About the Team


Executive Board:

Christina fairley Erickson       Christina Fairley Erickson
Executive Director
Christina started organizing and curating fiber art exhibitions in 2010, and worked as the Exhibitions Chairperson for the Contemporary QuiltArt Association for two years. She has experience in all stages of group exhibition management: contacting and working with venues, jury selection and jury process, managing the call for artwork, planning out the art placement in the gallery space, setting up receptions, and show installation and take-down. As a fiber and mixed media artist, Christina’s work has been exhibited internationally, at such venues as the National Quilt Museum (Paducah, KY), the Patchwork and Design Festivals (Rio and Sao Paulo, Brazil), the Sookmyung Women’s University Museum (Seoul, Korea), the Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum (Seoul, Korea), The Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition, Seattle Center’s 50th anniversary celebration, La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum and more. Christina’s professional background includes being a website designer and developer, being in charge of finances for a small aerospace firm, and managing a small company with 50 employees. She is currently working through the “Design and Stitch” diploma program at the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts in La Conner.
Barbara Matthews       Barbara Matthews
Surface Design Association Washington State Representative
Barbara Matthews has curated eight shows in her seven years as an artist. In her prior life, she served as project manager of major national, multidisciplinary, academic research projects at the University of Washington funded by the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control resulting in over ten peer reviewed journal articles. Barbara started her career as co-owner with her husband of Kleos Corporation, a business information system developer. She served as vice president where she conducted marketing, legal, and financial functions. She graduated with a Master in Business Administration and a certificate from the Fiber Arts Certificate Program at the University of Washington.
Maura DoneganMaura Donnegan
Education Director
Maura Donegan is an artist living and working in Issaquah, WA. She received her B.A. from University College, Dublin, Ireland. She subsequently studied at City and Guilds of London, UK, receiving diplomas in design and embroidery and a certificate in patchwork and quilting. She lived in Ireland and Canada until 1998, when she moved to the US. Her stitched work consists mostly of lace cloths created from silk organza and thread, with some small sculptural works.
Maura’s strong interest in language and history inspires her work, and her preferred medium is embroidery.
She has exhibited in the Quilt and Textile Museum, LaConner, at Catherine Person Gallery and Method Gallery in Seattle, and extensively in the PNW.

Fiber Fusion Regional Show Chairs:

Vicki Gerton, Allied Arts Gallery, Richland, WA
Crystal Edwards, VALA Art Center, Redmond, WA
Sue Scott and Barbara Houshmand Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA
Peggy O’Heron Former SDA Washington Representative, Schack Art Center, Everett, WA

Fiber Fusion Volunteers:

Judith Noble, Finance Director
Claire Jones, Web Master
Carla Stehr, Entry Confirmations and Digitial Preparation
Lisa Palmatier, Juror contracts
Carys Hamer, Publicity distribution
Rebecca Wachtman, Manage blog and Facebook

Fiber Fusion Advisory Board:

Catherine Kirsch, SDA Member Resource Team
Jennifer Love, Former SDA Representative for British Columbia
Larkin Van Horn, Whidbey Island Surface Design

Fiber Fusion Steering Committee:

Judith Noble, Seattle
Vicki Gerton, South Central
Pat Herkal, North Peninsula
Colleen Wooton, Whidbey Island Surface Design

SDA-WA Local Group Leaders:

Terry Berg and Ann Maki, Seattle
Crystal Edwards, Eastside
Vicki Gerton, South Central
Faith Hagenhofer, South Sound
Brenda Lovie and Laura Schmidt, Whidbey Island Surface Design
Jeannie McMacken, North Peninsula
Geraldine Warner, North Central
Valerie Wootton, North Sound

For location of the areas and email addresses for the leaders see http://surfacedesignwa.com/meetings/.