Wrap your mind – and some wrapping paper – around this remarkable range of recently-published books about textiles. Make the textile tribe members on your holiday list very happy or add to your own library of ideas. All are available via Amazon.com link, inside, which gives back to SDA at no cost to you.
Love the blues? Get the backstory on the making of the 2011 documentary “Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo” by filmmaker (and SDA Member) Mary Lance. See snapshots of her journey all over the globe to gather the big picture of indigo’s history and use – past and present.
Best-selling “World of Rozome” book by American master of Japanese wax resist Betsy (now Kiranada) Sterling Benjamin is out of print – but no matter. You can study with her via CD with bonus material added. Or get her instruction on Ro-kata, or wax stencil resist, from her latest DVD. It’s all here!
This go round, Mickie serves up hot links to international yarnbombers, Mobilia Gallery’s textile-rich database, V&A’s delectable video channel featuring edgy toile – plus favorites from Hand/Eye online magazine. And don’t miss far-flung quilts of many colors. Let Mickie hook you up, here!
SDA Europe Representative Karina van Vught recently planned & hosted a 2nd confab of SDA members at Zijdelings, her textile arts center in Tilburg, NL. Mirjam Pet-Jacobs gives an overview of the outstanding “Ecovision” 2-day program.
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.
Experience the International Symposium and Exhibition for Natural Dyes (April in France) through the eyes and words of SDA member Elaine Lipson. An editor/writer/artist, she brought back images that capture the feeling of being there while also recapping the main issues addressed and offering some suggestions for future ISEND confabs.
Read how Mary Jaeger took what she heard at India Flint’s talk on bio-regional dyeing (at SDA Confluence conference), mashed it up with her 3rd grader’s study of Eastern Woodland Indians and became Chief Dyer of a naturally-stained t-shirt wearing tribe of 25 at NYC’s PS 234.
Stop putting on the pressure to do it all. Instead, feel the incredible lightness in your heart that comes from doing exactly what you love.
In this new “Shop Talk” series, SDA member and printmaker Cherie Blackwell (CA) will explore how she adapts traditional techniques to print on textiles. Check out this informative overview as well as the great visual energy in her printed textile work.