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July 2021

Charlotte Schmid-Maybach: Terrain Sewn archival ink jet prints on kozo paper, metallic and mixed thread, metallic acrylic paint, pins; 25 x 36”; 2020 (New SoCA Member)
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Hello all,
We wanted to let you know that the process for submitting news items to the NoCA newsletter will change beginning in August. News must be submitted by the 10th of each month and we will no longer be sending reminders. You will enter your news items in a google form (specific instructions are at the end of this newsletter) and continue to email your images to  This will streamline the process considerably and make it easier for us to get the news out on time. All SDA regions will be using the new google form, but we have customized it for NoCA.
Let us know how this works for you and contact us for help or questions at

Julia Feldman, NoCA SDA representative and Teddy Milder, SDA Board member

Recordings of past SDA events are available on the SDA Vimeo channel 

Call for Proposals 
SDA is pleased to announce a call for proposals for our The Solidarity Issue, Winter 2021 Surface Design Journal. A collaboration between SDJ Editor Elizabeth Kozlowski and Guest Editor Precious Lovell. We invite artists and writers of the African Diaspora to share their personal stories and materal expressions of Solidarity.

Solidarity has long been the fabric of Black liberation and resilience throughout the African Diaspora. It is the warp and the weft that unites people of African descent regardless of struggle or celebration. The African diaspora is as expansive as the imagination and so are its fiber-related works, which have always been integral to its culture and rituals. This issue is dedicated to the makers and writers that construct material imaginations of resilience, capability and respect.  Help spread the word! Deadline to submit: September 1, 2021.

Online Exhibits
The following SDA sponsored exhibits are available on the SDA website:
Future Tense Online Gallery, student show
Beyond Boundaries: European SDA Member Exhibition,  
Hidden Messages: Old and New - Vermont Regional Exhibition

Earth Matters 2021 Juried Member Exhibition, September 3 – October 30, 2021 will also be available online in September.

Bojagi: The Rhythm of Stitching
No CA SDA member Youngmin Lee and Dong Kyu Kim was in conversation with SDA Executive Director, Karena Bennett on June 23. Recording will be available soon on SDA Events Page.

Promote Your Work: An SDA Membership Benefit
Did you know that the SDA website receives over 6,000 visits every month? Use this as an opportunity to show off your work and direct visitors to your website.  All SDA members can post images and website links in the SDA Member/Art Directory (up to 10 images for Premium members or 3 images for Regular members). Instructions for uploading your images are on the SDA website. You can also add your exhibit, event or workshop to the SDA Calendar.
As our community grows we would like to welcome three new members to the NoCA region. Johanna Friedman joins us by way of Lund, Sweden and now creates her sculpture and digital weaving in San Francisco. Yudith Segev, creates in San Rafael, and Mel Beach Mel Beach is a San Jose, CA based quilt artist, teacher and lecturer in San Jose. I am looking forward to seeing their galleries on the SDA website.
No CA MEMBER NEWS (in order of Submission)
Congratulations to SDA NoCA artists listed below whose work was selected for International Fiber Arts X. The exhibition attracted over 800 entries with 72 pieces selected.  Opening reception in person, July 31 from 1-4, the show runs through  Sept. 12, 2021.
Linda Belden, Family Tree and Are You Okay
George-Ann Bowers, Lichen Party Frock
Andrea Brewster, Slender Thread
Caroline Dahl, Covid-19 Terror Sampler
Carolyn Burwell, Fading Memories
Johanna Friedman, Puffy Sheen
Sofia Gonzalez, Portrait of Place (Self Portrait)
BeBe Kuhr, Extinct
Youngmin Lee, Remnants of memory
Stephanie Metz, InTouch Hanging Pod 'Orb Cluster'
Alex Moses, Oreos
Sue Weil, Glacial Pools
Susan Zimmerman, Space Windows
Bebe Kuhr; Extinct: Ostrich egg shards, black Plexiglas; 24 x 36 x 11"; 2019
Bebe Kuhr; Spirit Messengers: Color bookplates, aluminum; 22 x 10 x 14"; 2021
Bebe Kuhr
In addition Bebe’s piece Extinct in the SebArts show, Spirit Guardians’ was accepted into: Brand 49, the 49th National Juried Exhibition Works on Paper.  There were 1200 submissions of which 125 were selected for the exhibition.  Opening Reception September 11, 2021 at City Art Center, Glendale CA, the show runs Sept. 11th October 30, 2021.
Ileana Soto; Heated Boundaries, Surface design on silk and cotton; 68” x 39”; 2019
Ileana Soto: Tree of Life, Surface design on cotton; 43” x 30”; 2018
Ileana Soto
Heated Boundaries was accepted into an exhibit sponsored by the OzQuilt Network, Art Quilt Australia 2021.  It is currently showing at the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery in Nowra, NSW, Australia, where it earned a “Highly Commended” award of $500.   It will be shown at the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydale, Victoria, Australia, August 7 – October 31, 2021.
Tree of Life, Ancient Echoes, and TeaTime During Covid 19 will be shown in the member show at the Olive Hyde Gallery in Fremont, CA, July 29 through October 3, 2021. 

Mirka Knaster; Indigo Tree I, Hand stitched; painted silk organza, indigo hand-dyed silk, cotton, linen, design samples, copper wire, twigs, pine cones, bamboo vase; 28 x 40”; 2018 
Mirka Knaster
Pursuing Lines, Curves and Abstract Languages, is a 3-person show including work of Mirka Knaster, Paula Haymond, and Michael Connor at Gualala Arts Center, Gualala, CA. July 3 - August 1, 2021. Mirka combines textiles, handmade paper, thread, paint, dye, and ink in her 2-D and 3-D pieces.
Caroline Dahl:, Covid-19 Terror Sampler; hand embroidery; DMC cotton on muslin; 17.5 x 21"; 2021. Photo: Hanson Digital
Caroline Dahl
Covid-19 Terror Sampler has been accepted in the Fiber Arts International X, July 31- Sept. 12. View her hand-stitched embroidery at
Susan Zimmerman: Space Windows; linen, natural dyes, thread, acrylic medium, 40 x 36 x 6", 2021. Photo: Sibila Savage
Susan Zimmerman
Space Windows will be included in Fiber Arts International X at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, July 31 to September 12. See more of Susan’s art at
Sue Bradford: Interwoven: Hand embroidery on found textile tape; 4: x 2.5" variable; 2019
Sue Bradford: Shadow Voices; Photos, thread, mull, selected test pages;42: x 36" x 3"; 2018
Sue Bradford
Interwoven and Shadow Voices are both included in a solo exhibit, "legacy" at Bountiful Davis Art Center, 90 N. Main Street, Bountiful, Utah, 84010. August 7 - September 11, 2021
Reception August 6, 6-8 pm.
Sue's work, Flower Child, received the 3rd place Juror Award at a juried exhibit of regional art at Pence Gallery in Davis, CA. Faith McKinnie, independent curator, art consultant and founder of the Black Artist Fund selected work from all over CA that is conceptually thoughtful, technically skilled and representative of contemporary trends in art. July 6 - August 15, 2021
She also has three pieces in the Member Medley at Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA. She received Honorable Mention. July 16 - September 11, 2021.
Alice M. Beasley: Floating Into the Heat of the Moon 2019. Printed cotton; pieced, appliquéd, 32 1/2 x 24 ½”, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Art Trust Fund; 2019
Join SDA members Alice Beasley and Mirka Knaster, in an Artist Talk video premiere from Textile Arts Council (TAC) on Sunday, August 15, 2021, 1:30pm PT.  ALICE BEASLEY: HAVING HER SAY .The premiere episode of TAC’s Artist Series features artist quilt artist Alice Beasley. For thirty years, the Oakland-based, self-taught quilter Beasley has spoken out on issues and events that are meaningful to her through her figurative appliqué quilts. The first episode, shot by filmmaker Mark Haffenreffer, captures Beasley at work, her process and inspirations. It also tells the story of how she came to quilting and fabric portraiture, and the themes in her work, including her family history and expressions of the Black Experience in the United States. Following the viewing of the film, there will be a conversation between Beasley and fellow fiber artist Mirka Knaster. They will discuss in depth-selected pieces of Beasley’s works, their context, and messages. The two artists will also discuss the separate but mutual paths to artistic expression. This program is the first in the Textile Arts Council’s Artist Series profiling living San Francisco Bay Area fiber artists.

Online via Zoom Purchase Tickets Here Fee: $5 TAC and FAMSF members; $10 general public. Paid attendees will have access to a recording of the event for seven days.

Deborah Corsini, a former exhibitor in Fiberarts International, was recently interviewed about her practice during the quarantine year for their online blog.

Textile Center Library Textile Center Pat O’Connor Library in Minneapolis, MN holds 27,000 volumes and periodicals, the library is the country’s largest circulating collection of textile art resources.

Regional: Vermont's Hidden Messages: Old and New opened July 10, 2021. Online at SDA HIdden Messages

Regional: New Hampshire's Tension: Process in the Making opens July 24 and will be online as well. Check the SDA exhibits page after July 24.


August 10, 2021 Deadline for next member news
August 5 at 4 pm PT Curator talk hosted by Indiana SDA
August 12, Summer Journal release party webinar.
August 18 at 4 pm PT, Artists talks hosted by Vermont SDA.
September 1 Deadline to submit proposals for Solidarity, Winter 2021 Surface Design Journal



We have changed the process for submitting member news. Please review carefully and send any questions to
  1. Complete the google form HERE. If you want to include images, be sure to complete all of the caption questions. 
  2. Narrative has a 125 word limit (not including any web links).
  3. Name your image file(s) as follows: your name_title.jpg.
  4. Maximum file size is 1 MB and 1500 pixels max on longest side. JPG format only. Email your images to
  5. Send your Image(s) to not to individual SDA members .  Write “SDA Newsletter Image” (without quotes) in the subject line.
You can submit your event or exhibit to the SDA calendar directly. News does not automatically post by submitting to the NoCA newsletter.



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