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Textile artist, stitcher and SDABC+Yukon webmaster.

Edge of the Forest at Fibre Works on the Sunshine Coast

'Coastal Curtain' by Deborah Dumka
‘Coastal Curtain’ by Deborah Dumka. Traditional wet felting with wool, silk, electronics.

Edge of the Forest

 July 9 to August 21, 2016

“Meet the Artists” Reception
Saturday, July 9, 2016 – 2 to 4pm

FibreWorks Studio & Gallery
12887-12889 Sunshine Coast Highway,
Madeira Park, BC


Edge of the Forest is an exciting exhibition of textile art by 53 artists from across Canada who are members of the Surface Design Association. This juried exhibition of textile art features weaving, felt work, quilts, printing, machine and hand stitched work and other techniques that give structure, pattern and colour to textile. The exhibition is designed to travel across Canada to provide Canadian artists an opportunity to showcase their work in local venues. It aims to introduce the viewers to the variety and beauty of textile art, as well as to inspire other artists to explore these art forms.



the end of ‘mended’

materials for mended
Catherine’s pile of my materials and demo stuff for her residency at Place des Arts
Our travelling exhibition “mended” has completed it’s tour! thanks to all the artists for their participation in the exhibition, the show has been seen and enjoyed by hundreds of people and none of that would be possible without their hard work!
Catherine Nicholls did an Artist in Residence while mended was at Place des Arts in Coquitlam.   (It was sponsored by  Westminster Savings and Catherine was paid). School kids (a range of ages and types of schools) came and we reached 275+ kids , 18 seniors and 22 volunteers from Place des Arts in hands on, 90 minute workshops. Students created a little book with a “mended” cover and a  reference insert ( comic book style) of mending stitches.
sampling of books
A sampling of books made by one of the groups during the residency.

Edge of the Forest




An intrepid team from the Vancouver Island SDA group received and installed the National Touring Exhibition “Edge of the Forest” at the Coast Collective Gallery in Colwood, BC on Monday, March 21. The exhibition is on view until April 3.

Read all about the installation on Lesley Turner’s BLOG and see more images HERE.

Special thanks to the hanging (and photographing team) of Laura Feeleus, Lesley Turner and Barb McCaffrey.

Gathering at the Edge is almost here!


Edge of the Forest on Vancouver Island


Thanks to the Gathering Team:

Gathering TeamSpecial thanks to the wonderful team from the Vancouver Island Surface Design Association  group who have organized the arrival of the “Edge of the Forest” exhibition in BC and the associated “Gathering at the Edge” event coming very soon.

Left to right: Gina Dingwell, Barbara McCaffrey, Lesley Turner and Laura Feeleus.



mended on the sunshine coast



Our SDA BC+Yukon touring exhibition mended has opened at FibreWorks Gallery on the Sunshine Coast. It will be on view until October 4.

The opening on Saturday August 29 was well attended despite high winds carrying over from the big weekend storm. Yvonne Stowell reports that about 70 people attended and had a grand time despite the power going off.

There are a number of dates where SDA members will be in attendance at the gallery, stitching, or working on current work. These are perfect opportunities to drop by, see the exhibition and bring along some hand-work!

Saturday, September 19 – Sharon Roye and Anne Gregory
Sunday, September 20 – Pat Crucil
Saturday, September 26 – Anni Hunt and Catherine Nicholls
Wednesday, September 30 – Thomas Roach
Saturday, October 3 – Jill Sullivan

FibreWorks Studio & Gallery
12887 Sunshine Coast Highway
Madeira Park, BC
11am to 5pm


SDA in the ‘burbs?

About the SDA Vancouver May meeting

by Katie Stein Sather

Yes, indeed, the Vancouver SDA group ventured outside of its usual Vancouver/North Shore circuit to visit Coquitlam’s Art Gallery at Evergreen Cultural Centre, delightfully on the occasion of the exhibition of Shamina Senaratne and Christie Lim. Their two person show is entitled Here and Through and Back and Through. Each of the artists took us on a guided tour of the gallery installation and spoke about their work and their process of working together. Though they had not known each other or the other’s work previous to this exhibit, it has been a happy collaboration. Evergreen Gallery Curator Gregory Elgstrand made the connection between the two artists.

Shamina Senaratne - "...And though the carpet maker didn't say, he now saw the world in a different way"
Shamina Senaratne with her work …And though the carpet maker didn’t say, he now saw the world in a different way , 2015.
96″ X 56″, Hand embroidery. Photo: Katie Stein Sather
Christie Lim DepartureArrivalDeparture
Christie Lim talks about her work: Departure/Arrival/Departure , 2015.
Dimensions variable, mixed media. Photo: Thomas Roach

Some impressions….

The world has a mirror, and holds up mirrors. Yet one can see through it all. Shadows have meaning. Voice comes from context and conscience.

“Each artist draws inspiration from the long and short moments of experience that provide opportunities for artistic contemplation.” – Gregory Elgstrand, curator


Shamina Senaratne - "Interpreting the Shadows and the Light"
Shamina Senaratne
Interpreting the Shadows and the Light , 2015.
2 of 5 panels, each 36″ X 56″, Textile/hand cutting, collage. Photo: Thomas Roach
Shamina Senaratne - "Interpreting the Shadows and the Light"
Shamina Senaratne
Interpreting the Shadows and the Light , 2015.
2 of 5 panels, each 36″ X 56″, Textile/hand cutting, collage. Photo: Thomas Roach
Christie Lim "Where are you going?"
Christie Lim
Where are you going? , 2015.
Approx. 6″ X 5″, hand embroidery on silk organza. Photo: Thomas Roach
Christie Lim "Chicken head, parsley, carrot, flowers"
Christie Lim
Chicken head, parsley, carrot flowers , 2015.
Approx. 8″ X 7″, Hand embroidery on silk organza. Photo: Thomas Roach



Don’t miss this opportunity to see the work of two local textile artists in this unique collaboration. On view at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam until July 11.

Evergreen Cultural Centre
1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC

Gallery Hours: Monday to Saturday 12-5


Read Gregory Elgstrand’s full curatorial essay here.

See a complete list of work in the exhibition here.


For further information on the artists,

please visit their websites:

Shamina Senaratne

Christie Lim

Calls for Entry

It is difficult to keep track of all the current calls for entry of interest to textile artists. Michelle Sirois-Silver is doing a fantastic job of curating a list of calls each month in our newsletter. If you missed them, or just want to check in, we will try to keep the list on our Calls for Entry page updated, or check here at the blog periodically and use the drop-down menu under “categories” at the right.

Just to highlight a call for those artists who use natural dyes in their processes. The juror is Yoshiko Wada, and this is a terrific opportunity to have your work seen by this prominent artist, curator and author.

Natural Dye Showcase at the Mendocino Art Center, August 3-28, 2015, invites artists to submit contemporary fiber works featuring elements that have been created with natural dyes. Techniques may include wall-hangings, art quilts, baskets, embroidery, rugs, knitting, crochet, hand-made paper and other forms of fiber art. The exhibition seeks to highlight excellence in contemporary use of natural dyes, considered in the light of their rich and skillful use through the centuries and across the planet

Deadline: May 29, 2015, for electronic submission through CaFÉ Call for Entry.

Work can utilize any fiber technique and must include significant elements that have been dyed with natural dyes (derived from plant, other organic sources, or minerals). The juror will make the final decision on whether submissions are appropriate to the exhibition theme.

Juror: Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is an artist, author, exhibition curator, textile researcher, and film producer and has long been an exponent of traditional and sustainable practices in fashion and textile production. She travels throughout the world giving lectures and workshops, and participates in conferences to build greater insight into the world of fiber and textiles. She is president of the World Shibori Network and founder of Slow Fiber Studios.

Yoshiko Wada will also be teaching a workshop on the weekend of the opening reception for the exhibition. Her MEMORY ON CLOTH: DIALOG WITH MATERIAL workshop will take place August 7–9 (Friday–Sunday)

Click to see the complete Call for Entry