Thursday, December 3, 2015

ACAD Library book sale--time sensitive

Christmas has come early!

This year’s ACAD Library Book Sale features at least a dozen boxes of textile related books
generously donated by the estate of Sandra Krystalowich, the 2014 Quilter of Distinction at the Heritage Park Quilt Show and well-known local crafter.

Details are below. (If you have been to one of these sales before, you know what stellar deals are to be had).
Please pass this on to anyone that you think might be interested especially your membership.

HUGE selection of New and As New books and magazines on quilting, sewing, knitting, embroidery and needlecrafts in general.
ACAD library
Access through the main College doors, west side of the building, directly down 1 level.
1407 – 14th Avenue NW
403 284-7667
Dec. 7th – 12th
Monday to Thursday 8:30am – 8pm
Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday 11am – 5pm
ACAD is located directly next door to the Jubilee Auditorium

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Charrette Roulette FABRIC Workshop, AGA - Edmonton, AB

Charrette Roulette: FABRIC Workshop
November  21, 12pm
Education Studios
$15/$10 AGA Members
Register now 

Charrette Roulette: FABRIC artists Yvonne Mullock and Teng Teng Chong lead participants through a textile printing workshop. Learn more about cyanotype printing and working with fabric while hearing more about the exhibition directly from the artists.

Participants will be designing their own handkerchiefs using a cyanotype sun-printing process. Individuals are encouraged to bring in small objects  such as lace, keys, pendants or cut-outs to create a printed pattern on the fabric.

Charrette Roulette: FABRIC Workshop
November  21, 12pm
Education Studios
$15/$10 AGA Members
Register now
Charrette Roulette: FABRIC artists Yvonne Mullock and Teng Teng Chong lead participants through a textile printing workshop. Learn more about cyanotype printing and working with fabric while hearing more about the exhibition directly from the artists.
Participants will be designing their own handkerchiefs using a cyanotype sun-printing process. Individuals are encouraged to bring in small objects  such as lace, keys, pendants or cut-outs to create a printed pattern on the fabric.
- See more at:
Charrette Roulette: FABRIC Workshop
November  21, 12pm
Education Studios
$15/$10 AGA Members
Register now
Charrette Roulette: FABRIC artists Yvonne Mullock and Teng Teng Chong lead participants through a textile printing workshop. Learn more about cyanotype printing and working with fabric while hearing more about the exhibition directly from the artists.
Participants will be designing their own handkerchiefs using a cyanotype sun-printing process. Individuals are encouraged to bring in small objects  such as lace, keys, pendants or cut-outs to create a printed pattern on the fabric.
- See more at:
Charrette Roulette: FABRIC Workshop
November  21, 12pm
Education Studios
$15/$10 AGA Members
Register now
Charrette Roulette: FABRIC artists Yvonne Mullock and Teng Teng Chong lead participants through a textile printing workshop. Learn more about cyanotype printing and working with fabric while hearing more about the exhibition directly from the artists.
Participants will be designing their own handkerchiefs using a cyanotype sun-printing process. Individuals are encouraged to bring in small objects  such as lace, keys, pendants or cut-outs to create a printed pattern on the fabric.
- See more at:

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Contextural's Christmas Artisan Sale

Not to be missed!  

Mark your calendars, make your lists & check them thrice and then head to Contextural's Christmas Artisan Sale!
Some of our SDA-ers are also members of this talented group. Some Christmas shopping for good girls and boys? No one on your list worthy of a beautiful handmade gift? Then shop for the easiest person on your list … YOU!

November SDA Meeting

Please join us for an evening of presentation and information at the Louise Riley Library (Annex) on Thursday November 12th from 7:00-8:45-ish.

Dana Bush will be doing a presentation on Art and Ecology - how we see the natural world through art and how this culminates in her work. Diane Duncan (and possibly others) will be presenting highlights of the of the Nicola Brown eco-printing workshop, taken in August of this year.

As always, do bring some of your own show and tell - will save some time for sharing!Louise Riley Library is located at 1904 - 14th Avenue NW (across from the Lion's Park C-Train station).  There is lots of free parking on both the east and west sides of the library. The Annex, where we are meeting, is just north of the main building (in the same lot).Hope to see you there - this is open to anyone interested in surface design!

Friday, September 25, 2015

"Autumn's closing in"

 With apologies to Bob Seger :)


Mixing Media by Dana Roman
September 17 - November 14, 2015
Location: Arts Commons, + 15 Walkway, 205 8th Avenue SE, Calgary AB

With this playful exhibition, Dana Roman demonstrates her versatility in a variety of media ranging in everything from felting, embroidery, encaustic to collage and more.

Dana Roman (Canmore, AB) graduated with a Masters Degree in Architecture in Prague, Czechoslovakia. After emigrating to Canada and working for 10 years as an architect, Dana established her textile art business in Toronto, which she ran under the name Artacious inc. for 20 years. Since moving to Canmore, Dana is now a studio artist, working in mixed media, acrylics and textiles.


 The Fibre Shindig Craft Fair - Calgary, AB

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre, 1320 5 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB
Fee: $5.00 at the door

Calgary is getting a Fibre Fest! There will be over 40 vendors, most from the fibre community - be that weaving, knitting, spinning, crochet, embroidery, rug hooking - and some from The Craft Shindig who are eager to be a part of The Fibre Shindig.

For more information click here.


 Alberta Craft Council is coming to Calgary & you can help!

After 15 proposals over more than a decade, the ACC is ready to invest in a permanent second facility. Located in a 1910 historic sandstone school, being restored and expanded as c-Space King Edward Arts Hub, the gallery is expected to open in early 2017.

This Calgary space will expand much of the current ACC activity including 15-20 exhibitions each year; website, e-news and social media; advisory services; media and marketing campaigns; and extensive sales of members’ work.

Donations are being accepted to facilitate this.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Uppercase Magazine - The Studio Tour!!!!

I know that there are a lot of avid readers and big fans of Janine Vangool and her most excellent, inspirational publication: UPPERCASE
I am delighted to announce that we are going on a road trip to Janine's Studio Thursday October 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Don't know UPPERCASE? Really?? Well, check it out:
... and then get on your email to reserve your 'seat' for an evening of design, creativity and inspiration.
SPACE IS LIMITED TO 20 - you snooze, you lose!
Address, directions etc. will be sent to those registered to attend ... what are you waiting for??
I will be away until Sept. 24th but will fill the spots in date received order :)

Anna Hergert Workshops - Calgary: Oct 28 - Nov 1, 2015

5 Days of Workshops with Anna Hergert
... a few spots remaining
Location:  Dreamview Village Clubhouse
254 Riverview Point SE Calgary, AB

Machine Embellishment 101: Adding Dimension Using Fabric and Stitch
(2 day class)   Oct 28 & 29 2015
Cause and Effect: Getting "Down and Dirty" with Innovative Materials
(3 day class) October 30, 31, & November 1, 2015
Machine Embellishment 101 (2 day workshop): $175.00
Cause and Effect (3 day workshop): $250.00
Machine Embellishment 101 + Cause and Effect (5 day workshop): $375.00
For details & more information please contact Diane Duncan

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sale of special note

  I am a fibre artist in Calgary and I am selling off all the contents of my studio in an auction. I am no longer doing the work.

 Perhaps your people might be interested, especially since it will probably all go for very little, as the general public or the auction regulars are probably not too likely to know much about the stuff.

 I am attaching the announcement. You can call me if you have questions.


 Please click on photo to see details.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

September meeting

First SDA meeting of 2015/2016
Tuesday September 15th:
We will be holding our meeting at a cool newish space/gallery Loft 112
 #112 535 8 Ave SE

Start time will be 7 pm and the theme of the first meeting will be "How I spent my summer vacation". Attended a class? Read a great book? Finished a project? Please bring a show and tell to share, some handwork and your enthusiasm!
See you in September!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Contextural Exhibition

Many members cross over between the SDA and local group Contextural---always a fascinating mix!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Nicola Brown Workshop

The organizer says only 4 spots left to date, so contact her asap!

Monday, August 17, 2015

"Edge of the Forest" coming to Calgary!!!!

Edge of the Forest is an exciting exhibition of textile art by 53 artists from across Canada who are members of the Surface Design Association.  This juried exhibition of textile art features weaving, felt work, quilts, printing, machine and hand stitched work and other techniques that give structure, pattern and colour to textile. The exhibition is designed to travel across Canada to provide Canadian artists an opportunity to showcase their work in local venues.  It aims to introduce the viewers to the variety and beauty of textile art, as well as to inspire other artists to explore these art forms. 

 January 11 – 30, 2016,  Fish Creek Community Library, Calgary, AB

Photos of the work in the meantime, can be seen on the official site.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Textile Intersections – Sustainability and Technology Conference

Textile Intersections – Sustainability and Technology Conference

When:  September 26 and 27, 2015
Where: Granville Island Hotel, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC
Click here to Register to attend the Conference     
(Registration closes July 20)

The Canadian Craft Federation has designated 2015 as the Year of the Craft.  We want to celebrate it with all BC and Yukon textile artists and crafters.

Looking to the land, re-using materials and adapting technologies to serve the innovative and creative spirit is what working in textiles has always represented.  We are hoping you will join us for two days in September to immerse yourself in the passion to create and to learn and network.

Note: though it says BC and Yukon artists, there's no reason you couldn't attend as an Albertan!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Another workshop coming up, again time sensitive

I'll like to inform and also invite you to a Tie Dye
and Batik  workshop to be instructed by Nike Davies-Okundaye the Nigerian
artist who was supposed to be part of the Indigo show that never happened.
Nike is coming to Calgary as part of Afrikadey! festival scheduled for
August5-8, 2015. She will be conducting the workshop at North Mount
Pleasant Arts Centre between August 3-7, 2015.
The cost for the three day workshop is $120 and includes material.
Please let me know if you are interested or could help publicize it.

Tunde Dawodu
Afrikadey! Artistic Director
403 234 9110

Saturday, July 4, 2015

time sensitive FREE workshop

Please respond to Susan Kristoferson

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tip Your Hat to Dreams

Exhibit Announcement


I want to remind you that This is My City’s latest exhibit, Tip Your Hat to Dreams! opens tomorrow night at Loft 112 with a public reception. The show features artistically altered cowboy hats and handmade quilts from our 2012 program at The Women’s Centre. Everything is for sale so you can pick up that special Stampede souvenir. The show and sale continues until July 26. Please share the news with other interested folks.

Details in the link.

Please note that parking in the area on Thursday night is restricted due to Stampede activities but the City Hall C-Train station is close by.

Happy Canada Day and good Stampeding to all!
Linda Hawke

Saturday, June 20, 2015

June and beyond

Exhibition: Then & Now, Edmonton Needlecraft Guild - Edmonton, AB 
Date: May 28 - July 28, 2015
Location:  Jeff Allen Art Gallery,
10831 University Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB

Experience the growth of a needle artist as it can take place within the supportive atmosphere of a Guild. This retrospective exhibit will illustrate this journey of growth by exhibiting early and more recent pieces from various members. A variety of techniques are on display, including Japanese embroidery, stump work, needle painting, Assisi, needlepoint, crewelwork, petit point, samplers, cross-stitch, embellished quilting, and
mixed media.

For more information click here


Discover The New CCA Funding Model           

We invite you to visit our website for the full announcement and to discover the new programs. They reflect our commitment to making our funding responsive and flexible and ensuring your focus stays on the art-making.

This is a first step towards a new way of supporting artists. Current program deadlines will remain in place through 2016. More details on each new program will be available in the fall of 2015.


Materialities catalog features 91 SDA member/artists selected from a call-for-entry submission pool of 506 artists / 2347 images. 88 pages of  images in full color are accompanied by insightful artist statements.

Also included are 4 essays addressing context and evolution of contemporary textiles by Materialities juror Namita Gupta Wiggers, indigo master/artist Rowland Ricketts, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts Program Director/artist Nick DeFord and SDA Journal Editor Marci Rae McDade.

Selected works showcase the breadth and depth of contemporary fiber arts. They successfully answer the curator’s question: What do textiles/fibers & their associated processes offer artists that cannot be achieved in other media?

Selected works from the catalog will be on view at Sandra J. Blain Galleries at Arrowmont Schools of Arts & Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN/USA) August 27 - October 31, 2015. Catalog features work by SDA members. (Links to those members who have populated pages on the main SDA website.)


Our Karin (Millson) will be demo-ing at the  2015 Houston Quilt Festival!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Reminder: Textured Horizon - Mixed media artwork by Linda J. Hawke

This impressive show is a presentation on the themes of rural and urban landscapes overlaid with our personal  narratives. Includes works created by Linda over the past ten years.

Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00-4:00 p.m.  
Take in Linda's show Saturday and participate in a hands-on "exploration of how the simple surface techniques of embroidery and rubbings can be combined to create intriguing tactile effects".

Show closes June 22, 2015
Loft 112
#112, 535-8th Ave SE 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Come and see Linda Hawke's Exhibit "Textured Horizon"

Textured Horizon

Mixed media artwork by Linda J. Hawke
June 2-22, 2015   I have booked a visit to Loft 112 to see Linda's show: Textured Horizon.  Lisa Murphy-Lamb, Director Loft 112 has arranged for 'us' to see the show Tuesday June 16th at 7 pm.  
Sooooooo ... Who wants to join me? Space is limited so RSVP to my email ASAP to reserve your spot!

Also, Linda is hosting a "Drop In Program": Saturday June 20, 2-5
Join Linda to explore how simple techniques such as textural rubbings and embroidery can be combined for intriguing tactile effects.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tapestry and Rug Tour at the Nickle Galleries (U of C)

Thanks to Susan-Fae, a behind the scenes tour through the Rug, Tapestries and Textile Storage area of the Nickle Galleries has been arranged for Friday June 19th, 10:30 a.m to 12 noon.  

Michele Hardy, Curator and Program Coordinator, Museum and Cultural Studies, will conduct the tour and speak about the origins of the collection and show some of the highlights. As a treat for us, Michele will also include pieces from their Asian embroideries.

Attendees will be asked to leave coats and large bags in the coatroom - small purses are okay.  Anyone who wants to handle textiles will be asked to wash their hands before heading into the storeroom.  We are welcome to take notes (pencil only) and take photographs.  

Entrance to the museum is free so please allow extra time to visit!

Space is limited!  Reserve your spot by e-mailing me at by Wednesday June 17th

A couple of links to whet your appetite!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

"Materialities" exhibit and catalogue news

On behalf of Surface Design Association, thank you for responding to our call for entry to Materialities: Contemporary Textile Arts Exhibition and Members’ Catalog. This venture is a first for SDA - to conduct a large-scale international exhibition and expanded members’ portfolio. Based on the overwhelming responses, it’s apparent our members relish opportunities to showcase their work.
Namita Gupta Wiggers, juror, had a very challenging job selecting art work from 1200 entries created by 506 individual artists, representing multiple countries. The selected work reflects responses to the explorative question:” What do textiles/fibers and their associated processes offer artists that cannot be achieved in other media?” 

 A complete list of invited-artists for Materialities catalog may be viewed online at beginning mid-June. Pre-publication sales of the print catalog can be purchased on SDA website Marketplace at that time for $25. After September 15th, the price increases to $30. Print copies will be available for sale during the Made/Aware intensive – October 8 - 11, 2015 – at Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
In addition, Materialities catalog will be available digitally to all SDA members in October.

If you have questions, please email

SDA encourages and challenges you and other artists worldwide to continue to strive for artistic excellence and express your inspiration. We wish you success in all of your creative endeavors and look forward to additional submissions in future SDA exhibitions and opportunities.

We appreciate your participation in Materialities and the contribution you made to SDA’s success.

Best regards,


Diane N Sandlin
Executive Director

The link for the Conference and Exhibit news is here.

I am VERY proud and pleased to say that the  6th name down in the first column is my own (arlee barr) :)

Edge of the Forest Exhibit pictures

With permission, photos from the organizers of the Edge of the Forest Exhibit at the Art Square Gallery in Toronto, Ontario.


Remember, if you participated in this highly acclaimed exhibit, and haven't done submitted for this blog, please do! We'd all like to see close-ups, hear the story behind your art, and a little bit about you as Maker Artist.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

What's your favourite art/design/textile blog???

In need of some new blogs? As we know not all blogs are created equal! I do find myself subscribing to a few that I have found to stand the test of time and continue to offer me inspiration and information.  What are your go-to blogs???  Email me and we'll start a list! Better yet, include a small review so that we can include that too.

Art and Quilts, Cogitations Thereon
Elizabeth Barton
I so enjoy Elizabeth's 'meaty' blog which address issues of design, composition, colour, etc. This published, accomplished artist and teacher does not offer up pat solutions but poses questions to the readers to think about in solving their own issues as they develop their own work. These thoughtful musings also include references and links to artists and blogs that are topic relevant!

The site is very search-able with links to her bio, online and location-based workshops and classes, and previous blogs. My favourite is her list of her most read posts … here are a few directly from her blog:

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May meeting announcement, and Nuts and Bolts

Thursday May 28, 2015
Alexander Calhoun Library (3223 14 Street SW, Calgary)

Our next SDA meeting will feature Wendy William's creative journey of acquiring her Bachelor of Arts Degree through distance learning from the UK. Specializing in embroidered textiles, Wendy will discuss the creative process based upon current theory and the development of themes in her work that span six years. Wendy promises plenty of visuals at her presentation as well as samples and resolved works to illustrate her creative path.

The presentation will begin promptly at 7:00 pm!  This is open to anyone interested in embroidery and/or textiles. Hope you can make it!!


Does your art travel a lot?  From Meredith ....

Just renewing our home policy, same broker, new company, and one clause is interesting - don't think I've read it before.
"Personal property not insured ... Property in any fairground, exhibition or exposition for the purpose of exhibition or sale."

Hmmmmm the devil is certainly in the details!  Read the fine print!!! ... And ensure that your art is insured.

Speaking of art that "travels": if you were/are part of a group that sends out a lot of exhibits, make sure that if you do not renew membership the next year, that you are still kept in the loop. Since i (arlee) dropped membership 2 years ago in one particular group, I have a piece that has gone to three more shows without me being told where and when-----now that i have "made contact" with the show organizer, i find my piece still won't be back to me until December of this year!

I know there are some who keep spreadsheets on each piece in a show, as to where, when, sold, etc, but we all need to keep track however it works for us. Just because something is out of sight doesn't mean it should be forgotten!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Member exhibition

Hello friends,

I am excited to announce a new exhibit of my artwork at a very cool space, Loft 112, in the Orange Lofts in Calgary’s East Village. There will be an opening reception on June 4 and I would love to see you there!
Drop In Program: Saturday June 20, 2-5

Join the artist and explore how simple techniques such as textural rubbings and embroidery can be combined for intriguing tactile effects.

Loft 112 #112, 535 - 8 Avenue SE, Calgary
Linda J. Hawke Artist, art educator, arts administrator, writer

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April meeting heads up

Happy Spring - I so love the longer days. More hours for stitching!!!

Our next meeting will take place Thursday - April  30th at the Alexander Calhoun Library at 7 p.m.  (3223 14 Street Southwest, Calgary, AB).

Lots to chat about - Instructors and workshops (see email sent last week); meetings and membership; our mandate and where we go from here (including a creative challenge and monthly inspirations); June windup ideas.  If time and equipment permit, I will bring the DVD started last time.

Please bring Show & Tell - share your inspiration and a bit of yourself with fellow textile artists.

This meeting is open to all local, textile artists and those interested in textile art.
Hope to see you on the 30th. 

Just for fun, create your Artists Statement the easy way!
Here's is what it generated for yours truly .....

Leslie 's Artist Statement

Through my work I attempt to examine the phenomenon of FogHorn Leghorn as a methaphorical interpretation of both Cezanne and Walking.

What began as a personal journey of Damn!ism has translated into images of fresh bread and hands that resonate with the Scottish people to question their own Chartreuseness.

My mixed media Table embodies an idiosyncratic view of the Pope, yet the familiar imagery allows for a connection between Amy Winehouse, Dogs and Candies.

My work is in the private collection of Julie who said 'Woo-hooo!, that's some real Wise Art.'

I am a recipient of a grant from Folsom Prison where I served time for stealing mugs and tie clips from the gift shop of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I have exhibited in group shows at A@W and Neue Galerie, though not at the same time. I currently spend my time between my Kitchen and Berlin.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Andrea Graham workshop update---venue change

I know that Wendy has let everyone know who is taking the workshop in June with Andrea Graham, but just to let you know that the venue has changed. Atlantis Fine framing and Gallery is no more. The lecture (as will the workshop) will be at St Peter's Anglican Church. All other info is the same.

The workshop is full, but Wendy is keeping a wait list as well.

Kudos and Calls

AFA - Supporting the Arts in Your Community

Wendy Passmore Godfrey and Karin Millson have been awarded an Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant through the AFA's Organizations Arts Project Grant Scheme. Wendy (Director of WPTS and Karin will collaborate to develop an arts theatre production incorporating issues on scientific, moral and artistic themes. "We will be  pushing the definitions of our art genre in this exciting creative partnership."

Photo credit: Christina Alonso


April 11 - May 23, 2015
Opening Reception: 2 - 4 pm, Saturday, April 11


What does it mean to be ‘Landed’ on the Prairies?
Prairie people have deep connections to the land.  Its wide open spaces, demanding climate, and physical distances created challenges for settlers who wanted to call it home. Some loved the promise of a clean slate, a new home and land they could own. Others hated the lonely whistle of the wind, the backbreaking work and the struggle to survive. But love it or hate it, they endured—building a unique culture, social institutions and activities that helped them cope and thrive.

Judy Weiss and Sharon Willas Rubuliak present their personal perspectives on what it means to be ‘Landed’. Drawing on their own roots as descendants of homesteaders in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, their work incorporates collected stories and events of yesterday as well as personal travels and experiences of today.


Second showing at Art Square Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
Call for Artists: Museo Gallery Shop - Calgary, AB
Application Deadline: N/A

The Museo Gallery Shop (formerly The Nickle Arts museum gift shop)  is looking to update our consignment artists. We are seeking Albertan artists working in clay, wood, metal, fibre, stone, and glass.

If you are interested please contact Marla Halsted, Museo Gift Shop Manager at 403-210- 6201, email:

International Call for Artists: Sewing Seeds Textile Arts Residency - US
Application Deadline: May 1, 2015
Residency Date:  July 6 to August 15, 2015

Sewing Seeds' Residency awards artists that integrate natural dyes, community engagement and public spaces in their practice. During 6 weeks, the selected artist will work towards developing a site specific project to be displayed outdoors in one of Sewing Seeds garden partners. Throughout the residency, the artist will have access to studio space and locally grown natural dye materials.

For more information click here.

 Calling all Art and Textile Enthusiasts: Love to knit, crochet or yarnbomb*? Interested in raising awareness about homelessness? We have a project for you!

We are wrapping a house in Hillhurst /Sunnyside with knitting and crochet to symbolize the warmth and comfort of home that many of us take for granted. The Calgary Homeless Foundation owns this old house and is building a brand new apartment in its place, designed to house differently abled individuals who are exiting homelessness.
This is My City Art Society is partnering with the Calgary Homeless Foundation to turn the existing old house into a stunning work of art before it is torn down. We are recruiting interested individuals, groups, and families to knit or crochet 12" squares that will be used to wrap the house.  We will also be accepting used, unwanted knit/crocheted blankets and clothing (sweaters, socks, mittens, etc) as well as old sheets, used rope and other large scale ‘yarns.’

Deadline: For contributing squares and other items: May 15, 2015  Drop-off: CommunityWise Resource Centre, #101, 223-12th Ave SW

Dates: Installation takes place May 19-31, 2015

Hrs: Mon and Fri: 9-5; Tues and Wed: 9-7; Thur: 11-7 Official onsite opening happens June 9, 2015

This art project is organized by This is My City Art Society.  For more information or to get involved in the installation please contact Jennifer at

*A type of street art that integrates colourful displays of knitting and crochet into a given environment.

Monday, April 13, 2015


BIG DAY FOR SDA: Today registration opens for Made Aware: Socially Engaged Practices. AND we were just able to EXTEND the registration deadline for Materialities by ONE WEEK, til April 22. Submissions are coming in nicely, very exciting- the extension gives you added time to tweak and upload your entry during a busy week of deadlines. (Please note that CafE has the updated registration deadline, and our own website will be updated as soon as possible.)…/call-entries-members-catalog…

NOTE: Dates have NOT been changed on SDA main blog but this note was put on the FB SDA Members Only page

Friday, March 27, 2015

slow slow march

Interested in being a "Public Artist'??? The City of Calgary has information here. All sessions are free but registration is required.

 Fabrications --open only to Canadian artists

Got news? Share it!!!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Next meeting info, Canada Council news, major SDA exhibit call

March approaches - lion or lamb?  Today I would say in like a lion but this is Calgary and much can happen in a few hours/days, weather-wise!

Please join us March 10th, 7 p.m., at the Louise Riley Library 1904 - 14 Ave NW. 
Directly across from the Lions Park platform of the C-train; west of the North Hill Mall (lots of free parking at the library!) We will meet in the library annex, just north of the "proper" library for our next SDA meeting.  Lots to discuss re: 2016 workshop plans (yes, really 2016!), update and news on local venues for the touring Edge of the Forest exhibit, our own SDA CHALLENGE!!!

If that weren't enough to make you grab some stitching and your car keys and head to the Library on the 10th ... It will also be 'popcorn-and-a-movie' nite!!!  No Hollywood schlock for us ... Art/textile themed flick!

AND ... Please bring a friend!!!

BYO coffee/tea/water ... We will supply the popcorn!!!


 Change is a Coming - to the Canada Council

As you may have heard, there are big changes coming to the Canada Council for the Arts. The organization is in the process of evaluating the cross-country consultation sessions conducted earlier this year (which the CCF/FCMA took part in), and looking at restructuring the means of application and the programs themselves. There is, as of yet, no solid news on what the changes will look like and nothing official has been announced for the current or coming year, but a few key messages are being shared: programs will be restructured and the number of different programs will be drastically reduced. However, there will be no reduction in available funding, peer jury evaluation will be maintained and improved, and the general intention of changes are to make applications easier. The CCF/FCMA, along with our partners at the Visual Arts Alliance, will be keeping a close eye on the changes as they are structured and announced, and we'll be sure to keep you in the loop on the changes to come. For more information, read this recent article with Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council.


 1 Call-for-Entries NOW = 2 opportunities. SDA members are invited to submit work for a juried catalog from which works will be selected for Materialities: Contemporary Textile Arts, SDA's 1st International Juried Members' exhibition at Arrowmont's Sandra J. Blain Galleries, August 27 - October 31, 2015. Namita Gupta Wiggers is juror.

View Submission Guidelines here. Call-for-Entries is NOW OPEN until April 15 via CaFE
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Get complete information 24/7 at: 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Edge of the Forest: Mahira Murad

 Journey on the Loom

‘Journey on the loom’ is really about my journey that started out with a close up shot of flowers that my husband got me. I was super excited with   different raging ideas and thoughts on how to develop my piece. But as time flew by and I worked through the piece my ideas and notions for my piece started to fall apart. I changed and modified my ideas, combined with other fibers and fabrics and finally arrived at some process where it started to make more sense to me. For me ‘Journey on the loom is still looking back at me and talking to me where it can go from here and I plan to venture into it.

Materials: Silk, Silk chiffon, mercerized cotton yarn, Merino wool rovings, polyester thread, cotton thread, Acid dyes, batting and Terial magic starch.
 Techniques: Needle felting, Oxaca weave (Extension of double weave), Shibori and hand-dyeing, Machine stitching and hand embroidery.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Stitch Combo Extreme: local workshop coming soon

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Edge of the Forest: Janet Scruggs

Thinking about the theme, I began to realize that Canada has many types of borders, political, geographical, and cultural. Having been able to visit many parts of this country, I have always been interested in the variety of foliage and geographical features and how they differ across the land. These borders have been obstacles historically, and are representative of other borders within our society. Despite these natural borders, we have unified our Canadian society.

I am currently loving handwork, so I decided to create the background entirely with hand embroidery. The natural ecological regions of Canada are represented in thread:  Arctic/Taiga, Pacific/Mountains, Central Plains, Boreal Shield, Mixed Wood Plains and Atlantic Region.  The machine embroidered maple leaves were added to symbolize our unity as a country and culture.

"Far and Wide"

Friday, February 6, 2015

Edge of the Forest: Leslie Barnes

My inspiration for "Enchanted" are the beautiful forests of BC. With family on Vancouver Island we have spent many an enjoyable vacation hiking through these great majestic forests.  The light  twinkling through the boughs gives a magical, ethereal feel. I have used layers of sheer fabric, dotted with French knots of 'dancing light' to create my own enchanted forest.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Critical thinking, clean ups and classes

Margie Davidson from Edmonton, Alberta is offering surface design workshops at Quilt Canada in Lethbridge, Alberta from June 4 to 6, 2015:

Painting with the Colour Wheel - a one day class on June 4

Paint and Piece -  a two day class on June 5 and 6 

If you know anyone who might be interested in attending Quilt Canada this year, please pass this along to them.  If they have any questions about the courses they can contact Margie directly by email at or check out her website

Here is the link for Quilt Canada 2015 where there is even more information..