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In Memoriam: Stephen Blumrich, SDA Founding Father

by NewsBlog Editor

Stephen Blumrich volunteered to be on the “newsletter committee” of the fledgling Surface Design Association in 1976. His guidance as first managing editor – then editor until 1988 – put Surface Design Journal on the path to becoming the thought leader in textile arts magazines that it is today. Find out more about his work and unique contribution to early SDA history in this exclusive tribute.

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Festival of Silk Painters Raises Hail in Santa Fe

by Muffy Clark Gill

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!

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Why We Pledged To Support SDA

by NewsBlog Editor

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.

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“Unweavings” Interweave Culture, Spirit, Loss & Hope

by Laurie Wohl

SDA member Laurie Wohl won an SDA Personal Development Grant for travel to Spain to explore the intersections of Jewish, Christian and Islamic culture that inform her work. See that work – and the signature (and trademarked!) mixed media process she calls “unweaving” – in this exclusive story in her own words.

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Photo Essay: China’s 8th Int’l Fiber Art Biennale

by Ursula Gerber Senger

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.

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Burning Man: An Artist’s Experience

by Cameron Anne Mason

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…

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Focus On Fiber at Kaneko in Omaha, NE

by Jay Rich

Kaneko – an awesome artspace in Omaha, NE – is all about FIBER right now. Let artist Jay Rich show you around an enticing group of exhibitions, talks and workshops with a textile arts focus – on throughout March and April, 2015. You’ll want to make it an inspiration destination!

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19 Textile Books to Give & Get (2014)

by NewsBlog Editor Leesa Hubbell

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!

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Watermark Your Images To Protect Your Work Online

by Lynne Bruning

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!

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