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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