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Surface Design Journal Spring 2015 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 May, 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:
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

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Excellent post about the art and artists in Quilt National 2015, by SDA member, artist and photographer Deidre Adams-

Quilt National 2015 Opening
Following on from my last post, here are more images from this year’s Quilt National opening weekend. Above is the legendary Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens. The opening reception this year attracted a huge number of the artists – I think the count was 62 – with many of them traveling from Europe a…

For the Danes among us - or those visiting DK this summer, here's a must-see show on fashion fetishism:

Fetishism – TRAPHOLT
Curator Lidewij Edelkoort identifies 10 emerging fetish themes via work of 100 hottest names on the global design scene....

Congratulations to Philadelphia University's #TextileDesign students on winning 5 out 10 prizes awarded in ITMA annual Virginia Jackson #Design Competition!

Textile Design Students Win Top Prizes in Virginia Jackson Design Competition | PhilaU Today
Philadelphia University graduate textile design students collected five out of 10 prizes awarded in the International Textile Market Association’s (ITMA) annual Virginia Jackson Design Competition.

Love our Spring'15 Surface Design Journal cover? Read the cover story (free preview):

SDA Journal |
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.

Via Colossal: Artist Daniel Rozin designed an interactive mirror made of 928 faux fur pompoms. Watch how it works at the link.

An Interactive "Fur" Mirror by Daniel Rozin
As part of an exhibition of new artworks at bitforms in New York, artist Daniel Rozin (previously) designed the PomPom Mirror. The device relies on motion sensors and 928 faux fur pom poms manipulated by 464 motors to create a mirror reflection of the viewer in real-time. The PomPom mirror is one

Stories from Artists' Studios:

Stories from Artists' Studios

Comprehensive survey of works by El Anatsui on view now until 9/26 at Jack Shainman Gallery in Kinderhook, NY (near Hudson):

The School / Jack Shainman Gallery

The world is our canvas, our loom, and our dye vat. Join our international community:

SDA Members, did you know that we give out Small Event Grants to support local SDA member exhibits? Apply by June 1.

Apply for SDA Award / Grant |

Have you played Quiltuduko yet? It's a #Sudoku-like #quilt-inspired app with artwork by Faith Ringgold. The app is available from iTunes and Google Play store.


What do #MemorialDay and this late-19th-century #quilt have in common? Find out:

Cover Photos
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was born from the legacy of the Civil War—and so, too, was this vivid "crazy quilt" now in our collection. Both trace their roots to the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), an organization of Civil War veterans that established Decoration Day in 1868 as a time to honor the war dead and decorate their graves with flowers. (More info: This quilt was made in the late 1880s by members of the Women's Relief Corps (WRC), an auxiliary group of the GAR that was founded in 1883 with the mission of perpetuating the memory of the fallen; assisting veterans, war widows and war orphans; and promoting patriotism and a love of country. Quilt making was one of the WRC's activities. The member groups’ quilts—many of which have patriotic themes—were often created to raise funds and strengthen communities. Our quilt was made by a Massachusetts unit of the WRC, and given to a sister organization in Peace Dale, Rhode Island. It represents a 19th-century tradition of “many hands contributing.” Image: Quilt, ca. 1887. Pieced, embroidered, and painted silk velvet and satin. Length: 195.6 cm (77 in.). Gift of Mrs. Patricia Barrett. — at RISD Museum.

Members of Surface Design Association-Colorado regional group at a 'Yoruba Adire' workshop with master #indigo dyer Gasali Adeyemo at The Recycled Lamb Yarn and Fiber Arts this month. Details:

New video series from Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council celebrates the province's makers, including fibre artist Sanna Rahola. #novascotia #craft #fibreart

Fibre & Wood

FIBRE & WOOD is a portrait of two master craftspeople -- felting artist Sanna Rahola and woodcarver Douglas Drdul. COMMISSION SANNA & DOUGLAS' WORK / SHOW YOUR…

Meet these makers, movers & shakers at MADE/AWARE: Socially-Engaged Practices intensive - where you'll have the 3-in-1 opportunity to incubate new work in Arts Activism, Natural Dyeing & Ethical Fashion.

Featured Speakers & Presenters
Listen, learn, collaborate & activate your ideas with this robust roster of socially-engaged makers.


Surface Design Association

http://www.surfacedesign.orgWe/ are an int'l membership organization for everyone passionate about textile design, fiber arts, and new materials. Join us!

See outstanding works by winners of Li Edelkoort's first "Dorothy Waxman Textile Prize" created to bring attention to the importance of fabric in the design world:


We are wool wranglers, cotton commanders, and mixed media moguls. We invite you to join us:

Tate's post "Is it time we started noticing textiles as an artform?" causes an uproar. Care to weigh in? We did. Tell us, and tell Tate.

Timeline Photos
Is it time we started noticing textiles as an artform?

Nova Scotia-born painter discovers textile media to create "abstract works [that] complicate the painterly notion of surface, while reconsidering the concept of the handmade." (That's artspeak for "weaving"......)

Brent Wadden | Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery | NYC

SDA member Lanny Bergner's work gets some love:

Lanny Bergner « Zone One Arts
Lanny Bergner’s, art is a unique combination of mixed media, sculpture, fibre and basketry. His work simply leaves the viewer with the question. “How?”

Background image by Daniella Woolf