Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Christmas Coffee-Dec. 18th (11am-3pm)

Susan Sorrell and Holly Deitz will be holding a Christmas Coffee at their studios in Taylors, SC. The website for Little House Art Studios is here. Also, Susan will be having a 20% off sale for any 100.00 purchase for the holidays!! So drop in and say hello!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Fran Gardner

Fran Gardner (Professor of Art and Art History USC Lancaster) completed this installation for the Florida Museum for Women Artists in DeLand, FLA this summer and now will be traveling to Watson MacCrae Gallery in Sanibel Island for their exhibit titled “Sacred Creatures. ”  http://www.watsonmacraegallery.com/ 
The opening is January 6 and the gallery talk is January 7. There is more information about the piece is at Fran's website http://frangardner.intuitwebsites.com

Mary Edna Fraser

August 14 – December 14, 2010

The Art of Environmental Awareness: Batiks by Mary Edna Fraser

McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina
8:30 - 5:00 Monday - Friday and 11:00 - 3:00 Saturday

Reception for The Art of Environmental Awareness: The Batiks of Mary Edna Fraser

Friday, November 12, 2010. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Join us for a reception as Mary Edna Fraser speaks about her batiks. Also speaking will be Dr. Orrin Pilkey, Duke University Professor Emeritus of Geology, who will discuss his research in the field of global warming and climate change. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Looking Back, Walking Forward

Susan Sorrell will be one of the artists participating in 
Looking Back, Walking Forward: Evolution of Southern Folk Art

Forty widely recognized, collectible folk artists demonstrate the colorful history and exciting trends of this well-loved art. Feb. 26 - Apr. 10 
Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, NC

The Liftplan Connection by Alice Schlein

A new book by SDA SC member Alice Schlein
more info please visit her website.

This 168-page book, soft-cover and spiral bound, black and white text with many diagrams, further explores some of the design techniques first introduced in The Woven Pixel, which I co-authored in 2006 with Bhakti Ziek. The Liftplan Connection (or TLC for short)  is not a replacement for The Woven Pixel, but is a standalone book. TLC includes more specific material on Photoshop Elements, as many dobby weavers choose Elements, not Photoshop, as their primary graphics program. TLC also includes material related to the use of network drafting with Photoshop. It includes chapters on creating threadings for graphics-based liftplans, building a weave library, designing liftplans with two or more weave structures, divided weaves, indexing colors and applying weaves, producing a loom-ready file in a format your weaving software and loom driver can understand, masking, overlays, using text in dobby designs, and other techniques usable on multi-shaft looms.
TLC will be most useful for weavers with looms of 16 or more shafts, but those with eight shafts will also find useful information here. It has relevance for weavers with mechanical or computer-assisted dobby devices, and for table looms with manual shaft lifting mechanisms (levers). TLC explains how to design in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, with layers, filters, and layer styles, in conjunction with your favorite weaving program, and has specific instructions for graphic import into the six most popular weaving programs.

Across the Universe

The Art League of Daytona Beach
433 South Palmetto Avenue, Daytona Beach
(386) 258-3856
across the universe
(featuring SC SDA member Frances Gardner)
Sunday March 7, 2010
Opening 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday March 27, 2010
Panel Discussion 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
with the
artists and guest speaker
Louise Lieber
Thursday April 1, 2010
Exhibit closes

Terraqueous Silks

Florence Museum of Art, Florence, SC, March  9 - May 23, 2010 
Slopes of Mauna Loa

Main Entry: terr·aque·ous 
Pronunciation: \te-ˈrā-kwē-əs, tə-, -ˈra-\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin terra land + English aqueous
Date: circa 1658
: consisting of land and water

Twenty seven batiks on silk by Mary Edna Fraser will be featured at the Florence Museum of Art. Ranging from Slopes of Mauna Loa, the largest at 184" x 36" to 14" wide kimono silks, the exhibit is focused on designs where land meets water.

Monday, January 11, 2010

SDA SC Ambassadors Wanted

Hello fellow SDA member,

My name is Astrid Bennett- I paint and print fabrics and make large painterly art quilts. I am also the new SDA Board level “Director of Representatives.” That’s way too formal a term for me, —I call myself the Rep of Reps. In any case, I am writing to you because we are looking for volunteers or “ambassadors” in your state. An Ambassador is someone who could be contact person for local groups and events in an area where there is a concentration of members. This is someone who could help a State Rep “on the ground” with events or exhibits without the communication responsibilities of being a Rep. I’ve included some basic information on this job below. Also, if you are a computer junkie and wish to help with creating or updating a state-level or regional blog or Facebook page, let your Rep know. (which is Susan Sorrell email: sorrell@creativechick.com)

This is an exciting time for SDA. We’ve added new Board members who are very committed to thinking forward and embracing the digital age. Our Vice President of Outreach, Jane Dunnewold, is very focused on membership issues, working on several projects such as a mentoring program (hmm, sounds great to me…)
We are in the process of re-evaluating the state representative system in order to make it helpful to members, and your input can be part of this process.

One of the perks of being an Ambassodor is the networking and friendship that comes from working with fellow members. It’s also a way to give back to the fiber arts community and to help insure its future and connection to younger members. Newer members, please note that being new is not a handicap in considering this. Just like in the schools, it’s often the kindergarten parents who are effective volunteers.

Many thanks for thinking about this, and best wishes for good creative work as well.

Astrid Bennett
Board Director of Representatives (“rep of reps”!)
909 Webster St
Iowa City, IA 52240
319-430-3183 cell
319-338-9176 landline
website:  www.astridhilgerbennett.com
blog:   http://midwestprintworks.blogspot.com/

Ambassadors Job Description — Here’s the skinny:
Facilitates or is a contact person for a local fiber art-SDA group
Helps with local event or exhibit
Supports the state SDA rep. Networks with other Ambassadors if desired.
Is enthusiastic about SDA as well as a good “on the ground” communicator
Works with state rep to funnel news and events to her. She will be the organizational contact person and will create regular email communication with state members.
Enjoys the friendship and networking a group of like-minded fiber artist provides and the knowledge that she is contributing to field of fiber art as well as its future.
Ideas? Much is possible.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Children's and Young Adult Workshops

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, South Carolina will be offering children's and young adult's art workshops this summer! There will be a variety of workshops to chose from: Ceramics, Printmaking, Bookmaking, Drawing, Painting, and much more! 
Go to 701cca.org for more information (should be posted on website by March), or email Amanda Ladymon (Education Coordinator) at lily581@hotmail.com for details.