Thursday, January 10, 2013

SDA Northern California
January 2013 Newsletter


Northern California SDA Meeting:

When: Sunday, January 27, 2013, 1:00-4:00pm

Topic: A visual visit to the workplace environment of fiber artist, Judith Casteel of Northern California.  Following a slideshow, there will be a presentation of Judith's 2012 Natural Dye Project in which she uses only local natural materials found within a five mile radius of her studio in Piercy, CA.  Eco-printing, submersion and bundling dyeing are exhibited on various surfaces including cotton, wool, handmade paper, horsehair, and silk.

Sharing: Please bring some of your work to share.  Guests also are encouraged to bring work.

Potluck: Please bring a ready to eat food item to share.

Where: 2169 Folsom Ave.  #205, San Francisco, CA  94110
This is between 17th and 18th avenues.

Parking:  There will be plenty of street parking available.  There is also a parking lot on the corner of 17th and Folsom with the entrance on Shotwell which runs parallel to Folsom.

Guests are always welcome.

Public transportation:
BART to 16th & Mission

RSVP or questions:  Debbie Wambaugh:, home 831-338-2245 and cell 831-419-4607.  On the day of the event use Debbie’s cell, 831-419-4607. 


Sponsored by Surface Design Association
You do not have to be a member to attend. Friends are welcome.

Sunday, JANUARY 13, 1 pm,
Dates for 2013 meetings: April 14. July 14 and Oct 13

You are invited to Hope Picchi's studio and home (368 Gemma Circle, Santa Rosa  538-7148). Hope will show her lastest work. Please bring work to share.

Hope Picchi, 368 Gemma Circle, Santa Rosa  538-7148

1:  From 101 take Highway 12 East to Sonoma.  Highway 12 turns and becomes Farmer's Lane as it passes Montgomery Village shopping center. The next turn will be a right turn onto Highway 12 at the light at the end of Farmer's Lane.

2: Move to the left lane.  Turn left at the first light onto Brush Creek Road. (There is a left turn lane.)

3: The second left up the hill is Gemma Circle.  368 is the 4th house on the right from the bottom of the hill.  Gemma Circle is a one way street with parking only on the right.

Or. Get off 101 at College Avenue East heading toward Sonoma.  College Avenue bends left and becomes 4th Street which becomes Highway 12 when it crosses Farmer's Lane.  Pick up the directions at #2 above.


Structures, Signifiers and Society: People and Textiles
Featuring stunning examples from the UC Davis Design Collection, this exhibition of global ethnographic and contemporary textiles coincides with the release of Textiles: The Art of Mankind by Mary Schoeser, published by Thames and Hudson in December 2012. Over 200 objects from the design collection are illustrated in the book and more than fifty of them will be showcased, underscoring the significance and importance of the collection as a teaching and research resource. People and Textiles opens at UC Davis Design Museum on January 22 and runs through March 18, 2013.

Mary Schoeser will be giving a curator’s lecture, sponsored by the Surface Design Association, an international community that promotes awareness & appreciation of the textile arts through member-supported publications, exhibitions & conferences.  Schoeser is an International SDA member. All Northern California Region SDA members are invited to attend her presentation at UC Davis Design Museum from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. There is no charge for tickets but book in advance by contacting is suggested.



"Playground - Art inspired by childhood" National Juried Exhibition:  February 28 - March 30

Call for entries that explore childhood memories and/or the concept of play. subject matter might include memories of places, people, toys, games and activities.
A playful approach and interactive work especially encouraged. Open to all media.
Day of intake of art work: February 11, Opening reception: February 28, 2013.

Visit for more information

“International Fiber Arts VI” is a juried exhibition at Sebastopol Center for the Arts Oct 24 - Nov. 30, 2013.
Deadline for entries is September 9, 2013. 
JURORS: Susan Taber Avila, Professor of Design at University of California, Davis, Joan Schulze, internationally quilt, collage and fiber artist residing in the Bay Area of California.
More details will be coming soon—


Marie Bergstedt will be among the exhibiting artists at Fiberart International 2013. The exhibition opens in Pittsburgh April 19, 2013 and continues until August 18. Following the exhibits in Pittsburgh, the art will travel to other locations, including The Museum of Quilts and Textiles in San Jose.

George-Ann Bowers has work in the following exhibits:  A Grand
Collection: Artworks from the collections of the Grand Canyon 
Association and the National Parks System, at Sky Harbor Airport, 
Phoenix, AZ (through Jan. 19, 2012); Textures: The Person and Nature at the School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD (1/11-3/9/13), .

45th Annual National Juried Clay, Fiber, Glass, Metal, Wood exhibit at Octagon Arts, Ames, IA (1/25-4/7/13) -; 34th 
Annual Contemporary Crafts at Mesa Contemporary Crafts Museum, Mesa,  AZ (1/25-3/31/13) -; and Out of the Blue at  Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, CA (2/8-4/28/13) – .

The January 2013 issue of O Magazine features Marion Coleman’s work in her series Women Who Create Beautiful Things on p. 34. Image Detail of Among the Most High, genealogy quilt of Bankhead/Leggroan Families, black pioneers of Utah.

Sausalito based artist, Alex Friedman, has her tapestries in the following shows:
American Tapestry Alliance Biennial 9 (juried)
Ft Wayne Museum, Ft Wayne, Indiana
January 12-  February 23, 2013
Materials:  Hard and Soft and Soft Exhibition (juried)
Greater Denton Arts Council, Center for Visual Arts
400 E Hickory,  Denton, TX
February 8 , April 5, 2013
By Hand (Juried)
Pence Gallery, 212  D Street
Davis, CA
February 8 - April 5, 2013
Also, one of her small tapestries will be the cover for a new book of poetry called 'Loom,' to be published this spring by Omnidawn Press of Richmond, CA.  The poems are by Sarah Gridley, Professor at Case Western Reserve University.

4 Weavers:
Contemporary Expressions of an Ancient Craft 
January 11 - March 10, 2013
At the Petaluma Arts Center

Artists Reception - January 12 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm
This show features SDA members, Candace Crocket and Barbara Shapiro along with 2 other weavers

Saturday, Jan. 19, 2 - 4 pm - Demonstrations by the Artists
Saturday, Feb 2, 1- 3 pm - Lecture & Demonstration
            Warp and Weft Painting with Ulla de Larios
Saturday, Feb. 9, 1 - 4 pm - Workshop
            Draping the Vionnet Bias Cut Skirt with Sandra Ericson 
Saturday, Feb 16, 2 - 4 pm - Demonstrations by the Artists
            And clothing designer & SDA member, Sandra Ericson
Saturday, Feb 23, 9 am - 4 pm - Workshop
            Greener Indigo with Barbara Shapiro  Call for more information on the workshop: 707-762-5600
Sunday, March 10, 2 - 4 pm - Closing Party

Demonstrations by the Exhibition Artists in the Galleries
Saturday, January 19 and February 16, 2 – 4pm Ulla de Larios – spinning, knitting “entrelac” with handspun yarn Candace Crocket – card weaving for adults and children Barbara Shapiro – basket weaving
Suki Russack – double weave technique

Sponsored by Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation Program Partner: Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP 
For more info visit:

In California, Chris Motley has recently had a piece in the Arc gallery show "Masquerade" and will  have a piece in the upcoming show "By Hand:  Extraordinary Craft in California at the Pence Gallery in Davis.  

Chris will also have two pieces in the show "New" at the Flow Gallery in Minneapolis.  

Amanda Salm will have a coiled horsehair sculpture in the juried exhibit Materials: Hard & Soft, from February 8th to April 5th at the Visual Arts Center in Denton, TX. .

News from the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles:

Collecting Treasures Exhibition continues through February 3rd
Drawn exclusively from the permanent collection, the exhibit showcases important early and historic quilts, recent acquisitions of contemporary fiber art, as well as ethnic costume and textiles. It’s a stunning exhibit, don’t miss it!

February  13th  – April 28th  
Indian Folk Textiles from the Collection of Carol Summers
This exhibit  showcases a colorful and tactile variety of decorated textiles created with brightly colored patchwork, embroidery, appliqué, tie dye, block printing, painted cloth, quilting textiles, hand weaving, and hand sewing from India.
 Meditation in Space & Time: Junco Sato Pollack Sutra Chants Hangings and Stitch by Stitch Mandalas
Join artist Junco Sato Pollack for this unique stitching demonstration and meditation practice. Museum visitors will participate in this meditation by stitching wishes or mantras onto a piece of blank sutra fabric prepared by the artist and then pinning it onto the "Collective Mandala" intended to commemorate the second anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The artist will be in the galleries: February 13 - 16, 11am – 3 pm and February 17

February 17: Members Walk-Through with collector Carol Summers and Junco Sato Pollack (with Opening Reception) 1 – 3pm. Please RSVP to
The Museum Needs You!    Each and Every One of You!

It's time to be frank: the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is going through a rough time financially and we really need your help right now . Government agencies and foundations are all suffering from money and budget problems, and we haven't been able to get the same level of funding from them as we have in the past.

Today, I'm asking you to think about the Museum as much more than the exhibits that you may or may not see. I'm asking you to think about the Museum as an organization that actively promotes the art, the craft, and the history of quilts and textiles. Think about the Museum as an organization that celebrates what fiber artists are so passionate about. Think about the Museum as an organization that provides programs in the schools to teach kids about quilt making, so they grow up knowing what quilts are and the history behind them. Think about the Museum as the sponsor of a program that teaches quilt making to women whose lives have been drastically altered by domestic violence, a program that gives them a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence. Think about the Museum as housing and taking care of a collection of over 850 pieces of textile are that are carefully stored and preserved so they will be around for generations to come and can be studied and exhibited.

As a fiber artist, if you think that what the Museum does and stands for is important and if you want to see the Museum continue to celebrate fiber arts, please join <>  or donate <> . Even if you can join only at a basic level or donate only a small amount, it helps us financially and also lets us know that you think what we are doing is important.

A Greener Indigo Workshop in Petaluma with Barbara Shapiro Saturday, Feb 23, 9am – 4pm
Explore the magic and mystery of indigo, one of the oldest and most influential dyes. We will look at examples of indigo cloth from around the world and work with basic indigo dyeing procedures and
shibori resist techniques. We will set up an indigo dye bath using a simple ecological formula suitable for use in the home studio. We will prepare cloth for and experiment with resist dyeing. By the end of the day, you will have a set of samples and some lovely indigo dyed textiles along with the knowledge to go on using this magic dye with a non-toxic “green” formula.  Alternative recipes will be discussed.
This “new” formula dates to the 18th century.  It is a safer, non-toxic, non-odorous, inexpensive, and easily disposed of formula widely used before the advent of stronger industrial chemicals. This formula can also be thickened and used to paint or print with indigo.
Fee: $100 plus materials fee of $25
9 to 4pm allows for a break for lunch and time to view the exhibition 4 WEAVERS: CONTEMPORARY EXPRESSIONS OF AN ANCIENT CRAFT at the Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St, Petaluma, CA 94952 707-762-5600,

Bonnie J. Smith's fiber artwork "Swimming Upstream, aqua", first in her series of eight depicting her swimming upstream through life, was selected as a finalist for the 2013 NICHE Award in the fiber art category.  Awards will be presented at the Buyers Market of American Craft, Pennsylvania Convention Center on February 16, 2013. The NICHE Awards are sponsored by The Rosen Group publishers of NICHE & American Style Magazines
Bonnie J. Smith was interviewed by Lesley Riley for Art & Soul Radio, you can hear her story and how her new series "Swimming Upstream" came about.
Three artworks from the series were juried into PAQA-South's exhibit ARTQUILTSwater. The exhibit dates are January 4 - March 24, 2013.
Bonnie J. Smith will have a solo exhibit titled "What I See and Know", at The Loft Gallery, 401 South Mesa Street, San Pedro, Ca.  Dates are March 7 - 31. 2013.  Opening is March 7, 6 - 9 PM with the artist in attendance.  

Ruth Tabancay is now a member of Mercury 20, a contemporary art gallery in Oakland. Her work is in the current group show, "After the Fall," through January 12 .  She is also a featured artist in the exhibit at Joyce Gordon Gallery, "The Dichotomy of Art," through January 27, .  
Ruth is one of the jurors for the Student Exhibition of "in•ter•face," the 2013 Surface Design Conference to be held this June in San Antonio.

The Tin Thimble,, announces some upcoming workshops with:

Melissa Arnold:
The Embellishment Machine Unplugged with Melissa Arnold OR How to Create Couture Art Wear and/or One of a Kind Textiles Using the Embellishment Machine- Saturday, February 9 - Sunday, February 10 10:30-5:00
Through a series of samples we will uncover the myriad of possibilities this little machine has to offer. Come prepared to play, experiment, and to be very pleasantly surprised! Day one will introduce you to the many possibilities thru sampling and Day two will be used to design and create a finished scarf or a piece of fabric to be used as part of a garment. A materials list will be available upon registration.
Melissa Arnold has been creating textiles for the last 30 years. She has been collaborating with Fashion Designer Catherine Bacon professionally for the last 10 years. She is a master dyer, felter and surface designer. You can see her work
Instructor: Melissa Arnold
Class Fee: $250

Marilou Moschetti:
LEVEL 3: Old World New Age Felt 3-Dimensional Surfaces with Marilou Moschetti - Saturday, March 16 & Sunday, March 17 9:00-5:00
Using fine silks, cottons, Merino wool and embellishments, learn to create new three diminsional fabric by manipulating these fabrics and fibers, bringing depth and life to a flat textural surface. By fusing the materials together using wet felt techniques, the new fabric can be cut or sewn into a designer garment to enhance your wardrobe. ColorHue Dyes will be used on China Silk and gauze to create your own personal pallet for a splash of color. This class is a GREAT WAY TO LEARN THE NEW "NO ROLL" METHOD. A materials list will be available upon registration. You can see her work
Pre-requisite: at least 10 hours of nuno felting experience.
Instructor: Marilou Moschetti
Class Fee: $300

India Flint:
Look for news in the future about India Flint teaching at the Tin Thimble this October.  Details are being finalized.

Please join us and help spread the word to your friends and art colleagues about this national exhibition event.  Hope to see you there!

Daniella Woolf will be showing all new sewn fiber and some encaustic pieces at Slate Contemporary in Oakland.
Introductions: New Artists at Slate, January 24–February 23-2013.  The Opening is January 24  6-8 pm, slate Contemporary, 473 25th Street, Oakland, CA 94612, 510-652-4085,,



Wax Works West is giving  5 day Encaustic Intensive Class from February 25-March 1 in Santa Cruz

Class Name: 5 Day Encaustic Intensive with the women of Wax Works West-Judy, Wendy and Daniella

Description: Attention snow-birds-this one is for you! Leave the grey of the Pacific Northwest, or wherever you are, in the rain, snow, sleet or hail and come to the beautiful Monterey Bay in sunny (we hope) California! We will spend five days working on and off panels, combining methods and techniques from a variety of our classes. We will spend the first two + days working with encaustic and paper then move on to collage and finally begin our work on panels. As a bonus, we will send each participant our Encaustic + Paper DVD in advance!     

For more information, or to register:        


Resist-based Pendants: Hollow Forms, Found Object Inclusion and
Dimensional Surfaces (intermediate, advanced)

May 3,4,5 2013
10 AM to 4 PM

Investigate small scale hollow form with the use of a 2D resist.
Experiment with the shape of the resist and the incorporation of partial
felts to direct the sculpting of the form. Layer and embed resists to
raise dimensional surface textures and learn techniques for encasing
durable found objects to add color, texture, material complexity and
conceptual relevancy to your work.

Point Reyes Station, California | contact Celeste:
To secure a place, send a check for the full tuition, $375, to Celeste Woo, PO Box 477, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956. If it becomes necessary for you to cancel, I will refund the total amount only if I can fill your place.
The class is limited to 8 people.
 $18 Material Fee: Moroccan olive oil soap, surface resist material and a
hard resist to encase for practice, agitation tools and skewers, the use
of an agitation mat/wetting cloth during the course.
 Materials list sent on registration.


Sunday, November 25, 2012


Northern California SDA Meeting:

When: Sunday, January 27, 2013, 1:00-3:00pm

Topic: A visual visit to the workplace environment of fiber artist, Judith Casteel of Northern California.  Following a slideshow, there will be a presentation of Judith's 2012 Natural Dye Project in which she uses only local natural materials found within a five mile radius of her studio.  Eco-printing, submersion and bundling dyeing are exhibited on various surfaces including cotton, wool, handmade paper, horsehair, and silk.

Sharing: Please bring some of your work to share.  Guests also are encouraged to bring work.

Potluck: Please bring a ready to eat food item to share.

Where: 2169 Folsom Ave.  #205, San Francisco, CA  94110

Parking:  There will be plenty of street parking available.

RSVP or questions:  Debbie Wambaugh:, home 831-338-2245 and cell 831-419-2579.  On the day of the event use Debbie’s cell, 831-419-4607.


Santa Rosa:
SDA Santa Rosa area meeting, Sunday, January 13, 2013, 1pm.  Email Joy Stocksdale <> if you aren't on the local email list for location directions.
Dates for 2013 meetings are Jan. 13, April 14, July 14 and Oct 13.

East Bay:
There will be a date announced soon for a meeting in the East Bay.

Solano County:
Solano Surface Design Group is a consortium of SDA member surface design artists meeting in Solano County.  We are moving to an online format to encourage increased membership and ease of interaction.  Please join "Solano Surface Design Group" on Facebook where we can interact for the purpose of setting up face-to-face meetings and posting work for review and critique.  For more information contact


Structures, Signifiers and Society: People and Textiles

Featuring stunning examples from the UC Davis Design Collection, this exhibition of global ethnographic and contemporary textiles coincides with the release of Textiles: The Art of Mankind by Mary Schoeser, published by Thames and Hudson in December 2012. Over 200 objects from the design collection are illustrated in the book and more than fifty of them will be showcased, underscoring the significance and importance of the collection as a teaching and research resource. People and Textiles opens at UC Davis Design Museum on January 22 and runs through March 18, 2013.

Mary Schoeser will be giving a curator’s lecture, sponsored by the Surface Design Association, an international community that promotes awareness & appreciation of the textile arts through member-supported publications, exhibitions & conferences.  Schoeser is an International SDA member. All Northern California Region SDA members are invited to attend her presentation at UC Davis Design Museum from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. There is no charge for tickets but to book in advance by contacting is suggested.


Marie Bergstedt of San Francisco, California is the 82nd "Weekly Fibre Artist Interview."
Marie will be exhibiting in three 2012 Festival exhibitions. Variegated Threads in the Halls of Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre in Oakville. In Toronto she will be showing in Where Were You When Amy Winehouse died? at gallerywest and THREADSpace: Threading the 3rd. Dimension at the Canadian Sculpture Centre, Toronto, Canada

Holly Brackmann will be teaching "Design, Stitch, Color" in Abruzzo, Italy, June 12-18, 2013.

Be inspired to create unique fabric interpretations of the Abruzzo region, incorporating local patterns of buildings, pavement, signs and landscape. Techniques will include: transferring maps to fabric with Textile Artists Paper, discharging and coloring black fabric in one step, Thermofax screen printing, combining fabric layers with hand embroidery, and incorporating travel detritus. Holly is the author of "The Surface Designer's Handbook."

Cost is $1800, including spouse, partner or friend and includes six nights lodging, meals, cooking class, and excursion. 

Optional June 3-11 tour of Venice, Tuscany, Umbria.

For more information:

Ellen is participating in the Women’s Wisdom Exhibition at the Fibre Arts Design Studio, 935 Industrial Ave., Palo Alto, CA through November 25th. Seven women showcase their artwork through textiles, painting, acrylic and mixed media. This show offers patrons a unique view of the world through women's eyes.

At a ceremony on July 20, 2012 in the city of Nottingham, England, Marian Clayden was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Art by Nottingham Trent University for her international eminence and attainments in the fields of Art and Design. Marian had studied at the university’s College of Art in the late 1950s.
This news came from Marians husband along with this message: “Not sure how much you know, but Marian suffered a brain tumor in 2005, which eventually resulted in her being severely disabled.  We essentially closed her fashion business in 2007, and currently she needs full-time care at home.  Although her capabilities are restricted she fortunately is still a wonderfully happy person and enjoys life as well as she can.  The Clayden website is available although it is no longer regularly maintained.”

Judith Content moderated a panel titled “The Artistic Journey” during the opening festivities of Quilt Vision 2012 at the VISIONS ART MUSEUM in October. This was the third panel Judith has moderated at the opening of the Quilt Visions Biennial Exhibition. This year the panelists were Linda Colsh, Mary Pal, Charlotte Ziebarth and Terri Shinn.

Judith’s work was represented by the Jane Sauer Gallery at SOFA Chicago, November 1-4, 2012. Judith gave a presentation titled
Fiber Art: Five Voices, Five Views, Friday Nov. 2, 2012 as part of the SOFA lecture series and sponsored by Friends of Fiber Art International.

Judith was one of three jurors for Quilt National 2013. As a juror, Judith will have a piece titled: Cenote Azul included in the catalogue and exhibition. Her choice for the juror’s award will be announced at the opening of the exhibition, May 24, 2013 at the Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio.

Chevron likes wedge weave! Two eccentric weave tapestries by Deborah Corsini have recently been purchased for the Chevron Corporation's collection in San Ramon, California. Troubled Water and Between Lavender Sheets join two of her other wedge weaves in the collection. Deborah will also be traveling to Nantong, China to attend the 7th International Fiber Art Biennial (November 8- 10.). Her piece Into Tumucumaque is included in the exhibition

Alex Friedman will be showing her recent tapestries in the Baulines Craft Guild - 40th Anniversary Show
Corte Madera Town Center (near Crate and Barrel), November 20 - January 4, 2013.
Reception: Saturday, December 1,  5-8pm

Ellen participated in the Holiday Artisian Fair at the De Young and in the Contemporary Clothing and Accessories  Sale in Mill Valley recently.

Renown textile artist Ana Lisa Hedstrom is the featured artist for November at Material Grace, 11 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, CA. (415) 380-1834. The show is titled Conversations in Cloth and features Hedstrom's uniquely patterned hand dyed cloth and her innovative use of shibori resist dyeing techniques.
For more information visit:

Teddy Recommends a class, “Business for Creative People, We’ll make your art, work for you!”, that is being offered by the Berkeley Adult School, by her large format digital arts teacher. He's an established artist- painter and printer and has taught for years. He also the chair of the board of the Ackenbach Foundation which contains the collection of prints at Palace of Legion of Honor.  There will be critiques of portfolios etc.  Berkeley Adult School, 1701 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA, (510) 644-6130

Ellen had 5 pieces in the 5th annual benefit art exhibition & sale, High Fiber at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.

The Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts Annual Art to Wear and More Fashion Show and Sale, Saturday and Sunday, November 10th and 11th 2012. 
Location: Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento
Shop some of Northern California's most Talented Artisans.  
Fashion show: Saturday from 10am-11am. Refreshments provided.
Sale:  Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm.
Door Prize drawings held Sunday.
For more information: Like us on Facebook or visit
Telephone: (916)731-4410
Proceeds benefit the SCTA Scholarship Fund and Women's Wisdom Art Project.

AVL Production Dobby Loom for sale. 16-harness, 60”, sectional warp beam, double box fly shuttle, auto advance, tension box, warping reel and board, spool racks, electric bobbin winder, lots of shuttles, bobbins, spools, yarn, books and extra equipment. Can be converted for Compu-Dobby. New would go for over $12,000. A steal at $4000. Call 707-321-5660 or email

From Tutus to Trunks: The Shaping of Dance Design with Connie Strayer.
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 10 a.m.
All lectures are in Koret Auditorium at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.

The iconic tutus and doublets of classical ballet evolved from ballets staged as European court entertainments in the 17th century and have been fairly frozen in silhouette since early in the 20th century.  But the world of dance now encompasses widely divergent genres and they all need specially designed garments, which enhance the production visually while allowing the dancers to perform with ease and confidence.  Connie Strayer is a costume designer and Senior Lecturer in Design in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Stanford University.
Free to TAC members, $5 students & museum members, $10 for non-members
415 750-3627
DeYoung Exhibition:
Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance is a balletomane’s delight – a dramatically designed installation filled with exquisite costumes and evocative photographs and memorabilia. This exhibit runs through February 17th and should be on everyone’s holiday schedule. Wais and Knowles Galleries of Textile Arts – de Young Museum

Wax Works West is a state-of-the-art encaustic learning center where Wendy Aikin, Judy Stabile & Daniella Woolf teach encaustic painting.  They invite you to visit their
2013 Calendar at:

Nancy Wilder is showing at the Coastside Open Studios, November 17-18, 11 am - 4pm.  The open studios are in various locations, Montara to Half Moon Bay, CA
Presented by Colony of Coastside Artists, a group of more than 100 artists from Montara to Half Moon Bay, CA.  They specialize in fine art, painting, mixed media, glass, photography, textiles, jewelry and sculpture.  Studios will be open 11 am to 4 pm each day, with opportunities to watch the artists at work.  Please see  for maps and additional information.

Madrigalli Market
Nov 30 - Dec 1
4 - 9 pm Friday and 10 - 4 pm Saturday
Pedro Point Firehouse, 1227 Danmann Way Pacifica, CA 94044
15+ local artists show their best wares at this fun and lively market.
Friday evening reception and shopping with live music, complimentary wine tasting and gourmet refreshments served.
Proceeds benefit the Pedro Point Firehouse Playground.
Please like our Facebook Page - Madrigalli Market - for updates

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


SDA members can form small groups to meet in their area.  We currently have a group in the Santa Rosa area, Napa and one that moves around the bay area but tends to meet in the South Bay.  The group can have a focus, such as felters.  There has been interest in forming a group to meet in the Berkeley area. It’s easy.  Pick a meeting place, I will send the information out through SDA newsletters. Then enjoy networking with other surface designers in your area.  Generally, people pick the next meeting location and date while attending a meeting.  You can meet as frequently or infrequently as you want.  There are no rules.  Guests are always welcome at SDA meetings.
If you are interested in having a group in your area, let me know, 

Info on upcoming meetings will be sent out shortly.

Northern CA SDA needs a blogger.  You will be supplied with the information and the pictures.  You can start with a new blog and completely design it yourself or use the one in existence.  There are many SDA blogs as good examples.  Visit and click on each representative to find their blogs.  You can even give yourself a title…Master Blogger, Blogger Extraordinaire for N. CA SDA, Goddess of blogging for N. CA SDA.  No experience necessary.  All you need is the desire to blog!  Interested? Let me know,

India Flint will be on the west coast in October 2013 and could teach a workshop in Northern California.  The cost will be about $450 for a 3 day workshop for 12 people.  I would try to schedule this over a weekend. 
I want to know who is seriously interested in this workshop before I commit and would you be willing to take the workshop in Sebastopol?    
Please email me if you are interested in this class.


Did you know that you can listen to some of the lectures from the 2011 SDA conference?  They are available as podcasts.  Visit, to hear podcasts from:
Jack Becker : Loose Ends: Connecting Fibers in the Public Art World
Jane Dunnewold : What Matters
Anna Carlson: Fear Not, Alternative Forms of Critique
Chad Alice Hagen : Intermingling of Desires in the Middle-Aged Brain: A Journey of Self Discovery
Becka Rahn : Etsy From the Inside Out



George-Ann Bowers:
George-Ann Bowers has a weaving in the fiber art exhibit "Crossroads" at the Santa Cruz Art League in Santa Cruz, through September 9.  The same piece will then travel to Highlands, North Carolina to be included in the exhibit "American Craft Today" at the Bascom Center for the Visual Arts.  That show runs from September 22 through early 

Holly Brackmann:
Holly Brackmann, author of the Surface Designer's Handbook, will teach "Design, Stitch and Color in Abruzzo, Italy, June 12-18, 2013.  Participants will create unique fabrics interpreting local patterns of buildings, signs, maps, pavement and landscapes.  Techniques include transferring, discharge and color, screen printing, hand stitching, collage, and incorporating travel detritus.  Included in the price are accommodations, food, cooking class, excursions for a spouse or friend.   Those registering early will get a price break.  See
Holly will be featured on the cover of Threads magazine (October/November) and will have an article on "Delightful devore: Create your own burnout designs."  The article features step-by-step instructions for using devore on a variety of fabrics, including the basic process, plus burning out and coloring in one step.

Allegra Burke:
Allegra and her Artist Book group are having an artist reception at RISK PRESS GALLERY.  You and your guests are invited to join us them 4 to 8 PM on September 7th.  There will be refreshments, wine, and of course an opportunity to view the Book Arts of 19 local and talented artists.  If you cannot make the reception, the gallery is open Fri. – Sun. and Allegra will be sitting the gallery on Saturday, September 22 from 1 to 5. She would love it if you’d stop by for a personal tour on that day.
Risk Press Gallery, 7345 Healdsburg Ave. (also called Highway 116), Sebastopol is on the left just past Safewayin as you’re driving towards Forestville, and before Peter Lowell's restaurant.

Leslie Carabas:
The Phoenix Gallery presents Inside Out, a solo exhibition of new works by LESLIE CARABAS at the Phoenix Gallery, Chelsea, New York, September 5- 29, 2012.  Carabas’ practice investigates the quilted stitch as visual mediator.  In this series it bridges the gap between mass-produced and hand dyed fabrics, while simultaneously exploring the creative opportunities presented by exposing the layers upon which it works. The quilter’s traditions are turned inside out in an effort to give form to the emotional life of woman with Bernina in the post-industrial age. Leslie’s career spans almost 40 years. Her work has been shown throughout Europe and the United States as well as in Taiwan and Japan and is represented in numerous private and corporate collections. For more information visit   Please join us at our reception on September 6th, from 6:00 to 8:00 in the evening, to meet the artist.  Phoenix Gallery, 210 Eleventh Ave. @ 25th St., Suite 902, New York, NY, 10001, 212-226-8711, http,, Tuesday - Saturday, 11:30 - 6:00 PM

Diane Carver:
Diane will have her design pieces, (small wall-hangings, greeting cards, and mobiles) at the October FabMo Fourth Annual Textile Art Boutique.  Her work will have at least 50% of Fabmo materials incorporated in each piece. The boutique will be held on Sat., Oct. 27th from 10-4 at the Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025.  It is just off Sand Hill Road across from SLAC.  There will be balloons showing the way!  For more information on Fabmo visit:

Joe Cunningham:
Joe has been working with his friends Julie Silber and Bob Shaw to put on a day of quilt activities in Washington State.  There is a show at the Bellingham Museum based on Bob's book, American Quilts: The Democratic Art, upon which we have organized our Quilt Adventure 3,
Here is a detailed schedule of the day:

Emily Dvorin:
Sculptural basket maker, Emily Dvorin, will be participating in a members exhibit, Fall Bash 2012, September 5th - September 29th, at the Phoenix Gallery, NY, NY, . She will also be showing her work at an exhibit, Contemporary Fiber Works, September 8th - October 27th, at the Grande Theatre Gallery, 715 Central Ave., Tracy, CA.  Another show she is in is All Things Orange, now through September 29th, at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, CA. She is also in, Fiber Art Crossroads, now through September 9th, at the Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA and in Entanglement: Current Considerations in Fiber, now through September 2nd, at the Cambria Center for the Arts Gallery, Cambria, CA.  She is also showing her work in Connecting Threads, now through January 30th, 2013, at LAX, Terminal One, Los Angeles, CA. In addition to gallery shows, she is participating in a booth show, The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Booth # 57, September 15th and 16th, in Mill Valley, Ca.  Emily is again teaching one-day workshops in her studio in Sausalito, Ca, throughout the Fall.  Visit for more details. Her first class is Coiled Basketry, September 22nd, 10-4, ICB, Studio #205.

Alex Friedman:
The image of one of my tapestries, 'RIFT FLOW'  has been selected to be the cover of a book of prizewinning poetry. It will be titled, "Loom," by Sarah Gridley to be published next April by Omnidawn Publisher. The poems are loosely based on the Arthurian legend of the Lady of Shalott, about a weaver who works under a curse.

Linda Gass:
Linda Gass has her latest work from her Confluence Series in an exhibit at the Commonweal Gallery in Bolinas. The exhibition, Art Plus Life, shows a range of innovative art in painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media by six major Bay Area artists whose work and creative process are motivated by healing the self, the society or the environment. Curators are Jacquie Mallegni and Claudia Chapline of Art At The Cheese Factory and the other artists are Bob Demmerle, Mary Daniel Hobson, Elizabeth Jameson, Daigan Lueck and Maud Zimmer.  The show is on view at the Commonweal Gallery through September 21, 2012. The Commonweal Gallery is located at 451 Mesa Road in Bolinas and regular hours are Monday – Friday, 11  - 4 pm. The gallery is located on the second floor and is not wheelchair accessible.
Six of Linda's artworks about San Francisco Bay are included in "Works on Water"  October 5, 2012 - February 5, 2013 at the Marin Community Foundation in Novato. Curated by Patricia Watts, other artists featured are David Maisel, Sant Khalsa, Kim Stringfellow, Basia Irland, Daniel McCormick, Kathryn Miller, and many more artists nationally. Opening Reception is on Thursday November 15 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Located at 5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200, Novato, CA. Hours are 8 am - 5 pm M-F. Phone 415-464-2500 for more information.

Sha Sha Higby:
Sculptural costume artist, Sha Sha Higby will be giving a performance, "Folding into a Tempest", November 11th at the Throckmorten Theater, in Mill Valley, California.  Box office phone number : 415-383-9600, ,
Using the manipulation of hand crafted materials, textures and exotic sculptural costume, interwoven with puppetry, dance and intricate props.  Her work creates a journey in which movement and stillness meet.
Sha Sha Higby is the creator, playright and director of  "Folding into a Tempest"
Visit the exhibition of Sha Sha Higby’s work at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in this you tube:
To see a Sha Sha’s current exhibit at Kennedy Museum of Art click below:

Higby uses sculpture as a body costume that can be integrated with theater and dance to create its own poetic plot in solo performance. Internationally renowned for her evocative and haunting performances, she is influenced by her studies in Asia, Noh Theater, Butoh and shadow puppets. It takes Higby two years to make and develop a new costume sculpture that slowly "grows into the performance” – at each of which she adds a new prop to play with to transform herself and the audience together into one.
Sha Sha Higby will also participate in Bolinas Stinson Thanksgiving open studios:
For more information, visit Sha Sha Higby’s website at

Lynn Koolish:
Lynn is participating in Beyond Function: Fiber, Fabric, and Finery, August 17 – December 2, 2012 at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University.
The eleven Northern California artists participating in this exhibition have taken their chosen medium to the level of fine art through their innovative techniques and meticulous workmanship. A wide variety of media is represented, from traditional quilts and kimonos to embroidery and hand-knitted lace, all with the common goal of being appreciated for their aesthetic value rather than their usefulness. In addition, many of the artists incorporate found or recycled materials, giving them a new life beyond their original purpose. The exhibition includes the work of Yvonne Porcella, Joan Schulze, Therese May, Lynn Koolish, Stephanie Metz, Jenne Giles, and Steve MacDonald who explore new possibilities with familiar materials such as fabric, felt, and thread.
This exhibition is guest-curated by Sheryl Nonnenberg.

Carol Larson
Two pieces from Carol Larson’s Upheaval series are to be shown in “Connexions: California ~ Corsica” at the Casa Agostino Giafferri in Poggio-di-Venaco, Corsica September 6 - 25, 2012. The invitational exhibit curated and installed by Lisah Horner, executive director of the ACCI Gallery in Berkeley features the work of 34 Bay Area artists.

Therese May:
It’s all Good: Art Quilts by Therese May is an exhibit that will run through October 18.  It’s at the Los Gatos Council Chambers at 110 East Main Street, Los Gatos, CA.  There will be a reception and artist talk on Thursday, September 27 from 6 to 8pm.  Art is available for viewing Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. For more information call 408-354-6834

Sharon Mansfield of Tin Thimble:
Nicola Brown of Clasheen in Ireland will be teaching a 3-Day felting workshop at The Tin Thimble in Loomis, CA, Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30.  She will be teaching Nuno Felted Fabric and Garments, Funky Felt Vessel or Purse and Fun and Funky Felt Accessories.  More information on Nicola can be found on her blog and information about the class can be found at .

Marilou Moschetti:
FashionART Santa Cruz September 22nd at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium at 7:00 p.m., will have member Marilou Moschetti's "Nuno" felt garments being shown on the runway. Tickets:  or, or call 831. 420. 5260. VIP seating is available. Show has been sold out for the past 6 years.
Marilou Moschetti will be one of the vendor's at Artistry in Fashion Shopping Extravaganza, which will be held September 29th at Canada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. Fashion Show and Open House are presented by the Fashion Design & Merchandising Department.  Visit  for further information. $10 donation or $9 with postcard. Food available. 650. 306. 3370.
Save the Date for the Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild Felt Study Group meeting October 20, 2012 to be held at the Aptos Grange Hall in Aptos from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. SDA members $10 at the door; bring your own supplies and equipment; critique, show and tell, UFO's, project design and development, and techniques are topics that will be covered. Coordinator: Marilou Moschetti,, 831- 331-1197 for further information.

Chris Motley:
Chris Motley had a piece in the Handweaver's Guild of America's 'Latitude' show in July in conjunction with their Convergence 2012 conference held in Long Beach, CA.
Chris will be having a solo show at the SXU Gallery in Chicago August 23 - September 18.  In connection with the show she will give a lecture.

Museum of Craft and Folk Art:
The Museum of Craft and Folk Art is proud to present Fiber Futures: Japan’s Textile Pioneers. Presented in two parts, this traveling exhibition is co-organized by Japan Society (New York), Tama Art University (Tokyo), and International Textile Network Japan. Fiber Futures explores a new art that is emerging from a remarkable fusion of Japanese artisanal and industrial textile making.
 For further press inquiries, please contact Jennifer McCabe at

The Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts:
The Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts (SCTA) is presenting it's Annual Art to Wear and More Fashion Show and Sale, Saturday Nov. 10th and Sunday Nov. 11th, 2012 at the Shepard Garden and Art Center located at 3330 McKinley Blvd. in McKinley Park.  The fashion show starts at 10am on Saturday Nov. 10th.  Get there early for a good seat.  The sale is held both days from 11am to 4pm. Parking is free. A percentage of the proceeds go to our scholarship fund.

Amanda Salm:
Amanda has her eweT  in The Tea Pot Redefined show at Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge MA in October.
Her new horsehair work is up on her site.

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles:
As part of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles 5th annual High Fiber Under Five benefit exhibition and sale that runs from October 20, 2012 to November 4, 2012, They are creating a special exhibit called FiberShots. They are seeking artful fiber work—traditional and contemporary/non-traditional—that will be donated by the maker to help support the Museum. All pieces in this special exhibit will be 15” x 15” and will be sold for $100. Pieces will be accepted through October 5th

Barbara Shapiro:
Barbara Shapiro announces an Important Textile Arts Exhibition at the Petaluma Arts Center January 11 - March 4, 2013, Petaluma , CA Opening reception: January 12, 2 – 4pm
Four Weavers - Pathways in Contemporary Fiber Art features multi-dimensional, textiles by four contemporary artists: Candace Crockett, Ulla de Larios, Suki Russack, and Barbara Shapiro. The lives and careers of these four women have intertwined for many years. Beginning as weavers, they have followed various paths in developing their art.  Each has a passionate and unique involvement in the contemporary fiber arts movement.  The exhibition demonstrates their commitment to labor intensive textile techniques as a means to building strong, contemporary visual statements.
A variety of demonstrations and workshops (including Barbara's "Greener Indigo") and hand woven contemporary fashion design will further enrich the exhibit.  

Bonnie Smith:
Bonnie J. Smith's artwork the "Bandana Project" will be exhibited at the National Steinbeck Center Museum, Salinas Ca., 1 Main Street, Salinas Ca. 93906. September 8, 2012 - January 6, 2013. as part of WCA's Honoring Women's Rights Conference September 8, 2012.
Her wood assemblage/encaustic "Pacific Waves" & textile "Swimming Upstream" is currently on exhibit at the Milton Marks Gallery, 445 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, Ca. thru January 31, 2013. 

Joy Stocksdale:
Joy will be offering Polychromatic Screen Printing workshop in her Sebastopol Studio on Sunday, Sept 16, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm (Saturday class is full):
An excellent workshop for painters, monoprinters, watercolorists, textile artists, screen printer, or anyone interested in obtaining multiples from one painted image on paper or fabric. Why labor over one painting when you can paint once and get multiples. The innovative process of polychromatic screen printing results in a limited edition from the original painted screen — with no color registration. Similar to an extended monoprint process that produces 5-8 prints from a single painted image. Students complete one print session. No solvents used. For all levels of ability. Six students only. $70--includes some materials. For more information 707/829-1756 or email

Ruth Tabancay:
Ruth Tabancay's work was awarded First Place in "Latitude: All Media Exhibit" at Convergence® 2012, conference of the Handweavers Guild of America at the Long Beach Convention Center in July.

Textile Arts Council:
Saturday, October 20, 2012, 10am
Hat Blocks and Hats / Sculptural Form and Artistic Function with Wayne Wichern at the de Young, Koret Auditorium.
Saturday, October 21, 2012 10am-4pm
Textile Arts Council Textile Bazaar:
Treasures from Around the World
More than 30 vendors offering an extensive selection of extraordinary textiles and jewelry from across the globe: hand crafted fabrics, ethnic clothing and accessories, jewelry, home decor, textile books and much more---from China, Japan, Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East, Africa, and South and Central America. This is our fourth annual bazaar – each year it gets bigger and better. Add to your collection, find something unique to wear and start your holiday shopping while benefitting the Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
This event will be held at:
Moriarty Hall, St. Anne of the Sunset Church,
1300 Funston at Judah, San Francisco
Saturday, November 3, 11 am
Fiber Futures: Japan’s Textile Pioneers – Part II
Docent Tour of the exhibition with Barbara Shapiro
Museum of Craft & Folk Art, San Francisco
This cutting edge exhibition showcases a growing aesthetic movement - art inspired by extreme textile making represented by Japanese artists who are active at the cutting edge of the global fiber-art movement, transforming fabrics into sculptures, pictures, emulations of nature, or even abstract meditations on memory and identity.
Join TAC board member and MOCFA Docent Barbara Shapiro on a docent tour and lecture of the second part of this exciting exhibition.
The cost is $30 per participant.   Museum admission is included.  Space is limited.
For reservations, please contact the TAC office: 415-750-3627 or email
Saturday, November 17, 2012
From Tutus to Trunks: The Shaping of Dance Design with Connie Strayer
From the heavy and concealing costumes for dance in the time of Louis XIV to the more revealing body hugging costumes of today, design for dance has evolved alongside fashion, but has been molded by individuals in the field with vision and/or purpose. They are artists, choreographers, directors, and the dancers themselves. Political upheavals, literature and art movements, as well as technical advancements have made their mark on the visuals of dance. These major events coupled with unique individuals have brought us to a bounty of visual riches in dance today. In this lecture we will take a whirlwind tour into the origins of dance design up to the current day, and beyond.
Connie Strayer is a Costume Designer and Senior Lecturer in Design in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Stanford University.
This event will be held at the de Young, Koret Auditorium 10am

Wax Works West:
Wendy Aiken & Daniella Woolf of Wax Works West:
Wax Works West is a state-of-the-art encaustic learning center where Wendy Aikin, Judy Stabile & Daniella Woolf teach encaustic painting. They are all trained by R & F Paints and our teaching philosophy is simple. They are adamant about safety first, we supply all class materials so you don't have to worry about buying the "right stuff," we provide a non-judgmental, non competitive, safe environment in which to work. They don't critique the students and they give plenty of painting time so that students can digest the demos and information.
In addition, they have a retail store right in the classroom so you don't have to hunt and gather after class. You can purchase all the materials you need to get started or set up your own studio. They supply and sell the finest quality materials for working with encaustic.  They encourage you to check out their schedule and try one of their workshops.