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, debbie@skyhighway.com. 

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 http://www.surfacedesign.org/get-involved/meet-your-area-representative 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, debbie@skyhighway.com

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.   debbie@skyhighway.com


Did you know that you can listen to some of the lectures from the 2011 SDA conference?  They are available as podcasts.  Visit http://www.surfacedesign.org/subpage/podcasts-confluence-2011, 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 http://www.abruzzoschoolofcreativeart2013.com/holly-brackmann.php
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  http://www.lesliecarabas.com   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 http://www.phoenix-gallery.com/, info@phoenix-gallery.com, 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:  http://www.fabmo.org/fabmo/Home.html

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, http://www.whatcommuseum.org/galleries/upcoming/356-american-quilts-the-democratic-art-1780-2007- upon which we have organized our Quilt Adventure 3, http://www.artofthequilt.com/qa.html
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,  http://www.phoenix-gallery.com/ . 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 http://www.emilydvorin.com 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,
boxoffice@142throckmortontheatre.org , http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com/
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 http://www.shashahigby.com/.

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 http://clasheen.wordpress.com and information about the class can be found at http://www.thetinthimble.com .

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: http://www.fashionartsantacruz.com  or http://www.michaelangelogallery.net, 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
http://www.artistryinfashion.com  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,
felting07@gmail.com, 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. http://www.mocfa.org/exhibitions/upcoming.html
 For further press inquiries, please contact Jennifer McCabe at jmccabe@mocfa.org.

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.   http://www.amandasalm.com

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. http://www.petalumaartscenter.org  

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.   http://www.steinbeck.org
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.  http://www.weavespindye.org/pages/?p=latitude-all-media_awards.html&loc=1-112-00

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.

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