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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Debbie email@example.com for more info.
SDA-NP members at Port Townsend School of the Arts
Tesi Vaara Wins at Camano Island Quilters, Needles & Stitches show
Susanne Foster in MIVAL’s annual ‘Treasures in Miniature’ Show
SDA Members at Schack Art Center
2921 Hoyt Ave
SDA Members in “Uncommon Paper”
Barbara de Pirro News
Cameron Anne Mason on Create Whimsy
Cameron Anne Mason 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.
Cameron Anne Mason at Foster/White Gallery
Now through March 23
Cameron Anne Mason is presenting a new body of work, Fields, at Foster/White Gallery through March 23, 2019. The artist reception was March 7, 6-8 p.m. Work can be previewed on the gallery ‘s website.
220 Third Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
Level 3 Students’ Exhibition
Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts
Saturday, March 23 & Sunday, March 24, 11 – 4 p.m.
Artist talk: Saturday, March 23, 10 – 11 a.m.
Tessi Vaara will have her work included at the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts on Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24, 11 – 4 p.m in an exhibition for Level 3 Students in Art & Design. On view will be multi-media artwork and sketchbooks. Come view engaging Art & Design! This Exhibition is free and open to the public. A talk with the graduates will be Saturday, March 23 from 10 to 11 a.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.
GAIL HARKER CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS
503 Morris Street
La Conner, WA 98257
SDA-Vancouver at Aurora Gallery
SDA-Vancouver Art Show
Reception: 5-9 p.m. on April 3
The Vancouver Branch of the Surface Design Association invites the community to enjoy a diverse range of fiber-based art at Aurora Gallery this April with an opening reception from 5-9 on April 3. Members showing their work include Mary Arnold, Bonnie Bucknam, Maris Cavanagh, Donna Joslyn, Sally Sellers, Sharon Svec, Karen Turner and Marie Murphy Wolfe. The Vancouver Branch formed in 2016 and has been meeting bi-monthly ever since to share, inspire and grow an appreciation for surface design and textiles. This will be the premiere exhibition of their works.
Aurora Art Gallery
1004 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660-3151
Surface Design Classes with Christina Fairley Erickson
Join Christina Fairley Erickson’s Lab Classes at LWTech in Kirkland, WA. In Surface Design Lab, explore different methods to decorate fabrics for your personal projects:
Hand Embroidery, Freehand Machine Embroidery, Felting, Fabric Collage, Dyeing, Textile Inks, Beading, and More. 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.
In the Repair & Upcycle Class, Christina will bring her unique experience, lots of samples for inspiration and demonstrations of various surface design techniques.
Both Courses meet 7 sessions
Mondays April 8- May 20
Repair & Upcycle Lab from 9-11:50 am
Surface Design Lab from 1-3:50 pm
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, inputting the Course/ Item Number Below:
Surface Design Lab Course ID: SEW 116: Item Number: 8466
Repair/Upcycle Lab Course ID: SEW 118: Item Number: 8470
1 College Credit awarded per quarter for each course
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Kirkland Campus: 11605 132nd Ave NE
Questions? Contact Christina at christina at christinaerickson.com.
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 email@example.com. 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN)
8890 Three Tree Lane NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Gabriela Nirino on Andes Joya
Gabriela Nirino was recently interviewed by the Spanish-language jewelry site Andes Joya. According to the site, “Andes Joya is a platform that brings together jewelers, goldsmiths, silversmiths and institutions such as schools, fairs and galleries, belonging to the 22 countries that are part of the Ibero-American Community of Nations.” Interview here.
SDA-WA Artists at The Pots Gallery
“The Glove Show”
The Pots Gallery
Five SDA-WA artists donated glove-inspired artwork to Northwest Designer Craftsmen’s “The Glove Show” that could then be won with a $10 raffle ticket. Previews were held leading up to the event, with the live raffle on January 13 at The Pots Gallery in Fremont. The event was a fundraiser for the Northwest Designer Craftsmen’s Living Treasures Project. Each artwork was also for sale for $200.
Contributing SDA-WA Artists
Christina Fairley Erickson Class at LWTech
Christina Fairley Erickson is offering Surface Design Lab, a surface-design course for students interested in learning methods to embellish, embroider and enrich fabrics. This lab will allow students to try different surface-design methods with expert guidance. Christina will bring her unique experience, lots of samples for inspiration, and demonstrations of various surface design techniques. Students work on projects of their own choice and at their own pace, and are encouraged to experiment with different materials and techniques. 1 college credit awarded per quarter. No class on Presidents’ Day, Feb 18. Questions? Contact Christina.
Surface Design Lab Class
January 28-March 18
Mondays, 1-3:50 p.m.
Course ID: SEW 116
Item Number: 8475
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
11605 132nd Ave NE
Claire B Jones at The Forsberg Art Gallery
“Hanging by a Thread”
The Forsberg Art Gallery
Through January 31
SDA-WA member Claire B Jones will be exhibiting along with Paulette Landers in the two-person exhibition “Hanging By a Thread” at The Forsberg Art Gallery in Longview, now through January 31. The opening reception was January 8.
The Forsberg Art Gallery
Lower Columbia College Rose Center for the Arts
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Loorem Adams & Bodine at MUSEO Gallery
Reception: Saturday, February 2, 5-7 p.m.
Nancy Loorem Adams and Danielle Bodine are exhibiting their artwork along with other artists in the “Museo’s Playlist” show at MUSEO Gallery on Whidbey Island. Artists in all media let their imaginations soar in this exhibition of artwork honoring their favorite song or line from a song.
Please join the artists for the gala opening reception on Saturday, February 2 from 5-7 p.m.
The show runs February 1-26, 2019.
215 First Street
Langley, WA 98260
SDA-WA Artists at VALA Eastside
“Nature in Fiber”
Through March 1
Artist Chat: Sunday, Jan 20, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
“Nature in Fiber” is a juried, SDA exhibition at the new VALA Eastside location that includes works that depict, are inspired by or are derived by nature. The artwork encompasses various techniques, such as artistic quilting, fabric painting, dyeing, felting and more, and was juried by Jacqueline K Calladine, earth artist and placemaker. The reception was January 4.
Virginia Franz Turner
11915 124th Ave NE
North Peninsula Chapter to Create Letters for Library
The North Peninsula SDA-WA chapter was commissioned to create an alphabet for the Port Townsend children’s library. “The Surface Design Association had made an alphabet as part of our Art in the Library program that we do with Northwind Arts Center, but that was very much more of an adult-focused art show and it hung in the addition of the library,” said library director Melody Sky Eisler. “We were very sad when the art went down and we thought, ‘wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a children’s themed alphabet to hang in the children’s library?’” After reaching out to the Surface Design Association to ask if it would be willing to create the art for the library and hearing an emphatic “yes,” the artists set off to work. “Our members were very excited to do it,” said Diana Gipson, who headed the project. Full article here.
Barbara Matthews Accepted into Northwest Designer Craftsmen
Barbara Matthews has been accepted as a member of Northwest Designer Craftsmen (NWDC). NWDC was founded in 1954 to promote excellence of design and craftsmanship and to stimulate public appreciation and interest in fine craft. Congrats, Barbara!
Sharon Svec on Create Whimsy
Sharon Svec 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 November Meeting Notes
SDA members in attendance: Dorothy McGuinness, Tesi Vaara, Sydney Hole, Donna Lee Dowdney and Marcia Schumaker.
Dorothy has sent a piece to Pennsylvania to the Craft Forum. And, of course, shared another beautiful basket. Tesi shared information about Camano Island Quilter’s new “Art Quilt Group”. She is the chairperson of the group and the next meeting will be January 15, 2019, 10 am to 12pm. Meeting location to be determined. Most likely it will be on Camano or in Stanwood. She shared a knitted vest she is working on and a pretty t-shirt created for her Creative Clothing group. She also shared an interesting piece on cloth using Shiva Paintstiks and Posca Paint Markers. Sydney brought the Fall issue of the SDA magazine to share. She also shared some fun crazy quilt blocks that will eventually be embellished with buttons from her friend’s mom to honor her. Donna shared her nuno felted scarf. She also took a silk paper class where she used silk rovings. She also shared a colorful collaged crab made from cut paper pieces that she created in a Molly LeMaster class. Marcia is new to our group, driving down from Bellingham. Welcome. She took the same nuno felted scarf class that Donna took.
We hope to see you in March when we resume our meetings.
SDA Members in Small Expressions 17
Members Caryl Fallert Bryer-Gentry, Leslie Dickinson, Pat Herkal, Annie Karl, Janice Speck and Jean-Marie Tarascio of SDA-NP were juried into Small Expressions 17, a Juried Show of Small Format Works at Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend, WA. Art could not be larger than 15″ in any direction. The show opened November 29 and will hang until December 30 at 5 p.m.
Seattle December Meeting Notes
For their December 12 meeting, eight Seattle group members went to La Conner for two shows, one at The Museum of Northwest Art and one at the Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum. The quilt museum had a CQA and Brazilian art quilts show that included several SDA members (featured in an earlier blog post), including Barbara O’Steen, Carla Stehr and Tesi Vaara.
At the museum of Northwest Art, they saw an exhibition on both floors about climate change in Skagit Valley called Surge. SDA-WA member Mary Ashton described her project there made of handmade paper (featured in the blog last month). Clarissa Calleson from Bellingham described her work with fiber trees dying from drought and beetle infestation.
North Olympic SDA Chapter Show in Port Hadlock
25 Clallam & Jefferson County Artists Open Surface Design Show at Old Alcohol Plant
Garments, quilts, collages and wall hangings are among the 40 pieces in “Under the Influence of Fiber,” a two-month exhibit opening January 13 at the Old Alcohol Plant in Port Hadlock with a 3-5 p.m. reception.
Organized by the North Olympic chapter of the Surface Design Association, the exhibit includes the work of 25 artists from Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Chimacum, Nordland, Port Ludlow and Bainbridge Island. Among the techniques illustrated in the work are several forms of dyeing, embroidery, beading, weaving, felting, transfer of photographic images, papermaking and fabric manipulation.
Several pieces in the exhibit are available for purchase. The show, which closes March 17, can be visited during Old Alcohol Plant hours, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Tracey Appleton, Port Townsend
Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Port Townsend
Linda Carlson, Sequim
Kathie Cook, Sequim
Leslie A. Dickinson, Port Townsend
Donna Lee Dowdney, Bainbridge Island
Liisa Fagerlund, Sequim
Rachel Gaspers, Port Townsend
Diana Gipson, Port Townsend
Elaine Girard, Port Ludlow
Joyce Gordon, Nordland
Pat Herkal, Port Townsend
Barbara Houshmand, Port Angeles
Erica Iseminger, Chimacum
Michelle Johnson, Port Angeles
Kindy Kemp, Port Townsend
Cheri Kopp, Port Townsend
Debra Olson, Port Townsend
Barbara Ramsey, Port Townsend
Susanne Scott, Sequim
Nora Shapiro, Port Townsend
Mary Tyler, Chimacum
Marla Varner, Sequim
Cathie Wier, Port Townsend
Joyce Wilkerson, Port Townsend
For more information: Linda Carlson, email@example.com
Nancy Loorem Adams in Excellence in Fibers IV
Nancy Loorem Adams’s sculpture Daphne was accepted into the Excellence in Fibers IV Exhibition in Print which will be published in the 2019 winter edition of Fiber Art Now. “We received hundreds and hundreds of entries and our three jurors, Carol Sauvion of Craft in America, Perry Price the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and Beth McLaughlin of Fuller Craft Museum were faced with the challenge of choosing the accepted work. Yours was chosen to appear in the magazine.”
In conjunction with the Excellence in Fibers IV print exhibition, Daphne was also accepted into the Craft In America gallery exhibition of the same title in Los Angeles running May 11 through July 6, 2019.
Mary Ashton in 10x10x10xTieton
Mary Ashton had the piece “Denial of Perfection” in 10x10x10xTieton, an exhibition featuring works no larger than 10 in x 10 in x 10 in at Mighty Tieton, an incubator for artisan businesses located in central Washington. Saturday, August 11-October 7, 2018.
Dorothy McGuinness receives GAP grant from Artist Trust
Last month, Dorothy McGuinness received a 2018 GAP Award funding from Artist Trust. According to the Artist Trust website, she will use the funding, “to showcase some new and dramatic work at two gallery shows next year, allowing her to continue educating viewers that basketry can be more than the functional craft form that often defines and constrains it.” Says Dorothy, “The GAP award will be instrumental in helping me participate in two gallery shows. I really appreciate the vote of confidence.”
North Sound October 29 Meeting Notes
SDA members in attendance: Sydney, Tesi, Dorothy, Donna, and Diane. Sydney shared fabric that she bought from Marcia Derse Fabrics http://www.marciaderse.com at the Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival. Tesi has a quilt in the companion show at the museum. Please check out their website for more information. Tesi shared her sneakers that she decorated for her Wearables Group. She used Posca Acrylic Paint Pens. She also shared her shawl knitted with hand dyed wool. She was also featured on the Create Whimsy website Working in a Series with Fiber Artists as an artist who works in a series. Dorothy has three baskets that appear in the Fiber Arts magazine. She also has a piece in the Craft Forum in Pennsylvania. Donna shared that she does nuno felting. Diane shared wool pieces that had been dyed using silk ties applied to the wool and steamed.
Janice Speck in Port Townsend Wearable Art Trunk Show
Wearable Art Trunk Show
Port Townsend School of the Arts’ Art Experience
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Janice Speck will be showing work in a Wearable Art Trunk Show at Port Townsend School of the Arts’ Art Experience on November 24. Port Townsend School of the Arts will be hosting the show at their Art Experience location during extended gallery hours from 12-7 p.m. Other trunk show artists include Judith Bird, Kate Dwyer, Sara Mall Johani, Teri Nomura and PTSA faculty and students. Last month, we posted a few of her necklaces on our blog.
PTSA Art Experience
236 Taylor Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Mary Ashton at Museum of Northwest Art
Museum of Northwest Art
Through January 6, 2019
Mary has pieces in “Surge,” an exhibition designed to draw attention to climate change and its impact on Northwest’s coastal communities” at the Museum of Northwest Art. She has four pieces in the exhibition: two pulp paintings (Crevasse and Between Ice and Snow), a set of four Japanese woodblock prints (Regression 1929, 1960, 2004, 2016), and a free-hanging pulp painted piece (Loss).
Museum of Northwest Art
121 First Street
La Conner WA 98257
Barbara de Pirro News
“Contemporary Art of Pacific Northwest Crafts” Exhibit
WA State Convention Center
Through January 6, 2019
705 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
7am to 10pm daily
Level 2 Main Galleria
Barbara’s new sculpture, Multiples: Keeping Tabs, created out of hundreds of aluminum pull tabs crocheted together using stainless steel wire, is included in the Northwest Designer Craftsmen’s “Contemporary Art of Pacific Northwest Crafts” Exhibit at the WA State Convention Center that we posted about in the SDA-WA Member Activities October blog post.
Barbara also has several new pieces for sale in her Etsy shop. She has been an Etsy member since 2012.