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Why I Switched From Synthetic To Natural Dyes

by Catharine Ellis

Let master weaver Catharine Ellis tell you the many reasons why she now uses only natural colorants in her work. Though not necessarily easier, faster, less expensive or lightfast, the study and use of natural dyes has taken her on a mind-expanding journey to heightened sensory awareness, ecologically sound practices – and spectacular color.

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How I Build Textile Arts Community In Kansas & Missouri

by Mary Elmusa

Becoming part of a fiber-focused community is one of many reasons why makers join Surface Design Association. Find out how SDA area representative Mary Elmusa nurtures networks in Kansas/Missouri area by partnering with Kansas City Art Institute fiber department faculty and students. It’s a win-win! And get some tips for growing your creative community, here.

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“Materialities” Exhibition + Catalog Showcases Strength & Scope of Members’ Work

by NewsBlog Editor Leesa Hubbell

“Materialities: Contemporary Textile Arts” juried exhibition of SDA members’ work is on view at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts through 10/31/15 or via a special edition print catalog. View installation shots and award winners of this unprecedented benefit of membership plus link for ordering your own catalog to savor or give.

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The Business of Art: Framing & Finishing Your Work

by Dori Settles

Do you bring the same A-game to finishing your work as you do to creating it? Gallery owner Dori Settles often encounters artist who don’t. Get her insights on some red flag issues so that sloppy presentation doesn’t devalue your ideas, mastery of technique and reputation for professionalism – or the opportunity to get your work selected for exhibition.

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Why I Made Time to Get Made/Aware

by Tamryn McDermott

Whether or not you were able to attend, get an overview of some hot spots & highlights of “Made/Aware: Socially Engaged Art” – Surface Design Associaton’s 1st Craft + Concept Intensive held at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in October 2015. Emerging artist, educator (and 2nd generation SDA member!) Tamryn McDermott shares her play-by-play experience here.

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Mending Gold in the Balkans

by Brooks Harris Stevens

Brooks Harris Stevens uses the universally acknowledged value of gold – in the form of thread – to stitch healing energy into buildings and cultures. Marvel at these 2 recent installations where she mended the built environment to build awareness about the value of progress in post-communist Albania & recession-ravaged Romania, while simultaneously stretching the boundaries of the fiber medium.

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Archiving Obiko, Muse of Artwear Movement

by Ana Lisa Hedstrom

Whether you rocked the “art wear” movement of the 1970-90s yourself or are curious about its enduring impact, this new archive gives you access to the visionaries and creators who made the scene – and the look. Let artist-designer Ana Lisa Hedstrom introduce you to the inspiring resource she co-created with sister art wear doyenne Jean Cacicedo for the Textile Arts Council website.

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Following an Appliqué Trail Around the World

by Patricia Malarcher

Love textile travel? Connect to your inner adventurer via this story about the applique-driven journeys of artist Nell Sonnemann. Patricia Malarcher, esteemed former Surface Design Journal editor, has spent the last several years editing Sonnemann’s far-flung inquiry into varieties of applique. Check out the set of 12 travel journals she created to document a process – and a quirky and exceptional spirit.

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We Are The Patternbase

by Kristi OMeara - Audrey V. Keiffer

Check out The Patternbase, a multi-faceted collaboration of artists Kristi O’Meara & Audrey Victoria Keiffer. It’s a surface and textile design studio, digital pattern archive and pop-up gallery as well as a generator of hand-painted and sewn housewares, apparel items and innovative digital patterns. Meet 2 high energy design entrepreneurs who also offer a range of services plus collect and sell vintage apparel and textiles. It’s all here!

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