Cut Up Your Closet with Calamity Kim

Twelve of us just completed Calamity Kim's three day workshop, "Cut Up Your Closet 2." We had so much fun creating amazing 'art to wear' made from recycled clothing that was collaged, dyed, discharged, embellished, nature printed, stenciled, screen printed, manipulated and sewn together. You will get to see the fabulous outfits at the next SDG meeting.

February 2015 Newsletter

To the Membership,
We are such a unique and diverse group. Each one of us a need to create our own style of art. The coolness of TBSDG is that we never have to do it alone. We support, inspire and include each other. So many members have told me, no matter what their level of skills, they have felt so welcome in our Guild. There are so many opportunities for each of us from classes, shows, teaching, demonstrating, community service and administration. We each can develop in our own way. We find inner value of each artist, share our knowledge and expand our creativity. Mostly, we are here to just have fun. Cindie Townley

Dana Maley gives us a quote for the month: 

“When we look at art we are looking for ourselves.”  Lesley Riley

Editors note:  Many members feedback have resulted in a slightly adjusted format for SHOW-N-TELL  
In order that all members be able to share their work during Show-N-Tell, please limit your pieces to 2 or 3,  and limit your discussion to 2-3 minutes total. This will allow everyone to have a chance to share while people are still listening attentively.  Also, be polite and listen attentively and take outside discussions outside the room.  Eliminate the undercurrent of discussion that occurs and is sometimes very rude to the speaker (and not just during show-n- tell!!!).  If there is time, we will go around a second time. Please reserve any discussion of classes or shows  for announcements at the end of the meeting.

Members show off their embellished felt pieces during the January Meeting
Original Sewing and Quilt Expo
March 5, 6, 7 (Thurs, Fri, Sat)
Lakeland, FL
  • Sign up to be a ambassador/volunteer for the Expo: go to to sign up as an ambassador/volunteer - this is how we "pay" for our booth
  • Sign up to be a greeter in our Guild Booth for the morning or afternoon shift: email
  • Bring artwork to the February meeting. Give to Marlene to go in our booth's display. All artwork needs to be signed and ready to display or hang.
  • Check out the classes you could take or be a teacher's helper
  • Come and have fun, see the vendors (so many) and get inspired

From Marlene Glickman:  Fabric Valentines That Can Become Coasters, Mug Rugs or Greeting Cards
Make your own fabric. Grab pink, red, orange and purple fabrics, any little bits and pieces and collage them on a background fabric, even white muslin. Free motion sew the pieces onto the background fabric using any color of thread you like (use a different color of thread in the bobbin for contrast). For heart shapes you can stitch hearts into while doing free motion or put fusing on shiny fabric and cut out hearts and add. Use both the positive and negative shapes you have cut and fuse then stitch them to the collaged patchwork fabric. Put fusible on the backside of the whole piece of valentine fabric and cut them up into cards. If you want more finished edges, you can stitch all around the edges or cover with bias tape. To turn into a greeting card, fuse to cardstock and pop into an envelope. If you want a mug rug or coaster, fuse a backing on each card, and stitch some more to keep it in place. Have fun!!!!

Sara King says:   
Thanks to everyone who took fabric to cut into 5 1/2" strips for quilts for kids in foster care.  I will be working on them until May, so there is still time to take my fabric and cut.  I will have more at the meeting.  Sara King  507-398-2022
From Brenda Schlecter:   
Do you want to dye fabric but don't want to mess up your home?  Do you need a big table to lay something out on?  Do you feel like a day out with others but you also want to get some artwork done?  Come play or work in my studio.
I am finding that while I love my space , I also really like company as well. Soooooo...  I am opening my studio on Mondays for visitors to come and do your own thing. 
 You can dye in my kitchen/ dye studio if you have non toxic dyes, or outside in my screened in patio if you are working with toxic ones.  Or lay out work that needs to spread out on one of my big tables.  Bring your machine and sew, or paint, etc.
There is loads of room to spread out and do some parallel play.  I will do my own thing, but we can take a break and talk, or put on some music and do some wild woman dancing to shake up work stressed muscles.  And if you come for the day there is a great little restaurant across the street for pizza or salads.
Just call me at 516-987-1799 to let me know when you plan to come.  I am usually there by 10 AM and stay until 3 ish.

Carolyn Kossar sent the following information:   

Geoffrey Gorman,Creatures of Curiosity
This exhibition of “phantasmagorical” animals is a 10-year survey of Santa Fe-based artist Geoffrey Gorman’s work. Materials used to construct his sculptures include weathered cedar sticks, bailing wire, old cloth, tin cans and bicycle parts. Gorman’s animals seem alive and energized with a strange kind of dignity, self-awareness and alertness usually found only in living animals.

Hillsborough Community College, Ybor Art Gallery
2112 N. 15th Street, Tampa
Exhibit Dates: February 20-March 27
Opening Reception With the Artist: Friday, February 20, 5-8:00pm;  Gallery Talk 6:15pm

 Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild Workshops are held on the third Sunday of the month at the Indian Rocks Beach Art Center (unless otherwise announced). Please be sure to pay for a workshop on the day that you sign up. Pay by cash or check made out to the Surface Design Guild. Workshops are available to paid SDG members only and one-time visitors accompanied by a member for an additional $15.
February 14-16 - Kim Sherrod/Cut Up Your Closet II; Learn to repurpose items in your closet or from thrift stores to make a spectacular new dress or skirt. Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m. at the IRBAC. Monday the class will meet at Jay’s Fabrics from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $75 covers all three days including art center fees. There is a maximum of 15 people for this class.  
March 15 - Brenda Ambrosino - Rusty Treasurers

We don't know why rust and patina are so appealing but they are!  In this class you will learn the metal surfacing techniques you'll need to take an ordinary piece of chipboard and turn it into a beautiful piece of rusty paper or an unfinished box and turn it into a found treasure.  Using surfacers and patinas that is exactly what you will be creating in this class.  Along with encaustic waxes, stamps, papers, shells, mica, fibers, inks and more you will create a beautiful card suitable for framing and a precious little box to store some little treasures.  All supplies are included.  Brenda will be at the March meeting with samples.  The cost is $55 ($45 plus $10 for IRBAC). The time is 1-5PM. 
April 19 - Gail Crotty - Coloring with Crayons. This method comes from "Creative Quilts From Your Crayon Box:Melt-N-Blend Meets Fusible Applique by Terri Linn Kygar.  
This workshop will focus on a different way to create "art" on your quilt or on any fabric by using melted crayons to paint on fabric.  Gail uses the method to create "appliques" for placement on quilts, but the finished project could be easily used to adorn a card, book cover, etc.  The colors and shading with the Crayola crayons will surprise you as you can create anything you can draw or copy.  You will also be surprised by what you use for your "paintbrush" as well as other ways(Pigma Pens, Prismacolor pencils and Faber-Castell Gelatos) to add color and texture to the drawings. We will have a mini demo of this technique at the February business meeting. Workshop fee will be $15, $10 for the use of facility and a $5 supply fee.  A supply list will be available at the March business meeting.  The time is 1-4pm.
May 17th - Goatfeathers Studio presents Charm School
This workshop will focus on the making of twelve unique mixed media charms.  Each charm is designed to explore a technique or use of material or medium.  In addition, the workshop will show how common household items can be turned into fabulous miniature embellishments to be used in the making of unique one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Each participant is asked to bring one odd item from their jewelry box that no longer has a mate such as a single pair of earrings or small pendant.  A small trunk show, ahem, jewelry box show will also be presented by Goatfeathers resident fiber artists Celeste Beck and Merri McKenzie.  Cost is $60.   The workshop is 10:00AM-2:30 PM.  Please pack a lunch or plan to pick up a quick lunch in the area. 


Mini-workshops are held as part of our regular meeting.  Last month, Alana Hennesy lead a quick painting demo and talk about the intuitive process of art-making.  See some photos of the process, below.  

For our February Meeting, Gail Crotty will show us a glimpse of her March workshop, demonstrating how to paint/color a quilt with melted crayons and prismacolor pencils. 

Images from our Mini-Workshop in  January with Alena Hennessy. 

Member Workshops

Dyeing Done Differently
HOME STUDIO WORKSHOP with Marlene Glickman
26 February (Thursday) 10-4pm
Workshop using instant setting dyes. No heat setting required. See the new methods of imprinting designs onto silk fabrics/scarves using instant setting dyes and everyday household items (placemats, non-slip rug pads, ripped paper and more). There will be an outdoor table for discharge on dark silks and screen print table for silk screening using Lumiere metallic fabric paints. Learn to use paint on lightweight silk without changing the hand (soft feel) of the fabric. Apply some of these methods to a silk tie (optional but fun). $60 includes art supplies: dyes and 2 silk scarves and 1 dark silk scarf, 1 silk tie. More silk items will be available for purchase and use during class. A light lunch is also included in the price. Class size limited to 10 students. RSVP by email to to reserve a place.
Beginning Dyeing - 7 Basic Techniques
HOME STUDIO WORKSHOP with Marlene Glickman
26 March(Thursday): 10-4pm
Basic techniques are done in the morning and then explore combining them in the afternoon with some advanced dyeing techniques. All newbies welcome. No dyeing experience needed. We will be using instant setting dyes. No worries about getting muddy colors. No heat setting required. $60 includes art supplies: 2 silk scarves, silk landscape on heavy silk broadcloth, silk greeting card. More silk items will be available for purchase and use during class. A light lunch is also included in the price of $60. Class size limited to 10 students. RSVP by email to to reserve a place. 
Joan McGee Studios in Sarasota:
Joan will be doing a series of 2 hour demonstrations of specialty techniques she has developed for her couture clothing line. Demos will be held on a variety of dates from 10am-12noon at her studio located at 5349 Howard Creek Road, Sarasota, FL 3424. Cost is $20 per session with a minimum of 15 and maximum of 20.  Contact Joan personally to find out dates for demos and to reserve your place. Phone: 941-921-4606 or
-Pattern Making #1-Cutting & putting together a kimono jacket using surface design cloth
-Pattern Making #2-Cutting and making a leather suede jacket
-Working with Lambsuede shibori dyeing and painting methods
-Heat Transfer using disperse dyes onto synthetic fabrics
-Shibori-Arashi (pole wrapping), Kumo (tied by hand) and Itajime (clamps and shapes)
-Natural Dyes on linen, cotton, silks in earth tones, Indigo included (bring a t-shirt to dye) 
For the far north-eastern folks in the Guild, this is the link is for felt workshops that Carolyn Kossar sent in.  They are held at Oak Hammock Farm in Wesley Chapel.  Patti Barker Felt-ware Designer and Instructor
The February/March 2015 issue of QUILTING ARTS MAGAZINE features an article by our very own member, Marlene Glickman. The newsstand date was Jan. 27 and subscribers should be receiving their copies shortly. You can see what is inside, at We will investigate getting permission to reprint the article in our newsletter. 

This is a downloadable Free APP or website that I discovered from Dijanne Cavaal, the fiber artist from Australia. Love her work. She, and a group of UK and Australian Fiber Artists have a magazine, "Through our Hands." It is free on this site. The site also includes 15,000 other magazines, all free. You can set up an account and set your preferences to all your interests. Makes for great reading and inspiration


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