San Antonio, host city of SDA’s upcoming in•ter•face conference, offers unprecedented access to the textile talent of local luminaries. Lalon & Theresa Alexander are Lesage-trained masters of embroidery whose work has been featured in spectacular Broadway, TV & film productions. They’ll be demonstrating the techniques used by professionals. Embroidery is hot. Take yours to the stars!
SDA Finance Director Joy Stocksdale – who has also been state rep, regional rep, editorial assistant, executive director + collective memory of SDA – is stepping down after 25 years of service. Take a moment to appreciate this stalwart behind-the-scenes advocate for our textile arts community via this Ode to Joy. We’ll miss her!
The American Batik Design Competition was conceived as “soft diplomacy” to “allow people of other cultures to incorporate it into their culture and come up with something new.” Over 100 designs by artists & designers from 18 states were submitted. SDA member Kelly Cobb’s design was among them – and it won her the grand prize!
SDA website gets over 60,000 visitors a month and the Image Library is a top destination for all those eyeballs. Make sure your work and contact information are visible – even if you already have a website. Find out how here and create an SDA networking and uploading party to make it happen.
Get to know 3 more dedicated volunteers who have stepped up to share their vision and energy to build a bigger, better SDA. Meet Deborah Kruger, Ann Graham and Vivian Mahlab here.
If you’d like to turn your passion for textiles into your livelihood, take some cues from recent Cornell grad (+ SDA member) Jessie Fair. With a day job at a prestigious fashion company, 2 online stores AND freelance clients like H&M, she strives to keep her fiber focus in flow & in balance.
Join SDA Board & Staff in thanking Candace Edgerley as she moves on after 3 years of leadership as SDA President. She’ll be moving forward to focus on her studio work, teaching and travel. Add your thanks via comments section that follows this tribute.
SDA Member Joe Cunningham features the work and short profiles of 30 contemporary male quilters in this recent overview. SDA member Luke Haynes, whose work is included, shows us some highlights.
Welcome a board, indeed! Get to know the face, commitment and SDA to-do list of each of these 3 new and very accomplished board members: Susan Taber Avila (CA), Jeanne Raffer Beck (NY) & Teresa Paschke (IA).
After 18 years of service, Patricia Malarcher has stepped down as editor of Surface Design Journal (effective January 1, 2012). Revisit the upward spiral of excellence attained during her tenure in this chorus of gratitude from colleagues and collaborators. Use the comments app to add your voice.