The Beadworkers Guild of the UK is sponsoring INTERNATIONALBEADING WEEK. SOFAAR member Prof. Sam Norgard, of the Savannah College of Art and Design, has been selected by The Beadworkers Guild of the UK as a Guest Ambassador.
Event Details: The Black and White Together Project Team’s goal, led by Prof. Norgard, will collect from Makers around the world numerous black and white warped squares made with size 11 black and white Delicas. They will then assemble the works into one connected piece. Hundreds of warped squares, representing Makers of various ethnicities, are envisioned! It is their hope by offering these sessions, pre-recorded, on-line, that it will enable ease of access to Makers around the world allowing them to easily fit viewing into their schedules.
Warped square instructional video and all pattern instructions will be accessible on line.
During the week of July 27 – July 31 – each day Makers can access a pre-recorded session that will provide 25 minutes of instruction and demos on the construction of the warped square. Each day a different pattern, using only black and white size 11 Delicas, will be explored. In addition, 20 minutes of each session will be used to discuss the state of the art of beads by highlighting the works of various bead artists in the world today. Session links will be posted on International Bead Week website.
It is their vision that Makers interested in contributing to this piece will view the instructional sessions and contribute the warped square(s) they construct to the compilation of the final project.
Anna Amegah is a refugee – a single mother with 4 children – who lives in the area. She can sew but doesn’t have a machine. Funds are very limited and she wonders if anyone has one they are not using they would give to her. If you can help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOOD NEWS: When renewing or purchasing a membership, SOFAAR can now accept e-transfers to email address email@example.com. The e-transfer will automatically be deposited into SOFAAR’s chequing account; no password is required. We hope this will make payment easier during this difficult time and in the future.
In the April/May issue of Snippets we announced that, due to interruption of our ability to host Saturday Snips or provide workshops, all members in good standing as of March 2021 would have their membership extended for 3 months.
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 social distancing requirements, that extension has been increased to 6 months. We are looking into options for programming that might involve meeting via Skype or Zoom and we hope to resume Saturday Snips as early as September if circumstances allow. In the meantime, we’d love to see your works-in-progress. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post them here on the website.
In light of the pandemic and the need for social distancing, the SOFAAR Board has cancelled upcoming sessions of Saturday Snips until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions about upcoming meetings as the need arises. In the meantime, we’re lucky that fibre arts can be practiced in isolation.
This is a good time to finish UFO’s and start challenging new projects.
While Saturday Snips is on hold, we’ll publish monthly issues of Snippets. Send photos of what you’re working on to email@example.com and we’ll include them in the next issue.
As you are no doubt already know the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 to have reached pandemic status. At this time in Canada, as reported on the Government of Canada Health site, 80% of cases are travellers and 10% are close contacts of those travellers. There are no confirmed cases in Nova Scotia at the time of writing but this can change in a moment and progress rapidly. With this in mind let us take the following precaution:
Anyone returning within the last 14 days from a country or province with confirmed COVID-19 cases, or been in contact with anyone who has, DO NOT attend the AGM event.
We all need our immune systems to be at their best so anyone suffering colds and seasonal flu please stay at home as well.
We are all going to have parts to play in the coming weeks. If it falls to me that my part is to stay home, I will immerse myself in fibre projects and be glad to do so. If we all do our part the show and tells once the contagion has abated could be amazing.
When I became SOFAAR president I never imagined penning such an email, but at this conjuncture I feel it is essential.
Our program Getting Started, a presentation by Karen Michael Warner, originally set for January 19, 2020, is rescheduled to Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 1:30 pm, at the Paradise Community Hall, weather permitting. If we have to cancel, we will post it on our web site, www.sofaar.ca and on our Facebook page, FibreSOFAAR, on the morning of the 26th, so please check before leaving.
This program is open and free to all our members; non-members will be charged a $10.00 fee. You are welcome to attend even if you did not resister for the 19th.
Please let us know you are coming at firstname.lastname@example.org so we know how many chairs to put out. This is not a strict requirement but if we know you are coming we can inform you by email of a cancellation.
If we do have to cancel the event we will reschedule it for a Sunday in March or April when the weather may be more cooperative.
The Program Committee
P.S. Karen’s presentation will touch on the following topics: -Sourcing good reference material
-What constitutes a good reference for a work of fibre -Shape, Tone, Colour
-Colour temperature and how it affects the look of a work
-Composition and breaking up of borders, cutting things off and dynamic viewpoints -Understanding tonality; making plains recede
-Thumbnails and colour studies: How to do them and in what medium.