October 16, 2017
Surface Design Association is excited to announce “Color”, our Fall edition of Surface Design Journal! This Journal considers the theme of color from multiple angles and viewpoints–from aesthetic decisions and color theory to color’s weight as cultural significance.
Here’s a little preview of what you’ll discover:
1) “Category Is: Rainbow Linen Realness” by Danny Orendorff explores Jesse Harrod’s brightly colored macramé sculptures and installations that reference the wondrous diversity of bodies, parts, and pleasures.
2) “Marie Watt and an Ecology of Cultural Imagination” by Fiona P. McDonald, PhD. invites us to think about the way memories function in our material world, and our role in the stewardship of knowledge through the transformation of everyday objects like blankets.
3) “Following the Creative Path of Color Theory” by Sharla Jean Hoskin examines the origins of scientific inquiry into color theory, and how those concepts are exemplified in the quilts on display at the group exhibition Quilt National 2017: The Best in Contemporary Quilts, organized by the Dairy Barn Arts Center.
4) “Jeffrey Gibson: Post-Contact” by Jenelle Porter explores a recent body of work by Gibson that features heavily adorned punching bags whose colors and text praise racial, sexual, and gender acceptance.
5) “Josh Faught: The Prose of Safe Spaces” by Leora Lutz spotlights the intuitive process in which Faught works–allowing narratives to naturally unfold through the use of collected ephemera, yarns, and “things”–to create weavings that reference pop culture, blankets, and personal experiences.
6) “Black Fashion Designers” by Eulanda Sanders reviews the 2017 FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) exhibition of the same name, which celebrates the contributions of over 60 Black designers, retailers, and models from around the world over the past 40 years.
7) “Recreating 14th Century Silks” by Julie Holyoke recalls the collaborative reconstruction process of recreating eight silk textiles at Peers & Company atelier in Antananarivo, Madagascar for the European Hansemuseum in Lübeck, Germany.
8) By Design, “Trending Now: Earth Matters” by Monika Auch surveys the innovative work commenting on sustainability as a trend, from the exhibition Earth Matters at the Dutch TextielMuseum in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
9) In the Studio, “Sustainable Studio Design & Environmental Responsibility” by Gretchen Morrissey spotlights the North Carolina studio that eliminates synthetic chemicals, encourages biodiversity, and focuses on a design process that promotes resilience within our ecological landscape.
10) First Person by Joanne Arnett looks at The Rogue Gallery series and the process Arnett goes through to create the weavings and imbue her own narrative into the colors.
11) Made Aware, “Ramekon O’Arwisters Crochet Jam: Making Space for Change” by Leora Lutz examines the devotion O’Arwisters has to engaging the public in meaningful ways through his Crochet Jam–a social practice participatory project where people are invited to crochet together.
In this edition we also say goodbye to our beloved Editor since 2012, Marci Rae McDade. Marci created such wonderful Journals that fueled the conceptual and member growth of SDA. We wish her the best of luck in her new endeavours into recharging her studio practice and whatever other exciting adventures await her!