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.


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