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Monday, January 2, 2012

Welcome to Surface Design Alberta's Blog on this the second day of 2012

As you can see we are just getting started-
As the days go by I hope you will see, and add to, the improvements of our site. I decided to use a blog as a means of sharing information - I hope you will all register to receive updates via email using the window to the right 
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"Together we do it better"
Help me make this, our blog, a fully functioning place to share: ideas, news about upcoming shows and those you have visited, our creativity and enjoy input from everywhere across Alberta, if not beyond.

Eventually I hope SDA Alberta will have its own website.  Let this blog be a centre for collating information that we can later house on the website that is to come.

Here is the News: January 2012:
Some a little distant, geographically, others closer to home.
Surface Matters, a symposium, SDA member exhibition and studio tour March 3-4, 2012 in Seattle.

 Here is a brief outline of the program:-

  • Jane Dunnewold/Artist, author, teacher and SDA Board member (website:
  • Stefano Catalani/Director of Curatorial Affairs, Bellevue Art Museum
  • Gail Harker/Teacher, founder of the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center
  • Mandy Greer/Artist, mixed-media installations (website:
  • Trisha Hassler/Artist, mixed-media with steel and textiles (website: - check it out!)
  • Michele Wipplinger/Artist, founder of Earthues natural, sustainable dye products
  • Michael Cepress/Fashion designer and educator
  • Conversation with felt artists Janice Arnold, Tricia Stackel & Faith Hagenhofer - Layne Goldsmith, moderator
  • Surface Design, a conversation with Marci McDade, Lou Cabeen & Jane Dunnewold - John Boylan, moderator
Surface Matters Exhibition - Sunday, March 4
Forty artworks by SDA members will be on display at BallardWorks. This exhibit is open to all SDA members living in the Northwest on a first come basis. The Call for Entries will be posted on January 7, 2012.

Surface Matters Studio Tour - Sunday, March 4
Self-guided tours of SDA member artists' studios and retail sponsors will originate at BallardWorks, the venue of the SDA member show.

Early registration and exhibition call for entries opens January 7, 2012. Register early - space is limited! This event is open to everyone. SDA members will be offered a reduced rate.


Announcing SDA and SAQA joint conference “Identity: Context and Reflection Friday, 
March 30 – Sunday, April 1, 2012
                                    Philadelphia Marriott West, West Conshocken, PA

The third semi-annual joint conference between Surface Design Association (SDA) and Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) will be held in March 2012 in Philadelphia, and registration is now open on the websites of both organizations: AND

The theme, IDENTITY, was chosen because “artists creating fiber and textiles often struggle with issues of identity, embracing their mediums while attempting to contextualize their meanings within the larger art world.” Members of either SDA or SAQA are invited to “meet and explore your own artistic identity”.

Conference Schedule follows:
Friday, March 30 – Full day of lecture and panel presentations and Artist Speed Dating
Icebreaker PLUS the Opening of Art Quilt Elements (10th juried exhibition) at the
Wayne Arts Center.
Saturday, March 31– Full day of tours of the thirty-two exhibitions offered through
FiberPhiladelphia 2012 PLUS the Opening of Outside/Inside the Box, (juried
exhibition) at the Crane Arts Building Icebox Gallery. Sunday, April 1 – Morning lectures and panel presentations.
Conference speakers include Bruce Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of Collections, Racine Art Museum; Bruce Hoffman, independent curator and writer; Alexandra Rella, PT, DPT, Injury Prevention Specialist, University of Pennsylvania Health System; Dianne Koppisch Hricko, printmaker and educator; Amy Orr, Executive Director of FiberPhiladelphia; Kathryn Pannepacker, artist; and Sandra Sider, President of Studio Art Quilt Associates, art history professor, studio quilt artist, curator, and critic. Panel topics include “The Jurying of Art Quilt Elements 2012”, and “Where have I come from and where am I going?”
Post-conference Workshops will be held April 2-4, 2012, and include:
Anne Vickrey Evans: Hybrid Felt for Artistic Yardage
Lorraine Glessner: Mark-Making Explorations for Surface Design
Judy Langille: Cut, Slash, and Tear Your Way to Innovative Fabric Design 
Cameron Anne Mason: Beyond the Surface: Sculptural Explorations with Soft Materials
Laura Sapelly: The Stitched Journal


Jan Myers-Newbury: A Pole and a Piece of Fabric 
Adrienne Sloane: Knit Anything: Not Clothing
Full descriptions, images, and bios of presenters are at and


Call for Proposals

17th International SDA conference: June 6–9, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas. Southwest School of Art will host events pre- & during conference. 
Pre-conference workshops: June 1–5 
Post-conference workshops: June 10–14

Proposals for 2013 presentations/demonstrations, exhibitions & workshops accepted online starting January 17–March 1, 2012. 


Announcing New Surface Design Journal Editor

Marci Rae McDade replaces Patricia Malarcher
as Surface Design Journal Editor

After more than eighteen years of curating articles and images that stimulate the imagination and enrich the intellect as editor of the Surface Design JournalPatricia Malarcher has decided to step down and devote more time to her own creative pursuits.  As a direct result of Patricia's editorial vision and management, Surface Design Journal now enjoys worldwide acclaim as aresource for current developments in fiber and textile arts. “It's been a great ride and I'll miss it, but it's time to turn the Journal over to another generation. I'm confidant that Marci will do a great job,” states Patricia.

Marci Rae McDade will step up as new editor of Surface Design Journal on January 1, 2012.  As former editor of the recently discontinued FiberArts magazine, with an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, she is a natural and timely choice to both create continuity and introduce change to the Journal. An established voice andthought leader in the field, Marci brings breadth and depth of knowledge as well as passion and publishing acumen.  "I would like to thank the SDA for this incredible opportunity to continue my work celebrating and promoting contemporary textile arts, artists, exhibitions and publications from around the world."

New Book

I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of Muslin a stitched exploration of loose weave fabrics ISBN 978095508354-9by Fibrefusion artist Jan Lovell.  Created in a similar to style to On Form their penultimate publication and beautifully illustrated with work by group members.  This is an inspiring read that made me go and pick up some loose fibres myself in-between munching mince pies.
You can get the book directly from Fibrefusion.


Studio Space for Rent

I recently met Michael Vass who has studio space for rent at 319 Tenth Avenue, Downtown Calgary.  Here is some information about the space for anyone looking to rent in the area.

"For over ten years the owners of this property have leased these spots to artists, and at this time we have approx. 45 artists doing their art in the property.
Comprising about 15 artists from Untitled Arts Soc. plus perhaps 30 others in individual studios, the range is from hobby artists to full professionals.    All studios are nicely set up with warm quiet surroundings, and have access to washrooms, freight elevator with rear loading etc.
Generally ceiling height is ten feet.   Wooden floors throughout and shared sink facilities.    All spaces are heated, but not air conditioned.
Studios range from small spaces – maybe $300 per month, plus GST,  up to larger spaces over 900 square feet at $960 per month.       This latter size would be excellent for one or two or possibly three artists.    Some spaces have windows – others are fully enclosed.    At this time we have one small studio becoming available in February ($300 plus GST) and a large one also at that time being $960 per month – suitable for one/two/three persons.    Over the course of a year other possibilities  may be available, not always predictable.

If you are interested contact him directly at:-
(403) 234-7822

Don't forget 
You can join SDA on Linkedin and hear about job vacancies in the field and discussions.
go to the website scroll down the home page and click on the Linkedin Logo under "Follow Us"
Either join or sign in to join the group on Linkedin.


Surface Design Association -  BC  Corner

There is plenty of traffic between Alberta and BC especially in better weather!  From time to time some information from SDA British Columbia, might be of interest to you.  Here are a few extracts from SDA BC's recent newsletters.  You can also link directly to the blog for SDA BC, via the list of linked blogs at upper right.
(With acknowledgements to Jennifer Love SDA Representative for BC.)
I quote:-

New Book

UK - Connection
For those of you who live part-time in, or may be visiting, England, check out this UK SDA event:

Julie Pongrac's work 
Is currently exhibiting alongside the work of painter Noel Hodnett.  Michelle Sirois-Silver had the opportunity to visit the gallery last week and was impressed by the cohesive nature of the two mediums and techniques.  An intriguinging mixture of texture, colour, and value.  

At SDA BC  last Vancouver meeting, Jane Kenyon talked about (and showed us work from) the workshop she took with Wen Redmond during the last SDA conference. Her 'serendipity collage' technique looks wonderful. Wen has been profiled by the Textile Study Group of NY:

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