Monday, January 31, 2011

Caryl Gaubatz @ the January AFA meeting

The January meeting of the AFA was a especially fun, informative, and aesthetically pleasing evening. Caryl Gaubatz came to talk and brought many of her incredibly sophisticated garments. We were all so lucky to have been able to see such beautiful fashions! These are just a few of her pieces…

inside of the jacket to the right


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Art Cloth Mastery Program Exhibit

Graduates of the 2009 Art Cloth Mastery Program
and instructor Jane Dunnewold
Edie Brown, Jean Keertan, Gay Kemmis, Lisa Kerpoe, Catherine Kirsch,
Joy Lavrencik, Janet Levine, Lynn Luukinen, Liz Napier, Barbara Schneider,
Jeanne Sisson, and Priscilla Smith
Radius Gallery106 Auditorium Circle, #125
San Antonio Texas 78205


Exhibition dates: March 28 – June 5, 2011
Opening ReceptionThursday March 31, 2011, 6 – 9 P.M.
Artists' Presentations
Tuesday March 29, 7– 8:30 P.M.
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 7– 8:30 P.M.
Participating artists will share the development of her work. Presentations will showcase a range of inspiration and techniques. Join us for one or both. Free and open to the public.

Art Cloth Mastery Program participants complete a two and a half year study of surface patterning techniques, design concepts and color theory.

Five week long studio sessions are supplemented with rigorous interim assignments. The exhibition is the culmination of the participants' efforts.

Designed and implemented by instructor/artist Jane Dunnewold, the Art Cloth Mastery Program is unique in its ability to provide advanced education in contemporary surface design practices. The program is enrolled each year from a roster of applicants who must provide evidence of previous experience and serious intent, and is limited to twelve students per term.

A full color catalog featuring full page and detail photos of selected exhibition pieces by each artist will be available for purchase through
Definitely do not want to miss this!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Caps for a Cause

Donating money isn’t the only way to make a difference. Save the Children is asking people to knit a cap from now until February 28th. The organization, a non-profit that advocates for kids around the world, is sponsoring a charity drive to collect headwear for babies in an effort to reduce the number of newborn deaths in impoverished countries (4 million per year). If you are interested in participating, you can get easy, free patterns @ or your local Michaels store. If members of the AFA want to participate, I will collect the caps @ the February meeting and I will send them!

Elegant Felt workshop

Sumptuous Surfaces Workshop in Austin
Feb 20, 2011
Jill Gully is teaching a workshop in the Austin area. Come and enjoy a day of fantastic felting with access to a wide range of Outback Fibers products.  Enjoy the expertise of an experienced felt instructor while creating your own pieces of fiber art.
 Elegant Felt -- Sumptuous Surfaces
Date: February 20, 2011
Supply Fee:  $15
Time: 10:00am-5:00pm
Class Description:
Take felt making to the ultimate level. Submerge yourself in sumptuous silks, yummy yarns and fabulously fine fibers to create felt scarves and wraps that demand to be touched. Explore the latest products made especially for fiber artists interested in superior surface design.

This 1-day workshop (10:00 am - 5:00 pm) will afford students a variety of different techniques to produce beautiful felt for garments and accessories. Using superfine merino wool, a gorgeous assortment of hand-dyed silk fibers, lightweight pre-felt yardage, gauzy woven fabrics, and an assortment of funky yarns, students will learn how to create a variety of surface textures that can be transformed into clothing, accessories or wall-art.  The morning will be devoted to sampling, while the afternoon will take these techniques to produce a finished scarf.

As the owner of Outback Fibers, Jill has access to the largest selection of fibers available, much of which will be made available for use during this workshop. Overwhelm your senses with colors and textures that will stimulate even the inexperienced fiber artist.

If you own one of the new needle-felting/embellisher machines, feel free to bring it along to the class for additional creativity.

I Art Congress

"I Art Congress" Coming to Downtown

South Congress Avenue is well known for its "First Thursday" events, and now the stretch of Congress Ave in the heart of Downtown will have its own monthly event. 
An informal collective of Congress Avenue art and cultural anchors --led by Austin Details Art + Photo and with promotional support by the Downtown Austin Alliance--has formed to create a new monthly series of themed, open house experiences called I Art Congress. The free series is open to all and launches on February 10 with "Love 101."

I Art Congress is meant to showcase the avenue in a fun, participatory, easy, and consolidated way so that people can experience the broad variety of arts, entertainment, dining and nightlife that's happening on Congress Avenue day and night, 7 days a week.

The founding arts organizations behind I Art Congress are Austin Details Art + Photo, Arthouse at the Jones Center, AMOA, Austin Creative Alliance, Authenticity, and Mexic-Arte.

For more information, follow I Art Congress on Twitter, check it out on Facebook, or read the Austin Business Journal's article about I Art Congress.

Lutradur Workshop

 Today I went to visit the ladies taking the Lutradur workshop, given by Laura Beehler.

 Lutradur is one of the most versatile products to hit the market! It is an exciting and serendipitous medium that can be used to create stencils, books, and 3-d items, add as embellishments, beads and so much more. It is a spun polyester fiber that fuses and can be dyed in the most interesting ways.  Its uses are only limited by your imagination!

Participants were experiencing how to manipulate Lutradur using many different techniques.  They were learning how to paint, cut, burn, stitch, fuse and transfer photos to this interesting material.

The workshop focused more on technique and process as opposed to being a more project oriented workshop. In the short time I was there we had already come up with new ways to manipulate the material. The possibilities are truly endless and I look forward to experimenting with it in the future!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Surface Design Association deadlines for the 2011 Conference

The Surface Design Association announces new deadlines for entry into the members’ exhibitions that will be featured during the SDA conference June 9–12, 2011, in Minneapolis, MN.
 All three exhibitions have full guidelines and entry information through Juried Art Services,
Guidelines are also available at or through

New deadlines are as follows:


 SDA Students’ Show
Event dates: April 21–August 12, 2011
Entry deadline: February 18, 2011 
Merge and Flow

SDA Members’ Show
Event dates: June 9–30, 2011
Entry deadline: March 1, 2011
Bodies of Water

SDA Fashion Show
Event date: June 11, 2011
Entry deadline: March 1, 2011

Upcoming exhibits @ Texas State University

February 24th - March 3
  • Jean Laman: Points of Departure
  • Opening Reception: February 24, 5-7 pm
  • Works honoring the retirement of professor Jean B. Laman's 37 years of teaching and service at Texas State.
March 7th-28th
  • Faculty Exhibit
  • Opening Reception: March 7, 5-7 pm
  • This exhibition is reflective of each faculty member's current direction of work and is a chance for students and others to share in the creative lives of the Arts and Design Faculty at Texas State.
April 4th-13th
  • Talent Show: All-Student Juried Exhibition
  • Opening Reception: April 4, 5-7 pm
  • This exhibition is a celebration of artwork generated in the coursework of the School of Art and Design. An annual competition for art and design students, this exhibition highlights a variety of student work selected from over 200 entries.
  • Juror: Kathy Armstrong, Director of Exhibitions, Southwest School of Art and Craft, .San Antonio
    for more information visit:

Friday, January 21, 2011

Austin Area Quilt Guild's exhibit @ 700 Lavaca

The Austin Area Quilt Guild is having an exhibit @ 700 Lavaca St, in downtown Austin...

The Corridor of Art is in the lower level walkway of the building!

 Forty-three quilts are on display through Friday, March 4th.

 The exhibit can be viewed M-F, 8am-5pm.

The quilt exhibit includes a full range of quilting styles from traditional to folk art, contemporary to fine art.

                                               An amazing opportunity to see a diverse range of beautiful quilts!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

SSA Gallery Sale

While you are in town for the Debbie McMahon Fiber Arts Symposium, or the Ann Matlock 'Journeys' exhibit, swing by the Gallery Shop for an amazing sale!

January @ the Southwest School of Art

Reception: Saturday, Jan 22 4pm

Ann Matlock, an Assistant Professor at Lamar University in Beaumont, combines pictorial traditional techniques with brocade stitches to create

Opening Jan 20: Ann Matlock | Journeys 
 graceful weavings that explore natural forms.

Ursuline Hall Gallery, Ursuline Campus

Debbie McMahon Fiber Arts Symposium
Don't miss the Debbie McMahon Fiber Arts Symposium this weekend. The lecture and panel discussion features acclaimed fiber artist Jon Eric Riis as keynote speaker, with Liza Collins and Ann Matlock as panelists.

Free and open to the public.

Presenters & Panel Discussion

Artists Reception


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Fiber Major @ Texas State University- San Marcos, Valerie Short

Valerie Short is a full time student at Texas State University-San Marcos majoring in fiber arts.

Starting her studies in Drawing, she quickly switched to Fibers. Working with almost every kind of medium you can imagine, she continues exploration in paper making, sewing and weaving. She also employs hand and machine stitching to explore ‘drawing’ techniques on fabric and to create various aesthetics. She became inspired by the work Australian fiber artist, Jan Irvine-Nealie does when she saw her work, “Seacliff” on the cover of the Spring 2009 Surface Design issue. She also attributes Chungie Lee’s “Ivory Scroll” and El Anatsui’s wall sculptures to making a huge impact in the direction her work has taken. She does collage segments and then turns them into one large work. Her silk panel “My Thoughts Exactly” will be featured in the Spring 2011 Surface Design magazine and was exhibited in the 2010 Texas State University Juried Student Art Show, receiving a merit award. The work is also featured in her book she just published, which gives a glimpse into the kind of work she has been up to!

There are a few images here, but please visit to preview the book she has just published of her work…Always great to see Texas Talent!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Houston Area Fiber Artists announcements

The night group will have a special
program on January 12, 2011.
The speaker will be Orna Feinstein, a
local artist with a national reputation.
For a complete listing of her gallery
shows and resume please see her

Studio Classes
Ginny Eckley will be teaching classes in January and February. Explore Thread Painting combined with free motion embroidery, and enjoy a new way to manipulate your designs. Also, explore various dye and print techniques. Last, but certainly not least, discover the process of Soy Wax and what it can do for youJ

Fashion in the City
Attention: All ASG & HAFA Members
This is a Call for Entries for the Houston American Sewing Guild’s first ever Fashion Show and Sale!
·         Saturday, February 12, 2011.
·         Hess Club on Westheimer Road
·         10-4
 It is open to all fashionistas, garment makers, quilt makers and dollmakers.

 Full details re the fashion show, the vendors & exhibits, the stash sale, submission forms & tickets can be found on the ASG website

March 11 & 12th (10-4)
 Kerr Grabowski is hosting a 2-day workshop on Deconstructed Screen Printing. It will be limited to 16 participants due to space, so act fast! I have personally taken this workshop, and it has taken my work in a new direction. Kerr is great, and this workshop is bound to be fun, and informative.

Check out her website
For an enrollment form, simply email, and I will be more than happy to forward it to you.

…to be held at the Art Supply @2711 Main Street in Houston