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

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Lisa Grey's visit to Calgary, 2013 & Reminder to subscribe to the blog.

SDA friends, 
Please be advised that Arlee has been busy recently and has uploaded several news items to the blog. You might like to scroll down and check the blog if you haven't received any automatic feeds of the updates. 

Actually, subscribing to the blog is a great way to be sure not to miss any updates, as you will get automatic feeds through your email account whenever something new is uploaded. Just fill in the details in the "Follow by email" menu on the right of the screen. 

 All the best, 

karin - your SDA Rep for Alberta

Lisa Grey is the SDA Representative for New Hampshire and has a lovely-to-look-at website here with descriptions of her teaching philosophies if you don't already know them.

We are very fortunate that she is coming over to Alberta in April, 2013. 

Shown below are, literally, the bare essentials... there are far more images and much more information about the 3-day workshop online at
With only 15 places available, be sure to contact Karin if you are interested in attending.

Friday, December 14, 2012

News and sites of interest, mid December

Firstly, don't forget our first Alberta meeting in January, read the previous post,  refresh your memory and put it in your diary!

Kwantlen Polytechnic gets funds for new high tech fashion department:

 Lululemon Athletica founder Chip Wilson announced Friday he will help fund a new $36-million school of design focusing on high-tech clothing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Wilson said he and his wife Shannon will donate $8 million, to be combined with $4 million from the Vancouver-based company he founded in 1998, to launch the Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen’s Richmond campus.

From the Vancouver Sun. Read more here .

The Center for Pattern Design

Our mission here is to recognize the skill of pattern designing, to educate and provide research for professional development and to explore contemporary applications. We hope this leads the fashion industry to place greater value on the work of highly skilled pattern designers and thereby offer the public more interesting and better fitting clothing. Most of all, we want new generations to follow their curiosity, create new forms and learn from the best in history. Finally, we hope that the art and fine skills of pattern designing continue to impart confidence, creativity and yield personal success for those professionals who recognize the importance of beautiful fit and design.


Sustainability is rightly so the new buzz word for surface designers of all ilk, whether natural dyers, fashion designers, makers of jewellry or textile art. A new book available now from Thames and Hudson publishing, with chapters on every aspect of contemporary fashion , "The Sustainable Fashion Handbook" addresses design and innovation,corporate transparency; the eco-footprint of the industry; and the role of technology in greening fashion, as well as other pertinent subjects and lists resources for many of fashion's multi-faceted tangents. 

The definitive source book on all aspects of sustainable fashion – not only the environmental issues presented by fast-moving fashion, but also the social impact of the industry. Packed with authoritative facts and inspiring images and ideas, this is an indispensable reference for 
professionals, students and anyone with an interest in fashion, sustainability and innovation.

If you'd like to support SDA when purchasing through Amazon, go here first, click through and search the book title. A portion of each sale then goes to SDA coffers. If you buy as many books as i do, every little bit can help our organization!

SDA:Alberta Meeting - Paper Landscape

Note, due to licensing issues, this will be a non-alcohol event, sorry for the confusion. Coffee, tea, juices and various nibblies will be offered.

Block this evening on your shiny new calendar for 2013.

Tuesday January 15th, 2013 at 7pm
SDA: Alberta is having its first meeting in Calgary

 A Cheese and Wine evening, 
in the delightful setting of DaDe Art and Design Lab.

Feature presentation

"Paper Landscape"

                                             by Eveline Kolijn and Romy Straathof


Romy and Eveline will tell us about their project Paper Landscape, how their struggles with otherwise medicinal plants sometimes found them suffering for their art... yet the results are spectacular... 
You will marvel at the varieties of paper surfaces that they produced and the efforts they went to to ensure true commitment to environmental considerations. 
Branches Prairie Crocus
It is a colourful story that will be told in an endearing manner and many of the results of their labours will be on display for you to examine and enjoy.

This is an SDA event but all are welcome.
Non-SDA members will be asked to make a small donation.

Please let us know your  intension to attend at
to help us cater for the event (food and seating)

All photos courtesy of Romy Straathof and Eveline Kolijn

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Textile Surface Design Guild (Lethbridge)

Support your local chapters of SDA! And please let us know if you have problems viewing this document--Karin and i have a bit of a learning curve happening :)

Call to Artists: Fantastic Fibers 2013

 Call to Artists: Fantastic Fibers 2013
Application deadline: January 25, 2013
Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway, Paducah, KY 42001

Now an American Quilters Society sanctioned event, FANTASTIC FIBERS is an international competitive exhibition that seeks to showcase a wide range of outstanding works related to the fiber medium. In five years Fantastic Fibers has grown to a truly international competition/exhibition.

Fantastic Fibers 2013 is open to all artists 18 years and over working in the field of fiber art. Contemporary and innovative works created with fiber as the primary medium are welcome. All work submitted must be original, completed in the last three years and not previously exhibited in a Fantastic Fibers exhibition. There are no size restrictions.

Entries are submitted electronically through the website. A free account must be created to submit work.  Non-refundable entry fee of $12 per entry for up to five entries is required.  Learn more here

A minimum of $1,750 in cash awards will be given by the jurors.

Contact Joshua E. White or John Paul Henry via email: or telephone: 270-442-2453 with questions.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Talking Heads: Call for Entry

From Jennifer Love, SDA BC:

We have sorted out all the details of the upcoming exhibition with Cityscape Gallery. The gallery will be handling all the submissions and will do the jurying as well. They will also cover associated expenses - promotion, reception, etc.

 Talking Heads, a Contemporary Take on Headdresses: Call for Entry:

    The North Van Community Arts Council, in partnership with The Surface Design Association, BC, will present Talking Heads, a Contemporary Take on Headdresses, at the Cityscape Community Art Gallery, North Vancouver, from July 26 to Sept 7, 2013. The exhibition opening will be July 25th from 7-9pm.

    This juried exhibition will showcase works inspired by historical and/or cultural headdresses. Headresses, whether practical or ceremonial, have traditionally made a statement about the wearer and their cultural community. Our contemporary take on these historical artifacts will similarly make a statement about ourselves and our own cultural environments, while exploring an exciting diversity of techniques and media, as well as innovative approaches to the theme.

    The exhibition is open to fibre artists who are members of the Surface Design Association. Membership information can be found on the SDA website.

Documents for Call for Submissions, Submission Information, and Entry Form will be available on the SDA BC blog and the VGFA web site. (If you'd like to see them now and download, please contact either Jennifer Love at jenniferannelove at hotmail dot com or myself arlee dot ar at gmail dot com)
You will notice too, that this show is now only open to members of SDA - this was a requirement of the directors of Cityscape Gallery. For most of you this will not be an issue - for the rest, I feel certain you know that this is an organization well worth supporting, even if you join only for one year.

I have attached a couple of images again to inspire you. Remember, we are interested in your contemporary headdress which uses a cultural artifact as inspiration - it doesn't have to be wearable, and it can be a two-dimensional interpretation. So the field is pretty wide open.

Lastly, I will attach an image of some of Nick Cave's work - this, after all, was the original prompt for this show.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Encaustic workshop--and swatches for SDA library


When: Thursday and Friday, January 3 & 4, 2013   10am – 3pm

Where: The Classroom at Opus Art Supplies, 120 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver

Maximum participants: 6

Cost: $325. Materials included for the duration of the workshop:

-pre-mixed colours of beeswax and medium
-heat guns                                                                           
-several types of irons
-three substrates/panels per participant                         
-carving/scraping tools
-collage materials

Deposit: $75. (Refundable only if cancellation notice is given by Dec 26, 2012)

Description: This course is an introduction to the fundamental skills required for encaustic painting. This workshop is open to all levels, however a basic knowledge of colour theory is helpful. The aim of this workshop is to teach technique!

Day 1 will be comprised of demonstration (including important safety guidelines) followed by a hands-on, step-by-step tutorial. Through the replication of a finished sample painting each participant will learn and practice a variety of techniques and skills involved in the application and fusing of wax in order to achieve different effects.

Day 2 will be an open studio. Participants are free to experiment with different techniques in order to better understand how they might apply encaustics to their own work. As the class size is limited to only six participants I will be available to help each individual refine a process of application and fusing in order to achieve their desired result.

To register and secure a space in the Encaustic Workshop, please email:


SDA, if you don't regularly read the Official blog, has a call out for more swatches for the travelling library. PDF is available as guideline from this post.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

2013 SDA Conference information now available

All of the information for the 2013 SDA conference is now available online. For the full catalogue detailing workshops, lectures, demos etc., click here: Brochure available as PDF or to be read online

Artwork (clockwise from top): Diedre Adams, Saaraliisa Ylitalo, Jennifer Libby Fay.

Work for the member show is a 12" square format mounted on a stretched canvas. With this such an accessible size, many of us should have the time and heart to submit! Here are the submission guidelines:  SDA member show guidelines

Submission guidelines for the juried fashion show :    Fashion show PDF

(The 2 above links will open files in PDF form to be saved.)

You do have to be an SDA member to attend the conference or submit work to any of the exhibitions but attending the diverse other exhibitions is well worth the price of your dues.

Very pleased to announce....

I (arlee barr)have a 5 page article in the newest issue of Art Quilting Studio Winter 2013, available on the newstands Dec 1st, or by order from their site. This issue is one of the best i have seen of this magazine and the best i think in a long time from any textile arts publication. I may be a *bit* prejudiced, but even if i weren’t in it i would feel so inspired and "hawt to trot" that my copy would be limp from use :) I highly recommend the other artists and articles as well--much surface design in many forms by several talented names.
~~~~~~~~~~~~ Again, let me remind you that Karin and i are willing and want to publicize you and your work--let us know about your shows, web adventures, publications and news as soon as possible, especially if time sensitive. This blog is for all of us to showcase and share.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Contextural Trunk show invitation - Mark your diaries!

Please find below an invitation to the Christmas show and sale by Contextural.
Please feel free to forward it to anyone and everyone that you think might be interested in attending this event.
Many lovely things to see, try and buy!
Contextural is a community of textile artists fostering a cooperative creative environment in support of the production of new artistic works. 

Several members of Contextural are also active members of SDA... good luck with the sale, ladies.

If you would like to make use of this blog to publicise your seasonal events please forward information and a brief description to Karin in a timely manner, so that folks hear about your event in good time.  We aim to assist spreading the word.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Congratulations Rachelle!

"Windswept Pines" was bought through The Alberta Foundations for the Arts Acquisitions. It was a long process but I am honoured and excited about being part of such a great collection. I would not have happened without your support and help.
I would also like to share my website and new address at

Call for entry

Call for Entry We are pleased to announce a call for entries for a travelling exhibition entitled "Celebrating African Grandmothers, Heroes of the continent." The link for the call to artists is This is the third in a series of art exhibits to tour western Canada. You may recall the textile show "Turning the ripple at a time" that toured hosted in 2010. This exhibit continues that tradition however, it is not limited to but will include textile art. Partial proceeds to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. There is also a lovely shop on this site, proceeds from which go to supporting the "Grandmother Power" cause and foundation.

Monday, October 29, 2012

BIG international competition and call for entries

Always good to have lots of lead time!  From Sandra Reford.

Dear Textile Artists and Quilters,

Many of you know that I have been working with the Veronese for about 7 years now in both the teaching side and the exhibiting side. Verona hosts a textile festival every two years and this coming April they will again exhibit international works and a JURIED SHOW ....which is why I am communicating with you now.

Please view the guidelines at the following address:

Tell your friends and encourage them to participate. It is an international event.

I wanted to participate this year (did last time and my work was selected) but I accepted an invitation to be on the jury along with several other international artists and quilters. I think we are 5 jurors.

Consider participating! It could be an amazing opportunity to have your work exhibited in Italy at a prestigious and well attended event. There are GREAT prizes as well!

Good luck!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mid-October news...

SDA member Linda Hawke has sent me details of an exciting project she is and Cat Schick are involved in - See Here
An invitation to this event (one in which you can read the details, as opposed to the image I have placed above) can be found here.  I do hope you can support this event.

Good luck Linda.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mid October

Sorry about the late "mid" posting, but the month of October started off rather like the little rhyme: "Shake and shake the ketchup bottle, first none'll come, then a lot'll"!


October 6 - December 24, 2012
Exhibition Reception: Saturday, October 6 from 2 - 4 pm
Alberta Craft Council Feature Gallery - 10186 - 106 Street, Edmonton AB

Passages is an exhibition that combines the projects of four artists exploring the concept of time and place using different techniques; knitting, quilting, embroidery, and ceramics. Margie Davidson (Edmonton, AB) recorded her year a stitch at a time in her project: Measuring a Year by the Minute. She knit sixty stitches per row, 24 rows per day and at the end of the year the project was an astounding 120 feet in length. Marcy Horswill's (Cumberland, BC) fibre work, Through the Other Side of the Fence, explores the adaptive relationship between wild roses and a metal fence, showing how the human-built conforms to the natural environment over time. The Isolation Project by Alana Wilson (Edson, AB) and Bridget Fairbank (Nelson, BC), records two lives spent in the isolation of the Canadian wilderness as fire tower observers. Bridget Fairbank's uses 126 small ceramic plates to represent each day that she spent alone in a fire tower during her seasonal job. By altering each dish, Bridget's personal take of daily isolation by way of routine is imposed upon each plate. Alana Wilson created small embroideries exploring ideas and pressures she feels as an isolated female in her early thirties.


Design Exploration Workshop – Katie Pasquini Masopust -
 2 days Feb 6-7th. 2013

Time:  9:30 – 4:00
Workshop Fee:  $255.00
Deposit $55.00  –  non refundable due on registration.
Balance $200.00 due January 15th 2013.

Supplies Fee:  $20.00 payable to Katie PM at time of class

Bring your own lunch & snacks. Tea & coffee will be provided by Studio G Art.
Fridge and microwave are available for student use.

Studio G Art has corporate rate at the Best Western Cowichan Valley Inn 5 minutes from the studio. (250) 748-2722 Make all cheques payable to: Studio G Art 7298 Somenos Road Duncan, BC V9L 5Z9


(Not sure if this is still available, but sounds a great deal!) Studio Space, Okotoks Contact Sheila  403-369-8232

Need a quiet space during the day away from the hubbub of city life to work on your art?  Tired of having to put everything away each night?  Studio space available in the Okotoks area with a great view of the mountains and wide open space, allowing for inspiration for the great masterpiece.
- non-smoking facility
- $350.00/month
 From Linda Hawke: My colleague Cat Schick and I are excited to begin the first stage of our Calgary 2012 artist residency, at the Women’s Centre of Calgary on Monday.

We’ll be exploring themes of sleep and dreams in a collaborative process that uses quilts as a starting point.Women are invited to drop in on one of our open studio sessions or call the Women’s Centre to sign up for our workshops. October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 19, 26 Open studio, 1-5 pm: watch, share ideaWorkshops, 6-8 pm: learn, make, collaborate

The Women’s Centre (a women only facility) 646 -1st Ave NE, Calgary Info: 403.264.1155
The Women’s Centre is a women only facility however everyone will have a chance to participate in the next stage of the project when we will be quilting our creations in public spaces. Stay tuned for more information in early 2013.
This project is organized and presented by This is My City Art Society, The Women’s Centre, and Calgary 2012.

Lesley Stafiniak <>
Date: Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM
Subject: Invitation to join textile/surface design research

 I am forwarding forward an invitation to participate in a Master's research project through the Human Ecology department at the University of Alberta. I will be making trips to Calgary to observe designers work with inspirational sources that are selected by me. Please let me know if you are interested. You may work alone or in groups if that is what you are used to.

Thank you for your consideration.

Warm regards,
Lesley Stafiniajk


(Some of you may know Tara through ACAD or Contextural)
Calgary Designer Introduces New Lingerie Line: Local designer Tara Niscak (Neesh-chalk) introduces her new lingerie line to the public. Salonska Lingerie will be in stores this winter and is already available online at The line promises to be a great addition to the already diverse collection of designers who call this city home. This is one of the very few lingerie lines that is designed and produced in Canada.

Salonska Lingerie offers classic bias cut styles in silk, hand screen-printed with patterns from the designer’s drawings.All the pieces are made with impeccable details including bias cut styling, French-seams, bound edges and constructed with silk thread.

“I was trained in surface design (screen-printing and dyeing) at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. Since moving to Calgary I have been studying pattern drafting and fashion construction, so it made sense to have my two skills compliment each other with this line."

Salonska's first collection is called the "Signature Collection". Eight pieces in the collection are designed to show off a woman’s curves. So if you love to show off your shoulders, the racer-back chemise with a pair of silk lounge pants would be perfect for you. If on the other hand, you have great legs but would rather cover up your arms – try the night shirt with a pair of French-shorts.

The pattern featured on the Signature Collection garments is made from ...yes you guessed it… signatures. Each piece comes in two colour ways; navy with a gold print or ivory with a navy print. “When I was designing the collection I was in the middle of changing my name after getting married last summer. I remember practicing my new signature, my new mark over and over again on scraps of paper. One day, I looked down at and saw this amazing pattern in the writing. It’s a fitting way to start off my new line,  with a new mark - a new signature.”

Salonska Lingerie's newest collection - Spring 2013 will be shown for the first time at Runway Monthly this month - Saturday, October 20th @ Exchange Social Club, downtown. Tickets are $15 (all seated tickets are sold out) and the doors open at 8pm. For more information and tickets to the runway event visit

2012 Craft Awards Reception, Calgary
November 3, 7 - 10 pm
DaDe Art & Design Lab - 1321 - 9 Avenue SE, Calgary

Join the Alberta Craft Council as we honour individuals and groups who make significant contributions to Alberta's fine craft culture on Saturday, November 3. Recipients will also be featured in a Discovery Gallery exhibition, February 2013, in Edmonton.

2012 Alberta Craft Nominees

The Linda Stanier and Family Memorial Award for Excellence in Ceramics
- Jim Etzkorn, clay (Medicine Hat, AB)

Award of Honour
- Sarabeth Carnat, metal/jewellery (Calgary, AB)
- Jamie Gray, glass (Calgary, AB)

Award of Excellence
- John Blair, metal (Calgary. AB)
- Dana Roman, fibre (Canmore, AB)

Award of Achievement
- Bee Kingdom, glass (Calgary, AB)
- Jamie Gray, glass (Calgary, AB)
- Rachelle LeBlanc, fibre (St. Albert, AB)

Click here for more information on all of the nominees.
Join the Facebook event here.
arlee barr has an article in the upcoming Art Quilting Studio magazine, Winter 2013 issue, available Dec1/12.


An intriguing post from Pamela Allen, one of Canada's premiere textile artists--why do some of us feel we have to preface ourselves as "Quilt" artists or "Textile/Fibre" artists ?

Remember we want to hear from you if you have news of exhibitions, workshops, miscellaneous interest items or questions. Are you being published somewhere? Were you interviewed? Found something especially special in the province that you'd like to share?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

before October starts--time sensitive information

 Thought this might be of interest to those in or near Edmonton!

NEW Research Participation for Textile Designers and Fibre Artists, Edmonton
Deadline to participate: October 15

Are you interested in textile design or consider yourself a fibre artist?

Participants are needed for a research project at the University of Alberta that investigates the use of inspirational sources by seasoned designers and the design process while creating a textile pattern. The primary aim of this project is to shed some light on the design process in order to better understand the use of inspirational sources and the importance of them during that process.

This research involves two parts: interviews and observation of you while you design. The duration of observation will be negotiated in advance, but will involve one or more instances of you creating a textile pattern. Both the interview and observation will be completed with as little disruption to your work as possible. The research investigators all have backgrounds in design education and practice, therefore are fully aware of time constraints. Precision and accuracy in data collection is important to us therefore video/audio equipment will be used along with occasional photo documentation and note taking.

The projected time you would be asked to commit to is approximately ½ hour for an interview and 4 to 5 hours for the design process. The study will be carried out in a design studio at the University of Alberta or in a location that suits your needs. Participants can work alone or in groups.

If you are interested in participating in this exciting project or would like more information, please contact me by October 15, 2012:

Lesley Stafiniak (MA candidate)
Clothing & Textiles
Department of Human Ecology
University of Alberta

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Mid September Doings


 Letisha McFall Studio & Dauphine Bakery Bistro 10129B - 104 Street, Edmonton, AB. present DOILIES & DAINTIES at DAUPHINE (Edmonton) "Celebrating the artistry of everyday life."

Quilted objects featuring doilies and "Dainty Tea" - a selection of new pastries, goodies and tea. Letisha has been collecting and documenting traditional doilies and re-creating them into quilted objects including cushions, foot stools, and quilts. Linda Kearney of Dauphine Bakery and Bistro, Edmonton's distinctive purveyor of fine pastries and breads, is pleased to host this event.  RSVP



 July 16 to September 30, 2012 Opening reception: August 2

(Vancouver, BC) – This summer the earth will move at VanDusen Botanical Garden as we welcome five acclaimed international and local earth artists: Nils-Udo, Urs-P. Twellmann, Chris Booth, Nicole Dextras and Michael Dennis. Assembled by John Grande - one of the world’s foremost Earth Art curators – they will be creating sculptural works within the broad canvas of VanDusen’s 55 acres. Unlike other forms of sculpture and painting, which seek to create works of permanence, Earth Art uses organic materials taken from the landscape to create sculptures that inevitably decay over time. By its very nature, Earth Art is meant to be ephemeral, drawing the viewer’s attention to the beauty of the sculptural art, and the landscape in which it sits, through all its stages of existence.

The artists arrive in mid-July to start work on a wide range of pieces, with the official opening of the show in early August. The works will then remain in situ scattered throughout the Garden. Peak viewing periods will include not just when the works are completed, but the period of extemporaneous, artist-in-action construction.  More info.

 Calls for Entry:

Call to Alberta Artists: Visual Arts Alberta 2013/14 Exhibition Programming
Deadline:September 27 by 4pm

Visual Arts Alberta accepts submissions from Alberta artists or artists with close ties to the Alberta community. Artist groups and individuals are encouraged to apply as well as curators with specific exhibition proposals. Currently, we are accepting submissions for late 2013-2014 programming.

Please send your submission to:
Gallery Submissions
Visual Arts Alberta
3rd Floor, 10215-112 St.
Edmonton, AB  T5K 1M7


Akokiniskway Gallery, Rosebud AB

If you are a talented artist, looking for a new venue to show your work, Rosebud may be the choice for you. Akokiniskway Gallery is currently under new management and engaged in a call for artists and portfolio submissions - we are interested in seeing your work. Akokinskway Gallery, is a fine art gallery in Rosebud, home to the well-known professional Rosebud Dinner and Theatre. This is an ideal location for all artists to show their work and get the experience of showing their work to a provincial audience.

Akokiniskway Gallery is currently accepting submissions, and is sending out a call to artists from around the province, and at all stages in their art careers, to submit their portfolios for consideration.

Artists interested in exhibiting at the Akokiniskway Gallery should send us a package including:
- CV
- Artist statement
- No more than 10 images (digital images on a CD only)
- A related image list
- The proposal of the work you hope to show
Also include a envelope with postage for the safe return of your images.  Proposal packages can be dropped off at the Rosebud Mercantile, in Rosebud, Alberta. or mailed to:

Akokiniskway Gallery c/o Valerie Speer
Box 654   
Rosebud, Alberta  T0J 2T0

Information about the Akokiniskway Gallery can be found on under visitor info.  This information is currently being updated so questions and comments should be directed to the new curator Valerie Speer at

The 2013 Wearable Art Awards invites artists and designers to submit application packages for original garments to be included in the event's performances and exhibition. $5,000 CDN in prize money will be awarded.

Deadline: November 15, 2012 for on-line application. (on-line form is now available)

Presented by the Port Moody Arts Centre Society, the Wearable Art Awards encourage artists of all mediums to submit evocative, imaginative and thought provoking creations for the human body.  Please see our web site for call for entry details and for more information about the event. 


Canadian Quilter's Association: National Juried Show information, information about entire show

US and International:

Firmly Rooted, juried exhibition, Chicago
Deadline: October 1

 Firmly Rooted is a juried exhibition addressing our ongoing, symbiotic relationship with plants. This is an open call for works in any medium including painting, drawing, collage, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, video, fiber, and any type of non-traditional art. Artists are encouraged but not limited to submit work that address some aspect of our connection with the plant world. -topics such as consumption, environmental reclamation, invasive species, extinction, healing and medicine, stories and myth. Artist are also encouraged to submit work that adheres to their personal aesthetic and formal styles of botanical representation.

Click here for more information on this call


 Jason Pollen will be teaching a 2 day course on Salt Spring Island  in October.

Course description: Jason will present a keynote lecture on his work on Monday October 29th at 7:00. Open to the public, the fee for this event is $15.00 per person. This lecture is free for students registered in the retreat.

October 30 and 31, 2012.  In this 2 day workshop, Jason will introduce students to a lively and innovative approach to mark-making and collage using drawing and painting techniques, as well as fusing, hand and machine stitching.  You will experiment, making your own fabrics and papers and combine them into engaging, communicative compositions.Full details can be found our our website.

I hope some members of the association can join us on SSI

Karen Tottman
127 Rainbow Road
Salt Spring Island BC

Ulrike Benner Nuno Felt Workshop  

Indulge and pamper yourself with 2 days of play and pleasure in color and feltmaking.
Make a nuno felted shawl or felted yardage for a top or small vest.
Or you could design one, two, or more styles of your new favorite neckpieces.
You will learn many tips and tricks and may study and experiment with a variety of wools and silk fabrics.
Two days of fun and creativity just for you!
October 27/28, 2012  10am - 5pm
$290 plus $50 material fee
$250 before September 16, 2012
Registration before October 7 appreciated.

Interesting and Informative Sites: Send them in please! Canadian artists/sites especially, but we will share others as well, whether (fibre/textile) arts related, instructional, resources or critical thinking.

Jenny McMaster, embroidery, mixed media and encaustic, exhibition (finished, sorry!)


TidBits: A review of "Patterns of Places" (McBain Cuyler, Hawkes, Weber exhibit)

 Continuum/World of Threads: Graduating exhibition of 3 SDA members: Ingrid Lincoln, Judy Martin, Lesley Turner. The work was first exhibited in Middlesex University, London, UK, as a requirement for the BA(Hons) Embroidered Textiles degree. Oakville will be its second airing then it goes on the Germany in 2013, the first time the show will have an international venue.
(And do check out all of the other exhibits this growing prestigious Festival is showing!)

"Waterworks", an exhibit by FAN members, currently at the North Battleford Chapel Gallery, Saskatchewan, will be showing at Enterprise Square, University of Alberta , Feb 4-27 2013. SDA members in the show: arlee barr and Margie Davidson.

A bit of fun with blackwork embroidery and stop animation for a music video. Warning though, the music may not be to your taste so turn your volume down first!

Friday, September 14, 2012

SDA Alberta Members exhibit in Calgary

[Illustrated art by Linda Hawke,  evite design:Bobbie Olson ]

Congratulations to SDA members and other local and not so local surface designers, 12 in all, who have come together to exhibit work developed after being inspired by Jason Pollen.:-

Cheryl Atkinson, Arlee Barr, Anne Fetterly, Linda Hawke, Susan Kristoferson, 
Judy Weiss, Barbara Worden and Saaraliisa Ylitalo

Do come along to the opening which has been timed to coincide with the  First Thursday event at Art Central downtown Calgary, where there will be much to see.  Register for the Art Central newsletter to hear about other events on that night.

The exhibition is open all week 2 - 6 October, on the lower level Art Central  (see details above).  If you can't make it for the opening, we would love to welcome you there anytime that week.

Thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm in making this project happen.  Special mention goes to Art Central for donating the exhibition space and the many who have donated time and their professional skills necessary to hold an exhibition at all.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

September Newsletter via automatic feed

There have been some web hiccoughs, but I hope that by posting this blog entry you will be encouraged to read the previous blog entry which is our September Newsletter.
All the best,

Please go here to view the full blog

Friday, August 31, 2012

September 2012

Ahh, the crunch of fibre underfoot as summer winds down! On the immediate horizon there are other fibre related goodies for you to enjoy as well.

"Patterns of Places" brings together Pam Weber’s paintings, the textile work of Linda McBain Cuyler, and  Linda Hawke's mixed media pieces to explore the rich fabric of the prairie landscape.

The show runs September 6 – 29, 2012 with an opening reception on Thursday Sept 6, 6-9 pm at the Art Gallery of St Albert.

 Stride Gallery Calgary: shows by Bill Morton, natural dye batiks, "Tinctorium" Sept 7-Oct 19 and Suzen Green, "The Mummer's Party" sculptural knitted installations, Sept 7-Oct 5

 Art Gallery of Calgary  separate shows by Diana Un-Jin Cho  and Jennifer Akkermans, running concurrently from Sept 7-December 23
(And while you're there, why not submit a proposal for an exhibit yourself?   )
9th Annual Eastside studio crawl Sept 22 (free studios tour)   2 fibre related studios open--Heritage Weavers and Spinners and Openwork Fibre Studio  more info  Burns Visual Arts, Inglewood, Calgary

"Worked Up" October 2-6 Art Central Calgary, Alberta. Exhibition of work by 7 artists inspired and extrapolated from the Jason Pollen workshops that took place in June. More on this as we finalize information!


BC Ferry Building Gallery  "Progressions" continuing until Sept 9

 “Love Decay Repair” by fibre artist, Michelle Sirois-Silver opens at Maple Ridge Art Gallery on Saturday September 8, 2012

This might be quite interesting, but is rather spendy, though for a good cause:

Calls for Entry

337 Sketch Hamilton Ontario is looking for textile artist to exhibit in a textile show. The work must consist of fiber as the main medium. There is no restriction as to the technique. Work must not exceed one metre in width and height. Maximum of 2 entries per artist. To request an entry form please email Entry deadline Oct 19th. Exhibition Dates: Nov 9 -25th, 2012 (I have a done a bit of research here for you--there is a $25 entry fee, which gets you into the show which is unjuried.)

Call for entry open to all Canadian quilters and textile artists. The exhibit is presented by Ad Maiora Canada, president Sandra Reford,
Aim: To show the beauty of minerals through textile expression while bringing together two disciplines, art and science.Canada is one of the world’s largest mining nations, producing more than 60 different minerals and metals. It accounts for 19% of the countries total exports. Many of our communities have their roots in mining.The products of mining provide much of the infrastructure that we rely on daily—highways, electrical and communications networks, and housing, to name a few.The mining industry is an integral part of the fabric of Canada.

PAQA-South is pleased to announces it's tenth annual juried exhibition of innovative quilts:  ARTQUILTswater
Show Dates: January 4 - March 24, 2013
Page Walker Arts & History Center, Cary, NC
Raindrops shower; deep wells springs forth.  Gentle waves, trickling streams and thunderous rapids; steamy vapors, stoic glaciers and drops of dew.  Intricate river systems connect us, while vast oceans separate us.  We water down our speech, drown out an opponent, and wash away sin.  Within and without, water, essential water, is around us. We invite you to share your interpretation of water in quiltart form.


Want to teach a technique? Teaching Opportunity: Evanescence Gallery and Art Studio invites expressions of interest from experienced artists/instructors. Conveniently located in the heart of High River, Alberta, Evanescence offers opportunities for individuals and groups to explore their artistic pursuits. Please send your course or workshop proposal for day, evening or weekend art retreats with relevant credentials to 

Interesting and informative sites:

Indigo research from the Canadian Conservation Institute, (passed on kindly by  Jean Kares via Jenifer Love SDA-BC)

The Creative Process, by Canadian fashion designer Annie Thompson  and

Intriguing thoughts about the future of cutting edge textiles/fibre work  

Galleries West magazine is available to read online for free--keep up to date with happenings and inspiration  

SDA Information:   A reminder--you may have gotten this in your email and please take the time to answer. You'll have to click through your inbox as there is no distinct link.

"SDA is considering implementing an on-going Mentoring Program for SDA members. Mentors would be SDA members who are leaders in their field, demonstrating a passion and expertise about their own work, who want to help guide, inspire and encourage another member.Your response to our brief survey will determine if this program is of enough interest to members for us to pursue.Take the survey now!  Though the survey will be open through September 11, it is short and won't take much of your time - less than five minutes!.
Thanks so much,
SDA Mentoring Program Project Team" 

Commercial shows: The Creative Stitches shows are back this year in Edmonton (Sept 14 and 15 at Millenium Place in Sherwood Park)and in Calgary (Oct 19 and 20 at the BMO Centre/Stampede Grounds)--tickets can be bought online--always a good place to stock up on supplies, books and inspiration.


A note to our members, if you have a show, whether group or solo, that you would like noted here on the blog, please send us the information as soon as you have it. If it is time sensitive, we don't always find it in time online and we do want to promote you and your work! You are your own best PR person. We will try to include it in a regular monthly posting, but if necessary, a separate entry can be made IF we get the info in time.

 We also ask you to share info about great sites, other textile/fibre/art shows you hear about that may be of interest, innovative artists or techniques, workshops available and news about the fibre world. We can't promise to use everything, and we may edit, but please do send it along. You can email me at arlee dot ar at gmail dot com.

As the new(est) SDA Alberta Ambassador, i hope to be able to post at least twice a month, depending on time sensitive information and "leads" sent to this" intrepid girl reporter".

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Mid August

Sorry to all who have been frustrated by lack of action on the blog over the past couple of months ... up till now I have been a one-man band in this operation, and my extended summer leave provided an interruption to normal services!  

However, I am very pleased to announce to you that SDA member Arlee Barr has kindly offered to help me by taking over the newsletter and many other blog matters with immediate effect, although, of course,  I will be lurking behind the scenes.  She becomes our first SDA: Ambassador. We all do these things voluntarily and yet so much can be easily taken for granted.... for example,  I will be very presumptuous in expecting her to take care of things I.T.-wise and I know  she is extremely capable. Probably the first thing she will do is add a search facility to this otherwise chaotic blog.  Go to her own blog and you will not only see how to do it properly but enjoy a feast for your eyes... if you haven't done so already.

This newsletter for August-Sept, is so heavily dominated by mid-Alberta matters that I feel rather despondent over it.  Please, if you live outside of the Calgary area and have information to share pass it on to Arlee or me.  Here is Arlee's address- and thanks for helping us to make this blog work for the entire province.
For those of you reading this who aren't members of SDA, you might like to go here and take a look at their latest journal and be tempted to subscribe.
And for readers who are SDA members - A reminder that you can register onto the Surface Design Association (Members Only Group) on Facebook via  the SDA website (top right hand corner) and recieve notifications of events and openings, also calls for entry.

And remember, I said I wasn't going to mention The Alberta Craft Council website!!!

Out and about in town:-
If you have always wanted to take a look inside cSPACE the new arts incubator project in Calgary, then there are dates to block in your diary.  Sept. 28-30 check here for details of 'Doors Open' at King Edward.



Just mentioning the Stash Lounge in Inglewood, 'cos I haven't before.  It might be of interest to some
-maybe not all- of you.


We do get encaustic workshops on offer around Alberta from time to time but if you can get to Vancouver and want to do one, this info. via Jennifer (SDA rep for BC) might be relevant:-

Being unable to get into the Maiwa hosted encaustic workshop with Daniella Woolf, Jennifer Cooper decided to see if someone else might be available to teach a workshop. 
And, luck was with me …. 

However, because I am organizing this and carrying all the costs myself, I must have 14 fully paid students by Aug 30th. Also, once you’re registered, I cannot guarantee any refund, unless I have someone else, wait listed and ready to pay,immediately. Life happensso if something prevents you from attending, I will try my very best to reimburse you your fee. Saying that, I’m very hopeful we will get the 14 participants needed, all will pay on time, all will go well and everyone will have a great time. If not, course gets cancelled, Aug 31st, your registration fee is reimbursed, I get my $500 downpayment returned – life continues merrily along. Email me to tentatively register, I’ll contact you to arrangepayment, likely mailing me a cheque. Once your cheque is cashed – you’re officially in. Sorry I have to be so gros re payment, but I really don’t want to be left hanging with any potential problems. Especially expensive ones. The $320 cost is based on 14 people paying, me included. I am not making any money to organize this – I am just a keener who loves to learn.  
Jennifer Cooper

Rachelle LeBlanc's 'Finding Home - Contemporary Fibre Hooking' is showing now till August 15th
Time 1:00 - 3:30pm 
At the Multicultural Centre Public Art Gallery 
5411-51 Street, Stony Plain, AB T7Z 1X7
This exhibition has been showing since July 15th so my apologies for not posting details earlier.  It will travel, more details to follow.


Incase you can't read the details at this scale:-
Title: 'Material Resonance: Celebrating five years of Contextural residencies'
Date: August 25th - September 1st, Reception August 28 from 5-8pm
Location: Room 371 and the Marion Nicoll Gallery (Alberta College of Art + Design, 1407-14 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4R3)

Waterworks: Fibre Art Network
Several SDA:Alberta members have works in the following show:-

Details from the above:-
Chapel Gallery
891 - 99 St. North Battleford, SK
Aug 1 to Sep 30, 2012.
Gallery hours Sun-Frid noon to 5 pm.. Closed Saturdays.
Artist Meet and Greet Friday September 28 2-4 pm at the Gallery

These images were sent in by Judy Weiss who collaborated with Sharon Willas Rubuliac to produce. 'Refreshing - Leaving it Cleaner than you Found It' 

This exhibition will be travelling later to Faculty of Extension Gallery in downtown Edmonton for the month of Feb, 2013 and possibly further west later.  I am sure you will read more about it here in September.
Here is SDA member Judy Weiss preparing part of the piece.
And more details here.

SDA member Arlee Barr also has work in the show; Sea Change (detail shown below)

Artist - Jane Cameron
Probably by now most of you have heard or visited the Leighton Art Centre's current but posthumous exhibition of the work of fibre artist Jane Cameron, but if not here are the details - it is on till September 3rd.
Dade Design Lab has new works by Darcy Lungren up till September 16.  If you don't know the Dade gallery it is on 9th Ave, Inglewood and is 'worth a detour' as they say in the Michelin books.  Darcy's works are a pleasure to see and tempting to touch.

The Silk Weaving Studio in Vancouver is hosting two exciting inspiring shows (in September)  from Japan in collaboration with Maiwa Textile Symposium - check out their events page for details.

Space to work
A call went out for Anchor Tenants at cSpace King Edward.  If you would like to follow this up go to this address. 

On the web
Hats - are adorning some of London's famous statues 


A link that is relevant for all the Brit. talk lately and especially for the Queen's Jubilee year - here


Nell Burns Circle of Time'Free motion embroidery on water soluble fabric. 11" x 23" 

Check out the interview (which you can read) with Nell Burns at this address and the latest one with Nathan Johns here and Nancy Yule here.

So, lots to get your teeth into if you are web-based or can get on Shanks's Pony and get out there.  See you around.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

July Newsletter

To Note:
In this issue I have included snippets from the newsletter from the Alberta Craft Council. I have not gone to the trouble of reforming all the links.  Sorry but I am leaving for Europe shortly and am simply doing what I can before I leave. (happy face).Please use your favourite search engine to find out more details of any items highlighted, or go their website (link given below).

I want to draw your attention to how valuable it is to be a member of the Craft Council, hear about the events in our area, calls for exhibitions and grants, sales.  Also notifications of workshops, books and reports to do with our sphere of interest.
In future I might put in a reminder to go to the website but I will not repeat their entries here.

The Alberta Craft Council is publicizing its new website please go here.


Tulsa, Oklahoma will host the 2015 Surface Design conference. See:  HERE 


The TSDG = Textile Surface Design Guild has the exhibition Inspiration : Iris at the McCain Gallery at the Coaldale Public Library.
for more information about this group and to see their calendar, contact Cheryl through their website at

NEW Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery presents: matt gould's uncommon threads
June 23 to August 26
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 23 3:00 pm
mat -june 13 2012
4525-47 A Avenue

uncommon threads is a sampling of local artist matt gould's work over the past 15 years. From the small, intimate, early framed hand-embroidered pieces to larger installations, including current explorations in form and natural hand-dyed works.

NEW The Works Art & Design 2012 Festival 
June 21 - July 3
Downtown Edmonton

Alberta Craft Council members at The Works festival:

SITE # 2
#1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Mon - Fri 12 noon - 8 pm
Sat, Sun & Canada Day: 12 noon - 4 pm

City Room West
Measuring a Year
Margie Davidson
How long is a scarf that has one stitch for every minute of a year? Embracing the essential humanity of traditional textiles and tenacious art practice, Margie Davidson answers this question. Knitting performance 4 hours every day of The
Works: Sun, Tues, Thurs, Sat: 12-4. Mon, Wed. June 29: 4-8 Jn 22: 2-6.

City Room East
Jill Nuckles, Barbara RumbergerNatali RodriguesSusan ThorpeJoan Irvin,Laura O'Connor
Obsession surveys the work of five separate artists, exploring how each is uniquely "obsessed" with their themes, subject matter, and media. Together they demonstrate diligence and commitment to artistic practice.

SITE # 8
10235 - 101 Street
Natali Rodrigues
This exhibit shows an evolution of Rodrigues`studio work, with pieces ranging from 2003 - 2012. Blown and Cast Glass sculptures trace the transformation of a practice, with the mark of each work evident in those that come after.
This exhibit is in connection with Obsession at Site #2, City Hall.

SITE #16
10065 - 100 Street
Daily: 24 hours
Barbara Rumberger
Barbara's glass work reflects a lifetime of experiencing light in rural Alberta. "Glass's ability to capture and reflect light is its signature glory... It can be raw as an eroded river bank or smooth as a polished stone beneath the surface
of the rushing water. Glass is an intuitive fit for the portrayal of the vast Alberta landscape." This exhibit is in connection with Obsession at Site #2, City Hall.

SITE # 17
1 Thornton Ct
Open 24 Hours
Susan Thorpe
Susan's sculptures demonstrate a long process of glaze and surface experimentation in sculpture. The bird figures in Surfacing make an environmental statement about manmade pollution and how animals might adapt. This exhibit is in connection with Obsession at Site #2, City Hall.

SITE #20
10001 - 107 Street
Open 24 Hours Except Mon - Sat, 6:30 am -
9:30 am and 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Hospitality Room
Soft Skyline and Little Fears
Jill Nuckles and Laura O'Connor
A dual exhibit of works by two fine craft artists. Nuckles reinterprets iconic buildings from Edmonton's skyline in fibre, and O'Connor presents a catalyst for a humorous and positive discourse on fear with mixed media illustrations of her own anxieties. This exhibit is in connection with Obsession at Site #2, City Hall.

SITE #21
10186 - 106 Street
Mon - Sat: 10 am - 5 pm
Canada Day: closed
Feature Gallery
Pulp Paper Pages
The Alberta Craft Council and the chapters of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Arts Guild present a wide variety of forms, objects, approaches, techniques and concepts found in both the paper and book arts.

Discovery Gallery
Coming Up Next
Artist Reception: Saturday, June 30th from 2 - 4pm Coming Up Next explores how Alberta's next generation of fine craft artists will be shaping the future of the craft scene in Alberta and beyond. This juried exhibition is organized by the Alberta
Craft Council and features work by artists within
the first five years of their career.

The full lineup can be found in the festival guide, get your copy today on The Works website!

50below - YWG
DANdonaldson & PAULzacharias
june 8 - july 22, 2012
Check out DaDe's website for more details

dreamland may23 2012
Dreamland: Textiles and the Canadian Landscape, Toronto 

May 23 - September 30
Textile Museum of Canada

Artists include:
Amalie Atkins, Douglas Coupland, John Henry Fine Day, Jérôme Fortin, Grant Heaps, Jason McLean, Graeme Patterson, Ruth Scheuing, Michael Snow, Barbara Todd

In this latest interdisciplinary exhibition at the Textile Museum of Canada, landmark artifacts from the Museum's Canadian collections are integrated with the work of ten contemporary Canadian artists, creating a dialogue of personal and cultural expressions across time and space. Celebrating the imagination of landscape and the human presence in and around it, Dreamland introduces a seamless play of storytelling, whimsy, utility and materiality, speaking to a continuity of patterns and practices that locate the past in the present - and the present in the past.

Titled for the first book of poetry published in Canada in 1868 by Charles Mair, Dreamland is a lyrical collection of cultural and individual expressions of the deeply embedded presence of creativity in the Canadian landscape and the role of utopia, ingenuity and human affection in day-to-day lives.

Above Left: Hudson Bay blanket, England, early to mid 20th century, T2007.38.2, Gift of Madeleine Boucher Harvie
Above Right: Grant Heaps, Stag (detail), 2012. Photo: Jennifer Rowsom


Jennifer Akkerman works with layered fabrics, machine stitch and burning issues....
And of course organisms.  Her works are on show at the Esker Foundation in August.

Websites to browse:
If this image offends please let me know and I will quickly mend
Study: Canada Council For The Arts releases its study on Artist-run centres
And even if you can't get to Stroud, UK. this website is a feast if I haven't recommended it here before.

Series at Red Deer College...Go here with some details shown below...

Transforming Cloth
You will be introduced to ways of creating exciting fabrics through understanding and exploiting the properties of the materials, the
fibers and fabrics. Techniques will include devoree (the etching out of wool or of cotton), cloque (the shrinking of cotton or of
silk), fulling and felting (wool), heat setting texture in silk and in polyester. These techniques will be taught with accompanying
instruction in the use of mechanical resists (tying, pastes etc), printing, dyeing, and dye discharge. These tools, in conjunction with
a very experimental approach to combining fabrics... and ideas.... will allow you to pursue your own unique areas of interest.
Weavers, felters, quilters, sewers will all find new ways of looking at the patterning of cloth. All can expect to sample many
processes, and to create a substantial piece. This may be a dyed and etched velvet scarf, perhaps a layered wall hanging with
many fabrics, or even a length of organza to make into clothing.
Instructor: Lynette Pflueger

Lyn Pfleuger

Lyn Pflueger was born and raised in Sydney, Australia.   She received a science degree from Sydney University, and worked for a number of years as a biochemist.  After moving to Calgary with her husband and children, Lyn settled in Bragg Creek where she raised children and animals, and learned to weave spin and felt.  In 1995 Lyn graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a BFA, taught in the Fibre department as a part-time sessional instructor.  Through Extension Services at ACAD she continues to teach textile techniques, and she has taught at Series in Red Deer, and Fibre Week in Olds.  Lyn’s particular interests include feltmaking, the structure of surfaces, and the properties of textile materials.  Most recently shibori techniques for dyeing and for creating texture have become her passion.  



Calgary - October 20 and 21, 2012
Edmonton - November 3, 2012

Calyx Distinctive Arts, founded by a group of professional artists with a collective vision and mutually supportive artistic goals, host art exhibition and sales twice annually in both Calgary and Edmonton, AB.  This fall will be our 24th show in Calgary, and our 5th show in Edmonton, AB.

The three directors of Calyx exhibit and sell their own work and welcome other qualified artists to participate in these events.  If you are an artist with aspirations to sell your work in a high quality, juried event with like-mined peers, please visit our website at for application and submission information.  Our application deadline for both fall shows is September 9, 2012.

We have secured great exhibition spaces in central and convenient locations in both cities, have developed an enviable mailing list, and offer extremely competitive participation fees.  Please feel free to contact us at 403-244-8150, 780-244-0977 for more information.  We hope that you will join us.

Call to Calgary Artists: Emerging Artist in Residence, Epcor Centre
Deadline: Friday, September 14, 2012 at 4:00

EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts is announcing a call for submissions of visual art from Calgary emerging artists. EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts will select one local emerging visual artist to create new work in the Ledge Gallery throughout the months of June and July, 2013. The artwork will then be exhibited for the month of August, 2013. An artist CARFAC exhibition fee as well as a total of $2000.00 in financial support to assist with material costs and subsistence will be provided.

Click here for more information and how to apply


NEW Harcourt House seeking art instructors for fall courses, Edmonton

Harcourt is looking for a couple more art instructors for this fall!

Please email if interested.  We currently have two youth classes (sculpture and mixed media) and one Adult beginner to intermediate drawing class.

We are open to lots of ideas and suggestions. If any instructors would be interested in including an art history or artist lecture component thats different from what we have run in the past.

3rd Floor, 10215 - 112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta

NEW Call for Entry: Art of the Book 2013 
Deadline: August 17

This 6th juried traveling exhibition of book and paper arts marks the 30th Anniversary of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild. The exhibition will open July 12, 2013, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Calgary, Alberta.  In celebration of CBBAG's 30th Anniversary, the CBBAG Calgary Chapter will also be hosting a conference in conjunction with the exhibition.   

More information:

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NEW Sheridan College is looking to hire a full-time Studio Head in Textiles
Application Deadline: Open until filled

Job Type: Full Time
Location: Oakville, ON, CANADA; Brampton, ON, CANADA; Mississauga, ON, CANADA;
Job Category: Education

The Crafts and Design program requires a full-time Professor for the Textiles Studio. The professor, in addition to teaching courses in the Textiles Studio Program, will be the Studio Head and will have responsibilities for studio and program administration. As Studio Head, the professor will provide academic leadership and work collaboratively with colleagues

Professors are responsible for:
* Ensuring that program and course curricula are current, relevant and reflective of best practices within the relevant professional/program disciplines;
* Defining, evaluating and validating learning outcomes for courses and programs;
*Creating an effective environment for learning which accommodates students' diverse cultural and educational backgrounds, experiences and individual learning styles;
* Designing appropriate strategies and tools for facilitating and assessing student learning;
* Developing multi-media materials and alternative delivery strategies, and incorporating appropriate educational technologies into the learning process.

Appointment Details
Employee Group: Academic
Faculty: Animation, Arts & Design
Campus: May be assigned activity at any Sheridan campus
Reference #: 12/F/39
Salary Range: $58,946 - $102,186 (based on relevant educational qualifications and experience)

For access to more information about this position and instructions on how to apply, click here.
NEW Call for Entry: Fiberart International 2013, Pittsburgh 
Deadline: August 31

An exhibition of contemporary fiber art will be presented by the Fiberarts Guild Of Pittsburgh, Inc at both the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Society For Contemporary Craft.

Details HERE

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NEW Public Art Opportunity: CCAG seeks submissions for outdoor sculpture, Charlottetown 
Submissions are due July 15

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is seeking preliminary proposal submissions from Canadian artists for a landmark permanent outdoor artwork to be installed on the plaza of the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, P.E.I. The work, to be completed and unveiled by July 2014, will commemorate the Confederation Centre's 50th anniversary. The work should respond to the Centre's mandate to celebrate the evolution of the country and to inspire through the visual arts, an appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of Canada's diverse cultural heritage through an enhancement of the Centre's public space. The selected work would update and complement existing outdoor sculptures and architecture. This is a major, national-level commission, with projects able to draw upon a commission budget of up to $200,000 for artist fees, fabrication, engineering consultation, shipping, and installation expenses. Preliminary proposal submissions are due July 15, 2012.

Selection will be determined through a two-tier process. An advisory council with national representation will select a shortlist of approximately five proposals in August 2012. Shortlisted artists will be asked to provide further elaboration of proposals, as well as models, by October 2012. Shortlisted proposals will be exhibited in December 2012. Public input, final selection and budget approval will follow early in 2013.

Click here for more information on submission details

NEW Call for Entry: Northwest Quilting Expo, Oregon
Deadline: August 15th

Judges will look for originality, creativity and workmanship in this extensive quilt exhibition with a wide variety of categories for entry. Work must have been completed after January 1, 2010.  Prizes range from $150 to $1500 USD.

For more information see here.
New in the  Alberta Craft Council Shop:

Claire L. Uhlick

clu. map jewellery

Claire Uhlick's line of woven jewellery is a fantastic addition to the Alberta Craft Council.  Whether she is using parchment, brown craft paper or vintage maps, her creations are simple and elegant.  I personally picked up a Montreal city map cuff for a gift.  Catching glimpses of the interwoven street names acts as a perfect memory to our time together in Montreal.
If you are travelling to Vancouver this summer this information from SDA Rep. for BC, Jennifer Love, might be useful

Following is info about events (sorry some have passed now but some still relevant)  at FibreWorks Studio & Gallery in Pender Harbour, with attachments detailed the separate events. Please contact Yvonne for more info or to register at:
Telephone:  604-883-2380

Art in Yurts – June 2012

As we continue our 5th anniversary celebrations, we are in the last week of “Indaba” exhibition by James Powell, Kerrie Anne Riles, Barbara Johnston, Lois Roberts  - to date, 375 visitors have enjoyed their art.

“Drop by Drop” – the work of Catherine Nicholls and Elizabeth Harris Nichols opens Saturday, June 16th with an artist reception from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Catherine and Elizabeth have joined forces to create a body of work that celebrates the water that is, that has been and will always be.  Working in contemporary media these two artists respond to the natural world and the watery West Coast that is home. (

Join the artists for refreshments and enjoy the opportunity to discuss their art.

Artist-In Residence:
Kerrie Anne Riles from New South Wales continues her quilt art in the Workshop yurt – thru to Sunday, June 10th. Visit her during our regular hours – Wednesday thru Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  – Kerrie Anne’s passion for birds is becoming very evident on her story board!  You can check out Kerrie Anne’s work at


Hattie Olsen, BC  Pine Needle Baskets   June 09 & 10
this class is full, see new dates below:

Hattie Olsen, BC  Pine Needle Baskets   July 28 & 29

Learn the traditional art of basket making with pine needles and waxed linen thread with basketmaker and storyteller, Hattie Olsen. 

Elizabeth Harris Nichols, BC – Painting in One Day –
Working with a Still Life from Nature – June 22
Plein Air – July 15

The theory of the Painting in One Day workshop is to simplify the processes for novices to learn the fundamentals and for the advanced students to learn to develop freedom in their style.  We will explore the concepts of constructing still life in a workshop that has been especially formulated for FibreWorks Gallery to consider these methods and concepts with other media.

The Painting in One Day workshop takes the artist through the steps of developing the underpainting, the mid-painting and the finished painting in relatively quick succession.  Not only will the student understand the fundamental development and basic principles of the structure of painting, but also the basics of colour theory, composition, articulation of subject, value systems, editing chaos and depth/perspective concepts.

Catherine Nicholls, BC – Exploring the Natural World – June 25 to 28
A 4-day workshop with Catherine Nicholls – using the natural world as our source of inspiration, we will experiment on fabric to recreate and interpret nature’s wide range of textures and colours.  For the first 2 days we will explore the use of ink, paint, crayon and discharge in a variety of techniques creating samples and generating ideas.  Students will then be guided through the process of developing their own original composition, pattern and fibre art masterpiece.

Jill Denton, UK    Fundamental Felt:         June 29 & 30

A 2-day workshop covering a range of wet-feltmaking techniques. The emphasis will be on good practice and developing an understanding of the behaviour and properties of different wools and fibres during the magical process of feltmaking. We will start by working on samples, moving on to create a personal project in flat felt. This workshop is suitable for beginners, or those with some experience.  Feltmaking is a unique and fascinating textile technique and each student will be encouraged to find and work at her own pace. Above all, feltmaking is fun!!

Jill Denton, UK    Nuno Felt – taking a step further:   July 3 to 5

Nuno felt is a fine lightweight felt created by fusing a thin layer of wool onto a base of loosely woven fine fabric such as silk chiffon, thus producing a strong, drapable fabric, suitable for garments and accessories.  

This 3-day workshop will introduce you to this fascinating technique and allow you to develop a sound understanding of the process.   After working through several samples, you move on to your personal project(s), which could be a simple sleeveless garment (tunic or vest), or 2 simpler items such as a scarf, wrap, shrug or cowl.  Instruction and advice will also be given on garment design/pattern construction, finishing and aftercare.
This class is for the more advanced student, so only suitable for those with prior feltmaking experience, or students that have completed the "Fundamental Felt" workshop on June 29/30.
Day 1 You will begin by working through various samples to learn and develop an understanding of the Nuno technique. You will then move on to make your own pattern for a sleeveless garment or other nuno project.   Day 2 &3 will be spent creating your garment.  

Catherine Nicholls, BC – Imagination – July 11 to 14
It’s time to find those images you have tucked away – you know the ones!  The beautiful images of an inspiring subject and you have always wanted to do “something” with them – well, now’s the time!  This 4-day workshop will show you how to develop your own designs from images or sources of information.  Each day will begin with creativity exercises to get those ideas flowing!

In the studio:

Weaver’s Circle with Mary Bentley continues every Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – drop in fee – a great opportunity to weave at your own pace and learn from a master weaver. 
Notice to all weavers – the studio is full of wonderful 2/20 mercerized cottons; rayon chenilles and rayon slubs from the studio of Lucy Slykerman – a great way to build your stash!

Spin-In – last Thursday of every month – Sunshine Coast Spinners & Weavers Guild gather in the studio to spin and share information – open to the public and non-Guild members are welcome.  10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Yvonne is concentrating on handspun yarns for knitting and weaving, so her stash of commercial yarns is slowly making its way to the sale table and the freebee basket – there is something for everyone!

For more information, please contact Yvonne Stowell (see below) and “like” us on facebook (fibreworksstudioandgallery).

See you at the yurts!

"Fibre Dance," an exhibition of textile art by Gabriola Island artists, will take place at The Centre Gallery, 590 North Road, Gabriola Island, from July 3 to August 24, with an opening reception on July 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m.  For more info, please contact Lesley Comassar at