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Tuesday, December 28, 2010



Let's have a great selection of works from Vemont!

Rochester Contemporary Art Center, an innovative and growing gallery in upstate NY, is partnering with SDA to present a juried exhibition of contemporary Northeastern U.S. fiber art, April 1 - May 7, 2011.

The SDA Contemporary Fiber Exhibit will coincide with the FiberArt International exhibition at Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery. The two offerings will create a high profile for fiber art in the region. All types of 2-D and 3-D works are welcome, including sculptural work and installations.

Entry Deadline (postmark): January 17, 2011

Location: Rochester Contemporary Art Center (, 137 East Ave., Rochester, NY, 14604

Who May Enter: SDA members living in the Northeast United States (Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island)
***No Entry Fee, but just a reminder that entrants must also be a member of RoCo. See prospectus for details. Many opportunities await !***

To download the prospectus, click here: Northeast Regional Call for Entry (PDF)
OR click here:

If you have additional questions, please contact NYS Area Rep Jeanne Beck at

Monday, December 6, 2010


The Vermont Crafts Council, now in its twentieth year, is seeking Vermont artists and craftspeople to register for Open Studio Weekend 2011, to be held Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 and 29.

Individual artist studios, galleries and art or craft schools may participate in this annual event.

Registration is available online at,
or call the office to request an application.

Application deadline is December 31, 2010.

Contact Martha Fitch, Executive Director
Vermont Crafts Council

(802) 223-3380

Thursday, December 2, 2010

December Member News!

Mary Jane Russell of Charlotte, VT will have her work, “Linear Lines” and its companion piece, “Simply Shapes,” on display at the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington, VT.

The show runs from
Friday December 3, 2010 through Saturday January 29, 2011. The S.P.A.C.E. is located at The Soda Plant Building at :

266 Pine Street, Suite 105
Burlington, VT 05401

for additional info, please call: 802-578-2512

Montpelier member Karen Henderson will have her piece Hush, included in the upcoming Craft Forms 2010 exhibit, The Wayne Art Center's 16th Annual International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft.

The show runs December 3, 2010 through January 22, 2011

Special Event: On Saturday, December 4 there will be a Juror's Talk, from 1-2pm; followed by Meet the Artists, from 2-3pm
***Karen will be attending the these events~ if you are in the area, please plan to attend and say hello!

About the Juror : Jane Milosch
In April 2008, Jane Milosch was promoted to acting Senior Program Officer for Art in the Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture (OUSHAC), Smithsonian Institution, to direct pan-institutional art programs, new interdisciplinary initiatives, and strategic planning for the arts at the Smithsonian's eight art units.

Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Ave Wayne PA 19083
Monday - Saturday / 10am - 5pm
Contact :

Website Re-Design Needs Funds!

We still need to raise $8000 this year to cover website re-design costs.

This has been a challenging budgetary time for nonprofits, and really good websites are expensive.

One website feature you will especially love: the individual member pages will allow for a headshot and two images of work for free; more can be uploaded for a small fee. It's pretty awesome to see the rich image potential, unlike any seen before. We'll be able to search by medium and technique. We have so many innovative ideas planned- a Teach + Learn section, for one.

Hope you can consider contributing what you can if you have not already done so. It's easy to do, right on the home page of the current website.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Happy Anniversary! Member News

November marks the One Year Anniversary
for member Lisa Johnson's fast-growing business,
Yummy Yammy

Congratulations, Lisa!

As Y'Ambassador, Lisa is bringing sweet potatoes to the nation, and will soon hopefully be found at your neighborhood health food store.

Check out Lisa's website to find out where you can get Yummy Yammy and learn more about all the yummy flavors you can try!

Images Needed for New SDA Website

We need images right away to enhance the look & feel of our new website. Our visual approach, besides being about member images, is about showing community, process and making. (You will have a chance to upload images to your own SDA page once the site goes live.) We have established a general email address for receipt of images. This appeal will also go out in the Enewsletter next week

Right now, we’d like to consider general use of images of:
  • PROCESS (doing or making, or tools)
  • MEETINGS (gatherings, critiques)
  • TEACHING (workshops, classroom)
  • PORTRAITS (you making your work)
  • By submitting images, you agree you have the right to use and reproduce these images.
  • For this design phase, images are needed ASAP- we will also continue to accept them beyond ASAP
  • For this design phase, images might be cropped or used as details.
  • Please save each image as a jpeg with your name and category type (process, meeting, teaching, etc), numbered if more than one, as in: yourname_process1.jpg.
  • Images can be larger sized but don’t have to be
  • Please include photographer credits. Our plan is to credit sources wherever possible.

Friday, November 5, 2010



Rochester Contemporary Art Center, an innovative and growing gallery in upstate NY, is partnering with SDA to present a juried exhibition of contemporary Northeastern U.S. fiber art, April 1 - May 7, 2011.

The SDA Contemporary Fiber Exhibit will coincide with the FiberArt International exhibition at Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery. The two offerings will create a high profile for fiber art in the region. All types of 2-D and 3-D works are welcome, including sculptural work and installations.

Entry Deadline (postmark): January 17, 2011

Location: Rochester Contemporary Art Center (, 137 East Ave., Rochester, NY, 14604

Who May Enter: SDA members living in the Northeast United States (Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island)

To download the prospectus, click here: Northeast Regional Call for Entry (PDF)

If you have additional questions, please contact NYS Area Rep Jeanne Beck at

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Reminder - meet & mingle at T.W.Wood Fiber Show

Pictured here is Saxtons River, VT member Michèle Ratté's piece entitled :

"island 1"
H 9" x W 8.75" x D .5"
23k gold printed on hand-loomed silk, linen, velum, kevlar thread, beads
Photo Credit: Rachel Portesi Photography

You can see this piece in person, along with many others, at "Good, Good, Good, Good Fibrations/Fiber Show 2010" at the T.W.Wood Gallery in Montpelier.

And here's a reminder if you can make it this Thursday, November 4th to the Opening Reception from 5-7pm, you'll have a chance to meet & mingle with most of the SDA members who are included in the show: Althea Bilodeau, Judy B. Dales, Elizabeth Fram, Michèle Ratté, Dianne Schullenberger (and your editor here), as well as many other talented Vermont artisans who explore fibers/textiles in their work.

If you can't make it to the opening, the show runs November 2nd through Dec 19, 2010

And mark your calendar!
Quilt artist, Judy B. Dales will give an Artist's Talk at the Gallery
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 7pm

T.W.Wood Gallery & Arts Center
College Hall - Vermont College of Fine Arts
Montpelier, VT

Monday, November 1, 2010

some November Member news!

hey, that rhymes!

JoAnne Russo will be exhibiting her work at the prestigious 34th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, which is coming up soon. The show runs November 11-14, 2010. Held at the Philadelphia Convention Center, in Philadelphia, PA.

This premier show and sale of contemporary craft, includes 195 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the United States, selected from more than 1,400 applicants. Artists from Germany will be featured. All work is for sale.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is presented annually by the Museum's Women's Committee and Craft Show Committee for the benefit of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Funds raised are used to purchase works of art and craft for the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to fund conservation and publication projects, and to support exhibitions and education programs.

Visit the link above to the PMA Show to find out all of the details you'll need to know to go!

***editor's note: If you've never been to this show, it's really a must-see at some point for anyone who is a maker or appreciator of fine craft/art. If you go, remember that Philly is the birthplace of the declaration of Independence and home of yummy cheesesteaks (if you like that sort of thing) :)

Call to Enter: Merge and Flow, SDA Members Show

As part of the Surface Design Association’s International Conference Confluence, SDA members are invited to submit work measuring 12" x 28" (vertical or horizontal orientation) for an installation showcasing innovative use of textiles. Work using any textile technique or material will be considered, including surface design, weaving, quilting, knitting, stitching, the use of nontraditional materials.

The SDA Members' Show is an open call where all submitted work is exhibited in the show and then judged onsite for awards.

Merge and Flow

International Surface Design Association Conference

EXHIBITION DATES: June 7-­‐ June 30, 2011
Katherine E. Nash Gallery
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus

Guidelines for Submissions:

Entry Deadline: February 1, 2011
Online submission for Members' Show opens: December 1, 2010
Online submission for Members' Show closes: February 1, 2011

2011 Members' Show Exhibition Schedule
March 1, 2011: Postmark deadline for shipping artwork
June 7, 2011: Exhibition opens
June 9, 2011: Opening Reception
June 30, 2011: Exhibition closes
July 6-8, 2011: Return shipping of artwork

Digital submission through is required.

***Editor's note: You can get all of the complete info on the Suface Design Association website.
A complete pdf file will be emailed to Vermont members later today. Please read entire prospectus, and then in the case of general entry questions, Contact Saaraliisa Ylitalo at .For any technical questions about the online submissions process, Contact Juried Art Services at

Reminder: Confluence 2011, Mark your Calendar!

Surface Design Association
and the Textile Center present:

2011 International Surface Design Association Conference

Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Key Conference Dates:

Pre-conference workshops: June 4 – 8, 2011
Exhibition Day: Thursday, June 9, 2011
Conference Sessions: Thursday, June 9 - Sunday, June 12, 2011
Post-conference workshops: June 13 – 17, 2011

Keynote Speaker: Pat Hickman, "Confluence: Beyond Surface"

Closing Speaker: Barbara Lee Smith: "Open to Interpretation: Signs, Maps and a Field Guide to Getting Lost "

Other Conference Speakers

  • India Flint, "Ecologically Sustainable Color: Bio-regional Dyes for Cloth"
  • Stephen Fraser, "Democratizing Fabric Design: The Internet and the Digital Textile Revolution"
  • Fayth Levine, "DIY Handmade: Ethos and Aesthetics of Today's Craft Culture"
  • Natalie Chanin, "From the Personal to the Marketplace"
  • Jack Becker, "Loose Ends: Connecting Fibers in the Public Art World "
  • Lanny Bergner, "Transforming the Common"
  • Anna Carlson, "Fear Not: Alternative Methods for Critique"
  • Jane Dunnewold, "What Matters?"
  • Chad Alice Hagen, "Intermingling of Desires in the Middle-Aged Brain: A Journey of Self Discovery"
  • Marliss Jensen, "Painting and Dyeing for the Theater: A Confluence of Techniques "
  • Becka Rahn, "Etsy: From the Inside Out"
  • Jo Stealey, "Basketry Today: The Confluence of Boundaries, Borders, and Edges"
  • Bhakti Ziek, "Digital Jacquard Design Using Photoshop®"
  • Panel Discussion: Leesa Hubbell (moderator), Laura Foster Nicholson, Dawn Zero Erickson, "The Textile-Driven Life: Creating Products and Careers"

Conference Demonstrations

  • Jiyoung Chung, "Color Joomchi"
  • Jane Dunnewold, "Color with Soy Wax"
  • Wendy Huhn, "Acrylics for Textiles"
  • Giovanna Imperia, "Kumihimo with Wire"
  • Chunghie Lee, "Basic Pojagi Making"
  • Sharron Parker, "Feltmaking"

Conference Events

Other Events

  • Vendor Fair
  • Trunk Show
  • Regional meetings
  • Special Interest meetings
  • Gallery Day
  • DIY Festival sponsored by Textile Center

Fashion Show "Bodies of Water", Grainbelt Bottling House Atrium

Movie Night

  • Faythe Levine, "Handmade Nation"
  • Carolyn Kallenborn, "Woven Lives: Contemporary Textiles from Ancient Oaxacan Traditions"
For a complete list of Exhibits to visit during the conference, click here

For a complete list of Workshops to take during the conference, click here

Call to Enter: Bodies of Water, Members' Fashion Show

As part Surface Design Association's International Conference, Confluence 2011, SDA will present Bodies of Water, a juried fashion show of unique garments on June 11, 2011.

This fashion show will provide an opportunity to interpret the theme ifyou so choose, and send your garment down the runway as part of a professional show in an elegant space.

Guidelines for Submissions:

Entry Deadline: February 1, 2011
Online submission for Members' Show opens: December 1, 2010
Online submission for Members' Show closes: February 1, 2011

2011 Fashion Show Schedule:
Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2011
Work due: May 13, 2011
Fashion Performance: June 11, 2011
Return of work: June 30, 2011

Digital submission through is required.

***Editor's note: You can get all of the complete info on the Suface Design Association website. Also, a complete pdf file will be emailed to Vermont members later today. Please read entire prospectus, and then in the case of general entry questions, Contact Anna Lee at .For any technical questions about the online submissions process, Contact Juried Art Services at

State of Craft reviewed in print and on VPR radio!

The October/November issue of American Craft Magazine features a really great review of the State of Craft Exhibit at Bennington Museum, written by Arlene Distler, who is a poet and arts writer based in Brattleboro, VT.

Here's an image of the spread, featuring prominently SDA Member
JoAnne Russo's piece "She's Come Unraveled":

Now I know this will be impossible to read, so click here for a link to American Craft Magazine's website and this wonderful article (big enough to read!)

And here's another thing to check out:
A couple weeks ago I was driving somewhere, and was excited to hear on Vermont Public Radio a wonderful review of the State of Craft Exhibit, which just closed yesterday.

Please click the link here to read and listen to Commentator Meg Ostrum's review, Hidden Treasures.

The review features comments on JoAnne's stunning piece in the exhibit, Congratulations to JoAnne!

****side note: I'd also caught an interview on VPR with Martha Fitch, Executive Director of the Vermont Crafts Council, however I can't find a link to it. If I find it, will post that as well, as it was a great interview and they touched upon many good topics.

Meeting Vermont Members!

This is a photo of Charlotte, VT member, Mary Jane Russell (on right), and myself at a recent gallery opening. We're standing in front of her piece, entitled "Fearless".

To see more photos of Mary Jane's work, please visit her facebook page.

Mary Jane approaches art quilting as an exploration of abstract designs, using dye and paint, silk-screening and other printing techniques, digital photography and image transfers to interpret designs found everywhere, from rock cliffs and stone walls, to cracks in the sidewalk and city skylines.

We were happy to be included in the "Forever Fiber/ A Gathering of Fiber Artists" show at Creative Space Gallery in Vergennes, VT, which runs until Saturday, November 13, 2010.

The show also features amazing work by Tammara Wight, who is a basket weaver for over 25 years, currently she weaves these organic, sculptural basket forms, incorporating and responding to found materials and to her experiences of the natural world.

Another artist in the show, Martha Loving, creates richly textured, evocative pieces filled with memory and symbolism by weaving painted and printed paper with fragments of photographs, ribbons, and other found materials.

Also exhibiting are Marsha Chase of Panton, and Deb Allen of Ferrisburgh. These artists are finding no boundaries to the art of felt making...they manipulate wool, silk, and other fibers to create two- or three-dimensional forms. The result can be an abstract sculpture, a landscape painting, or wearable art: one-of-a-kind scarves, jackets, and handbags.

Creative Space Gallery has a beautiful exhibit space in a great location of town. To see more images of the Creative Space fiber show, visit Mary Jane's blog

The gallery also features paintings, photographs, prints, hand-blown glass, and jewelry by member and guest artists. Creative Space Gallery, located at 235 Main Street, Vergennes is free and open to the public Thursdays, 4-7 pm., Fridays 2-7 pm, and Saturdays noon-6 pm, or you can call 802 877-3850 (24 hours in advance), and one of the gallery artists will be happy to meet you there. For more information: .

Friday, October 29, 2010

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Missing/Missed

Textile Arts Center

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Missing/Missed

We all have things we yearn for in the future and from the past. These things (lovers and pets and cars and mother and idea and ...) drive us. They swirl around under the surface. We desire to capture and recapture the thing in memory or actuality. Most of the time we don't know exactly what any one thing is. We can't quite put our finger on the exact demand.

Artists are asked to submit the missing or missed piece, searching behind their memories and yearnings, for that thing, that created thing, that will bring it all together.

Entry Postmark Deadline: November 30, 2010

Exhibition Dates: Jan 14 - Feb 25, 2011
Opening Reception: Jan 14, 8-11PM
Artist Talks and Workshops: TBD

For complete submission guidelines. please visit the Textile Arts Center website.

Textile Arts Center
505 Carroll Street
Brooklyn (Park Slope), NY 11215

Friday, October 22, 2010

Call For Entry! Fantastic Fibers 2011

Call for Entries: Fantastic Fibers 2011

FANTASTIC FIBERS is an International competitive Juried Exhibition that seeks to showcase a wide range of outstanding works related to the fiber medium. In three years Fantastic Fibers has grown to a truly international competition/exhibition.

Fantastic Fibers 2011 is sponsored by the Yeiser Art Center, Paducah’s Gateway to the Arts. Located in downtown Paducah, the Yeiser Art Center is a non-profit visual arts organization celebrating more than fifty years of serving the community through exhibitions and education throughout the Tri-State Region.

Paducah is the home of the National Quilt Museum. The American Quilter’s Society Annual Show and Contest will be held in Paducah from April 27 to 30, 2011. All accepted artists will receive a CD catalog with all accepted entries.

Deadline February 15.
Entry fee $10 per entry.
Digital submissions only.

***note: Do Not send your entries via email. Follow the link to Submit Online.

Yeiser Art Center
Paducah, KY 42001
For more info visit this link

other questions, email:

Monday, October 18, 2010

...and more Member News!

SDA Vermont Members will be well-represented at the upcoming show at the T.W.Wood Gallery & Arts Center in Montpelier!

Works by Althea Bilodeau, Judy B. Dales, Elizabeth Fram, Karen Henderson,
Michèle Ratté and Dianne Shullenberger are included in the show, along with many other talented Vermont artists who explore fibers as a medium.

Good, Good, Good, Good Fibrations: The Fiber Art Show 2010

Exhibit dates: November 2, 2010 through December 19, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 4th, 5:00 pm -7:00 pm

Artist Talk by Judy B. Dales, quilt artist: Tuesday, November 16 at 7:00 pm

(Editor's note: I'm hopeful that SDA members will come out to the opening and / or to Judy's talk so we can all get acquainted!)

T. W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center
36 College Street, Vermont College of Fine Arts
Montpelier, VT 05602
802 - 828 8743

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12 pm - 4 pm

Sunday, October 17, 2010

October Member News

Dianne Shullenberger of Jericho, VT has some exciting news to share!

The Chicago Art Institute
will display her fabric collage piece titled: THE WOODS, in their show, Contemporary Fiber Art -A Selection from the Permanent Collection ,
which will run from Nov 3 through Feb 7.

This exhibit will inaugurate the reopening of the Department of Textiles galleries.

Please visit the link to Dianne's site to see her work, it's really wonderful!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Weaving in Montpelier!

Local fiber artist Maggie Neale will will demonstrate luscious loom woven chenille at Artisans Hand Gallery for the next Montpelier Art Walk on Friday, October 15, 5-7pm .

The gallery is featuring "Fiber for Fall", warming and transforming scarves and hats of silk, tencel, chenille, fleece, and boiled wool.

Isn't it time for a new hat or scarf to celebrate the season?

Maggie has been a weaver for 35 years, and is also known for her silk painted silk scarves and art-to-wear, large silk hangings, and oil paintings. In all of her work, she allows color to rule, to flow, and to transform.

Artisans Hand is located at 89 Main at City Center, right in the heart of downtown Montpelier.
The gallery is dedicated to exhibiting the excellent work of Vermont's crafts community.

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-4

(802) 229-9492

Monday, September 27, 2010


Do you want to get Exposure for your work?

Well then don't forget that you can submit your work for consideration for the
section of the Surface Design Journal.

Here are the Guidelines:
Submissions are welcome to “Exposure” in the form of digital files, slides, or transparencies when they conform to the specifications below. All photographs must be of professional quality.

Please select no more than six or eight pieces of your best work; details can be included if necessary to understand the work.

Requirements for Digital Images
• At least 300 resolution in the 5 x 7-inch range or larger. TIFFs are preferred but JPGs are acceptable.
• Identification of each image with a number (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) and a file name that includes the artist’s name and a clue to the image rather than a numerical code. For example: “picasso.polkadots” rather than “100001.”
• Prints of the images submitted. These can be contact sheets in black and white or color, but each image should not be smaller than 3 x 3 inches. They can be on ordinary 8.5 x 11-inch paper.

Requirements for Slides and Transparencies:
• Identify each image with a number, the artist’s name, and title of work on the slide frame or on a label on the plastic covering the film.

Requirements for All Submissions:
• A resume and artist statement
• A printed list of images numbered to match the numbers on the images. Provide full caption information for each piece:
• Artist’s name
• Title of work
• Materials, process, size
• Date of completion
• Collection, installation site, or source of commission, if relevant
• Photo credit

Please add any information that would help the designer understand the image—e.g., if there is black around the edge of the image, is it background or part of the work?

Send submissions by regular mail to:
Patricia Malarcher, SDA Editor
93 W. Ivy Lane
Englewood, NJ 07631
E-mailed submissions are not accepted.

October Meet / State of Craft Exhibit

Just a reminder that the October Vermont SDA meet will be at the Bennington Museum to see the State of Craft Exhibit, which celebrates 50 years of the craft artists here in Vermont.

Hope to see you there!

Date: Sunday, October 17, 2010
Time: 1pm until ?

Place: Bennington Museum
75 Main Street, Bennington, VT

We can meet at the cafe tables in the lobby, have a chat and snack first, and then have time to see the exhibit.

If you want, bring along a sample or photo of your work to share (finished or in progress/it's all good!).

If anyone is interested in car-pooling, let me know!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Vermont Studio Center Fellowship - Deadline Reminder

The deadline for Fellowship applications for Vermont Studio Center's residency program is coming up fast!

Application deadline is October 1, 2010

Visit Vermont Studio Center's website for all the guidelines, or call them 802-635-2727

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Member News!

Member Joan Morris will have a solo show at the Big Town Gallery in Rochester, VT.

"Merging Continuums: work from 2009 and 2010" will feature her work in shaped-resist dyeing in conjunction with painting, printing, metal applications and other pattern making methods.

The exhibit runs from October 13 through - November 21, 2010 with an Opening Reception on Saturday, October 16 from 5-7 PM

This image here shows a piece is entitled, "Opening", Joan Morris, 2010. It is shaped resist dyeing and 22 k gold/platinum mono print on hand milled silk substrate (photo credit: Joe Mehling)

(Editor's note: If you've never seen Joan's work in person, you really should try to make it to see this show!)

Big Town Gallery is in the center of town in Rochester on Rt. 100. just north of the park.
Their address is:

99 North Main
Rochester, VT 05767

For more info:
(802) 767-9670

More Member news:
Althea Bilodeau will be showing her dyed and felted work at the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY.

The festival runs Saturday October 16 9am to 5pm
and Sunday October 17, 2010 10 am to 5pm

at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Avenue
Rhinebeck, NY

(Editor's note: This is an AWESOME thing to go to...I've only been once, but it's really, really great!) Lots of amazing fiber / textile art, as well as supplies (yay, candy shopping!) plus tons of other stuff going on. It's in a beautiful area too.... If you decide to go, find Althea and introduce yourself!

She can be found in Booth A-6!

In other news, members Mary Jane Russell and Karen Henderson will have their art included in "Forever Fiber: A Gathering of Fiber Artists".

A show held at Creative Space Gallery in Vergennes, VT, the show features guest and member artists' work in a variety of fiber media including basketry, wool felting, quilting and weaving.

The show will run from September 30 through November 13, 2010,
with an Opening Reception on Thursday, September 30 from 5-8pm

If you can, please stop in to introduce yourselves to the artists!

Creative Space Gallery hours are:
Thursdays 4-7pm, Fridays 2-7pm, Saturdays 12-6pm
or otherwise open by chance or appointment.

235 Main Street, Vergennes, VT
802-877-3850 or email:

Event at Artists' Medium in Williston!!

A couple of members sent this exciting opportunity in. It's coming up quick, but check it out!

Alyson B. Stanfield, Author of the wonderful and informative book: I'd Rather be in the Studio, The Artist's No-excuse Guide to Self-promotion, all about art marketing - will graciously visit Artists' Mediums in Williston! Come to ask questions and have your copy of this book signed!

Artists' Mediums is located at 300 Cornerstone Drive, Williston, VT

802-879-1236 or email for additional info

Question & Answer discussion and book-signing
Monday, September 27th, 3-5 p.m.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Call for Entry! Craft Forms 2010

Craft Forms 2010: Wayne Art Center's 16th Annual International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft

An international juried exhibition dedicated to enhancing the public's awareness of contemporary American craft while providing a venue for established and emerging artists alike to share their functional and sculptural creative endeavors.

Craft Forms, now in its sixteenth year, has grown to be one of the leading contemporary craft exhibitions in the country and a favored showcase for the work of the nation's most talented craft artists.

Deadline to enter is September 16, 2010.
Online application at Juried Art Services

Show dates are December 3, 2010 to January 22, 2011.

The Wayne Art Center is located in the Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It's a beautiful facility, where they offer instruction for all ages in the visual arts, crafts, music and drama. Their exquisite galleries feature a diverse presentation of exhibits each year, highlighting local, regional and national artists.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Meet & Greet Wrap Up / Update

The first 2010 SDA Vermont Meet & Greet potluck at member Pippa Drew's home and studio, Vermont Surface Design, was a lot of Fun!

From left to right, meet Pippa Drew, Lisa Johnson, her daughters Bella and Hope busy drawing at the table, and Betsy Fram. (I'm not in the photo, but there in spirit :) )

We were a small and happy group that day, all agreeing how wonderful it was to just connect with other creative people. Thanks again so much to Pippa for hosting, it was tremendously inspiring and generous!

Pippa and her husband George have such a wonderful home, with beautiful art pieces collected from different times and places they've traveled to. The textiles and carved wood masks were so amazing! The gardens were bursting with color...I wish I'd taken photos of the garden, it is gorgeous, but I wasn't multi-tasking very well that day. :)

We were able to have a tour of George's guitar making workshop Vermont Instruments, where he creates amazing and beautiful instruments.

He also teaches intensive workshops throughout the year, where students can learn to build guitars, mandolin, banjo, ukelele, etc.....and he also hosts other instructors as well.

To learn more about his school, please visit the link!

We enjoyed a really yummy potluck photos again, but Martha Stewart would have been jealous!! Maybe we can post our recipes?

Pippa's studio, Vermont Surface Design, is an artists' dream! It's really wonderful. Lots of light, lots of space, great ventilation systems! One was over the dye mixing booth, and the others were over work table spaces for when she might be working with wax or other stuff you'd want the fumes taken outside. A very well-planned and inspiring space.

I hope you can check out Pippa's place sometime. She hosts workshops, bringing in talented instructors for great intensive classes. They can also provide comfortable and cozy housing for students who are coming a long distance, which is really wonderful and convenient. Do check out her link for upcoming classes, and if you're interested in getting on a mail list for future classes, get in touch with her through her website.

We talked about having a get together that would be more messy and a different kind of fun-- like a play date for makers. We'll let you all know what develops!

I also just have to thank Bella and Hope for reminding me how to make a paper cootie catcher (that's what we called them way back in the day when I was their age!)

Anyway, here's some shots of our show and tell:

Fans, Followers, and Friends!

Members are gaining momentum in the social networking scene in the fiber cyber world.

Members Lisa Johnson of Yummy Yammy and Linda Marcille of Crow House Studios are kick-starting this effort for further outreach with each other, thank you both ladies!

So this post here is a general invitation to visit each other's pages....
Then become a Fan, Follower, Friend to each other through the venues of Facebook, Blogs, LinkedIn, etc etc ... I'm sure I'm missing some.

For those of us that aren't as up to speed on this, we hope to have an informational meet about it from our more savvy members at some point. Stay tuned!

and in the meantime, if you're on those venues, find each other and spread the magic!

August Member News!

Please welcome new member Althea Bilodeau of North Chittenden, VT, who joined this spring! Welcome Althea!!

She recently collaborated on an exciting project with NYC Fashion Designer, Chris Benz. The project involver her dyed silk charmeuse-- 24 yards worth !-- in four colorways for his Fall 2010 collection.

They loved the work so much that they created three dresses that were shown to buyers at the fashion show. The pieces were so successful that she was commissioned to dye an additional 180 yards of fabric for them! WOW!

Stay tuned, we hope to have photos soon. Congratulations, Althea!

In other member news, Karen Henderson's piece "Duality" was recently acquired by the art collection of The Banner Ironwood Medical Center in Queen Creek, Arizona. The piece is a combination of her hand woven linen along with hemp and linen/silk blend fabric. Batik and dye painting were used, along with stitching, to create the piece (seen below).

Thursday, August 12, 2010

SDA Program Day Invite!

Jeanne Beck, the SDA are rep for New York, has extended an exciting invitation to all SDA members, and their friends!

They've organized an SDA Program at Syracuse University to be held on Saturday, September 11, 2010, and everyone is invited!

Be inspired by the excellent Fiber program at Syracuse, and meet other members!

For all the details, visit the SDA New York Blog:

In A New York Minute

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Textile and Fiber Art List

Member Linda Marcille sent this link to The Textile and Fiber Art List. (the TAFA List)

Check it out! It's a very comprehensive list, where members have their own pages to share their info and art work.

They only just went live online this past February, so for a new thing, it's pretty amazing the scope of members they have.

Here is a link to Linda's page:
Linda's Silk Painting Page on TAFA

There is a one-time fee of $25. to join.
*****Please note: Linda just let me know that the fee is going up to $48. in September, so join now while it's cheap!!!!

Also, Linda's let us know of a really great fiber blog called
Bonnie Samuel Design: Fiber in Art, Culture and Life

Visit there and read the article about TAFA, where they feature Linda in her studio. They also mention that TAFA is going to be featured soon in Hand Eye Magazine. Here's the link to the article on the blog

Monday, August 2, 2010

Marbling Anyone?

Member Ellen Leff would like to find interested members who would like to get together on a Saturday or Sunday morning to work with marbling on paper or cloth.

She's in Burlington, and has supplies to share!

Marbling is a lot of fun, with tons of possibilities, so to set up a time, contact Ellen at:

Thursday, July 29, 2010

High Fiber Under Five = Call for Fiber Art

Call to Fiber Artists!

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is hosting its 3rd Annual High Fiber Under Five art sale this November 4-6, 2010.

Submissions of all kinds are welcome--basketry, jewelry, knitting, sculpture, quilts, wearable art, tapestries, and mixed media pieces where fiber plays a prominent role.

Artists are invited to submit 3 to 10 artworks that can be offered for sale at $500. or less each. Half of the retail sales price will go to the artist, and half supports the Museum's fiber art advocacy efforts. Of course, Artists also have the option of donating their work to this benefit art sale. But in the spirit of respecting the work that you invest in the art you create, they aren't asking that artists donate it's a very flexible option there.

Almost 600 people attended last year's event, which generated $14,576. in sales for 50 pieces sold by participating artists. One Purchase Award sponsor enabled the Musuem to acquire a work by Linda Gass for its permanent colleciton. They will again be soliciting High Fiber Under Five sponsors so they can continue this tradition of Curator Deborah Corsini selecting exceptional artworks to feature as "Curator Picks" from which sponsors select the artwork they want to purchase for the collection.

This event builds on the immense popularity of San Jose's monthly gallery crawls that bring anwhere from 400 to 1200 Silicon Valley residents out to view art on the First Friday of each month.

Important Deadlines:

Participation Notification: August 20, 2010
If you let them know you plan to participate by this date, they can include your name in pre-event publicity. Email to: or call Ann at 408-971-0323 x12.

You will need to submit any available digital images of at least 300 dpi at approx 4" x 6" in jpeg, tiff or eps format of your piece(s) for use in the event marketing materials. Put "High Fiber" in the subject line of your email.

You will also need to submit two forms. Download or contact them for these forms:
1. The Fact Sheet and Checklist
2. Art Submission Form

Artwork Receipt Deadline: October 1, 2010

Send your artwork to:

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
High Fiber Under Five
520 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Additional Image Deadline: October 1, 2010
Send any additional digital images (See image specifications above) of your artwork that have not been previously submitted to for the online gallery.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Niche Awards call for entries


Deadline: August 31, 2010. NICHE magazine, a quarterly trade publication for American and Canadian fine craft retailers, is presenting the 2011 NICHE Awards. The contest includes new categories this year: basketry, outdoor art, wedding jewelry, paper, and religious/inspirational art. Winners will be announced at a special ceremony and featured in the Spring 2011 issue of NICHE.

Kingdom Craft Alliance Exhibit Extends Dates!

Judy B. Dales from Greensboro has announced that the Kingdom Craft Alliance's State of Craft Exhibit in Greensboro earlier this month was so successful that it has been extended through the summer! That's great news!

So head on in to see the show at The Miller's Thumb, a historic building right in the center of Greensboro.

(look, there's someone going in right now!)

It will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 11-4 until Labor Day Weekend. The last day will be Monday, Labor Day.

Judy is the President of the Kingdom Craft Alliance, a group newly formed just this year. The group represents about 40 artists and art historians so far, and the exhibit includes a wide range of art including sculpture, painting, pottery, weaving, jewelry, glass, metal, wood and collage.

In addition, you will learn about the people involved in crafts in earlier times, personal statements from artists explaining how they were influenced or mentored by artists who preceded them, and a time-line of important events and movements that shaped the face of craft in northern Vermont.

To view other Special Events scheduled for the rest of this year, go to: State of Craft.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Learn Katazome in Vermont!

Pippa Drew wants to spread the word that there are just three spaces left in the "Katazome with Natural Dyes" class taught by renowned Katazome artist Akemi Nakano Cohn.

This workshop runs on August 7 - August 10, 2010 in Pippa's 1000 square foot Vermont Surface Design Studio, in Post Mills, VT.

Students will develop design ideas by observing objects in nature from the beautiful surroundings in Vermont. Using a unique Japanese paper(shibugami), these motifs will be cut into stencils for printing.

Rice paste (special bran & sweet rice flour) and soybean juice recipes, stencil cutting, application of natural mineral pigments and natural dyes (cooking to extract natural materials and mordant processes) will be instructed.

By using different mordants (e.g. alum, tannin, iron) a wide range of hues is created, and lovely colors and patterns begin to appear quite magically.

To learn more details about the class and Sign Up, visit her website

To see Akemi Cohn's beautiful work, visit her site here

More July Member News!

Linda Marcille has some more exciting news to share, besides the stolen silk story...

Three of her paintings on silk are featured in the Summer issue of Vermont Main Streets & Back Roads Magazines.

“Maple Leaf Music” is shown here, gracing the cover.

Congratulations, Linda!

Let's have a peek inside the magazine here to see the Artist Bio
and two of Linda's other silk paintings :

July Member News!

Fiber Art Theft!

Member Linda Marcille has now joined the ranks of many of the masters-- One of her pieces was stolen (?!) from the Latchis Theater when it was on display for Gallery Walk.

Let's try and help Linda re-cover this silk painting:

It was stolen while being displayed in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont during the months of April and May.

If you have any info or if you have seen this painting, Please contact Linda at her email address, link found on her website

Reminder to RSVP for Summer & Fall Get-Togethers!

Member Pippa Drew has generously offered to host our Summer Potluck get-together
at her Post Mills, VT home and studio.

First Meet Details:
Date: Saturday Aug. 21, 2010.
Time: 11:30 am - 2 or 3pm? (Not sure how long these are / never been to one before!)
Place: Pippa Drew's Vermont Surface Design studio in Post Mills, VT (directions given upon rsvp)

Everyone can bring some of their work, done or in progress / or both....
We can get to know each other over some good food, share our work and interests...we can talk about you'd like to see more of from your SDA membership. It should be a lot of fun!

Second meet details:
Date: Saturday, Oct 2, 2010
Time: 11:30 am - ?
Place: Bennington Museum of Art / State of Craft Exhibit

We can meet first, maybe eat (I'm so food-centric), then take in the show at each of our leisure, and maybe re-cap over coffee/tea before heading home....

If you've RSVP'd already, Thank You!

If you haven't yet, Please check your calendar and Let me know if you can attend one or both!

Thank you So Much!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

T.W.Wood Gallery Announces Fiber Show Call for Entry!

The T. W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier, Vermont announces an OPEN CALL To Artists

The exhibition
FIBER: A challenge to artists to use fiber in unexpected ways - as material or as idea.

All media will be considered.

The exhibition dates are November 4 - December 19, 2010.

Application deadline is August 4, 2010.

For more information and an application form, please go to or e-mail The Wood Gallery at (or call 802-828-8743)

A fee of $30. 00 will be required at the time the application is received.

Email submission accepted or mail entry to: T. W. Wood Gallery
36 College Street
Montpelier VT 05602

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Vermont Quilt Festival is almost here!

I heard this on the radio the other day:

The Vermont Quilt Festival is coming. It's the longest running quilt show in the state, running since 1977!

It looks pretty amazing, so check it out:

There's Exhibits, Classes, Contests, Appraisals and More!

June 25 – June 27, 2010
Champlain Valley Exposition

105 Pearl St
Essex Junction, VT 05452

with a Champagne and Chocolate Preview (yum!)

Thursday, June 24, 7:30-9:30pm

Celebrate as the doors open to the 34th annual Vermont Quilt Festival! View contest quilts, special exhibits, congratulate winners, and shop at more than 80 vendor booths while enjoying champagne, ginger ale and mouth-watering chocolates courtesy of Lake Champlain Chocolates. Tickets are $12. Free admission for class registrants and contest entrants.

Show Hours:

Friday-Saturday: 9:00am-6:00pm Sunday: 9:00am-3:00pm

Monday, June 21, 2010

June Member News!

Member Pippa Drew has an exhibition at the
Lyme Town Library
this summer!

"Recent Paintings and Collage Inspired By Bali"

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, July 14 from 5:30 - 7:30

On view June 1 through August 30th
Call 603.795.4622 for Library Hours
Hope you get a chance to take it in!

Next bit of News:
Other SDA members also have their work in the State of Craft!

This piece to the left here is a quilt by Judy B. Dales.

Entitled "Spirit Flight", this piece is included in the show and is on loan from The White House Permanent Craft Collection.

This is our chance to enjoy the piece created here in Vermont before it goes back to live in Washington this fall!

Michèle Ratté of Saxtons River, VT also has a piece in the State of Craft Exhibit!

"Animation 5", a large-scale textile monoprint made in collaboration with Master Dyer Joan Morris, of Hartford, VT is included in this show that took three years to plan.

Hopefully as a group or individually we can all make it down there to see these pieces in person!

Special Exhibit in Greensboro!
The Kingdom Craft Alliance is multi-media group; and their upcoming exhibit in July will feature two pieces from each artist.

Member Judy B. Dales serves as the President of this newly formed group. Kudos for this huge accomplishment in such a short amount of time! (The Kingdom Craft Alliance did not even exist until February, so that's a lot of organizing!!)

This show is part of the statewide State of Craft Special Events that are scheduled throughout the State, and not one to miss in the Greensboro area!

In case the image here is blown up too much to read right, here is the info:

The Exhibit is at The Miller's Thumb in Greensboro, with an Opening Reception on July 2, 2010 from 5pm to 8pm

The show will run July 3 through the 11th and can be viewed daily from 10 am to 5 pm.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

More May Member News!

Dianne Schullenberger of Jericho, VT will also be participating in the VT Crafts Council Open Studio Weekend this month!

Open Studio runs both Saturday and Sunday, May 29 & 30, 10am - 5pm.... Dianne and many many artists from all over the state will welcome you to their studios!

Get out and mingle!

Also, new on our Vermont Surface Design Association Blog:

Check out Linda Marcille's Link to her Etsy Shop page!

SDA Grants

Just a Reminder that Surface Design Association offers Small Events Grants to members for events such as:

- curated, group, and juried exhibitions of SDA members
- lectures, workshops, and meetings for SDA members
- local or regional small scale events for SDA members

The grants are available in amounts up to $500.

The next deadline to apply is coming up fast! June 1, 2010

There are also Personal Development Grants offered to members by SDA and may be used for:

- studio projects
-travel to conduct research
-work on essays and publications

Available twice a year, these grants are awarded in amounts up to $2000.

The next deadline for applying is October 1, 2010. Awards would be notified by December 1, 2010.

Go to the Grants page on the SDA website for the pdf application file.

Here's some tips from the SDA website on writing these grants:

In writing your application, be very specific and describe your project in as much detail as possible and in terms readily understood by others. Avoid jargon and flowery language. Budgets should be well-fleshed out, including adequate line items for your project so that reviewers will understand how the project is being funded. The guidelines are very specific about what needs to be included. any of these items may result in your grant being denied.

There's more tips and links to articles on that Grants page, so check it out if you've been considering a project....this might be the spark that fans the flame!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

State of Craft

A three year research project by the Vermont Crafts Council has culminated in the State of Craft, the first major retrospective of Vermont craft objects will be presented by the Bennington Museum in an exhibit that opens May 22 and runs through October 31st.

When you visit, be sure to look for fellow SDA member, JoAnne Russo, of Saxton's River, VT!
Her piece here that is part of the exhibit is "She's Come Unraveled".

The exhibit will feature more than 125 objects by 86 Vermont craftspeople, including master artists, emerging artists, and key individuals throughout the more than fifty year time frame of the studio craft movement, c. 1960-2010.

This history of craft will be told in a series of vignettes spread throughout the museum’s temporary exhibition galleries based on the themes that have emerged from curatorial research and oral history interviews conducted by the Vermont Folklife Center. In addition, the exhibition will include audio tours, historical photographs and documents, and text describing each artist’s role in the larger cultural and social history of the studio craft movement.

Vermont Crafts Council's State of Craft Showcase Events

As part of the celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Vermont Crafts Council selected 24 Vermont craft galleries, schools, organizations and businesses, museums and historical societies as satellite sites for State of Craft Events Showcase. A diverse roster of activities provides a rich view of the historic traditions of craft production in the state, the story of the modern studio craft movement, and their interconnections.

The State of Craft Events showcase has begun May 2, and will run through the end of the year.

Click on the link for a listing of all the Events.
There's also a really cool Timeline showing the history of Craft in Vermont!