September 2017

President’s Letter

We’ve reached that time of year when our guild must begin looking forward to 2018. The show committee is seeking venues for next year’s shows, the Board is meeting to review the year and plan for the next, and nominations are needed to fill office and committee chair openings.
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Our guild thrives and is the most fun to be a part of when the greatest number of members actively participate in the operation of the guild. To be a vibrant artistic community, we must provide opportunities for learning and sharing of skills and ideas, and this requires planning, preparation, and teamwork. If you have never held office or chaired a committee in the past, I encourage you to take that first step and volunteer to facilitate an area of guild activity. You will have the full support of those who have served in the past, and if you are feeling shy to do this on your own, then ask another member to co-chair with you.
Our guild’s purpose “is to increase community awareness of surface design and its value in our lives.” Participation is key to fulfilling that purpose, and everyone has something to offer. I hope that all of you will see the value in giving of your time and efforts to promote your guild in the coming year.
Nominating Committee
TBSDG bylaws require three member volunteers to participate in a temporary Nominating Committee to contact our members in order to find nominees for open guild positions in the coming year.
The current open positions for 2018 are: President, Treasurer, Mini-Workshop Chair, and Public Relations (PR) Co-Chair.
Please contact Aida Sheets at 727-480-6450 or aidajune@me.com if you are interested in participating in the Nominating Committee or are willing to fill one of the open positions in 2018.

Florida State Fair Competition

2017 was our first foray into the Florida State Fair Competition in the Art Cloth & Textile Surface Design Division. Our members entered a variety of surface designed textile pieces and most won awards. It’s time to start planning your entries for the 2018 Florida State Fair. The Fair will run February 8-19, and our pieces will be due in early January. Some of you may also wish to do surface design demonstrations at the Fair, and the application process for this will be coming up soon. Stay tuned as more information will be provided                                                                                              ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Art to Wear Fashion Show, each year at our October meeting we enjoy seeing the amazing talents of our members expressed in Art to Wear. This year’s Art to Wear Fashion Show will include antique textiles and textiles from around the world, as well as hand made art to wear. sdg4Pat Grice will be announcing for us this year and Angie Knowles will provide the runway music.  Can all the fashionistas send a description of their piece(s) which includes fabric type, method made, what is it (i.e. pant suit, vest, dress), if for sale – price? And any other information you want to share to Pat Grice at pagrice@sbcglobal.net

 Holiday Ornaments Needed  Take time out of your busy schedule to make some ornaments for the Holiday sale at DFAC and FCA.   DFAC is giving TBSDG our own Christmas tree to decorate, so we need as many ornaments as possible. IMG_5164

The money that we raise from the sale of our holiday ornaments is used to provide scholarships for students taking summer classes at DFAC, and other local art centers.  Please bring your ornaments to the September 11th. meeting and fill out the inventory sheet.  Remember you determine what you the suggested retail price should be.  Please contact Pat Grice, Aida Sheets, Diane Gardner-Rhoden or Elizabeth Neily at Fab Fiber if you cannot get your ornaments delivered at the September meeting.

MINI WORKSHOP:  Looking for volunteers to share a 15-20 minute technique. Each person have something you can share, so don’t be shy.  Step up and show us what you do.

SeptemberDonna Issac will be showing you how to use your Hand Dyed Fabrics OctoberPat Lamb will be Beading on The Edge                                                      November – Shelley Wells needle Felting

*Christmas is around the corner we need a coordinator for our annual holiday party.  Please contact Aida Sheets at 727-480-6450 or aidajune@me.com if you are interested.

Workshops and Classes

 PIN WEAVING  with Marlene Glickman

Indian Rocks Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd.  Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785

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Create a small pin weaving using threads, yarns, lightweight fabrics and roving and fusible fabric.  This method is similar to a tapestry weaving.  Dyed sheer silk organza is used for the background panel, it’s then then covered with tulle and free motion  machine stitching (bring your machine or I can do this part for you if you don’t sew).  After the tulle is cut away to reveal contrasting fabrics and yarns. Embellishment will be done with beads, hand dyed ribbons and any special trinkets you would like to bring.  All supplies are provided for this workshop. Space is Limited to 15-20. The finished project can be used as a wall hanging or cut up into smaller pieces and used  for a unique textured greeting card.

What to Bring: Fun attitude and small scissors. –  If you want to bring your own fibers, threads, yarns, fabric bits size (2-5 inches by 10 inches) $10 will be refunded by Marlene when you arrive to class. Marlene Glickman of www.SilkDyes.com

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Susan Lenz – FiberArt Creation

October 30-31, 2017 from 10:00am. – 4:00pm.                                                                             Faith Community Church,11501 Walker Avenue, Seminole, Florida
Cost: $225.00 includes all supplies. Participants are only asked to provide their own scissors if they don’t want to use the ones provided.  
Contact: Linda Dawson  – email: fiberart2@verizon.net  or call Linda at  727-894-3761.

1) an introduction to heat-activated processes using painted adhesives, metallic foiling, household irons, soldering irons, and experimentation with various fibers 2) an introduction to hand stitching and/or free motion machine embroidery as a contemporary design tool 3) mounting a finished fiber creation and other information about professionally presenting framed fiber arts 4) stimulating creative responses for fiber arts explorations

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Refashion Renegades   Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg–Gilmore Hall, 100 Mirror Lake Drive North, (downtown St. Petersburg).  We meet on the fourth Friday of each month. 11a.m. until 3-3:30.  We are open to all Guild Members. Bring the supplies you need to work on, i.e sewing machine, extension cord, ironing board, etc. We are asking each person to give $2 – $5 to cover the cost of the room.  This month we meet on Friday, September 22.

NEW NEEDLE FELTING GROUP  – FAB FIBER   5708 Gulfport Blvd., Gulfport, FL 33707 – http://www.fabfibergulfport.comsdg3

Demos’ on Saturday September 16th. from 12noon to 3pm.  Bring your projects to share.
“We hope to meet monthly and share techniques and project”. 

For more information contact:  Shellee Wells at: swellstyle@gmail.com

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American Sewing Guild

The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Sewing Guild still has space on the bussdg10.png trip to the Lightener Museum in St. Augustine to view an exhibit of costumes from the Downton Abbey PBS show pm Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14.  This exhibit is traveling the country and admission to the museum is by appointment only.

Cost of the trip is $95/ASG member and $105/non-member includes the bus (leaving from Clearwater), admission to the Museum and lunch on Saturday.  Hotel reservations can be made on your own at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Vilano Beach, Florida.  Our room rate is $149 per room.
If you want to go on your own and not on the bus, tickets to the Museum and lunch are available also.  For questions, please call Carol Bickford at 727-781-0546. ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Creative Clay is having a Grand Opening & Art Walk for their new location at 1846 1st Avenue South, in the grand Central District of St. Petersburg.Screen Shot 2017-08-31 at 11.12.04 PM
Grand Opening and ribbon cutting will be from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Live music by Chant The Trees. Champagne and cupcakes by Swah-ray. Creative Thrift store grand opening and tours of their new space.
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sdg1The Aya Fiber Studio in Stuart, Florida is pleased to invite national and internationally acclaimed artists to the studio to give lectures, workshops and critiques for a wide range of fiber studio practices and techniques.
 
Coming Workshops:   Jean Gauger – Oct 17-20, 2017 4 Day Nuno Felt Poncho
Susan Lenz               Oct 25-26, 2017               “HOT” An Exploration in Contemporary Fiber                                   
Muffy Clark-Gill, November 7-9, 2017 – 3 Day Batik Techniques
Esterita Austin,   November 11- 13, 2017 – Luminescent Painted Illusions
 John Marshall, December 9-11, 2017 – Traditions of working in Japanese Indigo
 JiYoung Chung, December 15-17, 2017 – Joom Chi and Beyond
Kerr Grabowski, Jan 8-12, 2018 – Deconstructed Screen Print
Lisa Binkley, Jan 15-17, 2018 – Art of Stitching Beads on Cloth
                         
To Register and be informed about at the artist for 2018 please go to http://www.ayafiberstudio.com
Summer 2018 Workshops to be posted November 2017

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Call to Artists

: ARTS WAREHOUSE RESIDENCY, DELRAY BEACH
Posted on August 29, 2017 GuestPosted in All Posts, Calls, Auditions & Opportunities
The new Arts Warehouse located in the Pineapple Grove Arts District in Delray Beach, Florida is slated to open in late 2017. We are now accepting applications for Artist in Residence Program.
The Artists in Residence program offers affordable private and/or shared studios to emerging and mid‐range local, national, and international artists. Artists in Residence become part of a vibrant community of artists participating in Arts Warehouse programming, allowing for exchange and collaborative relationships to develop within the artist community.
Space is awarded to applicants that best demonstrate their commitment to their practice, to experimentation and innovation in their work, to seeking artistic & professional development, and to being a part of and contributing to a dynamic community of artists and creative thinkers.  A.i.R leases include private and/or shared studios as well as access to flexible shared working space. Artists selected for this program range from emerging to mid‐range, and work in all artistic disciplines and media; including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, new media, installation, and interdisciplinary expression.
DEADLINE: September 22
MORE INFO: http://www.delraycra.org/artswarehouse/
Submitted by: Jill Brown, Delray Beach CRA-Arts Warehouse

: 35MM SLIDE SHOW, FORT WORTH
Posted on August 23, 2017 GuestPosted in All Posts, Calls, Auditions & Opportunities
Fort Worth Community Arts Center announces its call for artists to submit images to 35mm Slide Show. Do you have a box of old 35mm slides that you do not know what to do with? Are you still making slide because you believe they are making a comeback? If so, this call is for you.
During the month of December, we will host our very first 35mm Slide Show. This is an international call to artists over the age of 18, open to all disciplines with no theme. The only stipulation is all works must be presented on 35mm slide to be displayed on a rotating projector during the month of December.
All artwork submitted must not infringe upon any copyright or the rights of any person.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: November 1, 2017
EXHIBITION DATES: December 1 – 29, 2017
MORE INFO: https://fortworthcommunityartscenter.submittable.com/submit/92349/35mm-slide-show

The City of St. Petersburg,  Police Department Public Art Project Committee, seeks to commission artist(s) or artists’ team(s) to design, construct and install art to enhance the public spaces of the Police Headquarters Complex which is currently under construction in the EDGE district.
See August Newsletter for details  
DEADLINE: September 11, 2017
SELECTION OF FINALISTS: October 11, 2017
How to apply and further details: https://www.codaworx.com/rfp-toolkit/rfp/police-department-public-art-project

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Gasparilla Festival of the Arts
Deadline: October 1

The 48th Annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival Of The Arts is now accepting applications for exhibiting artists. The 2018 Festival will be held March 3-4 in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa.

Visit the St. Petersberg Arts Alliance Website for jobs and opportunities!
For Opportunities:  https://stpeteartsalliance.org/opportunities/
For Events: https://stpeteartsalliance.org/local-events/
For the Creative directory: https://stpeteartsalliance.org/creative-directory/

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Be a part of the arts in St. Petersburg. Sign up for ARTBEAT, the monthly newsletter of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance by visiting their website stpeteartsalliance.org Sdg2

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is a nonprofit dedicated to raising money and advocating for the entire creative community – artists, arts and cultural organizations, and creative businesses.

2017-18 Arts & Culture Guide for the Greater Tampa-Hillsborough Region is now availablesdg6

Keep up with arts and culture in the greater Tampa-Hillsborough region. This 44-page guide lists festivals, exhibitions, theatre seasons coming up in 2017-18 plus a directory and map locator of our nonprofit cultural organizations, parks and libraries!

SEE IT NOW or pick up a copy from the Arts Council, your library or ask for it at your Chamber of Commerce, selected realtors and other public locations.

 For Sale:
Jacquard Silk Color RED LABEL dye –  8oz bottles. Must be set with steam Previously used, 6 colors – Magenta, Turquoise, Chocolate Brown, Kelly Green, Carmine Red, Brown Sienna.   $30 for all.
“These high energy fiber-reactive dyes are concentrated for economy, making them especially well-suited for professional artists and production studios. Red Label Silk Colors are ideal for traditional silk painting, as well as for many specialty applications, such as discharge, chemical resist, printing and shibori. Must be set with steam.”
 
contact Pat Grice pagrice@sbcglobal.net I will bring them to September meeting but send me email if interested.

FAB Fiber weekly activities

  • Crochet the Day Away with Elizabeth every Wednesday from 10 AM till 4 PM. Free
  • Tea and Stitch with Margot every Friday from 1 PM till 4 PM. Free.
  • Afternoon Knit/Crochet with Vida, every Saturday Logo-1from 1 PM till 4 PM. Free.
  • Brazilian Embroidery with Debbie every Saturday 9 to 4. Call for fees for special instruction.
  • Introduction to Rigid Heddle Loom or Triangle Loom with Elizabeth, every Tuesday at 10 AM. $125 Fee includes loom rental and yarn.
Bring your projects to work on and share ideas with fiber friends.
FAB Fiber carries Jacquard Procion MX Dyes and Acid Dyes plus roving for felters and spinners in natural, commercially dyed and custom dyed colors.
FAB Fiber is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 Am to 5 PM and by appointment.
For more info call 727-827-2235. or Elizabeth’s cell 727-744-7051
5708 Gulfport Blvd., Gulfport, FL. www.fabfibergulfport.com

Celebrating St. Petersburg’s well-known reputation as a leading arts and cultural destination, a celebration of the arts will be happening throughout September.3111e231-fa33-4eec-9dc5-a3ca9c769ddd.jpg
SPF17 features events and activities produced by local and national artists, arts organizations and arts-related businesses in and around the City’s unique arts districts.  All September SPF17 will feature weekly spotlights on all the arts, including fine arts, performing arts, and a family arts festival.

WEEKEND 1 will feature Visual Arts

WEEKEND 2 will highlight Performing Arts

WEEKEND 3 is all about Family Arts

Arts Alive! Participants
Chihuly Collection (Admission $1.00)

720 Central Ave.
(727) 896-4527 – http://www.moreanartscenter.org/chihuly/

Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center
1846 First Ave South
727-825-0515 – www.creativeclay.org
Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum
2240 Ninth Ave. S
727-323-1104 – www.woodsonmuseum.org
Florida CraftArt 
501 Central Ave
727-821-7391 – www.floridacraftart.org
Florida Holocaust Museum
55 Fifth Street S
727-820-0100 – www.flholocaustmuseum.org
Morean Arts Center
719 Central Ave
727-822-7872 – www.moreanartscenter.org
Morean Center for Clay
420 22nd St. S
727-821-7162 – www.moreanartscenter.org
Museum of Fine Arts
255 Beach Dr. NE
727-896-2667 – www.mfastpete.org
The Dali
1 Dali Blvd (Pinellas County residents only)
727-823-37- www.thedali.org
Admission: Free for Pinellas County residents

For more information visit the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance website.

Why the Arts Mean Big Business for Tampa Bay – Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at the Tampa Theatre – Networking Reception, 7:30 – 8 am

A recent study of the Hillsborough County cultural sector revealed some astonishing figures about the impact of arts and culture here and how important the cultural industry can be for entrepreneurs and businesses in the area. Join us for a frank discussion about the arts and business on Sept. 14 at Tampa Theatre. Learn about our cultural industry’s economic impact on business, including tourism dollars and employment, in Hillsborough County and how we compare to other cities in the nation.
SPEAKER: Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts in Washington, DC, will discuss how these outcomes will shape the future of Hillsborough County and the Tampa Bay Region.

COST: Free….WHERE: The Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin St., Tampa, FL 3360 PLEASE RSVP: 813.276.8250 or by the online RSVP – Tampaarts.org

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*Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America, Melbourne, Florida

September 16 – December 16, 2017,

Hmong flower cloth (or paj ntaub) is one of the world’s great textile traditions and an excellent example of cloth as community. Despite its deep roots in Hmong culture, this complex art was not widely known outside Asia until after the Vietnam War, when Hmong refugees arrived in the United States. The works illustrate the profound relevance of textiles as infrastructure in the Hmong culture, an art form that shifted as it adapted to fit new realities. The exhibition features 28 textiles—flower cloths and embroidered story cloths—by those in the Hmong community.

Organized and toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national part of Mid-America Arts Alliance, the exhibition was first curated in 1999 by Carl Magnuson, a cultural anthropologist, working with a Hmong refugee community. Curatorial updates have been done by Geraldine Craig, who has published more than a hundred essays on contemporary art and Hmong textiles, in venues such as the Hmong Studies Journal, The Journal of Modern Craft, Art in America, and Surface Design Journal.

Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta Georgia
Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles – August 19–December 17, 2017

New York Textile MonthOver fifty exhibitions, open studios, workshops, lectures, and films. New York City, NY  Learn More

sdg11A month-long, city wide festival designed to celebrate textile creativity and to promote textile awareness. Image: from the Program War and Pieced in Context, Prussian Army Intarsia Quilt.

 

 

 

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 TBSDG Officers 
President- Aida Sheets
Vice Presidents/Programs- Elizabeth Neily and Shellee Wells
Treasurer- Mary Ann Pickard
Secretary- Peggy Dauber
Website- Cindie Townley
Newsletter- Diane Gardner-Rhoden
Mini-Demos- Angie Knowles
Shows- Sarah Butz

 

August Minutes

August 14, 2017 the meeting was brought to order at 6:30pm.

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Angie Knowles announced all magazines are .25 and books $1, whatever is not purchased tonight will be donated. She has a different group of books to bring next month.

Treasurer Mary Ann Pickard gave her report; we have 86 active paid members, and as of August 4, 2017 a balance of $6,081.81

Sara Butz; no new shows for now have been scheduled. Sarah is looking for a Co-Chair to mentor. The State Fair would like our entries again this year, and they need to be entered by the end of Jan. The State Fair is Feb. 8-19. Also they need us to do demos. The Strawberry Festival is right after this, and in January the entry forms are made available; note they do offer cash prizes.

Workshops: Elizabeth Neily and Shelley Wells;
August 20th – Zen Rocks $35, up to 5 rocks, includes the IRABC $15 fee. $20 will go to the

Basket Weaving Guild. Bring your own lunch/drinks.
September 17th – 10:00-4:00 Marlene Glickman will host a class on Pin-weaving $45/$40 with

your own fabrics. Bring your own sewing machine/lunch/drinks. Location IRABC, up to 15-20 students.

October 15th 10:00-5:00 Polymer Clay with Patrice Pfeiffer, $55 includes IRABC $15 fee. Bring your own lunch/drinks.

Tote Bag Challenge: Dana Maley; She is collecting as many as possible tonight and ASAP get the remaining that are in-process to her. Florida CraftArt wants them to be in the galleries soon. It is a 55/45 split. She has received 13 bags to date; we need many more. Dana has arranged for a Surface Design Guild group membership at Florida CraftArt so that we can sell our totes and holiday ornaments there.

Holiday Ornaments; Pat Grice, Both Dunedin Arts center and Florida Craft Art are requesting receipt. We need them no later than our Sept 11th meeting. Dunedin is giving us our own tree. Florida CraftArt will put their own tags on our items, and Dunedin will use our TBSDG business cards as tags. Artists can add their own business cards or identification if they wish. Elizabeth Neily with Fab Fiber has been kind enough to open her shop for all of us to gather together and work on the ornaments. Pat will be delivering to the art centers Oct. 1st. January 2-5, they will return any unsold ornaments and they will be brought to the January meeting for pickup.

Technical Journal; Gayle Wells announced those who signed up will need to produce 14 copies of their techniques pages placed in page protectors, these are due at the November meeting.

President Aida Sheets; There are openings for officers and committee chairs for next year. Per our bylaws, a Nominating Committee needs to be established of three members. Volunteers were requested, but no one volunteered.

Public Relations – Carol Gamel has voluntered to chair, however she needs a co-chair

Workshops; Elizabeth Neily and Shellee Wells have agreed to stay on and Secretary – Peggy Paramore Daubar is staying on.

Offices to be filled for 2018 are: President

Treasurer

Mini Workshops Books
Show Co-Chair

October Fashion Show – Voted to include vintage textiles or unusual foreign textiles in this year’s fashion show, as well as hand made fashions. Announcer – Pat Grice; Music – Angie Knowles.

Tampa Arts Council will be hosting their annual 5 x 5 Silent Auction Art Exhibit in October. Go online and watch for the announcement for call to artist at fivebyfivetampabay.com. Have your textile 5 x 5’s representing our guild ready. Signatures only on the backside

Mini Demo by Carol Bickford; She showed a wonderful display of vintage embroidered textiles, and the use of recycling them into many adorable uses. She also was kind and generous in gifting vintage textiles for the taking. Thank you Carol for a lovely demo and display.

Show-n-Tell:
Ornaments – Dana Maley, Gayle Wells, Cindy Townley, stars, puzzle pieces, shadow boxes, magic dust.

Aida Sheets – denim tote bag, Donna Issac – tote bag and ornaments; Carol Gamel – basket from Bonnie’s class, flag of her Spoonflower samples, tree ornaments; Patricia Peck – Linda Dawson’s class fabric made a notepad, cellphone bag, shibori fabric indigo; Barbara Kazanis – eco dyed fabrics from Erik Doran workshop, Elizabeth Neily – scrumbling shawl, purse, garment linen look, outfit from African print, Bob Di Marzo – “Garden of Characters” wall hanging embellished with polymer clay faces; Rhonda Kuntz – landscape silk using tsukineko inks, acrylic painting collage; Marlene Glickman – dyed silks into indigo bath results, children’s aprons, recycled silk clothes; Joann Baxter – beaded bracelet with labradorite; Peggy Paramore Daubar – hand painted leather tote, and fabrics from Linda Dawson’s class; Karen Frank – Linda Dawson’s class fabrics

Announcements:

Refashion Renegades will meet August 25th at 11a.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Church in downtown St. Petersburg.

Carol Bickford – Must see Downton Abbey costumes at the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, FL

Marlene Glickman – Open studio this Saturday from 10-4, bring your own lunch/drink $15

Linda Dawson – Susan Lenz will host a Hot Workshop $225 October 30/31, bring scissors, lunch/drinks

Robin Pelinski – New Port Richey, place selling ribbons, coats, vests, fairy lace, equipments, rights to website and business $3500

The meeting was adjourned at 8:13 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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August 2017

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The Presidents Letter

We are fortunate to live in an area that supports its local artists. TBSDG has chosen to support the artists of the future with our yearly gifts to local art centers that offer student art programs. Art has a very important role to play in community. It enhances quality of life and pulls people out of themselves and into a collective conversation with others.

Art education is extremely important to our future and our culture. As funds for art education are stripped away in our schools, it is necessary that organizations such as ours step up and support students who might otherwise not be exposed to art as part of their education.

We have begun working on holiday ornaments to be sold at Dunedin Fine Arts Center and Florida CraftArt. These sales raise money to give back to our community in the form of student scholarships for summer art programs. I hope that all of you will consider making a few ornaments to contribute to this worthy cause. If you would like to participate, please contact a member of our holiday ornaments committee, Pat Grice, Diane Gardner-Rhoden, or Elizabeth Neily.

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Holiday Ornaments Needed Please take time out of your busy schedule to make some ornaments for the Holiday sale at DFAC and FCA.  Our Guild uses the money that we raise from the sale of our holiday ornaments to provide scholarships for students to take summer classes at DFAC, and other local art centers.

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An example an ornament made by Elizabeth Nealy.  Finished ornaments must be completed by September 11th. They go on sale at their annual holiday show on Nov 3rd.  DFAC is giving us our own Christmas tree to decorate with our ornaments.

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Eugene Chevreul  share’s her summer project 100 days of Art

IMG_2036“This is the perfect project for my tiny summer home , a studio apartment in NY.
I started working on May 22 and have now completed over 60 quiltlets. Each finished on is 51/2 inches square and will be mounted on a four inch gallery wrapped canvas painted to match the color of the quilt.
I’m enjoying the process and happy to have work that is easily doable in my small space”.

MINI WORKSHOP:  

Looking for volunteers to share a 15-20 minute technique. Each person have something you can share, so don’t be shy.  Step up and show us what you do

August –Carol Bickford sewing with vintage fabrics

September – Donna Issac will be showing you how to use your Hand Dyed Fabrics

October – Pat Lamb will be Beading on The Edge

The latest 2017 Tote Bag Challenge

The tote bags submitted by our members was just wonderful.  Florida ArtCraft just loved them.  A big thank you to all who made bags and a special thank you to Dana Manly for designing the challenge and collecting the finished art work.  You can still make and submit your tote bags to Dana at the next meeting on August 14th.

 

***News on Christmas ornaments***

Elizabeth Neily is opening Fab Fiber on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for any SDG members interested in working on holiday ornaments for sale this fall at DFAC and Florida CraftArt.
Fab Fiber is located at 5708 Gulfport Blvd. South, Gulfport, FL. Elizabeth has space for 10 or more people and she has a kitchen sink area for wet work and cleanup. If you have any questions, you can contact Elizabeth at eneilydesigns@gmail.com

If you did not previously sign up to make ornaments, you can still participate.  We need as many as possible.  The ornament sales is our guild charity fundraiser.  That is how we fund our scholarships program.

At Dunedin Fine Art Center we will have a Christmas Tree all to our selves to decorate.

This is a great opportunity to have fun with your guild members, while helping the community and encouraging the artists of the future!

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MARKMAKING  a workshop taught by Linda Dawson was a BIG BIG HIT 

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Workshops and Classes

August – Zen Rock Class

Indian Rocks Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd.  Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785  

$35 includes the Art Center Fee.  August 20, 2017. 10 to 4pm.  Bring Lunch.

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Zen Rocks (wrapped rocks) are designs inspired by decorative knots on Japanese flower baskets.  In Japanese, musubi means to connect or bind together as well as to pledge or promise.  It is believed that when you tie things, a heavenly spirit will dwell within the knot to protect people.

In this class, you will receive instructions to do the following knots that you can select to use on your rocks:

Intlocking V, -Girdled interlocking “V”, -Butterfly and double butterfly,

Cross knot,-Cross knot with spiral, -Cross knot with double spiral

Turtle knot, -Cross-hatch designs, -Japanese eye,  -Snake coil

Stick wrap, – Stick wrap with spiral, -Stick wrap with wheat stitch or braid

Loop the loop lace up

Attendees may bring yarn, beads, charms, shells, decorative items as well as additional rocks.

September – PIN WEAVING  with Marlene Glickman

Indian Rocks Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd.  Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785

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Create a small pin weaving using threads, yarns, lightweight fabrics and roving and fusible fabric.  This method is similar to a tapestry weaving.  Dyed sheer silk organza is used for the background panel, it’s then then covered with tulle and free motion  machine stitching (bring your machine or I can do this part for you if you don’t sew).  After the tulle is cut away to reveal contrasting fabrics and yarns. Embellishment will be done with beads, hand dyed ribbons and any special trinkets you would like to bring.  All supplies are provided for this workshop. Space is Limited to 15-20. The finished project can be used as a wall hanging or cut up into smaller pieces and used  for a unique textured greeting card.

What to Bring: Fun attitude and small scissors. –  If you want to bring your own fibers, threads, yarns, fabric bits size (2-5 inches by 10 inches) $10 will be refunded by Marlene when you arrive to class. Marlene Glickman of www.SilkDyes.com

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REFASHION RENEGADES 
 Friday, Aug  25, 2017 10:30 AM • Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, 100 Mirror Lake Drive North, St. Petersburg

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Exhibits and Art Shows  

Fearless Fibre

Presented by Carrollwood Cultural Center – July 28 to August 26, 2017.

4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, FL 33618

Process and experimentation are crucial to these Artists’ journeys. Fearless fiber.jpeg A creative collective of 6 artists.  Forgione’s, Dr. Barbara Kazanis, Carolyn Kossar, Elizabeth Mitchell,  Sarah Butz, and Mei -Ling St. Leger

   ArtWalk – Saturday, Aug 12, 5-9 PM
Don’t miss Cool Art on a Hot Summer Night. Our collaboration with Keep St. Pete Local annually makes ArtWalk in August one of our best!
Take the trolley, meet new folks and enjoy some great art along the way (purchase a must have piece, too).  Give our new interactive map a try!  Complete gallery/studio information is available from your current location, along with driving directions to any of the ArtWalk participants.
For info and to download the interactive map, please click HERE

The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Sewing Guild is sponsoring a trip to the Lightener Museum in St. Augustine to view an exhibit of costumes from the Downton Abbey PBS show pm Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14.  This exhibit is traveling the country and admission to the museum is by appointment only.

Cost of the trip is $95/ASG member and $105/non-member includes the bus (leaving from Clearwater), admission to the Museum and lunch on Saturday.  Hotel reservations can be made on your own at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Vilano Beach, Florida.  Our room rate is $149 per room.
If you want to go on your own and not on the bus, tickets to the Museum and lunch are available also.  For questions, please call Carol Bickford at 727-781-0546.

Stitcher Paradise

Grand Hyatt of Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive.  Tampa, FL 33607 – August 17th – 19th, 2017.  Thursday, Friday & Saturday.  Marketplace 10am to 5pm each day.  www.StitcherParadise.com   A fabulous Grand Door Prize is a Martelli table with many accessories. $15 individual $8 group rate .  Even if the guild doesn’t do an official trip, any group of 8 or more signing up together gets the group rate. Better yet, admission to Marketplace is free with a class registration or evening trunk show.

Call to Artists

The City of St. Petersburg,  Police Department Public Art Project Committee, seeks to commission artist(s) or artists’ team(s) to design, construct and install art to enhance the public spaces of the Police Headquarters Complex which is currently under construction in the EDGE district.
The Committee has identified two areas within the Complex for possible art integration. These two areas will afford artists an opportunity to submit a proposal for an exterior art concept as well as an opportunity to submit a proposal for an interior art project.
▪ AREA 1 – Exterior – Signature Structure or Sculpture in the Main Entrance Plaza
▪ AREA 2 – Interior – Signature Art Concept(s) in the Open, Two-Story Glass Enclosed Atrium Interior Main Entrance.  The BUDGET: $380,000, possibly to be split among two projects
DEADLINE: September 11, 2017
SELECTION OF FINALISTS: October 11, 2017
How to apply and further details: https://www.codaworx.com/rfp-toolkit/rfp/police-department-public-art-project

 –Florida CraftArt makes a difference in the lives of artists and the community statewide!  Sign up for there newsletter and take the time to view their exhibits.

The Annual CraftArt Festival takes place November 18th and 19th.  The gallery is looking for entries by artist who express their art in jewelry, clay, glass, paper, wood, metal, fiber and mixed-media   Artists apply online at www.zapplication.org/ by September 5, 2017.   

Take a Walking Mural Tour in the Central Arts District in St.Petersberg  *detail information is in our June Newsletter.

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Apply Now for Openings on Arts Council’s Board of Directors.

The Arts Council of Hillsborough County is accepting applications for five open positions on its 15-member Board of Directors through Aug. 9. In brief, we are seeking applicants who reflect the diversity found within our county; represent a broad range of geographic areas; and demonstrate a passion for arts and culture. Our Board meets monthly in support of arts and culture in Hillsborough County and Board members serve four-year terms. Please see links below for application forms. Email questions to Board@TampaArts.org. 

Art Harvest of Clearwater-Dunedin
Deadline: August 25
The Art Harvest Committee of Clearwater-Dunedin invites you to apply for the 54th annual Art Harvest.  Art Harvest is the main fundraiser for the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin. Their current project aids foster youth as they age out of the foster system, providing them with training and mentoring opportunities as well as support for establishing an independent life.

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts
Deadline: October 1

The 48th Annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival Of The Arts is now accepting applications for exhibiting artists. The 2018 Festival will be held March 3-4 in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa.

Visit the St. Petersberg Arts Alliance Website for jobs and opportunities!
For Opportunities:  https://stpeteartsalliance.org/opportunities/
For Events: https://stpeteartsalliance.org/local-events/
For the Creative directory: https://stpeteartsalliance.org/creative-directory/

Workshops at the Aya Fiber Studio  Screen Shot 2017-07-31 at 10.37.45 PM   The Aya Fiber Studio is pleased to invite national and internationally acclaimed artists to their studio to give lectures, workshops and critiques for a wide range of fiber studio practices and techniques. These visits provide studio students direct interaction with the artist that cumulate with a “public” lecture on their work.  
Olga Kazanskaya, – Jean Gauger, – Susan Lenz, – Muffy Clark-Gill,  –
Esterita Austin,  – JiYoung Chung, – Alissa Allen, – Lisa Binkley, – Donna Brown,
Jane Callender, – Catharine Ellis, – Carol Soderlund, – Olga Kazanskaya,
Jean Gauger,  – Muffy Clark-Gill, – Donna Brown, – Carol Soderlund, – John Marshall

The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations and Their Audiences in Pinellas County
Our recent Arts Summit presented with our colleagues from Creative Pinellas, Clearwater Arts Alliance, North Pinellas Cultural Alliance and the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts was filled to capacity.   The real measure of success though was Pinellas County, as keynote speaker Randy Cohen from American’s for the Arts illustrated the benefits of the economic impact of the arts.
The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study provides compelling evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a major economic force in Pinellas County

  • $241 million industry

  • 7,211 full-time equivalent jobs

  • Generates $11,621,000 in local government revenue

  • Generates $18,130,000 in state government revenue

  • Average spending per person in addition to cost of event is $33.02

  • Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, which spent $100.2 million during 2015, leveraged a remarkable $140.8 million in additional spending by their audiences—spending that pumped vital revenue into restaurants, hotels, retail stores, parking garages, and other local businesses.

You may pick up printed copies of the 38-page report from one of the five hosts, or download it at  stpeteartsalliance.org.  We also have a one-page summary with overview facts to help you make the case for supporting your arts organization.  Email intern@stpeteartsalliance.org and we will email you a copy of the facts page or mail you the complete report.

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 Tampabay Surface Design Guild officers and committee chairs

 President- Aida Sheets
Vice Presidents/Programs- Elizabeth Neily and Shellee Wells
Treasurer- Mary Ann Pickard
Secretary- Peggy Dauber
Website- Cindie Townley
Newsletter- Diane Gardner-Rhoden
Mini-Demos- Angie Knowles
Shows- Sarah Butz

 July minutes

July 10, 2017 the meeting was brought to order at 6:34 pm, with Cindie Townley sitting in as president.

Guest included Claude Barsa, she enjoys sewing, and metal smithing.

Treasury’s report; we have a balance of $6,796.81, not including PayPal, and we currently have 85 members.

There are no show updates.

Workshops: Elizabeth Neily informed us
August 20th workshop is with Jan Oberlay on Zen Rocks. Fee is $35 which includes the $15 Indian Rocks Beach Arts Center fee. $20 will go the the Basket Weaving Guild. Please check to see if you’ve paid.
September 17th – Marlene Glickman will hold a class on Pin Weaving. The fee is $30 plus an additional $15 for the Indian Rocks Beach Arts Center. She can take up to 15-20 students. If you bring your own materials, the fee will drop to $20.
October 15 – Patrice Pfeiffer will hold a class on Polymer Clay. The fee is $55, which includes the $15 fee for Indian Rocks Beach Arts Center. Time is 10-5pm. She would like to know how many students will be attending. Needs between 10-15 students.

Elizabeth is requesting teachers to start signing up now for 2018 workshops.

Linda Dawson spoke on her July 16th workshop, what you will be learning, the various stages and processes, and supplies needed to be brought.

Dana Maley’s Tote Bag Challenge- the centers are requesting them now, so please get them to Dana asap. She also requested to work on the Holiday ornaments, asap, they are already asking them to be submitted for approval. Aida Sheets needs photos of your ornaments for publishing.  Remember our scholarships go to three different art centers, and we wish to include in 2018 additional childrens groups.

Technical  Journal- Gayle Wells, we have thirteen members, so you will need to prepare 13 pages plus one for our guild. These are due in November.

Mini Workshop, June Colburn gave a collected deconstructing speech on tote bags and 4 different ideas. Next month she will bring in additional samples. She included memories of the past in her work.

Show n Tell:    Gayle Wells – painted tote bag, Jo Ann Baxter – Refashion Renegades long vest and bracelet, Carolyn Gentry – scrumble workshop, flowers, sweater top, handbags, Linda Dawson – dynamic Before the Grace of God wall hanging, Carol Gamel – tote bag, spoonflower proofs, Angie Knowles – lunch bags, rusted fabrics, Elizabeth Neily – tote bags, renegades fashion vest, Trish – felted scarves, necklace, Pat Grice – tote bags, Rhonda Kuntz – scrumbled purse, wall hanging, Donna Isaac – Dragon, Peggy Paramore Daubar – pin weaving, and tote bag.

Announcements; Ladies Please clean up after yourselves, including putting your chairs back up to the table. Each table is to have 6 chairs.
Refashion Renegades meets this friday at the Universal Unitarian Church at Mirror Lake and 2nd ave North.
Elizabeth Neily said Saturday Sept 2, Gulfport is having their Gecko Fest. Gecko Goddess begins at 6pm the weekend prior at the Pub Crawl.
Barbara K. told of the Carrollwood Convention Center having an exhibit of silk paintings, during July and August. The last Friday of July is the grand opening.
Donna Isaac told of an event in Gulfport called the Art Giveaway, it’s a scavenger hunt. Take one only, called Free Art Friday, and takes place occasionally.
Cool art sale at the Coliseum this saturday.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:56 pm

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July 2017

 

The President’s Letter

When you head to your studio to create fiber art, what are you actually doing? Is it just a fun activity that produces something tangible in the end, or is there a deeper meaning, something that you are consciously or unconsciously trying to tease out of your art? DB1A9CFF-208D-4A7A-9FB7-A21AB9456010

I’ve never been a “woo-woo” kind of person, looking for meaning at every turn, but what started out for me as something I simply enjoyed doing that was separate from the daily tasks of life, is becoming a journey to understand myself and express that understanding visually to others. I have a difficult time verbally telling others about myself, but my fiber art is opening a window for me to the workings of my mind. I’m not certain when this transition took place, but I have made a conscious decision to nurture this process and see where it will take me.13DBAF61-2650-4BAC-A43F-A99A9EF3EBB2 (1)

I hope that all of you find meaning in your artistic pursuits, no matter what that meaning may be. If it is just fun and relaxing for you to work with fiber in your hands, or if you have something to tell the world and are searching for your true artistic voice, art nourishes the deeper parts of ourselves, and can allow us to relate to others in ways that we would not otherwise be able to do. As Calvin, of Calvin & Hobbes, has said, “As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.” Aida Sheets

 

MINI WORKSHOP:  Looking for volunteers to share a 15-20 minute technique. You all have something you can share, so don’t be shy.  Step up and show us what you do.

July-Choosing Fabric for Collage June Colburn

Aug–Carol Bickford sewing with vintage fabrics

 

Workshops and Classes

July Program

Mark Making: A workshop designed to help the artist make their mark on the world  by Linda Dawson 

July 16, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Fee: $65.00

Indian Rocks Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palms Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

The $65.00 fee includes the Art Center fee and the supplies provided by Linda

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis workshop will concentrate on making marks with various tools. The marks can be use on fabric, paper, clay and many other media. You will be using brushes, pens, rollers, scribers and needles and you will be working mostly with fabric.

The first hour will be used to discuss the mark making tools followed by soy wax crayons,  paste, and thickened dyes on previously washed fabric soaked in Soda Ash These techniques will require steaming that will be done by Linda.

A supply list is available at the next two guild meetings or by contacting Linda Dawson at: (727) 894-3761, or email at fiberart2@verizon.net 
         

August Program

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$35 includes the Art Center Fee.  August 20, 2017. 10 to 4pm.  Bring Lunch.

Indian Rocks Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd.  Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785

Zen Rocks (wrapped rocks) are designs inspired by decorative knots on Japanese flower baskets.  In Japanese, musubi means to connect or bind together as well as to pledge or promise.  It is believed that when you tie things, a heavenly spirit will dwell within the knot to protect people.

In this class, you will receive instructions to do the following knots that you can select to use on your rocks:

Intlocking V, -Girdled interlocking “V”, -Butterfly and double butterfly,

Cross knot,-Cross knot with spiral, -Cross knot with double spiral

Turtle knot, -Cross-hatch designs, -Japanese eye,  -Snake coil

Stick wrap, – Stick wrap with spiral, -Stick wrap with wheat stitch or braid

Loop the loop lace up

Here’s the items we will provide for the class –

.5 rocks,14 page instruction set with pictures and strands of each of the following weaving materials: cane,reed, bamboo skewers, cording, faux leather and suede lashing glue and work mat.

Samples of completed rocks as well as pictures of the wrapped rocks can use for ideas and inspiration.  Attendees may bring yarn, beads, charms, shells, decorative items as well as additional rocks>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Refashion Renegades has a new location. Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg We will meet on Friday, July 14, at 10:30. It’s early this month because the church is not available.  It’s open to all Guild Members. We are asking each person to give $2-$5 to cover the cost of the room.

–Gilmore Hall, 100 Mirror Lake Drive North, (downtown St. Petersburg).   Detail driving directions are in April and May newsletters.  Call or text Karen Frank  (727) 612-4546 >>>>>>>>>>.

 

Worth looking into:

sda-adLast minute cancellation just left space in 3 day Botannical Print Workshop with Irit Dulman.  Call Suzanne at 336-693-4606 if you have questions

.Stitcher Paradise
Grand Hyatt of Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive.  Tampa, FL 33607
August 17th – 19th, 2017.  Thursday, Friday & Saturday.  Marketplace 10am to 5pm each day.  www.StitcherParadise.com   A fabulous Grand Door Prize is a Martelli table with many accessories. $15 individual $8 group rate .  Even if the guild doesn’t do an official trip, any group of 8 or more signing up together gets the group rate. Better yet, admission to Marketplace is free with a class registration or evening trunk show. 

.Check out Jane Dunnewold website and Join a Workshop or take a look at her new blog post-Threads of Resistance.  She will be doing several workshops outside of her studio this year.

. FAB Fiber, 5708 Gulfport Blvd., Gulfport, FL 33707
http://www.fabfibergulfport.com  has 100% pre-shrunk cotton garments in casual styles for men and women.  Available in white for dyeing and/or embellishing and in black for discharged designs. Great for indigo dying.  
10% discount for Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild Member.   

.Marlene Glickman has put out a new newsletter and she will be teaching classes in her studio.  Check out her web site and blog post. http://silkdyes.com/blog/workshop-events-calendar/.

 Dunedin Fine Art Center                                                                                                            1143 Michigan Blvd.Dunedin, FL 34698  Telephone #727 298-3322  Several exciting new exhibits and Fiber related Saturday demonstrations July 15, 29, and August 5, 12.   * you will find more information in last month newsletter.

In our backyard- ASG  – July 27 to 30, 2017.  Annual Conference at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista Hotel in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. A once-a-year opportunity for sewing enthusiasts to gather and celebrate all things sewing, quilting and embroidery.  Come for one day only or all four days.  You will find more information in June newsletter.
Conference is open to ASG members and non-members. For more info, log on to www.asg.org and click on Annual Conference. Or call Carol Bickford at 727-781-0546

 –Florida CraftArt makes a difference in the lives of artists and the community statewide!  Sign up for there newsletter and take the time to view their exhibits.

The Annual CraftArt Festival takes place November 18th and 19th.  The gallery is looking for entries by artist who express their art in jewelry, clay, glass, paper, wood, metal, fiber and mixed-media   Artists apply online at www.zapplication.org/ by September 5, 2017.   

Take a Walking Mural Tour in the Central Arts District in St.Petersberg  *detail information is in our June newsletter>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

You ask for it:

There has been a request to put the names of officers and committee chairs in the Newsletter.   
President- Aida Sheets
Vice Presidents/Programs- Elizabeth Neily and Shellee Wells
Treasurer- Mary Ann Pickard
Secretary- Peggy Dauber
Website- Cindie Townley
Newsletter- Diane Gardner-Rhoden
Mini-Demos- Angie Knowles
Shows- Sarah Butz

June Minutes…………………………………June 12, 2017 The meeting was brought to order at 6:30 pm.
We have one new member, Pat Peak who owns a small sewing and
embroidery business. Our guests were Elleen DeIntin, who enjoys doll making,
Yasmin Gonzalez, and Barbara Saylor.
Mary Ann Pickard gave the Treasurer’s report. As of the end of May we have
$7,106.09. We currently have 84 paid members.
Aida Sheets announced a show of hands for those interested in having a
member directory. Peggy Paramore Daubar will work on this over the summer.
Shows – Sarah Butz is not here tonight, however, we have no upcoming
scheduled shows.
Dana Maley, chair of the challenge on tote bags as a fundraiser, asked the
bags be brought to her in July. The proceeds are to bbenefit children’s
scholarship camps. The camps are quite costly. Carol Bickford suggested adding
additional moneys into the fund. Angie Knowles said, give it to the same groups,
and perhaps one additional group next year. Linda Dawson motioned not to
exceed an additional $600, and Angie Knowles, 2nd it. The motion was approved
by those in attendance.
Workshops – Elizabeth Neily
Her workshops on Freeform Crochet and Scrumbling went great and were a
lot of fun.
July 16th – Linda Dawson will teach a class on Making Your Mark. The fee is
$65 which includes the $15 fee to IRABC. Pay tonight or online. She will teach
different types of marking, including stitching. A supply list is online. Be sure to
bring PFD fabrics. Hours 10:00 a.m.-4:40-5 pm.
August 20th – Zen Rocks. The fee is $35. More information available in our
July meeting.
September – MeiLing St. Leger will hold a class, and the techniques TBC.
No other classes have been scheduled. An interest for polymer clay has been
offered by Kim Hale from our sister guild in Sarasota. Feb 4 & 5 of 2019, we
could have Wen Redmond for $850 plus a $20 kit, we need to commit and send
in a contract.
Technical Journal – Bonnie Ward
Please review the current book, and sign up if you’re interested. Pages are due in
November.
Mini Workshop – Mary Ann Pickard gave a unique demonstration on Tunisian
Crochet, as well as some interesting background on herself.
Angie Knowles announced that she will not be chairing the mini workshops
next year, and the guild needs a volunteer to chair this function next year.
Show-n-Tell
Elizabeth Neily’s Scrumbling class – Gail Crotty and Elizabeth Neily showed off
their beautiful wares; Barbara Taylor, June Colburn’s Class showed their beautiful
wall hangings, Pat Grice – Bonnie’s Basket Class, Linda Dawson – Mark making
samples in black/white; Dana Maley – Freida Doll, Carol Bickford – Tote Bags,
Sharon Appler – Leeann’s Class of felting with pine needles, Mei Ling St. Leger –
tapestry dyed yarns, Edda Juhl – Ice Dyeing, Peggy Paramore Daubar – Dana’s
tote challenge
Announcements: We need new chairs for both the Treasurer and MiniWorkshop
positions.
Refashion Renegades – Cindy Townley announced we will meet June 23,
generally on the 3rd Friday of each month.
Dana Maley has Antique beads – small $5, and large $20.
Aida Sheets has TBSDG business cards to pass out to new interested
members, and encourages us to include younger ladies.
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June 2017

The Presidents Letter 

Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 11.38.04 AMOne of the things that I love about our Surface Design Guild art shows, is that they encourage me to focus in a specific artistic direction that helps me to produce completed pieces of artwork. Now that we have come to the end of our 2017 show season, I can allow myself to loosen up artistically, play more in my studio, explore new techniques, and try out ideas for using familiar techniques in new ways. All of this is an important part of the process of growing as a fiber artist, and a great reason to be a part of an art guild such as the TBSDG.

As members of a guild, we are very fortunate to have the inspiration and encouragement of a talented group of fiber artists to keep us moving in a forward direction. Through sharing the art that we are working on individually, through guild workshops, and through the exchange of ideas in and out of our meetings, we provide a valuable resource for each other that none of us would have on our own.

I hope that all of you will share this experience with your artistic friends who are not currently members of a guild, by telling them about the TBSDG, and inviting them to come to our meetings and to follow us on Facebook. Art fulfills its greatest purpose when we share it with others.

Aida Sheets

Challenge!

It’s time to start working on your fiber art tote bags for Dana Maley’s design challenge due in July. Tote patterns are available from different sources it’s not necessary to buy a pattern,  be creative and use what you already have.  Bring your diversity and creativity to this challenge as you did to last year’s challenge. The tote bags will be submitted to Dunedin Arts Center and Florida Crafts as a fundraiser, in addition to the handmade ornaments later in the year. Over $600 ornaments was made last year.

Call for Action:

Laurie Dunham, the President of the Sarasota Surface Design Guild,20047050_1493824577.3046 has been diagnosed with Acute Myleoid Leukemia and will be hospitalized for a while.  Her daughter, Laura, has created a Go Fund Me account for her recovery and will be posting detailed updates about her treatment.  We have reached out to all of our members and are hoping you will reach out to your members, not only for a donation to help out, but for their prayers for Laurie and her family.  If you would do that for us, we would greatly appreciate it.  For information on Laurie’s story, please check out this link:  https://www.gofundme.com/3pxxuq0

Care packages
Angie Knowles to you:  Thanks to everyone who so graciously volunteered to send care packages to my daughter Ashley during her 1 year tour in Afghanistan. I know she will be very grateful, and so am I.                                                                                                           Here is a list of items she would appreciate.

Dial body wash
Starbucks double-shot espresso drink
coffee K cups (any flavor except hazelnut)
fruit cups
applesauce cups
Kraft mac-n-cheese microwave cups
oatmeal microwave cups
smaftfood white cheddar microwave popcorn
variety of cold cereal packs
variety of chip packs                                                                                                         Sara asked about sending home baked goods. The packages I’ve sent her has taken about two weeks to arrive, so not really sure how feasible that is. I’m sure there are some fresh baked items that travel well, but not sure what they are.

Right now she is good on personal hygiene products, but if you wish to send some, I’m sure she can share with others who may need them.

Thanks again for your generosity.

Angie

Not a request, just a wish…….Rhonda Kuntz….

Would love to get home made cards from our members.  She hopes to be released from rehab in 1 week because she broke the ends of both bones in her left leg.  Her address can be found on our website members page.

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Refashion Renegades has a new location. Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg–Gilmore Hall, 100 Mirror Lake Drive North, (downtown St. Petersburg).  We meet on the fourth Friday of each month.10:30a.m. until.  Open to all Guild Members. Bring the supplies you need to work on, i.e sewing machine, extension cord, ironing board, etc. We are asking each person to give $2 to cover the cost of the room.  Detail driving directions are in the last 2 newsletters.>>>>>>>>>>>>>.

Our member, Melissa Nickelson, had a great product at Refashion Renegades. She was using Septic Tank Fabric for making patterns. It’s lightweight, sheer, doesn’t tear and it cuts and pins well. Better yet, it’s only 22 cents a foot, 66 cents a yard and can be bought at Home Depot.

 

MINI WORKSHOP:  Looking for volunteers to share a 15-20 minute technique. You all have something you can share, so don’t be shy.  Step up and show us what you do.  

June- Mary Ann Pickard, Tunisian crochet

July-Choosing Fabric for Collage June Colburn

Aug–Carol Bickford sewing with vintage fabrics

Workshops and Classes

June Program

LET’S SCRUMBLE! A Workshop in Free Form Crochet
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PMCrop FF Crochet
Location: Beach Art Center,  1515 Bay Palm Boulevard,  Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785
Instructor: Elizabeth Neily Cell: 727-744-7051 or email: eneilydesigns@tampabay.rr.com
Fee: $35, includes a kit of 3 crochet hooks, darning needle, variety of yarn scraps, instructions for several crochet motifs, paper and pencil.
What to Bring: scissors, straight pins and any crochet hooks you may have. Fat quarter of cotton fabric.(Optional – scraps of yarn to use or swap,) You make also want to bring a drink and a snack.
What to expect: The first hour will concentrate on making a free-form sampler by learning basic crochet stitches and  their corresponding symbols.  Learn or refresh crochet stitches, how to change yarns, and how to choose yarns to make your pieces interesting. The rest of the class will be spent learning how to make motifs: circles, spirals, triangles, fans, etc. using contrasting yarns, textures, stitches and making the scrumbles grow. There will be several books on free-form crochet on hand to look at for inspiration. Let your imagination take you to some wild scrumbling

July Program

Mark Making: A workshop designed to help the artist make their mark on the world  by Linda Dawson 

July 16, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Fee: $65.00

Indian Rocks Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palms Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

The $65.00 fee includes the Art Center fee and the supplies provided by Linda

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis workshop will concentrate on making marks with various tools. The marks can be use on fabric, paper, clay and many other media. You will be using brushes, pens, rollers, scribers and needles and you will be working mostly with fabric.

The first hour will be used to discuss the mark making tools followed by soy wax crayons,  paste, and thickened dyes on previously washed fabric soaked in Soda Ash These techniques will require steaming that will be done by Linda.

A supply list is available at the next two guild meetings or by contacting Linda Dawson at: (727) 894-3761, or email at fiberart2@verizon.net
         

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FYI>>>>>>>>>>>>>Our secretary, Peggy Dauber, is in the process of creating a directory available to members only. If you would like to be included, please update your profile on the website in the Member Directory under Members Only.
Go to www.surfacedesignguild.com
Log in – if you don’t have or don’t know your password, click log in and then click Forgot Password. Follow the prompts to create a new password.
Once you are logged in, go to My Profile in the upper right corner. Click Edit profile. At this point you can input any information you wish to. Click Privacy. Check Show Profile to Others. Check all boxes in Details to Show that you wish other members to see. No one else but a member has access to your information.
If you have any problems or questions, contact Cindie Townley at: ctownley22@gmail.com

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The CraftArt Festival is a two-day contemporary fine craft festival held before ThanksGiving, featuring over 100 nationwide artists. shot.jpeg Each Emerging Artist will receive a 10’ x 10’ tent, table and chairs, as well as a photography session with Brian James, business mentoring by renowned artist Duncan McClellan and a stipend for meals. Each artist work is judged by the show juror for an Emerging Artist ribbon. The ultimate benefit to the artists is to be able to professionally present their work to collectors and visitors and sell their work.
For information, email: Janie.Lorenz@FloridaCraftArt.org.

Take a Walking Mural Tour in the Central Arts District in St.Petersberg
Visitors will hear the inside stories of the making of over 30 murals.
Tours are scheduled on Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. Visitors walk a four-block loop, enjoying more than 30 murals. The cost for the tour is $19 for adults, $11 for children ages 6-18, and it is free for children under 5 years old9ac1914a-8610-447e-8366-956845a104faGroups can arrange for special tour times and pricing by calling FloridaArtCraft (727) 821-7391 or email: info@floridacraftart.org.   A portion of the proceeds from the tours supports educational programs and St. Pete Arts Alliance.
Tours meet at Florida CraftArt Gallery at 501 Central Avenue, St Petersberg.

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LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP! If you are an arts and cultural non-profit leader and would like come or designate someone from your shop, you may attend the Art Business Academy, beginning June 5, at NO CHARGE.  Thanks to Regions Bank for being a sponsor
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Cottonseed Casual Wear TM available at FAB Fiber.

100% pre-shrunk cotton in casual styles for men and women.  Available in white for dyeing and/or embellishing and in black for discharged designs. Great for indigo!Cotton seed logo-clothes

There are many different styles and if it is not available in our shop then it can be in a couple of days as a prepaid special order. 10% discount for Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild Members.
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Elizabeth offers beginner weaving classes on the Rigid Heddle Loom and Triangle Looms. Classes begin at $125, which includes $35 worth of yarn.

Contact Elizabeth: mailto:fabfibergulfport@gmail.com or call her cell 727-744-7051.
Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM, Tuesday thru Saturday.
FAB Fiber, 5708 Gulfport Blvd., Gulfport, FL 33707
http://www.fabfibergulfport.com

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Greetings from the Aya Fiber Studio in Florida.!sda-ad

Thanks to all fiber artisans for a great season. AYA Fiber Studio still have some exciting things happening in the studio over the summer. We will be running a Fiber Arts Camp for kids ages 9-15. Four sessions, each concentrating on different techniques and ending with a sewing session so these young artists can use some of the fabrics they create to incorporate into a simple project.  Sewing is something the young people really want to learn.  It seems that sewing skills has skipped an entire generation of young people who are yearning to learn.  It is no longer a required Home Ec skill in the 7th grade.

Charity Van der Meer will be in the studio from June 8-11 with her workshop: Fashion Styling & Surface Design for Nuno Felted Garments. There are a few SDA members coming from the Tampa Area. This workshop will be exciting and there is still space available.

Irit Dulman will be at the studio from July 24- August 4th with (2) different workshops:  A 3 day Botanical Printing and a 5 day + 2 day: Natural dyes and Botanical Printing.
There is still space available in the 3 day workshop ( July 24-27) and a waitlist is being created for the 5 and 2 day classes.

A 2nd workshop with India Flint is added for March 2018.

Aya Fiber Studio is blessed to have all these amazing instructors coming to the studio.   Reserve your class space with a deposit and pay the balance 30 days before the class. Look for Olga Kazanskaya ( Medium Print and Nuno Felting), Jean Gauger (Nuno Felting), Susan Lenz, Esterita Austin, Jiyoung Chung (Joomchi), Lisa Binkley, Ana Lisa Headstrom, Alissa Allen, Donna Brown, Catharine Ellis, Jane Callendar, Anne Johnston, John Marshall, India Flint and Carol Soderlund.  Find out more at : http:// www.ayafiberstudio/coming-workshops

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ASGJuly 27 to 30, 2017. ASG annual Conference  is in our backyard at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista Hotel in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. A once-a-year opportunity for sewing enthusiasts to gather and celebrate all things sewing, quilting and embroidery.  Come for one day only or all four days.  Shopping:  A vendor-packed Exhibit Hall full of businesses selling fabric, notions, patterns, sewing furniture, machines, threads, projects, DVD’s, books and more.
Education:  Daily workshops, seminars and lectures. Classes on surface design,  embellishment, couture sewing, stash management, fitting and alterations,  hand sewing and serger sewing for every skill level.
Fellowship:  Tours, get togethers, lunches, the annual Fashion Show and more!
Conference is open to ASG members and non-members. For more info, log on to www.asg.org and click on Annual Conference. Or call Carol Bickford at 727-781-0546
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Dunedin Fine Art Center                                                                                                             1143 Michigan Blvd.Dunedin, FL 34698  Telephone #727 298-3322  Several exciting new exhibits June 9th to August 18.

-Fiber related Saturday demonstrations: at 11 am.  June 17, 24, July 8, 15, 29, and August 5, 12.  

Saturday Gallery Talks 11am.  June 24, July 15, 29 and August 12.

-Shirt Tales fiber collage workshop with Karol Kusmaul: Saturday August 5, from 10 to 3pm. Please contact DFAC for more information.

New Quilts from an Old Favorite

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Shirt Tails:
Portraits by Karol Kusmaul – SAQA fiber artist, Karol Kusmaul presents a joyful and distinctive ‘body’ of work—i.e. figures + portraits—composed of upcycled fabrics, she calls her glad rags.

Studio Art Quilt Associates “GROWTH’ Exhibit    Opening Reception: June 9, from 6 to 9pm. We expect the GROWTScreen Shot 2017-04-27 at 9.18.33 AMH exhibit to be an outstanding display of art quilts made by central Florida quilters.  All SDG members are invited to the Opening Reception, exhibit and additional events.

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Artquiltstextiles   All sorts of information on rusting and indigo dying.

Clothworks.com.   Clothworks has a extensive list of websites and reading materials.  If you go to this site look in their resource section and download a pdf copy of an old book titled: “Homedying with natural Dyes” by Margaret S. Furry & Bess M. Viemont.  It is well worth it.

HillcreekFiberStudio.com  Information and supplies for natural dying.

Maiwa.com is another site that I really like. There you can find information and formulas for indigo and other natural dyes.

wildcolors.co.uk  Information on Cochineal, Woad,  Indigo and other natural dyes.  Mail order from the U.K

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May 8, 2017 Meeting minutes:   The meeting was brought to order at 6:31 p.m.

Guests – Dagmar Howe-arts, crafts, acrylic painter; Pamela Joy Trow – artist; Beverly Parker – artist; Jewly Youschak-artist

Treasurer’s Report – by Aida Sheets; we currently have 81 members renewed, and as of the end of April $7,738.15 in our account.

Shows – Sara Butz; the Clearwater Library show is fabulous, and encourages everyone to go and see it. Wednesday, May 31st is the pickup day. Please make arrangements for someone to pick up your work if you are not available to do so. The Contemporary Fiber Show at Florida CraftArt is a high quality and stunning show. LeeAnn Kroetsch sold some of her beautiful pieces to visiting Jane Seymour.  There are no more shows scheduled. A big thank you for all the volunteers.

Announcement – Shellee Wells husband has had a heart attack, please email her or send her a card for well wishes.

Workshops – Elizabeth Neily;  She will host a Freeform Crochet and Scrumble Crochet class for $35. She shared samples of her beautiful work. It may be located at IRBAC or her place of business, Fab Fiber in Gulf Port, on Sunday June 11, at 11:00 am.

Linda Dawson will host a Mark Making class, July 3 from 10-4:00 p.m. at IRBAC. Bring your pre-soaked soda ash fabric. The fee is TBD.

August 20th, time TBD, Emily Stehle will host a Zen Rock class. The fee is $35 for 5 rocks, this includes the $15 center fee. BYO Lunch and drinks.

Upon signing up for a workshop, please pay for the class at the time of sign-up or online.

Dana’s Challenge – A tote bag, to be approximately 12 x 18 or 20″. These are due at the July meeting. We will also be making holiday ornaments. The income received from these two will go to scholarships for Dunedin Arts Center, IRBAC, and Creative Clay. Perhaps, we could consider Picasso for Kids this time, or next year, to add into the scholarship program. Dana has some free tote bag patterns.

Raffle Tickets – Dana Maley – The last raffle was held tonight, as it has not made enough money for us to continue with this fundraiser.

Mini Workshops – Angie Knowles – Elizabeth Neily gave a lovely demonstration on how to weave a continuous strand of yarn on a triangular loom. She explained that it warps itself as you go, and that types of yarns matter.

Show-n-Tell – Elizabeth Neily – 5×5 challenge, Christmas items; Bonnie Bowman’s workshop basketry included JoAnn Baxter and Mei-Ling St. Leger; June Colburn’s workshop – members haven’t finished their projects; Rhonda Kuntz – Frida Doll and Marlene Glickman’s workshop – pin weaving; Carol Pickard – Tote Bags; Ann Thomas – Kathie Hays workshop eco dyed fabrics; Linda Dawson – 5×5 challenge; JoAnn Baxter-Beadwork class bracelet w/silk shibori; Dana Maley – Altered Couture with Blue jeans; Jennifer Baker – Indigo dyeing and mandala; Trish Sande – tiny hand stitching, felted flowers, water bottle canvas; Diane Rhoden Gardner – Indigo dress; Jewly Youschak – Quilt hanging, paper pieced; Sara Butz – Purse done with gelatin printing; Sharon  Danielson – Zen rocks. Awesome work!!

Raffle winners –  Ann Thomas, Angie Knowles, Peggy P Daubar, Cindy Townley, Mei-Ling St. Leger, Paula Walker, Rhonda Kuntz, Gayle Wells, Jill East, Trish Sande, Bonnie. A big thank you to Dana Maley & Cindy Townley for handling the raffles.

Announcements – Some members do not feel the meeting facility is satisfactory. We held a show of hands to stay where we are, and a majority raised their hands. Two members opposed. Because there is more support to stay, we will continue to meet at the Good Samaritan Church. Please take responsibility to cleanup after yourselves, including pushing your chairs back into the table, and checking for debris on your table and on the floor surrounding your table. The church would like us to sweep the floors, but this will not be necessary if everyone helps to clean up after the meetings.

Pat Grice suggested we need a better sound system, as voices are garbled. Aida Sheets, also suggested for members to sit as close to the front as possible. Angie Knowles said, since we have the money, we should invest into a new system, as they are not that costly. Sarah will look into using the existing sound system in the room before we buy a new sound system.

June Colburn has a brand new Rowenta iron valued at $260-$300, for sale for $50, it sold.

Mei-Ling St. Leger stated that the book sales are not for scholarships. We made $42.50 last month, and $18 this month.

Carol Bickford said Dunedin’s walking tour is June 15th. A fee of $19, and lunch at the Iberian Rooster.

Angie Knowles said that because the books in the book sale are heavy to load and unload at the meeting, if they do not sell after 3 months, they will be donated. She also asked members to support her daughter who is serving in Afghanistan, in any way they could. She does have a wish list, please email Angie, if you would like to participate. Care packages are always in great need.

Cindy Townley said Refashion Renegades will meet May 26th, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Petersburg, at 100 Mirror Lake Drive N. Bring whatever you wish to work on. Hours 10:30-5:00 pm. A donation of $2-5 dollars is appreciated to defray the cost of the room.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:06 p.m.

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May 2017

The Presidents Letter – Being away for part of the month of April and missing out on the hanging and opening of our ClothWorks! show at the Clearwater library, really brought home to me how important our guild, and our member artists are to me and to my sense of well being. We speak a common language and express a common love of fiber and art. We have all grown together as artists.Aida Sheets Head Shot
This is very evident in the variety and quality of work that our guild has displayed this year in the ClothWorks! show. The diverse and excellent ways that each artist interpreted Sharon Appler’s design challenge is a testament to our strength as artists. Each person approached the challenge confidently and with their own unique artistic voice. I was thrilled to see that many of you entered your surface designed yardage from our spring 2016 classes, and all of the art represented is spectacular! If any of you have not yet seen the show, you have until May 30. I encourage all of our members to visit and see what your fellow guild members are creating.

Another fabulous fiber art show is open until June 17 at Florida CraftArt and includes pieces from some of our TBSDG members. Contemporary Fiber in Florida 2017 is an exciting display of fiber art being created right here in Florida. Be sure to visit and be inspired by the innovative techniques and creative vision of the artists in this show.

It’s time to start working on your fiber art tote bags for Dana Maley’s design challenge. I know that you will bring the same diversity and creativity to this challenge as you did to last year’s challenge. Keep the art flowing because, the “earth” without “art” is just “eh.”

Aida Sheets

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ClothWorks!

Invite all your friends and family to come and see our art on display.  The show is free and will on display until May 30, 2017 at the Clearwater Main Library                                                                                         100 N Osceola Ave. Clearwater

Viewing Hours: Friday – Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Monday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.;
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Th
ursday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – Pick up work from Clearwater Library by 12:00 p.m.  If you are unable to pick up your artwork yourself, please arrange for another Guild member to do this for you.

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From Angie Knowles

As Mini-Workshop coordinator for 2017 I am looking for volunteers to share a 15-20 minute technique. I know you all have something you can share, so don’t be shy. Step up and show us what you do:                                                                                                            Mini Demo Schedule
May–Continuous Strand Weaving Elizabeth Neily
Aug–Choosing Fabric for Collage June Colburn                                                                           As you can see, we still have open months.

Refashion Renegades has a new location. We meet on the fourth Friday of each month. starting April 28,  at 10:30 until.  Open to all Guild Members. Bring the supplies you need to work on, i.e sewing machine, extension cord, ironing board, etc. We are asking each person to give $2 to cover the cost of the room.


Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg–Gilmore Hall,                                        100 Mirror Lake Drive North, (downtown St. Petersburg)
Directions
From I-275: Merge onto I-375 E, towards Baywalk/The Pier. Take the first exit (4th Ave. N.), then turn right onto Dr. MLK Jr. St.  Turn left onto 2nd Ave. N. and cross 8th St. N. Entrance to parking lot will be on your right, two-thirds of the way down the block.
From North St. Pete
Drive south on Dr. MLK Jr. St. Turn left onto 2nd Ave. N. and cross 8th St. N. Entrance to parking lot will be on your right.
From South St. Pete
Drive north on 8th St. N. Turn right onto 2nd Ave. N. The entrance to parking lot will be on your right.
Parking                                                                                                                                                    Church parking lot is at the corner of Mirror Lake Drive & 2nd Ave.N.  There is an entrance on 2nd Ave and another from the alley beside the church, and street parking on Mirror Lake Drive directly in front of the sanctuary.
Come up ramp to front of  building. End door will be unlocked. Gilmore Hall, where we will be, is just through the entry foyer
If you have any issues finding your way, call or text.- Karen Frank cell  # (727) 612-4546

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Images from April Basket Workshop with Bonnie Bowman

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Sunday, May 7, 2017  – 12noon to 4pm                                                                       FABRICATING ART-Collage Technique for Quilts and Wearables-June Colburn                             $80 fee include kit and Art center fees

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More fun than a barrel full of Rembrandts, Monets, Dalis!  Express your inner artist by cutting and layering a variety of color-coordinated cotton prints and mottled solids to design an 18″ x 22″ background.  Then select an interesting focal motif (bird, cat, building, vase, etc.) to complete the composition.  The work can be finished by either fusing or stitching the elements in place.  Bring a camera!  Lots of ideas for further exploration in the trunk show of work-in-progress and finished pieces.

KIT includes:  8-10 color coordinated fabrics, muslin foundation, focal motif.  There will be several color choices.

SUPPLY LIST:  small, sharp scissors; lots of pins; optional fabric glue or glue stick; paper bag for scraps.

*Please note that the workshop will take place before our May SDG member meeting.      **There is still room in this workshop**

June Program

LET’S SCRUMBLE! A Workshop in Free Form Crochet
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PMCrop FF Crochet
Location: Beach Art Center,  1515 Bay Palm Boulevard,  Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785
Instructor: Elizabeth Neily Cell: 727-744-7051 or email: eneilydesigns@tampabay.rr.com
Fee: $35, includes a kit of 3 crochet hooks, darning needle, variety of yarn scraps, instructions for several crochet motifs, paper and pencil.
What to Bring: scissors, straight pins and any crochet hooks you may have. Fat quarter of cotton fabric.(Optional – scraps of yarn to use or swap,) You make also want to bring a drink and a snack.
What to expect: The first hour will concentrate on making a free-form sampler by learning basic crochet stitches and  their corresponding symbols.  Learn or refresh crochet stitches, how to change yarns, and how to choose yarns to make your pieces interesting. The rest of the class will be spent learning how to make motifs: circles, spirals, triangles, fans, etc. using contrasting yarns, textures, stitches and making the scrumbles grow. There will be several books on free-form crochet on hand to look at for inspiration. Let your imagination take you to some wild scrumbling!

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I have been in a bit of a creative funk this season. What with moving to a new home  and dealing with an ongoing health issue, I’ve been ignoring the studio quite a bit. But I was recently commissioned to make a quilt for one of my new neighbors here in Wimauma. It was the first commission I have done. Boy oh boy, did that rev those juices right up. We had quite a conversation about color and theme. We decided on mostly purples and a skyscape theme. I had just the right piece from my stash of ice dyed fabric for the background.  Then it was a matter of designing, layout, and picking  the right fabrics. This was such a fun job. My neighbor, Sherri, became my friend as we collaborated on several decisions along the way. We both ended up loving the piece.

Congratulations! –  Kathy Hays


The Summer issue of Green Craft magazine features and article written by Kathy Hays. She explains how she eco prints on upcycled wool coats.  It is a great article and you can purchase your copy at JoAnn’s or Barnes and Noble!

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Contemporary Fiber in Florida 2017 
Curated by Cindy Bartosek                            FLORIDA CRAFTART –  501 Central Avenue. St. Petersburg  

Exhibition Dates April 28, 2017 to June 17,2017.  This is a juried exhibition of original artwork showcasing original artwork that represents contemporary approaches to fiber art, including surface design, quilting, weaving, basketry, felting and art to wear. Several of our TBSDG members have work in this show.

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Contemporary Fiber in Florida Exhibition and Fiber Art Weekend was a big success!
See photos on Florida CraftArt Facebook page and FloridaCraftArt.org. Video interviews with artists and the curator will be posted later this week.
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Do you know an artist for the Emerging Artist Program?______________________  Artists who have never had a major show or participated in an outdoor festival will be invited to participate in the CraftArt Festival, held the weekend before Thanksgiving.  The CraftArt Festival is a two-day contemporary fine craft festival featuring over 100 nationwide artists.  Each Emerging Artist will receive a 10’ x 10’ tent, table and chairs, as well as a photography session with Brian James, business mentoring by renowned artist Duncan McClellan and a stipend for meals. Each artist work is judged by the show juror for an Emerging Artist ribbon. The ultimate benefit to the artists is to be able to professionally present their work to collectors and visitors and sell their work.
For information, email: Janie.Lorenz@FloridaCraftArt.org.

 Take a Walking Mural Tour in the Central Arts District in St.Petersberg
Visitors will hear the inside stories of the making of over 30 murals.
Tours are scheduled on Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. Visitors walk a four-block loop, enjoying more than 30 murals. The cost for the tour is $19 for adults, $11 for children ages 6-18, and it is free for children under 5 years old. Book the tour9ac1914a-8610-447e-8366-956845a104fa on FloridaCraftArt.org
Groups can arrange for special tour times and pricing by calling FloridaArtCraft (727) 821-7391 or email: info@floridacraftart.org.   A portion of the proceeds from the tours supports educational programs and St. Pete Arts Alliance.
Tours meet at Florida CraftArt Gallery at 501 Central Avenue, St Petersberg.

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Dunedin Fine Art Center                                                                                                             1143 Michigan Blvd.Dunedin, FL 34698  Telephone #727 298-3322  Several exciting new exhibits June 9th to August 18.

-Fiber related Saturday demonstrations: at 11 am.  June 17, 24, July 8, 15, 29, and August 5, 12.  

Saturday Gallery Talks 11am.  June 24, July 15, 29 and August 12.

-Shirt Tales fiber collage workshop with Karol Kusmaul: Saturday August 5, from 10 to 3pm. Please contact DFAC for more information.

New Quilts from an Old Favorite

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Shirt Tails:
Portraits by Karol Kusmaul – SAQA fiber artist, Karol Kusmaul presents a joyful and distinctive ‘body’ of work—i.e. figures + portraits—composed of upcycled fabrics, she calls her glad rags.

Studio Art Quilt Associates “GROWTH’ Exhibit    Opening Reception: June 9, from 6 to 9pm. We expect the GROWTScreen Shot 2017-04-27 at 9.18.33 AMH exhibit to be an outstanding display of art quilts made by central Florida quilters.  All SDG members are invited to the Opening Reception, exhibit and additional events.

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ASG The ASG annual Conference is held in a different city around the country each year and this year it’s in our backyard! From July 27 to 30, 2017 it’s a once-a-year opportunity for sewing enthusiasts to gather to celebrate all things sewing, quilting and embroidery. The Conference will be held at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista Hotel in Lake Buena Vista. Come for one day only or all four days.
Shopping:  The vendor-packed Exhibit Hall is full of both large and small sewing and quilting businesses selling fabric, notions, patterns, sewing furniture, machines, threads, projects, DVD’s, books and more.
Education:  Daily workshops, seminars and lectures. Classes are tailored to every sewing interest from couture sewing to stash management, from fitting and alterations to surface design and embellishment, from hand sewing to serger sewing, as well as every level of sewing skill.
Fellowship:  Tours, get-togethers, lunches, the annual Fashion Show and more!
Conference is open to ASG members and non-members. For more info, log on to www.asg.org and click on Annual Conference. Or call Carol Bickford at 727-781-0546.

Resource

 Clothworks.com.   Clothworks has a extensive list of websites and reading materials.  If you go to this site look in their resource section and download a pdf copy of an old book titled: “Homedying with natural Dyes” by Margaret S. Furry & Bess M. Viemont.  It is well worth it.

Maiwa.com is another site that I really like. There you can find information and formulas for indigo and other natural dyes.

wildcolors.co.uk 

HillcreekFiberStudio.com

Minutes from April  Meeting…………………………………………………………………………The meeting was brought to order April 10th, 2017 at 6:32 pm. …………….Guests were: Barbara Taylor – Dollmaking; Jennifer Baker – Everything, including dyeing; Barb Welch – Everything; Susan Andrews – Silk printing and mixed media; Jennie Smith – Painting, Woodworking, Clay, Crochet.

Treasurer’s Report: Mary Ann Pickard announced that 76 members have paid their dues. We have a balance of $7,353.91 as of the end of last month. Plus another $356.24 coming in from PayPal.

   Shows: Sara Butz – Clothworks is now open until Tuesday, May 30th. May 31st from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. is the pickup time. Please come and see this spectacular show.

Contemporay Fiber in Florida 2017 show at Florida Craft Art, St. Petersburg, Florida. Grand opening April 28th from 5:30-7:30 pm. 65 pieces will be on display. Kathleen Fulmer and Davida Milne will cover the veiled portal structure with discharged black fabric. They requested helpers on the last Monday of the month. Donna Isaac and June Colburn volunteered  to assist.
There will be a  Fiber Art Weekend class held April 29th at the Iberian Research Center. Fee is $25.
If anyone has any ideas, please let Sarah know.  Mei-Ling St. Leger gave a special thanks to the ladies assisting in hanging the Clothworks show on Monday; Bonnie Ward, Angie Knowles, Sharon Appler, June Colburn, Diane Gardner-Rhoden, and Donna Isaac,
Workshops: Our workshops are open to paid members. We will welcome a one-time guest with an additional fee of $15. It is up to the workshop provider whether they want a helper or not. The helper assists for free and may observe, but does not partake in the actual class as she/he helps the teacher.
When you sign up to take a class, then choose to cancel, it is your obligation to fill that seat. The Instructors go through a lot of time and money, and they need to be respected. You are required to pay at the time you sign up for a class, or online.
Robert’s workshop has been cancelled due to his injuries.
June Colburn is taking his place on May 7th at IRBAC, teaching a collage class, from 12-4 p.m. Kits are 18×22 for the finished art. She will be using 100% home decorating cottons, with 5-6 color stories. Cost of $10 per hour, plus the $25 fabric kit, and $15 to IRBAC. Previous students who purchased a kit, and still have fabric, can deduct a new kit. She explained how we would be cutting intricate edges and layering.
 Elizabeth Neily will be teaching a freeform crochet class for both beginners and advanced students on June 11th. 
  Refashion Renegades meets the last Friday of each month 10-5 p.m.

Dana Maley next challenge suggestion was a handmade tote bag due in July.  It will then be submitted to Dunedin Arts Center and Florida Crafts as a fundraiser, in addition to the handmade ornaments later in the year. Over $600 ornaments was made last year. Tote patterns are available on our table. Don’t go out and buy anything, be creative and use what you already have.

Techniques Journal: Gayle Wells – This is the last month to sign up. Include instructions and a sample, inside a page protector. You may view the existing Journal at the front. Please provide one packet for each participating member, plus one for the Guild.

Show-n-Tell: Kim Sherrod’s Frida Dolls Class: Peggy P. Daubar, Shellee Wells, Marlene Glickman, Rhona Kuntz…….Bonnie Bowman’s Basketry Class: Cindy Townely, Gayle Wells, Sharon Appler                                                                                                                   Membership Show-n-Tell: Edda Juhl – stencil fish; Elizabeth Neily – Dyeing; Kathy Simms – Fiber wall art, foiling, mix-media; Trish Sande – nuno reversible felted scarves,purses,vessel; Barbara Welch – rusting on fabrics, collages; JoAnn Baxter – water color journal, bracelet; Diana Frazer – ice dyeing; Karen Frank – ice dyeing; Rebecca Avrin – resist painting on fabric; Bonnie Ward, Hoffman Challenge; Jennie Schmidt – yarn bowls, polymer clay; Sara Butz – no grip dip on tools; Peggy P. Daubar – layered embellished journal.                                                                                                                     Mini Demo: Diane Gardner-Rhoden gave a delightful demo on paper piecing, creating the perfect point.                                                                                                                           Raffle Winners: Mary Ann Pickard, Joann Baxter, Sharon Appler, Pat Grice, Elizabeth Neily, Gayle Wells, Annie Wade, Jennie Schmidt, Bonnie Bowman, Angie Knowles, Peggy P. Daubar, Gayle, Barb Taylor.  New Business and Announcements: Kathy Simms announced that the Pinellas County Jail will receive free fabrics.    Marlene Glickman has pin weaving foam boards for sale.

    The meeting was adjourned at 8:08 pm. Until we meet again!

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April 2017

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April 2017

The President’s Letter  – This is turning into such an exciting year for the TBSDG! As always, the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Lakeland was a huge success in showcasing our guild. A wide variety of our fiber arts were on display for attendees to see.  We had several demonstrations and make-it-take-it activities for those who stopped by our booth. At least 50 people signed up to receive our newsletter and to learn more about our guild. Most likely we will see them at our meetings where we will have the opportunity to welcome them into our guild.  If you have never attended the Expo, I encourage you to sign up next year to help as an ambassador for the Expo itself, and to be a greeter or demonstrator in our booth.  Marlene Glickman works tirelessly to make this happen for us each year.  It’s a treat just to watch Marlene help people make a beautifully dyed silk scarf for the very first time! Volunteering at the Expo is always a fun experience.

I hope many of guild members took the opportunity to enter the Florida CraftArt Contemporary Fiber show for 2017. Please plan to attend the opening and award ceremony on Friday, April 28, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

I can’t wait to see our own member show, ClothWorks!, at the Clearwater Library, I am particularly excited to see the variety of responses to Sharon Appler’s 2016 challenge. We have a new challenge this year from Dana Maley to make fiber art tote bags that could eventually be sold to raise money so bay area children  can have an art filled summer. I hope each of our members will make at least one bag.

It is such a privilege to be able to make and share fiber art with others. There is so much in our world that is discouraging, but just being a part of an art community like the Surface Design Guild is a rejuvenating experience! Art on!  – Aida

 

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!


Thank you to Katie Deits, Executive Director of FloridaCraftArt,
for a very educational photography workshop. Our members who attended are now aware of the photographic requirements for entering a professional art exhibit, and have a better understanding of how to meet those requirements.


Marlene Glickman  
                                                                                                                        Thank you to all who helped make our guild booth such a success at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo. The artwork on display was admired by hundreds of attendees, some of whom signed up to receive an guild newsletter to learn more about what we do. We had over 40 people sign up to get a newsletter. Many participated in the demos and Make it Take its offered in our booth. I would like to thank the following for their presentations: Kim Sherrod on Frida Faces; Sharon Appler on Embossed Stocky Foil Card Cases; Dana Maley on Stamping with Everyday Objects and Elizabeth Neily on Weaving. I also did how to dye silk as well as fabric collage. Thanks also to those who greeted people in our booth: Susan Lumsden, Donna Winchester, Kim Sherrod, Aida Sheets, Elizabeth Neily, Peggy, Claudia and Shellee. Breakdown at the end of the day on Saturday was the fastest ever with Gail, Cindie T, Dana, Peggy and Shellee helping to cart everything to my car!!!!!! Thanks to all who volunteered as an ambassador helping the Expo to happen. It is greatly appreciated. Our location this year was unusual in that we had an 8 x8 foot booth which was tight for demos, but a 4 x 16 foot wall to hang lots of artwork. The coordinator for all the prizes the Expo hands out at the end of each day was very happy to have our booth so close so we could keep an eye on the prizes. Hard work but someone had to watch all that “candy”- sewing machines, huge box of threads, fabrics and more. Our booth was right at the entrance to the vendors and prize arena so everyone who wanted to shop or try for a prize walked right in front of our booth. Who knows what location we will have next year. If anyone is interested in being in charge of the guild booth next year, I can guide you through the process. It is a great way to promote our awesome guild. Of course, there are lots of local quilt and sewing shows, if anyone wants to ask for a table at other shows to promote our guild. So often when someone comes to one of our meetings, their words are “I have been looking for a group just like this.” Thanks again. –  Marlene Glickman – www.SilkDyes.com

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cw-inviteTampa Bay Surface Design Guild Member Show                              April 3 to May 30, 2017  Clearwater Main Library                                                                                         100 N Osceola Ave. Clearwater, FL 33755                                             Opening Reception – Saturday, April 8, 2017, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Invite all your friends and family to come and see our art on display.  The show is free.
Viewing Hours: Friday – Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Monday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.;
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – Pick up work from Clearwater Library by 12:00 p.m.  If you are unable to pick up your artwork yourself, please arrange for another Guild member to do this for you.

 

Holiday ornament sales at Dunedin Fine Arts Center and Florida CraftArt this past holiday.  The guild voted at our March meeting to evenly split the $648.98 that we made last year on ornament sales, between DFAC, IRBAC, and Creative Clay. We are happy to be able to contribute to art education in the Tampa Bay area by providing scholarships to children who may not otherwise be able to take art classes without assistance.  About a dozen members participating in making ornaments last year, and this year we would like to have more. Some members have already signed up to make ornaments and I hope that more of you will consider contributing to this worthy cause.

From Angie Knowles

As Mini-Workshop coordinator for 2017 I am looking for volunteers to share a 15-20 minute technique. I know you all have something you can share, so don’t be shy.   Step up and show us what you do:

Mini Demo Schedule:
April–Paper Piecing Diane Gardner-Rhoden
May–Continuous Strand Weaving Elizabeth Neily                                                                  June- Working with Vintage Fabrics Carol Bickford
Aug–Choosing Fabric for Collage June Colburn

As you can see, we still have open months.

Guild Workshops

Monthly Surface Design Guild workshops are provided for the education of our members. If you would like to take a workshop but are not yet a member of the Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild, simply go to our website, surfacedesignguild.com, and click on the Membership heading to easily pay for your membership online.

April Workshops

An Innovative Approach to Appalachian Basketry instructor Bonnie Bowman

2 Sessions to accommodate all – Limit 10 students per class

Sunday, April 9, 2017 and Sunday, April 23 10am-4pm $45- includes all materials                                                                   Bonnie Bowman’s Studio – address sent after confirmation
You will create a beautiful Oriole style basket while learning the techniques early American Appalachian basket makers used to construct traditional ribbed baskets. But you’ll also have fun breaking from tradition as you choose from an abundance of natural materials, hand dyed reed, found objects, hand spun and dyed wool and novelty yarns available at Bonnie’s studio for you to combine colors and textures to create your own expressive and unique basket. You will create a beautiful Oriole style basket while learning the techniques early American Appalachian basket makers used to construct traditional ribbed baskets. But you’ll also have fun breaking from tradition as you choose from an abundance of natural materials, hand dyed reed, found objects, hand spun and dyed wool and novelty yarns available at Bonnie’s studio for you to combine colors and textures to create your own expressive and unique basket.
For more info go to AncientCraftStudio.com or contact the instructor bonnie@ancientcraftstudio.com

May Workshop                                                                                                                                

  *Thinking Outside the Box, Go with the Flow by Robert Di Marzo – This workshop has been postponed until further notice.

Sunday, May 7, 2017  – 12noon to 4pm                                                                       FABRICATING ART-Collage Technique for Quilts and Wearables-June Colburn                             $80 fee include kit and Art center fees

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More fun than a barrel full of Rembrandts, Monets, Dalis!  Express your inner artist by cutting and layering a variety of color-coordinated cotton prints and mottled solids to design an 18″ x 22″ background.  Then select an interesting focal motif (bird, cat, building, vase, etc.) to complete the composition.  The work can be finished by either fusing or stitching the elements in place.  Bring a camera!  Lots of ideas for further exploration in the trunk show of work-in-progress and finished pieces.

KIT includes:  8-10 color coordinated fabrics, muslin foundation, focal motif.  There will be several color choices.

SUPPLY LIST:  small, sharp scissors; lots of pins; optional fabric glue or glue stick; paper bag for scraps.

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ART EXIBITIONS

CONTEMPORARY FIBER IN FLORIDA 2017 Curated by Cindy Bartosek

EXHIBITION DATES: April 28 to June 17, 2017
LOCATION: Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida                        Please plan to attend the opening and award ceremony on Friday, April 28, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                         Florida CraftArt invited artists residing in Florida to submit work for a juried exhibition showcasing original artwork that represents contemporary approaches to fiber art and that pushes the boundaries and/or traditions in media and execution. Emerging, mid-career, and established artists were encouraged to apply.

*Congratulations are in order to Aida Sheets her work “Out of The Blue” as seen below was accepted in the Florida CraftArt Show.*

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The Aya Fiber Studio in Stuart Florida announces it’s 2017- 2018 Workshop line up.
Renowned Fiber and Surface Design Artists are scheduled monthly through 2018 along with House Workshops and Open Studio Time!
Make a it a weekend retreat and escape for some delicious, uninterrupted studio time with friends. Waterfront accomodations and restaurants all within walking distance to the studio. For more info visit the website: http://www.ayafiberstudio.com

Here are some workshops being offered:
Jean Gauger April 25, 2017 Nuno Felted Journal
Jean Gauger May 16-17, 2017 Nuno Felted Scarflette/ Shawlette
Charity Van de Meer June 8- 11, 2017 Fashion Styling and Surface Design for Nuno Felted Garments
Irit Dulman July 24-26, 2017 3 Day Botannical Printing
Irit Dulman July 29- Aug 2, 2017 5 Day Botannical Print w Natural Dyes
Irit Dulman Aug 3-4, 2017 2 Day Extension for those in 5 day class
Olga Kazanskaya Sept 11-13, 2017 Medium Print
Olga Kazanskaya Sept 14-15, 2017 2 Day Nuno Felt with Natural Dye
Jean Gauger Oct 17-20, 2017 4 Day Nuno Felted Poncho
Susan Lenz Oct 25-27, 2017 “HOT” An Exploration in Contemporary Fiber Arts
Muffy Clark-Gill November 7-9, 2017 3 Day Batik Techniques
Esterita Austin November 14-16, 2017 Luminescent Painted Illusions
JiYoung Chung December 15-17, 2017 Joom Chi and Beyond
Alissa Allen January 10-12, 2018 Lichen Dyeing
Lisa Brinkley Jan 15-17, 2018 Art of Stitching Beads on Cloth
Donna Brown Jan 23-26, 2018 Create Fabrics using Earth Pigments, Lake Pigments and Myan Blue
Ana Lisa Hedstrom Feb 19-23,2017 Shibori with Indigo, Madder and Pomegranate
India Flint March 6-8, 2018 being (t)here
Catharine Ellis March 27-30, 2018 Natural Dye Study
Carol Soderlund April 9-11, 2018 True Colors
Carol Soderlund April 12, 2018 Swiftly Colored Silk

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We wanted to reach out to your group to let you know about an exhibition at South Florida Museum. “Quilting with a Cause really tells the story of how women came together to express themselves socially and artistically,” said Sara Blackwelder, exhibits and collections specialist at the Museum. “They used quilts to commemorate important life events like weddings and funerals and even used them to showcase political causes.”
The new exhibit, which is open through July 30 and included in the cost of admission, features quilts from the South Florida Museum’s collections and features quilts that showcase a variety of styles as well as lifetime milestones. The exhibit also explains aspects of early quilting, including how quilters used plant materials to make fabric dyes, as well as quilting styles, the intricate needlework used in quilting and how quilts were used to celebrate causes like civil rights in the 1960s and raise awareness about the AIDS epidemic beginning in the late 1980s.
Quilting remains a popular form of creative activity today — a 2014 survey by Quilts Inc., showed that there are 16 million active quilters in the U.S. There are also plenty of active quilting guilds in Florida, including more than a dozen groups along the Southwest Florida coast in Tampa, Clearwater, Brandon, Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, Murdoch, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, and Fort Myers.
That’s why this exhibit also highlights modern quilts by Carole Lyles Shaw, an artist who was inspired to begin making both artquilts and utilitarian quilts in 1990.
“The handwork in these beautiful quilts is just mind-blowing to see,” said Blackwelder, who curated the exhibit with support from Selby Gardens, the Manatee County Library System, the Manatee Village Historical Park and the Palmetto Historical Park. “These quilts really tell the interesting story of women and our history — something we very much wanted to showcase during March and Women’s History Month.”
The South Florida Museum also offers group tours at discounted rates. We can offer time in the exhibition with the curators for your group, by appointment. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would be interested in a group visit to see the exhibition, or if you have any questions about the exhibition.
Jessica Schubick
Communications Manager
South Florida Museum & Bishop Planetarium, Inc. 201 10th St. West, Bradenton, FL 34205 Mailing: P.O. Box 9265, Bradenton, FL 34206
Office: 941-746-4131, ext. 114 | Direct: 941-216-3460 | Cell: 646-522-1779
Email: JSchubick@SouthFloridaMuseum.org | www.SouthFloridaMuseum.org

SUNDAY IN THE ARTS is coming April 9th, 2017! -Mark your calendars for a night of fun, food and fabulous art! Grants awarded to: The Spring, McDonald’s Training Center, Life Enrichment Senior Center
Scholarships awarded to: University of Tampa, University of South Florida and
Hillsborough Community College
An elegant evening of Wine, Music and Fine Art by acclaimed women artists.              Shop the great Auction items, enjoy the Music, and just relax at an evening of art and culture.  Patrons and Sponsors Champagne Preview and Sale 5:00 pm
Public Viewing 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Scarfone-Hartley Gallery 310 North Boulevard, University of Tampa
(Free parking available in garage across North Blvd.)
Patron $100, Public $50 in advance, $60 at the door.
Sponsorships are available at $250, $500, $750 and $1000.                                                     For more information, please contact Carol Gaynor at (813) 620-8021

Beth Kokol: Indigo Blue
Presented by TECO Public Art Gallery at TECO Public Art Gallery

Beth Kokol in a Solo Exhibition, Indigo Blue at TECO Public Art Gallery
in downtown Tampa is proud to present Creative Loafing’s 2016 Best Local Artist Beth Kokol in her first Solo Exhibition in downtown Tampa. Titled Indigo Blue, Beth will exhibit her Painting and Mixed Media work March 2 – April 30, 2017.
“This body of work spans several years and encompasses many different mediums. Much of the work is Acrylic on Canvas and is a direct reflection of my move to a home on the water. The work that came from a trip to China includes Monotypes and Acrylic skins on watercolor paper and is more landscape in nature. Also in this collection are several Mixed Media pieces that include Papyrus Paper that I made and in some cases it is collaged with suede and silk from some very old furniture that comes from my husband’s family.”
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**We have two members currently who are having fairly major health issues. Dorothy Boyton is recovering from a serious illness (Trish Sande has Dorothy’s address if anyone wants to send a card), and Bob Di Marzzo fell and broke his shoulder. **
March 13, 2017 Minutes

Surface Design Guild Member Meeting

The meeting was brought to order at 6:30 pm.

Guests included: Debby Yabezanka, Natalie Tomkewich, David Gawain, Katie Deits from FloridaCraftArt

Aida Sheets, President, asked members with outstanding renewals for this year to please pay before April 1. She reminded them, they are not permitted to attend any classes and shows, until dues are paid.

Mary Ann Pickard gave the treasury report. As of current, we have $6,642.77 with an additional $485.81 coming in from online payments. We currently have 115 members, but some need to renew for 2017.

Diane Gardner Rhoden is now chair of the newsletter, and doing an awesome job.

Shows: Sara Butz
We are off to a Rocking New Year for shows. The Clearwater ClothWorks! Show is next, to include Sharon Appler’s challenge, and any other art cloth you wish to enter. Applications are online, and you can pay the fee online or bring it with you when you drop off your work at the Clearwater Library. Aida Sheets needs your information by March 20th, to make the tags for your work. Sunday, April 2, from 12-3 p.m. is the day to drop off your work, and Monday April 3, is hanging day. Mei Ling St. Leger and Aida Sheets will be doing the hanging. They need Help! The opening is Saturday April 8 from 2:30-4:30 pm. Donna Issac and Elizabeth Neely are in charge of the food, and need help in providing food, please contact them.

Florida Craft Art’s Contemporary Fiber Show, is a statewide show. The entry deadline is this coming Sunday March 19th, photographs only, do not show up with your piece. There are jurors coming in from the other side of the state. You are going to want to be in this show. Show opens up April 28th and runs through June 17th. Fabulous artists will be presenting.

Pat Grice may be interested in being show chair next year, but Sarah encourages others to come and learn how to work with the shows.

Workshops: Shellee Wells and Elizabeth Neily
March 26th, Kim’s Frida Art Doll Workshop, has a supply list, and list of techniques, held at IRABC.

May 7th, Robert Di Mayo is holding a workshop on embellishment called “Thinking Outside the Box.” Start collecting stuff, Bob uses a lot of tulle. Will be held at IRABC from 12-5 p.m.

April 9th and April 23rd, Bonnie Bowman will be holding a class on basket weaving in her home. Can hold up to 10 people in each class.

June 11th, Elizabeth Neily will hold a class on Free Form Crochet, she will teach the basics for 1-2 hours, then go into designing.

July – Taking Silk Fabrics, making a long Vest with your stash buster fabrics.

August – the thought of having Tampa Bay Basket Guild teach a class, is there any interest

Note: As you sign up for a class, please pay that night. It is a non-refundable fee.

Lakeland Sewing Expo: Marlene Glickman
Setup day is this Wednesday, and we need help, as well as taking down on Saturday. We need assistance in our booth during the show, and to enlighten people on who we are. Come and let them know you are there as a volunteer, and you will get in free. Check in with your nametag. We are booth #1101

Dana Maley has a new challenge for next year. “Make a Tote Bag” out of cotton. Approximately 16″ wide, can be a little taller. We will vote and confirm by the July meeting. Dana will find out if we can sell the tote bags at DFAC and FCA.

Holiday Ornament Sale receipts of $648.98, $150 each went to Creative Clay, IRBAC, and Dunedin Arts Center. A decision was made to divide equally to all three. Susan Lumsden motioned to give equally, and Rhonda Kuntz seconded it.

Technical Journal – Gayle Wells
An example of the Sarasota Guild book is up front for viewing. Signup is available in March/April, and in November it will be submitted.

No Mini Workshop was scheduled, however Marlene Glickman stepped in and gave one on miniature wall hangings. Very nicely done. She will hold a pin art class near the end of March or beginning of April. Fee $70

Show n Tell:
Dana Maley – Discharged T-shirt and stencil, Diana & Pat – 5×5, JoAnn Baxter – Raffia purse, and beaded bracelet, Trish Sande & LeeAnn Kroetsch – felted scarves & shibori scarves, Dr. David Guwain – healing blanket,
Rhonda Kuntz – 5×5, and a Carol Holsopple quilt, Bob Di Mayo – printed denim, discharged knit, Edda Juhl – doll, Betty Mitchell – animal quilt, and silk wall hanging, Mei Ling St Leger – Florida State winning batik, and shibori silk

Raffle: winners, Peggy Paramore Daubar, Bob Di Mayo, JoAnn Baxter, Rhonda Kuntz, Edda Juhl, MeiLing St. Leger, Thanks you to both Dana Maley and Cindie Townley for the wonderful prizes.

Announcements: Refashion Renegades will meet at Jay’s Fabrics on Fri. March 24.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:01pm

 

 

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Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild March 2017 News Blog

President’s letter
Wow! The Blues Power show was a stunning success. Thanks to all our members who submitted such beautiful work. Special congratulations to our Viewer’s Choice winners; Karen Frank, First Place for “Things Left Behind;” Donna Isaac,newsletter-graphic Second Place for “Dreaming Blue,” and Edda Jule, Third Place for “Kustave Klimt Lady.” Congratulations also to Shellee Wells for selling her piece, “Reflections.”

The Florida State Fair competition was a great success for our artists who entered their pieces. Almost everything we entered won awards. Although this is not a typical venue for our art, it provides an opportunity to have our work shown to a wider audience, and it educates the public about the wonderful world of fiber art. If you didn’t enter this year, I hope that you will plan to enter next year. Brenda Gregory would love for some of our members to come and do demos next year, so plan ahead for that as well.

Our Clearwater Library show, ClothWorks!, will be opening on April 3. Be sure to get the important show dates on your calendar. I am looking forward to seeing all the challenge pieces and the variety of work submitted by our artists. Another great opportunity to have our work displayed to a wider audience is also opening in April. A call to artists has been made by Florida CraftArt for their show “Contemporary Fiber in Florida 2017,” to be curated by Cindy Bartosek. This show is right up our alley and includes 2D and 3D work, so there is opportunity for everyone.

I’d like to pass on a word of encouragement by Charlene Carnes, our host at the Clearwater UU Church. The show just prior to ours was a quilt show that contained mostly traditional quilts made from patterns. Charlene commented that, although the quilts were very well done, she was so much more impressed with our work because it is so creative, as well as being well done. People who see our work are always impressed with the variety of techniques, creativity, and skills with which we manipulate fiber to create stunning art. So keep the awesome art coming!

One final thank you to Diane Gardner-Rhoden for stepping up and taking over the monthly newsletter for the guild. This is a really important job. Members may send items to be included in the newsletter to Diane at godessdi9@aol.com.

Aida Sheets

Membership Dues

Approximately half of our guild members have not yet renewed their dues for 2017. All TBSDG membership dues are on a calendar year basis and are due for renewal on January 1st of each year. You may pay by cash, check, or through our website www.surfacedesignguild.com. Our bylaws stipulate that members who are not paid by March 1 are to be suspended from active membership, however, as a courtesy, we will extend this through April 1. Members who are not renewed by April 1 will not be permitted to enter shows, receive a newslettet or sign up for workshops. Please respect your guild and contribute to its vitality by renewing your membership on time.

Call To Artists 

CONTEMPORARY FIBER IN FLORIDA 2017 Curated by Cindy Bartosek
ENTRY DATES: February 13 to March 19, 2017  EXHIBITION DATES: April 28 to June 17, 2017
LOCATION: Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida

Florida CraftArt invites artists residing in Florida to submit work for a juried exhibition showcasing original artwork that represents contemporary approaches to fiber art and that pushes the boundaries and/or traditions in media and execution. Emerging, mid-career, and established artists are encouraged to apply.
Eligibility:
Residents of Florida (full and part-time), 18 years of age and older, are eligible to submit recent work that is either fiber in content or executed in a fiber technique in the following categories:
Wall Works: Two and three-dimensional works that are intended for wall display.
Sculptural Works: Three-dimensional works that may be free-standing or suspended.
Vessel Forms/Basketry: Functional work and sculptural expressions of the vessel form.
Art to Wear: Body adornments, including clothing, accessories and jewelry.
The application is online at FloridaCraftArt.org
Email your images and application to: Exhibition@FloridaCraftArt.org
Non-refundable entry fees are:
• Florida CraftArt members: $25 for up to three works
• Nonmembers: $40 for up to three works
Jurying process:
A jury panel will use digital images to select entries based on originality, creativity, quality and complexity of workmanship, artistry and impact as represented in the images submitted.
Cash prizes will be awarded.
IMPORTANT DATES:
Submission period opens: February 13, 2017
Submission deadline: March 19, 2017
Notification of acceptance via email: Week of March 23, 2017
Artist(s) bio, headshot and artist statement to FCA: March 30, 2017
Selected artwork due at Florida CraftArt: Monday, April 24, 2017
Opening reception and award announcements: Friday, April 28, 2017, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Closing reception: Saturday, June 17, 2017, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Unsold work picked up by artists by appointment: Sunday, June 18 and Monday, June 19; Noon. to 4:30 p.m.
Florida CraftArt
FloridaCraftArt.org
Exhibition Guidelines
1. Artists must be 18 years of age or older and reside in Florida. Both full- and part-time residents are eligible.
2. Up to three pieces completed after January 1, 2014 may be submitted.
3. All work must be primarily natural or synthetic fiber in content or executed using traditional fiber techniques. All formats of fiber art will be considered, including wall-hung, free-standing, suspended or pedestal mounted and art to wear.
4. All work must be original in concept, design and execution. Work created in a class, workshop, or from a kit or purchased pattern is not eligible.
5. Work must be for sale.
6. No substitutions for accepted art work will be allowed. All work must remain on display until the conclusion of the exhibit on June 17, 2017.
7. Submitted images may be used for marketing and promotional purposes directly related to this exhibition by the Florida CraftArt. Copyright and all other rights remain that of the artist.
8. All accepted entries must be received ready to install. Any mannequins for wearable art, hanging rods, armatures or other special installation equipment and/or instructions must be provided by artist. Suspended work may not exceed 50 pounds.
9. Shipped works requiring glazing must use Plexi-glass or equivalent. Glass may be used on hand-delivered pieces.
10. Each accepted work must arrive with proper labeling (artist name, title, category) and the completed consignment form securely attached to the back or bottom of the piece or on the hanging device.
11. Florida CraftArt reserves the right to reject work that is not represented accurately in the submitted images and description. Works that arrived damaged, are poorly constructed, poorly presented or not up to the specified hanging standards will be refused and returned to the artist.
12. Florida CraftArt will insure work in its possession during the exhibition. Artists are responsible for providing their own insurance while the work is in transit.
Entry Procedure
1. Download the entry form at: http://www.floridacraftart.org/artist-opportunities/contemporary-fiber-in-florida-2017/
2. Fill it out the entry form. Agree to conditions and apply to call.
3. Save the entry form as: Your last name, first name, Fiber 2017 Entry Form
4. Email the entry form to:
5. Exhibition@FloridaCraftArt.org
6. Email one full and one detail image of each work to: Exhibition@FloridaCraftArt.org
7. Label your image files with the title of the piece and view, e.g. Smith_Glory_full and Smith_Glory _detail.
8. Image files must be JPEG only; no smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side; file resolution of 300 ppi/dpi; maximum file size 3 MB.
9. Pay the entry fee at www.FloridaCraftArt.org with Visa or MasterCard or mail a check to: Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Make sure that you indicate the artist’s name on the account.
10. Write artist statement of 1,000 characters or less.
Shipping:
1. Shipping to and from Florida CraftArt is the responsibility of the artist. Detailed delivery and shipping instructions will be emailed with the notification of acceptance.
2. All work must be shipped in sturdy, reusable containers with NO PEANUTS in the package. The artist must provide credit card information for return shipping costs.
Sales:
3. Florida CraftArt will handle sales transactions while work is on exhibit and ship work to buyer when the exhibition is over. Shipment of all sold objects will be paid by the purchaser.
4. All sold items must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition and will not be forwarded to the purchaser until the end of the show.
5. There is a 45% commission on sales and 55% goes to the artist. The price of a piece may not be changed after acceptance into the exhibition.
6. Payments to the artist for all sold pieces will be within 30 business days after the closing date of the exhibition. It is the Artist’s responsibility to contact the Florida CraftArt Gallery Manager with the correct mailing address for the check, if different from the consignment form. Florida CraftArt is a nonprofit organization founded in 1951 and headquartered in St. Petersburg. Its mission is to grow the statewide creative economy by engaging the community and advancing Florida’s fine craft artists and their work. Fine craft art is presented in its 2,000-square-foot retail gallery and a large gallery features curated exhibitions. Florida CraftArt is the only statewide organization offering artists a platform to show and sell their work. Florida CraftArt is located at 501 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. For more information visit www.FloridaCraftArt.org or call (727) 821-7391.

27e636ed-f981-4309-a66a-293981d028b3See your work on display at International Quilt Festival in Houston, November 2-5 2017! –  Surface design Guild members may enjoy placing their work in the exhibit called:  IN FULL BLOOM- This exhibit features floral-themed quilts created in any style or technique! Registration is currently open, and the deadline to enter work is April 12. Enter here>> callforentriesbloom.com/Another category of interest  is:  TACTILE ARCHITECTURE –This  juried exhibit challenges quilt makers to create works based on architectural inspirations or themes, and is open to artists working in any style.  Registration opens March 14, and the deadline to enter is May 11.  Enter here>>   callforentriesarchitecture.com/   To learn more about the other categories of quilts  to the International Quilt festival website.  Prize money is given to the winning works of art.

From Angie Knowles

As Mini-Workshop coordinator for 2017 I am looking for volunteers to share a 15-20 minute technique. I know you all have something you can share, so don’t be shy. Step up and show us what you do

Mini Demo Schedule
March – Show Us YOUR Stuff
April–Paper Piecing Diane Gardner-Rhoden
May–Continuous Strand Weaving Elizabeth Neily
Aug–Choosing Fabric for Collage June Colburn

As you can see, we still have open months.

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Lakeland Quilting and Sewing Expo – March 16,17, and 18th. $15 at the door, $8 online.
Marlene is again coordinating our efforts for the Expo this year. The Expo is very generous to our guild.  See details below on how to volunteer.

Expo Volunteer: To sign up to be an Expo Ambassador (which is our exchange for having an expensive booth) Go online to: http://www.sewingexpo.com/Events/Lakeland,FL.aspx. Check over the classes they are offering and if you volunteer early you might be able to assist a teacher.
Guild Booth Volunteer: To sign up to help in our Surface Design Guild Booth contact: Marlene@123webmagic.com or call her directly. If you are available to help set up the guild booth on 15 March, it would be greatly appreciated.  Set up time 11-2pm. and you get to see the vendors early.
Art Work for Display: Our guild booth attracts a lot of interest because of the artwork we have on display from our members: dyed/painted fabrics, wearables, small art quilts, jewelry, felted items, paper, journals, mixed media, woven items (baskets, clothing, homegoods), spun art yarn, etc. All work submitted can be brought the March guild meeting. Each work must include the artists name, phone number, price if for sale (note: Items for sale are sold by the artist only so volunteer to help in the booth to sell your work). Items will be returned to artists on Saturday, the last day of the show, if they are there at breakdown time 5:30pm or at the April guild meeting. You can also pick up your artwork directly from Marlene at her home in Clearwater. Just call to arrange a time after the Expo.

Road Trip

The private Tour of Frida Kahlo Exhibit at the Dali Museum on Friday, February 10, organized by Cindie Townley was a big hit.  A great time was had by all.

Refashion Renegades

We  meet the 4th Friday of the month from 10am – 5pm….at Jay’s Fabrics, 801 Pasadena Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33707.  Bring your own materials and an extension cord if needed. This month we will meet on March 24.

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Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild Member Show April 3 – May 30, 2017  

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 8, 2017 2:30 – 4:30 PM

Clearwater Main Library –  100 N Osceola Ave.  Clearwater, FL 33755

– The entry fee is $10, up to 2 pieces of art. This can be 2D or 3D for this show.

Schedule:
Monday, March 20, 2017  – email label to aida@tampabay.rr.com,- Artist Name, Name of Piece, Description of Piece, For Sale or Not For Sale, Price and contact information if it is for Sale Sunday, April 2, 2017  – Deliver work to Clearwater Library by 3:00 p.m.
Monday, April 3, 2017 – Hang artwork at Clearwater Library, 10:00 a.m. until finished
Saturday, April 8, 2017 – Opening Reception at Clearwater Library, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – Pick up work from Clearwater Library by 12:00 p.m. *
*If you are unable to pick up your artwork yourself, please arrange for another Guild member to do this for you.

This year’s Member Challenge will be hung as part of ClothWorks. Here’s a refresher on the year long challenge. Remember, the only hard and fast rule is that all separate pieces must be combined into a single piece for submission. All the rest of the “Rules” are just suggestions – including the month-by-month format.

Holiday Ornament Sales                                                                                                                   

The guild made $648.98 from holiday ornament sales at Dunedin Fine Arts Center and Florida CraftArt this past holiday season! This will allow us to again make scholarship donations to DFAC, IRBAC, and Creative Clay for their students who might otherwise not be able to attend summer classes. We will be deciding at our March meeting if we will increase the amount that we give to these three organizations, or if we want to add an additional organization to our scholarship donations. We had about a dozen members participating in making ornaments last year, and this year we would like to have more. Some members have already signed up to make ornaments and I hope that more of you will consider contributing to this worthy cause.

Workshops: Sunday February 26-Our members made quite a bit of Discharged Fabric at the workshop taught by Cindie Townley and Dana Manley. It took place in the Indian Rocks Beach Art Center

Show and Tell for February

March Workshops

Marlene Glickman is offering 2 workshops at her home studio:

Fabric & Foil Collage and Silk Dyeing the Easy Way

24 March, Friday from 10-4: Creative Fabric Collage. Fee is $70.00 for the workshop/$30.00 supplies Collage Kit (student chooses color of kit. See website shopping cart www.SilkDyes.com for a selection of colors to choose from and email me Marlene@123webmagic.com so I can reserve one for you. Each kit includes fabric for 15-20 collages, sheers, foil, fusibles, embellishments. Sewing Machine optional as we will be using fusing methods and hand sewing for details. Learn to manipulate and fuse fabric creating a free form design, a textural landscape, 3D floral image and working with foils for a sun or moon or abstract design. Techniques in addition to the above are funky fiber friends, layering sheers to create shadows and fog, hand dyeing small silk fabrics to incorporate into collage design using stencils. Class limited to 6 students. Workshop fee includes a light lunch.
25 March, Saturday from 10-3:30:  Silk Dyeing with Color Hue instant set dyes. Fee is $70 and includes 3 silk scarves so you can learn how the dyes work or experiment with a new design you haven’t tried. The first scarf will be done in the baggie for soft and dynamic effects. The second one will be a sampler of over 6 techniques – floral images, zebra stripes or sunset lines, stencils, resist shapes, repeat shibori lines without arashi pole wrapping, tranferring stamp images, growing trees and abstract designs.  The third scarf will be done in any design you choose. Lots of technique samples to view and choose the ones you want to do. There will also be a variety of silk scarves available for purchase and you can dye as many as you like for the price of the scarf. The silk scarves range in size from 11 x 60 on up to 22 x 90 and come in a variety of weights, including some satin devore silk scarves. The sheer silk grabs the silk dye color and the rayon satin design only grabs a bit of the dyes so the design really pops. Come play!!! Class limited to 6 students. Cost is $70 and includes the 3 silk scarves 11 x 72 of lightweight silk, as well as a light lunch.
To prepay go to www.SilkDyes.com, click Calendar. Type in the date of the workshop being paid for to be added to the reservations list.

 Frida Dolls with Kim Sherrod

Sunday, March 26 Indian Rocks Beach Art Center  from 1pm-4pm $40

The Frida Doll Workshop will teach you how to make an art doll using three different methods to make the face. Students may choose from 1) using a stencil of Frida to use fabric paint to create the face of their doll or 2) an Alexander Henry commercial fabric to raw edge appliqué on to their doll or 3) embroider and needle sculpt a face. Different surface design methods such as embroidery, couching, and beading will add color and texture to your doll. Each doll has a different style arm- one is made using metal paint brushes covered with embossed metal tape and colored with alcohol inks. The other dolls have either sewn and stuffed arms or oak twig arms. Kim will have material lists for each doll when you sign up -and will supply most tools and materials (like metal tape, arm materials, alcohol inks, fixative and embossing tools at the class).The class is $25 plus a $15 fee to pay for the IRBAC rental. You can pay by cash, check or online through our website – surfacedesignguild.com

April Workshops

An Innovative Approach to Appalachian Basketry instructor Bonnie Bowman                                  2 Sessions to accommodate all – Limit 10 students per class                                                   Sunday, April 9, 2017 and Sunday, April 23 10am-4pm $45- includes all materials                                                          

Bonnie Bowman’s Studio – address sent after confirmation

You will create a beautiful Oriole style basket while learning the techniques early American Appalachian basket makers used to construct traditional ribbed baskets. But you’ll also have fun breaking from tradition as you choose from an abundance of natural materials, hand dyed reed, found objects, hand spun and dyed wool and novelty yarns available at Bonnie’s studio for you to combine colors and textures to create your own expressive and unique basket. You will create a beautiful Oriole style basket while learning the techniques early American Appalachian basket makers used to construct traditional ribbed baskets. But you’ll also have fun breaking from tradition as you choose from an abundance of natural materials, hand dyed reed, found objects, hand spun and dyed wool and novelty yarns available at Bonnie’s studio for you to combine colors and textures to create your own expressive and unique basket.
For more info go to AncientCraftStudio.com or contact the instructor  bonnie@ancientcraftstudio.com

May Workshops

Thinking Outside the Box, Go with the Flow

InstructorRobert Di Marzo                                                                                                               Sunday, May 7, 2017  12-6 pm – $45 + $15 for the Art Center = $60                                     Indian Rocks Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Boulevard Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785  You will create a layered, textured, embellished, enriched and enhanced fabric surface which can be a work of art, a wall hanging or a quilt. This piece will not only have a visual appeal, it will have a physical and tactile texture created by stitching and embellishing. Even a beginner can do this technique as well as the experienced sewer.  A supply list and information about the class will be sent by email after payment.

Workshop Fees: Workshop fees are required at the time a member signs up for a workshop, with the exception that members can sign up online after the monthly meeting. Our bylaws stipulate that payments are not refundable unless the participant’s place can be filled by another member. It is the responsibility of the participant of the workshop to find their replacement if they are unable to attend. We continue to have members sign up for workshops and not pay until the day of the workshop, or not show up for the workshop. This creates problems for our instructors as they must plan ahead for a given number of students. Please be respectful of our guild and of our workshop instructors, and only sign up for workshops you know you can attend, and pay in advance as per our guild bylaws.

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You Go Girl:  16997943_1339527212777521_5674008306463331500_n                                                                                                                                         Check out this wonderful interview of our member, Leeann Kroetsch, in Naples last week.

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Minutes:  Submitted by Peggy Paramore

February 13, 2017 the meeting was brought together at 6:30 pm.

Our guests included: Natalie Tomkewich and Christy Juhasz from the Sarasota guild.  A new member: Sue August who does weaving.

    Mary Ann Pickard gave the treasury report; as of the end of January we have $4,805.12, with additional coming in from PayPal. Additional as of today $800. We have 113 members, 64 have yet to renew.

    Aida announced we have a need for two more Committee Chairs; one to take over the newsletter, and another to take home and bring back our books/magazines for each meeting. Sharon Appler noted that the newsletter is like doing a blog.

    Shows – Sarah Butz. She needs someone to partner with her to learn how to schedule shows. Mei-Ling St. Leger and Aida Sheets will pick up our work from the FL State Fair. Great show, we won some awards. Sarah asked that photos submitted for any show be 300 DPI.

    Sunday, April 2 is the Clearwater Library show, work to be brought to Library on April 2, from 12-3 p.m. The opening is Saturday, April 8 from 2-4 p.m. Elizabeth Neily and Donna Isaac will be hosting the opening. This is also the Sharon Appler challenge.

Florida CraftArt is requesting entries to the Contemporary Fiber in Florida 2017 show, curated by Cindy Bartosek. You may enter between Feb. 13 and March 19, up to three pieces of work. Entry fee $25 for FCA members and non-members of Florida Craft Art is $40. 2D and 3D work including, baskets, vessels, and wearable art will be accepted. Enter online or print the application and send it in.

Summer show at Florida Craft Art is on animals/critters. Become a member and get the discount. There will be a member show later in the year.

Blues Power is over Thursday Feb. 23. Pick up your artwork by noon. Hours for viewing are Sunday 9:30-10:30 and again from 1-2pm. Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri 9-12. The viewer’s awards went to 1st – Karen Frank, 2nd – Donna Issac, 3rd – Eda Juhl. Congratulations to our artists.

    A special photography workshop will be given to show you how to do your own photography, held at Florida CraftArt Sunday March 5 from 1-4. FL CraftArt members fee $10 and non-members $30. There are 12 spaces available, and is held on the 2nd floor of Florida Craft Art.  The instructor requests that you limit yourself to 5 pieces. Brian James is available privately to shoot for you $50 per hour on the 2nd floor of the Florida Craft Arts center.

    Mei-Ling St. Leger gave instructions and concepts of how to hang your wall art pieces. Framed work needs to have a wire, something stiff to hang from, soft wire droops. You can use a lucite tube, available from Farco Plastics located on 118th and U.S.19. You can use a piece of wood as an insert.

    Barbara Kazanis, at the Carrollwood Art Center has unique ways of hanging your artwork, go and see other concepts. Marelene Glickman has offered to bring in lucite tubes and her cutter, depending on size, the cost could be $3-$6 each. Please notify her well before our next meeting.

Workshops: Elizabeth Neily, she asked for any members who would volunteer to be a class assistant, no fee, and no class participation, however you can observe.

Feb. 26th, Cindie Townley and Dana Maley will hold a class on Making Discharged Fabric. IRABC from 1-5pm, the fee is $40 which includes the $15 art center fee.

March 26th, Kim Sherrod will hold a class on Frida Art Dolls, with 3 doll options. The fee is $25 plus $15 for the center. It begins at 10am until they are done. There will be a material list online. She will also be demonstrating at the Lakeland Sewing Expo Thurs. March 16th. She’s doing a make-it-and-take-it for $5.

April 9th and April 23, Bonnie Bowman will hold a Basketry workshop using hand dyed items. One style rib basket; the fee is $45. Meet at her Studio 10-4 p.m.

May – Bob Di Marzo will hold an embellished art quilt session on “Thinking Outside the Box.” Bring a piece of fabric, scraps of fabric, selecting different shapes sewing and embellishing it with thread. Date to be determined.

Lakeland Sewing Expo – we now have a 10×20 booth in a primo location. Ambassadors, Carol, Gayle Wells, Shelley Wells. Greeters Aida -Thurs, Kim-Fri, Dana-Sat. We need more greeters. If you want your work to be sold, you need to be there to take their money.

Holiday Ornament sale, the remainder is on the table for 50% off, and or take yours home with you. We made $648.98. $150 scholarships to go to IRBAC, Creative Clay, DFAC. Discussed whether we should give to another group that offers classes to summer kids. Quick vote on doing the ornaments next year, at least 1 dozen.each member. A showing of approx. 16-17 members said yes. Soon there will be a donation link on the website.

Techniques Journal – Gayle Wells, explained how the system works. If 21 members signed up, there would be 21 different art skills, and each signee would produce kits up to 21 and one for our Guild book. The sign-up would extend through April, and is due in November.

Mini Workshop – Angie Knowles, needs someone for next month’s mini shop. Mary Ann Pickard volunteered to do March.

Mini workshop was given by Cindie Townley and Dana Maley on creating your own screens, stencils and stamps from various supplies and techniques . Great job.

Show-n-Tell: Kathy Hays workshop: Mary Ann Pickard, Gayle Wells, Ann Thomas, Leeann Kroetsch, Elizabeth Neily – amazing results.
Carol Gamel – wonderful artist designs, Linda Dawson – Quad tech discharging, Aida Sheets – Indigo Dyeing, Peggy Paramore Daubar – Collage wall art, Cathy Simms – Frida apron, Kelsey Sementa – Basket, Sharon Appler – her challenge piece, Bob Di Marzo – Shadow box, Elizabeth Neily – Weaving jacket and hat, Bonnie Ward – lace w/applique, wall hanging, Ann Thomas – dyed techniques from Nov. class, Leeann Kroetsch – Shades of blacks felted scarf, and jacket, Marlene Glickman – quilted chair covers, huge door wall hanging.

Announcements: Linda Dawson – Sara King’s husband is very ill; Angie Knowles – will be in Jane Dunewold’s next class next month; Cindie Townley – Winners from the State Fair were: Sharon Appler – Grand prize, Mei-Ling St. Leger – 2 first prizes, and Susan Lumsden – 1st, 2nd, and 2 honorable mentions.

There were three raffle prizes given tonight: Cathy Simms, Susan Lumsden, and Elizabeth Neily.  Congrats!

Artwork brought in for the Sewing Expo is to be given to Marlene Glickman tonight. The meeting was adjourned at 8:41pm.

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fullsizerender-2 Meet your editor Diane Gardner-Rhoden.  I am a new member of the Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild.  One summer when I was about 10 years old my mother said to me ” your aunt has a sewing machine why don’t you learn to sew”.  I bought a simplicity pattern and tried to make a pair of shorts out of terry cloth.  Needless to say it looked horrible but that did not deter me.  I have been sewing since then.  Towards the end of the 1980’s I discovered the world of quilting. I made my first quilt, a log cabin and I joined a guild in NY.  I was hooked.  Since then I  taught sewing and quilting until 1995 when my 3rd and last daughter was born.  Working full time, commuting an hour and a half to work and taking care of 2 small children did not leave much time for sewing.   I parked my Bernina 1630  sewing machine for 17 years and did not pick up sewing again until 2013 when I moved to the St. Petersburg area and joined our guild.

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