Seattle Weavers’ Guild Annual Sale

Seattle Weavers' Guild 2014 Sale postcard, submitted by Gay Jensen Cropped

Location: Lower Level Bloedel Hall, St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Date/Time: Thursday October 23rd 5pm-8pm, Friday October 24th 10am-8pm, Saturday October 25th 10am-5pm.

Cost: No admission charge

The Seattle Weavers’ Guild Annual Sale offers a feast of textiles created by members of the Seattle Weavers Guild including scarves, linens, rugs, baskets, art for the wall, garments, blankets, jewelry, children’s items and more!  More than a dozen members of SDA are also members of the Seattle Weavers Guild so it offers SDA members a chance to see the work of fellow SDA artists well as that of the many other talented members of the Guild.  Fiber, yarn and textile tools will also be available at the event, and there will be demonstrations of spinning and weaving.   (

The Art of Textiles Opening September 19

"Spider Web" by Cyndi Wolfe

“Spider Web” by Cyndi Wolfe

The Art of Textiles Exhibit at the Arts of Kenmore Galley at Kenmore City Hall features the work of 15 fiber artists. Showcasing a wide variety of surface design techniques, this juried exhibit includes the work of six members of SDA WA: Cyndi Wolfe, Lois Gaylord, Judith Warren, Ti Locke, Lynne Rigby and Gay Jensen.    In choosing the 23 artworks included in this exhibit, the jury looked for overall artistic excellence, paying special attention to composition/design, focal point, originality, artistry, and skillful application.  Come see this celebration of fiber art and talk surface design with your fellow SDA WA members at the opening on September 19th!

"Crow" by Gay Jensen

“Crow” by Gay Jensen



Location: Arts of Kenmore Gallery at Kenmore City Hall, 18120 68th Ave NE, Kenmore, WA 98028

The exhibition runs from September 19-November 14, 2014 — Open M-F 9am-5pm..

Opening Reception: Friday September 19, 6:30-8pm.

Cost: No admission charge


"Blue Herring Run" by Judith Warren

“Blue Herring Run” by Judith Warren and Ti Locke

"Path to Work of the Heart" by Lois Gaylord

“Path to Work of the Heart” by Lois Gaylord

Local Surface Design Artists Show at Port Townsend Gallery Walk

Necklace made by Pat Herkal

Necklace made by Pat Herkal

Eleven members of the North Peninsula chapter of the Surface Design Association-WA will display their art during Gallery Walk at Pippa’s Real Tea, 636 Water St, Port Townsend Aug. 2 through Sept. 30, 5:30 to 8 pm


“This collection bumps up against the range of boundaries considered to be surface design,” explains Jeannie McMacken, North Peninsula chapter coordinator. “Our members have used silk, cotton, plastic, wool, paper and other materials combined with wax, beads, photos, metal and trash to create beautiful, unusual and provocative art that tell stories. Every piece truly is different from the next and reflects each artist’s genre.”


"The Things I've Carried" by Pamela Hastings

“The Things I’ve Carried” by Pamela Hastings

Members displaying work are: Pamela Hastings, Port Angeles; Susan Ramsey, Silverdale; Pat Herkal. Port Townsend; Barbara Houshmand, Port Angeles; Anne Jarnagin, Port Angeles; Kindy Kemp, Port Townsend; Jeannie McMacken, Port Townsend; Susanne Scott, Sequim; Nora Shapiro, Port Townsend; Joyce Wilkerson, Port Townsend; and Diane Williams, Port Angeles.


Pat Herkal describes surface design as “the creative exploration of fiber, fabric and other materials. It encompasses coloring, patterning, manipulating and structuring using such processes as dyeing, painting, printing, digital imaging, stitching, embellishing, quilting, weaving, knitting, felting, wirework and papermaking.”

"Garbage" by Diane Williams

“Garbage” by Diane Williams


Natural colors and even more…

Michel Garcia’s  Natural colors and even more,’ lecture will be held Thursday, July 17th from 7-8 at the Center for Urban Horticulture followed by a catered wine and hors d’oeuvre reception.

Michel Garcia, natural dyeing expert

Michel Garcia, natural dyeing expert

Michel Garcia has unlocked the natural, colorful mystery of plants, through a life-long passion and interest.  In the process he has developed ways to lessen the environmental impact of chemical dyes.  A French National born in Morocco, Garcia is a well–respected botanist, chemist, and naturalist. In addition, he is an artist, author, and curator.

Garcia first discovered natural dyeing as a teenager; his continued study of plants and pigments shaped his focus on “green chemistry.” In 1988, he founded Association Couleur Garance in Lauris, France to promote the study of the unique properties of plants.


Michel Garcia, Le Jardin Conservatoire des Plantes Tinctorales

In 2002, he established Le Jardin Conservatoire des Plantes Tinctorales, (Botanical Garden of Dye Plants) at the Chateau de Lauris.  Brimming with over 350 varieties of heritage plants used for dyeing and painting, and in the manufacture of inks, cosmetics and food, the garden is an important horticultural resource for botanists, chemists, natural dye researchers and artisans alike.

Garcia uses the garden to investigate and understand the chemistry of specific plant colorants.

His research from original sources on historical 18th and 19th century printed European textiles, and the techniques used to produce them, led him to reinterpret and revise traditional dye methods that are laborious and polluting into alternatives for manufacturing color in ecologically sound and sustainable ways.

Garcia works as a consultant in West Africa, Tunisia, Mexico, United States, Canada, China, Indonesia, and Europe.  He’s written 21 monographs and three books, and is featured in three educational DVDs.

Using proven methods to investigate the complex world of natural dyes, Michel Garcia’s students gain in-depth experience and a new perspective of plants and the indigo vat process.

Natural colors and even more,’ a lecture by Michel Garcia will be held Thursday, July 17th from 7-8 at the Center for Urban Horticulture followed by a catered wine and hors d’oeuvre reception.

Cost of the lecture is $12.  Registration information for the lecture can be found at For more information, please email Barbara Matthews,

Lecture sponsored by University of Washington School of Art, Surface Design Association of Washington State, and Earthues, a Seattle natural dye company. More information about Michel Garcia can be found at a web site sponsored by Yoshiko Wada



Northwest Collage Society Exhibition Opening

Three members of SDA/WA—Deena Heg, Margaret C. Wheeler and Gay Jensen—are participating in the Northwest Collage Society Summer Juried Exhibit that runs from July 10- September 28, at the Rosehill Community Center Art Gallery, 304 Lincoln Avenue in Mukilteo, WA.   The Opening reception will be on Thursday July 10 at 7 pm.

"How Land is Born" by Deena Heg

“How Land is Born” by Deena Heg

Deena Heg’s artwork titled “How Land Is Born “combines handpainted silk, discharged silk and acrylic paint.


"Bound 2" by Margaret Wheeler

“Bound 2″ by Margaret Wheeler

Yarn wrapping creates an unusual and delightful focal point in Margaret Wheeler’s piece titled “Bound #2”.


"Network" by Gay Jensen

“Network” by Gay Jensen

Gay Jensen has two pieces in the show, both are collages featuring Lutradur® and cotton canvas painted with acrylics, her piece titled “Network” also includes thermofax printing.

The Northwest Collage Society is affiliated with the National Collage Society and has members from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and British Columbia.  You can find out more about them on their website at:

Directions to the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo are available at:

Screen Printing Simple to Sublime

Learn how to Screen Print with Wendy Huhn

Learn how to Screen Print with Wendy Huhn

Guest Blogger: Wendy Huhn

Last year I received a grant from the Surface Design Association to research photo emulsions. I have spent the year working with over a dozen different emulsions, with the artist’s working conditions in mind. My goal was to take most of the guesswork and failures out of this process, and to help artists set up a space that will work within their budget.


Screen Printing Simple to Sublime -Workshop with Wendy Huhn

The focus of this hands-on workshop is to introduce and take the unknown element out of screen printing.

Learn How to AVOID making mistakes for example a really bad coating job.

Learn How to AVOID making mistakes for example a really bad coating job.

The techniques covered in depth include: Photo Emulsion, Screen Filler & Drawing Fluid .The mediums to be used include: textile paints, thickened dyes, discharge paste, and foils, allowing time to print and explore what happens when the screens and various mediums are layered. The first day will start with assembling low-cost silk screens that each student will keep. Techniques will be taught step by step, so that you are comfortable and understand each one. Time to print and explore what happens when the screens and various mediums are layered is an important feature of the class.

This example shows what happens when duct tape is used on a wooden frame . You will learn how  to keep screens lasting longer & not rotting away.

This example shows what happens when duct tape is used on a wooden frame .
You will learn how to keep screens lasting longer & not rotting away.


Other subjects that will be discussed are studio safety, how to use Photoshop to convert an image for screen print exposure and how to set up an exposure space. Last but not least, there will be time to print, experiment, push the techniques and troubleshoot.

Visit the Pacific Northwest Art School website to register:

Pacific Northwest Art School, Coupeville, WA, August 14-18, 2014

Phone 360-678-3396/ 866-678-3396


“Unexpected Weavings”

An artist talk “How it’s made: Unexpected Weavings,” will be on Tuesday July 8th at 6:30pm by SDA member, Dorothy McGuinness to coincide with her solo show at the Jansen Art Center.  Dorothy will discuss her unique process of weaving forms and structures through the art of diagonal twill.  Dorothy approaches her work as a puzzle, which drives her to discover new shapes and weaving innovations using watercolor paper, painted and cut into very narrow uniform strips to build unique and intriguing forms that are encoded with energy and elegance.


Dorothy’s show, “Unexpected Weavings,” at the Jansen Art Center in Lynden, from July 3rd – August 1st, 2014. Opening reception will be Thursday July 3rd from 6-8pm.

$5 adults/ $3 children, seniors, and military.


Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St, Lynden, WA 98264,, W-Sa 11-8, Su 11-5.