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

Saturday, April 26, 2014

End of April

Next meeting is in only a few days!!! From FB, i have seen that Sian Martin is quite excited about this as well :)

From Angela Dale: Some SDA members may be interested in this. I am teaching a FOSSHAPE workshop this summer at Series Summer Arts School at Red Deer College July 14-18. It will be 5 days of glorious fun and experimentation in the costume shop there.
People can contact me (fabricadabra4 at gmail dot com) if they have questions about the workshop. There will be a limit of 10 participants. The college has accommodation available in the dorms for a very reasonable price.
 Many other courses are offered again! To peruse the list, go here.
ACC Around Alberta: Matt Gould, Alberta Craft Council + 15 Window, EPCOR CENTRE - Calgary, AB
Exhibition Dates: May 3 - June 30, 2014
Reception: Thursday, May 15, 6:00pm-7:00pm, drinks to follow at Wine-ohs
Location: EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts, + 15 Walkway, 205 8th Avenue SE, Calgary AB

The ACC is pleased to announce the first Alberta Craft Council + 15 Window exhibition: Matt Gould, a selection of his fibre art. The Alberta Craft Council + 15 Window is located in the busy + 15 pedway system, with a diverse range of Calgarians walking through daily.

This exciting new exhibition space is possible thanks to ACC Board Member Kai Scholefield's efforts. ACC + 15 Window exhibitions will exhibit exciting new work by ACC members, partner organizations and cross-promote arts events in Calgary. The exhibitions will be two months in duration.


Exhibition: Hit & Miss: Yvonne Mullock, Project Space, Esker Foundation - Calgary, AB

Exhibition Dates: May 5 to July 13, 2014

Adopted as a means to make floor coverings from humble, recycled materials, rug hooking enjoys a long and creative history in Canada. For this exhibition, Calgary-based artist Yvonne Mullock, along with members of the The Chinook Guild of Fibre Arts, will transform Esker's project space into a live, functioning workshop. The artists will produce a hooked rug over the course of 10 weeks using materials sourced from local neighbourhoods, such as threadbare clothing and old household linens.

Announcement: ACAD Approved for Graduate Program: Master of Fine Art in Craft Media - Calgary, AB

After a recent review by Alberta Quality Council, ACAD has been granted approval to offer a Master of Fine Arts in Craft Media beginning in January 2015.

With the addition of the MFA in Craft Media, ACAD will be a destination for many members of Canada's cultural community wishing to further their education. By offering diverse and cross-disciplinary programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level, ACAD will be recognized as one of Canada's leading art and design colleges.

To read more click here.

Announcement: New Gallery, LoveCraft Gallery - Calgary, AB

A labour of love is how most, if not all, passion projects come to life. ACAD Alumna, Tracy Sutherland's most recent artistic endeavour is no different. Sutherland alongside close friend and business partner Daria Fox opened LoveCraft Gallery in 2013.

The gallery specializes in showcasing the works of new and emerging artists. Uniquely (in Calgary at least) LoveCraft Gallery also offer's Calgary artists studio space available to rent.

To learn more, submit a proposal, inquire about studio space or see the list of current exhibited work, visit their website here.
Event: 27th Semi-Annual Exhibition & Sale, Calyx Distinctive Arts - Calgary

Dates: April 26 & April 27, 2014 
Times: Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Crescent Heights Community Centre, 1101 - 2nd St NW Calgary

Artists will be in attendance to discuss artworks and techniques in painting, printmaking, sculpture, jewellery, metalwork, woodwork, ceramics, glass, fibre and more.  Different artists will be participating each day, so please attend both days.  There is normally a line-up of customers waiting for the doors to open at 10 am, so come early for the best selection!

For more information please call (403) 305-6708 or visit their website.
Call for Artists: Festival Gallery of Quilt Art, The International Quilt Festival, Quilts, Inc. - Houston, Texas

Image by: Sonia Bardella, Venice's Carnival, 2013 Theme: Traditions
Deadline for Applications: June 6, 2014
Exhibition Dates:August 2014 through August 2016

An international juried and judged exhibition of Art Quilts Prizes are awarded based on the interpretation of theme, excellence in design, and craftsmanship.

Exhibition theme: Home. Entries are quilts that speak to the theme. Any techniques-piecing, appliqué, embroidery, photo transfer, whole cloth and/or manipulated fabric, etc.-may be used as long as they are appropriate for the quilt (consisting of three layers) and the theme.

To learn more or apply click here.

 Putting Canadian Artists on the Map

Corinne and Gary Funk are traveling Canada, building a premier online Canadian arts market. What started out as a question, "I wonder what these artists in these small communities do in the winter to sell their creations?" has turned into

 Many disciplines and mediums are covered, and here's the shortlist for fibre :)

Many of you no doubt will have received this from SDA "HQ", but in case you weren't aware, dues are going up. 
We are writing on behalf of the SDA Board of Directors with an update about your individual membership dues. After careful and thoughtful consideration, your board decided the annual new and renewal amount will become $75 as of June 1, 2014.

 Full-time student membership levels remain unchanged at $35, however we are extending the student rate for two years after graduation to assist former students as they launch careers. This important outreach is subsidized by your member dues.

 (Postage to Canada/Mexico remains at $12 per year and all other international postage is $20 annually.)    

 SDA membership fees have not changed since 2008 and have been raised only twice in the last twelve years. During that time, expenses have increased for production of Surface Design Journal. Direct costs for the Journal represent 50% of SDA expenses; indirect, including administration, are approximately 70% - plus postage and operational expenses in general.

With your support, we've continually refined SDA website to more vigorously promote your work and events. We've added awards, grants, online exhibitions and other stellar resources. These benefits are funded by our yearly income - 83% of which is derived directly from your dues.

 We strive to constantly enhance and increase the benefits of SDA membership. The short list of future enhancements include:
  •     A refreshed SDA Website homepage that puts more emphasis on Surface Design Journal, ease of navigation and real-time information.
  •     A digital version of the Surface Design Journal for those who prefer the convenience of a paperless, mobile-friendly format.
  •     A 2015 Intensive at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN will offer a venue and program that encourages in-depth discussion and exploration of current topics in textiles.
  •     More SDA member exhibition opportunities including an international juried exhibition at Arrowmont Gallery (August - October 2015). Other major exhibitions are being planned for future years.
  •     A Member Resource Team comprised of knowledgeable advisors to assist local groups in planning more activities, including meetings and exhibitions.
  •     Partner Membership Level will be introduced to develop closer ties with guilds and art centers, resulting in more collaborative opportunities for SDA members.

SDA membership will continue to offer these outstanding benefits:
  •     Quarterly print issues of Surface Design Journal delivered to your door - latest topics to keep you informed and up-to-date in the realm of textiles.
  •     SDA Awards & Grants. Membership dues directly fund over $12,000 in annual awards & grants - all designed to foster artistic development.
  •     SDA Swatch Collection can be borrowed or downloaded to excite your next meeting or classroom.Three collections, featuring a history of surface design techniques, have been labeled, catalogued and photographed, resulting in high-quality, downloadable PowerPoint presentations thanks to your dues and donations.
  •     SDA Website attracts over 100,000 visits a month with its gallery of members' work, online exhibitions, range of community resources and much more.
  •     SDA NewsBlog spotlights gatherings, good advice and new resources from both SDA members and the international textile community.
  •     SDA eNews emailed newsletter offers monthly updates on SDA benefits and initiatives plus member news and other opportunities.
  •     SDA Calendar of Events lists your workshops and exhibitions along with many other events of interest in your neighborhood and around the world.
  •     Personal exposure on SDA Website with the ability to add a profile, photo and 2-12 images of your work (also included in the Image Library), bio, artist statement, resume and links.  
  •     Opportunity to submit work for publication in Surface Design Journal's Exposure section.

With your help, we're making good things happen! Just take a look at our 2013 Annual Report to review a listing of initiatives from last year. Our momentum is strong and we want it to continue. 

Extend your membership for one, two or three years at the old rates until May 31, 2014. To renew, click on Get Involved in the navigation bar at top of SDA homepage or on Join Us at the top right.

 Thank you for your support. Your membership in SDA is greatly valued. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact either of us or call our office at 707-829-3110 -



Friday, April 18, 2014

April Miscellaneous


Member Exhibition: Western Threads: Contemporary Fibre Art, Royal Alberta Museum - Edmonton, AB

Exhibition Dates: April 12 - August 4, 2014
Location: Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, AB

Be inspired by beautiful wall art, whimsical dolls, colourful quilts, stunning wearable art and pictorial rugs with over 100 fibre art pieces on display.

This exhibition brings together the remarkable work by members of the ACC Member Focus on Fibre Art Association, the Heritage Rug Hookers of Saskatoon and the Studio Art Quilt Associates, Western Canadian Branch.

Visit here to find out more.


NEW Call to Canadian Artists: Fairy Tales and Folklore Exhibition

Deadline: August 15, 2014

Curator Intent - Dawn Saun­ders Dahl : I have always been fas­ci­nated with story telling and pop cul­ture. Many sto­ries have been altered and have fallen fur­ther away from the orig­i­nal. My intent is to curate a con­tem­po­rary art exhibit that fea­tures new art­work inspired by orig­i­nal folklore/fairytales/stories. My spe­cific inter­est is with Cana­dian Folk­lore and Broth­ers Grimm Fairy Tales, but other artworks/stories would be accepted. I am look­ing for 10-15 Artists to par­tic­i­pate in a group exhibition.

This call is open to artists across Canada, once I have submissions I will apply to exhibit the work in artist run centres.

For additional information click here.
International Call: World of Threads Festival - Oakville, ON

Application Deadline: April 22, 2014

The Festival is one of the most vibrant fibre arts festivals in the world. We showcase contemporary fibre and textile art in all forms. Ontario, Canada which is part of the Greater Toronto Area. Learn more...

Previous Festivals have drawn entries from 20 countries and 8 Canadian provinces. The flagship exhibitions were the Common Thread International exhibitions. The Festival is also famous for our "Weekly Fibre Artist Interviews" series which has already featured 110 artists.

Click here to apply.
Call for Submissions: Gallery at Milner, EPL - Edmonton, AB

Deadline for Submissions: May 2, 2014

The Edmonton Public Library invites emerging artists working in any two-dimensional or three dimensional medium to submit proposals to show art work in the Gallery at Milner, located on the main floor of the downtown Stanley A. Milner Library. Any three-dimensional works proposed must be suitable for our gallery display cases.

Email: or Telephone: 780-496-7000
For more information visit:

Visual Arts Alberta has a page for calls for entry as well, calls and dates ongoing and ever changing, so snap 'em up while you can ---i know some of our members have shown at the Southern Jubilee site, but there's also the Northern one! 
SALES (Marketplaces):

Ujamaa Grandmas will hold its annual Fabric and Yarn Sale at Woodcliff United Church on Friday, April 25 (4:30  - 7:30 pm) and Saturday, April 26 (9:30 - 3 pm). 

Join us for wonderful bargains in fabric (including quilting cottons, fancies, tweeds, fleece, and everything in between) as well as yarn, notions, patterns, books, knitting needles and other items. 

Or, clear out space in your home by donating unused supplies which will be sold to raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation's work in Africa. Any leftovers from the sale are donated to other charities. 

See attached poster for details. Hope to see you there!

EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!!   2014 RFP Request for Proposals – cSPACE King Edward


Upcoming Workshops at FibreWorks Studio on the beautiful BC Sunshine Coast.

Monday, April 14, 2014

What's on the Surface (second posting)

The set up went very well.  I recommend this as a job if you are looking to volunteer some time next time we do a show.  Very rewarding and learn from the experts!
Only when everyone else's work was up and deemed successfully hung, did our lead curator give her own work some time and consideration.
 Great shot of Wendy with her art work.... and a Noo Noo... sorry for those of you who don't know the children's show Teletubbies.  Not one of my favourites, but a part of British culture none the less.
Thanks A. for all  the help you gave us getting the room ready for the show and setting up and washing up wine glasses. You are a great kid.
And now that we have seen these GF gems,  by Twisted Tortes you WILL have your reward.
The evening was deemed a success this is part of the the room at its quietest! The gallery is to the right in this shot.  We had at least 120 folks talking art and socializing thanks everyone for making it a great evening.  
Thanks once more to Atlantis for sharing the space so generously 
to SDA for the Small Event's Grant

So, what next?

Don't forget to go here and purchase your ticket for the Skype Speaker Series with Sian Martin 
(Tuesday 29th April, 12-2pm)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

First SDA Alberta exhibit a great success

What a wonderful turn out and buzz there was last night at the opening reception!

Centre, top, of above photo: "From the Surface 3" by Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas
Centre, bottom:  Susan Wittrup "All That Glitters"

Above, C.Dana Bush

Above, Wendy Klotz

Below, Wendy Passmore

Above, Virginia Stephen

Below, Siri McCormick


Below, Janet Scruggs

I apologize if your name is not on your work, in my haste to get close ups, i neglected to catch names. PLEASE let me know. I also have other photos to post here but am not sure who's work was whose :) It would be a great help, if you let me know what work was yours in the show, and i'd be thrilled to share them here in another post. (arlee dot ar at gmail dot com) (I also am not sure of all the faces put with names, especially surnames, even after having met and talked to most of you!)

Thanks to Atlantis for the venue, and Linda and Karin for their work curating, all the helpers who hung the show and all those who contributed munchies and drinkies! And a big thank you toall those who attended!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Surface Design Journal information, next meeting and more!!! Huzzah huzzah!

Membership issues were discussed at a previous meeting.  Following this, several members voiced concerns about the timely receipt of their journals. Karin has been in contact with Susannah Fedorowich who explained the matter:

Cut off date for the winter journal was at the end of January. If a member joined in February, the first journal they are eligible for would be the spring journal, as the mailing list goes to the publisher 26th March with mailing in mid-April.

US members can then expect theirs at the end of April to the beginning of May. Delivery to Canada can take 3 weeks even from close to the border. Via a new distributor with our international mailing we have seen much improved service but of course nothing is ever perfect. Anyone who hasn't gotten their winter 2014 journal yet (established members) can email me (Susan) and I will send them their copy, as they definitely should have received it by now. (srodee at hotmail dot com)

I hope this clarifies the matter and thanks to all who have brought this issue to my attention because it is good to get things out in the open to improve communication and needs, or answer any concerns.



Members and non-members of SDA Alberta, and all interested and interesting fibre folks,

  Skype Speaker Series: Sian Martin

Take advantage of a marvellous opportunity to connect with this very talented British artist and teacher
in her studio, via the internet for her live presentation  "Stitching in the Air". I have arranged for Sian to speak to us directly from her studio in England!! This is the reason for the lunch-time setting and new location.

We will meet at the EMMEDIA screening room in the Beltline (details below) to ensure robust internet connection.

There is plenty of on street parking on 11th and 12th Avenues and adjacent streets, including payable lot parking. It would be lovely if you car pool as SDA:Alberta is an environmentally friendly organization. :)  You may also use the C-Train or bus as transit is accessible from this site. To learn about the location and enable clickable links please open the Eventbrite link at the end of this subject's information .

Please share this information with as many people as possible from your contacts list so that Sian reaches as many people as possible with her illuminating and most unique perspective on stitch.

The link for online ticket purchase is:-

For more information about Sian and her work go to
See you there!



This Is My City 

 This is My City Festival 2014 kicks off on April 3rd with Telling Our Stories: a musical revue and continues through April 17th with exhibits, music, panel discussions, theatre, walks and tours. This is My City (TMC) invites you and all Calgarians to participate in this local, life-affirming project.

 At the heart of this year’s Festival you will find a series of programs that explore the theme, Telling Our Stories: Flood 2013. Overnight, people who never imagined they`d be homeless were staring it in the face. The city’s most vulnerable people were suddenly even more so. Agencies were evacuated, displaced, and in some cases required rebuilding. Possessions and old ideas were swept away; leaving us with stories of compassion and courage. TMC’s artist-mentors and participants have reflected on and developed this theme over the past months.  You will witness that exploration running like a river through Festival 2014.

Alberta Craft Council Feature Gallery, FURNISH: Contemporary hand-crafted home furnishings and accessories  April 5 - July 5, 2014

The desire to furnish one’s home goes beyond the mere practical. We seek comfort, beauty, meaning and individuality along with function.  Many people reinforce who they are through their home; from a wall hanging, a handcrafted entry table, a favourite chair or a cherished ceramic serving bowl.  Designed to encourage customers to buy and collect local hand-crafted furnishings and products for their homes, this exhibition features over 50 pieces by 21 Alberta Craft Council members. Artist Reception: 2-4 pm, Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Information received via Diane Krys

Remember too that the Alberta Craft Council has ongoing calls for submissions and entries here.


(Forgive the wording as it has been translated from German.)  PHOTOS ONLY, NOT ACTUAL WORK, for book projects. Sign up for their newsletter* to keep abreast of news.
Deadlines for two international projects
TextileArt Around the World - Sign up before May 1
As you can see above, we are pleasantly surprised by the beautiful entries we received in the meantime. Were you planning to also upload photos, but have not got it from? Until May 1, 2014 you have the opportunity to do the book TextileArt around the world this.
Upload for that date photos of your best work for a chance to earn a place in this inspiring edition! TextileArt around the world will be published in the autumn of 2014.
All artists whose work is published, get this for June 15 message.
More information can be found on the website.

Worldwide Colors of Felt
For this edition you still have plenty of time to send in work. This book is published in 2015. The closing date will be announced no later than 4 weeks in advance via the website and subscribed to newsletter*. Artists working with felt, we call to create an archive and upload it for Worldwide Colors of Felt. Felt their finest work There is room for ± 200-300 felt artists from around the world.
More information can be found on the website. (see above)

Textile Link is always open for new work
The archives of Textile Link is permanently accessible to login, upload pictures or to make changes. (You must register first, an easy process.) If you're not able to upload for example to 'TextileArt around the World", by May 1, then you still have a chance at a spot in a future book projects of Textile Link. Participation is always free. Through this link, you can create an archive.

Want to get in more shows? Of course you do! We all do and here are a few tips to help.