SDA’s biennial conferences are a multi-faceted meeting of our members, who often ask how the program gets chosen. So here’s a glimpse behind the curtain at a few of the faces behind the creation of in•ter•face, our 17th International confab. We’re taking full advantage of everything “textile” San Antonio has to offer – and more!
East Carolina University students like to get off – campus, that is – and money is no obstacle. Read how a posse of 8 made it to “Identity” conference in Philadelphia (April 2012) by raising funds through their high-energy textile guild. Expect to see more of them!
Textile artist & traveler Christina Conklin came home with a creative epiphany well worth the price of the journey to 8ISS at the end of 2011. Experience some Hong Kong highlights in her take on the unprecedented event & exhibitions.
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts recently celebrated 50 years of inhabiting its superbly designed buildings with a conference on design itself. Whether you’ve ever taught/taken a class at Haystack or not, let yourself be transported there by this overview of a well-designed gathering in a spectacular setting dedicated to creative expression.
The next time your creative energy feels stuck or blocked, Kaino Hopper suggests taking a workshop with Shingo Sato, the most famous Japanese designer no one has heard of. His innovative methods for sculpting the surface of garments will shift your paradigm.
Let Marci Rae McDade, former editor of Fiberarts magazine, be your guide in this first of 2 Confluence reviews she has contributed. Read & see her very positive impressions of the June event in Minneapolis and consider her insightful suggestions for the 2013 conference in San Antonio, TX.
Confluence Keynote Pat Hickman and Nancy Mckenzie were the award judges for “Currents” – the exhibition of work in textile media by stu- dent members of SDA. They felt that overall it was a good student show that demon- strated mastery of technique and a wide range of exploration.
If you want to make a living making art, it takes business savvy as well as creativity. Invest in your future, support your vision and boost your skills by registering for this Confluence pre-conference workshop led by internationally recognized master dyer Mary Edna Fraser. PLEASE NOTE: This workshop has been cancelled due to low enrollment, but you can still read art of business insights by MEF here!
Check out the awards, commissions and collaborations SDA Members Patricia Greaves (UK), Dawn Edwards (Michigan) and Kathie Kerler (Oregon) created and won in 2010. Dawn Edward’s “Triton’s Horn” (Felt & Mixed Media) is shown at left.
Good student-level work is missing from art shows, galleries, runways and competitions. Why?
We are afraid.
We don’t make the time to enter.
We have got to be brave!
Here is how and why we should begin looking, creating and entering…