Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mirka Knaster's Work at Olive Hyde Art Gallery

A Touch of Japanese Blue I by Mirka Knaster has been accepted for the 47th Annual Textile Exhibition at the Olive Hyde Art Gallery in Fremont. The show presents the work of artists incorporating textiles and fibers in both traditional and contem-
porary ways in sculpture, weav-
ing, quilt making, basket making, paper making, wearable art, bookmaking and mixed media.  

Dates: June 19–July 18, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, June 19 from 7–9 p.m.
Address: 123 Washington Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539
Phone: (510) 791-4357
Hours: Noon–5 p.m., Thursday–Sunday during exhibitions

Monday, May 18, 2015

Strata Exhibition Call for Entry

Northern California and Northern Nevada regional members are invited to enter new work for jurying into an exhibition titled Strata – New Works from the Studio Art Quilt Associates at the Harrington Art Gallery in Pleasanton.
Strata will showcase the transformative outcome when art quilts are made from innovative layers of cloth, fiber, image transfer, paint and stitch. The show will demonstrate how diverse materials and techniques transmute cloth into a work of art. The artists will utilize a variety of surface design approaches, including photography, mixed media, weaving, stitching, mixed media and painting, creating representational, abstract and non-representational artwork. Through Strata, viewers will experience a wide range of quilted art, from those displayed on the wall to freestanding sculptural works. Entries received by July 15 will be considered for exhibition publicity.
Entries must be submitted online via this link at the SAQA website.  Here are key dates: 
Entry opens: July 12, 2015 
Deadline for receipt of entries: August 12, 2015 
Notification of acceptance: September 12, 2015 
Accepted artwork delivery date: October 12, 2015 
Artist reception: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Exhibition Dates: November 12 through December 16, 2015 

Harrington Art Gallery
Firehouse Arts Center
4444 Railroad Avenue
Pleasanton, California 94566

Please direct any questions via email to Jen Landau or Denise Oyama Miller.

Denise Oyama Miller Teaching at San Jose Museum

Nature by Denise Oyama Miller
Denise Oyama Miller will be teaching her Mixing It Up Art Quilts workshop at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in July.

The class fosters creativity and experimentation and encour-
ages students to expand their repertoire of quilting and art techniques. Participants will make 12" square art quilts focusing on pattern design using fabric, papers and paint.
Date: Saturday–Sunday, July 11–12
Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
520 South First Street, San Jose
A student supply list is available at the time of registration. 

Visual Notes from Fiberlandia

If you missed Fiberlandia  … if you wished you’d taken better notes … or if you forgot to take notes, you’ll love these visual summaries by NorCal SAQA member Jennifer Landau.

Below you'll find four pages from her Fiber Journal, with nine more after the jump. Many thanks for sharing these, Jennifer. (In case you’re wondering, her handiwork reflects her career in Graphic Facilitation for the past 30 years.)

Above, from Namita Gupta Wiggers’ keynote speech
Above, more from Namita Gupta Wiggers’ speech
Above, notes from a panel discussion led by Rosalie Dace
Above, notes from Sue Reno on Daily Artistic Practice

Call for Entries: Fiber InForm 2015

The Michaelangelo Gallery in Santa Cruz has shared a Call for Entries for its second annual Fibers InForm exhibition from August 7–29, 2015. Fiber arts in all mediums are welcome, with submissions (jpeg and artist statement) due June 30th. Direct inquiries to

Roberta Valdez, Curator

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Explore Fabric Printing Techniques

Textile artist Victoria May is teaching a workshop on hand-printing designs and patterns onto fabric at the Palo Alto Art Center on two consecutive Sundays, April 19 and 26.

Recently honored as one of Silicon Valley Creates Artist Laureates, Victoria will focus on creating original motifs and making repeat compositions using participants' own hand-cut stamps, stencils, textile paints and dyes. This is a great technique for both printed artwork or yardage for sewing projects.

All levels are welcome. Learn more and register at this link.

Workshop hours: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Workshop days: April 19 & April 26
Palo Alto Art Center
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 463-4900

Monday, April 6, 2015

Designing Fabric Patterns Workshop

Kathy Grady will be teaching a workshop, “Designing Fabric Patterns”, at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento on Sunday, April 19 from 10:30 a.m. to  3:30 p.m.

The class will explore various monoprinting and mark-making techniques using natural materials and found objects to create patterns on fabric and paper for use in fiber art and mixed media projects.

You can register at this link.

Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-7000