“Shifting Landscapes” — Out Now!
Lauren Sinner May 24, 2017
Surface Design Journal’s Spring edition, “Shifting Landscapes”, surveys the concept of the landscape from several different vantage points. From map-inspired embroideries and childhood nostalgia, to environmental awareness and feminist advocacy, “Shifting Landscapes” offers appreciation for the present while giving a nod to the past. As we gear up for our August conference in Portland, Oregon, we are so excited to unveil this wonderful issue.
Here’s a little preview of what you’ll discover…
1) “Weaving the Sublime: Erika Lynne Hanson” by Maggie Haas explores the weavings, videos, and sculptures in Hanson’s hybrid practice that reveal the human conception of landscapes.
2) “The Map as Muse” by Bettina Matzkuhn looks back onto childhood memories and how one locates themselves, both physically and conceptually, on a map. Matzkuhn’s embroidered maps contain stories that encompass emotions, hopes, and imaginings.
3) “Tali Weinberg: Textile Translations” by Tenzin Tsomo spotlights Weinberg’s social justice inquiries and research that manifests through forms of performance, text, and textiles.
4) “Carole Waller: Shifting Landscapes” by Ian Wilson talks about installations and garments to create disruptions to interpret the changes happening to the both the natural and urban landscape.
5) “Liza Lou: Shifts in Aspiration” by Jessica Hemmings explores the glass bead artist’s immaculate attention to detail and persistence to craft, and the transformation into creating work to support social change.
6) “Sewing and Seam Ripping: Reflections on the Fabric of Society” by Sonja Dahl features the rise of politically-charged community work in reference to the recent increase in protests and demonstrations, and the role textiles are playing these movements.
7) “Artist in Residence, Textílsetur Íslands, Blönduós, Iceland” By Denise Sokolsky tells the story of Sokolosky’s one-month residency in the beautiful textile center and how the intense extended sunlight and landscape inspired new work.
8) “Made Aware: The Layering of Landscape” spotlights Jess Jones’ hybridized found quilts in which she stitches topographic data on top of found quilts, considering the community in which she shares the landscape of Atlanta, Georgia.