Canada has been bringing the textile arts action non-stop with 3 comprehensive events in the last 2 years. Let self-proclaimed “textile gossip” Joe Lewis take you to La Triennale Internationale des Arts Textiles en Outaouais 2013 – to sample international talent spread across the beauty of Ottawa.
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.
Whether or not you use looping techniques to express your ideas, you’ll enjoy this glimpse of those who do. Let knitter (and SDA Area Representative from MA) Adrienne Sloane take you to a recent international confab in the UK, where she encountered lots of local color – along with some knitting royalty.
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.
From gowns with lace trim that took 3 months to make to lace experiments in monofilament, Europe is the place for lace – both “traditional” and contemporary. Let UK lacemaker/author (& SDA member) Jane Atkinson take you along as she and a friend hit last summer’s continental “networking” events.
Weave A Real Peace (WARP) started out as a get-together of textile lovers and grew into a group of textile activists. Find out how they support textile arts and artisans around the world – and offer tips for textile travel – from WARP (and SDA) Member Sara Goodman.
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!
Textile artist & traveler Christina Conklin came home with a creative epiphany well worth the price of the journey to 8ISS at the end of 2011. Experience some Hong Kong highlights in her take on the unprecedented event & exhibitions.