Pre-Conference Workshops at-a-glance

 Find complete workshop descriptions and instructor bios in downloadable conference brochure at left

Jackie Abrams, Woven Cathead Basket-Mixed Papers, detail, 4"h x 5" x 5", painted cotton paper covered with handmade papers, varnish, beads, waxed linen thread Photo: Al Karevy

Baskets and Surfaces
Jackie Abrams


Janice Arnold, Palace Yurt Photo: Fred Conrad, NY Times

Professional Development: Creating a Personal Road
Map for Success -CANCELLED
Janice Arnold


Kathyanne White, Forest Book 2, full, right page: digitally printed watercolor paper and encaustic; left page: digital prints on recycled beverage cans stung on thin hemp; crocheted together before attaching to the page. Photo courtesy of the artist

Digital Alternative
Surfaces-from Flat
to Dimensional

Kathyanne White

Kim Eichler-Messmer, Skyscape Summer, 2010, full, 40" x 50", Hand dyed quilt Photo courtesy of the artist

Exploring Color with Dye
Kim Eichler-Messmer


Mo Kelman Selfsame Photo courtesy of the artist

Skins & Skeletons: 3-D Textile Constructions
Mo Kelman

Kerr Grabowski, Starry Eyed, on model, deconstructed screen printing, hand painted, silk crepe jacket, chiffon sleeves Photo courtesy of the artist

Creating a Focus: Repetition,
Scale & Color

Kerr Grabowski

Marlene True, Pocosin 3, Ephemeral Series, necklace, steel Photo courtesy of the artist

Ordinary Materials to
Extraordinary Jewelry

Marlene True

Jenny Leary, Xray Coin Purse Photo courtesy of the artist

Magnetic Fields & Textiles: Making the Invisible Tangible
Jenny Leary

Michael James, Past Tense, 2011, 31.25"h x 50"w, cotton & dyes Photo: Larry Gawel

Speaking of Craft: Practice & Critique
Michael James

Pre-Conference Tour

Hattie Elizabeth Brazelton gown from San Antonio's Fiesta Gown Exhibit 2012. Each year, the Witte Museum presents a specially themed Fiesta gown exhibit featuring gowns from their collection along with garments loaned by participants. For 2013, the Witte Museum will present "Patriotism in Pageantry: Fiesta Honors our Military" on view April 17 - August 18, 2013. Photo: Gary Stanko / Billo Smith Photography

Fiesta Embellished
San Antonio, TX

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, Fashion Fianchettos: The K-Road Kaiser, full, Fashion Fianchettos Project Photo courtesy of the artistStrategic Threads
Otto Von Busch
Bruning, eTextile Paraphernalia, 2012, full, supplies, tools and materials for creating eTextiles, soft circuits and wearable computing Photo: Lynne Bruning

eTextiles: Activate Your Fiber Arts
Lynne Bruning

Naomi S Adams, Path, detail, 3-dimensional, hand dyed cotton batting; cut and reassembled into quilted collage Photo courtesy of the artist

Textile Bookmaking
Naomi Adams

Naomi S Adams, Path, detail, 3-dimensional, hand dyed cotton batting; cut and reassembled into quilted collage Photo courtesy of the artist

Stitching as Drawing
Susan Brandeis

Bean Gilsdorf, Flag for Kennedys, Before, 2012, full, 36" x 65", polyester, wool suiting, satin  Photo: Bean Gilsdorf

Be the Critic! Writing Boot Camp for Aspiring Authors
Bean Gilsdorf

Theresa Alexander & Lalon Alexander, Workshop 2, detail, hand embroidery, beadwork, heart design, golds and browns Photo courtesy of the artists

The (Teeny-Tiny) Pieces of My Heart: Beginning Tambour Embroidery
Lalon Alexander & Theresa Alexander


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16 movers, shakers - and makers - you'll meet at SDA Made/Aware conference on socially-engaged art practices at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in October:

Immerse Yourself In Socially Engaged Art Practices @Made/Aware
You'll want to register now - whether or not your art practice embraces social issues - to be in the company of these paradigm-shifting presenters....

Congrats to all of this year's Textiles/Fibers/Materials/Fashion grads! We've saved a spot at Surface Design Association for you! Plus, discounted membership rates apply for up to 2 years after graduation. Here's how it works:

Google funds smart textiles, here:

Project Jacquard
Project Jacquard makes it possible to weave touch and gesture interactivity into any textile using standard, industrial looms.

Did you know that Surface Design Association has many local/regional groups who gather throughout the year to network, collaborate, and learn? Ellen Schiffman, Connecticut SDA State Representative, reports on her group's recent successes and shares a great photo from Leslie Giuliani's June workshop on encaustic + fiber.

From Ellen Schiffman, Connecticut SDA State Rep: "I am delighted by the many instances I am hearing about CT SDA members connecting to and supporting each other. People are inviting others to their studios and homes to teach techniques, people are buying each other's work, people are curating shows and asking other members to participate, people are helping each other photograph work and design websites, people are sharing supplies, people have volunteered to lead workshops for the group in the coming year....... people are becoming friends! In a little over a year we have become a community of fiber artists eager both to support each other and welcome others into our fold. Congratulations group - keep up the good work!"

Who's coming to MADE/AWARE this October? Indigo dyeing guru Rowland Ricketts. Rowland, who's currently Associate Professor of Textiles at Indiana University, will present "Making: A World of Blue." Learn more:
Ricketts Indigo

Who's coming to MADE/AWARE with us? ANN MORTON, artist/educator and leader of "Ground Cover" public art project. Ann will present "Engaged Art – A Mess Worth Making?" Learn more:

Who's coming to MADE/AWARE at Arrowmont this autumn? SARA GOODMAN, textile artist, designer, educator, owner of "House of Dreams" studio/school in New Hampshire. Sara will lead "Beyond the Immersion Bath: Using Natural Dyes for Surface Applications" at MADE/AWARE. Learn more:

Who's coming to our MADE/AWARE Craft + Concept Intensive at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in October? ANDREA VAIL, recent Virginia Commonwealth University Craft/Material studies MFA grad. Andrea will lead "Creating: Conversation & Community". Learn more:

Via Amie Adelman Art (Associate Professor of Fibers at University of North Texas and Surface Design Association member) -- "Elizabeth Hertl is curating the only fiber exhibition in Grand Rapids, MI during ArtPrize. The exhibition, Processing Fiber, at 250 Monroe, will be on display 9/23/15 to 10/11/15."

News Bites: Elizabeth Hertl Named KCAD’s Inaugural ArtPrize Curatorial Fellow | Kendall College...
A new ArtPrize initiative, the Fellowship for Emerging Curators, is designed to give upstart local curators an immersive professional experience during the upcoming seventh iteration of the radically open art competition.

Meet CATHARINE ELLIS who studied #naturaldyeing with Michel Garcia + Joy Boutrup at MADE/AWARE this autumn. Registration is OPEN now. Get the inside scoop on the SDA Newsblog:

SDA's MADE/AWARE Craft & Concept Intensive comes to Arrowmont in October 2015!

Surface Design Association member artist Susan Lenz at TEDxColumbiaSC! #tedx TEDx
Susan Lenz, Fibers and Installations -

Making plans for your precious possessions | Susan Lenz | TEDxColumbiaSC

Making plans for your precious possessions Susan is a professional studio artist who generally uses needle and thread for self-expression. She works to artic...

Did you know that Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts will host 5 extraordinary workshops with fiber art + textile design masters in the days leading up to Surface Design Association's MADE/AWARE Craft + Concept Intensive? Get the scoop here:

Surface Design Association (SDA) Intensive
SDA's first Craft + Concept Intensive 2015, Made/Aware, has found the perfect setting at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. The intensive will offer participants meaningful interactions with accomplished artists and designers whose...

New exhibition listings, calls for entries, and workshops are added to the Surface Design Association CALENDAR daily. Find an opportunity in your area:

Thanks to our friends at Textile Center for sharing this story. Happy 100th Birthday, Lillian!

Woman Aims To Sew 1,000 Dresses By Her 100th Birthday For Needy Kids, Soars Past Goal
As the saying goes, it’s quality, not quantity that is important, but this amazing dressmaker demonstrates both. Lillian Weber recently celebrated her 100th birthday by soaring past her goal

Liberty and #embroidery: for the 800th anniversary of the #MagnaCarta, Cornelia Parker embroidered the entirety of its Wikipedia entry.

Stitch in time
...a tapestry that replicates the entire Wikipedia article on the Magna Carta, stitched by an army of professional embroiderers, 36 prisoners, lawyers, journalists and campaigners.

Michael James' new show at International Quilt Study Center & Museum reflects on the impact of artmaking and care for his wife Judy, also an artist, who has #Alzheimers. A highly recommended read, via Astrid Hilger Bennett - Artworks. For more on Michael James work:

'Michael James' quilts explore changes in 'Every Aspect of Daily Life' : Ground Zero
Fourteen quilts hang in the center gallery at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, powerful abstract pieces that evoke nature and movement, rigidity and order, and introspection and reflection.

Our congratulations to Mary Lee Bendolph, Lucy Mingo, and Loretta Pettway, recipients of a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship. (via
The National Endowment for the Arts announced Tuesday that three quilters from Gee's Bend have been awarded the 2015 National Heritage Fellowship, the nation's highest award for folk and traditional arts.

Insightful interview with SDA Member Michelle Sirois-Silver.
Surface Design Association #surfacedesignorg

“Working with my hands is bred in the bone."

Regina Benson on being part of the International TECHstyle Art Biennial exhibit series at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. Read the full story in the Spring 2015, WARP SPEED, issue of Surface Design Journal.

Timeline Photos
Technology and textiles was the focus for a show at the @[69099504112:274:San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles] and subsequent article written by Deborah Corsini in the current @[124705604332:274:Surface Design Association] Journal. My piece “Evolutionary Design” that incorporates recycled CD’s embossed, heat pressed and strung together in a large free-hanging curved installation and speaks to natural and digital forms of information storage, was featured in the show and in this article about the many ways textile artists incorporate digital technology within their process and inspiration. My piece hangs in a large curve so one can walk in and feel surrounded, measuring 9.5 ft tall, 4 feet wide and 6 inches deep.

Tips and Tools for Artists:

Tips and Tools for Artists
Tips & Tools on Marketing, Shipping Artwork, Publishing, and many other topics relevant to today's textile & fiber artists, and artists in other media. Courtesy of the Surface Design Association Newsblog.

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