SDA Journal


The Surface Design Journal is a quarterly print publication that comes with membership in the Surface Design Association. Its 76 pages are produced in full color and printed in the US.

Each issue of the Journal is designed around a theme that 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 forms as realized through concept, process, and materials. The goal is to stimulate thought and inspiration.

Surface Design Journal Summer 2014 Issue

Upcoming Journal Themes:
Summer 2014 Korea
Fall 2014 Designing Minds
Winter 2015 Warp Speed
Spring 2015 Wax

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In the Journal, find:

  • Articles focused on current directions in the field
  • In-depth profiles of established and emerging artists
  • Interviews with artists, curators, and gallery directors
  • Reviews of local, national, and international exhibitions
  • Exposure of selected works by SDA members
  • Spotlight on accredited and non-accredited fiber programs
  • Reviews of new books significant to fiber art 

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Classes in Textiles with Ann Morton this fall. Check out the scheduleat Paradise Valley CC in Phoenix.
The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents "Mother and Child Reunion" by Artist-in-Residence Kazumi Tanaka.
Craft in America Center presents "Body Conscious: Southern California Fiber" Aug 23 to Oct 25
#CallForEntry "Materials Hard and Soft" More information from Greater Denton Arts Council. Deadline is September 5th!
Turns out the mind needs to wander:

Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain
Vacation isn’t a luxury. Neither is daydreaming. Don’t skimp.

METHOD Announces Barbara De Pirro and Katie Miller in "Vorfreude".Now through August 23.
130 textile works will dance in Spanish breezes starting 8/14:

130 textile works will dance in Spanish breezes starting 8/14:

Art al Vent XI
International exposition of contemporary textile art hangs from balconies of Gata de Gorgos, Spain

Contextile biennial, now on in Portugal, awarded honorable mentions to SDA members Amanda Salm & April Dauscha. Congrats!

Contextile 2014 Awards
Acquisition Prize went to "Naturaleza Desdoblada" by Mexican artist Miriam Medrez.

Fiber Program's Dye Garden at U of N Texas gets some love in Hand/Eye:

The UNT Natural Dye Garden

SDA Members make textile design history by contributing their explorations & experiments via 12" x 12" swatch. Join us!

SDA Swatch Collection: A Textile Arts Resource

SDA Journal Editor Marci McDade curated "Fail-Safe: Discomforts Close to Home" exhibition now on at Hap Gallery, PDX:

SDA Journal Editor Marci McDade curated "Fail-Safe: Discomforts Close to Home" exhibition now on at Hap Gallery, PDX:

Malian-born artist-designer Aboubakar Fofana champions natural indigo in NYC:

Reviving a Dyeing Technique

Lift Every Voice and Sing: The Quilts of Gwendolyn Ann Magee on display at Gatewood Gallery UofNC Sept 11- Nov 8.
Wrapping with crochet is not a new idea, but wrapping another maker's work with it is well done here by Portugal's Joana Vasconcelos (of Venice Biennale fame):

Ceramic Animal & Insect Sculptures Wrapped in Crochet

Help The Lake Chapala Projects stitch a river! Submit a swatch and be a part of this SDA member's project!
Turns out quilting is like a gym for your brain:

Learning New Skills Works Best To Keep Brain Sharp

Adrienne Sloane workshop: Purl Jam, A Knitters Tea Party Aug 15-19 at Peter's Valley School of Craft
Thanks to Tali at Textile Society of America for sharing this history of caftans:

Caftan Liberation: How an Ancient Fashion Set Modern Women Free

Background image by Daniella Woolf