Oct 2015 NewsBlog

Quote of the month..."As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible & is therefore full of deep significance. " Calvin & Hobbes

Letter from our President

First, I would like to thank the members who worked so hard and completed the wonderful ornaments for the Holiday Trees at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. They will be available for sale the first weekend of November for the Art Harvest Show in Highland Park. I encourage you all to visit DFAC to see the beautiful trees and enjoy the Art Fair. Next, I have a challenge. I would like each of you to dress artistically for 30 days wearing something you made or something special that makes you feel like an artist. Let us know how this makes you feel inspired in your work. Last, we have so many new members, I encourage each member to design and make a name tag and wear it to each meeting.  If you haven't done so by December, we will have a 'make-it-take-it' crafting station at the December Holiday Party where you can craft a name tag.  Time to think about a design.

New Business and Information

Slate of officers for 2016

Looking for a way to support your guild? The position of Secretary is open for 2016.  Step up and support your Surface Design Guild.  Be the difference you want to see in the guild.

The nominating committee presents the following slate of officers for the 2016 membership year.  Contact Angie Knowles @ aknowle13@gmail.com if you are interested or have any questions.   

President:  Cindie Townley
VP/Programs/Mini Workshops:  Angie Knowles,Kim Sherrod
Secretary: Open
Treasurer:  Mary Ann Pickard

Shows:  Annie! Wade
Multi-Media:  Bonnie Bowman & Sharon Appler

Voting for the slate of officers will be voted for in the November meeting.  Installation will occur during the Holiday Party in December.

Holiday Party

Dana Maley is looking for volunteers to assist with the Holiday Party in December. This year she has lots of hands on activities planned to make this the best party ever.  The Holiday party will include a Gift Exchange and it's that time of year to start making your gift to give at the Holiday Party. Each gift will be handmade by the artist, limiting cost of materials to $15. The gift is NOT to be holiday related. This gift will be presented in a brown paper grocery bag. 


If you have a Facebook page, please "Like" our Tampa Bay Surface Design page. 

Website Link

Did you realize how many more people you can reach by linking the Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild to your site? add this link to your site...  surfacedesignguild.com   We are happy to link the guild site to your site as well.  Just let Bonnie Bowman know.

Wearable Art - TBSDG Fashion Show Meeting is here

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.

If you have not done so already, please, email the following information to bohemiannie@gmail.com:
Description of Piece or Pieces
Materials Used
Inspiration From
Learned How- Class
You may use a model


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. 

Sell Your Wares

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.

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.


There is no mini-demo in October due to the Wearable Art Fashion Show at the meeting.  Many thanks to June Colburn who did a mini-demo last meeting on making a "Chop" (far-eastern style character) to sign your work.  


Thanks to all that participated in the Fundraiser play dates and those that made and delivered ornaments to the Dunedin Fine Arts Center - including Cindie who took all the photos and ended up in none of them.  Your donations are appreciated and will help recharge our dwindling treasury. 

Show and Tell

It's always fun to see what our very talented members have been up to over the past months.  Now that our members are returning from the North and we have so many new members, Show and Tell will be limited to 2 items. If you have more, present them at the next meeting. Please limit how long you talk about the item and the process. In fairness to so many who have beautiful pieces to show, this will speed up the process. You must sign in your work at the check-in desk before the meeting. Thank you for your cooperation. Please also note, the maximum is 2 items, not techniques, sessions, or outside workshops.  

Workshops and Classes

Oct 18 - Decorative Paper Bags with Joey Long

1pm-5pm  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. 

Nov 8th The Great Fabric Cut-up with June Colburn

Designing Artful Collages  1pm - 5pm.   Cost  $70.00 which includes a trunk show, workshop fee, workshop materials kit, & Indian Rocks Beach Art Center fee.  Collage is a wonderful technique for enriching your artistic eye and creative spirit!  Develop new ways to look at fabric:  learn how to choose prints for collage, to "fussy" cut edges, to combine eight or more prints into one design by layering and fusing the fabrics onto a muslin foundation (stitching is optional).  Explore color concepts.  Take home an 18"x22" (larger/smaller?) masterpiece suitable for quilting, framing or making into a pillow, bag or garment panel.  Photograph trunk show samples for future project ideas!

Please bring a pair of small, sharp fabric scissors, plenty of pins, & a small trash bag. Everything else will be provided in your materials kit.    

FABRIC KIT includes muslin foundation; 8-10 color coordinated cotton fabrics; 1 yard heat-fusible web; choice of focal design element; instructions.  Kits will be available in a variety of color ways! 

annie! Bags
More finished results of Annies Bag workshop were displayed at show and tell.

Eco-Printed Paper Workshop

The group had a fun two days at the workshop with instructor Margaret Hillman, assisted by her daughter. 


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 members to get their best work together for display.  Submit work that has not been previously shown in an SDG exhibit and less than two years old. 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 aida@tampabay.rr.com by Saturday, January 2nd
  • give credit if you use others patterns, images or artwork or name the instructor if you did it in a workshop
  • 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 sarahdesign@yahoo.com. 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.

Interesting and/or Educational Links

Felter’s Fling 2015 – the US feltmakers extravaganza from Kathy Hayes

A gathering of feltmakers occurs every two years.  They descend up the event known as Felter’s Fling which began in 2003, as means of sharing feltmaking skills, seeking new insight and personal development.  This event takes place in the northeastern part of the US.  Participants come from all points in the US, Canada, New Zealand and England.  During the 7 day event there are workshops, a gallery of student works, a fashion show and presentations from staff in the evening.

The instructional staff is international.  While they provide instruction to the creatively hungry students, they consider themselves mentors.  Their role is to show techniques and offer instruction to further a feltmakers development.  What better way to learn a craft than hands on instruction to take home and build upon in their own work?

Many of the participants have come to develop lasting friendships via the medium of felt.  When they return to Fling there is a kindred spirit and joy of sharing.  There is a buzz in the air that last for days.  It is like a reunion of show and share what they learned at the previous Felter’s Fling and how they have further developed with that information.

At the end of the week long extravaganza everyone is exhausted from the late nights in the studios but the participants’ part ways taking with them new ideas and embracing exploration.  Their friends old and new will return faithfully to share as they grow in their feltmaking skills.
To learn more about Felter’s Fling  http://www.FeltersFling.com

The 2015 workshop mentors  included :

Jeanette Appleton (England/Spain)/ jeanetteappleton.com

Inge Bauer & Andrea Noeske-Porada (Germany)/ ibtextiles.de/www.kuimsou.de

Dagmar Binder (Germany) / textillabor.de

Kerr Grabowski (USA) / kerrgrabowski.com

Anita Larkin (Australia) / anitalarkin.com

Pam MacGregor (USA) / tarveycottagestudio.com

Gladys Paulus (England) / gladyspaulus.co.uk/

Ryan Wilde (USA) / ryanwilde.com

Do take a look at their websites to see some pretty spectacular felt works.  Kathy  
has include some photos of work that was produced by Fling participants in an article on the web site. In it, she describes some pieces produced as well as the mentors name.


If you entered the Five by Five this year, they are looking for a few more volunteers.  Click the link below.  
Many of our members entered this years show.  Check the online gallery while you're there.

Volunteers NeededFIVE by FIVE 2015: We Need You! 
Want to be an integral part of making FIVE by FIVE one of the biggest and best art pARTies of the year again? Volunteer for the Arts Council's biggest event of the year!

Surface Design Association

We encourage all members to check out the Surface Design Association website.  The image gallery is very inspiring and membership has many advantages. The link is surfacedesign.org

Sarah Butz sent in this very interesting show that can be viewed online.  Click it out online or if you're in Philly, check it out in person. 

Snyderman WebsiteSnyderman on FacebookSnyderman on InstagramSnyderman on TwitterConcept + Materials
Concept + Materials: Philadelphia Textile Masters

Annie Wade sent us the following link to check out


TypeTiles 01 and 02 is an amazing project by Heloisa Etelvina, Marina Chaccur and Tereza Bettinardi.
These three artists and designers had fun playing with typographical ornaments to create printed "tiles" with wonderful patterns. Obviously, the tiles can be combined in multiple ways, even to be reproduced on posters and leaflets.
For read about detailed history of this project:


Fab Fiber Gulfport is on the move.

We bought this adorable cottage located just two blocks west of our present location.  The new address will be 5708 Gulfport Blvd. South.  We expect to move in by end of October.  In the meantime we continue at current location 5401 Gulfport Blvd.  In preparation for the move we are holding a weekly sale of miscellaneous “stuff” under the tent in front of store.  Come find your dream bargains including some great books.  The tent sale opens at 10:00 each Saturday until the big move.  Check our Facebook page for periodic updates.


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 surface.design.guild@gmail.com.  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  ctownley22@gmail.com 618-407-9223

Vice President/Programs – Dana Maley tedanamale@aol.com   
Secretary – Angelea Carpenter acarpenter1@knology.net

Treasurer/Membership – Ann Thomas amt1952@earthlink.net

Multi-Media Committee – 
          NewsBlog: Sharon Appler-sharon.appler@gmail.com                                                       
          Web: Bonnie Bowman - surfacedesignguild@gmail.com

Mini-workshop Committee – Angie Knowles aknowles13@gmail.com

Show Committee - annie! Wade -Chair, Llani O'Connor, Concepcion Tharin, Cindie Townley, Davida Milne, June Colburn, Aida Sheets, Sarah Butz, Linda Dawson, Sharon Appler.  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.

Meeting Minutes

TBSDG Meeting Minutes Sept. 14th, 2015

Welcome Cindie Townley opened the meeting 6:31pm

Introduction of New Members and Guests

Kendra Newman

Marlene Fiorisi

Karen Weiss

Shelley Wells

Marsha Pickard

Treasury Report and Membership- Ann Thomas

$2318.03                    89 members

Workshops-Dana Maley


Sat. 19, and Sun. 20 12pm-5 pm Eco Printed Books Margaret Hillman & Calamity Kim Indian Rocks Beach Art Center bring scissors, awl, beads, phone book

October-Sun.18, 1-4pm Decorative Painted Bags w/Joey Long 6 Paper Grocery Bags Indian Rocks Beach

November Sun. 8th 1-5pm Fabric Collage Appliqué June Coburn

Art to Wear Fashion Show-Annie Wade

If you are going to be in the fashion show at next months meeting Annie needs name, name of the piece, inspiration etc. email her a week before the meeting.

Nominating Committee-Cindie Townley need 2 to 3 people to volunteer to ask people Angie Knowles and Kim Sherrod volunteered.

Holiday Fundraisers-Angelea Carpenter-Play Dates Indian Rocks Beach Art Center Sun. Sept. 27 DFAC ornament day 12-4pm extension cords, glue guns

Shows-Annie Wade-Show Pick Up, Clearwater Library

2 pcs. For $25 Drop off work Jan. 3 at the Library Juried on the 4th Requested help for hanging the show.  Opening on Sunday 2-4pm  The 10th Brenda will coordinate the food. Show will be 2 months.

Mancuso Show Orlando same weekend as the Library Show.  1st week of November, work and blurb due.

Mini Workshop-Angie Knowles

June Colburn :  Designing a Signature Chop Pat Grace Helper

Show and Tell

Ryan McGee Nuno felted scarf, cloth doll Annie! Wade Bohemiannie Bag workshop results Gail Crotty , Bonnie Ward, Sharon Appler, Carol Bickford, Rhonda Kuntz Trish Sande Nuno felted scarfs, lattice scarf, square window quilt, silk blouse scarf Marlene Glickman from Focus on Fiber retreat Quilt Door knob quilt, orange quilt gift for her sister Peggy Daubar ornament and 5x5 entry and apron Angie Knowles resist dyeing Linda Dawson silk painting class in Panama results and Mola and art cloth with sea creatures Brenda Schlechter Quilt from photographs.

Kim Sherrod bin bags. Holds a 12x12 clear Box and Flowers Shelly Wells resin photograph bracelets Karen Weiss yoga bag Annie Wade remade book and Demo at DFAC wall hanging hand stitched Aida Sheets making a silk strip weaving for her son Rhonda Kuntz Crazy Quilt Marcia Pickard quilts Joanne Baxter bead embroidery necklace and bracelet Joanne Mendenhall quilt Jean Barthel guild quilt made with her group included writing in pockets Kathy Hayes beautiful shirt eco print, silk charmeuse test piece


Salvation Army Show Apps Sept. 26

Ryan made a dress for Annie!

Kathy Hayes video on eco fabric, 3 day intensive October. 16, 17, 18 Angie Knowles dying workshop Crafty Threads having a moving sale

Adjourned Cindie Townley at 8:44pm

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