More SDA members’ workshops this year

Looking for more surface design workshops?  Here are several more SDA members’ workshops on the calendar this year:

At Pro Chemical & Dye in Fall River, MA:

August 18-22 ~ Folds for Clamp Resist with Elin Noble

Sept. 15 – Sept. 19 ~ Screen, Dye and Discharge-Enlarging Your Markmaking Vocabulary with Kerr Grabowski

Sept. 22 – Sept. 26 ~ Enriching a Surface From Within: Creating Small Works with Elizabeth Busch

Visit for more details.


At The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA:

Oct. 5 ~ Hand Embroidery with Joetta Maue

Nov. 10 – Dec. 8 ~ Art Quilt Class with Beverly Arsem and Brenda Jones

Visit for more details.

SDA members’ workshops at Snow Farm

Snow Farm in Williamsburg, MA has great textile art workshops on their calendar for the rest of this year.  Check out these classes with local SDA members:

July 31 – August 3,  8 Bamboo Scarves with Mo Kelman

Sept. 14 – Sept. 20,  Painting on Silk with Sally Dillon

Sept. 28 – Oct. 4,  Shibori: Into the Blues with Nicole St. Pierre

Visit for more details.



Game Changers: Fiber Art Masters and Innovators now open at Fuller Craft Museum


Game Changers: Fiber Art Masters and Innovators
July 5,  2014 – November 23,  2014

Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301

Fiber reception: Sunday, August 3rd at 2 pm

The focus of the exhibit is on artists,  both past and present,  who are recognized for continuously experimenting with traditional techniques and materials as well as developing revolutionary approaches in the realm of fiber art.

Artists featured in the exhibition include:
Renie Breskin Adams,  Olga de Amaral,  Lucy Arai,  Anastasia Azure,  Linda Behar,  Dorothy Gill Barnes,  Mary Bero,  Lanny Bergner,  Nancy Moore Bess,  Archie Brennan,  John Cardin,  Lia Cook,  Randall Darwall,  Eric & Martin Demaine,  Carol Eckert,  Catherine Ellis,  Arline Fisch,  John Garrett,  Jan Hopkins,  Mary Lee Hu,  Lissa Hunter,  Diane Itter,  Michael James,  Naomi Kobayashi,  Nancy Koenigsberg,  Alison Kotin,  Gyongy Laky,  Maximo Laura,  Chunghie Lee,  Kari Lonning,  Ruben Marroquin,  Amanda McCavour,  John McQueen,  Norma Minkowitz,  Debora Muhl,  Kait Rhoads,  Lesley Richmond,  Michael F. Rohde,  Ed Rossbach,  Arturo Alonzo Sandoval,  Jane Sauer,  Cynthia Schira,  Warren Seelig,  Kay Sekimachi,  Carol Shinn,  Adrienne Sloane,  Pamela Studstill,  Polly Adams Sutton,  and Dawn Nichols Walden.

Help create a fiber river

Do you knit or crochet?  Want to be part of a fun and meaningful project?
Please join SDA member Catherine Armbrust in creating a 1500 foot long fiber “river” to be utilized in performances at Lake Chapala.

The river will be approximately 10-12″ wide in order to facilitate ease of construction and transportation.  Catherine is asking fiber-minded folks for contributions of KNITTED OR CROCHETED sections that measure @ 10-12″ wide x any length you wish.

–Color & fiber choices are up to you–in order to have some continuity, please try to keep the blue/violet/green colorway going (other colors could be incorporated in with those).

–Please remember the river will be used outside–it will get dirty & wet and may need to be washed at some point.

Catherine leaves for Mexico in early September and ask to receive any contributions by August 25, 2014.   Please contact her if you are interested at

*Don’t have time to knit or crochet?  She’s taking yarn donations too– and working with blues, violets, & greens.   Thanks for your consideration!


Artist Resource Trust grant & 2 job openings at New Art Center

Artist’s Resource Trust was established in 1996 to provide grants to talented mid-career visual artists who have demonstrated substantial commitment and who have a financial need. A.R.T. supports artists (aged 35 or older) living in New England, or Columbia or Northeast Dutchess Counties, NY.  Grants awarded range from $1,500 to $10,000.  They can be applied toward any expense that may enhance the artist’s ability to create his/her work.  Application deadline is August 1st.  Click here for more details – Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

The New Art Center in Newton, a community art school and cutting-edge, contemporary, non-profit exhibition venue, has a part-time position available for Manager of Exhibitions and Gallery Education.  Seeking an organized self-­starter, excited to collaborate with a team of curatorial and studio art education staff to connect audiences with art.  The position focuses on managing contemporary visual art exhibition registration and interpretation.  Apply by August 1st.  Click here for this job announcement.

The New Art Center also seeking a Manager of Studio and Gallery Operations to organize, set up, manage and maintain classroom and gallery spaces and inventories of supplies.  Click here for this job announcement.


Fiberart International now at ATHM. Field trip in October!

Fiberart International is now on view at the ATHM in Lowell, MA until October 26, 2014.   Featuring works by established and emerging artists from around the world, Fiberart International provides a unique opportunity to see current trends and innovations in this constantly evolving medium. The artists hail from countries as varied as Canada, Japan, Poland, the United Kingdom, and Sweden, as well as cities throughout the United States.  Image from ATHM website.

Save the Date!  We are planning our next SDA meeting for Sunday, October 5th.  This meeting will be a field trip to ATHM and meet multimedia artist Samantha Fields at 2 pm.  Samantha Field’s work is featured in the special exhibition Fiberart International.  Free with paid admission to the Museum.

Additional fiber exhibits in RI

In case you missed Janet Austin’s comment, it’s worth repeating again…

There are lots of fiber shows around city during Convergence, most going much longer than the 4 days. At the URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery (3 blocks from the convention center) there are 3 shows.

UNTITLED/UNJURIED: small format tapestry 2014 219 small format tapestries from 13 countries and 33 US states

TWiNE 2014: a juried exhibit, with tapestries from 18 of our members

Weaving Providence Together: Fiber works by the weavers, spinners and dyers of Octagon House.

An opening reception will be on July 17, 5-9, during Gallery Night Providence.