Wednesday, February 27, 2013

These just in on the telegraph

Collaborative Quilting
Thursday March 7, 2013, 6pm
Art Gallery of Calgary, 117- 8 Avenue SW, Calgary
Free
Linda Hawke and Cat Schick, artists and organizers of a collaborative quilting workshop, will exhibit work and share insights about their initiative, Dream Quilts, which explores a range of women’s perspectives on sleep and dreams and supports healing through art. Their presentation includes photos, stories and the quilts themselves, made by women participating in this residency at the Women’s Centre of Calgary. Dream Quilts is a collaboration among The Women’s Centre, This is My City Art Society, and Calgary 2012.
Please visit www.womenscentrecalgary.org and www.thisismycitycalgary.org for more information.







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World of Threads

 This internationally respected and innovative textile arts biennial has many delicious albums and interviews of artists from around the world. The latest album:  De rerum natura (On The Nature of Things) curated by Gareth Bate. A Common Thread International Exhibition, held at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Main site.



Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Correct email addresses!!!!!!!!!

It is only possible for us to let you know about happenings and important news, IF we have your CORRECT email address. 

I've had many bounces of messages to certain members, even culling the info from the master SDA list, and would like to remind you too that if this is your business email, you are losing contact with potential galleries, for possible sales of your work, or other pertinent information, if they are using that email address. Please send corrected or current address to either Karin ( ioftheneedle at me dot com )  or arlee (arlee dot ar at gmail dot com).

Again, we would also like to remind you to please send any information about workshops, personal developments (publication, shows, etc) and sites or news of interest. Toot your horn, we encourage it!

Feb end

WORKSHOPS:

WORKING WITH LARGE SCALE DIGITAL IMAGERY FOR ART QUILTS







INSTRUCTOR:  Martha Cole  mcole@sasktel.net   www.marthacole.ca

 Studio G Art, Duncan, BC May 1-4, 2013

Workshop Fee:  $500. + $60.00 HST = $560.00
Deposit: $55.00 (due on registration, non refundable)

New technology opens many avenues for the textile artist, particularly with regard
to digital imagery. However, it is important that the work still “show the hand of the
maker”.  We will be working with large scale digital  imagery ( e.g. 14” X 20”, 16” x 24” or larger)
that is pre- printed from your own images using commercial printers.  In the
workshop, we will focus on how to enhance the depth and color of those images
using transparent fabric paints, coloured pencils, free-motion stitching and quilting.
This is an exciting new field with tremendous potential and this workshop will
provide you with a good working method to start you up this learning curve.

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Lucy Neatby (Knitting) teaching at Studio G Art, Vancouver Island Oct. 22-25, 2013

Check  www.studiogart.com for details.





 
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Many, many workshops available right now for Book Arts!!!!!

 Above, please contact The Alberta Printmakers Society for information.

Below, contact CBBAG Calgary, blog and workshops.



CALLS FOR ENTRY:

Coastal Fiberarts 2013 exhibit.  A truly wonderful exhibit in 2011 and with a lot of help, we
are launching a  2013 exhibit.  Coastal Fiberarts 2011 had many, many great tapestries included
 so I'm hoping that many (or all!) of you will consider submitting work again.  For the Prospectus, go to:
                   www.AstoriaVisualArts.org
                   Entry Deadline = May 16, 2013
 Contemporary fiber artist and educator, Shelley Socolofsky, will be the juror.

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Calgary Art Walks

Artists, the application for our Calgary Art Walks season is now available online!

Calgary Art Walks happens on Stephen Avenue on the first Thursdays of June, August and September plus July 1st Canada Day. There are thousands of people who walk along Stephen Avenue.  It’s a great location for exposure and it’s only $100 to participate. This is our 5th year hosting Art Walks.  Please go to our website’s Upcoming Events to find out more.

Thank you,

Julie Chandler
Executive Director
canadian artists for the poor
www.artistsforthepoor.ca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artistsforthepoor
Twitter: www.twitter.com/cdnartists


MISCELLANEOUS: 

From Cheryl Atkinson, Lethbridge:
Hello friends,
I have been working on a piece for the Textile Surface Design Guild's "Reclaimed" challenge
 and it seems that a number of ideas have suddenly taken hold of my imagination. I hope to
convince you to help me out! Over Christmas, I knitted several small bird ornaments from a pattern loaned to me by Bev H. Since I had knitted up all of my fancy yarn making scarves for the Christmas Sale,  I used some leftover handspun yarns that were dyed in yellows, greys and greens using plants from my yard. Then I embellished the birds with felt created in a TSDG meeting several years ago. It was a small project that I used to keep busy in the evenings while watching movies with my kids. Nothing more.

 Well, the next bit is truly serendipitous. I received an email from my friend, Lynne H-J. Over the years, Lynne has sent around a number of inspiring website links. I received this one last Sunday and I just couldn't get it out of my head. http://www.midwayfilm.com/. A warning, it is very powerful and not for those with a weak stomach.

Now on Monday, I travelled out to the Crowsnest Pass to work on the annual TSDG operating grant with our treasurer, Wallis A. From the minute I arrived, I was surrounded by birds. There were scores of birds at the feeder outside the window and a small Christmas tree filled with bird ornaments sat on the window seat. I even saw wild turkeys making their way down the road as I left. So with thoughts of birds and tree and a genuine desire to change minds and sustain this planet, I spun all of these events together to concoct a challenge piece.

Here is where you fit in. I would like to create a sculpture made of many birds perched or hanging from my "reclaimed" tree. For each bird that inhabits the tree, I would like to make a $5 donation to support the film, Midway (which I understand is currently in post production and looking to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013). If you would like to help me with my project and Midway's filmmakers at the same time, I would be happy to donate $5 on your behalf for each hand made bird (natural or recycled materials only please!) that I receive for my tree. I will extend this offer to a maximum of 50 bird donations received bythe end of February. As I have made 5 birds, the fund is already at $25.00.

If all goes well, I would like to exhibit the finished artwork in Lethbridge at the Festival of Quilts in June as part of the TSDG's "Reclaimed" exhibition. If possible, I would like to mention the film and our small contribution towards it's making. After the show, if I can find a way to donate the finished piece to another cause that supports environmental responsibility, that would be even better.

Thanks for taking time to consider my request. I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have. If you know another fibre artist who might like to add to the flock, please pass along this message. TSDG challenges have often caused me to drag my feet in the past, but this time around I just can't wait to get started!


Contact Cheryl     idealfrm at telusplanet dot net 

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“ Green Tree” won Awards in the 2012 entry category and Award for the Best in Show at the Wearable Art Award at the Port Moody Art Centre on Feb,17,2013. 


Fariba Mirzaie Fashion designer & textile Artist, BC SDA

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arlee barr has a feature article in the European magazine verFilzt und zugeNacht, issue 38, highlighting her embroidered textile art.

VIDEO:

Please visit the video page on this blog for interesting sound and vision bites!



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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Important update SDA Conference

This just in:-


For more information, please contact: Susannah Fedorowich, Assistant Executive Director, 505-503-8619 administration@surfacedesign.org


Janet Echelman Keynote Speaker at SDA San Antonio Conference

Renowned artist Janet Echelman pays homage to ancient craft traditions like lacemaking and hand weaving fishing nets on a massive scale. Her intricately woven sculptures, suspended among the towering buildings of urban landscapes, appear to hover and float.

Echelman will be keynote speaker for the Surface Design Association’s (SDA) June 6-9, 2013 In-ter-face conference in San Antonio, Texas. She will present “Taking Imagination Seriously” to hundreds of attending designers, artists, educators and makers.

Echelman is one of a distinguished line-up of featured conference speakers that will include: Warren Seeling, noted artist and visiting professor, University of the Arts in Philadelphia; Michael James, a Fellow of the American Craft Council and Ardis James Professor at University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Otto von Busch, artist and fashion designer who teaches at Parsons New School for Fashion Design; Elissa Auther, author of String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art (Minn.,2010); and Nathalie Miebach, an artist and sculptor who has received numerous awards, including a TED Global Fellowship.

The 2013 Surface Design Association In-ter-face Conference schedule also includes Pre-Conference Workshops June 1–5, Conference Sessions June 6–9, and Post-Conference Workshops June 10–14, 2013.  In addition to the featured speakers, artist talks, student presentations, a professional panel, demonstrations, and workshops will also be conducted during the conference at Southwest School of Art, University of the Incarnate Word, and Crowne Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk.  Special events include many city-wide exhibitions, Fundraising Cocktail Party, Vendor Fair, Trunk Show, Silent Auction, Fiber Study Tour, and many networking and professional development opportunities.  For more information and registration, go to www.surfacedesign.org/2013conference

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The Surface Design Association, a non-profit organization since 1977, is dedicated to raising the level of excellence in surface design -- the coloring, patterning, and structuring of fiber and fabric -- by inspiring creativity and encouraging innovation through publications, exhibitions, conferences, and educational opportunities.  The nearly 4000 members include artists, designers, educators, curators, gallery owners, students, and textile enthusiasts from around the world.  New members are invited to join at www.surfacedesign.org.     
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

SWATCH & MINGLE WED. 20TH MARCH, 7-9:30

Sorry my dears...The layout isn't too good on this entry, but I wanted to get this information out to you today.
Mark your diaries.
RSVP to let me know if you will attend.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Feb start

Video:
Please check our Video page (in the sidebar) for interesting and inspiring live action!

Workshops:

Susan Kristoferson teaches Inventive Itajime Paper


                                                             Colour Field 1 (Detail)  132 x 66 cm
                                                             Artist Susan Kristoferson, 2012
                                                             Hand decorated paper with calligraphy inks
                                                             Photo Credit Laura O'Connor


Monday 18th March 9:30 - 1:30 pm/Thursday 21st March 9:30 - 1:30pm
(This 8-hour course is spread over two days, to give you time to fold your papers before you stain them)
At: Atlantis Fine Framing Studio

"The excitement of a child ‘opening a surprise package’ occurs with the opening
of each bundle of itajime (Japanese for fold and clamp) dyed paper!  Learn to
master intricate traditional patterns and processes and then explore many
different dye and coloring possibilities.  Itajime can be highly skilled and controlled
 but also always offers up the unexpected.

Work from simple to complex in this structured workshop as your personal stack
 of amazing papers grows!  Design, color theory, and conceptual problem challenges
 will be applied to the patterned papers that you work to create.  View actual
 examples and slide lectures on historic and contemporary itajime papers and
 artworks.  Then work on artwork compositions or projects (i.e. book arts, origami,
sculptural forms) of your choosing, based on demonstrations, assignments,
and your own ideas.  This will be a whirlwind workshop, jam-packed with new
information, experimentation, invention and your own creativity!"

More information including costs, payment methods and supplies needed are on Karin's blog.


Calls for Entry: 
 
Call for Feature Artists 2014, Spruce Grove
Deadline to submit your package is June 30

The Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove is calling for entries for our 2014 Feature Artists

Package should include a description and theme of your proposed exhibition. Send 8 to 10 numbered and labelled photographs or digital files of recent work. All images submitted must correspond with a numbered information sheet which includes: artist's name, title, medium, sizes and dates of creation.
A typed biography, artist statement and a resume.

Please submit a complete package that no later than June 30, 2013 to:
Allied Arts Council,
Feature Artist Selection Committee,
Box 3511, Spruce Grove, AB T7X 3A8.
For more information please go to our website at www.alliedartscouncil.com or phone the Spruce Grove Art Gallery at 780-962-0664.

Miscellaneous Interests and Information:

Do your research diligently when receiving enthusiastic "pay to play" invitations! LINK

Making art in "series", and why it is to your advantage, both artistically and financially. LINK

Good Reads:

The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin (Clicking on this link will give SDA a portion of the proceeds as an affiliate.)
...conformity no longer leads to success (if it ever did), creativity is scarce and more valuable than ever and requires choosing the less predictable and braver choice – like art, which is an attitude rather than an aptitude – staking new territory and making new connections."

Monday, February 4, 2013

Alberta Contingent going to Conference

I am hearing about some of our members who have signed up to go to the SDA Conference in San Antonio. Congratulations to all on deciding to have a wonderful time!

If you would like to be in touch with each other I have been given permission to give out this... and you might like to drop Terri a line so that you can get group messages going, and I am sure she will put you all in touch.  
terri dot illingworth at gmail dot com

Thanks Terri.


Call for Entries - SDA Fashion Design Runway Show


This just in and for immediate release to all SDA Members


Surface Design Association Invites Fashion Design Submissions for
San Antonio Runway Show

             Surface Design Association (SDA) invites apparel and fashion designers to submit their outrageous, innovative, one-of-a-kind wearables to in•ter•face: Fabricate, the juried Members Fashion Show to be staged during the upcoming biennial 2013 International Surface Design Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas, from June 6-9, 2013. 

From the sublime to the hilariously droll, SDA’s biennial fashion show always entertains. Stunning hand printed fabrics, unexpected textile manipulations and opulent surface embellishments – on both classic and surprising silhouettes – adorn the runway in motion. This year’s show, Fabricate, will unfurl in the Sky Room atop the University of the Incarnate Word campus on June 8, 2013. This student-produced event will be conceived and executed by UIW Fashion Management majors as part of a summer course on fashion show production led by Dr. Melinda Adams.

            Carolyn Benesh, Co-editor of Ornament Magazine – the internationally renowned resource on personal adornment – has agreed to be among the show judges. Benesh has spent the past 30 years exploring and documenting how what we wear can be a beautiful and meaningful expression of creative energy.

SDA Fabricate’s Special Guest Artist Judy Bales creates sculpture for the body by transforming society’s detritus and discards into floating ephemeral fantasies.  Benesh, Bales, Adams and Leesa Hubbell, SDA’s Editor of Digital Publications (and NYC fashion industry veteran), will serve as jurors for the show.  Awards will be determined from examination of actual garments. Judges will present awards based on visual interest, craftsmanship and innovation: First Place $700, Second Place $400, Third Place $300, and SDA Award of Excellence.   SDA will publish a digital LookBook of all garments selected for the show after the conference.

Deadline for submissions for Fabricate is March 1, 2013.  Submission guidelines are available athttp://www.surfacedesign.org/subpage/sda-members-shows.  Digital submission is conducted through CaFÉ (www.callforentry.org). Any artist over 18 years old who wants to exhibit can join SDA and submit up to three entries.  Membership registration is available at http://www.surfacedesign.org/join.  

The 2013 Conference Schedule includes Pre-Conference Workshops June 1–5, Conference Sessions June 6–9, and Post-Conference Workshops June 10–14, 2013.  Featured speakers, artist talks, student presentations, a professional panel, demonstrations, and workshops will also be conducted during the conference at Southwest School of Art, University of the Incarnate Word, and Crowne Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk. Special events include many city-wide exhibitions, Fundraising Cocktail Party, Vendor Fair, Trunk Show, Silent Auction, Fiber Study Tour, and many networking and professional development opportunities.  For more information and registration, go to www.surfacedesign.org/2013conference.

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            The Surface Design Association, a non-profit organization since 1977, is dedicated to raising the level of excellence in surface design -- the coloring, patterning, and structuring of fiber and fabric -- by inspiring creativity and encouraging innovation through publications, exhibitions, conferences, and educational opportunities. SDA has over 4000 members working as artists, designers, educators, curators, gallery owners, students, and textile enthusiasts from around the world.  New members are invited to join at www.surfacedesign.org.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

possibility of Els van Baarle workshop in BC

Greetings All

Many of you have had the wonderful opportunity to work with Els at previous workshops with her at FibreWorks or other venues. Els is a wonderful teacher and provides a great opportunity to explore the techniques of batik on cloth and on paper, incorporating various dye/wax/print techniques to create unique art pieces. 

Els is available to return to FibreWorks May 2013 to provide a “master class” in the art of batik.  This would be a 3-day session, (see Els’ description below)

Masterclass working with wax and dye

Each student will work on her own theme
Participants will  be encouraged to develop a design from inspiration.

There will be exercises  on color and design: these exercises will take one hour each day.
Subjects are: focal point, balance, picture frame, foreground/background , complimentary colors ,
We will look at the contrasts of colors as in the color theory from Johannes Itten.
www.elsvanbaarle.com

Preliminary calculations appear that the class would cost approx. $500 for the 3 days.

If you are interested, could you please send me a reply asap, so that we can continue making arrangements?  I need to let Els know so that she can continue to plan to come to Canada or make alternate arrangements.

Thank you for your continued interest in surface design and fibre art!
Yvonne

Fibreworks Studio & Gallery
12887 Sunshine Coast Highway
Madeira Park, BC V0N 2H0
Email: fibreworksstudio12887@gmail.com
www.fibreworksgallery.com
604-883-2380