Friday, March 2, 2012

We have moved!

Hello Everyone!

Today I am posting to say that we have moved the blog over to a new website

new web address, same great Surface Design Member News!

Head over there for today's new blog entry!


Friday, February 24, 2012

SDA Member News 02.24.12

Call for Entries in Western New York

IMPACT ARTISTS GALLERY presents          

FibreArts Initiative III
Show runs April 4th – 28th

Opening Reception  Thursday April 12th, 5-7:30pm
‘Fourth Fridays at the Tri-Main’  April 27th, 5-8pm

Featuring the diverse artwork of independent fibre artists whose work includes weaving, contemporary quilting, thread painting, felt making, needle felting, beading, embellishment, papermaking, hand painted, printed or dyed/discharged fabrics, fibre jewelry, digital printworks, fibre/mixed media collage, 3D sculptural design, highly stylized ‘art dolls’, and so MUCH more.

Location: Impact Artists Gallery, suite 545 at the Tri-Main Center2495 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214   Use the rear entrance and free parking on Halbert Street.

Gallery viewing hours this show are 11am – 4pm Wed – Sat. (extended)

Additionally you can view this years artwork and archived ‘July 2010’ and ‘April 2011’ for past years shows  at

Secure a prospectus on their blog or on our Facebook or pickup one at the gallery or send a SASE to the gallery or email for one.

Classes in Cheshire, New York

Joan Morris will be in Cheshire, New York, June 22-26, 2012 to teach:

Shibori and Natural Dyes

This is a class description for a 5 day class in shaped-resist dyeing using natural dyes, including indigo, woad, a variety of natural dye extracts, madder root, cochineal bugs, and walnut galls.  This class is geared towards students at various levels of experience; from the beginner to those with prior experience and a desire to expand their vocabulary, experiment, sharpen skills and gain greater control of materials.  All levels are welcome in this class.  The beginner can expect to learn 10- 12 forms of shaped-resist (shibori), while they gain knowledge of mordanting with alum, and dyeing with the above mentioned natural dye stuffs.  New to my classes will be the addition of a woad dyebath, a process at once similar to and different from indigo dyeing.  As they are available, new natural dye extracts will be added to the materials we’ll use in class (e.g. coreopsis extract).   Color shifting (with ammonia, vinegar and iron) presents additional color possibilities for each of the dyestuffs we’ll use.  For those with prior experience, bring images of your work, or actual pieces, including work-in-progress, if you would like to engage in a dialog about possible directions that your work could take.  Please note that this is a forum for making samples, experimenting, and making small pieces.  It will not be possible to dye large yardages in this setting. 

See Joan Morris's website to learn more about her work :

September 5-7, 2012 Lisa Klakulak will teach a felting class, also in Cheshire New York.

A Naturally Dyed Palette for Surface Design: Patterning and Imagery with Partial Felts

Natural dyeing of wool fleece necessitates a cautious approach, especially working with Merino wool, so that fibers don’t mat in the processes prior to intentional felting.  Experience an alternative technique Klakulak uses to create a broad palette of naturally dyed partial felt for application in surface patterning and image articulation. Learn her strategies for layout, ideal amounts of water and soap and the type of agitation for making quality felt as well as the differences between wet felted partial felt and needle felted pre-felt. After creating partially felted sheets of wool fleece in a gradation of the wool’s natural colors, mordant and over-dye with the most light-fast natural materials and dye extracts: Cochineal, Madder, Weld, Indigo and Walnut. The dyed sheets of felt will then be cut and arranged on a background of loose fleece to create various patterning effects and recognizable imagery that can be applied to the participants future felt projects or fulled and finished for wall display.

photographed by Mary Vogel

See Lisa's website for more information on her work :

Contact Sara Burnett for more information and sign up for the class:

Friday, February 17, 2012

SDA Member News for 02.17.12

Textile Study Group of New York:

The Textile Study Group of New York (TSGNY) is celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year with two member exhibitions on view in NYC.

The first is "Crossing Lines: The Many Faces of Fiber" at the World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery, which has been extended through April 1st. 56 Artists are represented at this show juried by Rebecca Stevens, curator of contemporary textiles at the Textile Museum in Washington DC.

The second is "9x9x3: New Visions" which is at the Durst Building Lobby Gallery, 1155 Ave of the Americas, through March 2nd. This exhibition has been juried by Janet Kaplos, former senior editor at Art in America. This exhibition will be closing soon, so please go check it out!

Also check out TSGNY on Facebook, their blog, and their website.

Elaine Longtemps:

SDA Member, Elaine Longtemps, has a very large work on display at World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery in the TSGNY Exhibition "Crossing Lines: The Many Faces of Fiber", hosted by Brookfield Properties. Her piece "Extension/Velocity" was selected by Brookfield Properties for their publicity and banners for the show. 

The Courtyard Gallery is located at 200 Vesey Street. The gallery hours are noon to 4:00 daily, except Mondays. The show opened on December 6, 2011, and as mentioned above, has been extended to April 1, 2012.

106"h x 72"w x 3"d

Another work of Longtemps, "Corkgun", will be on view in the exhibition "Made in NY 2012" at the Schweinfurth in Auburn, NY from March 31 to May 20, 2012.

The opening for that exhibition will be on Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 3-5 pm.


View more of Elaine Longtemps' work on her website.

Deborah Bein:

SDA Member Deborah Bein, of Poughkeepsie, New York, is honored to be awarded the Founder's Award in the current online exhibit at the Infinity Art Gallery, "Lay of the Land: The Terrain of the 21st Century."

Oh Say Can You Cell
mixed media on fiber

“...Deborah Bein’s ‘Oh Say Can You Cell’ poetically uses the quilt to tell a modern story about the fabric of our communities and how we are grasping for connectivity in a time when we do not sit together and talk while our hands are busy working toward a unified goal.  Rather, there is loss, disconnection, fragmentation, and a landscape littered with the evidence of our desires.”
            -Charly Swing
            Founder, Infinity Art Gallery
            (Quote used directly from Infinity Art Gallery’s website)

The exhibit can be viewed online until March 1st, 2012.
You can also view more of Deborah Bein's work on her art blog.

Thank you everyone for the updates and I can't wait to hear what's next!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

We're Back!

Hello Everyone!

The blog is back in action and we can't wait to hear from you about what's happening in the Fiber / Textile communities of New York State.