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

SDA Washington Newsletter February 25, 2015

 

Jean Cacicedo Leach

Jean Cacicedo Leach

Jean Cacicedo Leach

We are thrilled to have Jean Cacicedo Leach, renowned innovator of the Wearable Art Movement of the 70’s presenting at the May 9th, 2015 joint meeting of the Surface Design and Contemporary QuiltArts Associations. Her presentation will be on “The Transformation of Cloth”.

Jean is known for her “signature coats”, her pieced and sewn, slashed, felted and dyed constructions have been both published and exhibited throughout Western Europe, Japan and the United States. In 2000, a 30-year retrospective of her work was featured at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, California. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the de Young Museum, San Francisco, Oakland Museum of California, and Museum of Art and Design, NYC. Jean received an NEA Fellowship Grant in 1976. She is currently a Board Member of the Textile Arts Council of the de Young Museum, San Francisco.

Cacicedo_Image2unnamedJean replaces Yoshiko Wada who had to cancel due to family issues. All Washington State SDA members are invited to attend the meeting, which will be held on the Seattle Pacific University campus from 11AM to 1PM.

 SDA Washington Traveling Exhibition

We have worked out the preliminary details for the exhibition and are now in the process of shopping exhibition venues. The juried shows are planned to rotate to at least three venues in the State in the 2016/2017 timeframe. Many thanks to the Advisory committee– Larkin Van Horn, Whidbey Island Surface Design ; Catherine Kirsch, Member Resource Team Surface Design Association; Jennifer Love, former Surface Design Association representative for British Columbia and the Steering Committee–Maura Donegan, Eastside SDA; Vicki Gerton, South Central SDA; Pat Herkal, North Penisula SDA; Judith Noble, Seattle SDA; Colleen Wootton, Whidbey Island for their invaluable input in formulating the plan. We will share news as we have it and would love to have your ideas and input!

Other News

SDA’s Financial Standing—Pledges totaling over $150,000 were received enabling SDA to move forward with such plans as redesigning the Web site and digitizing the Journal; a strategic plan is being developed. Fulfill your pledge here.

eNews–The latest eNews provided information for the ‘Materialities’ call for entries for a juried catalog and Arrowmont show.

NewsblogFeatures Cameron Mason’s installation at the 2014 Burning Man Celebration

Janet Echelman Exhibit–Janet’s installation is up at the Gates Foundation in Seattle. We were not able to coordinate a time in her schedule for her presentation to SDA Washington, however you can view the installation (best at night) from a public viewing area at the Foundation on 5th Avenue across from the Seattle Center. The installation can also be seen from I-5.

Area Meetings

Eastside – Sunday, Mar 15th, 2-4PM, at VALA Art Center & Studios, 16409 NE 74th St, Redmond Town Center. Bring your work finished or in process for show and tell with other artists.

North Central (Wenatchee, Manson, Leavenworth area) –For more information. please email Geraldine at gwarner@nwi.net.

North Peninsula: Wednesday, March 11, 3-5 pm. Kindy Kemp’s home/studio. We’ll discuss our upcoming group show this summer. Jeannie McMacken (jeannie@blueheartstudio.com).

North Sound (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties)— Monday, March 30th, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts at 12636 Chilberg Road in LaConner. Contact Area Leader Linda Downing (creekwaterld@yahoo.com) or Valerie Wootton (vjwcamis@frontier.com) for more information.

South Central Group — March 14, 2015, at 10 am, we will meet at the home of  Katherine Sylvan, 802 S Kellogg, Kennewick, at 10 am.  Hands on fabric printing with thickened Procion MX dye, the third layer of our surface design study.  Email Vicki Gerton (vgerton@gmail.com) for directions or questions.

SeattleMarch 7, 10AM-12 Demonstration of Japanese and Western papermaking at Mary Ashton’s studio, 6511 19th Ave NE.  Please bring art finished or in process to share.

South Sound, next meetings Saturdays, February 28th at the Arbutus Folk School in Olympia, please RSVP to Faith Hagenhofer, faithkeh@hotmail.com.

Whidbey Island, please contact Debra Calkins <dcalkins@whidbey.com>for more information.

How to get SDA news

SDA eNews with events, calls for art, and other SDA information is emailed monthly and is also available in the ‘Member Resources’ area after you login.

SDA Newsblog for stories about events and members, click on Newsblog (http://www.surfacedesign.org/newsblog/)

Website/Blog and Calendar of Events SDA WA web site (https://surfacedesignwa.wordpress.com/). You can get an email subscription to the blog notifications on the right side of the home page.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/surfacedesignwa.  You can post an artist event, recognition, or class…anything that might be of interest to an SDA artist.

If you have an event or information that you would like see posted on Facebook or the blog as an article or in the calendar see the ‘Guidelines for Submitting a Post’ and then email Deborah E. Taylor debet@uw.edu.

The Art of Recycling – Group Exhibit

Cyndi Wolfe, My Carbon Footprint

Cyndi Wolfe, My Carbon Footprint

Gay Jensen, The Recycler

Gay Jensen, The Recycler

The Art of Recycling Exhibit at the Arts of Kenmore Galley at Kenmore City Hall features the work of 10 artists. Showcasing art representing a wide range of subject matter and aesthetics made from predominately recycled/repurposed materials, this juried exhibit includes the work of two members of SDA WA: Cyndi Wolfe and Gay Jensen. In choosing the 19 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. There will be an Artist Talk given by Gay Jensen at 7pm during the opening reception on February 27th. Members of SDA WA are encouraged to attend!

Location: Arts of Kenmore Gallery at Kenmore City Hall, 18120 68th Ave NE, Kenmore, WA 98028
Date/Time: February 27-April 30, 2015. Opening Reception: Friday February 27, 6:30pm-8pm. Ongoing exhibit hours: M-F 9am-5pm.

SDA Contact: Gay Jensen gayjensen@comcast.net

North Penisula Art Show

Art in the Library, Port Angeles.1st Quarter Flyer A rich collection of soft and hard; fiber and wood and paper and glass and recycled materials. Assemblages, quilts, mixed media, dolls, jewelry, garments…and garbage. A great mix of materials and techniques. Now through April 8.

Library Hours:

Mon-Thurs- 10-8

Fri- 10-6

Sat-10-5

closed Sunday.

SDA Members Holiday Sales and Exhibitions

Gay Jensen

Gay Jensen

SDA WA member Gay Jensen invites SDA members and their guests to view and discuss a wide variety of fiber/mixed-media artworks at her Annual Holiday Show and Sale. Gay loves to share her passion for surface design with fellow surface designers, and hopes you will come see her newest explorations combining fiber, fabric and paint. She will be exhibiting wall pieces, pillows and note cards, and NEW this year: baskets. Also showing at this event are Paul Lewing (ceramic tiles and acrylic paintings) and Kathy Dannerbeck (Sterling Silver jewelry). http://gayjensen.com/show-schedule
Location: Paul Lewing’s Studio, 105 N. 200th St., Shoreline, WA, 98133, phone# 206-801-7332
Date/Time: Saturday December 6th- Sunday December 7th/ 10am-5pm
SDA Member: Gay Jensen, gayjensen@comcast.net
Cost: No admission ch

Mini Star Bag, Lois Gaylord

Mini Star Bag, Lois Gaylord

SDA WA member Lois Gaylord invites SDA members and their guests to join her at Kadima’s Fourth Annual Holiday Art and Gift Sale. Lois would love to share and discuss her new work with other surface designers. She will be showing her new shibori style linen scarves and cell phone bags along with her fiber jewelry and judaic textiles. Also showing at this event are Elaine LaMarche (paper cut art), Jordana René (ceramics), Michal Waldfogel (music and art) Elisabeth Silver and Wendy Graff (jewelry).
Location: Kadima Reconstructionist Community
12353 8th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
office@kadima.org (206) 547-3914
http://www.kadima.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=149&catid=85&Itemid=762
Date/Time: Sunday December 7th/ 10am-3pm
SDA member: Lois Gaylord
Cost: No admission charge

Lighting, Gwen Lowery

Lighting, Gwen Lowery

SDA WA member Gwen Lowery invites SDA members and their guests to view her new work at her Winter Solstice open house and fund raiser for Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts (www.gailcreativestudies.com). Gwen will be showing pieces from her new 3D series “Aurora Towers”, as well as wall pieces. Also selling work at this event are Anni Hunt, Carys Hamer, Diane Reardon, Druscilla Defalque, Lisa Harkins, Liz Cooper, Maria Patrizzi, Marjorie Bachert, Pat Ross, Penny Peters, Ruth Lane, Sandy Little, and Susan Lenarz, most of whom are SDA members. The work by these artists encompasses a range of surface design and embroidery techniques.
Location: Gwen Lowery Studio, Bayview Worklofts, Suite 201, 129 First Ave W (NE corner Western Ave W & First Ave W), Seattle. Phone# 360.317.6545; website http://www.gwenlowery.com
Date/Time: Sunday December 21 2014, 3-8 pm
Cost: No admission charge

North End Arts Tour, Barbara Zander is part of the Artisans’ Gallery presenting silk constructions. Six galleries are included in the tour. http://www.neatseattle.com/.
Location: 7525 41st Avenue NE (98115), 206-526-9973, (half a block north of NE 75th St on 41st Ave NE)
Date: December 5-7th, Friday 4-9pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm

Leah Adams

Leah Adams

Seattle Sampling 2014 Artists’ Studio Tour, Leah Adams of SpiderFelt and Amy Hamblin of ScienceCrush have joined Seattle Sampling, Seattle’s most established and largest holiday Arts and Crafts Studio Tour. There will be an array of sculptural and dimensional fine art, wearable art and jewelry, cozy sheepskins, felt kits, and more. Join Leah and Amy Friday night for a festive preview party. Refreshments will be served. Let’s be merry together while avoiding the traffic and crowds on this popular shopping weekend. Seattle Sampling is a 3-Day, Free, Self-Guided Tour, visit the homes and studios of 34 of Seattle’s award-winning craftspeople.
Location: Spark Studio in the BallardWorks building is the third stop on this self-guided tour of Seattle’s finest art studios. Hours–Friday | December 5 … 4 – 9pm, Saturday | December 6 …10am – 5pm, Sunday | December 7…10am – 5pm.

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.   (www.swg-sale.com)