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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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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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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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On Campus: UWGB’s Grow-Your-Own Flax Project

by Alison Gates

The Flax Project at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay gives new meaning to “grow your own.” Find out how faculty worked across disciplines to make it happen from seed to multi-use fiber – and how happy-making the process was for everyone. Art Department Chair (and SDA Member) Alison Gates tells all.

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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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“Dyeing Alchemy” Enhances Procion MX Dyeing Process

by Diane Franklin

Ever intimidated by the complex math involved in dyeing fabric by weight to get consistent – and reproducible – results? Let dyeing alchemist Diane Franklin’s 2-part eBook wipe away those fears with her unique approach that lets worksheets do the calculations for you. Take your mastery of color to a new level with this comprehensive new resource.

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DVD Review: Youngmin Lee’s Bojagi “How-to”

by Mary Ruth Smith

Let artist/educator Mary Ruth Smith be your guide to SDA member Youngmin Lee’s new DVD about Korean bojagi. Get a bit of historical overview as well as a taste of instruction on offer in this how-to resource that includes a range of stitches + finishing techniques. It’s all here.

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