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Monday, March 9, 2020

Bonnie Jo Fiber Arts: "She Votes" Altered Book Project

Bonnie Jo Fiber Arts: "She Votes" Altered Book Project: I am authoring with the backing of Southern California Women's Caucus for Arts wonderful board an Altered Book. The book is to celebrate...

"She Votes" Altered Book Project

I am authoring with the backing of Southern California Women's Caucus for Arts wonderful board an Altered Book. The book is to celebrate the Centennial of the 19th Amendment!
Any Women's Caucus for Art member from any Chapter or member at large is welcome to participate. This is a exciting time for us and we need to stand tall!
I would love to have your 4 x 6 x 1/4 piece of original art to place in the book. More than one piece is welcome.
So here is the information you need to know!

Not a member no problem you can join my Chapter at or on WCA's National web site at This a wonderful organization I have been a member of since 2008.
Please be part of this wonderful project.  As many of you who know I love acknowledging any hard working person. So lets create a piece of original art to celebrate this Centennial Anniversary.
                                       She Votes Altered Book Project
This project is timed to run concurrent with the Feminist Art Coalition, a national project by U.S.
art institutions to mark the Centennial of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. There
will be many exhibitions and programs this year. Many will address its failure to protect women of color
and spotlight enduring inequities across the nation. Locally, MOCA, the Hammer, ICA and others are
What: SCWCA artist and board member Bonnie J. Smith is creating an altered artist’s book to
commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, a woman’s right to vote. Bonnie J. Smith is
the editor and coordinator of this project with support from the SCWCA board.
Deadline: All works of art must be received no later than June 10, 2020.
Who: Open to Women’s Caucus for Art members in good standing.
Specifications: Create an original work of art to be pasted into a leather-bound volume. Prints,
collage, paintings, drawings, mixed media, fiber and photographic artworks are all acceptable.
Abstractions, text, narratives are all welcome that address this theme.
Size : May not exceed 4” x 6” x ¼ .”
Artists may submit a second work of art for possible inclusion in the book. Unused works may be
included in exhibits or returned to the artist.
Mail: Each artwork and Signed Release Form must be mailed directly to Bonnie J. Smith and
received by June 10, 2020. Attach a label on the back of the artwork.
Address: Bonnie J. Smith, 1237 S. Victoria Avenue, #426, Oxnard, California. 93035.
Email JPEG: Send JPEG sized 4x6 @ 300 dpi labeled your name and title of
work. Example: Smith_VotingHeaven.jpg.
• Artworks will be scanned so copies may be used in an exhibition, video or printed volume.
• The original book will be displayed at various events, exhibitions and venues.
• The book will also be submitted for inclusion in a museum archive, such as the Getty Research
Institute that holds our chapter papers or similar.
Fees: There are no submission fees associated with this project.
She Votes Altered Book Project
SCWCA Art and Image Release Form
EDITOR: Bonnie J. Smith
SPONSORED BY: Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art (SCWCA), a California 501 (c) (3)
Artwork Title
File Name:
Artwork Title
File Name:
Permission is granted to the Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art and Bonnie J. Smith to
include the original artwork and/or reproduce images of works listed above in print or digital form and
for marketing purposes in print, online or social media.
Signature: Date:
Please complete, sign and mail the original form along with your artwork to Bonnie J. Smith. Be
sure to make a copy for your records.
Address: Bonnie J. Smith, 1237 S. Victoria Avenue, #426, Oxnard, California. 93035

Saturday, March 7, 2020


My textile artwork "DACA" was accepted into 13th International Textile Art Biennial "Scythia". I have been in the minature division many times but this is my first time to enter the full Biennial. The textile is 9ft x 6 ft and tells the story of the Dreamers to the current date.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Indigo 2 Piece dress

I have created a dress from some of my hand dipped Indigo fabrics.  Having always wanted to create a wearable art garmet this was my chance. It was such fun! The skirt was create from a cottonsheeting  wood resist indigo bath dipping. The top is made from linen which actually started as a pair of slacks!
I used sashiko stitiching on the skirt patches. The skirt patches were recylced denim jeans I have had for probably ten years just laying around for such a project.

The 2 Piece Dress was accepted into the 2019-12-07 2019-12-28 America/New_York Wearable Art Competition & Exhibition
The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce A Stitch to Wear: Wearable Art Competition & Exhibition, December 7-28, 2019!
This juried competition will focus on art as attire, and will include anything that can be worn, including jewelry. Artists will submit a body of work and will be invited to participate, possibly including multiple pieces.
                            About the Juror
Renate Maile-Moskowitz, of Smithsonian Associates, was the juror.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Red - A Voyage Into Color by Valentina Cirasola

RED-A Voyage Into Colors
"Red - A Voyage Into Colors"

My friend Valentina Cirasola has this new book out. Valentina is a very successful Interior Decorator in The San Francisco Bay Area, she also leads tours back to her homeland of Italy.
The book is also about color and our relationships with different colors. Give it a look! Just click through.

My best to all and keep being creative!

Bonnie J. Smith
BonnieSmith 5800 - Instagram
"keep swimming upstream"

Saturday, October 19, 2019


                                               "We Are All Rosie's", 40h x 30w - 800.00

                       My textile artwork "We Are All Rosie's" is currently at Neutra Gallery through October 27, 2019 at 2379 Glendale Blvd., Silverlake, Los Angeles. Hours are Mon. - Fri. 1:00 - 4:00 and by appointment. The #ENOUGH exhibit is Southern California Women's Caucus for Art sponsored and the review of the exhibit by Art and Cake Magazine is at

                       If you are interested in purchasing the textile contact me


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Pacific Ocean At It's Best!

I made this video to be inspire me while I am creating my new installation.  The installation will be textiles that depict what is happening beneath the waves of the Pacific Ocean. When it is finished the entire video installation will be available for everyone to view. I do hope the installation will entice you to love the Ocean's of our earth as much as I do and appreciate this natural wonder of our world.

My Best, Bonnie

Thursday, May 2, 2019

France Patchwork Guild: Article by Catherine Bonte

The France Patchwork Guild, contacted me in January about writing an article in there magazine "Patchwork" about my textiles. Naturally, I said yes! Catherine Bonte the President of the Guild wrote the wonderful article and highlighting several of my textiles. A big thank you to Catherine and her Guild. The Guild boasts over 15,000 members and still growing.  I have always enjoyed viewing textiles from other countries as techniques really do vary from country to country.
The article is in French and when I do a google translation it really comes out choppy, which normally does not happen with google translate. The magazine hits the stores end of May. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

2019/2020 San Francisco Art's Commission Prequalified Artist Pool

Just received notice I was accepted into the 2019/2020 Prequalified Artist Pool by the San Francisco Arts Commission's Public Art Program! This is for projects up to Five Hundred Thousand Dollars. This was a really nice email to receive!

 Below is "Alviso" one of the multiple entries I submitted to be accepted into the Artist Pool.
photo by Spring Mountain Gallery, Half Moon Bay

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

"Thoughts of the Mind Interpretations in Indigo"


My book about the Indigo Installation I created and my early childhood years that I wrote in 2014 is being placed in  SAQA Archives at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. This is so huge for me after this much time has passed and now Studio Art Quilt Associates of which I am a long time Juried Artist Member has decided to give me this honor. They feel it is a important addition for future researchers to be able to access.
A pdf of the book is available on Blurb for 9.99 or you can order the soft cover book from me for 24.50 plus 1.75 for shipping within the U.S.