Category Archives: Surface Design Assoc

Professor Kerry Mason Speaks About Emily Carr at the Gathering at the Edge

Professor Kerry Mason and world authority on all things Emily Carr gives a presentation to the Gatherers about the artist’s sketches, paintings, textiles and pottery. I have the job of introducing Kerry Sheila Wex, BC + Yukon representative for SDA and Barbara McCaffrey, Gathering at the Edge committee member. Everyone was captivated by the way Kerry […]

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Gathering at the Edge – A Surface Design Association BC + Yukon Event, April 1 – 3, 2016

Gathering at the Edge committee members woman the registration desk in the Holiday Inn Express & Suites lobby. Barbara McCaffery, Lesley Turner, Laura Feeleus. Susan Purney-Mark signs in. Gatherers: Katie Stein Sather and Jennifer Love ‘Gathering at the Edge’ is a three-day event in conjunction with the national touring exhibition, ‘Edge of the Forest,’ where […]

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‘Edge of the Forest’ exhibition – Surface Design Association (SDA) Canada

 ‘Edge of the Forest’ exhibition and ‘Gathering at the Edge’ event committee. L to R- Gina Dingwell, Barbara McCaffrey, Lesley Turner, Laura Feeleus After touring across Canada the ‘Edge of the Forest’ juried textile exhibition arrives on Vancouver Island to be hosted by the Vancouver Island Surface Design Association. Here it is loaded up and […]

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Edge of the Forest Exhibition Arrives in Victoria, Canadian Surface Design Association

After working its way from Newfoundland and across Canada to places in between, the ‘Edge of the Forest’ exhibition has arrived on the west coast.  Actually, the 54 works in 2 shipping crates arrived on the island a month or so ago and I have kept them in storage until today when they were loaded […]

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Exhibition: Current Threads by Vancouver Island Surface Design Association

The annual Vancouver Island Surface Design Association exhibition Current Threads 2015 is travelling after its showing in Duncan last year. Jessie Taylor-Dodds’ gallery South Shore Gallery, in Sooke, is hosting the exhibition. This is a great chance to view this juried collection of recent work by VISDA members. Many of the artists will be at the Opening […]

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‘Forest Flowers 3’ in VISDA Current Threads 2015: Garden Tapestry Exhibition

“Forest Flowers 3” Here is my entry in the VISDA Current Threads 2015: Garden Tapestry exhibition. Triptychs were accepted as long as each panel fit the specified size. The first step in the making process was to dye a well worn bed sheet with a number of different coloured earth dyes. Small torn squares of cloth […]

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VISDA Current Threads 2015: Garden Tapestry

I want to make another post about the Vancouver Island Surface Design Association’s current exhibition because every work is such an excellent example of  the many techniques fibre artist’s have to work with. The above detail is Linda Elias’s “Beet Harvest” where she used actual beets and leaves on a Gelli-plate to print on the […]

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New Work – ‘Forest Flowers’

I am working on a new work for a Surface Design Association exhibition. It involves a number of different steps and techniques. Random dyeing the ground cloth. All of the fabric is worn bed sheets. Dyeing for an all-over mottled colour. Another sheet dyed to get a more randomly patterned effect. Sampling different fabric paints to […]

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‘Edge of the Forest’ Opens

Edge of the Forest Exhibition Opens The first exhibition of the Canadian Surface Design Association’s ‘Edge of the Forest’ opens in the   Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Richmond Hill  It is up for all of March. There is an opening reception on March 11th. Here is the rest of the schedule, to date:  April […]

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Cardboard Weaving & Embellishment Workshop, Nanaimo

In conjunction with Vancouver Island SDA’s exhibition, Current Threads 2014, in the Nanaimo Art Gallery, Margie Preninger will be running a fibre based, 2-day workshop. ‘The workshop will be a hands-on approach to exploring colour, texture, and symbolism.’ ‘The simple weaving will produce a seamless vessel, which can become a purse or decorative item.A focus will […]

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