Gallery and Exhibition Day
Conference participants can spend Thursday afternoon touring museums and galleries around the Twin Cities and visiting SDA-featured and sponsored exhibitions on shuttle tours. All shuttle routes will end at the Nash Gallery on the University of Minnesota West Bank campus for participants to enjoy a reception and view three featured exhibitions and the Members’ Show, Merge and Flow.
Members’ Trunk Show
The Trunk Show is an opportunity for conference participants to sell their own work at the conference. This event is open to the public and will take place at the Radisson Hotel on Friday evening at the same time as the Vendor Fair. To reserve a table to sell your work, check the appropriate box on your registration form and you will receive a Trunk Show information packet. The number of tables is limited, so please sign up early. The evening will attract the public with coinciding events, such as fiber-related indie movie screenings and guerilla fiber art exhibited around the campus near the hotel.
Check Trunk Show details here.
We are pleased to showcase two documentary films on Friday evening.
This sixty-five-minute movie documents a movement of artists, crafters, and designers that recognizes a marriage between historical techniques, punk, and the DIY (do-it-yourself) ethos that is influenced by traditional handiwork, modern aesthetics, politics, feminism, and art. It includes interviews with more than fifty artists in fifteen cities. According to producer, Faythe Levine, this new wave of craft “. . . forges a new economy, lifestyle, and burgeoning art community that is based on creativity, determination, and networking.”
— Julie Lawrence, On Milwaukee, February 4, 2009
Check the trailer here.
Woven Lives: Contemporary Textiles from Ancient Oaxacan Traditions
Drawing upon the richness of sights, sounds, and beauty of the people and the region, this motion picture documentary will look at five different Zapotec families in the Oaxaca Central Valleys. Their extraordinary work illustrates how the art of weaving cloth has helped the Zapotecs hold on to their ancient culture and identity for thousands of years. Their craft is allowing this ancient culture to continue to survive in the global economy. The showing will begin with an introduction by the producer, Carolyn Kallenborn. Take a sneak peek here.
Saturday evening’s main event will be Bodies of Water, the juried artwear exhibition selected from members’ entries and invited artists. Carter Smith will be the featured designer at this event, which will take place in the Grainbelt Bottlehouse Atrium, a dramatically renovated industrial space in a redeveloping and creative section of the city. The fashion show will provide a unique opportunity to see fabulous surface design-inspired garments.
For more information, click here.
The Textile Center will present a DIY Festival to introduce conference participants to emerging artists in the Twin Cities. For more information on this event, please email the Textile Center at info [at] textilecenter [dot] org.
In evaluations from past conferences, our registrants always mention the Vendor Fair as one of the highlights. For 2011, we have made arrangements to capalize on this reputation by placing the Vendor Fair in our headquarters’ hotel, the Radisson University Hotel-Minneapolis.The Radisson University Hotel-Minneapolis is the site of most conference lectures, the Friday evening Trunk Show, and other special events. Therefore, conference registrants, day-pass visitors, and the public will have many opportunities to visit the Vendor Fair easily and at no cost.
Click to read partial list of our current vendors.
Vendor Fair Hours
|Thursday, June 9|
Vendor Opening: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, June 10
Morning sessions: 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Evening events: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 11
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 12
Hours: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Conference ends at 12:00
Sign up to be a Vendor!
The Vendor Hall will be divided into 10' x 10' spaces or their equivalents. Full information is on the Confluence Vendor Registration Form.
Click to download Confluence Vendor Registration Form.