowledge. Congratulations to our winners!
Mary Tyler Blog Entry
Gabi Nirino on Create Whimsy
Gabi Nirino was recently interviewed by Create Whimsy, Lynn Woll and Chardel Blaine’s blog that shares “the stories of makers, and what they make, inspiring creativity in our everyday lives.” Interview here.
Janice Speck Necklaces
Member Janice Speck has long been experimenting with making necklaces out of ethnic, vintage, and found beads complemented by felt balls. Says Janice, “I have so much fun doing these!”
North Sound Surface Design Group Meeting Notes
Present: Dorothy, Stephanie, Robyn, Sydney, Tesi and Valerie
9-24-2018 – Tesi shared several books: Breakdown Printing by Claire Benn & Leslie Morgan. Also, Improvisational Screen Printing by Jane Dunnewold. Tesi attended another Gold Bar retreat in August put on by Off-Grain Stitchers. They have retreats three times a year in February, May and August. Colleen Wise demonstrated Thermofax methods which require a Thermofax machine, black and white copies and the film. Tesi continues her studies with Gail Harker at various La Conner locations and will show her work at an exhibit in March. One of her quilts in the Sex Abuse series was at the 2018 Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival, October 12-14. She is also working on a collaborative quilt challenge. Five people start out by making a basic quilt and then passing it on to be cut up and changed.
Sydney attended a small, group, four-day retreat in Bellingham in a private home and retreat center called Cedar Ridge. She worked on several projects including cutting out a dress, worked on quilt blocks and finished bags for her granddaughters.
Stephanie attended the same workshop with Sydney and worked on a rayon batik top, a quilt and a pillow. They also visited Two Thimbles Quilt Shop at 1805 Cornwall, Bellingham. Two Thimbles stocks over 4,000 bolts of fabric, with an extensive collection of 1800’s reproduction prints, along with a lively group of batiks, solids and contemporary lines. A collection of Australian fabrics designed by aboriginal artisans provides a unique contrast to the Civil War era prints. Sounds like a very interesting shop. Stephanie also shared information about online surface design workshops being offered by Susan Purney Mark.
Dorothy is busy making baskets to be sold in a gallery in North Carolina. She has a piece in the Northwest Designer Craftsman show through January 4. The Artist’s Opening is Sunday, October 7 at 1:30. She is also one of three finalists to prepare a design project for the Kent-Des Moines Railroad Station. She also has pieces in the Arts Alive Show in La Conner November 9, 10 and 11.
SDA-NP Members at Port Townsend School of the Arts Gallery
Flora Fauna Fiber
Port Townsend School of the Arts Gallery
For the month of October, Port Townsend School of the Arts celebrates the uniqueness of the North Olympic Peninsula with a themed installation by Tangled Fibers.
Tangled Fibers is a group of established fiber artists whose members include SDA-WA members Pat Herkal, PTSA faculty Barbara Ramsey, Jean-marie Tarascio and Cathie Wier. The group challenged themselves to create a fiber forest that embodies the spirit of Olympic Peninsula forested terrain. The resulting installation includes beading, embroidery, quilting, weaving and crochet techniques. Additional PTSA faculty art will be on exhibit for the month, complementing the fiber forest theme.
The Flora Fauna Fiber show is a variation of what they installed in the Fiber Habit window this summer. This exhibit marks the beginning of what could become a fruitful partnership between SDA-NP and PTSA.
The show will be up for the month of October, along with a concurrent display of PTSA faculty art, plus some individual pieces by the four of them. Art Walk Opening was October 6. Many of PTSA artist-teachers were on hand to talk about their work and their classes.
236 Taylor Street (directly across the street from the Rose Theater)
Dorothy McGuinness Featured on Art Fusion
Artist and contemporary basketmaker Dorothy McGuinness is featured on the online art gallery Art Fusion for October.
Danielle Bodine and Liz Axford at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Excellence in Fibers, in Collaboration with Fiber Art Magazine
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
October 9, 2018-January 13, 2019
Opening reception: Sunday, October 21, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Fiber Art Now magazine highlighted innovative, contemporary textile art in their Excellence in Fibers issue (Vol 7, issue 2, Winter 2017). Afterward, the pieces went on to show in an exhibition of the same name at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. The exhibit highlights current trends in the categories of vessel forms/ basketry, installation, wall/ floor works, sculptural works, and wearables.
Danielle Bodine’s piece Moonlight Flight, category winner for “Installation Works,” and Liz Axford’s piece Shift 3, category winner for “Wall/Floor Works” in the Fiber Art Now magazine’s Excellence in Fibers will be on exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles from now to January 13, 2019. Artist opening reception is Sunday, October 21, 3:00-5:00pm.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA
SDA-WA Members at PNW Quilt & Fiber Festival
PNW Quilt & Fiber Festival
October 12-14, 2018
Several more SDA-WA members sent in news about PNW Quilt & Fiber Festival October 12-14. Patti Barker, a felt maker from Friday Harbor, had three of her works exhibited in the Festival. Two of them received awards. She received second place in felt for her Stained Glass Shawl and third place in felt for her Dragon Coat (above).
Caryl Fallert-Gentry was awarded Best of Machine Quilting for her quilt Lepidopteran #4 (below). It also received 2nd place in the Pictorial Quilts category.
Pat Herkal’s vessel See the USA received 3rd place in the Fiber Art 3D/Sculptural category.
Virginia Franz Turner and Rebecca Wachtman had art juried into the exhibition. Virginia Franz Turner juried into the festival exhibition with two pieces: Fingers to the Bone and The Mother of Us All. She also has another piece in collaboration with Rebecca Wachtman called Schroedingers Cat.
SDA-WA Members in Light Show in Texas
Texas Quilt Museum 2018
Now through December 23, 2018
Light Show is an exhibit by CQA artists that was originally shown at the National Quilt Museum in Paduka KT in 2017. Staff from the Texas Quilt Museum saw the exhibit and liked it so much they invited CQA to show a smaller version at the Museum. Light Show – Texas will be on display in La Grange, Texas, October 4 to December 23, 2018. An article of the exhibition also appeared in SAQA Art Quilt Quarterly Magazine – Issue No. 12.
Becky Wachtman Classes at The Schack
Intro to Silk Painting
Oct 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Level: Beginning. $75 ($65 members).
In this fun workshop, students will learn the basics of painting upon silk using the Serti technique. In the workshop, students will learn the basics of how to select silks for painting. They will learn to draw their design on silk and apply resist to the pattern as well as learning how to paint on the silk using silk dyes. Students will also learn about methods for setting dyes and mounting artwork. Students will take home a finished silk painting, ready to frame, plus they will be given information sheets to help them get started on their own silk painting journey. All class supplies provided but instructor will also have a few silk painting dye sets available for purchase ($20, 4 bottles of dye: magenta, cyan, yellow, black, and a small bottle of dyeset), and will also have PVC frames available for purchase for $10 so you can continue at home! All supplies provided.
Students will need to provide:
1) An apron or wear clothing that can be dirtied by dyes
Students may also want to bring:
1) A pattern or picture to draw from
2) Rubber or disposable gloves
Surface Design: Printing, Stenciling & Image Transfer
Dec 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Level: Beginning. $85 ($75 members).
This fun series of surface design workshops is intended to introduce students to a wide variety of techniques allowing them to experiment and explore the world of surface design. Students will leave each class with sample of each technique which they will have created. Plus, they will be given instructions sheets so they can continue to work with the various techniques at home. For all classes, please consider using fabric sourced from thrift shops (ex: sheets, shirts, curtains, etc.). In this workshop, students will be experimenting with a wide variety of surface design techniques including: stamping on fabric with premade stamps, carving simple stamps, eco-printing, mono-printing, using premade stencils, creating stencils, and image transfer.
For this workshop, students will need to provide:
1) At least 8 pieces of light-colored fabric 6″x6″ to 24″x24″ in size (students are welcome to bring a few shirts to print upon)
2) A carving/cutting tool (an X-acto Knife works well for this)
3) Cutting mat
4) An apron or wear clothing that can be dirtied by dyes
5) Rubber or disposable gloves
6) Some plastic baggies to carry home wet fabric
Students may also want to consider bringing:
1) An old/craft iron to help with heat-setting their designs and drying their items. The instructor will have an iron to share but having several in class will make things go faster.
2) A few natural items such as leaves, sticks, or flowers
3) A few other items which they want to experiment with. Suggestions include: a bit of rope, a few rocks, items with an interesting texture
Patti Barker Teaches Felting at Fiber Fusion
Fiber Fusion Northwest
Evergreen State Fairgrounds
Patti Barker will be teaching at Fiber Fusion Northwest. On Saturday she will be teaching a Stained Glass Shawl class and on Sunday she will be teaching a Circle Vest class. For more information, visit pattibarker.com.
Arisa Brown at Black Lab Gallery
Beyond The Surface
Black Lab Gallery
November 9, 2018-January 10, 2019
Opening: Friday, November 9 at 6 PM
Arisa Brown will have her first gallery solo show at the Black Lab Gallery in Everett. There will be drinks, food and live music playing later in the evening. See the gallery’s facebook page for more details.
Black Lab Gallery
1618 Hewitt Ave
Everett, Washington 98201
Dorothy McGuinness on Create Whimsy
Dorothy McGuinness was recently interviewed by Create Whimsy, Lynn Woll and Chardel Blaine’s blog that shares “the stories of makers, and what they make, inspiring creativity in our everyday lives.” Interview here.
North Sound Surface Design Group Meeting Notes
August 27—The 2018 Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival will be held October 12-14 at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center in Everett, WA. Workshops by David Taylor, Hilde Morin and more. For more information, call 360-466-4288. This event is presented by Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum.
Dorothy had no new baskets to share, but she has been cleaning out her studio and brought cool things to share. She brought some dyed pieces from a previous workshop. She also brought a nice chart that shows dye colors from different kinds of plants. Robyn was the lucky recipient of that. I snagged this beautiful silk scarf and I hope to add some more dye from plants.
Sydney shared a wool bird that she will be adding lots of hand stitching to. She’s also been making masks, capes, t-shirts and journals for her grandkids. She is going on a cruise to Alaska and will do handwork while traveling. Bon voyage!
Robyn has been doing more eco dying on white wool. Some of the pieces were rolled and some crunched. She’s done a very good job of keeping track of the methods she used on each piece. Now that’s being organized. Robyn brought home-grown green beans to share with everyone.
Stephanie attended her 55th class reunion and had a great time. She made a beautiful silk/linen jacket. The border was a piece of cotton from Africa. She’s also been restringing broken beaded jewelry. Stephanie brought a big bag of pears to share with us. They were delicious.
Nancy has all the pieces knitted and ready to sew together for her vest. She custom ordered the dye and then spun the yarn that will be the trim on the vest. She participated in a challenge for her spinning group. She first knitted a blank, then dyed it and unraveled it and rewound.
Olga knitted a very fun pair of socks. Glad to see you back in our group. Welcome to Washington.
Valerie was inspired by Robyn’s eco-printing and tried some of her own on watercolor paper. She will be trying different mordant combinations and search for interesting plant materials.
Barbara Matthews in Viennese Fiber Art Exhibition
August 31-September 16Filzfortbildung
Barbara Matthews’s piece “Life Within I” was accepted into the show “Sheep Meets Tree,” which is sponsored by Woll Modus (Craft Art Fusion) and held in and near Vienna, Austria. The show exhibits the versatility of sheep’s wool, and expands the boundaries of wool. Because Barbara works with live-edge cedar and wool felting, her piece was a natural fit for the theme of wool with wood. The show was at Zacherlfabrik in Vienna through September 16 and opens in Raach am Hochgebirge from September 27-30.
Barbara Matthews in Arrowmont Show
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
September 1-October 12
Call for Art for Eastside Members
SDA-WA Members in Voices of CQA Show
NW Quilt Expo, Portland
SDA-WA Members in Northwest Designer Craftsmen Exhibition
Washington State Convention Center
October 1, 2018-January 4, 2019
SDA-WA Members in Pacific NW Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum Festival
Caryl Bryer Fallert Gentry, Pat Herkal and Cathie Wier had art juried into LaConner’s Pacific NW Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum Festival 2018, October 12-14. The festival will be in LaConner and the juried show will be at the Edward D Hanson Conference Center in Everett.
SDA-WA Group Event Grant applications are due at midnight on October 1, 2018. Our jurors (Pat Herkal, Claire B. Jones, Roberta Nelson and Francesca Penchant), fiber artists with varied careers, volunteered to be on the panel to support you, SDA-WA members! To help you get to know them better, here is the last of all four bios.
Francesca Penchant is a multidisciplinary artist known for her dark, self-portrait photographs. She grew up in a bi-ethnic family, with a Nuyorican mother and a white father, which inspired her to make emotional portraits of outsiders using various media (craft, costume, photography, digital media). “Growing up, I hungered to see people who were different. So, presenting people who are different is something I want to do in the portraits I make.” One example is a remake of Diane Arbus’s portrait Puerto Rican Woman with a Beauty Mark, in which the subject’s makeup-strewn face has an alienated expression.
Francesca has exhibited her work throughout the West Coast. She has a Certiﬁcate in Fiber Arts from the University of Washington, an MFA in graphic design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and two BAs, in art history and English, from Pitzer College in Claremont, California. She lives in Seattle.
SDA-WA Group Event Grant applications are due at midnight on October 1, 2018. Our jurors (Pat Herkal, Claire B. Jones, Roberta Nelson and Francesca Penchant), fiber artists with varied careers, volunteered to be on the panel to support you, SDA-WA members! To help you get to know them better, here is the third of all four bios.
Roberta Nelson has been fascinated with fabric, pattern and color all her life. Her early years were filled with creative activities, embroidery, rug hooking and later batik and sewing. “Fabric stores called my name,” she says.
A graduate of the University of Oregon, she found her love of people and communication working as a counselor and educator. Moving to Seattle with her husband Craig, they created a life together, remodeling two homes and raising two children, Julia and Eric.
Creativity morphed into sacred making and began to have deeper roots as Roberta studied design at Bellevue College, Fung Shui and immersed herself in understanding the spiritual world within and without. Creating gardens, cooking beautiful and healthy food for her family and friends and making things with and for her children further developed her creativity. During this time, she worked as an event and marketing manager and dabbled in the fiber arts, learning to dye and manipulate fabric.
In 2009, reeling from the loss of her creative muse and best friend, she enrolled in the University of Washington Fiber Arts Certificate program. This began a journey of developing and finding her creative voice. Her commitment to art flourished and grew as she took classes from teachers and mentors Jane Dunnewold, Lisa Call, Dorothy Caldwell and others.
Her intuition is her guide and nature is her inspiration. Metaphors for life in the natural world are used in her artwork to make a statement or express an idea or feeling.
Roberta’s work has been show at the University of Washington, at regional surface design shows as well as art festivals in Western Washington.
Meeting Notes for North Sound SDA Meeting
July 30, 2018 Surface Design Group meeting notes
Present: Tesi, Dorothy, Sydney, Robyn and Valerie
Tesi attended a quilt retreat in Gold Bar. A workshop was given by Anita Luvera Mayer called Mud Pies for Adults. The orange highlights in the quilt above were done with Radiance, a cotton/silk fabric.
Tesi’s Harvest Moon quilt has been accepted into the Voices of CQA show in Portland, September 27-29. More about Contemporary Quilt Art Association here.
Sydney spent 10 days in Paducah, KY. She took a Dina Wakley two-day mini retreat, where she created an amazing art journal using mixed media.
Robyn has been doing more work with eco-dyeing using mordants of alum, cream of tartar and soy milk. I find this process extremely interesting and I’m going to start collecting materials and try my hand at it. Thanks for sharing, Robyn.
Dorothy made this Borneo hat, which was quite unique. She even modeled it for us.
Francesca Penchant on Create Whimsy
Francesca Penchant was recently interviewed by Create Whimsy, Lynn Woll and Chardel Blaine’s blog that shares “the stories of makers, and what they make, inspiring creativity in our everyday lives.” Interview here.
Sally Sellers at Cave Gallery
Now through September 1
Sally Sellers has a piece at in a juried show at Cave Gallery in Vancouver, Washington. The other artists in the show are Michele Collier, Jessica Damsky, Kayla Griffin, Cynthia Heise, Anne John, Clarice Keegan, Ryan W. Kelly, Meredith Lewis, Marc M. McVey, Ruth Ross, Sally Sellers, Noah Alexander Iaac Stein, Dale Strouse and Samyak Yamauchi. The opening reception was August 3.
108 E Evergreen Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98660
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry Dinner & Gallery Talk
Dinner with the Artist: Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry
Art at the Old Alcohol Plant Gallery
You are invited to a dinner and gallery talk at the Old Alcohol Plant Inn & Restaurant in Port Hadlock, WA, where Fallert-Gentry’s show Color, Light & Motion: Fine Art Quilts by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry continues until August 26.
Experience an intimate tour, dinner and slide presentation with artist Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry. See her incredible quilt and textile art, on display now in the gallery, and learn more about her work and process, while enjoying an incredible meal.
6:00PM Gallery Tour
6:30PM Dinner/Slide Lecture to follow
$39 per person
Three-course meal included in ticket price. Non-alcoholic beverages included. Alcohol sold separately (full bar available).
Questions? Contact Gary Nisbet at the gallery:
Gary Nisbet email@example.com
Cameron Anne Mason Burning Man Art Installation Banners
A special message from Cameron Anne Mason:
As many of you know, I have been working on an art installation for this year’s Burning Man Festival called “Sky Bound.” I have been dyeing large-scale silk panels in shades of blue using shibori bound-resist techniques. The panels are striking, and it has been a learning experience for me. You may have seen images on my Facebook or Instagram account.
Two concentric circles of silk banners surround six comfortable benches and a central, kinetic metal sculpture. Dyed in shades from the lightest blue of a summer morning to the inky violet of the horizon at sunset, the banner designs are made using shibori bound-resist methods. Animated by the wind, the banners create an immersive landscape and soundscape.
The project is produced by Dusty Nation, a collective of Seattle-based artists and makers including me, sculptor Ulrich Pakker, builders Peter Weston and Charlee McClellan, and film-maker and lighting guru Dan Thornton. Other amazingly talented crew members are Alan Wenokur, Teri Fox, Pamela Pakker-Kozicki, Gary Mula and Linda Greenway.
Seen from across the Playa, this moving mass of silk will blend with the sky before resolving into its separate elements. Participants may be drawn by the sound of fabrics snapping in a strong wind before it emerges from the dust like a mirage. Designs of circles, squares and triangles overlap and reference ancient geometry. Benches provide respite and a chance to meet and share stories. The mirror-like surface of the sculpture reflects and echoes these patterns and movement.
I have been approached by several people about purchasing silk banners once we have returned from Burning Man. Dusty Nation is self-funding this project as our gift to the citizens of Black Rock City, for an event built on tenets of radical self-expression and gifting. Nevertheless, the costs of producing add up. Offering the banners for sale would provide a way for us to help fund the project.
Please let me know if you have an interest in owning one of these one-of-a-kind artworks imbued with the energy of Burning Man and a little bit of playa dust. We can talk about sizes and price, and a commitment to purchase isn’t necessary right now. We can figure out the details once I return in September.
And if a banner isn’t in your budget, you can still support the project. Any donation is appreciated and all donors will receive a gift in return: One of the beautiful laser-cut medallions designed by Teri Fox which we will be giving as gifts in support of the project.
Donation can be made through PayPal using my email address:
cameronannemason [at] gmail.com.
Barbara de Pirro Art News
As a member of the Golden Artist Colors Education team, Barbara de Pirro was given an August residency to work on her own art at the Golden Foundation for the Arts.
Below is a list of Barbara’s upcoming classes. All products provided by Golden Artist Colors for all her workshops. Supply list provided upon registration.
Pour, Stream & Marble
Discover a full range of acrylic products and techniques that allow you to develop succulent, rich surfaces. We will explore fluid & high-flow paints combined with various gels and mediums, transforming each into luminous pours, streams and marble effects. All of these products have their own distinctive characteristics, each responds in surprisingly unique ways. Leave with samples to inspire future artwork.
SEPT 15, 10-4
4150 1st Ave. S, Seattle, WA
Contact for Registration: (206) 223-9599 or ONLINE
Dakota Art Store
SEPT 29, 10-4
1322 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA
Contact for registration: firstname.lastname@example.org or ONLINE
Collage & Layering
We will explore techniques combining paper, found materials and acrylic to create inspirational artworks! Learn how to develop pattern, imagery & texture, combining methods using paint, mediums, gels, pastes & collage. Experiment by building up the surface with both smooth & textural layers, revealing & concealing imagery, enriching the surface by developing depth. Your time will alternate between group demonstrations & self exploration, creating your own personal sample boards, a reference that will prove to be an invaluable resource for all future projects.
Artist & Craftsman
SEPT 23, 11-4
4350 8th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA
Contact for registration: email@example.com or ONLINE
GOLDEN LECTURE: Mixed Media
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 plus QoR Watercolors. Gain an understanding of each product and their different attributes. Learn how to make the right choices in grounds and paints for the best intended application. Learn what to put under paint, and how to create washes, stains, and collage. We also cover the use of stencils, paint markers, pastels, and pencils, as well as the creation of encaustic-like effects. 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.
Art on the Columbia
OCT 7, 1-3
830 N Columbia Center Blvd. Suite B2, Kennewick, WA
Contact for registration: firstname.lastname@example.org or ONLINE
Painted Papers, Sculpture & Acrylic
There’s so much to be discovered simply by manipulating paper! Learn how paper & acrylics can be combined to create 3D sculptural forms or simply add more dimension within your flat work. It all begins with the creation of color, pattern and texture on paper, using methods combining acrylic paints, mediums and gels. We’ll then explore a series of techniques including the manipulation of paper, building up surfaces, glueing, stitching, weaving & how to stabilize structures for display & presentation. Acrylic offers a multitude of options that will create incredible effects no matter how you work as an artist!
Schack Art Center
OCT 13-14, 10-4
2921 Hoyt Ave, Everett, WA
Contact for Registration: 425-259-5050 or ONLINE
Printmaking with Acrylics
Learn the basics of creating monotype, collagraph and relief printed images. All of these methods create unique results; the pressure of printing creates texture and pattern not possible when painting directly on paper. You will explore techniques of transferring imagery without a press, using water based media, acrylic paints and slow drying mediums. The actual process of creating each print encourages spontaneity and openness to fresh unexpected results. Create art that can stand on its own or a supply of prints, ideal for mixed media compositions.
Artist & Craftsman
OCT 21, 11-4
4350 8th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA
Contact for registration: email@example.com or ONLINE
Image Transfers & Acrylic Skins
Discover the range of acrylic gels and mediums that can be used to create image transfers. Explore how to transfer laser copies of your own artwork, drawings or photographs onto the surface of your paintings or collages. Learn how to create Image Transfer Skins and Paint Skins. Gain a broad understanding of product, material, method, tips & tricks. These techniques are an excellent way to develop transparent & translucent imagery, text and texture, incorporating layers into your paintings, collages or mixed media works.
ArtEAST Art Center
OCT 27, 10-4
95 Front St. N, Issaquah, WA
Contact for Registration: (425)392-3191 or ONLINE
Claire B. Jones
Claire B. Jones creates colorful, whimsical, free-standing sculptures by painting with thread on cotton canvas. The fabric evolves by layering and blending a myriad of machine stitched thread until the underlying canvas is completely covered.
Claire grew up in Scotland, playing in the streets under the watchful eye of the dormant textile mills which dominate the Paisley landscape to this day. Although later in life she would study Art and Design along with Experimental Stitch at the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center, she initially studied Software Engineering in Edinburgh. This propelled her into a world of technology, pulling her from one technological hub to the next, through to her current home in Seattle.
It is from the convergence of these worlds that her art emerges. Engineering and the time-honored traditions of stitch collide as she transgresses the boundaries of what can be created with a sewing machine. Claire hopes her sculptures – and the innovative processes out of which they emerge – generate a sense of possibility, a belief in our capacity to conceive and realize new forms.