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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 lunch...no 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: