Friday, March 20, 2015

Next SDA-IL Meeting Saturday March 28th at 11am

Hi all!

We will be holding our next SDA Illinois meeting on Saturday March 28th 11am at the LillStreet Art Center located in Chicago at 4401 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 up in the print room on the third floor (go up the front stairs and walk down the hallway all the way to the back and it is the room to your right). The International Quilt Festival Chicago is also going on out by O'Hare that weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois from 10am to 6pm so you can make a day out of it with non-stop textiles! Please bring a dish or beverage to share and come out and enjoy refreshments, conversation, and the sharing of art. Make sure you bring some of your artwork (finished or unfinished) for show and tell. If possible please let me know that you are coming. Please feel free to bring a friend if they are interested, the more the merrier! LillStreet also has a cafe called First Slice on the first floor and they sell pies and pies by the slice (truly excellent pie) as well as other food and beverages. They also have an excellent gallery and gift area on the first floor near the cafe. So, there is plenty to see (and eat) on your way out. I hope to see you all there!

Friday, February 27, 2015

SDA Call For Artists

You can find the prospectus and link to application here on the Surface Design Association Website.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Extension on call for Artist Due February 27th

Lillstreet Rooftop Project Space

Artists are invited to install work onto four, 9-foot flag poles on top of Lillstreet’s rooftop deck and garden. Flags as well as alternative installation proposals will be considered. Work can be seen from the CTA Montrose Brown Line elevated tracks and Metra Train tracks, as well as Montrose and Ravenswood Avenues. Installations rotate monthly, May through December and work is displayed indoors prior to install date. Cash prizes are awarded to Best In Show ($500) and Honorable Mention ($150) artists. Photo documentation will be provided to all participating artists, as well as opportunities for artist receptions. All work will be archived on the Lillstreet Art Center gallery page and in the Textile Department's hallway gallery.

Extended Deadline: February 27, 2015. Proposals (just a proposal is due on the 27th along with online application) will be reviewed by Camille Canales, Director of Textile Department and Nora Renick-Rinehart, 2014-2015 Artist-in Residence. You can find out more by clicking on the LillStreet Website here.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day!!!!!!

I hope everyone has a fun and happy Valentines Day! Of the many things that are going on this month I wish to mention two. Ausrine Kerr is having a show titled "Hat or a Crown" at her studio and gallery space in Evanston IL starting Valentines Day and running through March 5th, 2015 (see picture below for announcement information). Also, we will be holding our next Illinois SDA meeting at her gallery on Saturday February 28th 2015 at 11am. You should all be receiving an email announcement in the next couple days. So, if you don't get a chance to come see her show earlier you can see it at the meeting.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hi all,

I just wanted to wish everyone a healthy, prosperous, and fantastic New Year!
Also, if you haven't been reading the updates from the SDA we are only $20,000 away from meeting our goal. If you have not donated and still want to, or if you need to update your membership (or buy someone the gift of a membership) it's not too late (2014 has one more day left)... you can pledge here at…/pledge-your-support, or buy a membership on the website Let's keep the SDA going strong!

You all stay warm and have a great New Year!
SDA-IL Representative

***Special Postscript***
Good news, we are just $15,000 away from our goal. You can make your pledge now and pay in increments over the next year. One more day to make our goal!
~ Jeanette

Monday, October 6, 2014

Saturday October 11th 2014 at 11am at Union Street Gallery is the next meeting for SDA-IL

The Next Meeting for SDA-IL Will Be Sat. October 11th 2014 at 11am at Union Street Gallery:

Hi all!
I just wanted to tell everybody that our next meeting will be held in Chicago Heights, IL at the Union Street Gallery on Saturday October 11th at 11:00am. The first hour will be meeting and show & tell the second hour from 12pm on will be an artist talk held by Akemi Nakano Cohn about her work that is presently being displayed at Union Street Gallery as part of Union Street's exhibit “Materials Matter”. Union Street has a very lovely gallery and is an artists studio collective space in a landmark historical building in Chicago Heights (they also have a wonderful gift shop!). Please bring a dish or beverage to share and come out and enjoy refreshments, conversation, the talk, and the gallery. Make sure you bring some of your artwork (finished or unfinished) for show and tell (due to time limitation please bring no more than 2 pieces). This should be a lot of fun and for sure a very interesting talk. If possible please let me know that you are coming via email or comment below. Please feel free to bring a friend if they are interested (the more the merrier)! Also, you can find more information about Union Street Galleries here.

* Union Street Galleries is located at: 1527 Otto Blvd. Chicago Heights, IL 60411. *

Thursday, September 11, 2014

There is still time to see From the Inside Out at SIUE

A splendid review was written about From the Inside Out by Sun Smith-Foret for the Art Saint Louis / Art Dialogue blog.  You still have a little more than a week to see the show.  Details are on FTIO blog.
Check out the review here.

From the Inside Out
August 18-September 21
Art and Design West Gallery
75 South Circle Drive
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Gallery hours 10-2 Monday -Friday
Phone ahead to be sure--618-650-3183

By appointment -- contact Pat Vivod at shiborirust[at]yahoo[dot]com

Friday, September 5, 2014

Hi all!
You are invited Saturday September 13, 2014 to the home and studio of Adamandia Kapsalis. The meeting will include show and tell and snacks (please bring a dish to share as it is potluck). Adamandia lives in the Andersonville area on the North side of Chicago. She is a mixed media textile artist and recently had her work displayed in the SDA-IL exhibit "Transparent, Translucent, Transformed" held at the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center. You should receive a SDA email soon with her address and instructions. If you have any problems or questions regarding directions please feel free to comment below or email me. Anyway, please come out for the latest SDA news, food, and of course show & tell. Please let me know if you are coming so that we can have an idea of how many will be there.
Thank you,

(Note: Picture above features two of Adamandia's pieces)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pictures from the "Transparent, Translucent, Transformed" Show/Exhibit.

Hi all!
My husband took several pictures of the show before the reception. Here are a few of them. Have a look see!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

"From the Inside Out” - Opening Reception at SIUE from 5-9pm on August 22, 2014

After more than 22 months of planning, Pat Vivod and I, co-curators of FTIO, invite all fiber artists, collectors and those who simply love textiles to the opening reception of our exhibition at SIUE on August 22.  With artwork by five artists from Israel, The Netherlands and the USA, this will be a very exciting show!!

This exhibition is the recipient of a 2014 SDA Small Events Grant.

From the Inside Out is an international exhibition of five artists who share a devotion to ecological, economical and sustainable ways of dyeing and printing natural fibers, fabrics and handmade paper, but whose individual processes and ideas are quite diverse.

Each artist explores distinct interpretations of the overarching theme through personal investigations defined by their individual key words: Tangent, Seeds, Mapping, Feast, and Core. From handmade paper to heavily textured felt, from rust printed silk hangings to profusely embroidered eco-printed silks, the title describes both a process and an artistic vision.

                            Elizabeth Adams-Marks (Illinois, USA)
                            Irit Dulman (Tel Aviv, Israel)
                            Fabienne Rey (Utrecht, The Netherlands)
                            Patricia Vivod (Illinois, USA)
                            Rio Wrenn (Oregon, USA)

Opening Reception: Friday August 22, 5 to 9pm
Artist Talk: Friday August 22, 7pm
Exhibition: August 18 to September 21, 2014
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - Art and Design West Gallery
75 South Circle Drive, Edwardsville, IL 62026

For more information about the show and the artists, see our blog at:

Friday, August 8, 2014

The next meeting for SDA-IL will be Friday August 22, 2014 at Barbara Schneider's studio at 1pm

Hi all!

You are invited Friday August 22, 2014 to Barbara Schneider's studio at The Starline Gallery in Harvard, IL at 1 pm (address should be in SDA constant contact email that went out today). Please bring something to share for a potluck. Barbara will have coffee, ice tea, hot tea and bottled water.

We will hold a combined SAQA/SDA meeting. We will have the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) traveling trunk show as well as the SDA (Surface Design Association) Swatch Library available for viewing. This is a great opportunity to see at least 50 small quilts made with various techniques and also to see the many varieties of surface design techniques on the 12 x 12 fabric swatches. In addition to the meeting we will have show and tell and food. Harvard is approximately 60 miles northwest of Chicago and 10 miles south of Walworth at the west end of Lake Geneva. For those driving from the east and south you can take the northwest toll way to Rt. 47, go north 15 miles to Woodstock, and then west again to Harvard (about 15 miles).  For those who might like to take the train the Metra line is the Union Pacific Northwest Line to Harvard. You can look up the schedule. The train stops right outside the studio building.

In addition to our meeting at the Starline that day, you might want to consider these additional options:

1. A 15 minute drive up to Lake Geneva area for fun and frolic

2. Staying on (or coming back from Lake Geneva) for The Starline’ 4th Friday event. This is a great opportunity to see several open artist studios, see 1-2 juried art exhibits, a photo exhibit, hear live music, eat appetizers and generally have a fun time from 6-9 pm for $5!

3. Right next door to the Starline building is Steelheart , which stays open on 4th Friday nights. It is a huge space filled with all kinds of steel and wire ornamental stuff for your home and garden. And also just another interesting building to poke around in.

Please RSVP to Barbara Schneider (her email is in the SDA constant contact email that was sent out today) or myself to let her know if you can come so she can get a count on food, chairs and things like that. You can also reply via comment or on the SDA-IL facebook page.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Jean M. Judd - update

Greetings All,
I was interviewed by a writer for on August 1st about having an artist career and juried exhibitions. It just went live late yesterday and here is the link. 

Jean M. Judd, N.S.A.
Textile Artist and Author
2807 State Road 87
Cushing, WI 54006-3209
Phone: 715.566.0212
Web Site:

Xanadu Gallery (Scottsdale, AZ):
Busacca Gallery (San Francisco, CA):
Art Rent & Lease (Oregon & Minnesota):
Online Galleries:

Textile Art...Discover the Possibilities!TM

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Transparent, Translucent, Transformed Reception This Saturday 12pm - 3pm

I just wanted to remind and invite you all to the reception for the SDA-IL sponsored exhibition "Transparent, Translucent, Transformed" at the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center at 255 N Northwest Hwy. Park Ridge, IL on Saturday August 9, 2014 from 12pm to 3pm. There website is here. Below you can find the flyer for our show. As usual, please feel free to contact me of you have any questions.
~ Frances

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July 2014 Meeting for SDA-IL

The Next Meeting for SDA-IL Will Be Sunday July 20, 2014 at the Urban Thread Studio at 11am.

Hi all! I just wanted to invite everybody to our next meeting which will be held in Chicago at the Urban Thread Studio which is on the fifth floor of the Bridgeport Art Center on Sunday July 20th, 2014 at 11:00am.
Urban Thread Studio “ a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to teach creative problem solving through textile arts in a nurturing and community-building environment”. The Bridgeport Art Center is located at 1200 West 35th Street in Chicago and the studio can be a bit tricky to get to. There is ample parking on the north side of the building by 34th Street and Racine. The studio itself is located on the 5th floor of the Fashion Design Center. Entrance to the Fashion Design Center is on Racine Ave, the east side of the building, just next to the furniture store, Coyle & Herr.  Once you see the intercom box by the entrance door, press key Star (*) 5405 and you will be buzzed in. Take the elevator to Floor 5 and as you exit make a left until the end and then a right until you get to studio 5405.
Please come out and explore Urban Thread Studio as well as enjoy good conversation, the latest SDA news, show & tell, and of course snacks. Make sure you bring some of your artwork (finished or unfinished) for show & tell and a snack to share as the meetings are potluck. As usual this should be a lot of fun. Please let me know that you are coming via email or in the comments section of the blog (or on our face book page).

Urban Thread Studio
Bridgeport Art Center - Studio 5405
1200 W. 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609
(312) 204-7313

Thank you,

Friday, July 4, 2014

More news on From the Inside Out

Elizabeth Adams-Marks and I are pleased as punch to announce we've won an SDA Small Events Grant of $500 to help fund our international exhibition From the Inside Out.

All of the artists involved are members of SDA and we are grateful for the support of the organization.    

Monday, June 16, 2014

From the Inside Out News

Two workshops are associated with our international exhibition 
Both have openings but are filling fast. 

Rio in her studio
Dyeing and Printing with Rust and Tannins with Rio Wrenn
August 23 and 24, 2014
At the Textile Lab, Art and Design East, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Fee:  $200

There are 5 openings as of today:  

Rio hails from Portland, Oregon. She's been involved with rusting for the past 14 years.  Her methods are unique and give fast results. She will join Elizabeth Adams-Marks and me at SIUE for an artist talk at the reception of From the Inside Out on Friday, Aug 22.  


Fabienne at Quimper, France workshop
Photo by Gladys Paulus
Eco Prints and Memory Cloth with Fabienne Rey
September 19, 20, and 21, 2014
At a private garden in Madison County, Illinois (about 10 miles from SIUE gallery)
Fee:  $550

This workshop was full, but we've had 3 cancellations recently so are advertising again. You can register for this workshop through Pat Vivod.  

Fabienne is from The Netherlands, is a self taught artist who learned eco printing from India Flint. She has developed her work over several years and has taught several workshops. This will be her first time to teach in the US.  Fabienne will give an artist talk at the SIUE gallery on Thursday, September 18, the day before her workshop begins. We would urge anyone coming for the workshop to include the chance to see the exhibition and hear Fabienne at the gallery.  


If you are interested in either workshop please write Pat Vivod for complete workshop packets and materials lists at 

It might be wise to register at SIUE first for Rio's class, then contact Pat for a packet. 

Regardless of whether you can join us for one of the workshops you are all cordially invited to see the exhibition.  Visit our blog for the latest news and read profiles on all the artists.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.  Call SIUE for regular gallery hours:  (618) 650-3073.

Friday, June 13, 2014

FYI: Call for Entries Senior Artists Network Fiber Arts Exhibit


Call for Entries
Senior Artists Network
Fiber Arts Exhibit

When: July 19 through August 30
Where: Curt’s CafĂ©
2922 Central Street
Evanston, IL

What: Fiber art works, defined broadly as art using fiber or textile materials (such as cloth, yarn, paper, thread) or using any materials with fiber techniques (such as weaving, sewing, felting, quilting). Art works are not limited to materials and techniques listed, but should be 2 dimensional, although any piece capable of being hung on a wall is acceptable.

Who: Open to artists aged 50 and over. There is no charge for exhibiting, but those who are not Senior Artists Network members are required to join. You can join on our website HERE.

Curated by Beverly Alice Nash and Meredith Dytch
If you are interested, please contact Beverly: beverly alice nash at gmail dot com (please remove spaces and insert symbols for at and dot).

Include your name, telephone number, email, medium, and average size of your pieces. Once we know how many are interested in exhibiting, we will let you know how many pieces we can accommodate in the space. Then we will follow up with more information regarding installation and opening reception. You must include hanging hardware with your piece.

Please respond by July 6

Senior Artists Network (SAN) is a non-for-profit organization addressing the interests of artists aged 50 and older. SAN provides information, workshops, and sponsors opportunities for artists to exhibit and sell their work.
Senior Artist Network has a facebook page here.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Correction: The next SDA meeting is SUNDAY June 15th 2014

Hi all,
The next meeting for the SDA-IL is SUNDAY June 15th 2014 at 11 am at the home and studio of Akemi Cohn. Thank you Jeannette Thompson for the catch! :)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Next Meeting for SDA-IL Will Be June 15 2014

Hi all! I just wanted to invite everybody to our next meeting which will be held in Chicago at the home and studio of Akemi Cohn on Saturday Sunday June 15th, 2014 at 11:00am. Akemi is a Chicago fiber artist who works with many fibers and techniques including shibori, dyeing, katazome, embroidery, felting, and other surface design and fabric construction techniques. Akemi also teaches at many different Art Centers in the Chicagoland area and teaches workshops all over the United States (and has taught workshops in other countries as well). Once again please come out and enjoy good conversation, the latest SDA news, show & tell, and of course snacks. We will also be talking about the most recent show opportunities for Illinois SDA members including the SDA-IL sponsored show in Park Ridge IL, “Transparent, Translucent, Transformed” and the “The Exquisite Uterus” Exhibition which will be explained in further detail by Jeanette Thompson an Illinois SDA board member (and our past rep). Make sure you bring some of your artwork (finished or unfinished) for show & tell and a snack to share as the meetings are potluck. As usual this should be a lot of fun. If you have any questions please feel free to comment or email me. you should be getting a global email with all the details soon. :)
Thank you,

6/9/14 Note: I made an error above, the meeting is not Saturday but Sunday June 15th 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Call for Artists: "Transparent, Translucent, Transformed"... Surface Design Association-Illinois Exhibit 2014

Hi all!

We have managed to get a gallery space and exhibit together for August of 2014. All Midwest SDA member may submit. The theme and title of the exhibit is "Transparent, Translucent, Transformed". The intention of this exhibit is to illustrate things that are transparent, translucent, and/or transformed in this world, OR, things that should be (i.e. government, politics, fund raising, banking, corporate power, policy decisions, healthcare, etc.). You can go for the literal meaning of the words transparent, translucent, transformed... or, you can go with a more conceptual or abstract meaning of the words. We invite both the literal and wide view of this theme. The exhibit run will be from August 3rd, 2014 to August 31st. 2014 and will be held at the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center in Park Ridge Illinois. Photo submissions must be in by July 1st, 2014 and artists will be informed of their acceptance no later than July 8th, 2014. All accepted entries will have to arrive at the designated location by July 31st, 2014. You can see the full prospectus and instructions here or by following the link on the right hand column of this blog (over and up). ------->^^^

...Note 5/29/14... I have added Missouri and Kansas to the Midwest States allowed to submit to this exhibition. They are now on the prospectus and all links have been corrected. My apologies for leaving them out. If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact me. :)
Thank you,