Allison Cooke Brown – Great News

Allison Cooke Brown has been included in the "Portland (Maine) Museum of Art’s Biennial 2013". Look for it this fall.

Also in a show at UNE in Portland (Maine) celebrating 50 contemporary female Maine artists. It’s a 9 month exhibition of 4 themes called "Maine Women Pioneers", her section, "Dirigo" will be May 22-July 21.

Additionally, one of her wearable artist’s book will be included in Lark Books’ upcoming "500 Handmade Books Vol. 2".


Message from SDA Maine Rep. Katherine Harding

The Surface Design Association is truly an international organization which is reflected in the biennial conference. For the first time ever there were 10 scholarships for K-12 art teachers to attend the last conference, Confluence in Minneapolis. It is expected this opportunity will continue. The next conference is this spring in San Antonio, Texas.

The Maine region, number around 45 members spread all over the state. In the past five years SDA Maine typically has had a gathering to share work, techniques, and a meal in the spring.

To avail yourself of the opportunity to show with the group at Engine Gallery, one must be a member of SDA. You can join online with a credit card or by phone and write a check. I hope you will join us. The annual fee to this international organization is the only financial obligation, other than those outlined in Jill Synder Wallace’s email to the Maine membership.

The group had the first SDA Maine exhibition, September through November 2010 at the Atrium Gallery, University of Southern Maine, at Lewiston. The exhibition, “Surface Matters,” was over two years unfolding. Members are working on a second exhibition in Southern Maine at ENGINE in Biddeford. As details are firmed up. SDA Maine members will be hearing from Jill Snyder Wallace who has spear headed this endeavor.

Katherine Harman Harding

Osprey Cove Studio

16 Osprey Cove Road

Freeport, ME 04032


Two SHIBORI Workshops with Kathy Goddu

Winter Blues: Sat and Sun, March 23 and 24, 9 am to 4:30pm

Lift Your Spirits this Spring: Sat and Sun, April 20 and 21, 9am to 4:30pm

Come to a two day Indigo dyeing workshop with Kathy at her studio, “Artistic Endeavors” on 9 Main St., Bowdoinham, Maine.

Indigo is the color of the night sky and the depths of the sea, indigo is a gift of nature nourished by earth, sun and rain. Indigo is among the oldest of textile dyes and has been used throughout the world since ancient times. Today, most indigo dye is synthetic. Kathy has visited Japan twice and studied with several of today’s shibori scholars. No experience necessary, all levels welcome. A wonderful beginning workshop for quilters wishing to make their own fabric pieces.

Day 1 will focus on vat preparation, general information and study of indigo shibori fabrics and techniques for design purposes. We will prepare a few fabrics pieces to dye to get a sense of indigo’s nature. After lunch, Kathy will demonstrate various stitched patterns and give plenty of time for participants to relax and stitch. There will be some homework — mainly stitching as you ready some fabrics for Day 2.

Day 2 will be a full day! We will begin with demonstrations of different shibori techniques. The rest of the day will be spent creating new patterns, dyeing, wondering and learning at the edge of the vat.

Aside from the experience, understanding and a bit of indigo practice, you will come away with a collection of indigo dyed fabrics in various solid shades, ombre dyed pieces, shibori and invented randomly patterned fabric. You may even have time and desire to dye a scarf.

You will have the use of a very large indigo dye vat and a variety of fabric types, including cottons, silks, hemp, bamboo, and linen.

$90 per day with an additional $25 materials fee (cash is preferred, but checks will be accepted) to be collected at the beginning of class.

For the first workshop, please RSVP by Friday, March 15th and for the second workshop RSVP by Friday, April 12th if possible. Workshop size 4-6 participants.

To register email or call 207-721-3141

Indicate the workshop you wish to attend and provide your phone number.

Once registered, I will send all necessary details.

Twig Hut Construction Gardiner, ME

305 Water Street in Gardiner, Maine

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
March 7, 8, 9, 14,15, 16, and 21, 22, 23

Susan Perrine will be on site weaving two twig structures, 8 feet tall. Visitors are welcome to visit and help in the process.

pics are of ‘Spiral’ a hut built by Colby and Susan Perrine in Woolwich