Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fiber Challenge

There is less than a week to decide to enter the fiber challenge! The idea was to involve you who are too far away to easily attend meetings. So far we have someone from Traverse City and Fort Gratiot participating. How about those of you in the U.P.? No one yet from Kalamazoo or Grand Rapids.
Don't delay, write your check today! (Do I sound like a car salesman?) Don't miss out!

Susie Krage
1731 Seminole St.
Detroit, MI 48214

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Artist's Reception, Jennifer Gould

Join us for a Holiday Open House

and an Artist's Reception for 

"Leaves of Change"

by fiber artist Jennifer Gould

November 1st, 2012
Thursday, 4-9 p.m.

   Meet our gallery artists
Begin your holiday shopping
Win Door Prizes
Enjoy the Walborn Family's favorite holiday treats! 


YT Galleria, LLC
966 Cherry St. 
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(616) 451-8817   

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fanciful Fibers Challenge Update

Hi, Folks,

Here is an update on the Fanciful Fibers Challenge. There have been nine responses to the challenge but mostly from the "usual suspects". The farthest afield came from Fort Gratiot. How about some of you from the new Kalamazoo area group and I know we have some U.P. members. Join the fun and send your check for $5.00 and participate in a terrific group project without too much effort! The deadline is November. 5th. Do it before the holidays take all of your time.

Some of the comments received along with the checks have been:

"What a great idea!"

"Sounds like a lot of fun!"

"Great idea".

"Thank you for establishing the challenge. Its just what I needed to get the creative juices flowing."

Susie Krage
1731 Seminole St.
Detroit, Mi 48214

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Kalamazoo SDA Meeting Notes

October 14, 2012

Meeting of West Michigan Surface Design

         Angelica Roberts    a.reginaroberts@gmail.com
         Jennifer Gould           jgould1526@esagelink.com
         Barbara Stewart        fiberheart@gmail.com
         Karin Larsen               karinlarsen@mediopic.com

          Not able to attend 
         Cheryl Dineen Ferrin           Cheryl@cdineenferrin.com
         Sue Cortese                         scortese7@gmail.com

Time was spent sharing our art and talking about the connections that we shared through the creation of our work.

We discussed the vision for the West Michigan and encouraging others to join with us.  We agreed that the meetings should not be over scheduled, but rather a treat to look forward to attending.  Starting small and growing is a good way to form bonds that will make the group strong.

Next Meeting     January 20, 2012                 2:00 pm

Location:            2313 Parkview Ave
                           Kalamazoo, MI
                  Contact Karin Larsen for directions or questions

         Bring item(s) that others might use that you no longer
         need, for a  friendly gifting exchange.

Time for introducing ourselves and sharing about the Michigan Challenge.

Upcoming shows and networking

Two members will share their experience with selling on the internet with those that haven’t sold on the net yet.

A new technique will be shared to add to your bag of tricks.

Future meetings will follow the same format

Exchange time

Sharing our work to support one another

Upcoming shows in the area and networking

         Navigating the SDA site
         Photography for better sales

New Technique

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Michigan Artist Exhibit-Jacqueline Sullivan



220 North Adams Rd.
Rochester Hills ~ Michigan


gallery hours:

MON - SAT 10-9  & SUN 12-6

Jacqueline joins 33 of Michigan's finest artists to show and sell their latest works of art @ The Village Fine Art Gallery located in the Village of Rochester Hills Shopping Center - Walton & Adams.

Jacqueline will be featuring her hand painted silk scarves ~ hand crafted art cards, each a piece of art in themselves and one of a kind mixed media pieces.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Indigo Magic Workshop

There are still a couple of spaces for the "Indigo Magic" workshop on October 25, (Thursday) from 9:30-4:30, at my home in Detroit. E-mail skrage2@att.net, if you are interested. An entire day to manipulate and indigo dye...lots of fun and mess! You can leave the mess at my house and just take home beautiful fabrics.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Exhibit Opportunity

 Jennifer Gould is sharing this information in case someone might be interested.......

Dear Jennifer,

I hope you are well and in good health.

I am the exhibition manager for Parallax Art Fair USA, an
art fair for artists. I wondered whether an exhibiting
opportunity in the second edition of the New York fair might
interest you? I hope you don't mind, I got your contact from
Artists Who Teach website.

The New York fair will take place at the Prince George from
16-18 November. The idea behind the event is to provide an
affordable platform for artists to exhibit their work in an
event underpinned by new theoretical thinking from art
history. There is no application fee; the only charge is the
hire fee, determined by how many panels/plinths the artist
chooses. All exhibitors have to submit hanging plans. We
also have a free storage/hanging service for artists that
ship work. The last edition was featured in the Huffington
Post and Departures Magazine.

You can find the application form and further information
here (as well as a link to the UK site and info about our
Miami show): http://www.parallaxaf.com/applicationform.html

For photographs of previous events, articles and updates,
artist reviews, please do join our facebook page:

I look forward to seeing examples of your work.

Thanks for your time.

Amreen Khan

Thursday, October 11, 2012

NEW! Kalamazoo Meeting

Our new west coast Ambassador, Karin Larsen, has scheduled an SDA meeting at her home in Kalamazoo. If you live in or are visiting the area, please stop in. If you e-mail Karin directly at <karinlarsen@mediopic.com>, she will send you the directions. The meeting will include show and tell, so don't miss out. Here is a great chance to see what other artists are doing and participate in planning for your area SDA.

Sunday, October 14 at 2 p.m. That is this Sunday!

Susie Krage
SDA Michigan Representative

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


At our recent Arashi Shibori workshop, Jennifer Gould shared some of her exquisite dolls with us. Each one had a beautiful black satin label with gold writing. Jennifer;s signature was in her own handwriting. Of course, we all wanted to know where she had them made. So here is the information.

Sterling Name Tape Co.  -  www.sterlingnametape.com
Winsted CT 06098

There is a set -up fee to make the printing plate. Once that is done, it can be used for each re-order. Jennifer said that in 2009, she re-ordered 1000 labels for $108. 

To make labels at home, I'd like to refer you to a tutorial on Connie Hester's website, http://www.conniehester.com/personalized-labels-tutorial.htm

I tried it and must say it worked! Surprise.  I used inexpensive polyester ribbon on a roll from JoAnns. I printed on cardstock and then taped the ribbon, as described. I had no issues with feeding the entire thing through my straight loading printer with pigment ink. My only issue is that there is a very slight blurriness to the print and that is it fiddly. For a few labels, it is a good technique. If I needed 100's, I wouldn't bother.


Thursday, October 4, 2012


Dear Michigan SDA Members,

For a long while, I have been concerned about how to be more inclusive with the Michigan SDA activities. Having more Ambassadors from different regions is one way, and we still need more volunteers to make that happen. But I have come up with another idea. Lets see what you think. Hopefully you will want to be involved even though you may not have been able to participate in previous activities.

We are going to have a statewide challenge! It will be called, "Fanciful Fibers". Each participant will receive a fat quarter (18" X 22") of the same fabric. Turn it into something fanciful, whimsical and fun. Use any technique you want. Think of dyeing, over-dyeing, discharging, stamping, screening, stitching, sewing, doll making, beading, tearing and weaving, 2D, 3D, etc.  Whatever you like. You must use at least half of the fabric in your finished piece and it must be ready to hang.

The cost to participate is $5.00 per person. This will be used to cover expenses and mailing. I am hopeful that you will all want to participate. Monies left after expenses will go toward prizes! YES! I said prizes. The more participants, the more and better the prizes. With over 100 members, there should be several great prizes!

 So, here's the deal: mail a check to me, Susie Krage, for the $5.00, by November 5, 2012, the day before elections. You will receive your dyed (one color) cotton fabric in January. Other than deciding to write a check now, you need do nothing else but enjoy the holidays. Then, about the time the holiday decorations are put away and the winter doldrums set in, you will receive a nice challenge surprise in the mail. The deadline to return your completed piece will be March 15, 2013.

Then what, you might ask? At the very least, I will post the finished pieces on the blog. We will have a vote for a viewer's choice award. If there are enough pieces, we might pursue an internet exhibit and perhaps an auction for those who want to sell their work. There are a lot of possibilities depending upon whether YOU decide to be part of the fun.

Please join me in making "Fanciful Fiber" a real statewide event.  Don't wait, sit down right now and write out your check.
To summarize:
  1. Send a check for $5.00, made out to Susie Krage, by November 5th, 2012.
  2. Receive fabric in January
  3. Make a :Fanciful Fiber" piece, any technique, prepared for hanging.
  4. Return finished work to Susie by March 15, 2013.
SDA Michigan Representative  
Susie Krage
1731 Seminole St.
Detroit, MI 48214