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

Friday, November 22, 2013

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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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