SDA Journal

Surface Design Journal Fall 2014 Issue

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Surface Design Journal is a quarterly print publication that comes with membership in Surface Design Association. Its 80 pages are produced in full color and printed in the USA.

Each issue of SDA Journal is designed around a theme. It may focus on a technique, such as hand embroidery; a genre, as in mixed media; aesthetic directions, like soft sculpture; or a part of the world, such as Africa.

International in scope, articles focus on contemporary textile and fiber-based art and design - as realized through concept, process, and materials.

The goal of each Journal issue is to stimulate thought and inspiration.

During 2015 - a transitional year of restructuring for SDA - the Journal will be published 3 times with release dates in late March, July and November. Quarterly publication schedule will resume in 2016

Questions about 2015 Journal publishing schedule may be sent to info [at] surfacedesign [dot] org.

Upcoming Journal Themes:
Warp Speed
Wax & Fiber
Transforming Traditions

Read SDA Journal to stay informed about:

  • Trends & currents in textile art & design
  • Established & emerging artists via in-depth profiles
  • Hot topics via Interviews with makers, curators & collectors
  • Local, national, & international exhibitions via reviews
  • Latest work by SDA members via Exposure feature
  • Textile Arts education via Spotlight feature
  • New books about fashion, fiber, textile art & design via reviews
  • Conservation issues and concerns
  • History & evolution of the field via Legacy feature

SDA Buzz

Get your daily fiber fix here.
Send your textile arts news to:
SDAbuzz [at] surfacedesign [dot] org

MATERIALITIES catalog & exhibition call-for-entries in CaFE EXTENDED 1 WEEK! New Deadline for submissions is APRIL 22.

What do textiles/fibers + associated processes offer artists that can't be achieved in other media?

Now trending in art museums: naked visitors tours(!?!)

What Happens When Nudists Invade An Art Museum?

Congratulations to Surface Design Association member Judy Bales Design on a beautiful showing at Omaha Fashion Week 2015!

Judy Bales shows at Omaha Fashion Week 2015 f/w

Designer Judy Bales at Omaha Fashion week. Styled by Urbane Salon and Day Spa

CODAmagazine features curated design + art projects which raise social awareness, build communities & engage with challenging local & world issues:

CODAmagazine : Art for Social Change on Flipboard

The PatternBase takes us inside a world of 3-D pattern:

Featured Artist Interview: Philippe Blanchard

NEW exhibit at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne, #Vermont to feature 8 SDA members! "Interpreting the Surface" opens Friday, April 17.
#textileart #fiberart #surfacedesignorg

New exhibit featuring SDA Member artist Linda Jurkiewicz. Thank you for sharing, Kansas - Missouri Surface Design Association!

Timeline Photos
MO member, Linda Jurkiewicz's show, "Unraveling Life", (with Jane Gilbreath) is opening April 24, from 7-9 pm at All Souls Unitarian Church Gallery, 45th and Warwick, KCMO. See you there! The show is open until May 14.

Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, #Ontario is accepting applications for their Resident Artist Program (including Textile/Fibre Arts studio). Applications are due May 25. #canada #artistopportunity #textileart

Terms & How to Apply
12-month residency with the option to renew up to three years Teaching and corporate commission opportunities Full listed benefits and services

Did you know that one of the benefits of SDA membership is a Member Profile and inclusion in the Member Image Gallery on our website? Here is artwork by SDA members who have recently updated their profiles. Is your SDA profile up to date?

Dutch designer borrows discoveries of scientists, architects & even the military to create artistic pieces of great beauty.

Iris van Herpen's Intelligent Design

Congratulations to our advertiser Tia Stephanie Tours: Cultural Journeys, Mexico & Beyond on being chosen one of National Geographic's Best Tours in North America 2015! One of Tia Stephanie Tours' specialties is "Textile Traditions":

Major NYC exhibition explores creative process behind "Mad Men", one of most acclaimed (American) television series of all time...

Matthew Weiner's Mad Men / Museum of the Moving Image

Apply by April 15 for ATA Student Award that supports study + innovation in tapestry technique.

American Tapestry Alliance International Student Award

REMINDER: Join @Surface_Design on Twitter TODAY for a Q&A tweet-chat about Creative Promise Awards for Student Excellence. Thursday, April 9, 6:00PM (EST). Use #surfacedesignorg to follow the conversation and ask questions. Special Guest: Naomi Adams, Assistant Professor of Art & Fiber Media at Idaho State University Department of Art, SDA Grants & Awards Administrator, 2010 Creative Promise Award recipient. Moderator: Elena Rosenberg, SDA Board of Directors.

#ThrowbackThursday Summer 1994: Clothing, Surface Design Association Journal cover. Artist: SDA Member Ana Lisa Hedstrom. Her textiles are included in the collections of major museums including the Cooper Hewitt, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the de Young Museum. For more about Ana Lisa's work, visit

Did you know that you can support Surface Design Association's mission to advocate for the field of textile arts when you shop on for books and other products? Here's how:

Now on view at British Museum: "Cradle to Grave". This installation by Pharmacopeia collective incorporates a lifetime supply of prescribed drugs knitted into two lengths of fabric, illustrating the medical stories of one woman and one man. #WorldHealthDay

British Museum - Cradle to Grave by Pharmacopoeia

Only 7 days left to submit your artwork to MATERIALITIES! Here's why this is an opportunity not-to-be-missed:

8 GOOD REASONS TO ENTER -- Materialities: Contemporary Textile Arts Catalogue & Exhibition

Attend Surface Design Association's MADE/AWARE intensive to listen, learn, collaborate & activate your ideas with this robust roster of socially-engaged makers -- meet the featured speakers and presenters:

Background image by Daniella Woolf