October meeting will be Sunday, 9 October at 2pm at Jean Dahlgren’s studio at 240 East Huisache, SATX 78212.
The 11 September FASA Spirited, Passionate, Uninhibited, Thoughtful, Nurturing, Innovative, Kind (SPUTNIK) meeting adjourned at 2 pm, with a VERY large, vibrant group of artists in attendance. We almost ran out of chairs and are thankful to those who BYO chaired. Carmen thanked everyone for coming together in joy and creativity on this somber day of remembrance.
Carmen brought in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) but, while many said they had made ATCs, they all forgot to bring them in. Carmen will send out an ATC reminder before the next meeting in case folks want to give it a try. If you want to play, bring in however many ATCs you want to make and you can trade until you run out of cards to trade.
Calls for Entry:
- Opportunities/Calls for Entry found at the SAQA page: http://www.saqa.com/calendar.php?ID=9
- H2Oh! (All SAQA members) – Deadline: November 30, 2016
- Sacred Threads – sacredthreadsquilts.com/html/callForEntries.html – This biennial exhibition was established to provide a venue for quilters of all faiths who see their work as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their spiritual journey. The first exhibit was held in 2001 and the exhibit is held in June of odd numbered years. Our next exhibit is July 7-23, 2017 and will be held outside Washington DC. The 2017 exhibit of Sacred Threads featuring quilts with stories in Healing, Grief, Peace/Brotherhood, Joy, Inspiration and Spirituality – Oct 1 – Dec 31 2016 entry window.
- Fiber Art Now entry Online Submissions March 6, 2016 to October 1, 2016 Selected works will appear in the Second Annual Excellence in Fibers catalog which will be presented to curators and directors of 200+ museums and galleries that feature fiber work and a select group of fiber and fine craft collectors. It will be integrated into the special expanded winter issue of Fiber Art Now, a subscriber-supported publication that also is sold on over 400 Barnes & Noble newsstands in the US, 200+ Chapters Books in Canada, and select newsstands in the UK. http://www.fiberartnowentry.net/
- FASA Annual Show – held 26 Nov-19 Dec – We need to start putting together our offerings for the FASA annual show. It is a juried show, open for anyone from Texas and you don’t have to sell your entry. It will be held at Say Si. The FASA Member non-juried installation “Storylines” will also be exhibited. Guidelines for submission and a suggested “How-to” are on the FASA website .
- The Lions Field is sponsoring “Art On Broadway – a Fine Art Show and Sale” to be held 5 Dec. They are looking for submissions and will accept from 1 June through 21 Sept. http://artonbroadway.weebly.com/contact.html
- CALL FOR ART DEADLINE: OCTOBER 1, 2016 – “It Took A While” November 7-11, 2016 Opening reception: November 8, 2016 6-8 p.m.
Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Hosted by Fiber Arts Network
Juried by Molly Koehn and Erika Lynne Hanson – info here: https://azfiberartsnetwork.com/
Places to Shop-Learn-Show:
- Caryl Gaubatz is showing “Walking Stories” Saturday, Sept 24th at 10:00AM in the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center (KACC) Gallery. $7 for KACC members/$10 for non-members. www.kacckerrville.com to RSVP. There she will explain the many and various surface design techniques used to bring alive such concepts as a sense of place, or the emotions of poetry.
- An artist recommended “ART into Fashion” Carl R. King Artist/Katrina Ray Designs art show which will be held Oct 07 – Nov 06, 2016 at the Kerrville Hill Country Arts Foundation. She displayed a beautiful 90 inch scarf representative of this husband and wife’s work. http://www.kerrvilletexascvb.com/events/2016/art-into-fashion-carl-r-king-artistkatrina-ray-designs
- An artist discussed her enjoyment of Susie Monday’s Art on IPAD course. She said even though she is not a techie, she’s having a great time.
- We discussed C.I. Castro as a place to buy beautiful fabric, trims and buttons. They make gorgeous kid clothes and also sell fabric behind the warehouse. Even if you don’t have a small girl to dress up, go just to look, it’s pretty amazing. http://www.sa-kidsklothes.com/
- Fabrictopia now has cottons in and also has A/C!!! http://www.fabrictopia-sa.com/
- Our artists took a cue from the presentation topic “Repurposing stuff” and brought in some amazing show and tell.
- An artist displayed her necklace made, in part, from an old belt buckle she found at K&R Uniquibles. K&R Uniquibles has moved from 1604 and is now open in the The Funky Monkey Resale Shop located in Universal City: 112 E Byrd, next door to Woody’s Garage. The grand reopening is Thursday, September 15th at 10am. We hear it’s a pretty neat place to find pretty neat stuff.
- An artist displayed some colored, punched tin ornaments she made using a base tin piece from Amol’s Party Supplieshttps://www.amols.com/?gclid=CIed7rvFiM8CFQERaQodhLsBuw
- An artist displayed several necklaces and had us all rolling with the representative names: e.g. a necklace made from different game pieces and called “Lost Vegas,” and a necklace made with motherboards from old Compaq computers with a bird as an accent and called “Twitter.” Beautiful work with tongue in cheek humor.
- An artist discussed her work with water soluble products (Solvy), using bits of leftover fabric and thread sandwiched between the water soluble product and stitched together to hold once the product is washed away. http://www.sulky.com/catalog/sub/stabilizer/wash-away/solvy
- An artist brought in a quilt made from leftover fabric pieces from a Sizzix project. It was perfectly colored for fall with green, purple and orange tones. We all embraced her efforts and celebrated the use of the “Q” word.
- An artist brought in an amazing array of different items she’s made from cereal boxes, altoid tins and beer bottle tops. She likes Mexican Bingo cards (Loteria) and used them in several different ways such as peeking out from tiny Christmas stockings, as ornaments, and as refrigerator magnets. She showed us Altoid tins that had been wrapped in polymer clay and finished inside for exquisite gift boxes. She brought beer bottle earrings finished inside with polymer clay. She brought so many things I didn’t catch everything in my notes but it was wonderful and a great re-use of everyday items!
Cyndi, Jean and Carmen presented different ways to reuse different things.
Cyndi brought a SUITCASE(!!!) of incredible stuff, regaling us with cereal box crowns; an amazing oatmeal container windsock (my favorite); a made over Tequila bottle colored with alcohol inks; glass tea bottles painted and decorated with various different types of paint and product; the most wonderful, colorful button necklace and painted rocks. Whew!
Jean showed us various garments and curtains remade out of “catchcloth” from her various other projects. We all especially love the curtains hanging in her studio made from the cloth she lays down on her working table to catch messes. She showed us a vintage Cuban man’s shirt remade into a wonderful woman’s jacket/overshirt with added dying and stitching. She showed us felled wool blankets she overdyed or felted with silk men’s ties.
Carmen showed the group some uses for leftover laundry products. She showed the wonderful results you can get from using “Color catchers” in the wash and then using these textiles to make ATCs or postcards or whatever. She showed several different colored dryer sheets, discussing using them to “clean up” after using paint or dye on your craft sheet. She also described a technique to stiffen and color the dryer sheets: butcher paper taped to a level surface like a kitchen counter, a layer of matte medium or mod podge or glue, lay on a dryer sheet and press it into the glue, brush with more matte medium, lay another dryer sheet on top and brush on a final coat of matte medium. Paint with Silks https://www.amazon.com/Luminarte-Silks-Acrylic-1-Ounce-Cobalt/dp/B00GZ8ETE4/ref=lp_9378213011_1_1?srs=9378213011&ie=UTF8&qid=1473643247&sr=8-1
or acrylic paints or ink or whatever. Let dry overnight. It cuts cleanly. You can punch shapes out of it. It makes a very sturdy base or book binding. Link for typical matte medium, lower part of the page discusses using it for decoupage: http://www.goldenpaints.com/technicalinfo_mattemed also gel medium: http://www.goldenpaints.com/products/medium-gels-pastes
These will be about 10-15 minutes unless otherwise noted. Volunteers to present your passion are welcome.
Fabric Paper (CHANGE! To presentation)
Next Presentation: Shirley Bugosh will show us how to make fabric paper. She and Kitty Janiga were going to show us how to do rusting fabric but are postponing that until Kitty gets back from her Caribbean cruise!
- If anyone has any ideas for future presentations or areas of interest, we are absolutely open to exploring them! Please let me know and I’ll add your ideas to our list.
Possible topics list:
Kraft-tex – https://www.amazon.com/kraft-tex%C2%AE-Roll-Chocolate-Kraft-Fabric/dp/1607059509/ref=pd_sim_201_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=DY4JAMX81N8VWK1RMGZY
Couture sewing techniques
- We all enjoyed Jean’s studio, it’s a wonderful space, and we continue to be VERY GRATEFUL for her generous support to SPUTNIK. We look forward to many, many, many happy, artistic collaborations and discussions in this space.
Hope to see you at the next meeting!
Spirited, Passionate, Uninhibited, Thoughtful, Nurturing, Innovative, Kind (SPUTNIK) Chair