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 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 or 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


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!