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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New Textile Museum Fit for a Queen

by Jo Lauria

With the recent opening of Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles in Thailand, Bangkok is a hotter textile destination than ever. Let Jo Lauria take you there – from the planning stages to the royal opening of this gem of a museum to the celebratory symposium that featured international presenters and exhibitions.

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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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What’s In Your Bag? Heads Up On Bio-Hazards

by India Flint

Don’t let your passion for working with natural dyes and pigments blind you to the hazards of transporting them to new places where they may endanger the local eco-system. Do let India Flint give you an informed overview of the issue, here.

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Camp CARPA: Craftivism in the Desert

by Marci Rae McDade

Craftivism, or socially engaged making, is HOT. It got even hotter in Fall 2013 in the high desert of Joshua Tree (CA) where Marci Rae McDade observed some major thinkers – and makers – “activating the potential of communal craft engagement as a powerful tool for political awareness.” Find out more and get recruited for good with CARPA!

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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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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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