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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: .