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 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 


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 --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 for more information.

If you are a Canadian Textile printer this may interest you


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


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

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.