Turkey is a major textile center and hosts textile-focused conferences each year. SDA Member (and costume designer) Connie Strayer attended “Green Textiles; Slow Fashion” event in Antalya at Akdeniz University to experience – and give us an overview of – a textile arts conference à la Turque.
Canada has been bringing the textile arts action non-stop with 3 comprehensive events in the last 2 years. Let self-proclaimed “textile gossip” Joe Lewis take you to La Triennale Internationale des Arts Textiles en Outaouais 2013 – to sample international talent spread across the beauty of Ottawa.
Award Jurors Judy Bales & John Marshall get real about the challenge of judging fashion shows as well as the rationale behind their winning choices for SDA 2013 Member Fashion Show “Fabricate”. View the winning work plus comments by awardees and sage advice from judges.
Textile designers don’t get much attention – or recognition. Bard Graduate Center Gallery (NYC) has put the design process front and center in an extraordinary show about a unique collaboration between anthropologists & designers in early 20th c. USA. Susanne Goetz of FIT gives an overview of where inspiration comes from – then and now.
Canadian SDA Member Pat Loucks found an artist’s residency in Portugal, then a nearby gallery in a castle that offered her a solo exhibition. Exploring botanicals as stains, dyes and pigments, after attending Karen Casselman workshops & a lecture by India Flint, Loucks created her show of “Skin Deep” textiles. Find out how.
If you haven’t yet explored & experimented with customized print-on-demand services like Zazzle, Skinit and Spoonflower, let Candace Edgerley be your guide to getting your work out there in unexpected ways. This holiday season, create highly personalized gifts that share – and start conversations about – your talent.
Cyber-surfer Mickie McCormic has bagged a new bunch of links to fascinating work; this time with a mixed media theme. A dazzling beaded skull, kinetic metal “couture”, quilted maps – and more. Get stoked on this wave of fresh work from around the WWW.
Get wired in the New Year with WireKnitz – a new product with major mixed media mojo. Get inspired by work, ranging from jewelry adornments to sculpture and assemblage, using the ultra-flexible and many-hued tubular knit. Let Kathie Kerler get you in the loop about the wonders of this new material, here.
Wrap your mind – and some wrapping paper – around this remarkable range of recently-published books about textiles. Make the textile tribe members on your holiday list very happy or add to your own library of ideas. All are available via Amazon.com link, inside, which gives back to SDA at no cost to you.