WA SDA Exciting News!

Felt Leaves by Christina Fairley Erickson

Felt Leaves by Christina Fairley Erickson

We’ve had some fantastic behind-the-scenes work being done by some of our membership… all with the end goal of putting on a traveling exhibition in Washington state in 2016-2017.  We’re now in final negotiations with several galleries throughout the state and will be releasing the prospectus to our membership in October.  Thanks to our steering committe and advisory committee members for putting the time and forethought into making this an amazing opportunity for SDA artists in our state!

Now it’s time to put out a request for additional involvement.  As the saying goes, “Many hands make work light,” we’d like YOU to be on the forefront of this exhibition.  Here are some of the volunteer jobs we need filled:

  • Education Lead
  • PR & Marketing Lead
  • Finance/Budget Lead
  • Graphic Designer
  • Email Coordinator
  • Website Manager
  • Preparation for Jury

Do you have any skills that might contribute in these areas?  Even if you don’t want to take up the lead, we’d love to have you be involved!  Please contact Christina Fairley Erickson, Executive Director of the WA SDA Traveling Exhibition, at 425-753-4625 or event.surfacedesignwa@gmail.com for questions on how you can be involved.

We’ll also be looking at having specific participation from the local area groups in the general area where each gallery is located.  More on that soon!

Member Exhibit, Sharon Rowley

 

Universal Sun, Sharon Rowley

Universal Sun, Sharon Rowley

 

 

July 25 & 26

1 pm – 4 pm

“Full of Spirit” exhibit

Sharon Rowley’s studio:

19308 22nd Ave NW, Shoreline, WA

 

 

This summer, the afternoons of July 25 & 26, Sharon Rowley will be exhibiting her work of the past 3 years at her studio in Richmond Beach. Many of her new organza-covered pieces will be on display. Also enjoy her unique prayer flags which flew during the 2013 SDA conference at Jane Dunnewold’s San Antonio studio.

Sharon@rowleyart.com

Emerging, Sharon Rowley

Emerging, Sharon Rowley

www.rowleyart.com

SDA members Dorothy McGuinness and Shannon Weber will be participating in the Spring Makers’ Retreat: Foraging

Dorothy McGuinness will be presenting and Shannon Weber will be teaching.

https://www.facebook.com/events/767413996672190/

Spring Makers’ Retreat: Foraging
4+ Instructors & Presenters
6pm May 144pm May 18, 2015
Course # 15051418
$785. (includes instruction, 4 nights board, Continental bkfst + lunch)

Expect a convergence of media and technique; an on-going dialogue @ what is found/sustainable/inspiring. 4 days and nights jam-packed with… learning, pondering, exploring, creating, – maybe even collaborating. Nature. Eye-candy. Long walks. Deep talks. (No beds to make. No meals to cook. And no cell phones.)

NOTE: Maximum: 20 Makers. You’ll have lots of questions. So will we. We aim to gather an eclectic and compatible group . Call 360-568-7709 to chat – and possibly register.

Instructors: Shannon Weber, Randi Harper, Geary Jones, Morgan Brig
Presentors: Jan Hopkins, Dorothy McGuinness

It’s SPRING!!! Time to clean out your studio, your book shelves, your supplies!

Would you like to par down some of the items in your studio you never use, have duplicate copies or never-to-be-used yarns/material/notions?  How about doing it and benefiting a great local fiber arts program and getting to get a tax write-off at the same time?

What to donate

  • Books
  • Tools and equipment. Please identify what it is for if it is not obvious.
  • Dyes and paints IF they are still usable and half remains in the container.
  • Threads and yarns, IF there is enough to be used.
  • Fabrics, at least a quarter of a yard for commercial fabrics or any size scraps for hand-dyed material. Please mark with yardage and width for 1/4 yard and above.
  • Usable art supplies.

You can Bring your donations this Saturday, May 9 to the CQA/SDA meeting and Christina Fairley Erickson will take them for you.  Please make a note of your name, address and resale value of the donated goods, if you’d like a tax receipt sent to you.

Then, put the Summer Solstice Supply Sale on your calendar!  Saturday and Sunday, June 20 & 21, 2015, 10-5, at Gwen Lowery Studio, 129 W First, Seattle, WA (near Seattle Center.)

Now is your chance to clean your studio, pass on the unused treasures, find great additions at fantastic prices, and support the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts, as all proceeds from the sale will go to the Center.*  If you can’t bring your items this Saturday, you can arrange to drop them off at Gwen’s studio in Seattle or the Gail Harker Center in La Conner.

For more information or to donate items, contact:

Christina Fairley Erickson – christina@christinaerickson.com  425-753-4625 or

Gwen Lowery gwen@brokenpoint.net or 360/317-6545

SDA Washington: Art Shows, Workshop, Congratulations, Call for Art

 

Art Shows —

April 1-May 1st, 2015 Beyond Blue Collaborative Pieces by Fiber 19

Sidney Art Gallery and Museum 202 Sidney Ave, Port Orchard, WA 98366, (360) 876-3693

Collaborative, various artists from Fiber 19

Collaborative pieces, various artists, Fiber 19

An eclectic show of Fiber Art by Fiber 19 graduates of the UW Fiber Certificate program and associates. Seven SDA members are in the show: Debra Calkins, Kaylin Frances, Barbara Matthews, Louise Roby, Deborah Taylor, Terry Berg, and Rebecca Wachtman.

 

 

Spring Rain by Gay Jensen

Spring Rain by Gay Jensen

April 23-May 30, 2015   Saving the Environment: Sustainable Art  

Opening reception April 23, 5pm-8pm. Ongoing hours:  Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday noon-5.  Schack Art Center , 2921 Hoyt Ave, Everett, WA

This show celebrates the awareness of the environment and inspires environmental issues when creating art.  Participating SDA artists are: Barbara De Pirro and Gay Jensen

 

 

April 1 – June 28, 2015, Revealing the Hidden

Deb Taylor, Arcane Pathways I

Deb Taylor, Arcane Pathways I

Location: La Conner Quilt And Textile Museum, 703 South Second Street, La Conner, WA

Artist Reception: Saturday April 18, 3:00- 5:00 PM

This is an exhibit of contemporary textile art curated by the Contemporary QuiltArt Association.

SDA members juried into this show include Mary Berdan, Patti Bleifuss, Bonnie Bucknam, Christina Fairley Erickson, Sonia Grasvik, Gay Jensen, Barbara Nepom, Barbara O’Steen, Helen Remick, Sharon Rowley, Carla Stehr, Cynthia Stentz, Katherine Sylvan, Deb Taylor and Colleen Wootton.

March 20-June 28, 2015, The Northwest Collage Society 2015 Spring Show: Adornment

Judith Noble, Business Attire, winner of a merit award.

Judith Noble, Business Attire

Judith Noble, Business Attire

Bellevue Art Museum, Community Education Gallery

Four members of the Surface Design Association have art in this show: Gay Jensen, Barbara Matthews, Judith Noble, and Margaret Wheeler.

 

 

 

 

April 18th, Stash Fest, La Conner Civic Garden Club 10AM – 5PM
La Conner Civic Garden Club, 622 South 2nd Street, La Conner WA 98257, (across the street from the Museum).  Several SDA members are the featured artists: Ann DarlingEclectic Global Fabrics and Designer Clothing, Cameron  Anne Mason–Whirlwind Hand Dyesand Accessories, and Bonnie Bucknam, Handwerk Textiles,Bags, Totes, Hand-Dyed Vintage Linens & Textiles, Global Textiles.

Workshop—

May 10, 2015, 9 am – 5 pm Jean Williams Cacicedo, Notan, the Dynamics of Design

Jean Williams Cacicedo

Jean Williams Cacicedo

Jean Williams Cacicedo

ArtX in Pt Townsend.  Building 306, Fort Worden campus. Cost of the workshop is $95 to SDA, CQA and Port Townsend Wearable Art Show artists and $110 to Non-affiliates.  (A portion of the fee will be given to the Fund for Women & Girls.)  Please contact Jeannie McMacken, Jeannie@blueheartstudio.com.

 

 

Congratulations–

Barbara Houshmand, Three x Three

Barbara Houshmand, Three x Three

Barbara Houshmand’s piece Three x Three was accepted into “Fantastic Fibers” Fiber art show in Paducah, Kentucky.  Barbara says, “This quilt is made of my hand dyed antique kimono silks, hand dyed vintage Italian silks and hand dyed cottons.  I was inspired to make this quilt to maximize texture, color and character of each bit of cloth I used. The three bowls and three circles tend to bring order to a somewhat chaotic background.”

 

Call for Art—

April 15, 2015 Call for Entries to the SDA Materialities  1st International juried members’ exhibition and catalog is now open. Juror Namita Gupta Wiggers will select work that answers the question: “What do textiles/fibers and their associated processes offer artists that cannot be achieved in other media?”

Future Posts—

If you would like to see your show, sale, event, workshop, brag, or call for art in this blog.  Please send the date and time, title of show/sale/event/workshop/brag, the location, a short description, and the name(s) of SDA members participating to Barbara Matthews bjmatthews76@comcast.net and Deb Taylor debet@uw.edu by the 20th of the month for publication in the 1st week of the next month.

 

 

The Northwest Collage Society 2015 Spring Show: Adornment

 

The Northwest Collage Society 2015 Spring Show: Adornment

Bellevue Art Museum, Community Education Gallery

March 20-June 28, 2015

Opening reception Saturday, March 21, 4-6PM

Four members of the Surface Design Association have art in this show.

Judith Noble

Judith Noble, Business Attire

Judith Noble, Business Attire

The challenge of working with the theme Adornment was intriguing and the limitation on format was also interesting.

I started this piece with two additional things in mind: 1) I was interested in the collage work of Paul Horiuchi and this gave me an opportunity to take the time to study his approach to the medium a bit and 2) I wanted to break up the space so that it would be a little less square looking.   From there I was in the usual loop:  Do something and then do something else!

I ended up bringing a little Jackson Pollock into the mix when I needed to enliven the heavily textured white background paper, and a little Seminole patchwork to create the herringbone twill suit material. Some window screen to provide textural contrast while still evoking woven fabric.  Paper I had painted nearly 10 years ago provided the brooch.  After a while it felt done.

Barbara Matthews

Barbara Matthews, Silent Dance

Barbara Matthews, Silent Dance

I did not want to follow an emblematic interpretation of adornment.  I thought of the crafting of words I enjoy in novels—the ways authors use words from another reference to create a vivid image.  I thought of ways we might see adornment in nature—the bark adorns the tree, birds adorn the beach, trees adorn river banks.I quickly found that I could not implement my ideas without some technical help.  The limbs on the smallest of the trees in “Relentless March” were only a couple of millimeters in width.  In “SilentDance”, the tree limbs needed to have craggy curves that would have been impossible for me to produce with my tools.  I had heard about Jesse Card of Zot Lasers at a Seattle SDA meeting.  Jesse has a business producing laser cuts into a variety of substances.  I provided him with my digital designs and he produced the pieces on specialty paper.

In my third piece “Convergence”, I used my favorite collage material—tissue paper to hint at bird forms.

Margaret Wheeler

Margaret Wheeler, Dressing for the Occasion

Margaret Wheeler, Dressing for the Occasion

I had been working on two other collages on the required 12×12 cradle board for the show at BAM.  All the while this suit with a pin kept looming over me. I had seen a show in Phoenix, Arizona last year that inspired my direction for this piece.  My dilemma, what do I use as the suit? Paper? I did not find a paper that spoke to me but since my background has been in clothing and costume design I had lots of fabrics. I found some Ultra suede from years ago (1980’s) and decided the Navy Blue was a perfect choice. Cutting the suit so that it really looked like a suit but was just pieces glued onto a flat, square space was tricky. I have for years collected costume jewelry intact and broken so started playing around with a variety of pieces.  I ended up using one intact and one broken then added a feather from a vintage hat laying in my stash of weird things that most people would throw away. I mixed paints for the skin color and added a small piece of lace to soften the look of the neckline. I am thrilled to be in this show at the Bellevue Arts Museum.

Gay Jensen

Gay Jensen, Never Enough

Gay Jensen, Never Enough

I was thrilled to have two collages accepted for this show with Michael Monroe–someone who I have long respected–as the juror.  In my piece titled “Never Enough” I used a crow image to express a truth about humans; that we like to collect more treasures than we need and love to adorn ourselves with them.    My other piece in the show titled “Discard Chic” was made from an old tank top that I cut, painted and embellished with “jewelry” made from a rusted can lid and other found metal objects.  My hope is that people will see the beauty and usefulness of things we normally toss out in our wealthy society.

Revealing the Hidden: Contemporary QuiltArt Association Exhibit

SDA members are well represented in a textile show that will be at the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum for the months of April, May and June.  “Revealing the Hidden” is a juried exhibit of contemporary textile art arranged by the members of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association.  It turns out that 15 of the 28 artists in the show also hold membership in SDA.  SDA members with work in the show include Mary Berdan, Patti Bleifuss, Bonnie Bucknam, Christina Fairley Erickson, Sonia Grasvik, Gay Jensen, Barbara Nepom, Barbara O’Steen, Helen Remick, Sharon Rowley, Carla Stehr, Cynthia Stentz, Katherine Sylvan, Deb Taylor and Colleen Wootton.

Examples of a few pieces in the show include –

Arcane Pathways, by Deborah Taylor.  Deborah describes her work as “Pathways to an ancient land through a combination of natural processes (rust on metal), deconstructed print textiles and quilting.”

 

Deb Taylor, Arcane Pathways

Deb Taylor, Arcane Pathways

Deux, by Colleen Wootton. Colleen used computer technology to create an original design with a bold geometric form, then had it custom printed onto cloth. She states ”I then integrate fiber traditions like quilt stitches to create rich texture on the designs’ surface as you would a whole-cloth-quilt.“

Coleen Wootton, Deux

Coleen Wootton, Deux

Barbara O'Steen, Moving Toward Extinction

Barbara O’Steen, Moving Toward Extinction

Moving Towards Extinction? by Barbara O’Steen –-  Barbara used fabric mostly altered by hand with dye, rust, and paint, then pieced, appliquéd and quilted by machine and added hand embroidery and couching. Her artist statement says that: “Earth remains deceptively beautiful in many ways.  But the data scientists have collected tell us that extreme weather, drought, earthquakes, and floods may lead to an extinction equal to the previous five in our planet’s history.”

Aggregating Anemones by Carla Stehr.  Carla used appliquéd layers of painted silk organza to suggest the transparent tentacles of anemones.  She states that “These small green and pink anemones can only be seen when the water recedes with the tide.”

Carla Stehr, Aggregating Anemones

Carla Stehr, Aggregating Anemones

Location: La Conner Quilt And Textile Museum, 703 South Second Street, La Conner, WA, http://www.laconnerquilts.org

Date/Time: April 1 – June 28, 2015. Ongoing exhibit hours: 11AM – 5 PM, Wednesday – Sunday.  Open everyday in April 11 AM – 5 PM

Everyone is welcome to attend the Artist Reception: Saturday April 18, 3:00- 5:00 PM at the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum