Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Dear SDA-MI members,

I received this very sad e-mail from Anne Flora today. 

My husband John Ryan died unexpectedly this morning of heart failure.  I am so devastated -- John and I had 21 great years together.  There will be no funeral or visitation per his wishes.

I would  appreciate it if you could let the SDA members know.  He knew and enjoyed many of them!



Thursday, October 17, 2013


Please do not forget about our next meeting THIS Sunday at the home of member Sandy Kunkle.
(1201 Minglewood Way, Ann Arbor, 48103. Telephone 734-997-9032)

We will be having a meet and greet of the new Michigan Rep, Diane Nunez, as well as show and tell and door prizes.

Please bring a snack to share and your preferred beverage. Sandy will provide coffee.

If you live in downtown Detroit, be aware that the Detroit Marathon will be run and that there will be street closings. 27,000 runners are expected with over 50,000 spectators and there is a Lion's game in the afternoon.

I hope to see lots of you there.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Art Events

Art Events from Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild for November 2013

Monday, Nov. 11 
Kempf Hogan: " Completing the Circle: From Collecting to Creating" at
Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.  African-American quilt stories from the
collector and viewing of his quilts and needlepoint rugs.  Social time
6:30p.m., meeting 7 p.m. Wheelchair accessible.  Guests $5.
Members free.   Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor.  

Saturday,  Nov. 16 
Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild Holiday Sale: Wide selection of fiberart
holiday creations including gifts, home decor, fashion accessories
(scarves, hats, gloves, jewelry), garments, yarn, fabric, handmade
paper, and wall pieces.  Demonstrations of felting, spinning,
tapestry, and weaving plus informal modeling:--10:00am - 4:00 pm.
Morris Lawrence Building (theatre entrance, area),Washtenaw Community
College, Ypsilanti: Free admission.  

         For more information, please contact Michele Montour at:

Monday, September 30, 2013

New Workshop

This workshop is open to non-members of AAFG

Workshop and Runway Show with Maggie Jackson, Award Winning International Knitwear Designer     Presented by the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild,  October 12 - 14.

Saturday, October 12, 9am to 4pm  "Oh No, Not Another Scarf:" Workshop
Sunday, October 13, 9am to 4pm  "Wearable Art" Workshop
Monday, October 14:  Fashion Show of Maggie Jackson's knitted garments and accessories follows the 7pm business meeting of the Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild.  Free to AAFG members. $10.00 donation by guests.

Workshop:  Washtenaw Community College 

In Saturday's workshop you will create a sampler piece of your own design using Maggie's signature stitches like rag knot, tubes, splits, and ladder stitch. The sampler piece can be turned into a scarf, purse or table runner.  Under Maggie's guidance you will learn finishing techniques and tips she learned from having 45 knitters in Ireland when she did Ready-to-Wear. 

Sunday's workshop will take you beyond the previous day with even more of Maggie's interesting textures, stitches and techniques. Ramping things up a notch, you will learn how to incorporate other materials to expand you creativity with two colored frilled tubes, bows, two colored picot tubes and much more. Maggie will help you broaden your horizon and create a whole new style of knitting. 

Registration fee for the weekend workshop (both days) is $170 for AAFG members and $210 for non members.  A materials fee of $40, payable to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop, covers all yarns for projects both days. You bring #7 or #8 bamboo, wood or plastic needles, a darning needle, scissors and a bag lunch. If you wish, you may share  this workshop with a friend, splitting the fees and the days. Contact Sandy Kunkle ( or 734-997-9032) to register. 

Fashion Show:  Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 West Liberty Street, Ann Arbor

Maggie Jackson will host a fashion show of her knitted garments and accessories on live models. Garments can be tried on and purchased after the show. Maggie will also have books of her designs available for purchase.  Refer to Maggie's website for a sneak peek at the kinds of garments she has shown in Paris, London, New York and soon Ann Arbor. There is accessible access. For more information contact Sandy Kunkle:

 ( or 734-997-9032) to register. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013


Dear SDA Friends,

I hope you have all had a wonderful and productive summer. I am a bit late in scheduling our fall kick-off event, but here it is. Our meeting will be October 20th at 2p.m. Sandy Kunkle has generously offered again to host the meeting at her home. (1201 Minglewood Way, Ann Arbor, MI  48103 with telephone 734-997-9032).  The theme will again be our popular show and tell. We would like to hear and see how you spent your summer. Please bring your newest work as well as anything you may have done in a workshop. As usual we ask that you bring a snack to share and your favorite beverage. Sandy will provide coffee.

On another note, I will be stepping down as your SDA Michigan representative after our October meeting. I have enjoyed tremendously working with all of you. I would like to encourage each of you to seriously consider volunteering to take on the position of SDA Representative. It has been fun and rewarding. You will work with a group of dedicated artists, make lots of new friends and have the opportunity to represent a fabulous organization. I would be happy to work with a new rep for a time, so there is no such thing as, "I wouldn't know where to start". 

I also want to especially thank the SDA Michigan team for their dedication. They are Susan Trovillion, Jean Pratt, Lynn Krawczyk and Karin Larsen. Their support has been invaluable. Thank you all.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Detroit Fiber Festival

Third Coast
Fiber * Arts * Festival
October 18-19, 2013

The McGregor Center 
Wayne State University

 The Third Coast Fiber Arts Festival is two wonderful days of fiber fun, education and a thriving marketplace. Held October 18 & 19 at the McGregor Center on the campus of Wayne State University, this year’s event will be even bigger and better than last year when hundreds of fiber lovers came to learn from some of the country’s best known and respected teachers and to buy high quality hand-crafted fiber products from dozens of vendors.

There is something for almost every fiber fan including knitting, crochet, weaving and more. The event was created for folk we like to call fiber fanatics. Last year, some folks travelled thousands of miles to take part. And, from what we hear, they enjoyed every minute of it!
This year’s festival will have one of the strongest cadre of teachers outside of national fiber events such as Stitches. The folks pictured at the right will be supplemented with several local and regional fiber instructors. (Click the link beneath a picture to learn more about each instructor.)
There will also be a large, indoor marketplace with vendors from across the country. The variety will be great and the quality will be top rate. (It's all above ground this year -- nothing on the garden level.)
Another thing that makes this event special is its venue. The McGregor Center, designed by famed architect Yamasaki, is a spacious marble and glass castle. Its abundant natural light makes the marketplace a wonderful spot to shop and admire regardless of the weather. If you wish to explore, Greektown and Windsor, Ontario are just minutes away. Both offer casinos, yummy food and great walking around.  Both sides of the Detroit River now boast world-class river walkways.
Check this site often. We will be expanding and upgrading information as it becomes available. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Lecture/demonstration by Valerie Allen - September 11

You may remember Valerie Allen came and did a Golden Artist Lecture for SDA-Michigan.

Lecture/demonstration by
Valerie Allen - September 11
On Wednesday, September 11 Valerie Allen, Golden Certified Working Artist and juror of the Grosse Pointe ART Center's most recent exhibition "Our Rivers, Our Lakes" will offer a lecture/demonstration.  The event is free and will be from 7:00-9:00 pm, but reservations are required as there is limited seating.  To register call the Grosse Pointe ART Center at
313-881-3454 or email

Valerie Allen is a professional artist residing in Michigan. She and her husband, artist Armin Mersmann, live and work in their studio/home near Midland Center for the Arts and Dow Gardens.
She is on the faculty of the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art and has taught art at several Midwest colleges including Delta College at University Center, Michigan and Northwood University in Midland, Michigan. Her class and workshop topics include "The Sky has Limits-Controlling the Chaos of Mixed Media" , "The Secret Garden-A Mixed Media approach to Landscape" and “Explore the Possibilities-Innovations in Acrylics”. She is also an associate in the International Working Artists Program sponsored by New York based Golden Artist Colors-Fine Art Acrylics.
Valerie has exhibited art nationally including the Chicago Biennial, New American Drawing Exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the 18th Annual National Collage Society Juried Exhibit at the Montserrat College of Art, Massachusetts. In August 2007, she was awarded the prestigious Special Award of Merit at the 47th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition juried by Karl Umluaf, Artist in Residence at Baylor University, Texas. She was also included in the October 2007 exhibition “Heart Rate-The Artistic Pulse of Post-Industrial Michigan” at the Buckham Gallery in Flint, Michigan. Valerie's work was showcased in the Michigan Governor's Residence for 2009. She has participated in the 2009 and 2010 Artprize International Exhibit in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her painting, "Taiko" was curated into St. Cecilia Music Center for Artprize 2011.
17118 Kercheval Avenue, Grosse Pointe, 48230. 
Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 12 noon - 6 pm.

Info  (313) 881-3454

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New Classes

Susie Krage's Detroit Studio presents two new classes:

Think It, Print It, 2 days   

True improvisational printing on fabric. 
Using a blank silk screen, fabric paint, 
pastels, charcoal and other water 
soluble media, build a complex surface. 
Print two colors at once to define a 
shape. This is a fun class with no 
previous experience need to achieve 
Two day class Sept. 25 & 26, 9:30-4:30.  
$150 & supply fee of $20
Class size limited to 6
Susie Krage’s Detroit Studio

Dyeing Basics

Three days of dyeing basics using cotton 
and MX fiber reactive dyes.. We will batch,
microwave, dye single & multiple colors & 
do gradations. If you have never dyed or 
want a refresher, this class is for you. 
You will learn all of the basics to move 
forward in your dye explorations.
October 8-10, 9:30-4:30
$225 & supply fee
Class size limited to 6.
Susie Krage's Detroit Studio

Rayon Threads for Sale

Above are 24 cones of  rayon thread in a rainbow of colors. They are 100% rayon viscose and started as 5000 meters each. Some have been used, but not much, there are still thousands of meters on each cone. They were meant for machine embroidery but work equally well for quilting and other embellishment.  For sale at the huge discount of $125 for the lot. Shipping, if needed, is not included.

Susie Krage

SDA-MI September Meeting


Its time to think about starting meetings again. I am looking for someone to host out September  meeting. It will be a show and tell and pot-luck snacks, unless another plan is proposed.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Innovations in Fiber Art VI

Innovations in Fiber Art VI
International Juried Fiber Art Exhibition
October 24 – November 30, 2013
Contact:           Catherine Devriese
                        Sebastopol Center for the Arts
                        (707) 829-4797 Mon. – Fri. 10 am – 4 pm,
 SEBASTOPOL: Sebastopol Center for the Arts and Surface Design Association present Innovations in Fiber Art VI, an international juried exhibition of thought-provoking, unconventional and innovative fiber artworks expressed in a range of materials.
Jurors are Susan Taber Avila, artist and Professor of Design (Textiles and Fashion) at the University of California, Davis and  Chutian Scholar at Wuhan Textile University in Wuhan, China. She has exhibited work in Argentina, China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Mexico, Swaziland, and the UK as well as numerous exhibitions in the United States. Susan Taber Avila’s  artwork is included in several books and periodicals and she has published articles in FiberartsOrnament, and Surface Design Journal. She was the co-creator of the website, (1999-2010) and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Surface Design Association.
 Joan Schulze, Independent artist and lecturer, whose work has been shown in numerous museums and galleries worldwide since the 1970s. She exhibits and teaches internationally and is highly regarded for her work in collage and the fiber arts. Reviewers have called her the female “Rauschenberg”.  Since 2000, Schulze has been juror, advisor and the 2012 jury chair for From Lausanne to Beijing, the International Fiber Art Biennale.  She participated in the 4th Riga International Textiles & Fibre Triennial in Latvia; in 2012 a solo show in Lisbon, Portugal. Her studio is in San Francisco, California.
For the exhibition prospectus go to
Awards: $500 Best of Show, $100 Second Prize, $100 Third Prize, Merit Awards, Awards of Excellence from SCA and SDA
Submission Deadline: September 9, 2013.
The show opens with a reception on Thursday, October 24, 6 pm – 7:30 pm, and runs through November 30, 2013
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472, 707/829-4797.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday 1 – 4 pm.
Admission is free

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Please join me for the opening reception, Saturday, July 12, 6-9 p.m.
The Scarab Club
217 Farnsworth
Detroit 48202
(Behind the DIA) 

Susie Krage

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Scarab Club Exhibition

Please celebrate with me! I just learned that two of my pieces from the "Letters" series were selected for the "Global Colors" exhibition at the Scarab Club. It will run from July 10 to Aug. 3, 2013. The artist reception is Friday, July 12, 6-9 p.m.The two pieces have not been exhibited before and are "Letter from Moscow" and "Letter from Bogota". The Scarab Club is located at 217 Farnsworth St., Detroit, 48202, behind the Detroit Institute of Art. If you have never been to the Scarab Club, it is an arts center in a nearly 100 year old building. The beams have been signed by many well known artists over the years.

Susie Krage

Summer Yarns

Hi, I am a local fiber farmer, with merino sheep and cashmere goats.  Happy Goat Lucky Ewe Fiber Farm is just north of Mason near Lansing, MI.  I am opening the wool shop 
 The farm is at 2672 Dobie Road, Mason.  Phone: 517-927-9368.
I have white, natural color, and dyed rovings as well as handspun and millspun yarns from my sheep. My summer yarn is lambs wool mixed with cotton from Sikeston, Missouri spun at Zeilingers in Frankenmuth.

    Folks are welcome to visit the horses, goats and sheep.
Bridget Patrick 
Visa and MasterCard accepted.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Art Cloth Mastery Program


I am accepting applications for the 2014 Art Cloth Mastery Program, which
 will commence in the spring of 2014. If you would like information on the program, please write to and I will send you the guidelines and program description.

The program is a two and a half year commitment and is about way more than "art cloth!" We cover color and personal visual vocabulary in depth andeach participant develops a body of work based on his or her interests.

Please use this address:

Jane Dunnewold

Embroidery Mart

I'm writing to invite you to attend Embroidery Mart in Nashville July 26-27, 2013. As an embroidery expert with years of experience helping embroidery and apparel decoration professionals, I can tell you there is no event that delivers the same value as Embroidery Mart. And now more than ever, the value you get is critical to your success.

Embroidery Mart is fundamentally about helping you grow your embroidery/apparel decoration business. It's that simple. It was created specifically for embroidery and apparel decoration business owners. It is not a vacation. It is not a golf tournament. It is about uncovering, discovering, discussing and sharing the best practices in the industry for achieving business growth. It's about building on your strengths and taking your business to the next level.

Embroidery Mart is for the whole industry, including professionals that produce decorated apparel and those that sell decorated apparel. If you have equipment that does embroidery, heat pressing, screen printing, digital garment printing, laser engraving, rhinestones, sublimation, vinyl cutting – there is much for you here at Embroidery Mart. If you want to learn about any of this equipment and how you can grow your business with it, Embroidery Mart is for you.

Because we believe that information is key to your success, all the classes at Embroidery Mart are free for you as a registered attendee. And the presenters are some of the best people in the industry in their areas of expertise. Our speakers are some of the who's who among the industry innovators that are making a difference. They are always testing, experimenting and leading the way in apparel decoration.

Please don't wait. Register for Embroidery Mart now at

And if you do by June 15, you will be entered in three drawings for a free night at the Renaissance Hotel, which is the hotel connected to the Nashville Convention Center. Just click here or visit to register by June 15 and you will be automatically entered in the drawings.

If you have any questions or would like to register by phone, please contact us at 800-866-7396 between 9 AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday.
I hope to see you in July!
Best regards,
Jennifer Cox
President, NNEP

PS – If you really want to make money with apparel decoration, get to A trade show – this year, even it is not Embroidery Mart! You'll thank me for it.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hi, Folks,

SDA Michigan's meeting schedule has ended for the summer. However if you would like to get together for a pot-luck picnic and show and tell, please let me know and preferred day.  I'm participating in the Ann Arbor Craft Fair, so after well before or after the week of July 14, please. If there is enough interest, I will schedule something.

Meanwhile, I hope you all have a great summer. For those attending the SDA Conference, I hope you have a fabulous time and learn lots to share when we meet again in the fall.

Should you be working on something fabulous, here are two calls for entry that might appeal to you. One is right here in Michigan!  Have you noticed that entry fees have taken another jump?


Crooked Tree Arts Center 33rd Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition - 
OPEN DATE: 5/28/2013
DEADLINE: 7/31/2013

Jury Fee: $40.00
Event Dates: 9/21/2013 - 11/8/2013

The 33rd Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition will be presented in the Ermy B. & Gordon B. Bonfield Gallery from September 21 through November 8. The juried exhibition represents artists from all over the state of Michigan. The exhibit opening, which will be on Saturday, September 21st, is open to members/guests and artists only. The show will be juried Ann Arbor artist, Mark Nielsen. Awards will be announced at the opening between the hours of 4-6 p.m. Artists can enter the exhibition online during the months of June and July.

Tubac Center of the Arts: Threads - 
OPEN DATE: 5/28/2013
DEADLINE: 9/4/2013

Jury Fee: $35.00

"Threads" is a nationally juried fiber art exhibit at Tubac Center of the Arts. Juror: Kay Khan, Santa Fe, NM.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Photo Master Class

"Masterclass" Workshop | Friday-Saturday, May 17-18 | 9:00am - 5:00pm

This comprehensive two-day workshop teaches you how to photograph your artwork like a professional with either a traditional digital camera or the camera in an iPhone®, iPad®, or Android™ device and to prepare the images for professional use. The workshop covers both basic and advanced concepts, camera features, and how to light and photograph a variety of artwork, from paintings to sculpture, fabric, and jewelry. You also learn how to process the images using either Photoshop® Elements or available photo apps for a mobile device and format them for show entries, sharing online, or prints. Included is a detailed workbook with material from the workshop for future reference. This workshop will be offered only once in 2013.
The cost is only $295 ($255 for BBAC members). For more information and to register online or call 248-398-6119. To receive the special BBAC rate, members must register online at, by phone at 248-644-0866, or in person.
Are you curious about what it's like to take one of my workshops? Read what fiber artist Suzie Krage recently wrote about her experience attending my 1-day "Bootcamp" workshop at
Best regards,

All workshops are held at Color | Ink Studio in Berkley, MI at 1850 Eleven Mile Road. for more information about my workshops and to get directions.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


I look forward to seeing you at my first outdoor show!

Sat., May 18, 10am-6pm
Sun., May 19, 10am - 5pm

Booth #35 on M.A.C. Ave. (near Grand River Ave.)

Jennifer Gould

435 Woodburn, SW
Byron Center MI 49315

Please visit my website at and to see my
art dolls, handprinted jackets and fabric

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Fleece to Fiber to Fashion Networking Mixer

You are invited to attend:

Fleece to Fiber to Fashion Networking Mixer

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
You're invited to make textile connections! 
Mingle over refreshments and learn about Michigan born, grown and made fiber and fleece.
Llama, Wool, Yak, Alpaca, Angora goat mohair, Angora rabbit fur, Bison down, Camel down and Cashmere goat fiber.
Michigan Life Science & Innovation Center - Innovation Cafe UTC-04
46701 Commerce Center Drive
Plymouth, MI 48170


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

University of Michigan Health System

Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 

Dear Artists & Arts Organizations,

Gifts of Art is currently accepting art exhibit proposals for the August 2013 - August 2014 exhibit year.  Individual artists or arts organizations may apply.  As one of the first and most comprehensive arts in healthcare programs nationwide, Gifts of Art brings the world of art & music to the University of Michigan Health System.  Our nine galleries display over 50 exhibits a year.  They include 2-D and 3-D spaces that are viewed by approximately 10,000
people a day.  This makes our galleries some of the most widely visited indoor, non-museum exhibit spaces in the state.

Entry Requirements

Submissions may be made online<> or by
mail<>.  Our exhibit program's mission is to enhance the health system's environment of care and to assist and complement the healing process .
Please read the requirements and instructions carefully. Only submit images that reflect the proposed exhibit.  Successful exhibits have a cohesive focus, theme or feel.


The Exhibit Proposal Form can be found online at

Call Gifts of Art at 734-936-ARTS (2787) or email<>. To
download additional copies of this brochure or to submit
online, please visit our website at<>.

Saturday, April 20, 2013


For the first time, SDA is offering a discount to  NEW members. The special introductory membership rate of $48, a 20% discount from the regular $60 fee, is good until May 15, 2013. Tell your friends who haven't yet joined. They will thank you.

For the discount, you must be a first time member. Go to and use coupon code QA13.1 to get your discount. You may also send a check by mail using the same code, QA13.1, to Surface Design Association, QA13.1, P.O. Box 360, Sebastopol, CA  95473-0360

Remember, the discount code is only good through May 15, 2013.

Sign up now and be eligible to attend the June 6-9 conference in SAn Antonio.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Photography Bootcamp a GREAT Success!

Today was the Photography Bootcamp with Eric Law of "Shoot My Art". There were eight in attendance. Eric was brilliant, organized, focused and very informative. If you didn't attend, you really missed out!

We each learned to individually set our cameras for shooting art work and regular shots (yes, there is a difference.) Janice dropped and broke her camera last week and came with a completely new one. By the end of the day she was comfortable using it. Besides learning about those odd seeming settings in the camera menu, we learned about relatively inexpensive lighting equipment, how to place the lights for a variety of objects, how to emphasize texture when needed, how to deal with shadows, what settings to use and how and where to upload the photos to the computer. And that was just the morning.

Afternoon was just as packed. We reviewed how to use Photoshop Elements, particularly for photos for  exhibits. This included formatting, correcting, changing perspective, straightening, sharpening, resizing, cropping, changing dpi, size and pixels. Eric covered how to meet the requirements for entering various exhibits and the differences in settings for book or magazine submissions as well. We had a discussion about backgrounds and their colors and how they effect the final picture.

There was plenty of time to have everyone's questions answered, the discussions were complete and sometimes lively. I believe we all left feeling very happy we attended the workshop and that we certainly received a lot of very useful information! None of us became overnight experts, but watch out! With some practice,  you never know! If you didn't attend, you really missed out!

Eric offers classes, both private and open through-out the year, as well as shooting art. If interested, you can contact him here: "Eric (ShootMyArt)" <>


Monday, April 15, 2013

Call for Entry

This is from Jennifer Gould.

Would you please share this information with any people you know who may be interested?  Disability is not limited to physical disability but also includes people in recovery and those with mentail illness.  It would be great if someone you know is able to take advantage of this program.


The Legacy Trust Award Collection (LTAC) is a statewide art competition designed to provide assistance to adult artists with disabilities to facilitate participation in ArtPrize. For more information, visit


Back for its fourth year, the Legacy Trust Award Collection is soliciting artwork from adult artists with disabilities for a mini-competition in advance of ArtPrize 2013, the radically open art competition that will be held September 18-October 26 in downtown Grand Rapids.

Each year, Legacy Trust and sponsors in the business, arts and disability communities ask Michigan artists with disabilities submit their best paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, collages and other works of art to a preliminary art competition. The winners, chosen by popular vote and by a panel of celebrity judges, receive a cash prize of $500 and sponsorship in ArtPrize.


 The Legacy Trust Award Collection Artist Registration Form and Poster are available online, at the links below.
 All registration forms must be received by Legacy Trust by Wednesday, May 15, 2013. All artwork must be delivered by mail, UPS, FedEx or in person to Legacy Trust on May 20.
Legacy Trust, 300 Ottawa NW, Suite 600, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49546.

Also, here's the Facebook
ction/497694710267622?fref=ts>you may want to "like."

*Sharon Emery, *Vice President
Truscott Rossman • <>

Cell: 517-896-7075   Office: 517-487-9320    Fax: 517-487-5080

Lansing:  Boji Tower, 124 W. Allegan, Suite 800, 48933

Detroit:     Penobscot Building, 645 Griswold, Suite 2600, 48226

Grand Rapids:  250 Monroe Ave., NW, 49503

Bethany Styer
Administrative Coordinator
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition
517-333-2477 ext. 321

OUR VISION:  MDRC works to build opportunities for people with disabilities so they may live fully integrated lives within their chosen communities, now and in the future. Full citizenship is the expected role that people with disabilities will play, and their hopes and dreams parallel those of citizens without disabilities.

OUR MISSION:  MDRC is a disability justice movement working
to transform communities.

Monday, April 8, 2013

LAST CHANCE-Photography Bootcamp

Here is your last chance to take the Photography Bootcamp with Eric Law. The Bootcamp will be held at Eric's studio on 11 Mile near Woodward, in Berkley.  Bring your digital camera, its instruction booklet, a bag lunch and a sense of adventure. We will learn how to set out individual cameras, about lighting and the best way to shoot our work. Exhibitions expect high quality photos and will usually not consider a piece if the photo isn't clear and well lit. Don't miss out on an opportunity to learn from a master!

April 17, 9-5
SDA members and guests
Contact Susie Krage for more info. or send  a check of $125 to her at-
Susie Krage
1731 Seminole St.
Detroit, MI  48214

Saturday, April 6, 2013

fabrics and fibers in book arts

fabrics and fibers in book arts

team taught by Jean Buescher Bartlett
and Susan Moran

Jean Parsons Center, Traverse City, MI
9am to 4pm , Tuesday, July 30 through Monday, August 5, 2013

course description:

This workshop addresses “the whole book,” from contents to the unique fabrication of materials. We will focus on fabric resist dyeing and paperbacking techniques to make our own unique bookcloth and artists books. Students will incorporate their own imagery, materials, and techniques into book works that are experiential by folding, shaping, stitch resists, and making relief surfaces.!

class format:

We will be using two large classrooms at the Parsons Center, one for dyeing and paper backing, the other for binding and stitching (or one wet and one dry). Fiber artist Susan Moran will instruct students in Japanese resist dyeing techniques (shibori) and Jean Buescher Bartlett will teach bookbinding. Both instructors will facilitate with paper backing - to custom make our own bookcloth - as well as a wide variety of embroidery and handstitching techniques. Sue and Jean will alternate demonstrations and be available for one-on-one consultations during 9 to noon and 1 to 4 class time. The classroom building is open and available 24 hours, giving students plenty of time to work on their own at night.


Jean Buescher Bartlett - -734.709.5026

TO REGISTER and for more information about the PARSONS CENTER FACILITIES: or call: EMU Extended
Programs Office at 877.368.8289 Susan Moran, printed fabric with hand stitching

Registration is now open for this Summer workshop. The cost is $425, which includes many shared materials. Option lodging is $90. If you have any questions after looking at the Parsons website, don’t hesitate to contact Jean, Sue, or Ruth Bardenstein, our teaching assistant. This class may be taken for State Board CEU's.

Monday, April 1, 2013



Here's your chance to STICK IT to SDA!

Donate new, vintage, hip, funky, elegant, you-name-it pincushions that you've created
 or purchased over the years. The resulting plethora will be sold at SDA Pop-up Bookstore with the proceeds going to support member benefits.

For more information and the guidelines, go to Click the conference heading, then the conference 2013 and then member events. Check out other opportunities to participate in exhibits and a silent auction.


BRING YOUR OWN BAG and put an end to the trend of boring conference totes. Upcycle one (or more) of those bags you have hanging around. Apply your creativity with dye, paint, stamping, scribbling, stitching, embellishing, etc. and transform it into a fabulous collectible, Its a green solution (plus many other colors of the rainbow).

Then SNAG-A-BAG when you bring yours to San Antonio. Swap it for a different one when you register. Put conference materials into this artful new bag and off you go. Enjoy the spectacle of all of these bags moving around the Riverwalk. Spot yours and go make a new friend. Stay open to meeting your bag's maker to complete the cycle of networking serendipity.

NO BAG TO BRING? No worries. We'll sell a special stash of extras for $25 -created and donated by other SDA members.  All proceeds go to building better member benefits.

Questions? Contact us at

To encourage participation, I am sharing the tote I recycled. It is heavy canvas and had a late logo on one side. I taped off the logo and painted with gesso. I used fabric paints to create the shapes and a thermofax screen for the writing. The faux rhinestones were applied using "Gem-Tac".

How about sending pictures of your creations to me  to be shown on the blog. Come on all of you SDA Michigan members, lets show conference participants our support by contributing!

Susie's upcycled tote:

Help Needed....

I have received an SDA Personal Development Grant to research photo emulsions.
I am looking for artists that use or teach photo emulsion screen printing 
to answer a short survey.
Please contact me at  and I will send the survey .

Best regards,

Wendy Huhn     the giraffe project  blog


Thank you to all of the participants in the Fanciful Fibers Challenge. Each entry was unique and showed a great deal of thought. The comments have been very positive. Only 1/5th of the SDA-Michigan members voted, which was surprising and disappointing. The challenge and vote were designed to allow each member to participate either as an entrant or a voter, no matter the distance.

None the less, the votes are in, tabulated and ready to be shared. Thank you to Lynn Krawczyk for setting up the voting on Survey Monkey! Each winner will receive a prize of a pair of scissors.

And the winners are:

First Prize: 8" Gingher Featherweight Dessmaker shears goes to Diane Nunez for the "Twisted Fabric" I apologize to Diane...I originally posted an incorrect name. Susie

Second Prize:   Fiskars Micro-Tip Scissors to Sandra O'Brien for her "Purple" piece.

Third Prize: Jim Holtz's Non-stick Micro serrated shears to Jeanne Sarna for her jewelry

Two Honorable Mentions:

5 1/2" Ultra Sharp Premium Scissors go to: Beth Markal for "Yellow and Green Stones"

and Karen Turckes for "Sea Horse"

Congratulations to the winners! In my book, all of the participants are winners! Thank you to those who took the time to vote.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Challenge Votes needed!

The SDA Challenge vote on Survey Monkey is still active. Only 17 votes out of 124 members isn't much of a showing. Please show your support for those who participated by taking a moment to vote.
The link is in the sidebar of the blog.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Class

The Thick and Thin of Dye

The Procion mx dyes are versatile and easy to use, but adding thickeners creates a whole new way to use them. Come play and experiment for a creative and exciting three days. You will learn some new techniques, a bit of dye chemistry and be able to experiment with a variety of fabrics. We will make many smaller pieces and some yardage.

May 1-3, 9 a.m.-4p.m.
Susie's Studio in Detroit
$225 plus a supply fee

Space is limited. If interested, please send a check for the class fee to :

Susie Krage
1731 Seminole St.
Detroit  48214

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Fanciful Fibers

A link to our Fanciful Fibers photos is now on the SDA main website in the side bar. Congratulations to all who participated.

The photography bootcamp needs at least one more person to enroll if it is to move forward. It will be April 17, 9-5, and the cost is $125. If interested, please send a check to me soon so we do not have to cancel.

Susie Krage

Friday, March 15, 2013

Fanciful Fibers Challenge Photos

The SDA Michigan "Fanciful Fibers" challenge pieces are in. The pieces are all very different and amazing. Take a look. We will be posting information for you to vote on your favorite. There will be prizes too!

Each participant started with a fat quarter of fabric that had been manipulated and dyed with lemon yellow. The rules were to do anything you wanted with the fabric and any style.

Thanks to all who participated.

#1. Snow dyed jewelry

#2. Quilt

#3 Twisted Fabric

#4. Pillow Cover

#5. Kick Out the Housework

#6. Japanese silks and stamps

# 7. Green & yellow stones

#8. Spring Flowers

#9. Find the Rhythm

#10. Green

#11. Tears (woven)
12. Space Debris

#13. Rust on metal background

#14. Seahorse

#15. Purple

#16. Unlocked

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Call for Entry

Call for Entry | Deadline: Sunday, April 21st, 5 pm
Blooms, Bugs, Beasts Exhibition 
All-media exhibition | Open to all artists | Juror: Ryan Standfest
Scarab Club Silver Medal Exhibition 
The Scarab Club invites all artists to submit work for its Blooms, Bugs, Beasts Exhibition. It is an all-media exhibition with a theme of flowers, insects, animals, landscapes and seascapes. The purpose of the Blooms, Bugs, Beasts exhibition is to recognize the diversity and achievement of artists whose work show creativity of concept, excellence of design and expertise of media; to display these works to regional audiences and to be an educational opportunity for students. 

Ryan Standfest.
Detroit-based artist + art educator.
Publisher / editor of ROTLAND PRESS.
Child of the suburbs.
Student of imaginary catastrophes.

Download the entry form at the Scarab Club website. Questions? Contact Treena Flannery Ericson

The Scarab Club
217 Farnsworth
Detroit, MI   48202

Regular gallery hours:
Wednesday-Sunday, Noon-5 pm