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If you would like your work displayed here please send jpg to Karin

Monday, October 6, 2014

a bit of a change

ADMIN NOTE: Please note 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.

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 <>


"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

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)

THINK spots to visit:

 “If it’s not about the fiber, why work in that medium?”

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. "

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:
(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 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;

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: 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????