Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Welcoming 2015!!! Next meeting date

The first meeting of the new year will be Thursday January 15th at the Signal Hill Library - hmmmmm,  are we seeing a pattern here??

Please join us at 7:00 p.m. @ 5994 Signal Hill Centre SW. The focus of the meeting will be continuing education for artists and will feature member experiences with local and online/distance accredited courses. If you are taking or have taken classes and you wish to share, please let us know - there is still room for more presenters. Nothing too formal or onerous, promise!!!

By the time we meet, SDA (HQ) will have made some decisions as to future directions - I am hoping that clear plans will be forthcoming.  Of course, meeting time will be allotted for discussion.

As always, do bring some handwork and sharing is always encouraged! Given that the Library is within close proximity to a variety of coffee places, please bring your beverage of choice!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

As Winter Solstice approaches

I would imagine a lot of you are prepping for Christmas and holiday entertaining or family matters, so this post will be short!

If you are having difficulties with attaching sleeves to the back of your fibre art, here's a quick, clear and easy method. http://www.bluemoonriver.com/QuiltSleeve.pdf

Call for Entry:  http://www.fantasticfibers.theyeiser.org/ deadline is Feb 21/15

Inglewood Art Supplies has moved from Inglewood, and can now be found at 646 1 Ave NE, Calgary. They have a big sale happening right now until the end of December, with a lot of different offerings for various mediums and techniques.  http://www.inglewoodart.com/PDF/Nov2014c.pdf

Pantone's trend forecast for 2015's colour of the year is Marsala--and taking a lot of derision! Personally, as an artist who's art does decidedly *not* "match the sofa", i never bother with what is trendy!

Have a great Christmas, and see you all in January at the next meeting!

Monday, December 8, 2014

The bad news and the good news

This is all public now, so if you missed the email from Jeanne Beck, the discussion on the official SDA FB page or our Alberta SDA FB page, please read.


The original message, if you did not recieve it:

An Important Message from Jeanne Beck,
SDA President - December 2014

This urgent letter is going out to all members today to inform you of a serious situation of great concern for our future. It will invite you to help SDA surmount this challenge and create the organization we know we can become in this 21st century.

SDA's Fiscal Challenge is Immediate.

For 8 out of the past 10 years, SDA has tapped into its  savings to maintain our organization and publish the Journal. Slowly and gradually over a period of years our savings have decreased.

The 2013 San Antonio conference losses of $32,000 came out of our savings. Added to that, actual member revenues for 2014 are far below the 2014 budget projections. The 2014 budget was based on income projections from our database's listing of 4,200 members. However, inaccuracies in the database surfaced in 2014; these had accumulated over a number of years. When we discovered the problems, we fixed them, but that brought our real membership numbers to 3,200.

These membership numbers will create a major gulf between our organization's projected and actual income by the close of this year.

Even though we raised dues in 2014, with now reduced membership numbers, our income is inadequate to cover the decrease in revenues. We have been operating with extremely tight budgets over the past few years and now greater losses are projected for 2015.

So what do we do? We are choosing to aim for the biggest, boldest and best member-supported vote of confidence in SDA's history!

We Have A Vision for SDA's Future

We have so many great projects planned for the next two years! We are crafting an exciting vision of what SDA can accomplish during this time, starting with a viable and income generating conference model in 2015 with the Arrowmont Intensive and the launching of our first annual international member's exhibition in their large, beautiful gallery space. And there is more to come, from digitizing the Journal so every person can find and read about textile arts on their handheld devices, to building a marketplace chock full of member products, podcasts and e-Books. We are also working on securing new exhibition opportunities annually. We're looking at producing a biennial juried print catalog to showcase the newest and most exciting work in the field. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Edge of the Forest--Diane Duncan

Diane's submission to 'Edge of the Forest': "Exploring Perimeters, Look Up, Way Up!" was inspired by travels through the northern and western perimeters of Canada and the forests that abound there. It has evolved into a diptych and will be reunited with the companion piece at the end of this exhibition.

Above, the submitted and accepted piece. Below, the diptych. Seeing these in person at the last meeting was a real treat! The illusion of depth and dimension Diane has created with her treatment of the tyvek (foreground trees), and the background stitching is just amazing.
Diane also has a spot on the SDA members listings page here on the blog.

We would like to showcase all members who were accepted into this prestigious exhibit, so please send the photos, and a brief explanation--and a bio and headshot so we can also add you to the members page :)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Desert Island Meeting

Highlights of the meeting included the results of the AB SDA Survey, organizational plans and ideas for future meetings (see separate post). Thanks to everyone who contributed to our list of books that we would want to take with us if ever marooned on a desert island.  More likely to get caught in a snow drift than on a sandy beach :)    Most of us could not limit our favourites to just one title - sooo many books, so little time!

In addition to book talk we discussed the idea of 'hosting' an additional venue for the Canadian SDA travelling exhibition: "Edge of the Forest". With 9 Albertans exhibiting it would be great to see it come out west.  Arlee Barr is going to be sussing out possible venues. Send space suggestions her way.

We love workshops!  Lynda Williamson is going to do a bit of sleuthing to see who might be available to teach and when. She will be making a list and checking it twice :)  If there is an artist-instructor that you would like to see teach a workshop for SDA, please get in touch with Lynda.

And now, the books! Remember too that if you buy through the SDA affiliate link, a small portion goes to support our association!

Allen, Jeanne, and Ikuyoshi Shibukawa. Designer's Guide to Color 3. San Francisco: Chronicle, 1986. Fresh ideas of colour combinations.

Cardon, Dominique. Natural Dyes: Sources, Tradition, Technology and Science. London: Archetype, 2007.

Festival of Quilts, Birmingham. August 2014. European Art Quilt Foundation. Catalogue VIII and accompanying DVD.

Grey, Maggie, and Valerie Campbell-Harding. Stitch, Dissolve, Distort with Machine Embroidery. London: Batsford, 2006.

Hall, Isobel. Bags with Paper and Stitch. Loveland, CO: Interweave, 2007.

Holmes, Cas. The Found Object in Textile Art. Loveland, CO: Interweave, 2010. Everyone collects and saves. A wonderful book of a myriad of ideas. Of note is her use of papers in work.

Holmes, Val. Creative Recycling in Embroidery: Add Texture, Meaning and Individuality to Your Work. London: Batsford, 2006.

Impey, Sara. Text in Textile Art, London: Batsford, 2014

James, Rosie. Stitch Draw. London: Batsford, 2014.

Kemshall, Linda, and Laura Kemshall. The Painted Quilt. Cincinnati, OH: David & Charles, 2007.  Inspiration and where to go with it!

Lawrence, Sarah. Stitch, Cloth, Shimmer & Shine. Tunbridge Wells, Kent: Search, 2012.  Mixed media to the max!! Lots of metal work.

Meech, Sandra. Connecting Design to Stitch. Lafayette, CA: C & T, 2012.

Nicholls, Catherine, Laura Kebshall, and Linda Kemshall. Thr3Fold: The Journal of Creative Vision  v. 1-5 (2007-2010). These inspiration packed journals feature the work and creativity of these 3 talented artists. DVD included with each. Sadly, the last issue was no. 5.

Richards, Lynne, and Ronald Tyrl J. Dyes from American Native Plants: A Practical Guide. Portland, OR: Timber, 2005. For those that love the science behind the colour!

Skinner, Quentin D. A Field Guide to Wyoming Grasses. Cumming, GA: Education Resources, 2010.

Smith, Sheila. Felt Fabric Designs: A Sourcebook for Feltmakers. Anova, 2013.

Springall, Diana. Inspired to Stitch: 21 Textile Artists. London: A. & C. Black, 2005.

Stoddard, Alexandra. Alexandra Stoddard's Book of Color. New York: Doubleday, 1989.

Testa, Melanie. Inspired to Quilt: Creative Experiments in Art Quilt Imagery. Loveland, CO: Interweave, 2009.

Von Hagen, Dr. Gunther. Body Worlds: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies (Catalog). Arts and Sciences, 2005. This title has application to all aspects of art.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Update - Survey results and directions for 2015

Thanks to everyone who participated in the online AB SDA Survey. Jan and Meredith were of great help in reviewing the results which form the basis for the 2015 template for SDA meetings, etc.

The 'plan' for the upcoming year:
  • Meet about 7 times per year with meetings set for every 6-7 weeks. No meetings to be scheduled in July, August or December.
  • We will alternate locations between the N and S - this is dependent upon availability of space and content of meeting (if specific space/amenities or tour location are arranged that will dictate location). Meeting days will be chosen based on schedules and the availability of space. Tentative meeting dates for the first part of 2015 ...
                  January TBD (south location)
                  March 10 (north location)
                  April TBD (south location)
                  June TBD (north location)
                  (sorry about the vagueness … will finalize asap!)
  • SDA will continue to provide tea/coffee for the meetings but ask that members bring their own cup/mug. Snacks will be left to the discretion of the attendees.
We will continue to include hands-on opportunities and a sharing of current work/ideas. Also, our plan is to include road trips to Galleries/Studios as well as inviting guest speakers and encouraging sharing within our membership.  We are so fortunate to have so many talented artists right under our noses!

Over the next few months we will compile a 'Speaker's Bureau' of those that can be invited to provide topical presentations.  Please let us know of any and all suggestions!  Perhaps an SDA Canada resources link for speakers, experts and artist-instructors …. ???

What a great time of year to be a stitcher - nothing cosier than stitching on your lap!
Stay warm!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Alberta makes a fabulous sweep in the Canadian SDA Exhibit!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations to Mahira Murad, Terri Illingworth, Leslie Barnes, Wendy Klotz, Janet Scruggs, Diane Duncan, Lorraine Ross, and Susan Fae!!!! 

These Alberta SDA members were juried into the Canadian SDA exhibit "Edge of the Forest"!!! More info as it comes, complete with photos for those who will not be able to travel to see them "in the flesh". If your work was accepted, please let us know. For now we are listing the winners, with planned posts to show each member's work, so stay tuned.

The website for this show is here, but the only info to date is the venues where these art works will be shown.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Be thankful you're not in Buffalo

Meeting reminder: Tuesday November 25th at the Louise Riley library.

Win copies of these amazing books through TextileArtist.org--rules and obligations here:

Join us for the ACC's 17th Annual Fundraiser
'Twas the Night Friday, November 28, 7 - 10 pm
Alberta Craft Council, 10186-106 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 1H4

Enjoy live music by violinist Shannon Johnson from the McDade's & cellist Josephine van Lier, great company, artisan treats, door prizes & chance discounts of up to 40% in the shop

Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door
2 for 1 Tickets available to ACC members

Purchase tickets by phone or in the shop:

Alberta Craft Council Gallery and Shop
10186-106 St. Edmonton, AB T5J 1H4   
Tel: 780-488-5900
Toll free in AB: 1-800-DO-CRAFT ext 232

Help Grow the ACC Calgary This Holiday Season

Square foot by square foot the ACC Calgary is becoming a reality. Help ACC meet our fundraising goal of $150,000 this Christmas by donating 1, 2...5...10 square feet at a time on the behalf of the Fine Craft lovers in your life.

Thank you to all those who have donated to the campaign thus far, click here (scroll to the bottom of the page) to see the list of donors.

Donate by calling 1 800 DO CRAFT or 780-488-5900 or visiting www.albertacraft.ab.ca/donate 


Karin has an interesting blog post about Amigurumi---the translation on the MuaMua site says:"Muamua dolls was born on the beach in Bali in 2006. Ludovica Virga, designers and creative mind, decides to produce crochet dolls made by the inhabitants of the island who, after the attacks that have hit Indonesia from 2002 to 2005, were left without work because of increasing tourism in crisis. The first creation of Ludovica, for all Luvilu, born by chance as a gift for a dear friend. However, success comes only in 2009 when the designer during a Chanel fashion show in Venice meets Karl Lagerfeld and gift of a Mua Mua doll with the features of the Kaiser of fashion. He begins a collaboration with Italian designer and in 2012 the commissions more than 500 dolls to sell in stores Lagerfeld. The success was immediate, slowly MuaMua dolls become a brand known by workers: the crochet dolls family is enriched with new characters: Anna Wintour, Coco Chanel, Franca Sozzani, Lady Gaga and many others. Today, the creativity of Luvilu and its ironic vision of the fashion world, Mua Mua dolls became a brand sold in the most important concept store and e-commerce in the world, the first to believe she was Luisa via Roma in 2010, his creations range from iconic dolls to funny t-shirts as well as a line of accessories that conquered and international it girl celeb. But Mua Mua dolls is also a reality with a keen charity and human aspect: each doll is made in Bali in rural areas where living women and elderly who live in difficult conditions, while part of the proceeds from the sale of the collection is donated to a school in Sumbawa to help and support women's education."


Has anyone heard back from the Canadian SDA exhibit yet? I know of one acceptance (not one of our members though) only from the main FB SDA page--any of us make it in???

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SDA Alberta goes to FB

I know a lot of people decry FaceBook as a colossal time waster, but it can be a very effective tool and forum for discussing technique, asking for critiques, and sharing information about a lot of things. To that end, i have started the Surface Design Association Alberta FB group--it is closed to all but paid SDA members, so you can share what you like without fear of it being too "public". You must be a FB user to access it, even if you are not that active there. The group can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SurfaceDesignAssociationAlberta/ --you will be approved for membership if we know you are a valid member of SDA, and will then be added  to the group. If you know of anyone else who meets the criteria, please add them and they will be added as well, upon "vetting". Again, this is ONLY for paid SDA members.

As a FB user, i have been exposed to a lot of questionable stuff :) That  being said, i've also learned about fabulous artists i may not have heard of otherwise, opportunities for business networking, a shoulder or two to cry on, and a lot of empathetic laughs as well. FB is what you make of it, and i think SDA Alberta could make good use of it, as we are far and flung in our membership geographics! Can't make it to a meeting? Come to the FB group, always open!

The FB group will NOT replace or lessen actual face time meetings and sharing. Blog posts will still be made, monthly meetings will still be held and communication will always remain open through here, your reps and your friend members.

We're going to allow *some* "selling", i.e. you will be allowed to post "for sale" items, and we encourage you to share news of your own sales/shows, be they exhibition type or art fair booths. The only thing we ask is that you not inundate the wall with sales every time you post. People quickly scroll by someone who is only interested in promoting themselves, and not the group.

You can show off current work, give notice of galleries you are in, ask for help on something that has you stuck, point the way to a site that can show someone a special artist/technique/opportunity, or cry and laugh if that's what you need that day.

Please join, and let's make this group a bit more interactive/active!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Calls for Entry

Without your input, this entry is just calls for entries, so enter away!

International Call to Artists: Fiberart International Exhibition -  Pittsburgh, PA

Entry Deadline: August 31, 2015
Entry Fee (Fiberts Guild of Pittsburgh Entry Fee): $40.00

Fiberart International 2016 seeks to exhibit the best of contemporary art and invites submissions that reflect a wide range of works related to the fiber medium.

This juried exhibition is recognized around the world as a benchmark that documents trends and innovations in the field. The goal of the exhibition is to include innovative work rooted in traditional fiber materials, structure, processes and history, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between fiber and other creative disciplines.

Visit www.FiberartInternational.org for more information.

If you are a Canadian Textile printer this may interest you   http://www.openstudio.on.ca/call-for-submissions-embellish/


Call for Submissions: Artisan Market Tables, Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival - Edmonton, AB

Entry Deadline: November 30, 2014
Festival Dates: January 10 & 11, 2015

Deep Freeze 2015 includes a juried art exhibition in three galleries in and along 118 Ave, as well as an Artisan Market featuring local fine craft in St. Faith's Church just off 118 Ave and 93 Street.

Arts Market artists man their table, selling their art/craft. Tables and chairs are provided. Artists must exhibit original and handmade art.

Find out more here http://deepfreezefest.ca/participate/


Call for Submissions: Art Gallery of St. Albert

Deadline for submissions: March 7, 2015

Art Gallery of St Albert (AGSA), a contemporary public art gallery, seeks submissions from artists working in all styles and mediums for exhibition in the 2016 calendar year.

This call can be viewed online here http://artgalleryofstalbert.ca/exhibitions-events/call-for-submissions/

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Upcoming meeting notes from Leslie

SDA Alberta  - The Desert Island Meeting!
Tuesday November 25th, 7 p.m.
Location: Louise Riley Library (1904 14th Avenue NW)

I see on our blog that the Recommended Books link is woefully thin AND since we are meeting at a Library I thought what a great time for us to bring our most valued, referred to resource (the one that you would take if stranded on a desert island) from our personal libraries to share and discuss.  These treasures will be added to our recommended books tab.

A simple meeting ... In addition to your favourite book, please bring along some handwork for stitching, and show & tell, a cup for tea or coffee and snack/treat to share, if desired.  

Thanks to all for completing the AB SDA survey. Results will be used to plan future meetings, activities, etc. Interested in joining the 'Program Committee'? Please let us know!

Details, Details ...
Parking - Enter parking lot off of 14 Ave. The main library is on your left.  If this little lot is full drive around the library building to your left and there is a ton of parking. We will be meeting in the program room in the Library annex (it is the other building on this lot - you would have driven past it en route to the additional parking)
Transit: NW bound C-Train - Lion's Park stop is directly across from the Library (next stop after the SAIT/ACAD stop)

The meeting will start promptly at 7 pm as we need to be out the doors by 9 pm. Need a library card or a renewal? I can take care of that at the meeting!
Note: No charge for room rental or parking.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

timely, timely

From Donna Leux: We now have an official  Days for Girls team in Calgary Alberta!  I just received the official Letter of Welcome from Days for Girls International. 

Plans continue for the upcoming workday in Calgary for Saturday, Nov 8th.  I am busy trying to coordinate this event, but want I want to present it in a way that this will be a launching pad for many more Days for Girls individuals and groups to pop up in and around Calgary.  I presently have at least forty people who have indicated they or their groups are interested, which is exciting and overwhelming at the same time.  I'm getting to the point where I could use some help in co-ordinating this whole thing, someone to help bounce ideas around.  If there is someone there who would be willing to come on board as a co-leader or to help out on a core team, let me know.  Sewing skills are not necessarily a priority for this, but I could some help in planning & coordinating things, and we could possibly meet in the next week or two to pull things together.
Also, in preparation for this workday I am needing some volunteers who could help with supervising  the various work centres.  Please let me know if you are  willing to help with this, especially if you have already been sewing  items for the kits.

Information will follow shortly about the details for the Nov. 8 Workday.
You'll be hearing more about it at the Nov 8 workday & in days to come.  I'm so excited that we can now unite as a city for this amazing cause.  You'll be hearing more in the weeks to come as we continue to organize ourselves.   It's a new experience for me, and I'm excited and nervous at the same time, but with support of women across this wonderful city, we will together make a difference in the lives of girls and women all around the world.

Check out continuing news  for Days For Girls on the website

and their Facebook page: 

Please contact Donna at donnaleuw@shaw.ca for  more info, NOT the blog admins or SDA members.




Handmade Here is a “must do” event every Christmas in Calgary.  Make time to drop by and enjoy this beautiful Art & Craft sale.

Featuring an impressive range of work by 25 of Calgary's most engaging artists.  Meet the artists, learn how things are made and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.  There is a unique collection of ceramics, glass, textiles, paintings, jewellery and more.

Enjoy free parking, free admittance and free refreshments

Handmade Here consists of:  Angela Rees; Anna Bilek; Anne Ormerod; Barbara Rumberger; Brad Keys; Connie Cooper; Dee Fontans; Diana Fox; Eve deMoissac; Heather Huston; Jennea Frischke; Jil McMahon  Bazant; Jill Nuckles; Jim Etzkorn; Joan Irvin; Karen Scarlett; Lisa McGrath; Mindy Andrews; Natali Rodrigues; Nicole Tremblay; Susan Thrope; Stephen Dozois; Steven Pulvermacher; Susan Kristoferson; Tilted Toppers

Triwood Community Centre
2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW, Calgary

Saturday, November 15 (10-5)
Sunday, November 16 (10-4)


Saturday, October 18, 2014

November meeting--pencil yourself in!

Tuesday Nov 25th 7 PM at the Riley Library in the NW (immediately west of the Safeway, North Hill Shopping Centre). Plenty of parking adjacent to the library and right on the C-train line (Lion's Park Station ... One stop north of the ACAD/SAIT stop!).


Yes, they do have a coffee maker!!!! yay!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Christmas is coming!!!!!

 Christmas Sales:

  It's that time of year again! 

 It's that time of year again! We are excited to inform you that  this year's Contextural Artists Show & Sale is to take place on Saturday, November 22nd from 10 - 6pm at the Elbow Park Christ Church, 3602 8 Street SW (at the corner of 8th Street and 34th Avenue).

New Craft Coalition
Show and Sale
Friday, Oct 17: 4-9pm  /  Saturday, Oct 18: 10-6pm
Where: Festival Hall, Inglewood (1215 10 Ave SE)

Price: Admission $2

Next weekend I will be participating in the New Craft Coalition Show and Sale in Inglewood, Calgary. I am selling a selection of my work, and have finished a series of new small prints! Objects combining print and light are available as well!

This is a fabulous event, with a wide variety of art and craft available from many of Calgary's talented artists!

The new Craft Coalition is also hosting an exhibition at the Ecpor +15 window, in which I am participating as well!

See you next weekend, Eveline Kolijn


The Alberta Craft Council is pleased to announce the next Alberta Craft Council + 15 Window exhibition,  New Craft Coalition Presents...

The New Craft Coalition's (NCC) mission and primary action is 'Bringing a Carefully Curated Collection of Art, Craft + Design to the People!'. The NCC's focus is on featuring and working with mid-career, full-time studio practitioners that are engaged in not only the design, but the process of making. This exhibition features a selection of works in advance of NCC's upcoming event in October.

Participating Artists & ACC Members: Simon Wroot, Kari Woo, Laura Sharp, Eveline Kolijn, Natalie Gerber, Juliana Rempel, Rebecca Cleaver

New Craft Coalition Presents... runs in the Alberta Craft Council + 15 Window, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts + 15 Walkway | 205 - 8th Avenue SE | Calgary AB from September 8 to November 10 with a reception on Thursday, September 18 from 6-7pm. 

Calls for Entry:

Looking for a new Alberta venue/gallery space for an exhibit?

  The Harris-Warke Gallery invites all artists to submit proposals to show work in our exhibition space. We accept submissions to a January 31 deadline for the following year, making our decision by March 31.

The gallery encourages exposure to a wide variety of Arts. In addition to painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and all combinations of mixed and multi-media, we hope to feature some of the less often exhibited art forms, such as literary art, landscape art, culinary art and music. We are open to an eclectic definition of art. In concert with this mandate, the downtown location facilitates a viewing public from various walks of life.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Make some winter's-a-comin' plans :)

Firstly, a mesage from SDA "HQ":

from SDA Director Astrid Hilger Bennett

We'd like to honor 2 longterm Canadian Area Reps for their outstanding contributions to SDA while also announcing 2 who will step up to take over in these active local groups.

JENNIFER LOVE will step down after 10 years as Area Rep for BRITISH COLUMBIA on November 15. 

 An exemplary team leader, she fostered local groups in various areas of BC, spearheaded a blog & website + several outstanding exhibitions. She encouraged groups to flourish by providing communication tools and feedback. Quiet and unassuming, she gives the credit to her talented team - but we all know her leadership was key. She'll continue to serve on SDA-BC Executive Committee and as co-coordinator of Vancouver/Sunshine Coast SDA meetings while also finding more creative studio time and running a small resort.

 SHEILA WEX will take over as BC Rep. 

She creates small-scale textiles using hand stitching & natural dyeing. She's keen to grow SDA membership while strengthening communication between area groups to enhance idea-sharing & learning. Her passion for community fuels her talent for bringing people together and building bridges.

KARIN MILLSON, Area Rep for ALBERTA for almost 3 years, has grown local SDA membership from a handful to over 53 today . 

Her passion for all things fiber + local community-building is largely responsible for this spectacular growth. She recruited energetic team members like Arlee Barr to update the local SDA-AB blog. A UK native, Karin has lived in the Mid-East, Canada - and will now be moving yet again.

LESLIE BARNES will take over as new Area Rep for Alberta on 10/15 - after collaborating with Karin for the last few months. 

She writes, " When not procrastinating, I dye threads and fabric for hand-stitched pieces and am experimenting with printmaking and inks on fabrics and papers."


Please join SDA Board & Staff in extending gratitude to all of these exemplary volunteers and champions of textile arts advocacy!


 You have plenty of time to enter this:

Calls for Entry:

NOTE: This is not just for weavers, or only weaving being submitted or accepted.

International Call to Fibre Artists: Velocity of Textiles
Entry Deadline: March 1, 2015
Entry Fee (Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild): $35.00

The Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild is pleased to announce an international exhibition of art that references and/or uses fiber, fiber techniques and fiber technologies in innovative ways.

Concept: Work that reflects the forward trajectory of textiles within a twenty first century intersection of conceptual innovation, new and old techniques and materials, coupled with traditional attention to craftsmanship

Click here to find out more.

But not so much for this :)

 On the Wild Side: Call for Submission

Calling fibre artists and artists working in all media whose work is inspired by fibre art. The theme of this exhibition surfaces around the concept of “wild” and may be associated with nature, landscape, the unknown, the unexplored, loss of control, uncivilized behaviour, strong experiences etc., but can also be interpreted as literally or as liberally as desired.

On the Wild Side is co-curated by fibre artists Jennifer Tsuchida and Mary Dyja. Please email your submissions to director@g1313.org or jentfelt@live.ca. Artists are eligible to submit up to three projects created within the last two years. Artworks in progress and proposals for new works are welcome.

Please submit the following:

• A maximum of six jpegs comprised of one full image and one detailed image per project submitted (each image should be 72 dpi and no larger than 1MB). Please name and number each file (i.e. 01_ArtistName_ArtworkTitle.jpg)
• An image list
• An artist statement (multiple statements are permitted if necessary)
• Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Please submit your entries before 5pm EST on Monday, November 3rd, 2014. All shipping costs are to be paid by the artist. There is no cost to submit, but there is an administration fee of $40 per accepted work.

The exhibition runs from November 26th – December 6th with an opening reception on November 27th.


ONE DAY ONLY: Come check out the Calgary Fibre Arts Fair! A special 1 day event for all things yarn and fibre arts related - classes, demos, vendors, door prizes, and contests!  
Saturday, November 8  Bridgeland Riverside Community Association  917 Centre Ave NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 0C6

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Karin’s Artist’s Date - September

(Please get in touch with Karin (ioftheneedle at me dot com)  if you wish to join her on an artist date in October.)

For my artist’s date this month I took a trip to Canmore.  I was fortunate to have a wonderful mind to share the journey with - in the head of Susan Kristoferson.  We chatted over SDA events and our artistic pleasures and then enjoyed Communitea Cafe, Canmore before visiting the AAG Gallery at Elevation Place where SDA : Alberta member, Dana Roman was showing Mixing the Media.

As you can see below, the glass-fronted gallery space in this relatively new location, is airy, well-lit and interesting with an interior wall, incongruously painted orange-red.  For more information about the space and future shows go here 

Dana lives in the mountains, walks, hikes and skis there and takes her inspiration from many natural forms she has observed. Dana is a prolific and consistent producer of art.  She was showing some older works but the majority were new and inspiring.  A visual and tactile feast … the artist allowed us sensory overload!

If you have seen Dana’s art before you will remember that she works mainly on silk -  painting, stitching and more recently incorporating the Japanese methods of rozome for paint application.  She works with a painterly eye, sometimes representational, at others abstract.  Always pleasing.  Her colour sense is ridiculously accurate when depicting a mountain or marine environment, but she also enjoys colour in a freer way when working in wool or paint.

Newer works demonstrate her interest in felting her initial steps took place at a workshop for beginners from there she travelled a long road of research that has served her well.  So well, in fact that this technique is now incorporated into her mixed media work. One can see the painterly aspects of her skills running alongside the application of digital imagery on silk, or incorporation of open weave fabrics as she enjoys the more uncontrolled aspects that can be possible when wet felting.

Organic shapes and natural forms depicted in her wall-mounted pieces sat very comfortably alongside a display of 3D forms which could have made an interesting installation had they been set up in a more integrated manner on a rock slab for example.  Nonetheless these forms demanded attention and enquiry.  They demonstrated wonderfully the influence of Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada whose summer workshop Dana gave credit to as having inspired her to work with Shibori.

The experience of visiting Mixing the Media was as enjoyable as the e-invitation suggested it would be.  Dana says this was her most successful show, partly I expect because of the coincidence with other artistic and cultural events in Canmore this September/October.  If you missed the show you can still catch Dana’s work at Calyx October 18/19 or Art Market 20 - 23 November, Telus Convention Centre, Calgary and probably you will be tempted to purchase one of her very elegant yet funky scarves.  Dana loves people purchasing her work, because it means she can go home and create more and develop her work that way.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Autumn's moving in

ADMIN NOTE: Please note this is the new address for the SDA Alberta blog/newsletter. Please bookmark, subscribe by email or follow in a blog reader/rss feed bookmark. Nothing has changed but the URL.

Also, a very big heartfelt thank you to "retiring" rep Karin Millson. Her boots will be very hard to fill ---and she doesn't have to give up the Calgary ones,  as she can still wear them in the Big Cowtown next year :) . Our new rep Leslie Barnes, bringing lively discourse and new ideas, will be building on Karin's legacy.

Calls for Entry:

Call for Entries: Port Moody 2015 Wearable Art Awards - Port Moody, BC    
Deadline for Entries: November 15, 2014
Notification of Successful Entries: December 1, 2014
Shipping Dates: Entries must be received by January 23, 2015

The Wearable Art Awards is not a fashion show; it is a multi-media performance where the human body becomes a living, breathing, moving canvas. They are asking you to go deep into your imagination to create a wearable piece of art that challenges what most consider to be wearable or everyday fashion.

Learn more here.

Event: Alberta Culture Days at Turner Valley Gas Plant
Dates: September 26, 27 & 28, 2014

In addition to regularly scheduled hourly tours of the historic Turner Valley Gas Processing Plant, artists are invited to tour the Turner Valley Gas Plant and use the facility as a visual resource for their own art work. As well, all visitors are invited to participate in a beginning art technique lesson. The Gas Plant is an amazing visual resource for any artist.

ATTENTION ARTISTS: You are invited to come to draw, paint and photograph the interesting shapes, forms and textures of Turner Valley Gas Plant. Bring your own equipment and supplies, including seating if needed. Water is available on site.

After an hour-long tour, an art lesson will be offered at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Simple art supplies will be provided. Participants younger than 8 years old are required to be accompanied by an adult. Bring a folding chair, a clipboard (or cardboard and clips or tape to hold paper to the cardboard) and a pencil and eraser.

Art class sizes are limited to 20 participants per session. To register, please contact susan.kristoferson@gov.ab.ca


Alberta Craft Council + 15 Window: New Craft Coalition, Epcor Centre - Calgary, AB 


Exhibition Dates: September 8 - November 10, 2014 

Location: EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts, + 15 Walkway, 205 8th Avenue SE, Calgary AB

Participating Artists & ACC members:
Simon Wroot, Kari Woo, Laura Sharp, Eveline Kolijn, Natalie Gerber, Juliana Rempel, Rebecca Cleaver

 LoveCraft Gallery  121-1803 60 St SE Calgary

September 26-October 28, 2014 Works created with fibre, works about fibre, works that are used for fibre--all these can be seen at the fibre show. Textiles are the most common of these fibre works, but we don't discriminate. Come by and see the show, 5-9.
 (Side note: arlee has a piece in this one.)

Member News:

Art on Utility Box Designed by Dana Roman - Canmore, AB 


Earlier this year the Town of Canmore invited local artists to submit proposals to create art on Canmore utility boxes at various locations throughout the town.
As part of the program, Dana Roman created a graffiti style design on a utility box.  


In a design rut? Need some art exercise? Come out of the fog by joining FOG (Fibre Optics Group), a local gathering focused on mixed media and much experimentation. 

Now i know why the dye lots are slightly different--and can live with it because it's done by real people rather than machines--LOVE my Caron threads!

The newest issue of Studio Magazine is focused primarily on Fibre!!! 

Calyx's 28th Semi Annual Sale is coming up, always a good resource for that pesky Christmas shopping!


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Autumn's closing in

ADMINISTRATION NOTE: I have added code to the template of this blog to prevent "pinning". We do not condone this behaviour at all: it is clearly stated in our sidebar that copyright belongs to the artist alone, and permission MUST be asked to share images *anywhere* else. If you currently have pinned any from this site, please remove then from your boards as this is in violation of copyright ownership of the artist, who exclusively has the right to disseminate any and all of their own images. 

Images posted here are with the permission of the image owner, and are always credited.

Opportunity for all:

Hi Artists,

An opportunity has come up for a retail space in Sunridge mall.  It’s on the upper level next to the Bay, 3,800 sq. ft. and would be available for  November 24 to December 7.   Based on the preliminary discussion with the relator it looks like I could fit in between 30 to 40 artist’s work in the store.  Also based on what the realtor said it would probably be $350. 00 a week per artist to participate.  Now, this looks like a prime location:  high end  foot traffic, pre-holiday time of the year and your art work in a place that is 11:00am to 7:00pm seven days a week.  When you consider that a one day show fee can range from $100.00 up to $285.00,  $350.00 for seven days is very reasonable (only $50.00 per day).  Participating artists can do one week or two (depends on the number of artists participating). 

So, I am sending out this notice to see what kind of interest there is with the artists I know.  As for the manning of the shop we would need a some volunteers who have a flexible schedule.  Since it’s only for two weeks I think it could be managed easily enough.

Please let me know what you guys think.


Nikki Nicole Musser <fineartbynicole@gmail.com>


"Edge of the Forest", the Canadian 2015 SDA exhibit , now has its own dedicated site here. You still have until October 1 to submit.


 Creative Stitches show in Calgary again, this time at Spruce Meadows. Shuttle bus service is scheduled from the Somerset CTrain station, if you don't want to drive out there. Not a lot of art at these things anymore, but a fair number of vendors where you can snap up supplies, whether fibre or mixed media related. (Sorry about missing the Edmonton dates for those of you further North!)

Were you at Yoshiko Wada's workshops? Did you lose your indigo vat recipe? Maiwa has a clear set of organic vat instructions here.

If you were at the 2 day Organic Dyes and Pigments workshop, Karin has set up a dedicated blog to share photos and information. Invitation only for participants in this course, so please contact her privately, if you have not received an invite.

Three - Day Strategic Grant Proposal Writing Workshop (Sponsored by ISFD)
To be held at: University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta
October 6 - 8,  2014       8:30AM ~ 5:00 PM


 Karin and i will be teaching a 4 day course, combining extreme machine work with non traditional hand work,  at the 2015 Embroiderer's Association of Canada National Seminar in May of next year. Information and registration links are available on the site.

I am teaching a class online, open to anyone, The Third Dimension, a hand work course that
will teach you how to add more dimension and tactility to an already textural art, and to look at shape and line critically to implement design and mood.

Remember too, that if *you* are teaching anywhere, please let us know and we will share the information!

 Loosely, but in the fibre related exploration:

/WOMANKIND is a peculiar portrait rooted in wabi-sabi: accepting fleetingness and imperfection. Skeletal lines, twisting and winding upwards, climb to sketch out an irregular human form. The tough skinned graceful silhouette portrays an honest image of femininity. Heating the raw steel rods, they transform into soft elegant fibres to be formed, painted, distressed, and finally, weathered in the sun. This woven and tangled figure is a question of permanence, an understanding of mortality, and an appreciation of flesh.
Lisa Hodgkinson
Lisa Hodgkinson is a Calgary sculptor working out of the back of an auto body shop in Forest Lawn. A graduate from the Alberta College of Art + Design, Lisa is inspired by minimalist sculpture, fibre craft, Japanese design and Bob Dylan.

Friday, August 29, 2014

time sensitive info

 Diane Duncan has a few tickets available for this:

The Quilted Mouse Guild is sponsoring: Anna Hergert Trunk Show
5 Sept, 7-9 pm
Dream View Village
254 Riverview Point SE

Tickets can be purchased by emailing dianeduncan01@gmail.com

Anna's site is here

Friday, August 22, 2014

-for Sept--

Solo show by Dana Roman,  at the CAG Gallery, September 25  to October 7, Canmore Alberta

Contextural's end of residency show "Organic Matters" August 25 to September 15, various venues through ACAD, Calgary, Alberta


I am interested in selling to  an artist (surface designer, yardage silk-screener, quilter, sewer?).  The table has a sturdy 4 x 8 foot plywood top which is padded with cotton quilt batting and then covered with a heavy cotton twill/satin surface cloth.  The table is bolted together and is easily disassembled and moved. The shelves underneath the top are removable. The table was designed for fabric silk screening and fabric painting.   The table is screwed together so it can be taken apart and moved.  There are 4 shelves under the table surface which can be removed.

The dimensions are 37” high by 4 x 8 feet.  There are wheels on the table legs which could be cut to make the table shorter if someone needed/wanted a shorter table.  I would like to get $300 for the table or will sell for the best offer.
    It is located in Coach Hill on the west side of Calgary.

 Susan Kristoferson 403-619-6875 (h) 403-668-0140 (c) kristudio@xplornet.net

THINK spots to visit:

 “If it’s not about the fiber, why work in that medium?”  http://raggedclothcafe.com/2011/07/21/questions-questions-by-olga-norris-2/

John Hopper at The Textile Blog always has interesting, and sometimes quite thought provoking articles and artist spotlights. "We can say with some certainty that artistically and poetically the relationship between the creation and the viewer is an important one. The moment when both the viewed and the viewer come together is one that is both magical and singularly unique. A moment that can never be repeated, never regained. " http://thetextileblog.blogspot.com/2014/08/complexity-and-simplicity-viewer-and.html

Again (and again, and again.....), this blog is only as interesting and vibrant as members make it. Please send news of exhibits, workshops, publications etc to arlee dot ar at gmail dot com! All files must be as text docs that can be copied and pasted as blogger does not allow the uploading of any files but jpgs.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Calls for Entry

Your local reps still need permissions from some of you for emails!  Out of some 200 members, we have a list of perhaps 70 who have responded. You can send me an email with the appropriate response also to arlee dot ar at gmail dot com. Please put "Subscribe to SDA (Alberta)" or "Unsubscribe from SDA(Alberta)" in the subject header and your full name in the body of the email. Please do send as requested---i, and the area rep, get a lot of emails and saying "yes please" is not enough--yes please to what? :)


Deadline for submitting swatches to the SDA collection has been extended to Aug 31st. Details here.


Materialities: Contemporary Textile Arts
1st SDA International Exhibition
August - October 2015
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts Gallery

 This first in a series of SDA members' exhibitions will be curated by Namita Gupta Wiggers, an active and respected voice in the world of art & craft. You may know her via her various roles as co-founder/director of Critical Craft Forum, writer, curator-at-large and/or former director of  Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR (where she lives and works). Wiggers also teaches in MFA Applied Craft + Design program jointly administered by Oregon College of Art & Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art.

 Call-for-entries will run February - March 2015. Work will be selected from digital submissions with notification in April. Prizes will be awarded. An exhibition catalogue is planned. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available...


The Grand National is again asking for entries. PDF with info hereEntries must be postmarked or hand delivered by February 27, 2015 (Entry by CD, not emailed jpg as most are doing now.)


"Extreme Fibers" call still open at Muskegon Museum of Art. Info here, but entry must be submitted through CaFe.


Feeling really confident and able to meet a challenge? Submit a proposal to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum for your own exhibit. Please note, this museum is in Almonte Ontario, Canada, not the Deep South, y'all!

Again we remind you, this blog is only as interesting and viable as those who contribute. If you have news, publications, workshops, or would like to share the results of workshops, exhibition reviews, etc, please do submit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Where is July going???

My apologies for the small font towards the end of this blog post: blogger is acting up again--i will fix as soon as it can be done!
A reminder that if you are doing squares for the Slofemist Project, they are due, completed or not, to Lois by August 1st.


YarnBombing Event September 2014

Do you love to knit or crochet? Are you interested in raising awareness about homelessness? We have a project for you!

We are wrapping a house in a prominent NW location with hand knitting and crochet to symbolize the warmth and comfort of home.

The Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) has purchased a  house. It is slated for demolition and a brand new apartment building, designed to house individuals who are exiting homelessness, will be built in its place.
This is My City Art Society is partnering with Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) to turn the existing old house into a stunning work of art before it is torn down. We are recruiting interested individuals, groups, families, etc. to knit/crochet 12" squares that will be used to wrap the house.
This sanctioned ‘yarn bombing’ will:
Have a strong street impact that draws people in to learn more
Reflect on the warmth and comfort of home and community
Serve as a reminder that not everyone has a place to call home.

This art project is organized by This is My City Art Society, a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that works with people experiencing who are homelessness and those at risk of homelessness to provide opportunities for positive creative expression in visual and performing arts.

The Details:
Deadline for contributing squares is August 26th
Drop-off locations for knitted donations:
Crowfoot Library: 8665 Nose Hill Drive NW
Fish Creek Library: 11161 Bonaventure Dr. SE
        Louise Riley Public Library: 1904-14th Ave NW
       CommunityWise Centre: 101, 223 12th Ave SW

Please contact Leslie Barnes for more details and information: ljbarnes@telus.net
(p.s. ... We will also be accepting used, unwanted hand knit/crocheted clothing (sweaters, socks, mittens) or blankets

A similar project was recently completed in the Beltline at 222-15 Ave SW. See www.thisismycitycalgary.ca for more information.
For more information about the project or to get involved please contact:
Linda Hawke, Board President
This is My City Art Society 
www.thisismycitycalgary.ca; ljhawke@shaw.ca

Information re: the Canadian SDA exhibit "Edge of the Forest":
(via Jennifer Love BC/SDA) "Following is the response I received from the Edge of the Forest team, to a query I forwarded from one of our members. I thought others of you might also be wondering about the size requirements for this exhibition. (So I interpret this to mean your piece must be that specific size (16" w x 28" l), not within that size range.)"

The guidelines for the size of each submission are a fixed requirement, and we trust that each artist will rise to the challenge of adhering to it. Artists also have the option of creating a textured work that is up to 2 inches in depth.

Artists are also requested to follow the additional guidelines regarding sleeves for hanging and labeling, etc.

This being a large undertaking, we have set the requirements for ease in shipping and to facilitate packing and hanging of the works. More

importantly, we are aiming for uniformity in images to create a more powerful effect.

The name of the exhibit was given for inspiration, not necessarily for representing the subject matter of the work.

The Edge of the Forest Team


Ask Harriete always has wonderful information and discussion about various artist related topics. Though she is primarily a jeweller, many of her posts apply to fibre and other media artists. The latest on attracting more traffic to your "official" website is here.

 Love free motion, free applique, machine play, hand stitch, mixed media, Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn????

 Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn show the power and possibilities of free motion machine stitching in making wonderful, unique textile creations in a new DVD! They demonstrate how to work with a range of soluble fabrics, ways to design edges, cords and dangly bits and how to create wonderful, new, unique, cloths. They show ways to distort fabrics using a sewing machine and how to colour fabric surfaces. They share their sources of design, which include landscapes, natural forms and patterns and present ways of machining into hand-stitching, paper and synthetic materials.

As ever their enthusiasm, artistic skills, teaching ability and friendliness shine through. This is an ideal DVD, full of inspiration and guidance, for those of all levels of experience, including beginners, who want to develop their use of a sewing machine in the creation of their textile art.

Please visit the website: doubletrouble-ent.com to see a clip from the DVD


Several (many?!) SDA members also took or are taking part in the Contextural 2014 residency at ACAD. Courtesy of Linda and Terri, here are a few action shots :)


Mention has been made before on this blog about "ISSUU", a free online reader that features many emags on a wide variety of subjects. If you're in need of some pure visual joy, inspiration or an imaginative kickstart, please see Maia Sylba's series of emags "MuseTouch", true feasts for the eyes and heart.

Textile Museum in Nebraska, a call for entry maybe????


REMINDER ALSO: http://surfacedesignalberta.blogspot.ca/2014/06/important-if-you-receive-emails-from.html