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Printed design on silk by Maryann

Printed design on silk by Maryann
Printed design on silk by Maryann

Friday, November 22, 2013


Valerie Bashaw has returned to teaching at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO.  She did some years teaching there in the 1990's for 3 years to where she is very happy to be back at this University again.

Congrats to Valerie

Valerie Doran Bashaw
Woven Wind Studio

UCMO Gallery News going on there now:
2013 Annual Appeal Nears Half Way Mark!

There's still time to make your 2013 contribution to SDA's 2013 annual appeal. We've received over $5,000 in donations so far; now we hope you'll help double that amount before the year ends to fund grants and awards for 2014.

To help you understand how important SDA's grants and awards are, here are comments from three K-12 teachers who received full scholarships to attend the 2011 SDA conference in Minneapolis. Two, Christine and Jeanette, met for the first time there and found out they share a similar vision; they are now partnering to make it a reality.

Christine Miller
Fibers have been a passion my entire life. I'm a high school art teacher at Williams High School in Plano, Texas, and also working towards a graduate degree in art education at Texas Woman's University. I've discovered there aren't many K-12 fiber art curriculum resources available for teachers so they must go out scouting for them. My graduate project will be to develop a K-12 fiber arts curriculum website that will be a resource for teachers everywhere; it will be the legacy project of my life.

Jeanette Thompson
As a teacher, I'm always trying to figure out ways to do things with a very small budget. The desire to bring fiber materials into the classroom led me to teach art quilting at the after school center. In my classroom I introduced sewing and we used felts to make images and patterns and designs. This past year we did a project based on artist Susan Shie. We did some weaving and created looms with cardboard.

Now I'm working with Christine Miller to develop a K-12 fiber art curriculum that will include video interviews of contemporary fiber arts and related projects and materials to go with that. It will be a whole package, so if a teacher has never done anything with fiber or fabric, there will be materials to make it easier to implement the modules in their classrooms.

Lea McComas  
I returned from the SDA conference bursting with numerous plans for art activities for myself as well as my students. At the time, I worked in a day treatment facility with troubled teens, and I was able to team up with staff social workers to provide some therapeutic fiber arts activities for that population. Creating a batik banner for our school lobby and weaving a mural in the chain link fence around our campus were two favorites. 

Your gift of $500, $250, $150 - or any amount - will have real impact and benefit.

Please click here to give online. Or, mail your donation to Surface Design Association, PO Box 20430, Albuquerque, NM 87154, USA. Also, please consider our new credit card pledge option and spread out your giving over 12 months. Just call 707-829-3110 to make a monthly pledge.

Many thanks,

Diane Sandlin                                               Jane Dunnewold
Executive Director                                        President   
SDA Alt Header/Bruning Yarn Texture

From Mary Elmusa, Kansas SDA State Rep
Kansas SDA Newsletter
Hello to Kansas and Missouri SDA members!

Are you looking for a job or career change? Currently, there is a paid SDA Ad Manager position available. It's a great opportunity for the right person! Hours are flexible and work is virtual, from the comfort of your home. Compensation structure is negotiable. Work can commence as soon as possible for the spring issue. Do you have experience in placing advertisements in publications, then take a look at the SDA Journal and see those companies who support us by buying ad space. SDA is seeking an ad manager - one who will coordinate with the sponsoring companies and assist in contacting others in order to expand our scope and grow revenue. The ideal candidate is a part of SDA and/or an art community; is a self-starter with a track record of meeting deadlines; and possesses strong communication skills. For a complete profile, click here or contact Diane Sandlin ( Her phone is 512-394-5477

GREAT NEW SWATCH RESOURCE YOU WILL LOVE! Surface Design Association (SDA) is launching an online Swatch Collection catalogue to offer a unique look at the processes and techniques in contemporary textile art and design. The first swatch collection catalogue enables website visitors to scroll through a selection of over 65 samples. The swatches are one of SDA's most popular educational tools. The collections circulate throughout the United States on loan to various groups, who use them to gain a better understanding of what "surface design" means. The online swatches now offer this opportunity to everyone who would like to know more about the processes that artists are exploring in this field.  

To continue to build this important teaching tool, SDA is inviting its members to help launch a fourth collection. SDA is seeking contributions of 12" x 12" samples featuring innovative techniques or distinctive examples of any textile or fiber-inspired process by December 1, 2013. The collection will showcase the latest trends in surface design, textile and fiber art. Please download submission guidelines and a form here. If you would like to borrow one of the swatch collections, they are available for loan to any SDA member or group affiliate for use as in-depth study at meetings, gatherings or workshops. Email: Beki Biesterfelt, SDA Swatch Collection Administrator, here, to make arrangements.

Part of my job is to report what is going on in the area, so please email me  if you are excited about a project or event you have been involved with recently.


Getting Snippy, hand embroidery, cotton thread

Wichita, Kansas

What have been the benefits of being a member of SDA? How has the Association helped you as an artist? I am a new member and am still exploring the benefits of being a member.

What is your training or educational background? I have no formal art training.

Please describe the art you make: I create and design a work; then I draw or sketch it and, finally, transfer it to fabric and embroider it. The work is hand embroidered.

A Stitch in Time, hand embroidery, cotton thread

What are some reasons that making art is important to you? The act of creation is stimulating and satisfying.   It is an act of contemplation, a journey of imagination, a mastering of new skills and a sense of completion.

Bee, hand embroidery, cotton thread

Do you work outside the studio in another occupation or have strong interests in another field, and if so will you describe? I am retired.   I am an historian. I am no longer teaching. I am active, doing a variety of things, such as oral history, archival work, researching and writing.

What methods/processes/lifestyle tips do you find helpful to producing work? Two friends, a poet and a quilter, and I collaborated on Fabrication of a Life. We decided on prompts, for example: a stitch in time, filipendulous, getting snippy, spinning out of control. We set deadlines, met regularly, talked about our work, both joys and frustrations. When we finished, we reviewed the process of collaboration, what worked and what didn't and why.

 Filipendulous, hand embroidery, cotton thread

What are some insights regarding time management that might be helpful for others? Do what you can when you can.

Which artists, other individuals or subjects currently inspire you? We are working on our second collaboration, "A Semblance of Order". We all are inveterate list makers and started with that. We talked about types of lists: book lists, wine lists, word lists, litanies, landscape as a list, lists with a boundary, a "sevens" list and several more. From that discussion, we decided on "A Semblance of Order" as the name of our collaboration and will develop prompts as we begin our work.

Kansas and Missouri members, if you would be willing to share some info about yourself & your work, I have a very short list of questions and can offer the opportunity to share some images of your work, also. Please consider... I promise to make it very easy and it would be very helpful for group members to share in this way! Just email me to get that process started. Come on, don't be shy, you can energize & inspire others! Spotlighted members will also appear on the KS SDA Blog.
Award Jurors Judy Bales & John Marshall get real about the challenge of judging fashion shows as well as the rationale behind their winning choices for SDA 2013 Member Fashion Show "Fabricate". View the winning work plus comments by awardees and sage advice from judges.
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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Past month of May joined Meeting of KS & MO

Last month with Mary Elmusa (Kansas State Rep) we had a meeting at the Kansas City Art Inst in Kansas City, Missouri.  Here are some photos of those who attended this event along with some food and the SDA Swatch book from all over the states.  So many beautiful fabrics and news of what our members are doing.  We had KCAI students show us around the new Fiber Dept building, that seemed just as much fun for them as for us.  It is called the Warehouse!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Kansas & Missouri SDA member's Meeting


You are invited to a Missouri- Kansas SDA Member Meeting...
Please come join in the fun!

 When & where....

On Sunday, April 7, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., we are getting together to meet & visit at the Kansas City Art Institute Fiber Department Building, a newly renovated warehouse space located at 4218 Walnut, Kansas City, MO 64111. Come see the new studio space and gallery and co-mingle with your fellow SDA members.  

On the agenda will be a casual information presentation about the upcoming conference in San Antonio, a hands-on viewing of the member swatch collection, and time to meet and share your work with others.  

Please feel free to bring an interested friend who may be thinking of joining SDA. It would be great if everyone could bring a finger-food style appetizer or dessert. Water, plates and napkins will be provided. It will be a great time to connect with other creative people with similar interests; also if you are considering the conference you may find someone to share accommodations, rides, etc.  It should be a fun afternoon, well spent!  

Please email Mary Elmusa, KS Rep if you have any questions or suggestions.  Looking forward to seeing you all there! If possible, please bring a sample of your work for intro and sharing session!

Or contact Maryann Hammond, MO Rep ( )

We should have "handouts" about the Conference for you to take home with you...

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fine Arts Exhibit with Fiber Artists

Fine Arts Exhibits

The Davis Art Gallery, located at the corner of Walnut and Ripley streets, is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday and by appointment. Admission is free. For more information or to arrange a showing for a group, please contact curator Robert Friedman at (573) 876-7175 or

This will be a wonderful show...  Members of this show are with SDA & MoFA!
2012-2013 Davis Art Gallery Schedule Fiber Quilt Show
Biennial Fiber Arts & Quilt Show
Feb. 25-March 22, 2013
Opening reception: 4-6 p.m., March 1
This inaugural biennial exhibition will showcase the contemporary quilts of Pat Owoc, silk paintings by Jacqueline Weatherly, and the fiber arts of Leandra Spangler and Stephens alumna Jennifer Wax.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sewing & Machine Embroidery Club
of Atchison, (KS-MO), Commings & Nortonville KS
The Sewing & Machine Embroidery (quilters) Club will hold their meeting this Saturday 29-SEPT-2012 at (1PM) in the K.F.C. meeting room of Atchison, Kansas.  
Maryann Hammond will be the guest speaker & will show her "art work" with a demo on "What is Surface Design"?  
 "Bug Out", by Maryann Hammond