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.
If you haven’t yet explored & experimented with customized print-on-demand services like Zazzle, Skinit and Spoonflower, let Candace Edgerley be your guide to getting your work out there in unexpected ways. This holiday season, create highly personalized gifts that share – and start conversations about – your talent.
Re-view or – view anew – images from a book that has inspired several generations of outrageous fashion statements plus a few controversies. See the vest that a Balenciaga designer was busted for knocking off. Let author Alexandra Hart introduce you to the new 3rd edition, now being used as a textile book for “counter-couture”.
Textile Society of America offers biennial symposia that increasingly feature contemporary makers using textile media alongside the latest research from historical, social and technical perspectives. Get an insider’s view on the 2012 event + preview 2014. Call for Papers ends October 1, 2013!
SDA 2013 conference hit its marks with world-class speakers and extraordinary exhibitions. Experience it here – whether or not you were there yourself – through the eyes of new member and textile-focused PhD student Jennifer Leary, who makes the “interface” theme reverberate via a thoughtful analysis.
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.
Navigating the options and challenges to sending the fruits of your creativity off to an exhibition can be daunting. Let artist (and former SDA Journal Editor) Patricia Malarcher take you through the process – with a little help from some friends. Special bonus: advice from Cyndi Kane Meier, Coordinator of 2011 SDA Members Show in Minneapolis, who found that some creatives have trouble following the directions.
Gail Martin Gallery recently celebrated 40 years of educating an international audience about the aesthetic value of textiles. From her NYC base, Martin curated major shows of Central Asian ikat and embroidery but also kept expanding her expertise to other areas – including contemporary artists working in textile media. NYC writer Lois Martin gives the backstory on this fine arts influencer here.
In 2010, artist Anne Wilson invited participation in an interactive public art project that explored both past and present of textile history in Knoxville, Tennessee. Let Surface Design Journal Editor Marci McDade give you access to this ambitious and thoughtful installation via her review of the exhibition catalog.
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!