Workshops + Tour
Pre-Conference Workshops at-a-glance
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Creating a Focus: Repetition,
Ordinary Materials to
Magnetic Fields & Textiles: Making the Invisible Tangible
Tour Art Cloth Studios, view Witte Museum's spectacular Fiesta gowns & see Fiesta Festival exhibit at McNay Art Museum.
Post-Conference Workshops at-a-glance
Otto Von Busch
eTextiles: Activate Your Fiber Arts
Stitching as Drawing
Be the Critic! Writing Boot Camp for Aspiring Authors
The (Teeny-Tiny) Pieces of My Heart: Beginning Tambour Embroidery
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The School / Jack Shainman Gallery
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: va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp) 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. risdmuseum.org/art_design/objects/893_quilt — at RISD Museum.
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…
Featured Speakers & Presenters
Listen, learn, collaborate & activate your ideas with this robust roster of socially-engaged makers.
Brent Wadden | Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery | NYC
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?”
Q&A: Textile artist and paper maker Jennie Frederick talks about her art and home
SDA Members in Quilt National 15: Jill Ault, Astrid Hilger Bennett, Elizabeth Busch, Kim Eichler-Messmer, Randy Frost, Kathleen Loomis, Olga Norris, Judith Plotner, Daren Redman, Barbara Schneider, Ginny Smith, Hope Wilmarth, Janet Windsor, Carol Watkins, Diane Siebel, Karen Schulz, Wen Redmond, Sandra Poteet, Diane Nunez, Lorie McCown, Kristin LaFlamme, Harue Konishi, Jane Dunnewold, Kathleen Kastles, Judy Hooworth, Kate Gorman, Bonnie Bucknamm, Gail Baar, Deidre Adams, Margaret Anderson, Betty Busby, Helen Geglio, Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, Brigitte Kopp, Judy Langille, Maria Shell, Charlotte Ziebarth.
Quilt National ’15, the 19th int'l juried competition for new, innovative quilts will be on display May 23 – September 7, 2015 at The Dairy Barn Arts Center.