Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Printmaking Demo by Ruthie Powers @ Mockingbird Domestics

Improvisational Screen Printing with Ruthie Powers
Saturday, July 20 from 10 to 2:00
Mockingbird Domestics, 2151 South Lamar in Austin
SDA member Ruthie Powers will demonstrate printing with silk screens and thickened dyes on textiles. She enjoys improvising and thinking on her feet as she creates beautiful colored dye patterns on silk and cotton. Among the tools in her bag of tricks is her collection of bold geometric rubber stamps that she uses with the screens. The stamps from her Next Signal Designs collection will be available for sale during the demo.
Ruthie Powers is one of Mockingbird Domestics’ artists. Her contemporary prints on paper are available in the store.

Cardo's Farm Project Relief Printing Workshop

Monday, July 15, 2013

Materials: Hard and Soft

Materials: Hard & Soft

February 7- April 4, 2014

This annual competition and exhibition of contemporary crafts was started in 1987 and is now in it's 27th year. Recognized nationally, Materials: Hard & Soft attracts hundreds of entries from every state in the union. Nationally recognized jurors select the show from slides and then award $5000 in prize money. The juror has always selected the winning pieces on-site. A catalog is printed. Many of the artists seen in the Materials exhibitions have been featured in national publications such as American Craft.


Judy Gordon is an arts advocate and collector in Austin, Texas. She is Chair of the Craft Emergency Releif Fund (CERF+) Board of Trustees, and Chair of the Campaign for CERF's Future. In 1985, she co-founded the American Craft Exposition, an annual juried craft show held in Evanston, Illinois. She has served on the American Craft Council Board of Trustees and held several executive committee positions, including Chair of the Show Committee and has served on several juries including CraftNY and ACE. Since moving to Austin in 1999, she has served as Advisor and Chair of Friends of the Art of the Pot, an annual pottery studio tour, on the Board of Advisors of the Austin Museum of Art, and she is a docent emeritas at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas. She has a BSS (Bachelor of Science in Speech) degree from Northwestern University and is a former Creative Dramatics teacher.

Monday, July 1, 2013

FASA Satellite Group and SDA Texas Quarterly Meeting

FASA Satellite Group
Satellite group update: At the recent Surface Design Association Conference, members met by regions to discuss matters of interest & concern. Diane Sandlin, Executive Director of SDA proposed that local SDA members might wish to meet quarterly for networking & sharing of ideas and techniques. It was noted that the FASA Satellite group provided a model for such a meeting and was already established. At the FASA Board meeting of 29 MAY several members had expressed an interest in establishing relations with local fiber groups for purposes of sharing information and speakers. The synchronicity of these ideas generated a lot of enthusiasm.
              Miki Rodriguez, Member Services Coordinator for SDA and FASA member and Caryl Gaubatz offered to coordinate a joint meeting between the FASA Satellite Group and local SDA members. Doerte Seale, FASA Satellite representative will host this joint meeting at Seale Studios on 7 JULY ( the day before the FASA General meeting and regular meeting time for the Satellite group). The format for the meeting will be the same as regular Satellite meetings: No business meeting, no refreshments, members are seated in a circle and take turns sharing their work, describing workshops they have taken, art books or articles they have read, or new products they have used. Critiques may be sought for work in progress.
               Miki Rodriguez will present part of the incredible SDA Swatch Collection.The Swatch Collection is comprised of over 250 individual 12” x 12” fabric samples created by SDA members. The samples run the full range of techniques used in surface design. It is hoped that this collection will inspire those present to make and donate 12" samples of their own work to the DSA Swatch Library.
      The Surface Design Association also has a program known as Small Events Grants.The purpose of the Small Event Grant is to support program-related expenses for local and regional SDA member activities. Funds may be used for curated, group, and juried exhibitions of SDA members’ works, and for SDA-sponsored lectures, workshops, and local or regional
            One does not have to be an SDA member to such lectures or workshops. Only exhibition support requires that all participants be members.
There will be lots of interested ideas generated at the next Satellite Meeting, which will be held on Sunday 7 July from 4-6 pm at Seale Studios, 415 Burr Rd.
Please RSVP to Doerte Weber if you plan on attending, so adequate seating can be provided.