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.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

SDA NY Member News June 27, 2011


Sharon Bottle Souva


Sharon Bottle Souva, “Above the Falls”, 48” x 36”

Sharon won a third place prize in the Creative Crafts Soft category at the Allentown Society Arts Festival on June 11-12 in Buffalo.

K. Velis Turan

Millbrook-PicnicTables Millbrook.Wing

K. Velis Turan, Millbrook Picnic Tables, left, and Millbrook Wing.

Join Turan and 16 other artists as they help celebrate
Art and Wine in the Hudson Valley
Presented by Hudson Valley Wine Magazine

Still time to catch the exhibition at M Gallery
Show Runs June 11 - July 8, 2011
Opening - Saturday, June 11, 6-8 pm
350 Main Street   •   Catskill, NY 12414   •   518.943.0380  

Hudson Valley Gallery
Show Runs July 23  - September 5, 2011
Opening - Saturday,  July 23 – 6-8 pm
246 Hudson Street  •   Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY   •   845-401-5443  
Albany Convention & Visitors Center
Show Runs from Oct 7 - Dec 31, 2011
Opening - Friday, October 7 - (TBA)
25 Quackenbush Square   •   Albany, NY 12207   •   (518) 434-0405  

Applewood Winery & Jan Horton (acrylic)
Applewood Winery & Crista Pisano (oils)
Benmarl Winery & Sasha Chermayeff (oils)
Brookview Station Winery & Judy Reynolds (oils)
Brotherhood & Lee Anne Morgan (Fine Art Photography)
Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery & Barbara Rubin (oils)
Glorie Farm Winery & Virginia Donovan (oils)
Glorie Farm Winery & Patrick Milbourn (oils)
Hudson-Chatham Winery & Joan Damiani (oil & photography)
Hudson-Chatham Winery & Anne Gabriele (photography)
Millbrook Winery & Vineyards & Susan Togut (mixed media)
Millbrook Winery & Vineyards & K. Velis Turan (mixed media fiber)
Palaia Vineyards & Paul Gould (oils)
Robibero Family Vineyards & David Borenstein (mixed media)
Stoutridge Vineyards & Paola Bari (overglaze on porcelain)
Whitecliff Vineyard & Robert Breur (sculpture in clay and wood)
Whitecliff Vineyard & Vince Natale (oil and graphite)

Valerie Zeman


“Pathways” Showcased at Remsenburg Association Academy’s Summer Art Series 2011

Artist Valerie Zeman presents her textile and fiber art series “Pathways”

Huntington, NY : Valerie Zeman is one of the featured artists represented at the Remsenburg Association Academy of Art – 2011 Summer Art Series. Ms. Zeman invites the community to her Opening Reception on Friday, June 24, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Long Island-based artist whose work has been exhibited at different venues on the Island, Ms. Zeman explains, “My color palette reflects my Long Island origins in earth tones of marsh, beach and wood. Juxtaposition of color is one of the true joys of fiber art as canvas. In my designs, I strive for abstract, free-form interpretative expressions of large and small themes, such as “survival” or “family.” Other times, I find that the textile itself and the creative process yield their own results, much like sculpting.”

Ms. Zeman works with textiles and mixed media to produce extraordinarily complex abstract expressionist, multi-layered, fiber art that is technically and visually stunning. She is active in East End art and non-profit organizations, and is a member of the East End Arts Council.

The show runs from June 24th - July 10th, Friday, Saturday, Sunday of each weekend, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., during which times Ms. Zeman will be happy to welcome visitors and discuss her work.

The Remsenburg Academy is located at 126 South Country Road, Remsenburg. Known as one of the oldest private academies on Long Island, the Remsenburg Academy building dates to the time of the Civil War and serves as a truly lovely venue for art exhibits, such as the Summer Art Series.

M. Joan Lintault



Joan Lintault, The Other Messengers, 1994, 89.5” h x 83” w. Collection of Shelburne Museum

View Gallery Quilts collected and made by M. Joan Lintault, one of the pioneering art quilt makers of the 20th century, May 15 – October 30 at the Shelburne Museum, 6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, Vermont.

Joan Lintault is an internationally renowned quilter who has been exhibiting her work since 1965 and is represented in the collections of Illinois State Museum, the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska and numerous public and private collections.
Joan uses a variety of techniques to achieve her visual effect but never relies on commercially patterned fabric, preferring to dye/screen print/paint her own canvas  and then add quilting, appliqué and embroidery to create movement and depth. The Other Messengers,  dating from 1995, is a tribute to fall—her favorite season. The leaves are joined with insects to create positive and negative spaces. The subconscious inspiration for this innovative design was born over thirty years earlier, when Joan made a sketch for an art class featuring the same elements.

The Other Messengers has been exhibited over a dozen times in the United States, France, Austria and Tokyo.
The Museum recently acquired The Other Messengers along with a group of quilts from the 19th and 20th centuries from America and India that represent a lifetime of collecting and influenced her work.

Marcia DeCamp

Marcia has three pieces in the juried all-media show, Images 2011, which is part of the Central PA Festival of the Arts at Penn State University, open until July 17. One of the pieces, “Storm Clouds at Sunrise,” won an Award of Merit.   Follow this link to see the images of the work in this show.


Marcia de Camp, Storm Clouds at Sunrise


Marcia De Camp, Jet Trails #10

Marcia De Camp’s Jet Trails #10, is one of 60 works that will be published in Sandra Sider’s  forthcoming book, The Studio Quilt, # 6: State of the Art.


The ArT-QuILT ExPERIENCE, an international juried art-quilt exhibition, opened on June 12 in Cazenovia, New York. Eleven countries are represented in the entries, and there are over 15 SDA members' work in the show.  Twenty of the exhibiting artists joined the crowd of 150+ attendees for the grand opening of the competitively chosen quilts at the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park and the Cazenovia College Art Gallery.

In addition, the Cazenovia Public Library is hosting a show of small quilts
by the Rochester Area Fiber Artists, and the New Woodstock Free Library is displaying quilts created by the TAQE team – Pat Berardi, Julie Brandon (SDA), Val Schultz (SDA), Barb Seils (SDA), and Bonnie Robinson.

The show continues through July 31. For more information please visit


Color Principles Lecture & Workshop at Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center, Espanola, NM with Barbara Arlen August 5-7, 2011

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Lecture August 5, 2011 6:00-7:00 pm

Workshops: August 6-7, 2011 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Class Description:
Learn the color principles of Bauhaus Masters including Albers, Klee and Itten.  This color workshop will be one of personal and creative discovery rather than just theory.  This 6-part hands-on workshop will explore a series of exercises using screen printed colored papers and collage techniques.  Participants will learn the dynamics and interaction of colors and how to see color with a different awareness. For fiber artists and color lovers – no prior experience necessary.  Any skill level, love of color is the requirement.  How to use color is the practical application. Materials list upon request.
Barbara Arlen studied color theory and painting with John Opper (a student of Josef Albers) at NYU.  She facilitates the Color Certificate at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Center for Professional Studies and teaches several color courses and workshops.  She is a global home fashion design consultant for textiles, new products and sourcing.  Barbara has consulted for long periods in India, Korea and China, both commercially and with artisans.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

SDA NY Member News June 14, 2011


New Publications from Sandra Sider


Sandra Sider announces the publication of The Studio Quilt, no. 1, a new monograph series focusing on contemporary quilt art.  The first issue presents Sandra's essay concerning the work of Ludmila Aristova.  (Available on for $11.00.)


Diane Savona, “Looted Artifacts”, 2010, one of the works selected for The Studio Quilt, no. 6, available this fall.

In addition, sixty artists (listed below) have been selected by Sandra for The Studio Quilt, no. 6: State of the Art, which will be available in the fall.

List of Artists and Quilts:

Annie Helmericks-Louder, Outlaw Jackrabbit (2010), Aryana B. Londir, Compartments #1 (2011), Barbara Wills, Land Marks #36 (2009), Benedicte Caneill, Units #9: Cityscape (2009), Bonnie J. Smith, View from Above (2007), Camilla Brent Pearce, Rustbelt Shade Garden (2008), Carolyn Carson, Deborah’s Decision (2011), Catherine Smith, Grey Hay (2011), Charlotte Ziebarth, Urban Reflections #2: Lake Merritt Series (2010), Clairan Ferrono, Darkness Surrounds Us (2009), Deborah Bein, Roots (2010), Deborah Fell, Witness Trees (2009), Deborah Weir, Daylily (2009), Denise Linet, Garden in Blue (2010), Diane Savona, Looted Artifacts (2010), Eileen Lauterborn, Breaking News (2010), Erika Carter, Cradle 6 (2011), Ezther Bornemisza, Pending Matters (2009), Gay Lasher, Abstraction I (2010), Gloria Hansen, Lost in Illusion (2010), Grace J. Errea, Le Chapeau Extraordinaire (2010), Holly Altman, Tidal Pool After the Storm (2010), Jamie Fingal, Apron as Personal Armor (2008), Jean Judd, Contaminated Water #1 (2010), Jennifer Day, Old Hands (2011), Jette Clover, White Wall 2 (2009), Jill Rumoshosky Werner, Dispensed (2008), Jo-Ann Golenia, Push (2010), Joan Sowada, Fall Line Up (2010), Judith Plotner, Soul of an Iris II (2010), Judy Langille, Splintered Forms (2010), Julia E. Pfaff, Contours V (2010), K. Velis Turan, Major Deegan 2 (2011), Katherine K. Allen, Peace Like a River (2011), Kathleen McCabe, Protea (2009), Kathy Nida, Primal Scream (2008), Kim Lakin, Rio (2009), Leisa Rich, Architects in Flux (2010), Linda Robertus, Magnificence (2009), Louise Schiele, Gecko (2009), Marcia Decamp, Jet Trails #10 (2011), Marianne R. Williamson, Babbling Brook (2011), Marlene Ferrell Parillo, Faces (2008), Mary Pal, Homeless Love (2011), Mary Vaneecke, Circlesss III (2008), Melisse Laing, Seeing the Light (2009), Micaela Fitzsimmons, The Road Home (2010), Nancy G. Cook, Kousa: A New Dogwood’s in Town (2010), Olga Norris, Snagged (2010), Pat Owoc, Return (2009), Patricia Gould, Coastal Symphony (2009), Peggy Brown, Alike But Not the Same (2011), Sarah Ann Smith, Joshua (2010), Sheree Rasmussen, Night Wind (2010), Sue Reno, Groundhog and Green Bean (2010), Susan Schrott, Fiddler on the Couch (2009), Tiziana Tateo, Unstable Balance (2011), Virginia Spiegel, Boundary Waters 51 (2010), Wen Redmond, Perception of Trees (2009), Yael David-Cohen, Mystery (2009)


Susan Schrott


Susan Schrott "A celebration of Women in Textiles!"
Exhibit on view June 2-23rd..closed June 24-26
Extended until July 3rd, 2011

"Stop by and see this exceptional exhibit of figurative wall hangings celebrating the joy of being a woman!!" For more info., visit:

To see a review of this exhibition:

Flat Iron Gallery is open Thurs.-Sun. 12-6 and by appt.
Gallery Director: Wendie Garber

Flat Iron Gallery, Inc.
105 So. Division St.
Peekskill, New York 10566

Kathy Grady

“Origins”, Kathy Grady

Kathy Grady will be having a solo exhibit, “Stratum: Works on fabric by Kathy Grady”, at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance
in Narrowsburg, NY in Sullivan County.

Dates: July 1- 29 ( Friday- Friday)
Exhibit: "Stratum," works on fabric by Kathy Grady

Sponsored by:
Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Alliance Gallery, Delaware Arts Center,
37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY. Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10
a.m. - 4 p.m. . Free.

Opening reception: Friday,
July 1, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

DVAA website:

Pat Pauly

Pat Pauly at the Quilt National opening with her piece “Pink Leaf 2”.

Pat Pauly's work "Pink Leaf 2" is now on view in Athens, Ohio in Quilt National 2011. The 17th biennial juried exhibition of contemporary art quilts will be on view at the Dairy Barn Arts Center May 28 through September 5, 2011. Over 1,000 entries were whittled down to the final 86, and Pat is thrilled to be part of this prestigious collection. The exhibit will tour starting in the Fall of 2011.


Pat Pauly, Mummy Bags/Canopic Jars, 2010

Sum of the Parts: Art Quilts of Pat Pauly

Pat Pauly will have a solo exhibition at the Nazareth College Arts Center
Gallery in Rochester, New York, June 30, 2011 – August 14, 2011.
will be an opening reception  Friday, July 1, 2011 6 – 8 p.m.

Entitled “Sum of the Parts: Art Quilts of Pat Pauly,” the show will
feature Pauly’s latest work in surface design and textile technique. An
award-winning and nationally-known fiber artist, Pat Pauly uses personal
imagery and freeform surface design in her modern take on a traditional
art form. Bold, graphic and non-literal narrative is the subject matter.
Commercial and artist-designed textiles are the medium intricately
assembled to emerge as the finished fiber work.

The exhibition will be free and open to the public during gallery hours
Thursday-Sunday from 1-8 pm. Call for additional hours (585 389 5073)
during Dance Week July 8 – 16. For further details, please contact Pat

Arts Center Gallery
Nazareth College,
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, New York
June 30, 2011 – August 14, 2011
Hours:  Thursday – Sunday 1 – 8 p.m.
Call for Additional hours during Dance Week July 8 – 16 (585) 385 5073
Please call the Gallery information line to confirm summer hours
(The Gallery is closed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.)

Natayla Aikens

Natalya’s work is included in “A Spin on Green”  at ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY

You are invited to the Opening Reception this Friday, June 13, 5:30 – 8:00 PM.

Please visit for more information about the exhibition.


Sally Dutko


Summer Treasures—Prints and Fiber Art:
Sally Dutko & Rebecca Godin

Lamoreaux Landing Winery
June 1—August 1, 2011

You're invited to a 2-person exhibit featuring a wide selection of fiber art by Sally Dutko and the photographic, mixed-media prints of Rebecca Godin. Both artists have exhibited extensively in the Northeast.

A "Meet the Artists" event is Saturday, July 2, 1:00-5:00.

Lamoreaux is filled with artwork and is a wonderful winery, a beautiful building, and has a spectacular view of Seneca Lake. It is located on the east shore of Seneca Lake.
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
9224 Rt. 414, Lodi, NY 14860