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Monday, June 30, 2014

IMPORTANT: if you receive emails from SDA(Alberta) or its (Alberta) representatives...

Canada has a new anti spam law that requires businesses and organizations to now have permission from anyone who receives their emails, whether they are newsletters or bits pointing something out that may be of interest to members.

Though we (SDA) are classified as a "non profit" organization, we still have to have express permission from members for us to continue sending these emails. The blog posts coming to your inbox may not be covered under this law, as the answers and regulations on the official government site do not address this issue, BUT as a safety measure, all members will be emailed in the next few weeks, asking for express permission.

When you receive the email asking for your permission, you MUST answer with either "subscribe" or "unsubscribe"--implied consent is not acceptable anymore. If you do not, you will be removed from the list, regardless of you wanting or not to have these sent to you.

Please spread the word as well, as some members neither respond to emails sent, nor are correctly listed in the SDA database (outdated email addresses). You can send me an email with the appropriate response also to arlee dot ar at gmail dot com. Please put "Subscribe to SDA (Alberta)" or "Unsubscribe from SDA(Alberta)" in the subject header and your full name in the body of the email. I will then apprise the pertinent "officers" and representatives of this acknowledgement. This permission will cover blog posts arriving in your email box, and the occasional information we may send out that is not on the blog.

This is also a good time for you all to make sure that your email address IS current and correct. Bounced member emails will also be removed, which may mean you get no communications from us at all, even if you want them.

NOTE: Responding here in the comments section on the blog does not constitute permission.

Friday, June 13, 2014

June meeting and miscellaneous

 Information on the June meeting, Skype talk with Saltspring Island Saori weaver, Terri Bibby, Thursday June 26:


 I'm sure you remember the viewing we had waaaay back at one of the first meetings of the SDA "Swatch Collection": now you can contribute to a 4th collection to become part of textile design history. Find form & instructions for sending in 12"x12" samples of your signature techniques and experiments at

Here's another way you can use your purchases to support SDA - at no cost to you! Shop via foundation that donates 0.5% of your purchases to SDA.

 1) Go to

2) Search for Surface Design Association then select it as your favored charity recipient

3) YOU shop. Amazon GIVES.

4) Amazon Smile will send you an email with links to install an Amazon button directly on your browser for ease of access to this program whenever you shop.

 Father's Day is coming. Shop Amazon and support SDA!


Entertainment , food AND Art :)


For the book artists, and ecoprinters/natural dyers, lovely interpretations and results. Jane Marie.

Classic "mark making" at this blog that showcases Asemic Writing, in all its connotations and permutations. And incidentally Sian Martin has a summer draw/mark along thingie. Both are very inspirational for developing new work, in new ways.

Intriguing mash up of collage, text and anatomy. (Some not for the faint hearted or easily offended.)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

June start ish


Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge, The Muskegon Museum of Art - MI, USA
 Application Deadline: November 14, 2014

The Muskegon Museum of Art announces a call for entries for Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge, a two-part exhibition that will feature artwork from established and emerging textile artists from around the world.

Part one of the exhibition is comprised of the artwork of some of the world's top fiber artists. Part 2 of the exhibition will feature artwork selected by a 3-juror panel (Ferne Jacobs, Gy├Ângy Laky, Namita Gupta Wiggers). Entry in this section is open to artists, 18 years and older, from any country. The exhibition will be held August 20 to November 1, 2015.

For questions or additional information, contact Art Martin at or 231-720-2575.

Learn more here
If you are interested in this, please respond ASAP to ensure workshop happens!! 

 David Kibuuka Batik Workshop(s)

Beginner workshop  Tuesday, September 8th and Wednesday the 9th  2014, followed by the intermediate workshop on Thursday , September 10th and Friday the 11th, location is the Millarville Racetrack Hall.

1)     2 day beginner workshop     $195
David has patterned templates to make your own design for fabric and sewing projects.  He also has templates to make portraits.  All supplies are included.

2)     2 days intermediate/advanced workshop   $195
This goes into more detail. All supplies are included.

A mininum of 8 people are needed and a maximum of 15 people can be accommodated. Please contact David directly, or Deb Solc , 

P.O. Box 76053
1500 Upper Middle Rd. Unit 3
Oakville, Ontario
L6M 3H5


Tickets are still available :

Yoshiko Wada 
will speak on

Sustainability in Textile Design & Production

Go to Eventbrite EventBriteand buy your ticket with a credit card.

MISCELLANEOUS: always has fascinating and pertinent information about "being" an artist, in addition to wonderful interviews with fibre artists, and reviews of books and materials. As we are present online so much, this is a great resource for your own personal development online :) The latest goodie is "Internet Marketing for Artists." 

Resource materials abound on several open library type sites, i'm currently in love with this one. Check out OpenLibrary, Gutenberg books or Online Books. There are also some fascinating emagazines available at ISSUU in a variety of topics and styles. (Some very startling as well!)

Thinking your doing yourself a favour by donating art, even to worthy causes?

Artist Spotlights at the Alberta Craft Council website include this month SDA member Margie Davidson and previously in August 2013, another "August" textiles artist, Matt Gould.