Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"Leaves of Change: Textile Figures" exhibit

 Oak Woman
 by Jennifer Gould


SDA member Jennifer Gould is exhibiting her exciting work at the Grove Gallery Co-op. Here are the details for her exhibit:

 Leaves of Change: Textile Figures
February 15 - March 30, 2012

Opening Reception: Sunday March 4, noon - 4

Gallery hours:
Mon closed
Tues-Fri noon-6pm
 Sat & Sun noon-4pm

Gallery address:
325 Grove Street
Suite A
East Lansing, MI 48823

Phone: (517) 333-7180

Winter Oak Leaves Woman
Jennifer Gould

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Focus: Fiber 2011-2012 exhibit review

Review written by Susie Krage
In December, Fred and I had the opportunity to attend the opening of Focus: Fiber 2011-2012.

The main reason we made the trip was because I had a piece accepted into the exhibition. Sponsored by the Textile Art Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the exhibition was mounted at the Canton Museum, in Canton, Ohio.
Dorothy Caldwell was the juror, and she chose 52 artworks from 111 artists of the 278 submitted works.  She also gave a lecture and a workshop in the week prior to the opening.
The museum is stunning and the space allocated for the exhibition was large and had soaring ceilings. There was a quartet playing through the event, tables loaded with sweet and savory snacks and a cash bar. There were lots of people in attendance and a festive atmosphere. 
The exhibited entries were from Ohio, Michigan, New York, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. The largest number of works were from Ohio (15). But I am happy to report that Michigan stood proud with the next highest number (9). 
Worth noting was a spectacular piece by Heather Uyiie, from Langhorne, PA., It was the largest and probably the most ambitious piece over all. It was five panels hung as one work and measured a whopping 10’ high and 19’ wide. “Resurrection” was hand drawn, digitally manipulated, ink jet printed on cotton and embellished. It was colorful and crisp and whimsical. The embellishment consisted of hand sewn sequins over most of the background and beads that outlined the elements. It was overwhelming just thinking of the amount of work involved
The next largest piece, “ In a Different Light”, came from our own Xia Gao from East Lansing. Xia’s work measured 86” X 186” and speaks to her connection with Nebraska.  It was mounted on brackets that held it well away from the wall. Xia use burning incense sticks to make tiny holes in the printed buckram in a pattern completely different from the print. Light penetrating the holes cast a totally different design on the wall. 

The other Michigan exhibitors were:

Barbara Bushey of Hillsdale, MI  
“Superior Dreams I”, 5 panels, 39.5 X 66.5”
Whole cloth, hand and machine quilted silk organza and cotton, shibori dyed.


Susie Krage of Detroit, MI
“Hugs and Kisses” 86” X 186”
Polyester sheer with paper and metal leaf lamination.


June Lee of Bloomfield Hills, MI

“Who Are We”, variable dimensions
Five uniform jackets


Amy Long, Traverse City, MI
O degrees, Sizes Vary
Small felted pieces


Diane Nunez of Southfield, MI

“Siamese Twins” 81.5” X 25” x 3”
Hand dyed fabric, batting, thread, velcro, quilted assemblage

Bonnie Petersen, Houghton, MI
“Bitter Root”
Embroidery and heat transfer, silk velvet and brocades


M.E. Ware, Mount Pleasant, MI
“Power Suit for Modern Mothers”  60” X 24” X 24”
Garment-felted laundry lint over wool suit (3 years worth). Display form: plaster, cast paper, (made from grocery and to-do lists) and steel. Felting, reclaiming paper, cast paper and plastic.  

The exhibition continues through February 26, 2012. If you are in the mood for a short road trip, I encourage you to see this exhibition. While there, you might also want to check out a small but exciting gallery; Lynda Tuttle’s Art Center, at 209 6th St., NW. In Canton. Lynda’s slogan is “Empowering Lives Through the Arts”. She is an amazing woman who has helped many artists to exhibit, who otherwise may have never been known. It was a delightful time hearing about her work with many disenfranchised people. One artist in particular that she represents is Marjean May, who does amazing mixed media fiber portraits. Lynda will not bother you, but if you take the time to get her to talk about her experiences, you won’t regret it!
The Canton Museum is located:
The Canton Museum of Art
1001 Market Ave. North
Canton, OH 44702

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bonafis Fine Art Center - exhibit opportunity & class

The William Bonafis Fine Art Center has an exhibit opportunity for fiber artists in the U.P. 

Fabrications III: Art Quilts of the U.P.
March 29 - April 26, 2012
Submission deadline: February 18 at 3pm

A juried show  for  Upper Peninsula fiber artists and a regional quilt competition highlighting the artistry in original quilt designs.

For full details on how to submit, visit their website.


Michigan SDA member Bonnie Peterson is teaching a class at the Bonafis Fine Art Center on Friday April 13 from 10am-1pm.

Workshop details: 

Into the Mix: Machine Embroidery & Heat Transfers

Explore the options of adding new depth, texture and contextual language into your compositions by incorporating embroidery and photographed imagery.  Visiting artist, Bonnie Peterson shares her skills for managing machine embroidery and heat transfers via power point lecture, samples of her work and step-by-step demonstrations. There will be time and materials for students to experience and practice working with some hand embroidery and heat transfer techniques.

Peterson is glad to share her expertise by offering her advice on fabric and photo samples that students are considering for inclusion in artwork. Students are welcome to bring sewing machines equipped with either a free motion quilting foot or an embroidery foot for some additional hands-on experience. Class limited to first 18 registrants. Check out the class schedule list for registration and cost.

Of Bogs & Benthos (detail)
Bonnie Peterson

Monday, February 6, 2012

you're invited to the next MI SDA meeting

Please note: The March meeting location from the original post was updated on Feb 7, 2012. Details below!

The next meeting of SDA Michigan will be on Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m.
It will be hosted by Sandy Kunkle at her home in Ann Arbor. (Directions to Sandy's can be found at the bottom of the post.)
We have an exciting program that will involve everyone and help us to get to know each other better. We are calling it "Extended Show and Tell".

We often rush through our show and tell because there are other things going on in meetings. For our March meeting, we want to focus on you, the artist. The idea is to share how and why you work. Other than a very short business meeting, the artist will reign.  
Please bring 1 or more pieces that were inspired by the same theme. Be prepared to talk about your inspiration and how you translated that to your work. If you have a second theme  you would like to talk about, please bring it along. Everyone will present once and then we can go around again as time permits. Keep in mind, that your "theme" may be that you love shibori, or a particular weave, or that you are experimenting with a technique. For others, it may be an expression of an idea or making a series.  This sharing time will help us to get to know each other better and to learn what kinds and variety of work we all represent. 

We could also allow brief positive critiques if you would like. Not everyone likes them, so it could be optional.  I suggest we use Jane Dunnewold's guidelines which may be downloaded from her website at under tutorials. Each person may decide  whether they want a critique from the group or not. 

I'd like to hear from you as to whether you think this is a good idea or not. Send me an email (skrage2@att.net)  or leave a comment on this post.

We have exciting programs for our next two meetings as well. June 9, Marilyn Prucka has volunteered to do an indigo workshop at her studio in Monroe. For September, Mary Valerie Richter will do a shibori workshop (date not yet set).   December will be our annual holiday party. Details will be sent out closer to the time.
Hope to see you on March 25th! 

Directions to Sandy's house:
Sandy Kunkle
1201 Minglewood Way
Ann Arbor, 48103  
Some directions:
1. If coming from outside of Ann Arbor: take M-14 into downtown Ann Arbor. Turn right (West) at the second traffic light which is Summit Street. Take Summit Street until it "tees" into Brooks Street. Turn right (North) on Brooks Street and go almost to the end. Just before the stop sign intersection, turn left on Vesper, and then left again at the first street which is Minglewood. Go to the end (one block) and my house is on the right, at the corner of Minglewood and Robin.
2.  If coming from Ann Arbor. Take 7th Street North to the end. Turn right on Miller and at the first street turn left on Brooks. Follow directions above.