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In Search of Textile Arts at College Art Association

by SDA Journal Editor Marci Rae McDade

Let Marci Rae 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.

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Jane Dunnewold Steps Down as SDA President

by Jeanne Beck

Incoming SDA President Jeanne Beck gives a general overview of artist, author and educator Jane Dunnewold’s thoughtful and decisive tenure and service as SDA President from April 2012 through June 2014.

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In Praise of Melinda Lowy: An SDA Superhero

by NewsBlog Editor Leesa Hubbell

Melinda Lowy is a mild-mannered SDA action figure who has worked tirelessly to expand SDA’s mission of advocacy for the textile arts. Get the full story from 5 SDA leaders who pull back the curtain to reveal all she has contributed behind the scenes for the benefit of all.

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Shop Talk: How Encaustic Heat & Wax Transformed My Creative Process

by Paula Roland

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.

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On Campus: UWGB’s Grow-Your-Own Flax Project

by Alison Gates

The Flax Project at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay gives new meaning to “grow your own.” Find out how faculty worked across disciplines to make it happen from seed to multi-use fiber – and how happy-making the process was for everyone. Art Department Chair (and SDA Member) Alison Gates tells all.

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Careful Curation Creates “Cross Pollination”

by Lois Martin

Let Lois Martin take you on a virtual tour of a recent show of mixed media work by SDA Members Patricia Malarcher & Larry Schulte. Get a deeper understanding of how curator Jennifer Mitchell-Nevin amped up the visual interaction with skillful and intuitive curation.

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DVD Review: Youngmin Lee’s Bojagi “How-to”

by Mary Ruth Smith

Let artist/educator Mary Ruth Smith be your guide to SDA member Youngmin Lee’s new DVD about Korean bojagi. Get a bit of historical overview as well as a taste of instruction on offer in this how-to resource that includes a range of stitches + finishing techniques. It’s all here.

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TextileArtist.org: New Site For The Fiber Zeitgeist

by Joseph PItcher

Sons of UK stitch artist Sue Stone created TextileArtist.org as “a place for textile artists & art enthusiasts to be inspired, learn from the best, promote their work & communicate with like-minded creatives.” Let co-founder Joe Pitcher tell you the now and why of this new voice for textile arts advocacy, here:

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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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