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Letter from your Co Presidents
Celeste and Leone

Happy New Year!  Leone and I are wishing all our members a healthy and prosperous New Year filled with wonderful learning and experiences through Surface Art Association.  Mary Beth has lined up a schedule of workshops and lectures to whet your artistic appetite.  We will start with Carrie Burkle’s lecture, slide show, and workshop on Saturday February 4.  We will meet at our new location:  St. Francis DeSales School, Sherman Oaks, Ca.    Check out workshop information and supply list at  Payments can be made through paypal on our payment page:  Our exhibition committee, Smadar, Dassi, and Linda have been busy with planning a new challenge for our group as well as lining up exhibition opportunities.  Cicely is also busy exploring fieldtrip opportunities.  We are missing Diane Ricks, who moved to Nevada.  She has left the secretary position open on the board.  Please consider volunteering to fill this position.  It is fun to be part of the planning of SAA and our activities.
I want to thank Meredith Strauss for organizing a Fiber Tour of Thailand.  Geri Siegel, Barbara Weitekamp and I were part of this extraordinary adventure.  Meredith led 19 Fiber enthusiasts through Bangkok and the northeastern part of Thailand to observe traditional weaving and dyeing techniques.  I highly recommend Meredith’s tours to anyone.  They are well organized and full of knowledge, adventure and fun.


Next Meeting is February 4th
Social starts at 9:30am
Meeting starts at 10am

 St Francis de Sales School
13368 Valleyheart Drive
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Between Moorpark and Ventura Blvd.
 (north and south)
Fulton and Woodman
(east and west )

Remaining 2017 Meeting Dates:
April 1
June 3
August 5
October 7
Membership Renewals
We would like to ask you to renew your membership to the Surface Art Association. The annual membership is $40.00 and is not pro-rated. The renewal is due at the next meeting, February 4th.
To renew your membership: open the SAA website:  , and go to "Payments”.
You can renew by using:
 - Paypal (click on "Add to Cart”)
 - or a Credit Card (click on "Add to Cart”, then “Check Out”, then “Pay with Credit Card”), 
 - or make a payment by check (at the bottom of the Payment Page, click on "Membership Enrollment Form" , print the Membership Form, and send it to our treasurer, Barbara Weitekamp, 1021 Dincara Road, Burbank, CA 91506).

Thank you. 
Marie-Laure Ilie
Membership Chair, Surface Art Association
From the Exhibition Committee
Save the dates:
SAA will be exhibiting “Cloth Journeys” at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, July 28- September 25, 2017.

Smadar Knobler
Dassi Pintar
Linda Stone
2016 Board Members:
Celeste Covas
Leone Keegan
Vice President of Communications
Smadar Knobler

Barbara Weitekamp
Diane Ricks

Marie-Laure Ilie

Workshop and Speakers
Mary Beth Schwartzenberger

Newsletter Editor
Mia Bloom
(818) 359-0262
Mary Beth Schwartzenberger
Celeste Covas
Exhibition Committee
Smadar Knobler
Dassi Pintar
Linda Stone

Field Trips
Cicely Gilman

Creating Pattern on Cloth with Japanese Resist Dyeing with Carrie Burkle

In this work shop we will explore creating patterns with Shibori Dyeing techniques using Fiber Reactive Dyes on light weight woven cotton, linen or rayon fabric by methods of shaping cloth through stitching, binding, folding, & wrapping around a cylinder.

Binding-using thread/string of various thickness to create rings of various sizes

Thread-resisted rings -ne-maki cloth is folded and bound or shaped and bound or scrunched and bound

Stitching-cloth is hand stitched with a strong thread and gathered

Wood grain- Mokume shibori

Undulating line- Ori-nui

Folding & Clamping-cloth is pleated/folded and clamped together with a pair of wooden blocks and c-clamps

Itajime but can also be pleated and bound or stitched creates stipes and geometrics

Pole-Wrapping-Arashi (storm)- wood grain, net patterns, diamonds and over lapped patterns cloth is placed in various positions on a pole and wrapped with thread and pleated or compressed

Tritik-from Africa, folded cloth and sewn designs with the sewing machine or by hand

Materials List:
• 2+yards of pre-washed light weight, bleached or unbleached woven fabric: plant based fibers, cotton,linen, rayon, light-weight fabric accepts dye more readily, muslin works fine (we will cut up into smallerpieces and pre-soak these together in class in Soda Ash) I anticipate being able to dye 2 yards in class, not sure any more than that is necessary.

• scissors

• string or thread, kitchen twine for binding- I buy mine from Smart&Final. I will have some to share.

• sewing needle that has a large enough eye for your sewing thread for stitching into cloth.

• strong sewing thread, like quilting thread or buttonhole thread or something thicker that will not break when pulled tightly.

• 2+, 4 inch C-clamps or spring clamps for holding blocks together ( I will supply blocks and plastic cylinders).

• plastic wrap, saran wrap- fabric has to sit for 24 hours in a moist state before rinsing out in order to set the dye.

• several pairs of disposable gloves

• large plastic baggie for transporting work home

• masking tape, sharpie marker, safety pins (these are used for labeling your fabric for pre-soaking)

• notebook

Miscellaneous items for use in resist: marbles, corks, screws, small rocks, rubber bands, binder clips create  great resist patterns, clothes pins, bobby pins
Artist Bio: Carrie Burkle

Carrie blurrs the lines between traditional fiber processes and the sculptural object into richly layered, expressive, and contemplative works. Her desire to connect more intimately with her audience has allowed her to probe further into the psychological, emotional and spiritual nature of her work as it relates to the transformation of materials and processes and connections to the body.
She has achieved professional and artistic recognition as an artist and educator while living in Los Angeles. Her work is shown nationally and is evidence of her commitment as an artist. Her awards include the Distinguished Creative Achievement Award from the College of the Arts at California State University Long Beach. Carrie earned her BFA in Textile Design and her MFA in Fibers while attending CSULB. Currently, she teaches as an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Long Beach and as an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
Early in her career Carrie lived in Germany and traveled abroad. Her life-long love of learning led her to study at Haystack, Penland and the Appalachian Center for Crafts. She has also taught in the Los Angeles Public Schools, California State University, Northridge and San Diego State University.
Mary Beth Schwartzenberger's "First Snow" will on display in Yosemite Renaissance 32.  The artwork is 40”x36”. Materials used: Kyoseishi paper, acrylic paint, DMC floss

Yosemite Renaissance 32
Opening, Yosemite National Park, Museum Gallery 2/24/17.
Exhibit ends Yosemite National Park, Museum Gallery 4/30/17.
Exhibit travels 5/1/17 – 10/8/17.

Artist Statement:
In June 2016 I made a trip to Yosemite with my family.  I was astonished by the amount of dead pine that we saw in the Sierras - on some mountain sides there was more brown than green.  At last count, California has over 70 million dead trees throughout the state having suffered the ravages of drought and bark beetle infestation.  The realization that renewing these forests will take over 100 years is daunting.  We witnessed logging trucks coming down out of the park, piled with tree trunks and when we revisited in October we saw the same thing.  A double shame is that this timber is unusable due to the damage from the bark beetle, which turns the wood blue.

“First Snow” is a quiet reflection on this reality.  Winter ushers in the first snow to cover the scars and begin the long process of healing.  For me personally, this work also brings healing and renewal as I continue to make peace with my Mom's passing.  How lucky we are as artists to have our creativity to bring comfort, healing and insight into our world!

Sherry Davis Kleinman is happy to announce that she is one of six invited quilt artists featured at Visions Art Museum in San Diego January 21—April 2. 
The exhibit is called Freeze Frame.  All the work is figurative in some way, capturing a moment in time.
The opening reception is on Saturday January 21st from 5-7pm. The Freeze Frame Artist Roundtable is the following day on January 22 at 11am.  I will be attending both.  

Additionally, Sherry has 2 pieces on display in the minature category at Road to California. Show runs from January 19th - 22nd. Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA 91764

Smadar Knobler is exhibiting at the Topanga Canyon Gallery's 16th Annual Juried Open. The Reception and Awards Presentation is Sunday, January 22, 2017 2 - 5pm.
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