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                            Lucy Barter and Lauren Yeager during SNAD Talks Back webinar. March 2022.                


Dear SNADers,

All over the world, but significantly in SF, June is known as Pride month. Pride month is considered to be an important holiday, one that details the history of the LGBTQ+ community finding acceptance in the world. Pride Month is also a time for each individual to be proud of who they are and the unique offerings they have to bring to the world. 
 
We all can benefit from understanding our uniqueness and how we matter. What our ‘butterfly effect’ on the world has been. Often, those qualities that make us stand out can also make us feel different, unwelcome or less than. But this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
 
Since time immemorial, the art world has been a home for people of all ages, orientations, and walks of life to find refuge. Creative spaces welcome people who are creative about how they live their lives. As part of our belief in access and equity, SNAD provides an environment where everyone is accepted, valued and respected, while fostering a strong sense of belonging for all individuals. We are proud to support equality for all.
 
What is your ‘butterfly effect'? What are you proud of? How do you express your uniqueness? How does your stitching, sewing, or art practice support your personal expression? We hope that you feel a sense of community and appreciation at SNAD - whether you are remote or down the street. We hope to continue to grow our community of stitchers, educators, supporters, artists, enthusiasts, dreamers, preservationists, historians, collectors, young and old, and everyone in between. Our arms can fit around you all.
 
June Highlights:

  • Our Stitch-at-Home Challenge Exhibition, Out of This World, will open on June 3.
  • Outside In featuring the work of Katie Strachan and Devi Vallabhaneni has been extended through the end of June.
  • SAVE THE DATE! World Embroidery Day is July 30 and SNAD has a very special event planned featuring Ukranian Embroidery Artist Hanna Rohatynska. Register here.
  • Coming soon: Studying the Making of the Bayeux Tapestry, by Alexandra Makin on July 13 and A Conversation with Doug Kreinik from the Kreinik Manufacturing Company on July 27.
  • In-person Stitch-Ins are Thursdays from 2-4p at SNAD. Laura Tandeske will be your host. Drop in anytime between 2 and 4!
  • Membership has its perks! June’s Membership perk is an artist feature and a Webinar recording to watch at home. Become a Member of SNAD and your perks begin immediately.
  • Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey. We took your thoughts seriously. Look ahead to the fall to see some of your wishes come true!
As always, thanks for stitching with us!

Lisa Coscino
Executive Director (she/her)

THE DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
By Lisa Coscino, SFSNAD Executive Director
 
SFSNAD moved to our current location and reopened our doors to the public in September, 2021. At the time, the pandemic was still causing chaos and uncertainty and closures and postponements were part of our daily routine. Though we are not completely out of the woods, pandemic speaking, what a difference a year makes!

As we settle into summer, I want to let you all know about some really, really, REALLY exciting community-based learning programs SNAD will be offering for Fall, 2022 and beyond. The goal of our community-based learning is to enhance learning and engagement both in and outside of SNAD’s walls by connecting educators with the greater community to foster mutually beneficial relationships around the teaching of stitching, embroidery, preservation, and history. We have put our Henry Mayo Newhall Grant and matching funds to good work - building programs that focus on youth, entrepreneurial success, wellness, and professional development.

We are extremely proud of our partnership with Gateway High School in San Francisco. Launching this fall, Surface Expressions is a program for junior and senior year high school students with an interest in the arts. This program will allow students to investigate a profession in the handcrafted industry, especially needlework and fiber arts. Surface Expressions will provide students with the technical knowledge to construct, hand sew, and hand embellish their individual creations, while additionally connecting them with industry voices and "best" business practices. Teaching the building blocks for financial independence for less traditional students and creative types, Gateway students will learn how to be successful when setting up a small artisan-based business. We are grateful to the Miranda Lux Foundation for their support which has enabled us to create this wonderful opportunity.

                     
                     Embroidering on denim

We are also very proud to announce the launch of our Mentorship & Technical Certificate Program. This is the program for stitchers wishing to pursue a career in hand embroidery and needlework. The 2-year program guides students through the techniques of hand embroidery and allows them to build an individualized experience designed to fit their needs and career goals. A special focus will be the legacy and work of Erica Wilson. Wilson’s designs were published by Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. She earned the nicknames "Julia Child of embroidery" and "America's first lady of stitchery" for her work. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Wilson’s incredible career from her family, experts on crewelwork and mid-century design, and Anne Hilker, co-author of “Erica Wilson: A Life in Stitches”. This program is funded in part by Erica Wilson, Inc.


                   
                   Teaching and Mentorship in the classroom at SNAD

In the works for 2023 are two community-based learning opportunities for you to keep a lookout for. We are in the process of creating a curriculum for Rosa Parks Environmental Science Magnet in Berkeley for grades 2, 5 and 6. Different age and skill-based stitching curriculum is being created for each grade. One of the program goals for all student stitching classes is to help educate and support the next generation of embroiderers and stitchers - our way of keeping this ancient art form, contemporary, and bringing this slow craft through the hyper-fast world of the 21st century.


                 
                  Young stitchers stitching their hearts out with SNAD and the CJM in SF!

Speaking of the hyper-fast world we live in and the many disasters and distractions we face, it is worth noting that sewing is increasingly becoming recognized as an effective way to combat depression, quell anxiety, and to provide relief from inner turmoil - the absorption demanded by needlework and its flow, calming the mind and reducing stress. Most of us have heard that children are experiencing incredible stress - often resulting in harmful practices - to themselves and others. From grammar school through college, we are looking at how what we do at SNAD can help. With the help of our wider community, we hope to introduce some new program ideas that can support stitching for health and wellness in 2023.

If you are interested in learning more or supporting any of these programs, please contact kristine@sfsnad.org.
COMPREHENSIVE STUDIES PROGRAM
 

Heraldery Sampler San Francisco School of Needlework.

Our Comprehensive Studies Program will be taught in-person. Registration is open.

Registration for Summer Term CSP:
CSP Surface Embroidery Level 1: June 13-17
CSP Surface Embroidery Level 2: June 13-17

Registration for Fall Term CSP:
CSP Metalwork Level 1: October 24-28
CSP All Concentrations Level 2: October 31-November 4
and in the same realm, introducing:
Introduction to Tambour Work Level 2 with Bob Haven: October 24-28
And Sew it begins: In-Person Stitch Solutions with Lauren Yeager: October 31-Nov. 4

WEBINAR EVENT FEATURES
 
BOB HAVEN
June 8th, 10am-11:00am PST
Register here
ALEXANDRA MAKIN
July 13th, 10am-11:00am PST
Register here

IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
In-person classes and workshops are taught at 850 Battery St, San Francisco.
 
In-Person Introduction to Embroidery:
Contemporary and Traditional 
Insect
June 410am-4pm PDT

Register here
In-Person Technique Tasters
June 2 - June 30
Mornings: 10am-1pm PDT
Afternoons: 2pm-5pm PDT

Register here
Crewelwork Bud (Two-Session Class)
June 18 and 19, 10am-1pm PDT

Register here
 
Bite-Size for Beginners at NUMU featuring Allison Railo
June 23, 5pm-8pm PDT

Register here
Goldwork Butterfly
July 14, 10am-4pm PDT
Register here

 
Stumpwork Ribbon Jewelry with Tiffany Chin
July 16, 11am-4pm PDT
Register here
Mandala Design for Embroidery with Laura Tandeske
August 20, 11am-4pm PDT

Register here
Technique Tasters: Stumpwork
August 27, 10am-1pm PDT

Register here
Bite-Size for Beginners
September 18, 1:30pm-4pm PDT

Register here
And Sew It Begins: Stitch Solutions at SFSNAD with Lauren Yeager
Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 9:30am-4:30pm PDT
Register here

ONLINE CLASSES
All Online classes are taught via Zoom in Pacific Time (US and Canada)
 
Introduction to Embroidery: 
Contemporary and Traditional Geometric

June 16, 10am - 3pm PDT

Register here
Medieval Horse and Rider 
(Two-Session Class)

June 24 and July 1, 10am-1pm PDT

Register here
Koinobori Fish
June 25, 10am-1pm PDT

Register here
Lion Box (Four-Session Class)
June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21
10am-1pm PDT

Register here
Introduction to Embroidery:
Contemporary and Traditional Plant 

July 9, 10am - 3pm PDT

Register here
Tambour Moth (Three-Session Class)
July 9, July 16, July 23, 10am-1pm PDT

Register here
Goldwork Moth with Lauren Yeager (Three-Session Class)
Aug 5, Aug 12, and Aug 19
8am-11am PDT

Register here
Crewelwork Tiger with Mae McCourt 
August 13, 10am-1pm PDT

Register here
Needlelace Workshop with Lauren Yeager (Two-Session Class)
Aug 20 and Aug 27, 10am-1pm PDT

Register here
Bite-Size for Beginners
August 25, 5:30am-8pm PDT

Register here
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