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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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In Praise of Waxy Build-Up: Encaustic on The Cape 2014

by Marci Rae McDade

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.

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In Search of Textile Arts at College Art Association

by Marci Rae McDade

Let SDA Journal Editor Marci 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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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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Get Surface Imaging MS Degree at Philadelphia U

by Hitoshi Ujiie

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!

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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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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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Slow Fiber Studios Tour Gives Insider Access to Japanese Textile Arts

by Barbara Shapiro

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.

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