SDA WA Members Activities January 2021

SDA-WA North Peninsula members´ news

Local Artists Create Window Display in Port Townsend 

Silk dye, hand-dying, resist, trapunto, embroidery, sashiko, paper collage, fabric collage, origami, felting, beading, repurposing, wire and wood sculpture, quilting and fabric piecing are among the techniques displayed in a new exhibit by 10 Olympic Peninsula artists in the Surface Design Association window at Tyler and Lawrence in Port Townsend. 

Featuring 33 pieces created while sheltering at home, “Pandemic” will be displayed through March. Most artwork is for sale, at prices ranging from $6 to $800. Participating artists are:


“Then There Now” and “Cotinus”


“Postcards from Home” series and “Fitted Fashion Face Coverings”


“Nature Montage” and “Reclaiming the Process”



“Wooden Boat Bunny”


 Curves 1 ”, “Curves 2”, “Windows”, “Colors Galore” and “Rachel’s Quilt”


“Winter Star”


“Origami Cards”, “Garland”, “Knit Wit”, “Mountainscape 1” and “Mountainscape 2”


“Solace”, “Road Trip”, “Walkabout”, “F**kd”, “Maui” and “Journey”



Debra Olson new work

Debra is going to participate in an exhibition at the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum (more information coming soon!)

” I carve foam and then cover with papier mache’ to create the form of the bird. I then add paint, paper, fabric more paint, beads and found objects. An acrylic finish is then applied. Naming them comes directly from their emerging personalities:  “Spotted Towhee” (may be directionally challenged as he carries a map on the top of his hat as well as on his breast!) and “King Quail” “.

Information on these artists and their pieces is posted in the display window and on the SDA chapter’s website, In normal times, chapter members meet regularly, with meetings rotated between Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles. Meetings are open to the public at no charge. 

SDA-WA Seattle members´ news

Six members of the Seattle group participated in an exchange challenge. Each person in the group sent an envelope to one other person in the group with materials to be used to create a piece. Here are the results:


“One photo shows the challenge materials I was given (the left-overs), including orange and black and white cotton fabric, metallic sliver and white fabric, grey felt, white embossed vinyl backed with flannel and a plastic shipping envelope. Definitely not colors or materials I tend to use in my art. But the shiny plastic envelope reminded me of the inside of shells, and I had recently been experimenting to see if I could get fabric to look like oyster shells.

For the inside shell surface, I stitched the plastic shipping envelope onto a base of white Ecofelt, added gray felt and black cotton fabric (at the top) to make the hinge, and painted the orange fabric purple for the muscle scar that all oyster shells have. For the outside, I stitched the white vinyl fabric and small pieces of orange, black and white and sliver-white fabrics onto a base of white cotton fabric and Ecofelt. I put wireform mesh in the middle and stitched the two sides together. It was an experiment to see if the wireform mesh would allow me to bend it into a three-dimensional shape, and it worked! ” 

“ExpOyster” back and front views by Carla Sther


Received materials. Front of the collage book cover Cynthia made for the challenge. 


Applique on jacket


The pieces of fabric were cut in stripes and woven in a rigid heddle loom

Barbara Matthews in ‘We the People’

Barbara´s piece ‘United’ was accepted into the ‘We the People’ exhibition at the Carlisle Arts Learning Center in Carlisle, PA. She earned an Honorable Mention, Staff Selection.

The exhibition will be shows until January 30th.

“United” by Barbara Matthews. Woodway, WAUnityHand dyed silk, acrylic, glass, wood

SDA-WA Vancouver members´ news

Bonnie Bucknam and Sally Sellers in State Wide Art Competition

Pacific Northwest artists Bonnie Bucknam and Sally Sellers, both of Vancouver, Washington, have been chosen for inclusion in the 2021 CVG Show in Bremerton’s Collective Visions Gallery

The annual CVG Show is one of the largest and most prestigious art competitions in the Northwest. Two hundred ninety-five artists from cities and towns throughout Washington State submitted 550 images for consideration. The competition’s juror, Michael D’Alessandro, chose about 130 pieces from these submissions for inclusion in the show.
Exhibition Co-chairs Alan Newberg and Cindy DuVall say: “The 2021 show has attracted top quality artists from every quarter of our state to submit their best work. Attendees and collectors will find a museum-quality show of work ranging in size from large sculptures, paintings and fiber art pieces to small prints, photos and jewelry. These range in style from exquisite traditional work to provocative contemporary works and deeply personal expressions. Some of these artists are well established professionals, and others are emerging talents in the world of art. Our state is very rich with talent.”
The 2021 CVG Show will begin at 11:00 am on Jan 23, 2021, and will continue through February 26. The entire show, as well as several related art events, will be available virtually, and in-person at the gallery if COVID19 protocols allow.

Collective Visions Gallery is located in downtown Bremerton at 331 Pacific Avenue, just 4 blocks from the ferry terminal. Phone: 360 377 8327.

For a complete list of accepted artists, the entire show and exhibition events, visit

“Line Dry” by Bonnie Bucknam. Fiber, dimensions 82” h x 80” w       
“Splendor in the Grass” by Sally Sellers. Fiber, dimensions 39” h x 45” wide

Barbara De Pirro new workshops

Online Painted Papers for Collage
Create your own unique stash of Collage papers! There are many different ways to create pattern and texture on paper; stencil, stamp, imprint, saturate, mask, resist, comb, dabble, brush, splatter…and so on. I will demonstrate using GOLDEN Fluid & High Flow Paints plus explore mark making techniques & gluing of these papers using various GOLDEN Acrylic Mediums & Gels. I’ll share all the tips & tricks!
Schack Art Center (Hosting) 
JAN 30, 1-4 
Contact for registration: (425) 259-5050 or ONLINE 
Fee: M $60 NM $65
This is not the only workshop that Barbara teaches! More information in:

WA Regional SDA Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 situation, various meetings went online. Please contact the area leader. Online meetings are a good opportunity to participate in different groups.

Eastside—For more information, please email
SDA Eastside Facebook Page

SDA Eastside Meeting & Event Calendar

North Peninsula—Please, contact Sue Gale for more information

North Sound (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties). Please, contact area leader Valerie Wootton or new co-leader Tesi Vara (in charge of membership)

Seattle– Online meetings every second Wednesday of the month. Please, contact Cynthia for more information

South Central—  Please email Vicki Gerton for more information

South Sound—Please contact Faith Hagenhofer at for more information.

Surface Design Study Group– Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To attend the group, you can register by droppingby BARN, calling Tammie at BARN at (206) 842-4475 x216

Vancouver, WA—Please contact Sharon Svec atsharon@smsvec.comfor more information.

SDA-WA Member Activities OCTOBER – NOVEMBER 2020

“Marching CV19 Munchers – CV19 eating critters and their leader” by Danielle Bodine

Danielle Bodine in Mandatory Color Exhibition

Surface Design Association International Juried Members Exhibition “Mandatory Color” examines the use of color as a response to world-wide social distancing and quarantine. Juror Amie Adelman, Professor  of the College of Arts and Design at the Unversity of North Texas  in Denton.

Danielle Bodine obtained the 2nd place with her work “Marching CV19 Munchers – CV19 eating critters and their leader”, 2020, 13″ x 21″x 21,” yarn, fabric, beads, plastic tubes, wires, slinkies, found objects; coiled.

Museum of Texas Tech University
3301 4th Street
Lubbock, TX 79415
On exhibit through December 6, 2020

Barbara O`Steen work

Barbara O’Steen at Little/BIG

Barbara O´Steen is participating in an exhibition of the Contemporary Quilt Art Association at the Shack Art Center.   Little/BIG Annual Holiday Art Exhibit features works from members of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association. She is showing some 12×12 fiber art pieces and a large 25″ x 35″one, in a collage style that she hasen’t used for years in that she is usually creating trees and a message about Climate Change.

Shack Art Center 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, WA November 19 – January 3

Barbara O`Steen work

Featured Artist Dorothy McGuinness.

Dorothy makes beautiful and unique sculptures using basket weaving techniques. There is a link below to a video where her work is analized by other artists, on
Please take some time to watch and listen and maybe even give some feedback to Dorothy.

More about her amazing work at

Sue Nylander and Liisa Fagerland – Eye to Eye exhibit

SDA-WA North Peninsula member´s news

Sue Nylander and Liisa Fagerland are showing the Eye to Eye exhibit in the North Peninsula Fiber Habit window , from October to December.

More information about this exhibition and the group

“Undersea Garden” by Tangle Fibers group

Tangle Fibers group at the Port Angeles Fine Art Center

“Undersea Garden” comprises a collaborative installation and exhibition by Port Townsend SDA-NP artists Pat Herkal, Barbara Ramsey, Jean Marie Tarascio and Cathie Wier – collectively known as Tangled Fibers.  Their art is a celebration of the patterns, colors and textures of sea life. Using fiber, paper, beads, color, texture, wire, yarn and whimsy, the Esther Webster Gallery has been transformed into an undersea garden of kelp, tide pools, octopus, sea stars, nudibranchs, jellyfish and other delightful creatures of the sea. Some are painstakingly true to life, others created from their ocean fevered imaginations. Some pieces in this exhibit are the work of the individual member of the Tangled Fibers group, others are collaborative efforts. Exhibiting works are for sale in person and online.PAFAC is open Thursday-Sunday 11-5 or visit for a virtual tour and the gift shop offerings, until November 15.

“Undersea Garden” by Tangle Fibers group
“Hidden Leafy Sea Dragons” by Jean Marie Tarascio 
“Marine Scape” by Barbara Ramsey
“Seahorse” by Pat Herkal
“Look Deeply” by Cathie Wier

South Central SDA-WA Group Notes

The group is having zoom meetings. Here are some pieces the members were working on.

Mary Thomas’s vest using her handwoven fabric

Mary Thomas’s vest using her handwoven fabric
Mary Thomas’s vest using her handwoven fabric

Carol Fletcher’s wall piece “Insomnia” , using micro-quilting on an experimental piece made at our South Central September meeting; this fabric was also dyed in our experimental monotype experiments.This piece was accepted into the  Larson Gallery’s 65th annual Central Washington Artists’ Exhibition. .

“Insomnia” by Carol Fletcher
Carol Fletcher ´s wall piece

Carol’s husband, Evans Fletcher, also had a piece accepted, “Westcoast 2020”

“Westcoast 2020” by Evans Fletcher

In addition, Deboran Ann’s piece, Clay Pots, was also accepted into the Larson Gallery’s 65th annual Central Washington Artists’ Exhibition. A photo of Deborah Ann’s piece was recently in SDA WA’s newsletter.

“Clay Pots” by Deborah Ann

Suzie Forsyth’s experimentations with growing her own indigo, making an indigo pot from her home grown indigo, and successfully dyeing some fabric.

Suzie Forsyth’s indigo experimentation
Suzie Forsyth’s indigo experimentation

SDA-WA Seattle memeber´news

“Protecting the Peace” by Sharon Rowley

Sharon Rowley and Barbara Matthews at Creative Strength Training art exhibition

WA State SDA members Sharon Rowley and Barbara Matthews have art featured in Jane Dunnewold’s 2020 Creative Strength Training member art online exhibition

“Exposed” by Barbara Matthews


Cynthia Blair in the Seattle Times

Cynthia´s fabric collage “Houses” symbolizing things that have sustained her during this period was one of 12 (out of about 100 entries) the Seattle Times featured in a newspaper article and on its website. 

“Houses” by Cynthia Blair
Therese Stein´piece

Therese Stein presentation

Therese shared with us her techniques experimenting with plastics to create art with recycled material; also some examples of different artists who work with plastic.

Therese Stein ´s piece made with recycled plastic

Gabi Nirino at Raggio Foundation

Gabriela Nirino is participating with “Mangrullo” in the on-line Textile Art Exhibition at Rómulo Raggio Foundation in Vicente López, Argentina. Here is the link

“Mangrullo” by Gabi Nirino. Corn husk strips, nailon thread, pine wood.

Barbara De Pirro News

Barbara at ‘Basketry: Architecture and the Environment’

National Basketry Organization, Inc. presented an online conversation on September 17th. It is now available on YouTube HERE. (FYI you can skip the first 16 minutes which was our warm-up time and not part of the presentation.). Barbara De Pirro creates Mixed Media Sculptures and Installations. Her observations of nature have triggered a profound admiration for its brilliance, resilience and its vulnerability. With each project she strives to create a sense of wonder.

The Curator/Interviewer 
Jo Stealey is a nationally known artist, teacher and curator and most recently, professor emerita the University of Missouri. She was the co-curator for the traveling exhibition, Rooted, Revived Reinvented: Basketry in America as well as the juror for this year’s NBO Members in Print 2.

“Metamorphosis” by Barbara De Pirro

Barbara ´s Workshops

Online Acrylic Skins & Collage

Discover the range of GOLDEN acrylic paints, gels & mediums that can be used to create Image Transfer, Paint & Acrylic 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, sculptures or mixed media works. Think of this as just another way to create your own unique collage material!

De Pirro Art Workshops 
NOV 21, 1-4:00 
Online registration: Here

WA Regional SDA Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 situation, please contact the area leader

Eastside—For more information, please email

North Peninsula—Please, contact Sue Gale for more information

North Sound (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties). Please, contact area leader Valerie Wootton

Seattle– Our next SDA on-line meeting, which will take place on Wednesday, November 11 from 11:00 to 12:30, will be a bit different and quite special.  We will be treated to a presentation by Berkeley, California-based artist Terry Milder, who constructs mixed-media pieces that integrate paper making, photography, fiber/textile, sculpture and digital techniques. All members are welcome. Please, contact Cynthia or your area leader for more information

South Central—  Please email Vicki Gerton for more information

South Sound—Please contact Faith Hagenhofer at for more information.

Surface Design Study Group– Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To attend the group, you can register by droppingby BARN, calling Tammie at BARN at (206) 842-4475 x216

Vancouver, WA—Please contact Sharon Svec atsharon@smsvec.comfor more information.

Whidbey Island. Area Leaders—Debra Calkins (, Mary Burks ( and membership chairperson Natalie Olsen (