Pre-Conference Workshops at-a-glance

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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
www.jackieabrams.com

 

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

Professional Development: Creating a Personal Road
Map for Success -CANCELLED
Janice Arnold
www.jafelt.com

 

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
www.digitalalternativesurfaces.com

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
www.kimemquilts.com

 

Mo Kelman Selfsame Photo courtesy of the artist

Skins & Skeletons: 3-D Textile Constructions
Mo Kelman
www.mokelman.com

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
www.kerrgrabowski.com

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

Ordinary Materials to
Extraordinary Jewelry

Marlene True
www.marlenetrue.com

Jenny Leary, Xray Coin Purse Photo courtesy of the artist

Magnetic Fields & Textiles: Making the Invisible Tangible
Jenny Leary
www.ferrofabric.com

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

Speaking of Craft: Practice & Critique
Michael James
cehs.unl.edu/mjames_quilts/index.html


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
www.selfpassage.org
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

www.etextilelounge.com

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

www.killerbeedesigns.com

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

www4.ncsu.edu/~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

www.beangilsdorf.com

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

www.elephantembellishments.com

 

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Looking for a textile-arts focused employment opportunity? Love building relationships, networking & new products? Consider becoming SDA's new Advertising Manager. Details here:


SDA Seeks New Ad Manager
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Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette at Bard Graduate Center opens April 3, 2015. http://bit.ly/1N6u0BX


Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette

April 3–July 26, 2015 at Bard Graduate Center Gallery More: http://www.bgc.bard.edu/gallery/gallery-at-bgc/fashioning-the-body.html Having garnered high accl...




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SDA Member Julie B. Booth teachers several surface design classes, including "Patching, Stitching, Weaving: Creating Healing Cloth", where students explore personal symbolism to create a richly stitched and meaningful cloth. A report from Julie's recent class: http://bit.ly/1brGXbO


Julie B Booth: Healing Cloth Workshop
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Congratulations to Shannon Stratton on her appointment as Chief Curator at MAD | Museum of Arts and Design! Stratton holds MFA (Fiber & Material Studies) and MA (Art History) from SAIC. She joins MAD after 12 years as founder and executive director of Threewalls, a Chicago contemporary arts org.

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Museum of Arts and Design Appoints Shannon Stratton as New Chief Curator
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Final days to nominate outstanding students for SDA awards recognizing innovation in textile media. http://www.surfacedesign.org/get-involved/apply-sda-award-grant


2014 SDA Outstanding Student Awards

2014 Surface Design Association Outstanding Student Award Recipient. For information on this year's award opportunities, go to: http://www.surfacedesign.org/get-involved/apply-sda-award-grant




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Women to watch in the art world:


25 Women Curators On the Rise
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What It Really Takes to Be an Artist: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Genius Awardee Teresita Fernández’s Commencement Address, via Brain Pickings.


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"Being an artist is not just about what happens when you are in the studio. The way you live, the people you choose to love and the way you




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Summer 2015 Workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts: Feltmaking, Basketry, Weaving, and more. http://bit.ly/1CNrNII

Triangles in Grey, Red, Gold, White, Browns and Blue by HAYSTACK INSTRUCTOR Christy Matson, 2012.





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#ThrowbackThursday The cover of Surface Design Association Journal from Spring 1993: Painting on Silk. Artist: Linda Raffel





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SDA Member Spotlight: Janine Thornton (Applique on cotton). View Janine's + many other members' work in SDA Image Gallery: http://www.surfacedesign.org/users/janine-thornton





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4 more weeks to see "Women Fashion Power" at Design Museum in London. For exhibitions, conferences, workshops & other events, visit Surface Design Association calendar: http://www.surfacedesign.org/calendar/calendar





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New Textile Travel opportunities from Amazigh Cultural Tours Morocco -- Marrakech to the Sahara. Itineraries and many photos at: http://culturaltoursmorocco.com/textiles/


Timeline Photos
Our first Textile Tour starts tomorrow! This tour has proved so popular we have 2 tours running so why not come along in October! Check the website for details http://culturaltoursmorocco.com/textiles/



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This summer at Penland School of Crafts - "Experimental Patternmaking" workshop with Justin LeBlanc, Assistant Professor at NC State University and Project Runway Season 12 Finalist. http://penland.org/textiles/index.html





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India Flint on the hazards of transporting natural dyes + pigments. http://bit.ly/1CojWRo





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Attention, Surface Design Association members: multiple opportunities available from College Art Association for academics, scholars, artists, museum professionals --
Council of Field Editors (CAA Reviews): http://bit.ly/1EQS4WH
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SDA Member Ann Collier's research - in which some SDA members have participated - is news, here:


Study discovers power of art making on mood
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For people who work with textiles...it's no surprise the activity aids relaxation & improves mood.




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Virtuoso #knitting & #weaving from Peru. Thank you, Puchka Peru Textile Tours, for sharing!


REAL MEN KNIT - knitting in the Andes

Lots of men knit in the Andes and if you look closely at the needles you will see that they are made by hand from either re-cycled bike spokes or baling wire. The needles have little hooks on the ends to help draw up the finely hand-spun/dyed wool and alpaca. These pictures are from Apulaya. PS. DON'T LISTEN to people who tell you that you will get sick if you visit Peru and that there is no cure! We can get sick too when we visit your countries but only for a very short time as we adjust to your food and water but many people who travel with us don't get sick at all. We have ways to keep you healthy :)




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ART QUILTS OF THE MIDWEST is a March 2015 release from U of #Iowa Press, featuring a foreword by SDA Director and long-time SDA member Astrid Hilger Bennett, and the work of many SDA members, including Bonnie Peterson, Peggy Brown, Shin-hee Chin, Kate Gorman, Donna Katz, Diane Nunez, Pat Owoc, Luanne Rimel and Martha Warshaw.


Art Quilts of the Midwest | University of Iowa Press
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“Art Quilts of the Midwest explores the essence of present-day and historic midwestern life in art quilts.




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Via BBC News -- Weaving an artist's spell: the delicate Jaamdani sarees of Bangladesh.


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Bangladesh is often associated with cheap clothes produced for the mass market, but the delicate and much more expensive jamdani fabric is also made there.




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SDA Member Spotlight: Sue Hale ("Seeded Sprout"). View Sue's + many other members' work in SDA Image Gallery: http://www.surfacedesign.org/users/sue-hale

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