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:

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