Tuesday, March 27, 2012

silk painting . tapestry . decorative painting
Exhibit from April 1-June 29, 2012 
Opening Reception Sunday April 1, 2012 after Mass 

Ukrainian-American Archives&Museum, Inc 

Tеtyana Коval-Vyshkivskyy 

Silk and Light
Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday from 9:00a.m.-5 p.m.
or by appointment 
11756 Charest St., Detroit, MI 48212  Tel. 313-366-9764 

Kunkle Art Exhibit

 Coming Home Path Reversal
Sandy Kunkle

SDA member Sandy Kunkle with her husband George, a pastel artist, have an exhibit of their work at the Ann Arbor City club through April 8.  The exhibit will then move to the Ann Arbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation for a duration of 4 weeks.

Non members of the Ann Arbor City club may view the exhibit during the following hours:
Monday & Tuesday 9am-5pm
Wednesday,  Thursday & Friday 9am-8pm

 The exhibit is available for viewing at the Universalist Congregation between 9am-5pm Monday through Friday and on Sunday during services.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Latest Meeting, SDA Michigan

Sunday, March 25th, nineteen SDA members and guests met in Ann Arbor at the beautiful home of Sandy Kunkle. Susie gave an update on activities at SDA: Jane Dunnewold will be the President starting April first, replacing Candy Edgerly, and Diane Sandlin has become the new Executive Director, replacing Ann Brockette.  Be looking for some great changes in SDA!

Susie introduced the SDA-Michigan team. Susie Krage is the  state representative, Susan Trovillion and Jean Pratt are ambassadors, and Lynn Krawczyk, our blogger. The team is exploring the possibilities of a venue for an SDA-Michigan exhibit. Most members present said they would be interested in exhibiting. The SDA-MI team will follow up and we will keep you posted.

Reminders for upcoming meetings:
April 22: Valerie Allen from Golden Paints
June 9: Indigo dyeing with Marilyn Prucka
September: Shibori with Mary Valerie Richter (date to be determined)
December: Holiday Meeting and Party

Our program was extended show and tell. This was a time to share inspiration and how that was translated into the work. We were all also very interested in getting to know more about how each of us works. There was an amazing display of creativity and talent. We saw surface design, shibori, mixed media, felting in both wall art and clothing, rust dyeing, quilting and more. We certainly have a talented group! Check out what you missed if you didn't attend!

Susan Trovillion has been experimenting with dyeing a particular purple 
and doing shibori. Her linen piece used several shibori techniques. 

Victoria Strauss brought a pieced jacket with many fabrics and techniques. 
It will be in the Ann Arbor Fiber Art Guild's runway show at Fiber Feast. 

Anne Knott brought a lovely pieced rust dyed hanging. 
She generously shared her techniques with the group, including using 
spray starch to control the silk while sewing quarter inch seams.

Anne Flora shared several felted pieces as well as this dress. 
It incorporates many different techniques learned in a workshop with 
Carole Soderlund, including machine made lace.

Jeanne Sarna wanted help in deciding whether to change the silk net sleeves 
and/or the shape of her felted jacket. 
She imbedded mica in the wool to give the jacket sparkle.

Mary Valerie Richter shared two amazing shibori pieces. She is trying to decide 
how to quilt this one and received mixed advice as to whether it 
should be quilted or left as is. What would you have suggested?

Kay Lister brought two whimsical pieces using 
a fast sewing technique she learned in a recent workshop
with Jim Hay. (I hope I have that right) She loved the workshop and technique
 because it broke all of the sewing "rules" she learned growing up.

Lynn Krawczyk said this mixed media piece isn't yet finished! What do you think? 
It is one of 15 that will be exhibited at Huron Valley Art Center 
along with work by Jacquelin Lams.

And here is Jackie Lams with one of her pieces going to the same show.  
(Huron Valley Arts Center) Jackie altered and old quilt 
using her own printed fabric to mend and improve it. 
The ragged cut edges of the quilt suggested the name of the show, "Ragged Layers".

Terri Voight presented this pieced and beaded jacket. 
Several members threatened to abscond with it.

Jacqueline Sullivan showed a number of small pieces that were made using 
molding paste with texture pressed into them. 
An interesting technique I'd like to hear more about.

Sandy O'Brien shared several pieces. This great one includes 
discharge and is stretched over canvas.
Jean Pratt brought her mixed media piece. Unfortunately there was 
too much glare to see the delicacy of her work. It includes small paper pieces.
She also shared her silk fusion technique. Ask her about it when you see her!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Teleconference for Advanced Marketing Techniques

The Creative Arts Council is a multi-media group, formed to help artists market their work.  Many of the members have websites as does the group.  We are always interested in perfecting our marketing methods as times and situations change.  You and interested professional artists/artisan friends are invited to attend a teleconference with Mary Rios, textile artist/web designer.  Please confirm with me by April 13 by phone or email.  Participants will give a $5 fee to cover expenses.
Event:  Teleconference for advanced marketing techniques for professional artists
Date & Time:    11 a.m. on Wednesday April 18
Place:  Andrea Anderson's Home 28829 W. King William Dr           Farmington Hills, MI  48831
Cost:  $5.00
  Contact:   Margaret Glinke       586 731 6588           glinke@att.net
CAC Members:  Business meeting at 10 a.m.
Everyone Bring:  material for notes, laptop computer, tape recorder or whatever works for you

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"Ragged Layers" mixed media art exhibit

Michigan Surface Design Association members Jackie Lams and Lynn Krawczyk will be exhibiting 27 new pieces of artwork at their show in April, Ragged Layers.
The show features work that is created using a wide variety of surface design techniques and forms of stitching.

The exhibit is being held at the Huron Valley Arts Council in Highland, MI from April 4 - April 30. (Address shown below and website is here.)

There is an opening reception on Friday April 6 from 7pm - 9pm. Please join us! :)

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Don't forget! Our next meeting promises to be an exciting one! Each person is invited to bring something for an extended show and tell. Please be prepared to talk about your inspiration for the work and how you translated that to the final piece. Critique may be offered to those who want it. Whether you wish to receive or dispense it, please read , "Learning to Critique Effectively", on Jane Dunnewold's website under tutorials. (http://www.artclothstudios.com/)

The meeting will be held on March 25, 2 p.m. in the home of member Sandy Kunkle at 1201 Minglewood Way, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. (sandykunkle@gmail.com) Please bring your work and a snack to share. 

I look forward to seeing you there.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

News from SDA Member Carole Harris.


Upcoming Events

Gallery Talk
March 22, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
1100 Lake Shore Rd., 
Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 
(313) 884-4222
$25, $20 for members  

Join me as I close out this engaging exhibit of more than 30 quilts by 22 of my contemporaries in quilt making from eight countries. "Quilt art pushes the boundaries of the quilt medium, further presenting quilting as an art form,'' according to International Arts & Artists, www.artsandartists.organ exhibit organizer.

I'm excited by the invitation to help broaden the perspective of this form that's so rewarding for me. It's no coincidence that I've entitled my talk "Improvisational Art.'' Hope to see you.

Quilt-Blue in the Night
Blues in the Night

Well, actually it's a quilt by Carole that will be featured along with 24 others in the exhibit "Fabric of America: An Exhibition of American Quilts'' a joint collaboration between Arts MidwestSouth Arts, Michigan State University Museum and the U.S. Embassy of Beijing, China. The exhibit highlights textile artists from 19 U.S. states and is scheduled to tour to various venues in China through January 2013

Here's hoping for greater global connections during the year ahead.


O + C = 44
If you're headed to the Windy City, drop by the DuSable Museum to see my contribution to the exhibition "The Journey of Hope: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama." The exhibition which was curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi will be on display through June 24, 2012.

Carole Harris is a Detroit based fiber artist and President/Owner of Harris Design Group, LLC.

Harris Design Group, LLC
15 East Kirby, #611
Detroit, Michigan 48202
(313) 515-2824

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Deadline Extension

Thanks to all who signed up so quickly for the Valerie Allen/Golden products talk and demo on April 22. We have 15 participants, but would like to encourage more of you to attend. It promises to be a very interesting time. The new deadline for sending an e-mail to confirm attendance is April 11. Don't miss out!


Monday, March 12, 2012


Valerie Allen, a working artist and Golden Paints Representative, has agreed do a special program for us. Valerie will be talking about the use of Golden products on textiles. This will include using your inkjet printer on various substrates. I think I read somewhere that they have a product that allows printing on aluminum foil. 

Valerie needs to know numbers (I believe she will bring some sample products.) So, please shoot me an e-mail to confirm your attendance within the next week. (skrage2@att.net) Friends of fiber are welcome. Please bring a simple snack to share and your favorite beverage.Coffee and tea provided.

Date: Sunday, April 22, 2 p.m.
Place: 1731 Seminole St., Detroit, MI 48214

Reminder:  Our next regular meeting will be the extended show and tell, March 25, 2 p.m. at the home of Sandy Kunkle in Ann Arbor.

See you soon.


Saturday, March 10, 2012


Classes Offered

Susie Krage has been involved with textiles for many years; dying and surface design. In 2010 she completed Jane Dunnewold’s 3 year Mastery Program through Art Cloth Studios in San Antonio, Texas. She has exhibited nationally and internationally an won a number of awards for her work.
All classes will be held in my spacious studio in historic Indian Village near downtown  Detroit. Classes are limited to 4-6 so students may move freely in the space and receive lots or personal attention.
Dying to Know
Low water immersion dying
Whether you are a complete novice or want to learn more about dying, this three day class should fit the bill. We will take a light hearted and fun attitude to dying and use both batching and the instant gratification of microwave dying. You will go home with a stack of beautiful fabrics. There will be adequate time for experimenting with your favorite technique.
Included techniques will be: basics of low water immersion dying, batching versus microwave dying, single and two color gradations, layered dying and manipulated fabric dying.
Dates: Tuesday, April 17 through Thursday, April 19, 2012 9-4
Cost: $395 (includes all dyes and chemicals)
Dyeing to Explore
Painting and Printing on Fabric
Once you have learned to dye fabric, the next step is to be able to paint and print to develop designs and textures. Using thickened dyes, and a variety of tools, including developing some silk screens in class, we will spend a glorious four days printing and painting fabric with thickened Procion MX fiber reactive dyes. There will be time to experiment and to spread dyes to your hears content. This class is limited to 4 students to allow lots of room to move around and receive personal attention.
Dates:  Tuesday, April 24 through Thursday April 26, 2012, 9-4
Cost: $450 (includes all dyes, thickners and chemicals
Contact information: skrage2@att.net

Making a Simple Steamer

Making a Simple Steamer

Here are directions for making a simple steamer. I learned how to do this from Jane Dunnewold. I purchased my pot and spring form pan at a thrift shop. The hardware cloth, metal duct tape and metal duct pieces came from a hardware store. Please read through all of the directions before making the purchases. You will see that the size of each piece you buy is dependent upon the size of another.
Items to gather together:
1. Large stock pot, measure the diameter before buying the ducting.
2. A section of metal ducting that, when assembled, will fit into the pot and be supported by the spring form pan.
2. A spring form pan that fits nicely into the stock pot
3. A piece of fiberglass screening (window screen)
4. Hardware cloth 24: wide worked well for me. (comes in a roll)
5. Two large hose clamps, that when joined will fit around the outside of the spring form pan.
6. Cheese cloth or light weight fabric (to cover the roll)
7. Wire cutters (I found the small jewelry type worked well on the hardware cloth)
8. Needle nose pliers
9. Metal duct tape
Remove the bottom of the spring form pan and put aside. Cut a piece of screen and stretch over the top of the pan. Connect the two hose clamps to make one larger one. Slip it over the screen and tighten, making sure the screen is snug. Trim excess screen, but not too close to the clamp. Put the completed pan into the stock pot with the screen up.
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The duct comes with a self locking edge that you may have to put together. Once assembled, tape the edge closed with the metal duct tape.
The duct should stand nicely on top of the screened spring form pan and not quite touch the edges of the pot.
Next comes making the roll or "core" from hardware cloth. This will fit into the duct, vertically, with the fabrics rolled around it. So, do not make it so large that it fills the duct. Mine is about 2 1/2-3" in diameter and fits into a 7" duct. The hardware cloth is quite stiff and hard to roll. When it comes in a roll, it wants to stay in that size roll. Flatten out the length you want. To cut, you will need to cut each wire down a row. Leave one side with no wires protruding and the other end with the ends extended.
Using the needle nosed pliers, bend the extending wires through the matching square on the opposite end and bend to secure. It is a bit unwieldy, but can be done with a bit of patience.
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The wire core now needs to be wrapped in cloth. Cheese cloth works well and is easy to work with. I used a curved needle to sew it through and to the core.
Congratulations, you are just about ready to steam!

I use pieces of old sheets to wrap my fabrics. Lay out a piece that is larger than the article you want to steam. Fold the long edges over the article. Remembering that the steamer core is only 24" wide, if your article is wider, it will need to be folded lengthwise. Be sure every surface of your article will be covered by the sheet. No area needing to be steamed should touch any other. Roll the entire package around thecore, smoothing as needed. Tie loosely with a strip of fabric. When folded and rolled, leave a few inches of the core exposed where it will sit on the screen. It helps to avoid wetness.
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Put boiling water in to the pot (water boiling when the roll goes into the pot saves time and helps with timing.) Insert the duct and be sure it is standing on the screen. Slip the wrapped core into the duct with the uncovered end down. Place a small towel over the top to collect condensation. Sit the lid on top of everything. If the pot did not come with a lid, use the bottom of the spring form pan that you put aside in the beginning.
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My steamer sits on the floor atop a single electric burner. I will steam a 2 yard length of fabric or several scarves for 30 minutes. Timing starts
when the steam is rising. The mitts are necessary to prevent steam burns when you remove the top.