Archive for April, 2010


Marilyn Henrion

Soft City red door 40 x 50 mixed media textile

Soft City: Red Door, 40”x50,” Mixed media textile    ©Marilyn Henrion 2010

A selection of works from Marilyn’s new series, Soft City, will be on exhibit at Betty Dare Art Gallery in Chicago from April 17 – May 14, 2010. 
You are invited to attend a reception at the gallery on May 2nd from 8 to 11 PM in conjunction with Art Chicago.

Betty Dare Art Gallery, 1319 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL, 60642 

Pat Hickman

Pat Hickman

Left: Churchill, Endless Streaming, Acrylic on Canvas, 54”x28”. Photo: Joe Giunta
Right: Hickman, Currents, Mixed Materials, 41”x48”. Photo: George Potanovic

Cascading Time”: Spring Exhibition at The Pomona Cultural Center 

Diane Churchill – Pat Hickman 

Dates: April 11 – May 22

Gallery Talk: Sunday, May 16, 3-4 pm

Gallery Hours: Friday – Sunday, 2-6 pm

Address: 584 Route 306, Pomona, NY 10970′

Directions: PIP, Exit 13; right onto Rte 202, 2 mi. to left onto Rte 306. The Center is on the left 1 mi. Phone: 845.362.8062

Arle Sklar-Weinstein

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Total Immersion : Fiber-photomontage by Arle Sklar-Weinstein

at Artplace Gallery

Dates: April 28 – May 29, 2010

Opening Reception: Sunday, May 2, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Address: 11 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT. 06824

K. Velis Turan


Wearable Art – Out & About

Vanguard Showhouse – Schenectady, NY

K. Velis Turan’s Artwear, which includes surface-designed, one-of-a-kind, Kimono style jackets and silk and rayon scarves, will be featured in the Master Suite of the 2010 Vanguard Showhouse.

Address: 245 Menlo Park Road, Schenectady, NY 12309

Dates: April 27 through May 16, 2010 (closed Mondays)

The Vanguard Showhouse is a benefit for the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

This year’s house is called “Simply Beautiful – a Modern Classic.”

KVT Artwear at Lea’s – Chatham, NY and Art Spring – Silver Spring, MD.

Throughout the spring and summer KVT Artwear one-of-a-kind Kimonos will be on sale at Lea’s, a charming clothing boutique in picturesque Chatham, New York. Address: 33 Hudson Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037, phone 518-392-4666.

A selection of  KVT Artwear surface-designed scarves and cook’s aprons are now available at ArtSpring, 8519 Georgia Ave.,Silver Spring, Maryland. ArtSpring presents handcrafted works by talented artists and craftspeople from the community and beyond. Phone: 301-495-3425.

Myra Schwartz


Myrna will be doing her only spring show this weekend, April 24+25, at the Unitarian Church in Deerfield.  Don’t forget there is no sales tax and 15% of your purchases are tax deductible! Myrna will feature new Victorian themed work in patina brass and mixed metals, new gemstone & pearl designs, plus a continuation of her numbered Pipe Series, which has now passed the #100 mark!

If you can’t make it to the show and would like to see Myrna’s work, please call call 847-251-6220 for an appointment at her home showroom beginning the week of April 26, leaving plenty of time for Mother’s Day and graduation gifts.

Betty Vera Wins Fiberart International Director’s Award


Betty Vera, Gesture, 27 x 41 inches, Jacquard damask, cotton and rayon. Photo: D. James Dee. Winner of the Director’s Award, Fiberart International 2010.

Fiberart International 2010

Location: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

Dates: April 16 – August 22

Betty’s artist statement about the work:

Linear elements are the materials with which I render woven imagery, and in many works they are part of the subject matter. In the Jacquard weaving entitled Gesture, forms are depicted through their shadows—in this case, the contours of a human hand and a sinuous coil of oxygen tubing. Constructed of fine cotton warp threads and luminous rayon wefts, these soft shadows enable us to see what is otherwise not always visible; the image is a poignant reminder of the fragility of life.

Upcoming Workshops and Classes

Hudson River Valley Art Works

Carol Soderlund: June 27 – July 3, 2010 (5-day workshop) Dyeing to Discharge. Carol leads you on a discover of the possibilities of discharge – the removal of color from dyed cloth. Using both commercial fabrics and cloth dyed specifically for discharge, you will selectively remove and replace color, gaining an in-depth look at both thiox and bleach discharge processes. Safe studio practices are emphasized. vanhorn_larkin_02sm

 Larkin Van Horn: July 8 – 11, 2010 (3-day workshop) Beaded Medallion Quilts. This workshop explores the possibilities of beadwork as a design element on art quilts. You learn design, structural techniques, and the ins and outs of fused applique and beadwork as it relates to art quilts.

Rayna Gillman: July 17 – 20, 2010 (3-day workshop) Working spontaneously with thickened MX dyes, explore deconstructed screen printing as well as simple screen printing with stencils, textured resists, and other mark-making tools. This exciting and unpredictable way to print lets you create as you go, transferring your own marks from screen to cloth.

For more information contact: Hudson River Valley Art Workshops at 800-665-0044

Runway 3.0 Presented by Buffalo State College

Runway 3.0 will be held on Saturday, May 1st, 2010, with a presentation of Buffalo State College’s Fashion program senior designers, fiber design students, alumni, and local designers. There will be two shows: 4pm & 9pm. All proceeds go to the Fashion Technology Scholarship Fund.
The current Runway event is made possible due to support from a wide scale campus/community collaboration. The Runway production is a class of fashion students that are guided by Erin Habes. The senior collections are created in a class guided by David Brinson.

The growth of the Runway event is a result of support from the Fashion Technology program and faculty, The Fashion Advisory Board [especially Genesee Community College], the Technology Department the School of Professions, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, College Relations, Instructional Resources, Events Management and numerous other campus support services. It is becoming a showcase for Design student exhibits [Students of Jozef Bajus and Carol Townsend] as well as incorporating a special section into the Runway show for original fashion designs created by students of Jozef Bajus.

This year, in addition to the $1000.00 Nancy Belfer award for the senior collection, there will be a $500.00 award sponsored by Elaine Polvinen for the Art-to-Wear design student category of the show.

Also new this year, Hospitality Department students will be catering the VIP pre-party and the post Runway dessert reception. The event is supported by the participation of alumni and WNY designers and members of the business community.

Go to the blog link above to learn more about purchasing tickets and view some youtube videos featuring some works from the senior student collections.


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Announcing a new opportunity for SDA members: SDA is renting booth space at Convergence (July 18-25, in Albuquerque)  and the Houston Quilt Festival (Nov 4-7). For a $100 fee,  members can have a three-hour window to do demos of techniques, process, books, DVDs or simply show their own work. Mentorship for participating in one of these opportunities is available. It’s a great collaborative effort for both SDA members and the organization as a whole.

Read more about participating in this at the following link: http://dev.surfacedesign.org/members-booth-benefit.php

Class Opportunities

Improve your skills or learn new ones at upcoming classes in New York and nearby NJ.

Classes Organized by Sara Barnett in Canandaigua, NY

Michele Wipplinger: August 18-24

Class 1: August 18-20, Barsalan – Making mudcloth with tannins, mud dyes, ochres and extracts

Class 2: August 22-24, Dyeing as if the Earth Mattered – Dyeing 16 skeins in one pot and adding to the pot to get 16 different colors. Each student goes home with 6-8 groups of 16 small skeins in harmonious color ways suitable for knitting, weaving and crochet projects.




Class 1: Katazome and Shibori, October 26-28.

Class 2: Working with Natural Pigments, October 29-31

Class 3: Japanese Garment Design, November 1-2

Location: Ontario County Arts Counil, 65 South Main Street, Canandaigua, NY

For more information, please contact:

Sara Burnett, 585-554-3540 or sjburnett@frontiernet.net

Summer Workshops at Peters Valley Craft Center

Only 60 miles NW of NYC in Layton, NJ


by Kate Anderson

Peters Valley Craft Center is offering over 30 different 2-5 day fiber workshops this summer with talented and inspiring guest artist/instructors. Peters Valley (PV) is nestled in the picturesque hills of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area, only 60 miles northwest of NYC and is easily accessible to SDA NY members. The peaceful natural setting nurtures personal vision and creativity. Workshops run May – September. Lodging and meals are available. PV features 2 Fiber studios: one dedicated to surface design and one dedicated to weaving and structure. Fiber workshop topics and instructors for 2010 include:

Hillery Sproatt: Embroidery & Collage C. Pazia Mannella: Reusable Tote Bags

Colleen M. Stepanic: Structured Fibers Pat Hickman: Tensile Translucence

Tatiana Ginsberg: Japanese Papermaking Bird Ross: Fabric Manipulation Techniques

Joan Dreyer: Hand Quilting Carol LeBaron: Wool Resist Exploration

Hollie Heller: Photo Transfer & Collage Lorrie Fredette: Composing with Textile & Wax

Wendy Huhn: Transferred Imagery

Kerr Grabowski: Working in a Series

Lorraine Roy: Fabric Collage with Nets Lorraine Glessner: Explorations in Mark Making

Ana Lisa Hedstrom: Shibori Briony Jean Foy: Needlefelting Adventures

Richard Aldorasi: Turkish Ebru Marbling Carol Owen: Personal Shrines


by  Kerr Grabowski

Mary Ann Kirchhoff: Creative Spinning Kari Scott: Sculptural Knitting

Erin M Riley: Tapestry from Photographs Rachel Chambers: Material Studies in Vessels

Kate Anderson: Love Me, Love Me Knot Pamela A MacGregor: Felted Vessels,

James Koehler: Color Gradation for Tapestry Renie Breskin Adams: Crochet Made Personal

Meg Little: Contemporary Rug Hooking Nicole Licht: Contemporary Soft Sculpture

Lindsay Ketterer Gates: 3D Wire Technique Molly Cosgrove: Special Effects in Hooked Rugs

Nancy M Bess: Pillow Baskets Rita Schwab: Something to Dye for

Jan Huling: Oddball Assemblages B. Setsu Pickett: Handwoven Velvet Techniques

KE Pannepacker: Weaving Cairns Brenna K Murphy: Using Hair in Your Art


by James Koehler

For dates and details and to register, please visit www.petersvalley.org. Register and pay in full by April 30th and save $20 per workshop.

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Special Edition

Exciting news from Raylene Marasco, who was the SDA rep for five years:

Hello All:
Just wanted to let you know that Dyenamix was featured on Project Runway this week.


The name of the episode was "Hey, that’s my fabric!" . The contestants had 30 minutes to design their own fabric to be used in their looks.


This was a Project Runway first. We worked with the designers to choose colors from our colorbook based on the designs created on the new HP touch screen computers. They then went off to Mood to purchase coordinating fabrics and trims and began their garment construction.


At midnight, that same day, Dyenamix delivered their custom printed fabrics just as the contestants were leaving for the night. As they arrived the next day, their fabrics were printed and sitting on their desks, as if delivered by fairies. The response of the contestants was amazing!


They were very excited to see their designs realized on to fabric in such a short amount of time, and with such vivid color. I think it was a really fun challenge.

I have included some photos from the show but if you’d like to view the entire episode, please go to mylifetime.com or http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway/video.

Raylene Marasco
President,Dyenamix Inc
151 Grand St 2nd floor
NYC, NY 10013

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