Surface Design Association

Massachusetts & Rhode Island Chapter


Michèle Fandel Bonner would like to share this with those not able to attend last Friday’s coffee gathering:

“I spent an hour or two with Lucas Spivey in his Mobile Incubator in front of the Boston Center for the Arts. He is doing a residency helping artist with the business side of their practices. He had really good ideas and suggestions for me. His residency runs until Oct. 19, 2017. You can reach him via The Boston Center for the Arts or on Facebook.”

Society of Arts + Crafts Event: Artistry in Fiber Panel


“Turning the Page: A Celebration of Continued Artistry in Fiber” explores how ways of creating in fiber have changed over time. We’re interested in discussing how people are introduced to fiber, how they learn different techniques, and how their imaginations work. Join panelists Beth McLaughlin and Maria Molteni for an engaging and exciting conversation, followed by a Q+A session; moderated by Luiza deCamargo, Curator, Society of Arts and Crafts.

This round table is inspired by the recent publication of a three-volume series: Artistry in Fiber: [1] Wall Art; [2] Sculpture; and [3] Wearable Art. These beautiful volumes will be available for purchase, and the editors, writers, and many of the artists will be in attendance to sign the books.

Thursday, October 12
Conversation to begin at 6:30
Reception to follow
Gallery open until 9:00
+ Free and open to the public


Deadline: September 15, 2017

Craft Forms 2017, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Deadline: September 15, 2017

2017 SPUN Innovative Fiber Art Exhibit: NEST Arts Factory, Bridgeport, CT

Deadline: September 21, 2017

BLUE, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA

Deadline: October 10, 2017

Art Quilt Elements 2018, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Deadline: October 19, 2017

Subversive/Domestic Fiber and Textiles, The Shenandoah Valley Art Center, Waynesboro, VA

Deadline: October 31, 2017 

Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), Guns: Loaded Conversations, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, CA

Deadline: November 27, 2017

The Artist as Quiltmaker, Fireland Center for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, OH


3 upcoming CFE’s

Elegant Threads: Wearable Art and Surface Design
Deadline: September 5th

Craft Forms 2017
Deadline: September 15th

Entwined: Rope in Fiber Art & Mixed Media
Deadline: October 1st

Shibori: Beyond Blue & White


Shibori: Beyond Blue & White taught by Carol Anne Grotrian on October 16-20 at Pro Chemical & Dye, Fall River, MA

Experience the excitement of dyeing indigo patterns over color. Results can range from dramatic to subtle, with an added bonus when the interaction of indigo and fiber reactive dyes create interesting haloes of color. The class will include instruction on using the dyes as well as shibori techniques with lots of time to experiment. It’s NOT required, but students are encouraged to come  with a project in mind, such as a wall hanging, quilt, garment or other textile.  Registered students are welcome to contact the instructor for ideas. No experience is necessary; experienced dyers are welcome. For more information: or contact Carol Anne.

Bio: SDA member Carol Anne Grotrian has explored shibori dyeing techniques for more than  three decades.  Indigo dyeing also appears often in her landscape quilts, including whole cloth stitched resist quilts. For more information on Carol Anne and her quilts:


2 CFE’s at the Nave Gallery in Somerville

Catalyst: craft + social change

DEADLINE: Friday, September 1, 2017

EXHIBITION DATES: November 18, 2017 – December 30, 2017

LOCATION: Nave Gallery, 155 Powder House Road in Somerville, MA


DEADLINE: Sunday, September 17, 2017

EXHIBITION DATES: November 16 –December 16, 2017

LOCATION: Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St. in Somerville, MA


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