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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.