There will be a Confluence of styles the moment the textile tribe begins to assemble in Minneapolis for the 2011 International conference June 4th. Sample these visual appetizers as you get ready to roll into Minnesota. If you’re not going, get a taste of what you’ll miss – and of SDA’s commitment to advocating for excellence in the textile arts.
Check out NewsBlog New Releases Manager Teddy Milder’s take on some recently published books of interest to textile-focused creatives. Get inspired by blackwork tattoo designs on the living surface of skin, nomadic felt-making, imperial Chinese robes, Art Deco textiles, a retrospective of the work of Yohji Yamamoto, and more…
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.
Meet SDA Member Melanie Siegel of Ontario, Canada, who recently sent in news of this public works commission she completed in 2010. She wrote a winning proposal to teach felting to 8th and 9th graders in the public schools and her students did the rest. “UNITY” now hangs in the Richmond Green Library.
To entice you to register for CONFLUENCE: 2011 International Surface Design Conference in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (June 9-12), this issue spotlights featured speakers Pat Hickman and India Flint along with SDA’s President Emeritus Jason Pollen, who will have an exhibition there. Other articles consider ways in which the notion of “confluence” is textile-specific, where “ideas meet and mingle”–whether it be the surface design of municipal recycling trucks or how etsy.com has supercharged the DIY craft movement. Get your hot links here!
If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling to Turkey, check out a trip taken there by design students from Woodbury University–a member/supporter of SDA. Woodbury Professors Strauss and Kessler generously offered to share this account of their recent cultural tour that focuses on activities related to the study of Turkish textiles and their history.
Link to additional information about profiles in EcoVision issue! Learn more online about work by Harmony Susalla/Harmony Art, Green UK Designers, Kathleen Tesnakis/ekologic, Kate Goldwater/AuH2O, Lisa Klakulak/strongfelt, Abigail Doan, Jappie King Black, and more…