Silk Painters International (SPIN) 2014 biannual conference in Santa Fe (NM) started with freakish weather during Jane Dunnewold’s keynote and ended with an Elvis impersonator. In between, there were talks, an abundance of workshops and exhibitions – plus a fashion show. Let batik artist Muffy Clark Gill take you there!
Get yourself fired up by these 12 SDA members who put their money where their (he)art is! By pledging to support the future of SDA’s enduring mission to promote the textile arts, they are partners in crafting a 21st century vision for our fiber-focused community, publications & benefits of membership. Find out why they invested in SDA, here.
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 Swiss SDA Member Ursula Gerber Senger take you to 2014’s 8th International Fiber Art Biennale in Nantong, China via this photo essay. Now one of the largest fiber art events in the world, the show has evolved from an invitational in 2000 to it’s current juried format that included 186 works. Check out the impressive range of selections, here.
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!
Giving – and treating yourself – to the pure pleasure of handling a beautiful art book has become a luxury experience. Give – and get – that joyous experience with any one of these textile-focused books published in 2014. Buy them via amazon.com philanthropy and you will also support SDA’s mission – at no cost to you. Start clicking, 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.