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.