Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Volusia Wrapped in Fiber

This is the joint SAQA-SDA (of Florida) show.  The entry date was today but as I tried to enter my three pieces I was denied access to the entry forms.  I emailed Mary McBride, the SAQA Florida rep and the Curator of the exhibit.  I am copying her reply to me for you and hope that if you were trying to enter this will get you entered.  If you were not trying to enter, please give it consideration.  It will be a wonderful experience for all Florida Surface Designers. 
We realize that members of SDA have not been applying to the call for fiber artists unless they were also members of SAQA.  Please forward this to your members as we are extending the open call to December 21.  The vision of this exhibition depends on the variations on fiber that we see in SDA.
Volusia Wrapped in Fiber is a fiber extravaganza in Volusia County,
Florida.  The last time I did something like this was with the HGA
Convergence in 2008. HGA was in Tampa and I ran I-4 Corridor: Stretching
Threads across Florida
(well, I made it to Orlando!).  This one is smaller
in area but larger in scale of projects planned.  If you know or are a
vendor, yarn bomber, or want to teach/lecture, please spread the word to
contact me at mrsgorgon@gmail.com.
<http://www.saqacallforentries3.com/> is the link to sign up for the exhibition - you do not have to log in to sign up!  This is open to all SAQA and SDA artists as well as an invitation to special artists.  Please read the prospectus below and let me know if you have any questions.
We are looking for the exceptional works that you created. We have 16-20 foot ceilings in Gateway - lots of room to float your art - and hundreds of feet for hanging art on walls or putting them on pedestals....If you made it with any type of fiber or used a fiber technique to create it, it fits our definition of acceptable works.  No three layers connected by stitches necessary for this fiber extravaganza!  But those are certainly acceptable too!
These are the scheduled dates for the two galleries for which your art would be considered. Work will be shipped back to you by the end of the closing week.
February 15 - April 5
Gateway Center for the Arts
880 N. 17-92, DeBary
386-668-5553
Reception Feb. 20, 2-4 PM
SAQA, SDA & Invitational Fiber Artists
March 10 - April 27
Rose Room Gallery, Peabody Auditorium
600 Auditorium Avenue, Daytona Beach
386-671-3462
Art Talk: March 25, 2 – 4 PM
SAQA & SDA Fiber Artists
PLEASE share this with your friends.
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Mary McBride
aka Mary in DeLand of Art
Florida
www.marymcbridearts.homestead.com
www.peabodyauditorium.org, curator
www.gatewaycenterforthearts.org, guest curator
www.SAQA.com FL Rep & Exhibition Committee
DeLand Conference & Business Center, Hearn Galleries, curator
It does work.  I just went there and entered my three pieces.  It was a little time consuming getting everything ready, but it was welll worth the effort.  Here are photos of my entries.
 
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Name That Color
      
pavedparad.full
They Paved Paradise
      
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Hate Speech is Killing America
  
           

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Meet Katherine K. Allen

Hi fellow surface designers.  I am back from California and finally adjusted to the over stimulation of the scenery, the Art Cloth Network meeting and the time changes.  Best of all, I am getting to introduce the wonderfully artistic members from Florida to each other, to the SDA membership and to those who find and read this blog through out the world.  Our current Florida surface designer is Katherine K. Allen.  I have used her Artist's statement as an introduction.

Artist Statement

My artworks are a meditation on Nature. I am interested in evoking the keenly joyous moments, celebratory gestures and expressive colors I find in the natural world. In my tropical garden and studio woodlands I grow the plant materials used in my creative process. To me it is important that I am both conceptually and actually partnering with Nature in the making of my art.
 
Each new artwork begins with a plain piece of cotton or silk. I prepare the cloth by splashing, staining and painting with water-based pigments. Then in a screen printing process I enrich the fabric with shapes and lines using live plant materials as stencils. Overprinting multiple times with Acrylic Printing Inks results in a dense and complex surface. By design I am never in complete control of this printing process and an unpredictable and surprising effect occurs each time. Shapes and lines result from the falling splash of color and tossing of a leaf or string. These "marks of the moment" capture a beautiful physical logic. My aim is to preserve this residue of the process as much as possible in my finished artwork.


An important philosophy of harmony is communicated through co-mingling the gestures of the human body in motion and the natural forms of growth in the garden. I use threads stitched by hand and machine as both marks of time and to accentuate the serendipitous rhythms developed during the printing process. My goal is to create art that nourishes mind, eye and spirit.


 Below are several examples of Katherine's work.

Day and Night in the Garden

Every Leaf, Every Petal


Eventide

Interlude

Winter's Green


Allegro


Friday, September 3, 2010

The Other Half of the Team

You have met Shalini.  Now meet Linda Dawson, the other half of the team.  Linda lives in St Petersburg with her husband of 49 years, Pete.  (Big whoopie coming soon-the BIG 50!)  Linda graduated from the University of Kansas with a BS in Occupational Therapy and received further education at Missouri State University where she became certified in Mathematics Education, grades K through 12.  She did not enter the art world until later in life, approximately 12 years ago when she became involved with the Surface Design Guild of Tampa Bay.  She does some art quilts and copper and silver wire jewelry, but her love is art cloth.  She founded the Art Cloth Alliance (www.artclothalliance.com ) and will be a member of the Art Cloth Network (http://www.artclothnetwork.com/ ) after the meeting in September.  Linda's work is influenced by mathematics, esspecially chaos theory and her love of Florida and its delicate ecological balance.  Enjoy her works shown below.
Adinkra for Florida

Name That Color
Strength of Character


Women of the World - Unite for Peace!
They Paved Paradise



Thursday, August 26, 2010

any shows, new ideas, etc

Hello all,
Are any of us involved in any shows or creating new stuff.
Do we have any ideas, comments....
Would any of our creative people like to do a workshop in Orlando area....
Love to hear from you all.
Thanks
Shalini

Thursday, August 19, 2010

oppertunity to show your work copied from sda group

Hi All,

This is an announcement for a call for entries. Eligibility applies to my area (DC), but several states outside DC, so here is a copy of the announcement and a link for applications.

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> 2011 CHATTAHOOCHEE BIENNIAL OF TEXTILES
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> Notification of Acceptance: March 18-25, 2011
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> Opening and Reception April 15, 2011
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Friday, August 13, 2010

welcome..

Warm welcome to Jayne, Heather and of course our fearless leader, Astrid. It will be wonderful to learn and get to know each other.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thanks for wonderful intro...

Thanks to Linda for the great introduction to our new blog...
Lets get involved..

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Art in the Sunshine!!!!!!!!

Florida Surface Design Artists
We are the Surface Design Association representatives from Florida.  Shalini and I, Linda, invite you to spend a little time getting to know us and know all the exciting happenings in     the Sunshine State.  If we are not being to bold, we will introduce ourselves as    the August Artists of the Month.

Shalini Tandon
       Shalini Tandon

An award winning Orlando artist, Shalini has practice the art of batik and other media (watercolor, mixed media, etc.) for more than 35 years.  Originally from India, where she learned and graduated college with Fine Arts, the specialized techniques of batik, Shalini's art captures traditional and contemporary elements of people and their natural surroundings -- in colors from brilliant to subdue -- to create a visual story and fluid images.
The medium, batik, uses melted parafin and beeswax as resist for fabric dyes on silks, fine cottons, hand crafted papers and more.  The designs translate to fine collectible art for the home and unique wearable art from scarves to ties and handbags.  Some of her work is very impressionistic in style.  A Central Florida arts activist and Arts instructor, Shalini has been the president of Artists' League of Orange County and is a member of multiple arts organizations.  Her work can be found in private collections, galleries, and by appointment with the artist.  Three of Shalini's pieces are shown below.

Morning Respite
                                                             
Man on the Edge

Poppy  Field

And a quote from Shalini, "A true art form should encourage the viewer to participate in its creation.  Through the use of imagination, the viewer should be allowed to create a story that underlies the visual interpretation and the art communicates with the viewer, and then becomes a part of the creation." 

Watch this spot.  Linda will be featured on a new post before the week ends.

Sunday, July 18, 2010