Multiplicities: New Directions in Fiber opens tomorrow

IFA’s 9th Annual Juried Exhibit Multiplicities: New Directions in Fiber
Juror: Elin Noble
Warren, RI

On View October 17 – November 8, 2014

Artist Reception:  Friday, October 24,  6-8pm

Works were selected from 165 submissions.  The exhibit includes a wide variety of two- and three-dimensional wall pieces, sculpture, wearable art, tapestries and collage using a wide variety of materials including felt, quilting, armature wire, slinkies, cable ties, thread, metal, cotton warp, plastic bottle caps, plaster, beads and leather.


Image: Breakdown (Red and Blue) | by Suzanne Taetzsch from Rhode Island—Multiplicities–New-Directions-in-Fiber.html?soid=1102861873720&aid=xeZ9umlymII#fblike

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Metalwerx workshop with Joyce J. Scott, Queen of Beadwork AND Make/Speak at MFA


Image: “Quilt Squares,” neckpiece by Joyce J. Scott.

Joyce J. Scott will teach Improvisational & Sculptural Beadwork at Metalwerx in Waltham, Friday through Sunday, October 24 – 26.

This workshop presents a special opportunity to study with internationally renowned artist Joyce J. Scott, often referred to and celebrated as the “Queen of Beadwork”.  Her exuberant beaded sculptural forms and neckpieces reflect her take on all aspects of American popular culture, her ancestry, and the immediate world of her neighborhood.  This class is specifically for students who are advanced in the Peyote stitch and wish to expand their technical and conceptual repertoire.

Additional Events:

Metalwerx and Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge have gotten together to create more opportunities during Joyce’s visit. Mobilia will be holding an exhibition featuring some of Joyce’s latest artwork.  The opening reception will take place on Saturday afternoon (class ends at 2PM that day).  Students will have the opportunity to be taken to the opening reception at Mobilia Gallery so everyone can see and discuss work on display.

In addition Joyce will also be a presenter at Make/Speak, which is being held at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston on Wednesday, October 22, 7-8:30 PM.  Make/Speak is a bi-annual one-night event that celebrates contemporary takes on craft with 7 not-so-conventional craftspeople. It is sponsored by the Commonwealth of Craft, a Consortium of Massachusetts Educational and Cultural Organizations that Metalwerx is part of.  This event is free and open to the public.

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Valarie Poitier workshops on Sunday, November 9th

Join SDA member Valarie Poitier at her workshops during “A Quilters’ Gathering” (Nov. 5-9) in Manchester, NH.

Two events on Sunday, November 9th -

Jurying, Judging & Curating
9:00 AM half day Workshop
– As always I Have Lots of learned lessons to Share

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Mrs. V’s Solo Act
12:30 P.M. Lunch/Lecture, A Day in “A Quilter’s Life”
– A Rib Tickling & Off the Wall Lecture!

Visit website to register and to see other events –

Download brochure (pdf): A Quilters Gathering Brochure

Sunday, Oct. 19th – Game Changers Speaker Series lecture

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Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA
Game Changers Speaker Series

“Art World Under the Spell” a Lecture by Warren Seelig

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Seelig is visiting professor in the Fibers/Mixed Media program at
The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  He teaches, curates, and
writes on various subjects related to textile, fiber, and material
studies.  Please register by phone at 508.588.6000. Talk begins at 2:00 pm followed by discussion and questions.  $15 ($7 Members)

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December workshops with Adrienne Sloane

Join Adrienne Sloane for these upcoming workshops -

Artful Knit: A Sculptural Approach to Knitting
Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton
Two-day workshop, Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Knitted Bracelets
Metalwerx in Waltham
Dec 12, 2014 10-5pm


Upcoming workshops at Schweinfurth Memorial Art Museum

In conjunction with the Quilt=Art=Quilt exhibit at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Musuem in Auburn, NY there are several workshops being offered.  David Hornung’s workshop on color hasn’t filled yet.  It is a 3 day workshop offered by an expert instructor, and the opening of the Q=A=Q exhibit should be intriguing. Hornung’s book on Color has been translated into 5 languages and is used in many colleges.

Color: a Workshop for Artists and Designers

 Thursday, Friday & Saturday

October 30 – November 1, 2014
All levels

Teacher: David Hornung




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Chapter meeting update

Yesterday was a wonderful day at the American Textile History Museum.  Just under 20 attendees enjoyed a free fiber ranging discussion and several participants brought show and tell.  Members came from RI, NH and western MA to enjoy spending time together, see the the very engaging Fiber art International exhibit and to hear Samantha Fields talk about her work.  We hope to arrange our next meeting for sometime in January.

For those who are SDA members but haven’t joined the yahoo listserve, please write to Nancy Crasco,, for information on how to join.