CFE: SDA Members’ exhibition – deadline extended

Deadline extended to April 22, 2015.

SDA Members are invited to submit work for a juried catalog from which works will be selected for 1st International Juried Members’ exhibition Materialities: Contemporary Textile Arts at Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft’s Sandra J. Blain Gallery, August 27–October 31, 2015.

To apply, visit CaFE website – click here!





SDA MA/RI chapter board on Pinterest

For members interested in Pinterest, here is some exciting news –

Surface Design Association invites MA/RI SDA chapter members to join SDA on Pinterest.  There is a special MA/RI SDA board to which chapter members are invited to pin their textile artwork, images of textile work in progress, photos from their studios, and photos from textile art exhibits.  Guest pinning is by invitation, please contact Michelle for details (via this blog’s contact page).

Note to guest pinners:  please pin 2-3 photos per day max, and please select high quality images for this special SDA board.  Feel free to include your name and full description, including hashtags (#textileart, #artquilt), if appropriate.  Please pin only your own images and images of your work.  Additionally, you can pin from your own website and even better if you pin what you’ve got in your SDA member profile.

More upcoming open studios

So many exciting open studios to check out this spring – here are a few more!

Miller Street Artist Studios in Somerville ~ April 10-12
Open Studios begins April 10th, 5–10pm  (“AFTER DARK” a Miller Street tradition!) with an evening of art, live music and refreshments.   Saturday & Sunday, 12–5pm.

 Fountain Street Open Studios in Framingham ~ April 24-26

Needham Open Studios ~ May 2-3

Somerville Open Studios ~ May 2-3

Fort Point Arts Community Open Studios in Boston ~ May 15-17

Upcoming events

Here a few interesting, upcoming events to check out –

SDA member Janet Kawada’s exhibit “The Place Between” with Merill Comeau at Pine Manor College’s Hess Gallery.   Artist talk is this Thursday, April 9th, 10:30-noon.  Exhibit will be on display until July 31 in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Newton Open Studios this weekend, April 11-12

Brookline Open Studios, April 25-26

Lexington Open Studios, May 2-3

Western Avenue Open Studios, May 2

SoWa Art Walk, May 3

Cambridge Open Studios, May 9-10







Member news

Here is some exciting member news to share!

Mary-Ellen Latino’s work was juried into Fantastic Fibers 2015 at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, KY.  She also has work juried into the Massachusetts Artists 2015 exhibit at the Brush Gallery in Lowell, MA.

Ann Lee and Barbara Poole are participating in Form Function & Fantasy at the Ayer Lofts Gallery in Lowell, MA.  The show’s opening reception is tomorrow, April 2nd, 6-9 pm.  The gallery is open every weekend in April from the 4th to 26th.


Book review: Dyeing Alchemy by Diane Franklin

Check out Jane Dunnewold’s book review of local SDA member Diane Franklin’s Dyeing Alchemy on Fiber Art Now’s blog.  A must read about fiber reactive MX dyeing – click here for Jane’s review!


Dyeing Alchemy: A Primer About Procion MX Dyeing teaches the basics of dyeing plant-based fabrics using Procion-MX dyes.  The companion workbook, Dyeing Alchemy: An Interactive Workbook, automatically does all the complicated dyeing math needed to dye fabric by weight.

To purchase the pdf format of Diane’s book, visit her website:

BU Visiting Artist Janet Echelman Lecture Thursday, April 2

Thursday, April 2, 6:30 pm
Boston University
Morse Auditorium, 602 Commonwealth Ave., Boston

Janet Echelman is an installation artist who creates public sculptures on a massive scale.  Her upcoming project for the Rose Kennedy Greenway—her first installation in her home city of Boston—debuts this spring.

Part of the Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series at Boston University School of Visual Arts.

For more details, visit website –