Upcoming exhibit at the ICA & 2 artist talks


Opening soon at the ICA in Boston!  Fiber: Sculpture 1960present is the first exhibition in 40 years to examine the development of abstraction and dimensionality in fiber art from the mid-twentieth century through to the present.

Featured artist Anne Wilson will give a talk at MassArt on Wednesday, Oct. 1st at 6 PM at Tower Auditorium.

The Artist’s Voice: Sheila Hicks  Featured artist Sheila Hicks will give a talk at the ICA on Thursday, Oct. 2nd at 7 PM. FREE tickets are required and available on a first-come, first served basis two hours prior to the start of the program; limit two tickets per person.


New exhibits and upcoming open studios

Just added a few events and wanted to highlight some on a post as well -

The Texture of the Soul at UMass Amherst Fine Art Gallery


Opening Reception: Wednesday September 10, 5-7 PM

Curated by Kathleen Jansyn, The Texture of the Soul features four artists who almost accidentally share a studio in New York City.   Each artist applies passion in their use of color and texture while exploring fragile commonalities in our humanity.  In essence, they discover magnificence in ordinary things.

On display in the Augusta Savage Gallery
Monday & Tuesday, 1pm to 7pm
Wednesday-Friday, 1pm to 5pm


Texture and Substance: Contemporary Fiber Art at Paper City Studios Gallery in Holyoke


Gallery Talk: Saturday September 20, 1:30 PM


USEA Open Studios in Boston ~ September 20-21



WMAA Open Studios in Waltham ~ November 1-2




Sunday, October 5 – Save the date!


Please mark your calendar for Sunday, October 5, 2014, a full day of fiber in Lowell at the American Textile History Museum with a visit to Fiberart International as the highlight!  A good opportunity to meet other members, the day will also include an SDA chapter meeting from 11-12 pm at the Museum, a brown bag lunch for those who want to bring one (others can go out) followed by a 2pm talk by multimedia artist Samantha Fields, whose work is featured in the special exhibition.  The talk is free with paid admission to the Museum.

American Textile History Museum
491 Dutton Street
Lowell, MA  01854
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm


CFE: MODERN SPIN: CONtemporary TEXTiles in an Historic Mill


The Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA is calling for artists to submit entries for MODERN SPIN: CONtemporary TEXTiles in an Historic Mill.  The Fall River area in Massachusetts has been home to a large piece of the history of textiles in New England. This exhibition will encompass the history of the area and it’s connection to textiles – then and now.

The art on display for the exhibit will be a juried selection of textile work that will compliment the rich history of textiles in New England with the dynamic expression of current textile design in one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces.

MODERN SPIN: CONtemporary TEXTiles in an Historic Mill will also showcase highlights of the history of textile manufacturing in the Fall River area including historical information about the industry, contributing jobs and economic growth to the area, and the people who came to work in the industry and how they contributed to the “fabric of America.”

Open to all textile artists.  Deadline to apply is September 12, 2014.  Click here to download the prospectus and entry form (pdf): Call-to-Textile-Artists-PDF



2014 Boston Artadia Awards


Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is now accepting applications for the 2014 Boston Artadia Awards from all visual artists living and working throughout the metro Boston area.* Individual artists and collaboratives working in all media and at any stage in their career are strongly encouraged to apply.  Visit Artadia’s website to apply and for * eligible cities.  Deadline October 24, 2014.






CFE for Multiplicities: New Directions in Fiber

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IMAGO Foundation for the Arts (IFA)
National Call
9th Annual Open Juried Exhibit – Textile and Fiber Arts

Multiplicities: New Directions in Fiber

Work created using or referencing any fiber techniques and vocabularies, in any material is eligible. Techniques considered are traditional as well as innovative, including weaving, twining, plating, beading, stitching, felting, dyeing, mitting, crocheting, quilting, spinning, embroidery, surface design, and 3-D mixed media. Materials considered include cloth, thread, paper, metal, glass, wood, clay, plastic, as well as any other material.  Juror: Elin Noble.

Deadline for Online Entry Midnight, Sunday, August 31, 2014
Enter your images online at http://www.OnlineJuriedShows.com

IMAGO Foundation for the Arts
36 Market Street
Warren, RI

For more details, visit http://imagofoundation4art.org/IFA/Welcome.html

More SDA members’ workshops and events!

Check your calendars and register soon for these fantastic workshops and events!   

August 15-19, 2014 ~ Purl Jamming: A Knitter’s Tea Party with Adrienne Sloane
Escape the tyranny of pattern knitting while gaining a greater appreciation of knitting as an art form.  Geared towards students with strong basic skills, we will experiment with knitting fundamentals through manipulating stitches, solving knitting geometry and the structural dilemmas that working in fiber present.  The class will explore the use of non-traditional materials with a focus on wire as well as cover a range of other techniques to help create shape and stability. Time will initially be devoted to making samplers and experiments as we cover new techniques  While this new knitting vocabulary can be applied to future sculptural or wearable creations, in keeping with the teapot theme, students will have the opportunity to apply their new skills to design and knit a unique teapot.
Peters Valley School of Craft



Dec. 4-7, 2014 ~ Holographic Memories and More with Wen Redmond
Complete an innovative 3-D effect, Holographic Image, from your own photograph, painted fabric and photo-silk screened image.
Hudson River Valley Art Workshops  www.artworkshops.com

Feb 27- March 9 2015 ~ Fiber Art Directions CRUISE to the Caribbean with Wen Redmond!

July 27-31, 2015 ~ Quilting by the Lake for Session II: Holographic Memories and More with Wen Redmond