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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,

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