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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Comprehensive survey of works by El Anatsui on view now until 9/26 at Jack Shainman Gallery in Kinderhook, NY (near Hudson):


The School / Jack Shainman Gallery
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SDA Members, did you know that we give out Small Event Grants to support local SDA member exhibits? Apply by June 1.


Apply for SDA Award / Grant | surfacedesign.org
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Have you played Quiltuduko yet? It's a #Sudoku-like #quilt-inspired app with artwork by Faith Ringgold. The app is available from iTunes and Google Play store.


Quiltuduko
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What do #MemorialDay and this late-19th-century #quilt have in common? Find out:


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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.



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Members of Surface Design Association-Colorado regional group at a 'Yoruba Adire' workshop with master #indigo dyer Gasali Adeyemo at The Recycled Lamb Yarn and Fiber Arts this month. Details: http://bit.ly/1KuWGFN





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New video series from Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council celebrates the province's makers, including fibre artist Sanna Rahola. #novascotia #craft #fibreart


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…




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Meet these makers, movers & shakers at MADE/AWARE: Socially-Engaged Practices intensive - where you'll have the 3-in-1 opportunity to incubate new work in Arts Activism, Natural Dyeing & Ethical Fashion.


Featured Speakers & Presenters
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Listen, learn, collaborate & activate your ideas with this robust roster of socially-engaged makers.




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See outstanding works by winners of Li Edelkoort's first "Dorothy Waxman Textile Prize" created to bring attention to the importance of fabric in the design world:


TALKING TEXTILES
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Tate's post "Is it time we started noticing textiles as an artform? http://ow.ly/N6kBh" causes an uproar. Care to weigh in? We did. Tell us, and tell Tate.


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Is it time we started noticing textiles as an artform? http://ow.ly/N6kBh
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Nova Scotia-born painter discovers textile media to create "abstract works [that] complicate the painterly notion of surface, while reconsidering the concept of the handmade." (That's artspeak for "weaving"......)


Brent Wadden | Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery | NYC
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SDA member Lanny Bergner's work gets some love:


Lanny Bergner « Zone One Arts
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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?”




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SDA Member Jennie Frederick interviewed by The Kansas City Star about her life, her art career, her passions, and her home. We love seeing Surface Design Association artists make local, state, national, and international news!


Q&A: Textile artist and paper maker Jennie Frederick talks about her art and home
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Congratulations to all 37 (!) Surface Design Association member artists who are part of QUILT NATIONAL 15!

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.





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In the current WARP SPEED issue of Surface Design Journal, read about Margo Wolowiec’s fascinating process of gathering images from the Internet, then reappropriating and manipulating them in her #handwoven artworks. Her work bridges the divide between #technology and the #handmade. Get the Spring 2015 issue here: http://surfacedesign.org/publications/sda-journal





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