Important Notices:

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

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy 2014 start

Reminder: time to renew your SDA membership

Surface Design Association

Time to Renew!

CLICK TO RENEW ONLINE  (after you login to your account, look for Renewal link)  
Your membership in SDA expires soon, however, we're hoping with this reminder, you will continue as a part of our tactile community.

There are many reasons to remain a member of SDA! The always-intriguing Surface Design Journal remains a major voice for textiles - what better way to stay current with trends and concepts with a global flavor? There are opportunities to promote your work across multiple channels including the member gallery on our website. With over 60,000+ visitors a month (and growing!), that's significant coverage for your art. In addition, there's the Exposure page in the Journal, member profiles on SDA NewsBlog, the ever-lively and interesting eNews and frequent posts on Facebook (general and members-only). 

Our board and staff are focused on expanding opportunities for members both regionally and nationally. Please continue adding your voice to this growing community of designers, artists, student and educators. We need you more than ever. Click here to renew now on our website. 

Best regards,
Diane Sandlin                                                          Susannah Fedorowich
Executive Director                                                   Assistant Executive Director

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Last of the year!!!


 Ram Horns and Scorpion Tails: Textiles from Uzbekistan. This exhibition is the first major textile exhibition to be mounted in the new Nickle Galleries (formerly, The Nickle Arts Museum) on the campus of the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada, curated by Michele Hardy. A wonderful visual stimulus for appreciation and design! All photos courtesy of photographer Dave Brown.

(Of a sort, as this is a little more than a workshop :) )

Would you like to go (back) to school? The University of Fraser Valley (BC) has a course you may be interested in.

FD 371 Surface Design 11 – CRN 10631

Instructor: Eleanor Hannan
Time: Friday 10:00 am – 2:20 pm
Start: Friday, January 10th
End: Friday, April 11th
Tuition Fee: $433.35
Room: D113

Course Description
This course will advance your expertise in the area of surface design, by exploring a variety of processes and treatments. You will be encouraged to be experimental in your approach with colour, texture, and imagery to alter and embellish fabrics for apparel. Emphasis is on the interrelationship of surface design with other art practices, encouraging production of individual works with cultural relevance. Through a synthesis of traditional techniques, contemporary variations, and cultural influences, you will develop a diverse and self-expressive body of work.
If interested contact Corinne Richardson for details and registration advice or
(If anyone is interested in seeing the course outline, you can also email me at arlee dot ar at gmail dot com as i have the PDF but can't upload to blogger.)

WOMEN: SDA Members Dr. Kim Hahn (Kent State) & Dr. Ann Collier (N. Arizona U.) invite you to participate in a survey. They want to know about the meaning of handcrafts & textiles in your lives.

If you missed participating last month, you are invited to take the survey below. To those who already filled out the survey - Thank You!

They are looking for women (over 18) to participate in a short on-line survey that explores the role of textiles (e.g., sewing, knitting, weaving, felting, lace-making) & handcrafts - especially as it relates to fashion, the psychological meaning, the role of technology, as well as sustainable practices. It is confidential and takes about 30 minutes.

 To begin, go to


 Where is Canadian art going, and where does it stand in the world as of today? "Artists seem to be a lot more aware of what has come before them and what is being made around them and internationally. Easy access to imagery via the Internet has enabled a mid-century painting, for instance, to stand side by side with a contemporary work for comparison.  ....looking for artists who are cultivating their own voice; artists with idiosyncratic practices ....." Wil Abale
Artists seem to be a lot more aware of what has come before them and what is being made around them and internationally. Easy access to imagery via the Internet has enabled a mid-century painting, for instance, to stand side by side with a contemporary work for comparison. - See more at:
Artists seem to be a lot more aware of what has come before them and what is being made around them and internationally. Easy access to imagery via the Internet has enabled a mid-century painting, for instance, to stand side by side with a contemporary work for comparison. - See more at:

Since we are so close to Christmas now and all the busy-ness and business that entails for many of us, the next meeting will be in January, and as a Social. Date and venue to be announced.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


  We all know how hard it is to get space, never mind affordable space, so take advantage if you can!!!!!

Arts Space Open House: 415 Monument Place SE, Calgary Arts Development - Calgary, AB

Date: December 2, 2013
Time: Tuesday, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Location: 415 Monument Place SE, Calgary, AB

Calgary Arts Development is continuing its work of connecting arts organizations with suitable arts space by communicating opportunities for viewing spaces that are available to lease, purchase, rent or share. Open houses are drop-in with no RSVP required.

For lease: 4,220 SF of office space with I-G (Light Industrial) zoning.
The space is divided into individual offices/studios with shared finished kitchen. Walking distance from Franklin LRT. For more information including lease rates, please download the brochure. (The brochure has a floor plan with individual spaces outlined, though it's hard to read the footage!)

If you would like to host a future open house, please contact Joni Carroll at 403 264-5530 x 108 or

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Recap of Nov 20th meeting

During the session the renowned potter, Grayson Perry, who works with coils of clay (threads!) and numerous other media including weavings and etchings, spoke to us via the internet and iPlayer from the BBC, (a replay of the Reith Lecture) about the nature of art.  He stimulated intellectual debate that covered numerous topics from the relevance of beauty in an art work, to the responsibility of the artist to give due credit to his fellow, technically adept, collaborators of which there are many more these days.

We also digressed gently to other topics of interest and I believe everyone went home with matters to ponder, but I hope that those driving practised restraint and only considered such matters when they were off the ice!

Thanks to all who took the trouble to come out for the evening.  Everyone who has spoken to me since commented that the gathering encouraged and supported the discussion. It was a shame that Grayson couldn't actually make it to the meeting this time, but I think he would be very pleased to know that we consider that we were with him in Liverpool, UK - a hot bed of contemporary art and debate.

This morning Pamela came across this in today's Guardian. (If you have time, scroll through some of the comments as well. Artists and Non-Artists weigh in with some silly and some provocative thoughts as well.)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

(Future) Felting Workshop in Calgary

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
I have pleasure in sending this invitation on to  you.
I was fortunate enough to meet Judith during the first Canadian Felt:Feutre conference earlier this year and saw her glorious work exhibited at the show there and knew she would be a wonderful teacher for a Kreative Momentum Workshops.
I hope you will take advantage of her visiting us in Calgary.
Do get in touch if you have questions or want more information.

This is a great opportunity for beginner and advanced felters to learn more about Nuno felting, acid dyes, creating felted, sculptural clothing or other beautifully decorated surfaces.  Also her method opens up the technique of felting to those with back and upper body aches - get in touch for more information, but I don't want to give the game away to everyone!

Judith says “The workshop will work for all levels of experience though some knowledge of the materials and basic method of felting is required for more complex clothing projects."
(I can arrange for a one day felt play class to get you started if you wish.  Get in touch if you want to take advantage of this.)
Meanwhile here is the invitation,
All the best,

Here is a clickable link to Judith's website.

PS I will be at the November meeting of SDA at Atlantis Fine Framing and Studio on Wednesday 20th November, from 6:30.  and could take deposits by cheque then, if you wish.

Monday, November 18, 2013

"Insert Clever Title here" for November :)

Christmas is coming and there's a plethora of Artisan sales coming!

Hand Made Here! Boutique Art Sale November 23 and November 24, 2013

The sale showcases many kinds of artwork from 25 Calgary and area artists including fibre and textile arts, painting, blown and fused glass, printmaking, paper arts, jewellery, metal sculpture, ceramics and woodcraft. Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 10 am to 5 pm Sunday, November 24, 2013 from 10 am to 4 pm Triwood Community Hall: 2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta. Admission and parking is free, and all ages are welcome.

Contextural FibreArts Cooperative
Date: Saturday, November 30th from 10-6pm
Location: Heritage Weavers Guild Studio at the Artpoint Gallery & Studios at 1139 Adelaide Street SE (in Ramsey/Inglewood) as the location.
Showcasing printed, woven and naturally dyed fibreworks by Contextural members.

For more information on Contextural Fibre Arts Co-operative, please visit Contextural is a community of textile artists fostering a cooperative creative environment in support of the production of new artistic works.


CALL FOR NEW SWATCH ENTRIES: GIVE IT YOUR BEST SWATCH! Contribute your work to the history of textile art & design.

 Now soliciting new swatches for "Best Of" Swatch Collection #4- loaded with examples of innovative process, masterful application plus any downright gorgeous or distinctive fabric you've created.
Download Submission Guidelines + Form at

 Read more about this online educational resource & extraordinary SDA Member benefit via recent SDA press release

Atlantis Fine Framing

Atlantis Fine Framing Studio Ltd Established 1994

Call for submissions! Atlantis's 2nd Annual Christmas Art Show & Sale! Artists are encouraged to bring in 2-4 small works with labels & prices, we will start hanging Nov 30. All mediums welcome (painting, paper, sculpture, encaustic, textiles, etc). Opening reception is Dec 13, 5-9 pm. Live music, lots of fun!!!!!!!


A note about the above Award Ceremony: several fibre artists have won in previous years.


from SDA President Jane Dunnewold
 In October, SDA Board voted to postpone 2015 SDA Int'l conference slated for Tulsa, Oklahoma. While the Tulsa hosts were enthusiastic & incredibly welcoming, the board recognized a growing need to evaluate SDA's conference model. To that end, we are examining timing, costs & conference management. Our goal is to reinvent SDA conferences as an international event that will attract a broader audience - while also generating income that supports SDA's organization & mission.

 We anticipate doing just that for 2017.


 SDA Members Dr. Kim Hahn (Kent State) & Dr. Ann Collier (N. Arizona U.) invite you to participate in a survey about the meaning of handcrafts & textiles in your life.They're looking for women over 18 to participate in a short online survey to explore the role of textiles (like sewing, knitting, weaving, felting, lace-making) & handcrafts - with special interest in how making is related to environmental behavior, personality, well-being & possibly perception of body image in relationship to social media use as well as fashion behavior and leisure activities.


 To begin, go to

Research findings will be shared in a story on SDA NewsBlog.


Don't we all wish we could go see this????

 The Bellevue Arts Museum is showing the fabulous work of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave.  Her central project revolves around recreating exquisite, life-size historical costumes and fabrics entirely out of paper. See more on the website. 
The exhibition starts November 21 and continues until Feb. 21.


Eveline Kolijn has been appointed to the City of Calgary Public Art Board! More information on this as it comes over the telegraph!

The second part of's interview with arlee barr is online now.

 Workshop on the Web (Maggie Grey's wonderful site for explorative textile techniques and fine art) will also feature an article/tutorial by arlee in December.

"You could have *your* news here too if you send it to Karin or i :) " arlee says

And please do attend our next meeting, this Wed the 20th, at Atlantis Fine Framing for some intellectual stimulation with an audio reading by Grayson Perry, and news of all things SDA.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

For immediate release

Every so often I get information for immediate release to SDA members from the 'head office'.

This  one is about the swatch collections which are now available online for everyone to experience… just follow the links….

You will remember we had one of the Swatch collections here for one of our meetings this year… and it was quite a different and better experience to handle it in person.  I hope we can arrange to have another set of swatches next year.
However, if you can't make it to a meeting this is a great second best and those who have worked on putting it online deserve a lot of thanks… quite a job.
If you have a swatch you wish to add to the collection I will be bringing forms for submission to the next meeting. November 20th.


                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                      November 4, 2013
New SDA Educational Resource Now Available Online
For more information, please contact: Susannah Fedorowich, Assistant Executive Director,

 Surface Design Association (SDA) is launching an online Swatch Collection catalogue to offer a unique look at the processes and techniques in contemporary textile art and design. The first swatch collection catalogue enables website visitors to scroll through a selection of over 65 samples at
Swatch Collection
A sample from Phillippa Lack
The swatches are one of SDA’s most popular educational tools. The collections circulate throughout the United States on loan to various groups, who use them to gain a better understanding of what “surface design” means. The online swatches now offer this opportunity to everyone who would like to know more about the processes that artists are exploring in this field.
To continue to build this important teaching tool, SDA is inviting its members to help launch a fourth collection. SDA is seeking contributions of 12” x 12” samples featuring innovative techniques or distinctive examples of any textile or fiber-inspired process by December 1, 2013. The collection will showcase the latest trends in surface design, textile and fiber art.  Please download submission guidelines and a form
If you would like to borrow one of the swatch collections, they are available for loan to any SDA member or group affiliate for use as in-depth study at meetings, gatherings or workshops.  Email Beki Biesterfelt, SDA Swatch Collection Administrator, to make arrangements.

Swatch Collection
A sample from Karen Miller

Swatch Collection                                                 A sample from Mary Elmusa

The Surface Design Association, an international non-profit organization since 1977, is dedicated to raising the level of excellence in surface design – the coloring, patterning, and structuring of fiber and fabric – by inspiring creativity and encouraging innovation through publications, exhibitions, conferences, and educational opportunities.  Members include artists, designers, educators, curators, gallery owners, students, and textile enthusiasts from around the world. New members are invited to join at


Friday, November 1, 2013

Seventh Meeting notice

This is going to be terrific. Save the date, Wednesday 20th November, 2013
SDA: Alberta meeting in Calgary at Atlantis Fine Framing  4515 Manhattan Rd SE  Calgary
Full details below.
All are welcome, $5 members, $10 non-members.

 Grayson Perry is an artist, renowned potter and certainly a surface designer.  His tapestries based on the Rake's Progress were shown in the Royal Academy this summer (They took my breath away and stimulated a good 2 hours worth of attention and more time on discussion.) Grayson has been selected to give this year's Reith Lectures on the BBC and we will be listening in to one of them at our next Surface Design Association meeting in Calgary.

You are welcome to bring or wear a piece of clothing that  is "subtle with bright colours" in the style of…. Grayson.

Beating the Bounds
Grayson Perry : Playing to the Gallery 2013

The award-winning artist Grayson Perry asks whether it is really true that anything can be art. We live in an age when many contemporary artists follow the example of Marcel Duchamp, who famously declared that a urinal was a work of art. It sometimes seems that anything qualifies, from a pile of sweets on a gallery floor to an Oscar-winning actress asleep in a box. How does the ordinary art lover decide?

In a lecture delivered amidst the Victorian splendour of St. George's Hall in Liverpool, Perry analyses with characteristic wit the common tests - from commercial worth to public popularity to aesthetic value. He admits the inadequacies of such yardsticks, especially when applied to much conceptual and performance art. And he concludes that in his opinion, the quality most valued in the art world is seriousness.

RSVP Karin to ensure a seat.

And into November we go.....

Announcement of next meeting in next post!!!


Port Moody Arts Centre
“Twisted” Themed Exhibition February 20 – March 13, 2014

Is "twisted" a state of mind?  Or is it a physical form? The Port Moody Arts Centre invites artists in all media to explore the visual meaning of "twisted" for a multi-artist exhibition of 2D and 3D art, scheduled for Feb 20 – Mar 13, 2014. Deadline: January 6, 2014


    The theme for the exhibition is “twisted” and work in all media is encouraged.
    Artists are requested to submit no more than 5 items of their work.
    Artwork must not have been displayed at the PMAC gallery within the last 12 months.
    Submissions will be juried to ensure that works are non-derivative, demonstrate skillful execution of the media and are entirely the work of the applicant(s).

How to Apply: Application materials can be submitted via email: submissions [at] or mail or drop off to:
Gallery Coordinator
Port Moody Arts Centre
2425 St Johns Street
Port Moody, BC V3H 2B2

Applications must include the following and be attached to an email with subject line “your name, Twisted Exhibition 2014”. Please include:

    1-2 Paragraph Artist Statement as a PDF
    Curriculum Vitae (for solo) as a PDF
    Group Statement (for group) as a PDF
    5 images of your work.  Images should be no larger than 1024 x 768 pixels at 72 dpi.  All images must be labeled 01_ LastName_Title through 05_ LastName_Title.  You may zip these files into one file.
    A corresponding list as a PDF, including labeled images, titles, media, sizes and years of work, as well as prices of work if for sale.
    Video samples should be no more than 1 minute in length.  You may link to video samples rather than attaching video files.
    Jury Fee - $15 per item (Payable by cheques/cash or please call our front desk at 604-931-2008 with your credit card number).
    Email Submissions should not exceed 5 MB.

Deadline: In order to properly curate this exhibition, we would ask participating artists to submit the application by 5pm on January 6, 2014. The Arts Centre very much appreciates the effort involved in making a submission and will endeavor to respond to all applicants as soon as possible after the deadline date. Please do not call about your submission.  Due to the high volume of submissions received, only those selected will be contacted.

Important Information: Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Application materials will not be returned even if a self-addressed stamped envelope is provided.  Please do not submit your only copy of your CD/DVD/USB. Appropriate care is given but no responsibility is taken by the Port Moody Arts Centre for loss or damage of submitted materials. Artworks accepted for exhibition must be ready for display, framed and wired. A 30% sales commission will be applied to work sold through the Port Moody Arts Centre.

EPCOR CENTRE Ledge Gallery Artist Residency 2014

Deadline: 4:00 PM on Monday, November 4, 2013
Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts is announcing a call for submissions of visual art open to all professional Calgary artists (please note that students are not eligible). EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts will select one local visual artist to create new work in the Ledge Gallery throughout the months of June and July, 2014. The artwork will then be exhibited for the month of August, 2014. 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.

Learn more here


Fashioning Nuno Felt Fabrics in Mosaics and 3D Surface Techniques Ulrieke Benner
January 19 - 25, 2014

Felting Retreat at a beautiful private Hacienda in Colonia Versalles, Puerto Vallarta.
A retreat for the soul and to expand and liberate the artistic spirit.
More info at
or contact Ulrieke
Stay in the loop with Ulreike's FaceBook page too.


CADA Information Session: Arts for All - Calgary, AB

Date: 10am - 12pm, Thursday, October 31
Location: artBOX on 17E (1807 42nd St. SE) Calgary

The Arts for All Program is a pilot program for 2013 and 2014 that will invest in arts activity outside of the downtown core, with a focus on east Calgary. The first community to host the program is Greater Forest Lawn (Forest Lawn, Forest Heights, Penbrook Meadows, Erin Woods, Albert Park, Dover and Southview). Calgary Arts Development has partnered with the International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone (INT AVE BRZ) to engage diverse artists and arts organizations in the area, as well as local businesses and community members. The program offers two funding opportunities: theGreater Forest Lawn Project Grant and the Greater Forest Lawn Artist Award.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here.

For further details about the program, please visit


Christmas in the Country Art Sale

November 2 - 3 & 8 - 11, 2013
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Free Admission

Over 2000 Works of Art Make Christmas in the Country

Art Sale Bigger and Better than Ever

The Leighton Art Centre's Christmas in the Country Art Sale signals the start to
 the holidays, especially for people who love art and fine Alberta crafts. The annual
sale takes place from 10:00 am to 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday November 2-3 and
 Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 8-11, in the Leighton Heritage Home
at the Centre. Admission is free for the sale and for all accompanying children's
and family activities. And, there are no parking fees!

This year the Leighton is taking one of Alberta's oldest and biggest art sales to
a whole new level:

100 Alberta artists each offer 15 unframed paintings in watercolour, acrylic, oil,
mixed media... and photography - including 30 new artists who have never shown at
the Leighton Art Centre.

50 Alberta artisans and sculptors showcasing crafts from ceramics, hand-blown glass
and woodwork to jewelry, hand-made scarves and cards.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

First "Slofemist" gathering at our 6th meeting

A very heartening turn out for October 17th meeting (our 6th!), and the first group to gather and work together on the "Slofemist" project under the auspices and guidance of Lois Klassen and Lori Weidenhammer.

Three particular patterns were available, with the invitation to interpret, or to create one's own response to Feminism and how it has affected one's own life.

For more information, go to Lois's blog, where she will be adding more as it comes.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Some good stuff on this weekend that I didn't want to miss telling you about.
Please click the images to enlarge.

Paul Brown attended our Powered by PechaKucha evening and I feel that a reminder about the 
Artist Trading Card Sessions 
that he oversees would encourage you to attend an important Surface Design opportunity for creative play in design and textural surface, that is so good at taking us to that 'penny drop' place in our brains where creative sparks fly.
He says that we SDA members and others are most welcome to pop by with or without cards to the next meeting John Snow House this Saturday 5 - 7 pm

Artist Trading CardsFriend of Facebook
ATC Trading Session

Come trade your ATCs on Saturday

First-timers, long-timers, young-timers and old-timers - come one, come all! There will be lots of new cards to see and trade. That's a guarantee!

Besides trading your art, you can share techniques, themes, ideas and experiences. It's especially good to see impromptu projects worked on separately or collaboratively within the group. Have you any ideas for group work? Any themes you'd like to see explored by other hands?

Please bring spare card-making supplies to share with other traders. There will be ATC collector sheets and binders to take away free.

Also this came through about the works of Dana Roman

Here are somethings that might be of interest to others: I will be participating this year and will be in the booth #309.

I will be as well this weekend Oct 26 (11-7.30) and 27 11-5.30) at the Banff Centre Mountain Craft Sale at Eric Harvie Theatre (Mountain Film Festival)

And  November 23 and 24 at the Canmore Art Market

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

October end


Room by Martina MacFarlane and Amanda McCavour, Art Gallery of Saint Albert, St Albert, AB

Date: October 3 - November 2, 2013
Location: Art Gallery of Alberta, 19 Perron Street, St. Albert, AB

Room features large acrylic paintings by Martina MacFarlane and thread installation works by Amanda McCavour. This exhibition presents notions of the home as both a physical and en emotional space.

For further information visit:

Diane Krys

I'm very pleased to offer an invitation to my first solo show. I'm  honored to be having it at the Alberta Craft Council's Discovery Gallery from Oct 26-Nov30, 2013.   My journey with fiber started with rug hooking. It opened my eyes to the wider world of fiber and I soon went on to learn and explore many other techniques and mediums including knitting, crocheting, wet and dry felting.  A few years ago these parallel explorations began to merge as I developed my own techniques to bring knitting, felting and rug hooking together  in my work.  I created a new language  that allowed me to express myself  in a completely new way.  Flat planes of color and pattern have become sculptural expressions with new stories to share.

 I would love to meet more of my fellow SDA members and other fiber enthusiasts. I welcome you to come and say hello at the artist's reception on Saturday Nov.2 from 2-4. Please feel free to get in touch any other time as well.  It doesn't take much to lure me out to talk about art and fiber! (Diane Krys)
Diane also ha sguest blogged here and here.


On a side note, Diane Duncan's group show at the Canyon Meadows Community Hall was attended by almost 500 people! A well rounded and diverse show, you can see some of it here. I was amazed at the variety of work!


 Terriea Kwong - international felting artist coming to Langley. Get excited...please help me give a big welcome to Terriea Kwong! She is coming to North America to teach many felt making classes! Starting November 25, Terriea Kwong will be sharing her expertise with us in making a 3D felt clutch purses, or a 3D vessels and/or Eco print scarves. 

    Below is a sneak peak at Terriea's background!

        I love travel and nature.   Natural and handmade crafts are my favorites.  I enjoy the process of handmaking from ceramics to fabrics & fibres.    Some years ago I saw a seamless  wool pouch in a  Cambridge crafts market and wondering how it’s made.  My curiosity brought me to source the roots of felt making. Found wool a marvelous medium and addicted to felt making since 2009.  My passion drives me to pursue  and explore the versatility of wool.

Wool felt is my favorite pastime and I’m very pleased to share with like-minded.   Since 2009 I’ve offered  almost 50 open and private workshops .  I love fibre art and have recently explored eco dyeing and printing.  My works  are  inspired by nature.  I like to do eco prints with leaves – the environmental friendly art.   It’s fun to share the beauty of felting and tutorials  via my blog Please check out  Terriea's blog to see all the wonderful pictures of her work.

Natural print scarf:
    Using natural resources to create unique scarf with leaves prints. Students are taught to make prints with shades of rose leaves and eucalyptus prints on silk scarves. And while the bundles are boiling we will make a wool felt flower brooch or bracelet. 

    Two Dates:
    November 25, 2013 and/or November 30,2013 (this is the same class just two different days)
    Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Place: Langley, BC  (walnut grove area) please message me for the address
    Fee: $125.00 incl. materials.
    ** please note: students must bring two bath size towels
Wool felt clutch with 3D textural flap :
    The wool felt clutch (handbag) with 3D texture is a unique design of the flap.  After learning the technique of making the 3D textural surface, students can apply such design on other wool felt objects to create the rich texture look

    Date: November 26, 2013
    Time: 10:00 - approximately 4:00 pm
    Place: Langley, BC ( walnut grove area, please message me for the address)
    Fee: $95.00 incl. materials.

    3D hollow vessel:
    The 3D hollow vessel will be a fun class learning how to make seamless items to hold many of your favourite things. Once you learn this technique you will have endless ideas for future hollow projects!
    Date: November 27, 2013
    Time: 10:00 - 3:00pm
    Place: Langley, BC ( walnut grove area, please message me for the address)
    Fee: $75.00 incl. materials.
If you would like to experience a wonderful time with Terriea Kwong who is a well known international felt maker please contact Sharon Gerhart at 604 916-7633  or email her at to book your seat! Seating is limited book your class now as classes will fill up quickly!


Arts For All Grant Program
Deadlines: November 15, 2013 & May 30, 2014

The Arts for All Program is open to individuals, collectives and organizations and will fund art projects that will increase artistic activities and opportunities within the Greater Forest Lawn community. Preference will be given to applicants who are located in Greater Forest Lawn, although applicants from outside the community will also be considered if their projects value participation from local artists and community members as well as the participation of artists, organizations and community members from diverse backgrounds. Applicants are encouraged to connect with International Avenue BRZ early in their project planning to get acquainted with the community and learn about opportunities available, such as artBOX on 17E.

Further Information:
View grant description here
Contact Cadence Mandybura (Community Manager, Calgary Arts Development)
403.264.5330 ext 201 (office) |

Artist Opportunity Grant Program

Deadline: ongoing

The Artist Opportunity Grant Program is being piloted in 2013 and 2014 to invest in professional development opportunities for individual professional artists With no set deadlines for applications, the program will allow artists to take advantage of short-term opportunities that will develop their careers.

If you have questions about the program or the application process, please email or call 403.476.203. Learn more here


New website for Calgary artisans: New Craft Coalition


Craft Sale: Edmonton Weavers' Guild - Edmonton, AB
Date: Saturday, November 2, 10am - 3:30 pm Location: Strathcona Community League, 10139 - 87 Avenue, Edmonton, AB Admission: $3.00

 The Edmonton Weavers' Guild is holding their annual Weaving, Spinning & Fibreworks Show & Sale. All sale items have been juried to ensure you will find nothing but the best in artisan products. For more information visit:


GIVE IT YOUR BEST SWATCH! Contribute your work to the history of textile art & design.

Now soliciting new swatches for "Best Of" Swatch Collection #4 - loaded with examples of innovative process, masterful application plus any downright gorgeous or distinctive fabric you've created.

 DEADLINE:  DECEMBER 1 Download Submission Guidelines + Form at 


Anni Hunt has produced a video of an interview with Eleanor Hannan, whom many of you know either as an artist, friend or teacher.


 Thomas Roach and Sheila Wex gave a presentation last month at the Vancouver SDA show, about the Common Threads project. Some of you may be interested in following the progress of that project - check out for lots of pics and information. We in the Lower Mainland will have a chance to see the completed masterpieces hanging in the Cathedral, in due course.

We *will* be doing a "report" on the Oct 17th meeting with Lois Klassen and the "Slofemist Project", but are waiting for more photos and information!


I (arlee) have "nagged" everyone about sharing information on the blog so we can all get to know each other, and Karin reminded me that i too am capable of doing that, so...... i'm personally pleased to have several online interviews this month. They are similar, but answer different questions. Ancora part 1      Ancora part 2 part 1

Friday, October 18, 2013

Expression of Interest for Alberta SDA Exhibit 2014


What’s on the Surface?
An exhibition of the Alberta Surface Design Association
Call for expression of interest
First show by established and emerging artists and members of the Surface Design Association Alberta, (SDA), showcasing the talents of its members.
To be held at Atlantis Fine Framing and Studio 
Calgary, Alberta.
4515 Manhattan Rd SE  Calgary, AB, T2G 4B3
April 5 – April 30, 2014
Submitting artists must be Alberta residents and SDA members at the time of submission. If you do not currently hold a valid SDA membership please visit

If you would like to take part in this show please email your intent by November 10, 2013 to
Please include:-
Your Name
Phone number

The formal submission process is detailed below.
Theme and Context
Exhibition Theme: What’s on the Surface?
There is plenty of room for interpretation of the theme. An artist may choose to produce a meaningful surface that inspires, intrigues, or may simply be viewed as beautiful, ugly, or thought provoking. Perhaps you prefer to respond to the theme in a conceptual way.  For example, one might explore the idea that what a person shows on the surface is not necessarily what the person feels inside.  Or, one might express how cutting through the unappealing skin of the passion fruit reveals the beauty within. There are innumerable ways to address the theme and your approach is completely up to you.
This is a contemporary show open to the original application of traditional as well as experimental techniques.
For the purposes of this exhibition ‘the surface’ is to be a textile, fibre or thread-based work, where 'fibre'  and ‘thread’ are used in their broadest possible sense, from the more traditional materials of cotton/silk/wool to the more innovative: strands of polymer plastics, wire, paper shreds, fibrous minerals, coils of clay etc.
  • A maximum of 3 works may be submitted for consideration.  A small series occupying a total of 30 cm or less in any direction will be considered as one piece.
  • Works of art can be 2D or 3D and must be completed during the past two years.  
  • Art works as individual pieces, or as a small series occupying a total of 30 cm or less in any direction, can be accommodated easily. Larger pieces will be considered in the context of the available space.  
  • This is a curated show.  All works should be of professional standard and finish.   
  • The curators, Linda Hawke and Karin Millson, have final say on inclusion.
  • There is no submission fee.
  • Submission Deadline: February 14, 2014
  • Submission is via email, to and should include:-
    • -digital images of a maximum of 3 works proposed for exhibit; (max 3 images per piece, 300dpi sized to a maximum of 800 pixels per side).  Image files should be named with a number and the last name of the artist, eg: 1_smith
    • -a correspondingly numbered list of works including title, size (cm), media, year completed, value (or price, if for sale)
    • -brief explanation of each work (50 word maximum)
    • -artist’s bio, detailing your history as an artist and the philosophical approach to your work (200 word maximum)
  • Transportation and insurance of works is entirely the responsibility of the artist.
  • All works must be supplied ready to hang, clearly and securely labelled with artist’s name, title of work, directional arrow, and price on the back or bottom of the work.
  • Any special installation instructions should be included with the work.

Expression of Interest:     November 10, 2013
Submission deadline:     February 14, 2014
Artists will be notified by:     March 14, 2014
Delivery of works:         March 31, 2014
Finished artworks must be with the curator (Karin Millson, 4519 Coronation Drive, Calgary, Alberta, T2S1M5) by the end of the above date
Exhibition dates:         April 5, 2014 – April 30, 2014
Opening reception:         April 11, 2014
Pickup of unsold works:     April 30, 2014

All works must be removed from the gallery by end April 30, 2014.  
If you cannot be there yourself to remove your works, please arrange for another person to collect on that date.
It will be possible to sell works from the gallery.  Atlantis Fine Framing and Studio will take a 25% commission on any works sold during the show. Sold works will remain on display for duration of the show.

Contact Karin Millson for further details or clarification: -
403 453 1823