Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Surface Design Conference:

Well, next week Thursday June 6, this conference starts in (hopefully) sunny San Antonio (USA).
Sadly to say only very few international (oversea) members signed up (9 in total) which I feel is very disappointing. What to say... I myself am flying next Monday via Houston to San Antonio arriving late afternoon. On wednesday I am taking the fiber tour, visiting 2 musea and Jane Dunnewold's studio. We will be treated to some couleur locale during on the following link to see where we are going..      

The conference days will be filled with meetings, visiting exhibitions (my favourite part), a trunkshow and a vendors' market, but also demonstrations and lectures. I am really looking forward to be part of this.

After the conference I am taking a 2-day E-textiles workshop with Lynne Bruning. This is very exciting as well. A good idea maybe to invite Lynne to come to Tilburg and teach the same overhere.

I will try to post images and reports while attending, but also on my facebook page.
So pls keep an eye out for more news!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Upcoming Events

Well, the idea and intention to enter more and regular posts was good, except that I now notice I completely failed to do so for almost a year. Mostly due to personal circumstances I must admit.
So I will not promiss to become a regular blogger anymore.

My personal circumstances changed dramatically last December:
my husband passed away and I am sort of picking up the pieces right now after a year of struggling and fighting. I do hope I am forgiven. So far my personal news - now back to more pleasant news:

On 20 and 21 April this event will take place in Essen Belgium. There will be exhibitions, a few workshops and a vendor market.
15 suppliers will attend and offer materials and books related to (art)quilting, felting and mixed media.
Zijdelings will take part as well, and Gil De Vloo will be demonstrating for me that weekend.
For more information about the various activities pls check

Also coming up, the 17th international Surface Design Conference, this time held in San Antonio (Texas/USA) from June 6 - 9 2013. This event is for members only and will include various very interesting lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions, a fashion show and also a vendor fair plus members'trunk show.

Before and after this conference several workshops are being held as well. For the full programme and info regarding membership pls check and visit the SDA website

Being the EU representative I already entered my registration for the conference, the fiber study tour and one of the post conference workshops. Flight and hotel are also booked. SO - San Antonio here I come....are you joining me?? I do hope to see more Europeans than last time.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Upcoming (inter)national textile related events

My apologies first for not entering new messages and sharing information sooner. I realise I am not a social media fan by heart but I will try to write more often.  I want to inform you about the following textile events:

* on 16 & 17 March the "Textiel Plus Kunstdagen" are being held in Deventer.There will be a suppliers market where a.o. Zijdelings will have a booth selling materials.
On my stand there will be various demonstrations by Annette Jeukens (SDAmember) on Friday, and
on Saturday Gil De Vloo (from Belgium) will show and tell about completely different topics. For information regarding the event pls go to

* on March 30 - April 1 the  SDA - SAQA joint conference "Identity: Context & Reflection" will be held in Philadelphia (USA). Unfortunately I will not be able to attend this one myself.
For more information pls visit the SDA website and check under conferences where you will find all relevant details. Let me know if you are going and pls send me a report and some images to share with your fellow members here in Europe.

* on 22-26 August Chunghie Lee is organizing her "Korean Bojagi Forum". Chunghie taught a wonderful BOJAGI class at my studio in 2010. She is following her dream and holding a special BOJAGI conference in South Korea. If you are interested to participate and for more information pls check

Monday, January 2, 2012

Season Greetings

I want to wish everybody a warm New Year with lots of happines, good health and of course creativity. Right before the year ended Leesa Hubbell placed a report - written by Mirjam Pet - of the SDA EU conference which took place last October.

If you are interested to read her story pls follow this link

Your feedback will be appreciated

Saturday, November 26, 2011

New link added

Welcome to the British Members - Chrissie Day (UK rep for the SDA) has started a special UK blog.
pls visit our fellow European members'blog at

Saturday, November 5, 2011


While writing this report, I realise i should have written and published this much earlier. But somehow blogging is not yet a true part of my daily and digital life. But I think I owe it to all participants to do so.

In spite of the fact it was only a small group it was a very successful, pleasant and informative gathering. But let me start from the beginning...

We started on Wednesday 19/10 with a 2-day class about Encaustic Fiber Art led by Cherilyn Martin (UK/NL). 5 persons joined us in my studio, of which 1 actual SDA member: Judy Alexander, Canadian but also living partly in he UK.  NOTE: This class could not have run without the outsiders.

On Thursday 20/10 I took a small group (8 persons) to VLISCO and the Lace Museum. Visiting them was on my wishlist for a long time. Especially the visit to Vlisco since they have a very strict policy in letting people in. It was amazing to see their production facilities: starting at the washing, bleaching and mercerizing, via printing the wax with big rollers on the cloth, the indigo dyeing  (7 dippings), removing the wax and printing on top again,  to the quality control and making up department..le veritable wax hollandais arose for our eyes. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take any pictures. We also visited their private museum, where they keep all their designs on paper, the actual wax rollers and the print swatches - in fact a hughe library but not open to the public normally - and their shop where we could buy their amazing fabrics, but also their accessories (scarves and handbags). And guess what, we all spent some money there! I definitely want to go back to the shop to buy some more farics. Every 3 months new designs are offered for sale.
an example of a
vlisco boutique in Africa

loads of printing blocks

print swatches library

Around noon we went to the Lace Museum in Horst, where we enjoyed an excellent lunch and got an extensive tour thru the museum with an English speaking guide. He showed us how lace was made in former days - a very informative afternoon!

overview of old
bobbin lace machines
needle lace machine

Next day - Friday 21/10 - the conference started in my studio at 10 am. We had 35 participants: 16 SDA members, 6 NON members, 6 lecturers, 5 demonstrators and 2 staff (myself and Judith, my assistant).
The level of the lectures was very high and related to the theme ECOVISION. We started with Anco Sneep, owner of Rubia who started to grow madder again here in Holland. He explained the route he had to take to get where he is nowadays: on an industrial production level, serving large industries.
Next came Nan Groot Antink who showed us her amazing path in working with natural dyes. Just the opposite of a large scale industrial production: for those of you who are interested in her work I would advise you to check BLOOM magazine nr 20 (Tinctorial), Li Edelkoort's trendbook. Nan is mentioned in that special and beautiful edition. The morning ended with a lecture about discharging natural dyes from Leentje van Hengel, owner of Tinctoria, a studio / shop in Amsterdam.

After lunch Rosalie van Deursen (art historian) gave an excellent lecture about African Art and Mali in particular. Followed by Linda Hanssen (curator at the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam) with a talk about Okinawan textiles: local materials and natural dyes. The last inspiring lecture was from Frieda Sorber, curator of the Fashion Museum in Antwerp about old textile printing techniques in Europe, in particular the Voortman collection the museum holds in their archives.
Around 3pm we moved to the AUDAX Textile Museum, where we were met by Caroline Boot (curator of the museum) who explained how the museum works and a.o. commissions artists, and let them produce work in their magnificent digital textle laboratory, followed by a guided tour thru the new exhibition i-FABRIC, showcasting experimental recent work from European Textile Artists.
The day was concluded with an informal reception and buffet  at the museum cafe to enable members to mix and mingle and continue networking.

On Saturday 22/10 we started in my studio again with a show and tell / trunkshow from 10am till noon. After lunch everybody moved again to the museum for 3 very different demonstrations given by Magie Relph(UK):African blue/hands on lecture, Olga Prins (NL) cutting and fusing polyester fabrics and nonwovens with a special soldering iron, and Eszter Bornemisza (Hungary)a watersoluble demo called Thread traps.
Around 3pm we went back to my studio where 2 other demo's were held: printing with natural dyes by Emily Halvorsen (Norway) and encaustic monoprinting by Cherilyn Martin (NL/UK)
The conference ended around 6pm.
Magie Relph -
African blue talk and demo

Olga Prins demo

Eszter Bornemisza explaining

Emily Halvorsen demo

Cherilyn Martin Encaustic Demo

The week there after  two more low tech workshops were held in my studio, related to the conference.
On Wednesday 26/10 Rosalie van Deursen came back again to teach a class in BOGOLAN, printing with mud. And on Thursday 27/10 we had Wieteke Opmeer with a workshop Eco dyeing and printing with Eucalyptus. Both days were very successful. We had 11 participants for the Bogolan (of which 4 were SDA members) and 7 persons for the Eucalyptus (also 4 SDA members) - so these classes could also not have run if we did not have non members who signed up. A sad conclusion if I may say!
student examples bogolan

student work bogolan

Wieteke Opmeer explaining
eco dyeing with eucalyptus

eco dyeing color sample range
from a student

student work eucalyptus
hanging to dry

My studio feels empty now, waiting for another group to come and work. The smell of the eucalyptus is still in the air. It will fade and go away, but I do hope to be able to continue to act as a rep for the SDA in Europe. I must say I still feel disappointed about the fact we only had 16 members signing up. I had hoped for more.

So for those of you who came - thank you! Also a big Thank You to all the demonstrators and lecturers who shared their knowledge. And for those of you who could not make it this time...I hope to meet and greet you at the next SDA EU conference.
As from now...suggestions are welcome!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Changes around Ecovision

Unfortunately Ana Lisa Hedstrom will not be crossing the ocean to come and teach 2 workshops as announced. Registration for both her workshops was so low that we agreed to cancel them.

This means however that she can not lecture on the first conference day. The cost of a ticket from LA to AMS is too high a burden on the actual conference budget. I do hope everybody will understand that.

We still need some 10 persons to sign up and let it work. Hopefully we will succeed.