Sept 2015 Newsblog


Yes, that is my arm being swallowed by a Tarpon. I think what I enjoy the most about TBSDG are all the friendships I’ve made. With so many different members, we are up to 89 now, I’ve gotten to know the artists and the body of work they do. I’ve gotten to visit studios that are creative and inspiring. But, the greatest joy has been participation in play days. These little groups of artists set up a theme day or purpose, work in a studio or a business, meet and create. In August, I met with three different groups creating mixed media, sewing, and felting. It’s so much fun to collaborate or inspire each other with our work, critique and encourage. Maybe, you can form your own play days and post them on our Facebook or Website Page. We are having two Guild play days in September, I hope you can come and join in the fun. Cindie Townley


Please keep bringing art related books and magazines for the monthly book sale. Books sell for one dollar and magazines are 50 cents.  This is a good way to increase our treasury if you're willing to donate your unwanted books to the Guild. 

Any member wishing to sell their artwork or art supplies; the table fee is $5.  The room opens at 5:30 and the meeting starts at 6:30.  The meeting ends at 8:30 and we must be out by 9:00.

Free Table

For some months now, Donna Isaac has been taking the leftovers from the free table to use in craft projects for children where she volunteers.  She wants everyone to know that she is not going to be at the September meeting.  If you bring give-away things that are not claimed by someone else, you must take the leftovers home in September.  Once she returns, she will continue harvesting things for this worthy cause.

Video Library

This month, we are taking donations of Art Related DVD's for our new lending library. Each DVD can be loaned out for the month, then brought back to the next Meeting. We are especially interested in instructional matter. There will be a small rental fee to check them out. Kim Sherrod will be heading up this project. It is very successful at the Sarasota Guild. More details will follow.

Volunteer Opportunities

Nominating Committee - Members are needed for the nominating committee for the next years slate of officers.  If you are willing to help out with this, let Cindie know.

For the member show at the Clearwater Library

       2 volunteers to sign-in work on January 3rd

       4 volunteers to hang work on January 4th

       2 volunteers to coordinate opening reception on January 10th


In order to keep our dues from raising in January, we are having a Holiday Ornament Fundraiser. DFAC is providing us with our own tree for their Festival of Trees which runs from the last weekend in October thru the end of December. The first weekend will be in conjunction with the Art Harvest which draws in thousands. We are hoping to make 250 ornaments or more,  priced from $6-$15. So far, we have a commitment of 100 ornaments. If you still want to make a prototype, send a photo to Angelea Carpenter at DFAC. Her email address is

We are having three play days to assemble our Holiday Ornaments for the Dunedin Fine Art Center Christmas Trees.

September 19 and 20- Indian Rocks Beach Art Center - in conjunction with the Eco Printing Book Workshop - 12-5

September 27 - Dunedin Fine Arts Center - 12-4

Please bring your prototype and enough materials to make 12 ornaments. Or, come and be a helper at assemblage. Bring scissors, hot glue guns, Elmer's Glue, and any other art supply you think might be used, if you have them.

Fashion Show

It's that time again for our Annual Art to Wear Fashion Show at the October 12 meeting. All of us look forward to this event and are quite amazed at the designs our members create. This year, Bohemiannie has graciously offered to coordinate and MC the event.

Please, email her the following information at
Description of Piece or Pieces
Materials Used
Inspiration From
Learned How- Class
You may use a model


Marlene Glickman shared with everyone her foil techniques at the mini-demo during the August meeting.  Hope everyone went home and tried it out with the samples she shared with us all.  For more supplies, tips and techniques using foil, she recommends checking out her friend, Laura Murray's site

Show and Tell

Greeting Card Techniques

This Article on Greeting Cards Techniques is reprinted from Marlene Glickman's Art Newsletter. 

Collaged Snippets: Take snippets of fabric and collage them together and fuse them to cardstock. If the collage is too thick to fuse, then place a pressing paper (parchment) over the inside of the front of the card and warm up the fusible from the back. I also do this method when I have a fat collage and fuse from the backside. You can also take some hand stitches or free motion and stitch the collage to the cardstock.

Left Overs From Workshops: Take pieces of fabric you have dyed in workshops and cut it up for cards. You can fuse the whole piece or just the top edge. If the fabric is sheer you can add foil underneath bonding the foil to the paper cardstock with the tip of your iron, drawing the designs you like.

Crazy Snippet Fabric (I call it Annie fabric because I learned a similar method from Annie Wade but she skips the fusing parts and just starts stitching fabric to a background fabric) Start fusing snippets to a white cotton backing or ugly fabric you don’t like. Place the fabric on the ironing board, using Steam a Seam 2 Lite or Misty Fuse (with a pressing sheet) fuse to the background fabric. Peel back only a little of the paper or pressing sheet and fuse your snippets. As you get more snippets, add them to the fusible. Leave the parchment or pressing sheet on top to protect the fusible from cat hairs, dust and lint (unless that is part of your design).  If any of the fusible is showing through the edges of the snippets, place a piece of foil over the top and then a pressing sheet. Iron with medium heat for 8-12 seconds. Let it cool and peel off the foil’s film. Wherever there is fusible between the snippets, there will now be foil. If you need foil I recommend for an assorted pack. When all done with fusing and foiling, free motion the fabric. Cut out the parts you like and make into greeting cards by fusing to cardstock.

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August 16…bohemiannie! bag Guild Workshop

Many folks made significant progress with their bag (Bonnie Ward, Carol Bickford and Sharon Appler's photos below).  Hopefully, everyone has a finished product by now that they should bring to the meeting. 

Sept Mini -Workshop

Designing a Personal Chop by June Colburn.   Please bring a pencil with a good eraser on Monday.  Other materials will be supplied by June.

September 19-20 Eco Printed Books Workshop

This two day workshop is with Kim Sherrod & Margaret Hillman.  The $60 class fee applies for both days.  Students may attend only one day if they choose for a reduced fee - contact Kim for details.

Day One 
Saturday, 12-5.  Students will learn the process of bundling paper and boiling/steaming it to create Eco Printed Paper. After students make sample bundles and get them cooking, the class will begin the book covers using a kit that will be provide.  The kit includes cotton that has been Eco printed and cut to size. Covers will need to dry overnight and placed under a heavy book to keep from warpng. [think dictionary]
Day Two 
Sunday, 12-5.  The class will unbundle the boiled paper and lay it out to dry to take home. After this, the class will use pages from the kit provided to stitch a book. The Coptic Stitch will be taught.  This stitch produces an exposed binding and the kit will include waxed hemp or linen to stitch with. Students may want to bring beads that can be tied on to dangling linen or hemp threads/cords which is about the width of a six strand embroidery thread.

Supply List - each student should bring the following:  

   Scissors, awl, 12" ruler, beads of your choice and a phone book or thick catalog if available [to use when putting holes in each signature or page]. 

   Optional: paper for end pages of book cover.  A crop-a-dile grommet setting tool (only if you have one already, it is not necessary to buy one because we can share the one Kim/Margaret have).

     Wear play clothes or an apron. Each book kit will include paper, cloth cover and book boards.  Glue will be provided as will needles, a brush for glue, pencil to mark holes, and hemp or waxed linen.

     For the inside cover pieces of the book you may use the Eco printed paper provided or if you wish, bring decorative papers from your own stash.  Cavellini paper or Japanese papers or old book images work well. Remember that classes are to learn the technique and this first book is a sample.  If you choose to make more books in the future you will understand the techniques to create your own unique books.

Oct 18 - Decorative Paper Bags with Joey Long

Cost is $35, which includes the IRBC fee. Brayer, paint, stamp and glitter!  Just a smattering of enticements for you to join friends old and new for a workshop filled with art for those that are not blessed with the talents for making recognizable drawings or paintings.  Come play with Joey Long from Keeton's Office and Art Supply!
Supplies List:
Bring Six (6) brown grocery bags (ask for paper at the grocery store next time), long bladed paper scissors, your favorite colors of craft acrylic paints and a 4" brayer - the kind with detachable roller tends for easy cleanup), spray bottle for water, and an apron.  Joey has lots of things to make designs with such as stamps, spray webbing, Pearl-Ex, glitter, Styrofoam and wonder-foam.

Marlene Glickman's Home Studio Workshops

Sept 12 - Color Hue Dyeing with instant setting dyes on silk 
Sept 26 - Indigo Play Day only $30 for students who have taken already workshop from me whether it be Color Hue dyes or Indigo. Bring what  you want to dye. All items or fabrics must be pre-washed. 
Oct 10 - Creative Fabric Collage and Dyeing Silk Broadcloth, Organza and China Silk. 
Oct 17 - Experimental Melt Off Lame and Overdyeing.
 Nov 7 - Alter Ego Dyeing on Satin Devore and Velvet Devore. 
Nov 14 - Foiling on Fabric and Paper.
Dec 5 -  Hand Dyed Silk Gifts: Scarves, ties, pillow cases with zippers, shawls, silk gift bags, fabric, ribbons and more!
For  details, email or check out her website at

Angie Knowles Workshops

























 Kathy Hays Workshop

If you missed taking an Eco Print Workshop with Kathy Hays, here is another opportunity.  This workshop is a three day intensive and explores the many techniques of Eco Print plus using a natural indigo vat to enhance your printing.  Materials, process and technique is fully explained. 

The workshop will be held at Aya Fiber Studio, FISH House Art Center, 4745 SE Desoto Ave, Port Salerno, Florida 34997  This is very close to Stuart, Fl.

There is a contact link to register as well as a discounted hotel rate on the web site. 

The workshop is nearly full so don't delay to begin your Eco Print adventures.

 Mayan Back-Strap Weaving - Concepcion Poou Coy Tharin

Concepcion is one of our newest members.  She  is from a small village name Samac outside of the city of Coban in Guatemala.  She is a master Weaver, taught by her mother and sister.  Concepcion specializes in an intricate lace-like white on white style of weaving called pik'bil.  Join her for her classes this fall at Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Mondays from 4pm-7pm.  She will be teaching both Fall sessions.

Committee Meeting

There will be a show committee meeting at 5:30 pm - before our regular SDG meeting - on September 14th at Hospice.  We will discuss plans for our Paradise Found exhibit and any other upcoming shows. We'd love it if you can be there. If you're not on the committee already, we can always use more come join us.

2016 Surface Design Guild Members Show
@ Clearwater Main Library
January 5 - February 26, 2016
Opening Reception - Sunday, January 10th from 2-4pm

The Guild encourages member's best work that has not been previously shown in an SDG exhibit. Our show will be juried by Diane Shelly, Executive Director of Florida CraftArt, on Sunday, January 3, 2016.

The Show Committee will:

  • design a pamphlet to use as invitations and for the press
  • accept 2-D and 3-D work on Saturday, January 3, 2016 between 10am and 2pm.    -hang show - all work will be hung at our discretion on January 4th
  • coordinate and hold an opening reception on Sunday, January 10th from 2-4pm
  •  take down show on February 27th…at which time members will be required to pick up their work from the library between the hours of 11am - 1pm.

SDG Members will:

  •  pay $25 entry fee per member for up to 2 pieces of work
  • sign guild contract
  • deliver work to Clearwater Main library on Saturday, January 2nd between the hours of 10am and 2pm. No work can be accepted after this date.
  • provide ready to hang work
  • provide label information & a short artist statement describing your piece in a Microsoft Word format to by Saturday, January 2nd
  • give credit if you use others patterns, images or artwork
  • if your work is not juried into the show, it must be picked on on Monday, January 4th
  • you may offer your art for sale, but if you do, you must provide contact information as the sale would be between you and the buyer - SDG, nor the library will be involved in any sales
  • work can't be taken down until after the show closes on February 26th
  • volunteer to provide food for opening reception
  • send out e-vites and invitations to your mailing lists.

If you would like your work to be considered for the invitation, please submit 300 dpi high resolution photos of your work to Deadline date TBA

We need:

  •        2 volunteers to sign-in work on January 3rd
  •        4 volunteers to hang work on January 4th
  •        2 volunteers to coordinate opening reception on January 10th

Exhibit Show Committee…Llani O'Connor, Concepcion Tharin, Cindie Townley, Davida Milne, June Colburn, Aida Sheets, Sarah Butz, Linda Dawson, annie! Wade.  Please join us if you would like to be part of the group.

Wearable Art 11

Check out the photos as own Bonnie Bowman, one of the Garden Fairies, participated in The Wearable Art 11 Show at Dunedin Fine Arts Center.  Thanks to Mikell Herrick who posted these photos on Facebook.  Go to Mikell Herrick's Facebook page to check them out his photos of the entire show. 

It's not too late for the Five by Five.  

Submissions are being taken Sept 14 through Sept 18.  Make sure you follow the link below to get the details for your entry for this show.

 Don't miss this opportunity to show 
your work at the Tampa Museum of Art 
and support programs for local artists. 

Art Exhibition & Evening of 
Great Music, Dance, Theatre and Film

Small Art for a BIG Cause!
Benefiting Local Artist Grants and Workshops 
The exhibition features artwork made and donated by celebrities, international and local artists, designers, college students, youths, and YOU to raise money for local artist programs. 
FIVE by FIVE is an anonymous exhibition, meaning the artwork is signed only on the back and the artist's name is revealed upon purchase. Participating artists roster is published online and at the event. Each 5x5 inch work will be for sale to the public at the Tampa Museum of Art on October 19 for $25.
100% of the proceeds from this event will 
fund artist grants and workshops.
Five by Five Exhibition Oct. 19

Enter the Show
* The exhibition is open to any artist 18 years and older worldwide.
* 2-D or 3-D in any medium is welcome, within the 5X5" size restrictions. See guidelines in prospectus.
* All submissions must be original in content, concept and design.
* Artwork must be suitable for all audiences.
* Each work must be accompanied by an entry form.
More details: 
* Each work must be 5x5 inches and signed only on the back of the piece. Work is displayed anonymously.  
* If framed, work cannot exceed 5x5 inches including the frame. 3D work cannot exceed 5 inches in any dimension and must be able to be hung on a wall. 
* Limit of 3 submissions per artist, no fees.
from the website

Arts Council logo   Tampa Museum of Art logo
FIVE by FIVE was created by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County's Artists Advisory Committee and is hosted by the Tampa Museum of Art as part of their Art After Dark series in honor of the Museum's fall exhibition, The Man, The Image & The World: Henri Cartier-Bresson, A Retrospective.

The Arts Council and the Artists Advisory Committee wish to express our thanks to area artists, AOE Supply, Art Alternatives, Caran D'ache, Dex Imaging and the Tampa Museum of Art for their support in making FIVE by FIVE possible. Let us know if you want to support FIVE by FIVE too!

 Benda Schlechter shared the following article to let us know about her summer.


Press release 

August 15, 2015  Contact: Susanne Nielsen, 813-254-5088

Artist Susanne Nielsen, ECU alumna, exhibits soft sculpture at Greenville Museum of Art September 2015

Susanne Nielsen, sculptor, painter/mixed media artist, who completed her graduate studies in Painting with an MFA degree at East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, N.C. in 1989, will be exhibiting her soft sculpture "Babies like Bunnies”, homage to Nadya Denise Doud-Suleman, at the Greenville Museum of Art from September 4, 2015.

Susanne is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in art .She writes art criticism and has been host and producer of her own German Radio Show, with its focus on the arts. In 2010 she expanded the show worldwide as a blog and podcast.
Nielsen's works are sculptural and her vessel series is based the artist's collection of international birth myths. As a Rotarian team member, for the first time to her native Germany’s East, then as a teamleader on a monthlong trip to Bangladesh, both fully sponsored cultural and vocational Rotary Group Study Exchanges, was able to do her research in her field of art/art history in the countries she visited.
In recent years many new ideas for her sculptures have been generated by reports of new science and technology, like IVF, a method that has helped many women to become mothers.
It has also given rise to the conversation about multiple births. Nielsen’s sculpture “Babies like Bunnies” is an homage to Nadya Denise Doud-Suleman who gave birth to octuplets, the highest number of babies born to one women in history, and a result of IVF. While cute like baby bunnies, this event of so many babies born at once, was heavily discussed in the media. Nielsen believes the role of the artist is to hold a mirror to contemporary society.
She develops series that visually, woven, painted, and stitched into the art, tell stories of this world. Her personal story, recorded in paintings "Coming to America" or “Childhood” (1950s/60s), reflects modern society’s mobility and multi-culturalism. A two-time immigrant to the U.S., Nielsen is an example of many children of immigrant families. She spent her childhood in France, California, Iceland, and Germany, while her sibling moved on to Switzerland, and her parents spent eighteen years in Paris. All these locations became a second home that Nielsen visited in her college years.
he still has ties to Germany, where her university studies take her several times a year and her family resides.

$50 Fabulous Fridays

Having professional images of your art work is essential in these competitive times and Florida CraftArt is now making it affordable for its members. Professional photographer, Brian James, will shoot  images of 5 pieces of your artwork for $50 in his studio in ArtLofts above Florida CraftArt in downtown St. Pete. Call Florida CraftArt to reserve your appointment time 727-821-7391. Appointments are scheduled in 45 minute blocks from 10am-6pm. Be sure to reserve your spot early as these appointments fill quickly!

Next Sessions:

  • Friday, September 18
  • Friday, October 23

Cost: $50 for Florida CraftArt members. (An individual FC membership is only $45 so this is still an incredible deal!)
Call 727-821-7391 to make an appointment. Mon-Sat. 10am-5:30pm. Refunds will not be issued if the appointment is canceled or transferred within 48 hours of the scheduled time.

Purpose of the Guild

The purpose of the Guild is to increase community awareness of surface design and its value in our lives while offering educational and experimental venues, thus supporting individual artistic creativity while promoting an attitude of mutual respect and exchange in all areas of surface design.

Membership to the Surface Design Guild is open to anyone with an interest in surface design of any variety. All levels of interest and expertise are welcome. If you or someone you know would like to join please contact  Bring your registration form to the next meeting or send a check made out to the Surface Design Guild to:
Surface Design Guild

Attention: Ann Thomas

5905 Suwanee Ave

Tampa , FL 33604

Board & Committee Members 2015

President - Cindie Townley 618-407-9223

Vice President/Programs – Dana Maley   Secretary – Angelea Carpenter

Treasurer/Membership – Ann Thomas

Multi-Media Committee – 
          Newsletter: Sharon                                                       
          Web: Bonnie Bowman -

Mini-workshop Committee – Angie Knowles

Show Committee - annie! Wade -Chair, Llani O'Connor, Concepcion Tharin, Cindie Townley, Davida Milne, June Colburn, Aida Sheets, Sarah Butz, Linda Dawson.  Please join us if you would like to be part of the group.


We meet the second Monday of every month at 6:30PM. Doors open at 5:30 with social time between 6 and 6:30.   Limited table space is available for $5 for members to sell their work.


Suncoast Hospice 
5771 Roosevelt Boulevard

Clearwater, FL 33760

We are in Building 10 which is immediately to the right of the Welcome Center as you face the building.

TBSDG Meeting Minutes August 10, 2015

Welcome - Cindie Townley opened the meeting at 6:32pm

Introduction of New Members and Guests - Jerry McKay, Carol Holtsaple, Kathy Gowrie, Joanne Menenhall,  Karen Weiss, Victoria Merrill, Beryl Heron

Workshops: Cindie Townley

August: Annie Wade - Bohemiannie Bags Aug16, 2015 10-5pm, Beach Art Center $35

September:  Margaret Hillman & Calamity Kim  - Eco Printed Books Sat. Sept.19, 12-5 and Sun. Sept. 20. 12-5pm, $60 Indian Rocks Beach Ctr.

Treasury Report and Membership: Cindie;   Account Balance.    $ 2610.03,                 Membership 84

Fashion Show: Cindie Townley  Oct. Meeting - Art to Wear needs volunteer MC

Guild Needs Nominating Committee for new board members

Holiday Fundraiser: Angelea Carpenter

TBSDG will have a tree in the Holiday Show at Dunedin Fine Art Center with for sale ornaments. Ornaments are a donation to the Guild for fund raising. Please have accepted ornaments ready by Oct. 1.  Ornament Making Get Together Date TBA

Shows: Annie Wade will run shows, taking over for Sarah Butz

Sarah Butz, Gail Crotty and June Colburn will do member art return at DFAC, thank you

Clearwater Library Show theme Paradise Found

$25 for 1 or 2 pcs. Art delivered Jan. 2nd and 3rd, Juried on the 4th Juror Diane Shelly from Florida CraftArt    1st 2nd and 3rd prizes.   

Joey Long from Keetons Surface Design Guild in Sarasota. Could offer a Paper painting Class in Oct.She paints grocery bags from Publics
June Colburn teaching a class for us...November workshop. Fabric Collage and Fusing

Show & Tell

Encaustic workshop. Kathleen teaching Aug. and Oct.

Marianne Pickard-used Shiva paint sticks

Peggy Dunbar-screen prints made ornaments

Angie Knowles-3 primary colors dying

Etta Jewel- quilt and made the newspaper w/ flamingo quilt

Karrie Klemett-weaving dish towels, Beach Collection

Trish Sande-plate stitched on heavy canvas or denim

Beryl Heron-doll, bag, Tyvek (heated) necklace, faces and leaves painted

Karen Weiss- wing chair project tints pencils and markers

Carol Bickford  DFAC design class

Sharon Appler- dyed her leaf dress

Concepcion Tharin- woven Hummingbird top, bracelets

Joann Mendenhall-Quilt Environmentally Unfriendly Quilt

Jean Barthel-reversible bag and pockets

Patsy-  Clear hand made with reversed tape

Kendra Newman- remade her dress from a Goodwill dress and her husband's shirt

Julien Roberts-subtraction pattern making

Annie! Wade- collage quilt

Marlene Glickman-flower fabric boxes, bag transfer of ink

Jerry Boucle Annie's husbands metal alligator and collage books, line drawing

Water color crayons +stitching, Zendoodle

Announcements: Peggy :

Arts Council of Hillsborough County 5x5 Show; Oct. 16 8-11 pm, deadline Sept. 18

Tampa Art Museum,  donation   

Angie Knowles teaching in her studio

Marlene Glickman.  $50 Bryan James is taking photos of your artwork at FL CraftArt.  You get a disc when done.

Adjourned: Cindie Townley 8:30pm

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