Mixed-media makers who use encaustic techniques are so numerous – and enamored of wax – that they gather annually in Massachusetts to learn more. Marci McDade waxes lyrical as she takes you inside 2014’s confab to lift the lid on the liquid and luminous qualities of working with this hot medium.
Let SDA Journal Editor Marci McDade take you inside a College Art Association conference via her recent mission to evaluate the visibility of textile arts at the 2014 meeting. Get her informed overview of the resources and range of presentations on offer at this annual event for arts educators.
60 mph winds that swirl dust around the Burning Man festival each year make a harsh environment for textile arts. But Cameron Mason was unfazed when the 2014 “Caravansary” theme incited her to collaborate on an installation of glowing banners based on designs from ancient Silk Road cultures. Let her photo essay take you there…
Get state-of-the-art training – ahead of the pack – in this new Masters program in Surface Imaging at Philadelphia University (PA). Let program mastermind and designer Hitoshi Ujiie show you around the leading-edge facilities and on-going evolution in this new field – which includes laser cutting as well as 3-D printing processes. An SDA NewsBlog exclusive!
Encaustic is HOT. If you’ve been curious about trying this waxy medium – which is often combined with textiles – find out how it transformed Paula Roland’s art practice and career. If you’re already using it, get inspired by her work and the tools she’s invented to make it. It’s all here.
Unless you watermark the images you upload to the Wild West of the World Wide Web, your work may be spread far and wide – without giving you the credit. Digital diva Lynne Bruning tells how easy it is to add your mark via free apps and available tools. Just do it!
Love Japanese textiles? Artist and independent scholar Yoshiko Wada’s annual tours of Japan give you access to textile arts in studios, homes, galleries and museums that you’d never see without her special connections – built over a lifetime of research and advocacy. Barbara Shapiro shares highlights from the 2014 trip.
Ever intimidated by the complex math involved in dyeing fabric by weight to get consistent – and reproducible – results? Let dyeing alchemist Diane Franklin’s 2-part eBook wipe away those fears with her unique approach that lets worksheets do the calculations for you. Take your mastery of color to a new level with this comprehensive new resource.