by Sandy Fahy
Photo by SANDI FAHY
Surface Design Guild Encourages Creativity
Surface design is the coloring, pattering, structuring and transformation of fabric, fiber and other materials. It involves the creative exploration of processes such as dyeing, painting, stitching, printing, embellishing, quilting, weaving, knitting, felting, beading, basket making, polymer clay, crochet and papermaking. There is a local organization which brings together persons who share an interest in the above arts. The Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild meets the second Monday of the month at Lighthouse of Pinellas, 6925 112th Circle N., Suite 103, in Largo. It is there members exchange and expand their techniques. Educational workshops are also scheduled each month at the Beach Art Center in Indian Rocks Beach to encourage creativity and innovation among the members.
Members of the group hail from all over the Tampa Bay area. Some come from as far away as Tampa, Lutz, New Port Richey and St. Petersburg to attend the meetings and workshops. From time to time, their work can be seen at local art shows. The Surface Design Guild was among the exhibitors at the recent Beauty and the Beach Festival in Indian Rocks Beach.
Most of the members also belong to the 30-year-old International Surface Design Association, which is dedicated to increasing the awareness, understanding and appreciation of textiles in the art and design communities as well as in the general public through publications, exhibitions and conferences.
Annual membership fee in the local organization is $25. A nominal fee is charged for the workshops. For more information on the group, you may call (727) 580-7839.