Fiber Fusion Received 245 Entries From 88 Artists!

WOW!   We are blown out of the water! We received 245 entries from 88 artists!

That represents about 40% of our membership! We are pleased that the homegrown entry system developed by Claire Jones worked with very few problems. Thanks to all who entered. It is confirmation that we are doing the right thing. I am thrilled and excited to see your art.

Next steps:

April 5th Jurors meet to make decisions about who is accepted and awarded a prize.
April 16th email notifications of acceptance
May 15th-27th (exact dates to be determined) Art due at Allied Arts
June 1-23rd Dates of the show
Saturday, June 4th Possible Workshop (yet to be announced)
June 5th reception, juror talk with Layne Goldsmith

Here’s An Addtional Opportunity for SDA-WA Members!

We Have A Teaching Opportunity – Call for Proposals

We are excited to provide you with an opportunity to teach and our visitors with opportunities to gain new skills and insights while attending the shows.

Classes will run in conjunction with each of the shows, and we are now looking for instructors to teach a variety of surface design and fiber related classes and workshops at Allied Arts Center and White Bluffs Quilt Museum in Richland WA. Dates are 1-23 June, 2016.
Please Click Here for more information.

If you are interested in teaching at our other venues for Fiber Fusion, a call for proposal will be released in a few months.

    VALA- Redmond  Nov 2016- Jan 2017
    Northwind – Port Townsend Feb 2017
    Schack – Everett March-April 2017
Please send proposals to: event.surfacedesignwa@gmail.com
Due Date (for Allied Arts): April 8, 2016

Fiber Fusion – Entries due March 20!

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You still have one week to enter the
Surface Design Association of Washington State 
Inaugural state-wide juried art exhibition by March 20, 2016!

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Allied Arts

This is your opportunity to be seen and celebrated! The first -ever traveling exhibition in the U.S. sponsored by the Surface Design Association will happen in Washington State in 2016-2017!
Premier venues: The exhibition will be hosted by four venues– Allied Arts in Richland; VALA Art Center in Redmond; Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend; and the Schack Art Center in Everett.

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VALA

Impressive Jurors: The jurors for the exhibition are Layne Goldsmith, professor of art at the University of Washington, Young Chang, owner of Gallery IMA in Seattle, and Rock Hushka, Chief Curator at the Tacoma Art Museum.

Generous Size: Wall art can be small or as large as 60” wide by 74” long—let your imagination run

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Schack

wild!  Three-dimensional art, wearable art, jewelry, and art cloth will all be considered.  We want this exhibition to showcase the latest in surface design art.

What qualifies:  Art made between 2013-2016 that uses elements of surface design–dyeing, painting, stitching, or in some way creating or altering the surface of textiles qualifies.  Textile here is defined as any natural or artificial fiber or a non-textile

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Northwinds

element, such as metal, that takes on the properties of fiber or is used in combination with textiles.

Join us and make history by doing something you love.  You can find out more about the exhibition at  SDAFiberFusionShow.org.

Happy Creating!
Barbara
SDA Washington Representative
Sponsored by Surface Design Association  and Surface Design Association of Washington

Teacher proposals needed (For Fiber Fusion Show!)

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As you know SDA Washington Fiber Fusion juried exhibition is quickly approaching. We are excited to provide our visitors with opportunities to gain new skills and insights while attending the shows.

Classes will run in conjunction with each of the shows, and we are now looking for instructors to teach a variety of surface design and fiber related classes and workshops at Allied Arts Center and White Bluffs Quilt Museum, Richland WA.

 Dates are 1-23 June, 2016. 

 If you are interested in teaching in Richland, WA please provide the following information about the class or classes you would like to teach:

Instructor’s information                                                                                                                           Name, address, phone number(s)                                                                                                           Bio and/or resume

Class/Workshop information 

Class Title:                                                                                                                                                                             Class Description:                                                                                                                                                Target audience: children (give age range)/ adults/ artists                                                                   Skill level (any prerequisites required?):                                                                                                 Supply list (what students need to bring):                                                                                                Room requirements and equipment needs:                                                                                     Class fee (both what you’d like to be paid and an estimate of what you think should be charged for the class)                                                                                                                                Materials fee and what it provides (students to pay):                                                               Maximum and minimum number of students                                                                                Length of class (eg. 3hrs; 2 days):                                                                                                                Dates available/preferred:

Would you also like to submit this class to our other venues for Fiber Fusion?

VALA- Redmond  Nov 2016- Jan 2017                                                                                                Northwind – Port Townsend Feb 2017                                                                                              Schack – Everett March-April 2017

Please send proposals to:  event.surfacedesignwa@gmail.com

 

 Due Date (for Allied Arts): April 8, 2016

 

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Maura

This will be a wonderful opportunity to share your talents and processes with those who share our passion for fiber arts. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Maura Donegan

Education Director, Fiber Fusion

Attention Eastern WA & Vancouver WA!

Attention Eastern WA & Vancouver WA!

BE SEEN THIS JUNE!

alliedartsgallery_smHere’s another chance to be part of Fiber Fusion. Eastern WA and Vancouver, WA -area members are invited to submit up to two pieces of art to be displayed in a non-juried regional exhibition. Held in conjunction with our juried Fiber Fusion traveling exhibition in June.

This bonus opportunity provides members a space at Allied Arts in Richland where your work will be seen by all those attending the state-wide show. Best of Region award to be given. You’ll benefit from the exposure and publicity. Be part of the Event of the Year for Washington state SDA members. At least one piece is guaranteed to be displayed. Be part of this exciting event. Deadline: April 30 photo submission.

For more info or to enter the show, please see: Allied Arts Regional Non-Juried Art Show

SDA-WA Member Activities – Updates For March 2016

Member Activities (and a few other reminders)

Hi SDA-WA!

Our members are a busy bunch!  Just a reminder – if you would like your activities and events posted on our blog or Facebook page, please send an email to blog.surfacedesignwa@gmail.com with your event or activity information, your contact info, and a good photo or two or three of your event, activity, art, or yourself!

Gay Jensen and Dorothy McGuinness

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Dorothy McGuinness

 

Gay and Dorothy both have pieces in the 20th Juried Art Exhibit at the Schack. For more information, see:

JURIED ART EXHIBIT

March 10 – April 23, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 10, 5-8pm
Awards Presentation at 6:30pm

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Gay Jensen

Sponsored by the City of Everett Cultural Arts Commission

This biennial collection of Northwest artists features a wide variety of mediums to produce an eclectic and visually stimulating exhibit. Jurors: James Arrabito, Chris Hopkins, and Verena Schwippert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nan Leaman & the Whidbey Island Surface Design Group

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Nan Leaman

Nan and WISD are showing some of their works at the La Connor Quilt Museum in the show Beyond The Surface.   Beyond the Surface includes artwork using fiber and fabric as the basis for the work. Each artist has their own unique style and the process used to accomplish their work is as varied as the individual piece. Techniques include:  dyeing, wrapping, felting, stitching, weaving, image transfer, beading, quilting, painting, printing, and collage.

For more information, see: http://www.laconnerquilts.org/beyond-the-surface.html

Nan also has works on display at:

  • The Santa Fe Weaving Gallery, Santa Fe NM
  • The Flying Shuttle, Seattle WA
  • Artworks Gallery, Whidbey Island, WA

 

Diane Williams

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Diane Williams

Diane is an artist participating in the Real Change Portrait Project.  Her work (along with many others) will be on display at Seattle City Hall from March 1st through the end of April 2016.  The opening reception is March 1st,  from 2-4pm.   Since the project began about four years ago, more than 30 artists have volunteered to paint a portrait of a Real Change vendor.

“I made a portrait quilt for the Real Change Portrait Project. It features 30 Real Change vendors on a city street like grid surrounded by crazy quilt scraps  All seams are exposed and the binding is wonky because homelessness is not neat and finished. The quilting goes every which way because homelessness is crazy and unpredictable. It was featured on the cover of Real Change during the Winter Fund Drive in 2013.”

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

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Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

Caryl says “I’m very pleased to announce that I will be escorting a quilters safari to Kenya in January of 2017.  Please join me to see the fabrics and fiber arts of Africa as well as the amazing wildlife and culture in this beautiful country.  This is a deluxe tour with professional guides, great accommodations, and only four people per Land Rover on the game spotting runs.

There will even be a couple of afternoons when we can fit in a quilting presentation or two.  You can find all of the details and book online at Craft Tours http://www.crafttours.com/trips/?page=africa_caryl_0117

Here is your brochure:
http://www.bryerpatch.com/news/Kenya2017/Kenya2017.pdf

Here are details of the itinerary:
http://www.bryerpatch.com/news/Kenya2017/KenyaItinerary.pdf

I hope you can join me.

Caryl

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And yes, it’s another reminder for all of our members!

The Fiber Fusion Traveling Art Show call-for-art closes on March 20th.  That’s only 3 weeks away!   Don’t let this great opportunity pass you by!

Click here to access the entry form: http://sdafiberfusionshow.org/fiber-fusion-entry-form/

 

 

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Are you a SDA Member and would like to see your news posted here?

If so, please send us an email by the 15th of each month to: blog.surfacedesignwa@gmail.com

Please include:

  • Your name and contact info
  • your event or activity (please include the location, dates, and the times of your events!)
  • The website for your event if your event has one
  • A picture that you want included (or two or three – we may not use them all, but it’s nice to have options!)   **NOTE – it is wonderful to have a picture of your artwork and a picture of you as well!
  • A breif write-up/description of the event and/or artwork

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Just a quick reminder about a great opportunity for quilters to attend a Quilt Art Symposium occuring in Tacoma, WA in April!

quiltartsymposiumA Gathering of Art Quilters

Quilt Art Symposium promises to shine a light on the future of Quilt Art with three leading speakers, a luncheon, an artist-led tour of the CQA exhibit, and an opening party.

Saturday, April 16, 2016
Washington State History Museum
Tacoma WA

Tickets are $75 +available here

Please help CQA by spreading the word about this quilt community event.

http://quiltartsym.com/

 

Entering A Show – Preparing For A Juried Show

Pictures For An Exhibition,

by guest blogger Larkin Van Horn

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Larkin Van Horn

Jurying artwork for an exhibition holds no great mysteries.  A group of relative strangers sits in a darkened room while images flash before their eyes, from which they must somehow agree which to accept and which to decline.  Easy, right?  Not so fast.

Before they get to that point, they will receive instructions from the
organizer of the show.  These instructions can be as simple as “pick the best work” or “put together something cohesive”, or they can go on for pages.  Usually it is something in between.  The organizer will tell them
things like:  how many pieces to accept; how many linear feet to fill;
whether to focus on visual impact or technical proficiency; how picky to be
about any size restrictions; how closely the work should hold to the theme
of the show (if any); whether to accept controversial pieces (politics,
religion, nudity, etc.) and so on.  If the show is going to travel, the
jurors may be asked to select a sub-set for the smallest venue, or this step
may be left to the organizer.

Though some exhibits are juried from the actual artwork, most exhibits are
juried from photograhs.  And for every slot on the “accepted”
roster, there may be 10 entries or 100.  The jurors have to look at all
these photos and make their choices in one day.  They will start with a fast
run-through of all the entries, making no decisions.  The second time
through, each juror will make notes and vote “Yes”, “No”, or “Maybe”.  Those
entries with all “No” votes will be set aside.  Those with all “Yes” votes
will be accepted.  If all the stars align, the number of “Yes” votes will
equal the number of slots on the roster, and everyone can go home.  Not very
likely. The next step is to scrutinize the “Maybe” pieces to see which make
the most sense to move up to fill the roster.  There is a lot of discussion
at this point.  And then the final run-through of the accepted works.  The
jurors will be asking themselves things like “will this collection make a
cohesive show?”, “will this collection engage the viewers?”, “is this
representative of the organization?”.

To add furtmonkey covering eyes cliparther confusion to the mix, most juries are “blind”, meaning the photos are not accompanied by the name of the artist. So the jurors have no way of knowing if they have included something from everyone who entered, or if they have put together a 6 person show.  If the instructions to the jury included the requirement that every person who enters the show will have one piece in the show, then right before the final run-through one of the assistants will check the selected entries against the list of accepted pieces to make sure that hurdle has been crossed.  If not, it’s back to the
drawing board for the jurors.

Jurors come to their task with their backgrounds as artists, gallery owners,
museum curators, collectors, etc.  As much as they try to stay completely
objective, they are, after all, human.  Their personal tastes and
preferences come with them and will undoubtedly color some of their
decisions.  Accept this, forgive them, and carry on.
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One final note:  If the mantra of the real estate business is “location,
location, location”, the mantra of the juried exhibition is “photography, photography, photography”!  If they can’t tell what they are looking at, jurors will vote “No” and move on. Professional product photography can be expensive, and if you plan to do your own photography, remember a few things:
– No fingers and toes.  If your work is intended for the wall, hang it
up.  Don’t hold it up in the driveway.
– Don’t distract the jurors with houseplants, tablecloths, or anything
that is not THE ART.  If your piece requires a stand or support, make sure it is                            unobtrusive.
– FOCUS!  Make sure your photo is not out of focus.  Jurors won’t take
a chance on something they can’t see clearly.
– Get a second opinion.  You know what your art looks like, and may not
see any photographic flaws.  Have someone else look at your photos before                               submitting them.

And a last word about words:  the jurors may ask about the title of your
work, and even your artist statement.  Whatever you write, be clear,
concise, and let the words enhance the experience of seeing the art.
Don’t get lost in artspeak – say what you mean.

There will be future blog posts about preparing your photos for the entry
process and writing an artist statement.  Be on the look out for them, and
remember that the work isn’t done until the paperwork is finished.
And good luck!

Biography–
“Larkin is a member of the Northwest Designer Craftsmen, Studio Art Quilt
Associates, Surface Design Association, and serves on the Board of Directors
for The Grünewald Guild. She is in demand as a teacher and lecturer, and has
published books on beadwork, and patterns for wearable art garments and
fabric vessels. Her work has been displayed and won honors both regionally
and nationally, and is in many private and church collections.   She is an experienced Curator, Juror and Judge for fiber art exhibitions locally and for traveling exhibits.

Larkin grew up in Everett, and currently lives on Whidbey Island in
Washington State with her husband/photographer/webmaster, Van, and her
eclectic collection of fabric, fibers, and beads.”

To learn more about Larkin or her art, please see her website: www.larkinart.com

 

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One Fine Spring Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gloria

 

New Fiber Fusion Exhibition Website for WA SDA

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Our 2016-2017 Traveling exhibition now has its own website!  Go to http://sdafiberfusionshow.org/ to see it.  The entry form will be up there on January 15 and entries are due by March 20, 2016.  Thanks to SDA member Claire Jones for doing such a beautiful job on putting this together.

We also have had our first donations and sponsors come in.  We’re pleased to announce that on top of our jurors’ prize awards, the ‘Deb Taylor Spirit of Exploration Award’ is being funded courtesy of Gay Jensen and Bud Taylor.  We’ve also received a small event grant from SDA national- thanks to Pat Herkal for leading this up with the grant proposal.  Our donation button will be added to the website soon, but please feel free to contact us if you’d like to contribute towards the exhibition.  The more money we can raise, the more we can do (we’d love to get a professional catalog printed of Fiber Fusion!)

If you haven’t ever entered a juried show, this is a terrific opportunity to learn the process. We’re planning to do several blog posts to help our membership and readers learn all you need to know for completing and submitting a show entry.  Please let us know if there are specific topics you’d like us to cover.

We’d love your comments and suggestions on the website, as well as any questions you might have on the process.

Pad Your Artistic Resume by helping out!

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Searching Song Instrument by Danielle Bodine

Not only is this an opportunity for exhibiting your artwork, it’s also a place where you can contribute a little of your time and talent!  Each location (Richland, Redmond, Port Townsend, and Everett) will need a crew of volunteers… even if you can’t oversee a complete area, let us know if there is a part of the job where you’d be able to help. Here are some areas we could use some assistance:

Local Operations Chair –Sees that artwork is checked in, finds volunteer to store packing material, assists in the installation, finds volunteers for the reception, assisting at the workshops and presentations, counting of ballots, signage, placement of postcards. Repackage art for transport, store art, transport to next venue. Send thank you notes.

Local area PR and Marketing—Sees that lists of newspapers, association newsletters, galleries, stores, and interested individuals are developed.  Prior to the event, coordinate flyer or postcards to stores in the locale. Find reader-boards and volunteers to distribute with posters and balloons for the opening reception and take down after the reception.

Portfolio—Develops portfolio of artists’ photos of art and artist statements.

Fundraising–Send letters out to list of companies targeted as potential donors, followup, write credit information for promotional materials.

Catalog—Arranges for professional photographer to take images at first venue, develops catalog with lead article, jurors’ statements, artists’ photos, and artists’ statements.  Works with printer through completion of catalog.

Please feel free to share your thoughts here in the comments.  We’re looking forward to seeing the fantastic range of artwork from our members in 2016.

Happy Solstice and Holidays,

Christina Fairley Erickson, Executive Director WA SDA Fiber Fusion Exhibition and Barb Matthews, WA state SDA Representative

 

“Fiber Fusion” Call for Entry!

Fiber Fusion Exhibition- artwork "Fertile Feilds" detail by Larkin Van Horn

“Fertile Fields” (detail) by Larkin Van Horn

The Washington Surface Design Association (WA SDA) has just published the prospectus to our upcoming traveling exhibition. With four galleries over the course of 10 months, we’re looking for the best examples of surface design from our talented members.  For more information go to:

http://sdafiberfusionshow.org/

We will be releasing more information as quickly as possible, but hope this will get you thinking, creating and making now!

We’d also love to get some more input and ideas from our members.  Areas we’d like some help include: PR/Marketing, Budget/Fund-Raising, Managing Entries, and Educational Opportunities.  If you’re available, please contact our WA State Rep: Barbara Matthews or Exec. Director of the Exhibition, Christina Fairley Erickson.