Whidbey Island SDA “Art for Home and Body” Show & Sale

wisdwica_webArtists and designers from Whidbey Island Surface Design (WISD) will be filling WICA’s Zech Hall to the brim with one-of-a-kind fiber, textile, and mixed-media art during their annual Art Show & Sale over Memorial Day weekend.  The show opens on Friday, May 23 with a Meet the Artists reception from 5-7 p.m. The show continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 25.   Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) is located at 565 Camano Ave., Langley (www.wicaonline.org/).

Surface design is the creative exploration of fiber and fabric.  WISD artists use a wide-ranging combination of media and techniques to produce fine art and functional pieces that can be hung on the wall, displayed on a table, thrown over an arm chair, or worn on the body.

The works for sale in the show include weaving, beading, basketry, felting, knitting, quilting collage and mixed-media.  As usual, the sale will include an abundance of colorful wearable art and accessories, such as scarves, hats, shawls and jewelry.

A framed mixed-media piece by Laura Stangel Schmidt will be offered in a Silent Auction, which will run for the duration of the show.  The top bidder will be announced at 3 p.m. on Sunday.  The proceeds from the sale of the piece, titled Confluence, will benefit Orca Network.

The professional artist members of WISD regularly exhibit and sell their work in galleries and museums in the Northwest, as well as nationally and internationally.  WISD is the local chapter of the international Surface Design Association.

Visit http://whidbeyislandsda.wordpress.com for more information about WISD and the artists.

Sharon Rowley’s to show at Lila Yoga Studio

We are excited to announce that
SDA member Sharon Rowley has an exhibit of fiber art
at Lila Yoga Studio February through April, 2013.

"Bearing Fruit" - detail, fiber

“Bearing Fruit” – detail, fiber

Opening reception is Sunday, February 10, 2pm – 4pm.

Contact Sharon for additional viewing opportunities at: Sharon@RowleyArt.com.
To see more of Sharon’s work, please go to her website at www.rowleyart.com

Lila Yoga Studio: 2812 E. Madison, Seattle, 98112

Surface Matters Symposium is just around the corner!

Hello All,

The Symposium Committee is putting last minute touches on what promises to be a spectacular symposium.  We are excited to have fiber artists coming from Canada, Oregon, California and all over Washington.  Our hope is that the connections we make this weekend will evolve into new joint ventures through out our region.  So come ready to make new friends, learn new things and perhaps take your art in new directions.

Our Venue is the Unitarian Church in the Wedgewood neighborhood of Seattle, just northeast of the University of Washington and minutes east of I-5.

6556 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Registration for Saturday’s Symposium opens at 8:30 am with opening remarks beginning promptly at 9 am.

If you have last minute questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at: info.surfacedesignwa@gmail.com.

See you there!

Drawing, Felt and Sketchbook Classes at the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center

Do you long to draw but are afraid to begin, thinking you aren’t good enough?

Drawing and Painting for the Terrified and Picture It in Collage and Stitch

The Hare 2 by Richard Box

Well-known international tutor Richard Box can help you overcome your fears. He is returning to the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center in La Conner to teach two of his popular courses in March.

Box, from the UK, joins guest tutor Pat Sparks in kicking off a number of guest classes being held at the Creative Studies Center this year.

In Drawing and Painting for the Terrified, Box helps you develop your powers of perception, overcome your self doubt and begin to draw and paint with confidence as he teaches you simple principles and skills.

Box’s first class, Drawing and Painting for the Terrified, will be held March 9-13, and Picture It in Collage and Stitch will be held March 16-18.

Drawing and Painting for the Terrified Brochure / Registration

Picture It in Collage and Stitch Brochure / Registration


Watercolor Felt Inlay

Pat Sparks will offer her Watercolor Felt Inlay course April 20-22 at the Center.

"Linn County Petunias" by Pat Spark

In Watercolor Felt Inlay, students use wool to paint felt much like one does using watercolors to paint on paper. Students learn by doing a series of samplers, and then, with confidence, create their own designs.

Watercolor Felt Inlay Brochure / Registration

Two Day Sketchbook Class

Gail Harker is offering her popular Sketchbooks: A Journey of Visual Discovery class, over a weekend, March 31 and April 1, and as a 2-day condensed class rather than over the usual 5 days.

To learn more about these and the upcoming Level 1 courses, visit our website at Gail Harker Creative Studies Center 

Trisha Hassler – Life-Long Fascination with Paradox

Trisha says that she has always been fascinated with paradox and that she has been stitching, cutting and reassembling everything that would hold still since childhood. Both impulses are clearly visible in her continuing series where she combines torch cut steel with quilted fabrics.  If you haven’t seen her work, take a moment to visit her website.  It will inspire you.

Trisha will be talking about how personal style evolved, her inspiration and her plans for the future at the Surface Matters Symposium in a talk entitled, Surface Connections.

We hope you will join us for what is surely to be an amazing conference.  Registration opens January 7th.

website: trishahassler.com


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Jane Dunnewold to speak at Surface Matters Symposium

We are thrilled to announce that Jane Dunnewold will be speaking on March 3rd at the upcoming symposium, Surface Matters.  She will join Marci McDade and Lou Cabeen for a discussion about surface design followed by a break out session tentatively titled, “Finding Your Own Visual Language.”

Jane Dunnewold is the author of Complex Cloth (1996) Improvisational Screen Printing (2003), and co-authored Finding Your Own Visual Language (2007). Interweave Press published Art Cloth: A Guide to Surface Design on Fabric in 2010. Dunnewold is the former chair of the Surface Design Studio at the Southwest School of Art. She teaches and lectures on art cloth internationally, including recent tours to Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom.

Dunnewold’s work was featured in the one-person exhibitions Sacred Planet (2009/2011) and Etudes: A Daily Practice (2011). She was awarded the Quilt Japan Prize in the 2002 Visions exhibition, and the Gold Prize, at the Taegue International Textile Exhibition. The vice-president of the Surface Design Association, she maintains Art Cloth Studios, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Additional information on commissions and exhibition experience can be found at complexcloth.com. Essays on the creative process and acts of making are offered regularly at existentialneighborhood.blogspot.com.

Website name and URL: complexcloth.com


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Mandy Greer Showcased in the Seattle Times

Mandy Greer by Benjamin Benschneider/ The Seattle Times

We were excited to come across a great article about Mandy Greer in the Pacific Northwest Section of the Seattle Times.  Click here to read the article and see some images of her work.

Mandy will be speaking at our March conference, Surface Matters.  For more information about the conference, click on the link in sidebar.  We will be updating this information as the conference takes shape so do sign up to receive our email updates.

Registration for the conference will open on January 7, 2012.