Editors note: Please, please, please remember to send items of interest for the newsletter. I value every article I receive from the members. However, I sometimes ‘forget’ to follow my process which insures that your articles make it into print. If you have sent me an article that you cannot find in here, please let me know. I don’t omit anything on purpose.
Cindie with daughter (and guild member) Kelsey Sementa
There is a lot to be said about our Florida summers. It’s hot, sticky, consistent and much of our time is spent indoors. It’s also a time to complete all those unfinished projects, organize our art supplies and studios, and maybe hit a few indoor art shows or classes. I catch myself spending a lot of time down the rabbit hole of Pinterest; watch out it’s addicting. I’ve also become hooked on online classes like Lifebook 2016, Unleashed Retreat, YouTube. Challenges by Colour Positive, ICAD (Index Card a Day), the Artful Planner Club, Color Bursts, and Effy Wild keep me really busy. I don’t have enough hours in the day to accomplish all that I want to. How do you spend your Florida Summers? Cindie
New Business and Information
We are looking for an Announcer/Coordinator for the October Art to Wear Show.
We are also looking for someone to coordinate the Holiday Ornament Fund Raiser.
The Suncoast Hospice Center has been a fabulous venue for our monthly meetings. Starting in January, they are changing the availability time of the room. It will not accommodate our schedule. Please let us know of any venue that will let us use a room that holds up to 65-75 people from 5:30 to 9PM the 2nd Monday of the month. It would also be a great benefit if they were centrally located like the current facility is. Contact Cindie Townley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Surface Design Technique Books
There are eleven people participating in the Surface Design Technique Book. All those that did not bring their pages to the June meeting, please remember to bring them to the July meeting. Also bring a three ring binder with your name for your pages.
Art Cloth Workshops and Yardage for Florida CraftArt
Check out the yardage produced in Art Cloth workshops and for the August show at Florida CraftArt.
Artcloth, unwrapped. Sarah Butz sent the above photos of she, Jorge, and Kirsten unrolling the yardage for the Mind Over Matter show. This first load of yardage from the Surface Design Guild will be augmented with more after the middle of July so don’t forget to bring your yardage to the next guild meeting.
Keep bringing in art related items for the monthly raffle. Editors note: I won one of the prizes in last months raffle. It was called “Everything Green” and was a packet/collection of all kinds of green bits from Dana’s studio (hand designed paper, fabric, beads by Ted, buttons, trim, etc) . We used it for day one of my “Sister Craft Camp”. It was very fun to add green bits to my eco-print journal that I made at one of the Surface Design workshops. Thank you, Dana, for curating our prize baskets.
Summer is a great time to do some self directed learning by viewing videos on new techniques. Video rentals are $3.00 for the month which is a good long time to view them more than once.
Aida Sheets she has discovered that Jane Dunnewold has produced a video workshop that covers everything in her book, “Complex Cloth.” It’s a three DVD set, and she purchased it as a gift to the guild to allow all of our guild members to take a workshop with Jane, while simultaneously raising money for the guild in rental fees.
The workshop is available to guild members at our next meeting. It is a great way to pay forward the generosity of her benefactor and fulfills her desire to promote learning opportunities within the guild. Hopefully, other guild members will take advantage of this opportunity to learn from one of the best surface design teachers. Many thanks go out to Aida!!! We will think of your generosity every time someone views the course.
Refashion Renegades will meet on Friday, July 15, 10-5, Jays Fabrics on the corner of Park St and South Pasadena in St. Petersburg. Bring whatever you want to work on and all the materials and supplies you need for it, especially an extension cord. A few of us are going to work with stencils and stitching from Alabama Chanin, if you would like to try. Come and go whenever you want.
Here are images from last months get together.
Kathy Hays Feature
Kathy Hays is a featured artist in the summer issue of Belle Armoire magazine. She wrote a six page article called Nature To Wear and has three items in the Salon section of the magazine. See the photographs of Kathy’s clothing. The magazine and it will be on the newstand July 1.
Thread Sketching and Painting Demonstration.
The award winning Quilter Nancy Prince will be lecturing and doing a workshop on thread sketching and painting October 17 and 18th in St Petersburg for the Suncoast Quilting Circle. visit www.Suncoastquiltingcircle.org for more information.
Dreamweaver Tour in Sarasota
Shellee Wells has contacted the owner of Dreamweaver in Sarasota about a special tour to see one of the largest collections of “Carter Smith” in the country. They would be happy to host us for a showing. If a group wants to schedule a “field trip” to Sarasota and a lunch outing, Shellee is happy to coordinate it. Dreamweavers will provide Mimosa’s!
Email Shellee at email@example.com or call her at 727 452 5233 to talk about setting a date.
Show and Tell
Check out the show and tell from the June meeting.
JULY 17th WORKSHOP – LeeAnn Kroetsch “Wet Felting a Small Vessel”
Location: Leeann’s home studio. The cost is $75. A materials fee of $25 if you do not bring your own supplies. The cost includes lunch.
LeeAnn will be teaching Wet Felting for small vessels. She will provide instruction to guide you through the creation of a small vessel which can be used as a vase or wine cooler. During the class you will learn how to shape and sculpt two-dimensional fiber into a three-dimensional vessel. The technique presented will focus on surface design using color, texture and fiber layout.
The class is suitable for all levels of experience. For beginners you will develop a comfort level working with wool and other types of fibers for embellishment. For more experienced felters, you will further develop your skills using more advanced techniques with resists and surface shaping.
Materials that Leeann will provide during the class include:
- Felting supplies consisting of: plastic sheeting, netting, mat for fulling, bubble wrap, ball sprayer, Greek olive oil soap
- Yarn, ribbon, silk and other fibers for embellishment
Materials will be available for purchase ($25 Fee) or you will need to bring:
- Wool Roving for vessel base– BFL, Alpaca, Corriedale recommended however Merino or other wool varieties are acceptable
- If you will be purchasing supplies from LeeAnn, please discuss your color palette selection in advance with her so she can have what you need on hand.
Supplies you will need to bring from home:
- Pen and note pad (you will want to take notes if you intend to reproduce the exercises in the future)
- Beach or large bath towel
- Old pantyhose (legs) or knee high stockings (4 sets)
- Pool noodle
- Waterproof apron (optional)
Optional materials for embellishment which you may bring:
- Beads, crystals, ribbons, novelty yarns, small silk pieces
- Twigs or decorative ornaments
Physical requirements for the class
- Limited manipulation of fibers by hand and/or rolling may be used while felting
- Exposure to soapy water (bring rubber gloves if sensitive to soap)
- Please contact Leeann directly for further details or with questions
Photos will be permitted pending class approval
August 21st Workshop – Marlene Glickman “Melt off Lamé”
Location: Marlene’s home studio. Cost is $25
Students will learn to prep lame (shinny) tissue fabric with Shibori folds, scrunches and elastic band techniques to removed the exposed metallic thread. Once removed it can be rinsed and the exposed nylon threads overdyed! When opened up you will have an exquisite lame and sheer design on your fabric.
Students need to bring:
- ½ – 2 yard pieces of Lame fabric (silver and gold are the easiest to change). The fabric must be metal and nylon thread weav and can be found at JoAnns fabric.
- Gloves-heavy duty, dyeing clothes
- Respirator/face mask
- Lunch and drink
Marlene will provide:
- Chemicals and dyes for process
- ½ yard silver and gold tissue lame
- Clamps, bands, sticks, etc.
September 17& 18 Workshop Carol Holsopple “Layered Silk Collage”
Location: Indian Rocks Beach Art Center
Cost: $75, includes kit fee and Indian Rocks Beach Art Center fee
The objective of this two day class is to learn to color silk organza via a textile paint, fuse the organza, and then apply to a pre-painted background fabric.
Students will first prepare the silk by painting it with textile paint. A design pattern will be transferred onto an 18″x18″ white background fabric. Several printed patterns will be provided, however, students also have the option of bringing their own designs. If so, the designs should be simple line drawings, similar to those found in coloring books. Minimal lines are best. A water based resist will be applied over the drawn lines. Once dry, the spaces within the design will be painted with a light, fluid textile paint. The silk will be fused and then applied over the prepared background fabric. Please note: If you bring your own design please make it to fit on 18″x18″ fabric.
The silk will cover, overlap and blur the original background; new colors will appear as one color overlaps another. Working in this manner paves the way for the artist to satisfy their inner muse and play, play, play. It is fun and results can be vastly different depending upon which way the artists develops their piece.
Pencil…….optional fine line black marker
Plastic large enough to cover the work tables
One each 2″ and ½” foam brushes
Plastic containers for paint (several yogurt size cups and one approximately 16 oz size)
Trigger bottle for water
Disposable gloves if you don’t like paint on your hands
1 yd. good quality lightweight muslin or broadcloth cut in at least one 18″ square.
(The rest can be cut in any size if you want to begin a second design.)
Masking tape (to secure plastic on the tables)
Tweezers (makes positioning small pieces of silk easier)
Rotary cutting mat, rotary cutter and ruler
Optional – (for the over-achievers who work quickly………)
Sewing machine & basic sewing supplies including presser feet, batting & quilt back fabric,
an assortment of threads, yarn or thick threads for couching (don’t forget the couching foot if you’re doing this), embellishments
1 1/3 yds Silk organza, 2 yds fusible web
(There will be extra fusible web for purchase if you want more)
Sept 28-30 Kathy Hays
Here is another chance to take a wonderful Eco Print and Indigo workshop with Kathy Hays. This will take place at Dunedin Fine Art Center on Sept 28 -30, 2016. The last class walked away with some spectacular pieces and a few even traveled from California to attend. You can visit Kathy’s website to learn more about this wonderful opportunity. http://www.kathyhaysdesigns.com/workshops.html
Memory Doll Workshop
Guild member Shellee Wells has offered to do Memory Doll workshops at FAB Fiber. The dolls are made from scraps of fabric and lace and features a face of a loved one transferred to fabric. This is a fun group project. Contact Shellee for more details.
Peggy Paramore Dauber taught the Iris method of piecing paper or fabric for the Mini Demo at the June meeting.
Holiday Ornament Workshops
Cindie Townley and Dana Maley have been busy crafting ornaments for the Holiday Trees at Dunedin Fine Arts Center and Florida CraftArt. This effort funded our video library this past year. We would like the proceeds from this year to fund the scholarships for next year. We need someone to pull this effort together as well as be the liaison between the venues and the Guild. Please let Cindie know if have the bandwidth to do this. If we cannot get a willing volunteer, we may have to pass up this opportunity.
TAMPA BAY SURFACE DESIGN GUILD SHOWS
Mind Over Matter: Wood and Fiber
Florida Craft Art Gallery
August 26– October 22, 2016
501 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
Viewing Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., Second Sunday Gallery Walk open until 9:00 p.m.
Opening Reception – Friday, August 26, 2016 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Call for SDG Artists:
Mind Show Prospectus
FCA Artist Commitment letter-Surface Design Guild
Mind Over Matter Artwork Submission
Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild Member’s Show
Call for SDG Artists:
“Blue, Blue, my Heart is Blue”; “Blue Moon”; “Out of the Blue”; “M go Blue.”
January 13 – February 22, 2017
Unitarian Universalists Church of Clearwater and the Octagon Arts Center
2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater, FL 33764
Sunday, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. & 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.; Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Opening Reception – Friday, January 20, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Call for SDG Artists:
BLUES POWER UU Show Prospectus
CLOTH WORKS!!!: AN EXPLORATION OF TEXTILE DESIGN SHOW
Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild Member’s Show
Call for SDG Artists
April 3 – May 30, 2017
Clearwater Main Library
100 N Osceola Ave, Clearwater, FL 33755
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.
Opening Reception – Sunday, April 9, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
:CLOTH WORKS Library Show Prospectus
2017 Surface Design Challenge
The remaining challenges for this year long challenge are:
- July– Nature/Flowers
- August– Nature/Animals
- September– Household Objects, either inspirational or reused
- October– Architectural/3Dimensional and/or ‘other’ objects, inspirational or reused.
- November– Abstract Design
- December– Your choice; something to tie them all together or perhaps you made two and can’t decide between them
- January – April gives you time to assemble & deliver your work for the show
Other Interesting Information & Links
Sell Your Wares
Any member wishing to sell their artwork or art supplies; the table fee is $5. The room opens at 5:30 and the meeting starts at 6:30. The meeting ends at 8:30 and we must be out by 9:00.
Facebook and the Web
If you have a Facebook page, please “Like” our Tampa Bay Surface Design page. If you have your own web site, you can reach a much wider audience by linking the Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild Web Site to your site. Add this link (surfacedesignguild.com) to your site to see how much more traffic you get! We are happy to link the guild site to your site as well. Just let Bonnie Bowman know.
News from Keep me in Stitches
Mary Ann Pickard says the Keep Me In Stitches on Ulmerton Road across from Largo Mall is having a Make it and Take it on Tuesday, July 12 for all Guild Members. They will also be offering a discount on all Bernina’s.
Laura Murry Newsletter
Thank you Marlene Glickman for forwarding Laura Murry’s newsletter. If you’re interested in everything foiling, follow this link for her July newsletter. http://www.lauramurraydesigns.com/newsletters/
News from FAB Fiber
FAB Dye Day will continue on August 20th beginning at 4 PM. Guild members are welcome to join us and to share their expertise. By then Carol Leigh Brack Kaiser’s new book, Nature Provides Dyes for Rainbows, will be available. This is a workshop approach for obtaining rainbows of colors from one plant. While the book uses Missouri Dye Plants, we are looking forward to experimenting with our own Florida plants using Carol Leigh’s techniques. Check out Judy in the the dress she dyed at the first FAB Dye Day on June 18th.
Julie Armstrong has initiated a Creative Circle at FAB on Thursday evenings from 4-6 PM. Fiber artists are invited to drop by with a project to work on. Knit, crochet, stitch and share creative ideas. We’ll have munchies available to tide you over to dinner.
Contact Fab Fiber before you come to any of these events to be sure when the program is taking place: 727-744-7051 or info@fabfibergulfport. com. FAB Fiber is located at 5708 Gulfport, Blvd. Gulfport.
New Paper and Wood Cigar Boxes sale for surface design projects. Rick Copenhaver dropped by FAB to see if we wanted to purchase them for $3 and $5 each. We told him we would pass the info on to the guild. Contact Rick at 727-944-6937.
Three Current Exhibits in Tampa Bay are Must Sees by Carol Bickford
There are three exhibits of interest to Surface Design Guild members this summer in the Tampa Bay area. One is at the Dali and two are at the Tampa Museum of Art.
The Dali has photographs of Horst P. Horst, one of the most important photographers of the 20th Century. Horst moved to Paris from Germany in 1930, worked for Vogue magazine and befriended designers and artists such as Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dali. After World War II broke out, he moved to New York where he continued to produce some of the world’s most iconic photographs for Vogue and other publications.
This exhibit was curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum and shows the influence surrealism had on Horst’s photography. Most of the works are black and white but he did work in color starting in the 1950’s. The collection includes photographs from the collection of Elton John.
The Tampa Museum currently has two exhibits: Peter Max: 50 Years of Cosmic Dreaming and Norma Kamali City: Fashion + Art + Culture.
The Peter Max exhibit is very extensive, covering 50 years of work. He started by creating collages, combining his own marbleized textures and patterns with antique photographs. The influence of astronomy, yoga and spiritualism is shown in his well-known posters of the 1960’s. After a successful career licensing his designs, he decided to retreat and focus solely on painting. In the 1970’s and beyond he painted multiple variations of a single portrait. Subjects include the Statue of Liberty, the Mona Lisa and portraits of many world figures including Putin. For instance, he painted 44 variations of President Obama. Surprising to me were his landscapes and still lifes. This exhibition will be on view June 10 through September 11, 2016.
The Norma Kamali exhibit is the first fashion exhibit for the Tampa Museum and was arranged by a curator who does not usually work on fashion exhibits but, like the curator from the V & A who put together the Horst exhibit, surely did her homework. I was fortunate enough to hear talks by both. Norma Kamali started working in New York in the 1967 and has not stopped. Some of her original design ideas include the sleeping bag coat (puffy down-filled coats big in New York and Boston where it’s cold but of no use here), athleisure wear, one garment worn five ways (yes, from top to skirt to strapless dress) and swimwear. The red one-piece swimsuit worn by Farrah Fawcett in the iconic 1970’s poster is hers. For more information, NORMA KAMALI and CITY: FASHION+ART+CULTURE, on view June 20 through September 25, 2016 visit the link: Norma Kamali Exhibit
Many thanks to Carol for this interesting article.
Who, What, Where, When
Purpose of the Guild
The purpose of the Guild is to increase community awareness of surface design and its value in our lives while offering educational and experimental venues, thus supporting individual artistic creativity while promoting an attitude of mutual respect and exchange in all areas of surface design.
Membership to the Surface Design Guild is open to anyone with an interest in surface design of any variety. All levels of interest and expertise are welcome. If you or someone you know would like to join please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring your registration form to the next meeting, register and pay online, or send a check made out to the Surface Design Guild to:
Surface Design Guild c/o Mary Ann Pickard 6805 Paradise Bay Way Tampa, FL 33615
2016 Board & Committee Members
- President – Cindie Townley email@example.com 618-407-9223
- Vice President/Programs Angie Knowles
- Secretary – Peggy Daubar
- Treasurer/Membership Mary Ann Pickard
- Multi-Media Committee
- Mini-workshop Committee Marlene Glickman
- Show Committee
- Co-Chairs Sarah Butz, and Aida Sheets. Committee Members: Llani O’Connor, Concepcion Tharin, Cindie Townley, Davida Milne, June Colburn, Aida Sheets, Linda Dawson, Sharon Appler. Please join us if you would like to be part of the group.
We meet the second Monday of every month at 6:30PM. Doors open at 5:30 with social time between 6 and 6:30. Limited table space is available for $5 for members to sell their work.
Location: Suncoast Hospice 5771 Roosevelt Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33760
We are in Building 10 which is immediately to the right of the Welcome Center as you face the building.
June 13, 2016 , The meeting was brought to order @6:35 pm.
We had no new guests tonight.
Cindie Townley requested anyone who brought their binder designs, to please bring them to the front table.
Mary Ann Pickard gave the Treasury report; we currently have a balance of $5,661.78 at the end of May. She requested new members and returning members to advise her if your are new or returning. There are no new members as of today.
MeiLing St. Leger motioned the Guild spend $150 donation each to the Dunedin Arts Center and Indian Rocks Arts Center for their Summer programs. Marlene Glickman, 2nd the motion.Dana Maley motioned to include the Creative Clay Group on Central & 8th. MeiLing St. Leger, motioned to accept them as well with a $150 donation, Marlene Glickman 2nd the motion. All in favor.
Angie Knowles spoke on the workshops. July 17th: Leeann Kroetsch will hold a class in her home on “Felted Vessels”. The hours are TBD. The fee is $75.00, you may bring your own materials or purchase a kit from her for $25. If you pay in cash, please let Angie Knowles know who you are.
August 21st: Marlene Glickman will hold a class in her home on “Melt Off Lame'”. It is a metal and nylon fiber content. Shibori it, Dip, and Dye. It is a Japenese technique. The Fee is $25.00
September – dates TBC: Kathy Hays will hold and ECO class at Dunedin Arts Center
Sara Butz spoke on upcoming shows.
Florida CraftArt Show – July is the last meeting to submit your fabrics. You must have an application filled out and submit it with your fabric. She loves the fabrics submitted thus far. Remember, unhangable fabrics only. August 26th is the reception.
Blue Power: Jan 13th at the Unitarian Church, please see our website for information. They will hang it, have it ready to be hung. Please be working on your projects, as we need LOTS & LOTS of fabric. There will be voting and a certificate awarded at the February meeting. There is a $10 entry fee.
Cloth World Show is scheduled for August 3rd.
Sharon Appler spoke on her Challenge for the month of June is all about geometrics, any shapes.
Shellee Wells shared with us a UTUBE program that is available. You need 10,000 followers, it would be aired around, and through the Film Commisioners, you can apply for instructors, products, etc. Fill out an application. They offer a Boot Camp. Bring your own equipment, and they will teach you how to do a YouTube. They are located on Ulmerton Road. Note: even if you don’t have 10,000 followers, if your kinda close, they’ll work with you.
Elizabeth Neilly shared with us that Gulf Port host an ongoing Artwalk on the 3rd Saturday of each month. They setup 2-3 tents for mini demos on dyeing. You can do things and sell your work. Set up @12pm, and the Event will begin @2pm.
MeiLing St Leger and Diane Gardner Rhoden spoke on their experiences, and warning on mixing powder dyes safely.
Angie Knowles “Indigo” workshop students showed off their beauties. Stunning! She also gave up a tip on taking a stencil, and turning it into a screen. Greatly appreciated!
Cindie Townley asked if we wanted to do the Christmas ornament donation again. Our focus would be working with Florida Craft Art, and Dunedin Arts Center. Last year we made over $460.00
She also said the Indian Rocks Beach Arts Center may be raising their rent.
Show and Tell:
- Kathy Hays – ECO Print scarves
- Jean Connor Washington – Indigo dyed fabrics
- Carol Bickford – Iris Foldings, Blouse
- Sharon Appler – Annie Bag w/leather, Ice Dyed fabrics
- Linda Dawson – Ice Dyed fabrics
- Pat Lamb – Wardrobe
- Susan Lumsden – Wall quilts, shawl
- Eda Juhl – Wall Quilts wi/beading
- Dana Maley – Mini Quilt
- Betty Mitchell – Dyed varied techniques on panels
June 17th from 10-5 Refashion Renegades will meet at Jays Fabric
July 12th, Tuesday – “Keep Me in Stitches” host their open house, and has offered Guild members 20% off. Largo store only.
Fabric Mart has many new items in the Gulfport store
Dick Blick is coming soon to Tampa, location is Westshore Blvd. and Laurel street, just north of the interstate.
The meeting was adjourned @8:20 pm.