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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mid-February Newsletter

There is a lot going on... 
So here is a mid-month update. I hope this helps you not to miss out on registering for workshops, job applications or putting in a proposal for an exhibition.
Good luck to you all.

Do you know that SDA Alberta has a page on the SDA website too.  
Go to the grey menu bar on the SDA home page, put your mouse over "Get Involved" and scroll down the pop up menu to "Meet your area rep" and click it. Scroll down the page that opens till you see "Canada" and Alberta and click on Alberta or adjacent provinces/States to see what is going on in our region.
The folks who are working on the website are making progress, still things to do - and as a newbie and can see some areas of concern, but it is a great resource, so I hope you enjoy surfing it.

Oh, and don't forget  the upcoming joint SDA/SAQA conference, Identity , in Philadelphia.  I will be sending out updated information directly to SDA Members by email.

Any errors or omissions on this blog are unintentional, please help me get it right... and email me any corrections - I won't take offence, and I will post the corrections.  
I try to do a lot well, sometimes I fall short.  But it is only by making mistakes that we improve.  This is a mantra I like to live by.


Call for entries

Call for Submissions - FABRICated (fibre arts), Calgary

DaDe ART & DESIGN LAB creates and provides innovative and unique products that enhance interior living spaces. With a distinctive product mix and presentation philosophy DaDe offers a complete product range for modern living, including original art & sculpture by local artists, and exclusive furniture from around the world.

DaDe ART & DESIGN LAB in collaboration with the Alberta Craft Council will showcase contemporary fibre artists. FABRICated will run April 20 to June 3, 2012, showcase unconventional, contemporary works (portraits, QR codes, abstract shapes & forms, ʻNOT your grandmothers quiltʼ), both 2D & 3D, using traditional techniques (quilting, needlework, felting, weaving etc). Works submitted must be show ready.

Darcy Lundgren - DaDe ART & DESIGN LAB co-owner, creative director, designer & artist
Greg Fraser - DaDe ART & DESIGN LAB co-owner, general manager, event coordinator
Margie Davidson - Margie Davidson is an awarded fibre artist, speaker & educator, based in Edmonton, Alberta.

All works will be for sale during the exhibition. For items selected to be included, artists are responsible for setting the retail price (DaDe will collect a 50% commission from all works sold),
as well as delivery to DaDe ART & DESIGN LAB.

submissions must include
* contact info (name, address, phone & email)
* artist cv
* artist bio
* images & image list

submit via website or only those selected to be included in FABRICated will be contacted.

1327 9 AVENUE SE
Calgary AB | T2G 0T2

Call for Artists: Curiosities, Medicine Hat
Deadline: March 15, 4 pm Curiosities

What's going on at College?

Hey check this out:
Does your local college have a fibre department?  Why not let us know what they are getting up to.
And if you are in Calgary you might want to sign up to receive email updates fronm the ACAD students' blog.

Jason Pollen's workshops.
Thanks to everyone - there has been a tremendous response to these workshops.  If you are still interested in attending please email me, or comment on the blog, below.

Information from Lyn Pleuger.

Sheep Creek Weavers Fibre Arts Guild
Millarville Race Track Hall, Alberta

Beginners 14th and 15th May, 2012     $250
         Intermediate - 16th and 17th of May, 2012   $100
Advanced and Masters - 21st and 22nd of May, 2012  $100
Please note that the Beginners is a prerequisite for the Intermediate and the Intermediate for the Advanced
and there will be approx. $10 per day student fee for the rental of the facility.
Please Contact Lyn 

 To learn more about Modern Batik Art, please go to
Modern Batik Art Workshops

Sheep Creek Weavers will host ROBYN SPADY on April 2, 3, 4 2012 for the following workshop:


Pictures, Piles, Potpourri, and Perplexing Curiosities

   This is a workshop designed for intermediate-to-advanced weavers (and adventure-seeking beginners) that want to learn new weave structures. In this round-robin workshop, participants will expand their knowledge and experience in weave structures they may have heard of but, may not have woven. A surefire weaving adventure and challenging journey of warp and weft. Structures covered include multi-block swivel and bead leno, corduroy, velvet, samitum, corkscrew twills, lampas, and Beiderwand

This workshop is only offered as a three-day workshop because of the advanced nature of the weave structures covered and the amount of time required to review and weave them.
Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Materials fee: $20.00 per person
The workshop fee will be $125 -$150 (depending on travel costs)

please email Lyn Pflueger ( to enrol, or for further information


SDA Member News

And whilst we are talking about Lyn, Lyn Pflueger's fibre pieces 'feltskin' and 'ruana' are featured in Lark Craft's 500 Felt Objects: Contemporary Explorations of a Remarkable Material.   Congratulations Lyn.  Send me an image so I can show your work off!  


This from Jennifer at Surface Design Association : BC

Don't forget you can read the SDA page for BC on the SDA blog, or take a look at Jennifer's BC blog - linked in the right hand side menu bar ( HERE and HERE).

Below are a selection from Jennifer's recent newsletters to BC members.

Joe Lewis (Canada) invited SDA to submit a profile to his *fibreQuarterly* on-line magazine for a feature about international textile-focused organizations. Check it out here; several SDA members are profiled. A brief history is included - plus a link to the interview Patricia Malarcher did with Jack Lenor Larsen wherein they discuss how SDA got its name.

The Velvet Highway - Surface Design Association: Enduring Advocate of Textile Arts by Ann H. Brocket

Julia sent me this link - it's AMAZING! Love the men's jackets and pants:

SDA CALENDAR is now operational on the website (the parent organization - not our local website)! Add your events, ones that have resonance for all SDA members.  The Calendar is open to anyone to update, even non-members. Events will be moderated. (We've been asked to post our local meeting info on our state/area page instead of the calendar - which I will do). Exhibitions are encouraged on the calendar.  Check it out!   

Thanks for reading to the end of this post.
Now give me a buzz and post a comment! It'd be nice to answer the question...
"Is there anybody out there???"

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