WORKSHOPS, April 2–4, 2012

1. Anne Vickrey Evans: Hybrid Felt for Artistic Yardage

Dyed satin georgette and merino wool Hybrid felt is the result of wet felting techniques combined to create uniquely beautiful fabrics of lightweight silk or cotton fabrics and merino wool roving. The resulting fabrics provide the quilt and surface design artist with a wide palette of texture. Participants will experiment with a number of techniques and materials in addition to sharing and comparing results with others. Students will leave with a supply of samples and instruction for continuing these techniques in their own studios. Supply fee: $59.00.

Student level: Felt making is a simple technique so student expertise can range from beginner to advanced, and each student can work at her or his level of experience. Participants need to be able to exert some physical force involving rolling the project wrapped in a rolling mat and will use their forearms, wrists, and hands.

Instructor, Anne Vickrey Evans
Anne Vickrey Evans’ first introduction to felt was as a child visiting her grandparents in Norway where nearly everyone had a pair of felt boots. Twenty-eight years ago a Danish friend taught her the technique for making felt slippers. From that point on, felt making became a focus for her and she eventually wrote five books on the subject, and made two videos in addition to designing a line of felt making craft kits. Her recent work has been in juried and invitational shows. Evans and her husband, Don, reside in Woodland Park, Colorado and manage the FeltCrafts® business, which provides felt artists with professional tools and machines for felt making.

2. Lorraine Glessner: Mark-Making Explorations for Surface Design

Lorraine Glessner, Desert 1, detailThis workshop involves the exploration of the act of mark making as a vehicle for the discovery of form, materials, and ideas. While emphasizing mixed media, participants will explore the mark-making possibilities of branding, rust printing, composting, and stitch, and are encouraged to respond to these marks utilizing various techniques. Through media studies participants begin to gain an appreciation for the materials themselves and discover the freeing possibilities of experimentation through mark making and the creation of art from almost anything. Supply fee: $35.00

Student level: All Levels

Instructor, Lorraine Glessner
Lorraine Glessner earned an MFA in Fibers from Tyler School of Art, where she is currently an Assistant Professor in Fibers there. She also earned a BS in Textile Design from Philadelphia University, and an Associate’s Degree in Computer Graphics from Moore College of Art. Recent awards include two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship Grants and Anne K Allison Award, Woodmere Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Watchung Art Center, Watchung, New Jersey, and Cabrini College, Radnor Pennsylvania. She has participated in group exhibitions at Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, New Jersey; Artspace, Richmond, Virginia; and Clay Scot Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama. Her work included in Encaustic With a Textile Sensibility by Daniella Woolf.

3. Judy Langille: Cut, Slash, and Tear Your Way to Innovative Fabric Design

Judy Langille, Scroll IDiscover the potential of creating a finished design directly on fabric, using a relaxed and playful silkscreen technique. Cutting, slashing tearing and drawing with a seam ripper, participants will create the marks that provide a paper stencil for original compositions, layering the work. These newly created fabrics can be stitched by hand or machine. Supply fee $50.00

Student Level: All Levels

Instructor, Judy Langille
Judy Langille is a nationally acclaimed fiber artist and experienced art educator who has received grants from the Geraldine Dodge Foundation as well as numerous surface design awards for her quilt art and hand dyed fabrics. Her work has had work accepted in shows such as Quilt National, Visions, and Elements. She has had her work published, most recently in the SurfaceDesign Journal where she co-authored an article called, “One Cloth, One Fabric: Whole Cloth Composition”.  In February 2009 she was the Artist of the Month on . She continues to work in her studio, show her art and teach workshops around the country.

4. Cameron Anne Mason: Beyond the Surface: Sculptural Explorations with Soft Materials
FULL. All slots for workshop participants have been filled.

Earth Forms One through Four Move beyond the surface into three dimensions. Inspiration, drawing, patterning, construction, and stitch as both structural and decorative element will be explored. This is an excellent workshop for surface designers and art quilters ready to break out of the two-dimensional plane. Students will learn to see form in a new way. Exploration and experimentation will be emphasized and participants will leave with a solid skill set for creating in three dimensions. Sewing machines will be required for the workshop, and may be rented ifnecessary. Supply fee $24.00 plus optional sewing machine rental.

Student level: All Levels

Instructor, Cameron Anne Mason
Cameron Anne Mason creates artwork that delves deeply into surface design technique, and brings that depth to her sculptural work. She shares her extensive research, studio technique, and a sense for exploration and experimentation with students in her workshops. Based in Seattle, Washington, she teaches surface design and sculpture at Pratt Fine Arts Center. She is represented by Foster/White Gallery in Washington State and has shown widely with the Contemporary Quilt Art Association. Mason travelled to Rio de Janeiro in 2011 to present at the Rio Patchwork Design Show and accept the Audience Choice Award in 2010. She writes about her work in her blog and was formerly a contributor to Fiberarts Magazine.

5. Jan Myers-Newbury: A Pole and a Piece of Fabric
FULL. All slots for workshop participants have been filled.

In this workshop we will explore the many ways to engage cotton fabric and PVC pipe. Twisting, turning, pleating, pre-stitching, post-stitching, wrapping with or without string . . . the variations are myriad. Results range from the organic to the architectural. Layer color, save white. Quick and dirty or time-enhanced.  Fabulous patterning. So many possibilities. PLEASE NOTE that we will be working with fiber reactive dyes, most appropriate for cellulose fibers (cotton, linen, rayon). Techniques may be applied to silk with less predictable results. Supply fee $25.00

Student level: All Levels

Instructor, Jan Myers-Newbury
Jan Myers-Newbury is known for her pieced quilts using fabrics hand-dyed with various shibori techniques.  She has exhibited and taught nationally and internationally, having been included in thirteen Quilt National exhibits.   Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, the Museum of the American Quilters Society, and the American Quilt Study Center; nearly 200 quilts are included in corporate and private collections.  Her quilt Depth of Field: A Plane View was selected as one of the 20th century’s 100 Best Quilts.  Currently her teaching is itinerant and confined to workshops in select locations. She has lived in Pittsburgh since 1987.

6. Laura Sapelly: The Stitched Journal
This event has been cancelled.

Laura Sapelly, Serial ShirtsWhat is the relationship between drawing, writing, and stitching? Exploring the drawn line through pencil thread, studentswill create quilted journals by drawing and hand stitching images and texts based upon aspects of their identity. Learn about artists working with this medium and subject matter. Discover the infinite possibilities the quilt construction offers to depict relief, form, and space using minimal color and a variety of stitches while working within a supportive and encouraging community. Supply Fee: $10.00

Student level: All Levels

Instructor, Laura Sapelly
aura Sapelly has been teaching since 1993, and is currently specializing in non–traditional textile techniques and their impact in the studio art and academic classrooms. She teaches at UMass Dartmouth and the DeCordova Museum School. Her work has been featured in Surface Design Journal and exhibited at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Boston Center for the Arts, and the Belger Arts Center. She is a licensed art teacher, and an MAE degree candidate at UMass Dartmouth. She earned her MFA at UMass Dartmouth, her ALM from Harvard University, and her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art

7. Adrienne Sloane: Knit Anything: Not Clothing

Adrienne Sloane, Truth to Power, detailThis process-oriented workshop explores contemporary 3D knitting using nontraditional materials and covering a range of techniques to help create shape and stability.  Participants will problem solve knitting geometry while they learn to “think knit”.  Techniques for creating protrusions and bulges as well as short rowing, random pickups, ruffles, knit painting, and tubular structures will be introduced. A slide show of artists who use knitting techniques as a means of creative expression will be shown for inspiration. Supply Fee: $5.00

Student Level: This workshop is geared towards students with strong fundamental knitting skills who want to escape the tyranny of pattern knitting. Students should be prepared to learn to think about knitting in a whole new way as they learn to problem-solve structural dilemmas while gaining a greater appreciation of knitting as an art form.

Instructor, Adrienne Sloane
Adrienne Sloane has shown her work nationally for more than twenty years. A hand- and machine- knitter, she has taught internationally and has also worked with indigenous knitters in Bolivia and Peru. 

Her work has been published in Fiberarts, American Craft, Surface Design Journal, The Culture of Knitting and in Knitting Art. Sloane has work in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Goldstein Museum of Design, The American Textile History Museum, and the Kamm Collection.  Sloane’s curatorial work includes the 2008 exhibit Beyond Knitting, Metaphoric Fibers in 2010 and is currently working on another exhibit of sculptural fiber entitled Primary Structures.

Information on Conference and Workshops:

• Conference sessions will take place at the Philadelphia Marriott West in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The one-day tour will travel into the City of Philadelphia for exhibitions and openings.

• Three post-conference workshops will be held at the hotel and four will be held at the Wayne Art Center. Participants in the four workshops at the Wayne Art Center must provide their own transportation or reserve a spot on the daily shuttle (see below.) These participants may also order a box lunch to be delivered to the art center. Choices of menu items will be available with confirmation.

To get on the wait list for filled workshops, please email Dot Moye, conferencemanager [at] surfacedesign [dot] org.

Workshop costs: 

$375.00  Workshop fee (plus materials fee paid directly to instructor April 2-4)


$30.00 – shuttle between hotel and workshops at the Wayne Art Center (three days, round trip). This is available for registrants in the following workshops: Evans, Glessner, Langille, and Myers-Newbury.

$45.00 - box lunch for three days at the Wayne Art Center.

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You'll want to register now - whether or not your art practice embraces social issues - to be in the company of these paradigm-shifting presenters....

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Project Jacquard
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Did you know that Surface Design Association has many local/regional groups who gather throughout the year to network, collaborate, and learn? Ellen Schiffman, Connecticut SDA State Representative, reports on her group's recent successes and shares a great photo from Leslie Giuliani's June workshop on encaustic + fiber.

From Ellen Schiffman, Connecticut SDA State Rep: "I am delighted by the many instances I am hearing about CT SDA members connecting to and supporting each other. People are inviting others to their studios and homes to teach techniques, people are buying each other's work, people are curating shows and asking other members to participate, people are helping each other photograph work and design websites, people are sharing supplies, people have volunteered to lead workshops for the group in the coming year....... people are becoming friends! In a little over a year we have become a community of fiber artists eager both to support each other and welcome others into our fold. Congratulations group - keep up the good work!"

Who's coming to MADE/AWARE this October? Indigo dyeing guru Rowland Ricketts. Rowland, who's currently Associate Professor of Textiles at Indiana University, will present "Making: A World of Blue." Learn more:
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Who's coming to MADE/AWARE with us? ANN MORTON, artist/educator and leader of "Ground Cover" public art project. Ann will present "Engaged Art – A Mess Worth Making?" Learn more:

Who's coming to MADE/AWARE at Arrowmont this autumn? SARA GOODMAN, textile artist, designer, educator, owner of "House of Dreams" studio/school in New Hampshire. Sara will lead "Beyond the Immersion Bath: Using Natural Dyes for Surface Applications" at MADE/AWARE. Learn more:

Who's coming to our MADE/AWARE Craft + Concept Intensive at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in October? ANDREA VAIL, recent Virginia Commonwealth University Craft/Material studies MFA grad. Andrea will lead "Creating: Conversation & Community". Learn more:

Via Amie Adelman Art (Associate Professor of Fibers at University of North Texas and Surface Design Association member) -- "Elizabeth Hertl is curating the only fiber exhibition in Grand Rapids, MI during ArtPrize. The exhibition, Processing Fiber, at 250 Monroe, will be on display 9/23/15 to 10/11/15."

News Bites: Elizabeth Hertl Named KCAD’s Inaugural ArtPrize Curatorial Fellow | Kendall College...
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Meet CATHARINE ELLIS who studied #naturaldyeing with Michel Garcia + Joy Boutrup at MADE/AWARE this autumn. Registration is OPEN now. Get the inside scoop on the SDA Newsblog:

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Surface Design Association member artist Susan Lenz at TEDxColumbiaSC! #tedx TEDx
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Michael James' new show at International Quilt Study Center & Museum reflects on the impact of artmaking and care for his wife Judy, also an artist, who has #Alzheimers. A highly recommended read, via Astrid Hilger Bennett - Artworks. For more on Michael James work:

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Our congratulations to Mary Lee Bendolph, Lucy Mingo, and Loretta Pettway, recipients of a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship. (via
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Insightful interview with SDA Member Michelle Sirois-Silver.
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Regina Benson on being part of the International TECHstyle Art Biennial exhibit series at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. Read the full story in the Spring 2015, WARP SPEED, issue of Surface Design Journal.

Timeline Photos
Technology and textiles was the focus for a show at the @[69099504112:274:San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles] and subsequent article written by Deborah Corsini in the current @[124705604332:274:Surface Design Association] Journal. My piece “Evolutionary Design” that incorporates recycled CD’s embossed, heat pressed and strung together in a large free-hanging curved installation and speaks to natural and digital forms of information storage, was featured in the show and in this article about the many ways textile artists incorporate digital technology within their process and inspiration. My piece hangs in a large curve so one can walk in and feel surrounded, measuring 9.5 ft tall, 4 feet wide and 6 inches deep.

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