Friday, April 20, 2012

Opening tonight - Friday, April 20th in Calgary

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  "FABRICated" 

DaDe ART & DESIGN LAB  (Inglewood Calgary) in collaboration with the Alberta Craft Council, will showcase unconventional, contemporary works, from 10 fibre artists from around North America.  FABRICated will be on display and available for sale from April 20 to June 3, 2012, with the opening reception tonight Friday, 20th April at 7pm.

Several SDA:Alberta members** and Alberta-based artists are among those featured:

Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas**, Arlee Barr**, Margie Davidson**, Deborah Dumka, Connie Fraser, Matt Gould, Luke Haynes, Mary Holdgrafer, Jill Nuckles, Dana Roman

Below I feature the work of Arlee Barr.
Artist: arlee barr :  Padded Cell: Boro'd Time



Artitst: arlee barr :  Padded Cell: Boro'd Time (Detail)
Naturally dyed threads and fabrics, ecoprinted fabrics, hand and machine stitch.

Collaborating with Nature means giving up some control of design. Chance and accidents result in organic graffiti that the artist can only enhance, not claim.

An obsessive embroiderer, locked in her own mind, stitches her myopic and isolated view of time and sanity in daily recordings of hope and despair. A sampler, a diary, a medical chart, nature and personal tempo elicit responses to her internal and external wanderings, with thread and needle marking each day.

Congratulations to all the exhibitors.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mid April Newsletter

I felt it important to add a mid-month newsletter, as there is stuff going on in April/early May that you might miss if I leave it to the end of the month....


Consulting Alberta Craft Council online is an efficient way to pick up news on local events, calls to artists and shows etc for the whole of Alberta.... take a moment to click Alberta Craft Council and follow the links on the left hand menu for events and exhibitions etc.


Don't forget to check the Surface design association BC blog for across BC


And now, here is the news....
CBBAG - Canadian Bookbinders and Book Arts Guild.
Meetings for April-May-June

April 14-July 7, 2012      “Alberta Papers and Books”   exhibit at the Alberta Crafts Council Gallery, Edmonton, AB  opening artists’ reception, 1-4pm April 14
April 19, 2012     7pm , Thursday               659   3 Ave NW, Calgary  403-283-4347
Visit Diana Patterson’s book collection of mainly late 18th century books. She has made particular collections of the novel Tristram Shandy, which contain a hand-made marbled leaf in it, and also of books bound in decorated “wastepaper”, usually marbled wastepaper, but sometimes paste paper. The “wastepaper” is usually printer's waste.  In addition, Laurie Shelton from Burlington, Vermont will join us.  Laurie is a specialist in papermaking used in early childhood education.
Bring new work, work in progress, news and finds to share with the group.
Bring your altered book if it is ready to be handed off to the next alteration partner in your group.
May 9, 2012   7 pm  Wednesday    5007 Norquay Dr. NW,  Calgary  403-228-3373 
Wendy Passmore, puppeteer, and director of W.P. Puppet Theatre Society will talk with us about WPTS' s new puppet show “Finding My Song: By Bird” which features paper as the main medium for the puppets and set. Wendy will talk about the specific challenges of a touring show made of paper and the design process for the unique puppets. Wendy will also address the additional feature of the show which is the projected video of animated paper collages. We will have a sneak peak behind the scenes of this new show, with a possibility to see it live sometime during the spring of 2012.  We may also make some puppets….
Bring new work, work in progress, news and finds to share with the group.
June 2012    End of year BBQ/Potluck   7 pm    At Colleen Rauchers’ home:   2835 45th St. SW, Calgary   403-464-4326
Bring new work, work in progress, news and finds to share with the group.  There will be a materials swap at this meeting, so bring your left over or no longer needed materials to swap or to give to other CBBAG members.
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Eveline Kolijn - has this going on...
For the This Is My City festival she has curated a small exhibition from art made in the shelters on the art-wall of the Public Library downtown take a look if you are down there and there is a Grand finale event in Art Central (http://www.thisismycitycalgary.ca/schedule/being_seen.html) on May 3rd! - Don't miss it.

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Do you want to save money?
Want to save some money on your shopping for Jason Pollen's workshop....
If you are in Calgary... Don't miss the Mona Lisa annual sale if you are shopping for art materials in April
Date Fri 27th and Sat 28th April, 30% off ... for details contact Mona Lisa 403 228 3618.



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Want more information about Maiwa workshops?  Including weaving, bookbinding, felting and machine embroidery... not all in one workshop though, go here.
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This from Jennifer Love SDA:BC Representative -




Video: Just had to send you the link to this video - so creative!: http://www.youtube.com/user/LionBrandYarn?feature=watch

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Be sure to look at their website at: LionBrandYarnStudio.com AND check out their blog, especially if you knit or crochet. 
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Laura Kemshall (part of the thr3Fold  team) has launched the website for her new enterprise, FINGERPRINT, which offers digitally printed fabric and scarves, and will eventually offer the opportunity to have your own designs printed on her machine. BC SDA member Catherine Nicholls, is also part of thr3Fold - many of you would have met Laura when she was here for an exhibition at FibreWorks and for the debut of issue five of the thr3Fold Journal . Here is the website:
www.fingerprintfabric.com
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Anyone going to be in Wales during the next couple of months? I'm going to be nearby, but not close enough...



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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Welcome to the April Newsletter

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you find errors in this blog entry or any others.  I appreciate your feedback.


There is a lot of information in this newsletter.  This is a busy time for calls for entries, grants and exhibition/Sales.  


Thanks to everyone who has emailed information to me for this newsletter.  Please keep it coming.


I have added a page (see menu at right) for groups that are active in Alberta and might be of interest to you.  Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to CBBAG Alberta, chaired by SDA:Alberta member Susan Kristoferson.  It was a great experience and I recommend that you look into their activities, they are a wonderfully welcoming and diverse group.
Other groups throughout the province can be highlighted and included on the page of "Groups in Alberta involved in Surface Design and Fibre Arts." Simply supply me with the relevant information.


Now, here is some news from SDA


From Candace Edgerley, 
President, SDA Board of Directors

Welcome new SDA Executive Director, Diane Sandlin

Dear SDA Members,

Please help me welcome our new Executive Director, Diane Sandlin of Austin, Texas. A fiber artist and member of SDA, Diane comes to us with a strong background as an executive in the insurance industry and management training in nonprofit organizations.  She has served on the board of a number of non-profit organizations and is anxious to put her skill set to work for SDA. A founding member and past president of Austin Fiber Artists, she is also a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates and the Fiber Artists of San Antonio. 

Diane will join the board of directors at the spring board meeting after the SDA/SAQA Conference in Philadelphia. I hope you will take a moment to become acquainted with Diane and her work by visiting her website

The selection committee was impressed by the qualifications of the applicants for the position, and thank those who came forward to apply.

Candace Edgerley
President



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There is a call out for information about locations in our area where the SDA Journal might be marketed.  If you have some ideas for suitable vendors please drop me a line or forward them directly to 
Jeannie McMacken
Distribution Manager
Surface Design Journal 
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In the press
SDA Alberta member Rachelle LeBlanc and her glorious work have been highlighted in the wonderfully challengingly titled article "Painting with wool: St Albert textile artist has no time to make a rug for the Queen."
Rachelle LeBlanc Hand Hooked Rug called The Picnic

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The Picnic 65" x 58"



 Rachelle LeBlanc Hooked Rug Studio


Wild Violets 19" x 27""Off the Floor" Solo Show.  July 16th- August 27th 2011.   
Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, Alberta
See more of Rachelle's wonderful work  at www.rachelleleblanc.com
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Work on Show
Congratulations to Arlee Barr who has had much success lately with her work accepted at several locations:
Also her stunning piece "Padded Cell" will be at the DaDe Gallery's "Fabrication" show.


Arlee Barr
Padded Cell: Boro'd Time 
Arlee Barr
Padded Cell: Boro'd Time (Detail)


And finally at The Hive see here and here.
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Members of Calgary's Contextural  group have been working with Studio C.
Arts Co-Lab - Calgary Arts Development Pop Up Gallery:  "Felted Jungle" is a collection fibre art works created by Studio C artists.
The opening will be at Calgary Arts Central's First Thursday, this very week... 

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Call for artists looking for exhibition space 
Especially for the summer and fall.
Attached is a write-up .
                      
If you are a talented artist, looking for a new venue to show your work, Rosebud may be the choice for you. Akokiniskway Gallery is currently under new management and engaged in a call for artists and portfolio submissions - we are interested in seeing your work.

Are you ready to move into the provincial market, and exhibit your work in the most significant arts village in Alberta? This may be the next natural stage for your career as a fine artist, whether you are building on the local success that you have already experienced or simply because your work does not fit into local venues and requires a more grounded audience.

Moving into the fine art world can be extremely challenging for those who do not already have a strong national presence or connections and a call for artists from many galleries may only be aimed at artists who are already well established.

Akokinskway Gallery, is a fine art gallery in Rosebud, home to the well-known professional Rosebud Dinner and Theatre. This is an ideal location for all artists to show their work and get the experience of showing their work to a provincial audience.

Akokiniskway Gallery is currently accepting submissions, and is sending out a call to artists from around the province, and at all stages in their art careers, to submit their portfolios for consideration.

Artists interested in exhibiting at the Akokiniskway Gallery should send us a package including:
- CV
- Artist statement
- No more than 10 images (digital images on a CD only)
- A related image list
- The proposal of the work you hope to show
Also include a envelope with postage for the safe return of your images.  Proposal packages can be dropped off at the Rosebud Mercantile, in Rosebud, Alberta. or mailed to:

Akokiniskway Gallery
c/o Valerie Speer
   Box 654
Rosebud, Alberta
T0J 2T0

Information about the Akokiniskway Gallery can be found on rosebudtheatre.com under visitor info.  This information is currently being updated so questions and comments should be directed to the new curator Valerie Speer at vals@rosebudmerc.com

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Maiwa summer symposium, now an annual event.
 Congratulations on that, Charllotte.  The list is out!  Links supplied kindly by Jennifer Love.


Here is the complete lineup for 2012.

We will post the full descriptions, prices, and instructor bios
here on the Maiwa Blog first and then on the website. 

Our printed calendar should be in the mail at the end of May.
We are very excited about 2012 and hope to see you
at a workshop, event, or lecture.

WORKSHOPS

Stitching as Markmaking
Sep 8, 9
Ilze Aviks 

Monoprinted Cloth and the Stitched Mark
Sep 10–12

Living Blue Indigo
Sep 12, 13 
Anowarul Haq and Apurba Deb Roy

The Stitch That Tells a Story
Sep 13, 14

The Stitch That Tells a Story
Sep 15, 16
Janet Bolton

Narrative Textiles
Sep 17
Janet Bolton

Two Japanese Natural Dyes
Sep 14, 15
Yoko and Kazuho Kano

Noren Workshop
Sep 16–18
Yoko and Kazuho Kano

The Art of Embroidery
Sep 18–20
Bonnie Adie

Weaving: From Thought to Fabric
Sep 19–22
Misao Iwamura and Chisako Hisamatsu

Painting with Machine Embroidery
Sep 21–24

Felting Vision
Sep 24–27

Bookbinding Basics
Sep 25, 26
Gaye Hansen

The Art of Bookbinding
Sep 27–29
Gaye Hansen

Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility
Sep 28–30

Colour Institute
Oct 1–5
Michele Wipplinger

Natural Dyes
Oct 1–4
Charllotte Kwon

Blockprinting
 Oct 9, 10
Anne Babchuk

Filming the World
 (Morning) Oct 11

Filming the World
 (Afternoon) Oct 11
Mary Lance

The Creative Studio
Oct 12–14
 Natalie Grambow

One Day Q&A with Michel Garcia
Oct 11
Michel Garcia

Secrets of the Dye Garden
Oct 12–14
Michel Garcia

Indigo: The Organic Vat
Oct 15, 16
Michel Garcia

Sources of Inspiration
Oct 16

The Greener Indigo
Oct 17–19
Barbara Shapiro

In Conversation with Sibella Court
Oct 18

Introduction to Dyes
Oct 19–21
Natalie Grambow

Banjara Embroidery (First Offering)
Oct 19, 20
Jan and Laxmi Duclos

Banjara Embroidery (Second Offering)
Oct 21, 22
Jan and Laxmi Duclos

Natural Dyes: Print and Pattern
Oct 22–25
Anne Babchuk and Danielle Bush

Weaving: Inspiration from the Sari
Oct 23–26
Jane Stafford

Designing Knitted Lace with Beads
Oct 27, 28
Sivia Harding

Hand-Hooked Rugs
Oct 29, 30
Michelle Sirois-Silver

Shaped Resist with Natural Dye Extracts
Oct 26–30

Needle Felting: A New Adventure
Oct 31, Nov 1, 2
Briony Jean Foy

Needle Felting as an Art Medium
Nov 3, 4

The Photo Emulsion Screenprint
Nov 1, 2
Anne Babchuk

Phototransfer for Textiles
Nov 3, 4
Natalie Grambow

True Colours: Developing a Personal Palette
Nov 6–8
Carol Soderlund

Waxing Eloquent: Soy Wax Resist
Nov 9, 10
Carol Soderlund

LECTURES


Janet Bolton
Sep 12
Following a Narrative Thread

Yoko and Kazuho Kano
Sep 13 
Over the Threshold: The Noren Project

Misao Iwamura with Chisako Hisamatsu
Sep 18
A Life in Weaving 

Carol Shinn
 Sep 20 
The Photographic Stitch

Daniella Woolf
 Sep 27 
Crossing a Line: The Encaustic Studio 

Barbara Shapiro
 Oct 15
Change Is Good

Sibella Court
Oct 17
Still Life with Stylist

Joan Morris
 Oct 25
New Hybrids from Ancient Tools

EVENTS


LIVING BLUE
Anowarul Haq and Apurba Deb Roy
(Exhibition and Lecture)
 Sep 11

THE ART OF NOREN
Yoko and Kazuho Kano
(Artists’ Reception)
 Sep 14

結 MUSUBU: THE TIES THAT BIND 
Misao Iwamura and Chisako Hisamatsu 
(Exhibition Opening)
 Sep 21

BLUE ALCHEMY 
Mary Lance
(Film Screening)
 Oct 10

BANJARA EMBROIDERY 
Jan and Laxmi Duclos 
(Exhibition and Lecture)
Oct 20

WRAP PARTY & AUCTION
 Oct 26