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Green Textile Travel in Turkey

by Connie Strayer

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.

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Textile Travel in Canada: Triennale Outaouais 2013

by Joe Lewis

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.

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Winning Works: “Fabricate” SDA 2013 Fashion Show

by Judy Bales

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.

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SEFEA: Life Support for Fiber Arts Educators

by Jess Jones

Who doesn’t need good advice and mentoring when navigating a career in academia? Georgia State University Professor Jess Jones takes us inside Southeast Fiber Educators Association’s annual meetings, offering a model for other college-level educators who could benefit from their agenda and example.

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Textile Design Inspiration: Past & Present

by Susanne Goetz

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.

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“Skin Deep” in a Portuguese Castle

by Pat Loucks

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.

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Book Review: Digital Jacquard Design

by Bhakti Ziek

Well-known weaver/educator Bhakti Ziek gives a big thumbs up to this new book in print by SDA Member Julie Holyoke. Let Master Weaver Ziek take you through her experience of the gorgeous photography and comprehensive technical information provided by this important new weaving resource.

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Link About This: Mixed Media Makers + More

by Mickie McCormic

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.

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New Product Review: The Wonderz of WireKnitZ

by Kathie Kerler

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.

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