Sculptor Janet Echelman rarely has time to give talks – but she accepted SDA’s invitation. She delivered an extraordinary keynote that brought in•ter•face conference audience to their feet with thunderous applause in appreciation of her powerful imagination. Read the unabridged version of her interview in SDA Journal Spring 2013 issue here.
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.
Find out more online about the makers selected by SDJournal Editor Patricia Malarcher to highlight the range of approaches currently being used to express ideas using paper as medium.
SDA Journal editor Patricia Malarcher confesses she “didn’t used to be a “lace person”: lace was fussy, frivolous,susceptible to snags; it belonged on wed- ding gowns and garments of historic artistocrats, not in the studio. Seeing the lace that artists are making today reversed [her] “no” to a vigorous “yes”.” Find links to the new face of lace stories featured here!
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!
“Like many others, I’m concerned about the baggage of “quilt,” Linda Colsh observes. “I think of myself as an artist—no adjectives, no modifiers. If asked to be more specific, I would identify myself as a surface designer, fiber artist, or printmaker. I think the majority of serious studio quilt artists are surface designers and it’s a bit of a mystery why surface design isn’t more widely accepted as a nomenclature for the métier and medium.”
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Get more information online about the many makers featured in this first SDJ issue focusing on quilts since 1996. It’s been 25 years since the publication of “The Art Quilt” by Penny Morris and the creative synergy between quilts and surface design is more energetic and striking than ever.
Textiles serve as a lens through which to sample Africa’s diversity in this latest issue of the Surface Design Journal.
Articles focus on artists engaged in printing, dyeing, batik, weaving, stitching, quiltmaking, graphic arts and applique.