Monday, February 25, 2013

Free Artist Residency in Central Mexico

360 XOCHI QUETZAL: Free Artist Residency in Central Mexico
May 1 - 31, 2013
360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a FREE artist residency located in Chapala, Mexico on the shores of the largest lake in Mexico. Fiber artists, writers, visual artists, musicians and scholars will find inspiration from the beauty of the lake and surrounding mountains. Tell your friends and listserves that applications are due March 16, 2013 through CAFÉ for residency in May 2013. For more information: or visit/like our Facebook page: 360 Xochi Quetzal

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Innovators and Legends

We FINALLY got to the Legends and Innovators exhibit in Muskegon. It was a very full day. Three hours driving, time at the exhibit, a quick lunch and three hours back. Worth every minute. Many pieces have been seen in fiber magazines, but are much better up close and personal. There were 75 pieces and all were very different from each other. It was a good showing of what can be done in fiber if you really really stretch.

Geary Jones of Grand Rapids was the curator and brought together a wide spectrum of pieces with most fibers and techniques represented. There are 75 works by 50 artists. I encourage you to go. You will see Nick Cave's Sound Suits, Nancy Crow's mono prints called, "Self Portraits", Arturo Sandoval"s "Pattern Fusion No. 12: Motherboard", which incorporates interlaced recycled auto industry mylar, 35mm microfilm, netting, multi-colored threads, plaited braid,  holographic film, Pellon, and polymer medium. My favorite piece, although that's a hard call, is Jason Pollen's black organza with red patches. There were two stunning works that were cut to form patterns, one of muslin and one of wool. I could go on and on, bout, like most fiber events, they are best seen in person.

The exhibit is at the Muskegon Museum of Art and will run through March 17.  Museum entrance is free on Thursdays as well as the tour from 1-3.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Jane Dunnewold's Class

Jane Dunnewold Dye Play Workshop in Ann Arbor
Friday - Sunday, March 8–10, 2013

There is one open space (due to a cancellation!) for Jane’s upcoming workshop. If you are interested, please contact AAFG Workshop Chair, Sandy Kunkle:

Fiber-reactive MX dyes are versatile and easy touse. Spend three days playing with these dyes – printing, pouring, immersing, spraying, whacking – you name it and it can probably be done! In the process, you will understand dye chemistry better and learn to predict more closely what happens whendyes intermix and mingle. Students will work on a combination of smaller samples and yardage, using a variety of fibers so that different fabric’s ability to take the dyes can be compared. Learn from a master! Jane is an internationally known artist, lecturer, author and the founder of the Art Cloth movement.

Fees: AAFG Member $250
AAFG Nonmember $285

Reminder: Meeting in Kalamazoo

From Karin Larsen:

Please don't forget the upcoming meeting of the 

West Michigan SDA coming on March 3rd at 2:00 pm. Contact Karin Larsen for additional information. <>

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

March & April Meetings

 March Meeting

Pot luck meet and greet Jane Dunnewold
March 7, 5:30 p.m.
Susie Krage’s Home
1731 Seminole St, Detroit  48214
Please RSVP to

April Meeting
SDA Photography Bootcamp

Want to learn more about your camera?
Want to be able to photograph your work for shows?
This workshop is for you!

First impressions matter whether entering a competition, selling on the internet, or preparing a portfolio. According to The Artist’s Magazine, 90% of an artist’s audience will see the artwork for the first time in a print or digital image. With most show entries by CD or online, your artwork is only as good as your images. Whether you use a camera or a mobile device to photograph your artwork, it has never been more important to have the best images.
This popular workshop is presented by professional photographer Eric Law, who shares his knowledge and insights about photographing artwork in a way that is sure to enhance the quality of your images. Now in their fifth year, the workshops consistently earn high marks from participants:
·        "It was all the information I wanted given in an easy to understand format."
·        "The entire workshop was excellent. This is the way workshops should be     presented and organized."
·        "Very helpful and informative."
·        "Learned lots!"

About the Presenter
Eric Law is a professional photographer, consultant, and the founder of™. He works exclusively with artists, galleries, and exhibitions to present their artwork at its best. His clients include many well-known and emerging artists in the Detroit area and across Michigan, and images of their artwork have been published in books and national magazines. Eric also is a frequent lecturer to artist groups and teaches photography workshops. He is a member of Professional Photographers of America and works from his studio in Berkley, Michigan.

This intensive one-day workshop teaches you the fundamentals of how to photograph your artwork with either a traditional digital camera or the camera in an iPhone®, iPad®, or Android™ device and to prepare the images for juried shows. The workshop covers concepts and terminology, camera features, and how to light and photograph a variety of artwork. You also learn how to process the images using either Photoshop® Elements or available photo apps for a phone or tablet and format them for show entries. Included is a workbook with material from the workshop for future reference. 


Time:  Wednesday, April 17. 2013, 9-5

Place:  Eric’s Studio
     1850 11 Mile Rd. (west of Woodward a few blocks)
     Berkely, MI  48072

Bring:  Bag lunch and your drink
      Your camera or mobile device with its manual
  Laptop with Photoshop Elements or better (free 30 day trial at

Cost:   $125 
 Make payment to Susie Krage and send to 1731 Seminole St., Detroit 48214, by March 27th.

Participation:  Minimum of 6, maximum of 12 participants

Saturday, February 9, 2013


SDA has lots of exposure opportunities to check out. Here are some:

in•ter•face: Connections

Members viewing work at the Confluence Member Show "Merge and Flow". Photo from SDA Archives

SDA members are invited to submit work measuring 12" x 12", mounted on canvas, that demonstrates innovative use of textile media. Any textile technique or material is acceptable, including the use of nontraditional materials.
All submitted work will be exhibited in the show and judged onsite for awards.
Online submission opens: January 7, 2013
Online submission closes: April 1, 2013
Exhibition Dates: May 31-June 28, 2013
Exhibition Venue: SaySí Gallery

in•ter•face: Fabricate


"Bodies of Water", Confluence 2011 Fashion Show finale at Grainbelt Bottlehouse Atrium in Minneapolis. Photo by Tony Nelson

SDA members are invited to submit outstanding, outrageous & unique apparel for presentation in a professionally-produced show in an elegant environment.
Online submission opens: January 7, 2013
Online submission closes: March 1, 2013
Fashion Show Date: June 8, 2013

in•ter•face: Linked Up

Photos courtesy of the artistsSDA student members are invited to submit work for competition & exhibition that spotlights cutting-edge use of textile media.
Exhibition Dates: June 6 - July 31, 2013
Venue: UTSA Downtown Gallery
San Antonio, TX
Online submission opens: January 7, 2013
Online submission closes: March 31, 2013
Download complete submission guidelines here


With your help, we’re also reinventing the conference carry-all with SNAG-A-BAG SWAP. Grab one of those bags from your conference tote collection and upcycle it! Yep, we’re asking you to re-purpose one you already have by painting, dyeing, printing, scribbling, tufting, embroidering and generally embellishing the bag into a new, one-of-a-kind collector’s item. Bring it to the conference to swap it for a different one, then locate the new owner of your bag – and start a new friendship.
Bags can also be mailed if you are not attending the conference but want to participate. The deadline to receive mailed bags is May 30th. Send to:
Miki Rodriguez
SDA Member Services Coordinator
7410 Robin Rest Dr.  
San Antonio, Texas  78209

Please shoot Miki an e-mail to let her know you have mailed something:


**If you decide to participate in this tote bag exchange, please send me a photo. I will gather the pictures and post on the blog.

The idea here is for each person to have an up cycled tote bag for the conference. Then, if you are attending, you can watch to see who selected yours and go and meet them. The totes will be conversation starters. Isn't that a great idea?

Call for Entry Reminder

 Three Pines Studio/ Call for Artists:
         By the Yard: Surface Designed Textiles

In concept,  material is the fiber artist’s blank canvas, a vehicle for their motifs and mark making.  The yardage that is produced is the transitional material for the next construction. The art cloth will be hung on cardboard rolls suspended from the ceiling of the gallery. 

Additional information: Here are some of the things happening

Some folks are doing 6" by 5 yds .  Possible belts...others 5 in by 1 yd. .  It could be a min.of a  yard of fiber.( There is no restriction as to width. )

If fiber is spectacular folks will purchase the work. We have had a strong history - now in our 12th  year of sales. Local designers often purchase pieces of fiber from the Three Pines Studio.

Take the opportunity to experiment, try something new.

Raw yardage means someone can purchase it to make a wearable or household item. If it doesn't sell it is returned to the artist to continue making it into whatever she wishes. Time and effort is not lost. 

The piece should be priced as the artist normally would price her gallery pieces.

Thinking out the box...
Small pieces could be pinned or tacked together to make 36 in.
Again there is no restriction on width.

Another example - one artist is doing a series of four pieces - 1 yd each that deals with the theme of night and day. Typically she would frame them as tapestry but instead is keeping them free and artfully attaching the panels to be hung from the cardboard roll. She will sell her panels individually for what she normally does.

There is a fiber group doing a group yard .... There are many possibilities.

Members of the Northern Michigan fiber community
and/or Michigan members of the Surface Design Association  

Exhibition: May 25 - June 11, 2013
Artist’s Reception: May 25, 2- 7 pm

5 yards of continuous surface designed fiber or more preferred, (artist’s choice: silk, cotton, wool, etc), minimum of 1 yard will be considered.  (No width requirement.)
2 entry limit.
Techniques employed are the choice of artist.
The artist must provide a short statement regarding their concept and process including a possible use of their fiber.

All submissions will go through a selection process.
All work must be for sale (60% artists/40% Three Pines Studio).


February 14, 2013  Application deadline:
Statement of intent to participate and brief concept description
including images of previous work (jpg or photos) may be emailed to or mailed to Joann Condino, Three Pines Studio,
P.O. Box 221, Cross Village, MI 49723 .

May 1st, 2013
Work must be delivered or received by May 1st
For promotion purposes, images (jpg or photos 300 dpi) should be provided as soon as possible but no later than delivery date.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Next West Michigan Meeting

Karin Larsen, the SDA Ambassador from Kalamazoo announces the next meeting; Everyone is invited to attend.

March 3rd, 2 p.m.
2313 Parkview Ave.
Kalamazoo, Michigan


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

Time for introducing ourselves and sharing.

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 techniques
 Contact Karin Larsen for directions or questions: