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SDA Book Club, April “Build a Flower”

This month’s SDA Book Club spotlights a fun book to help you stay occupied during this time at home. “Build a Flower” by Lucia Balcazar goes over the tools, techniques, designs, and more when it comes to making paper flowers. Chances are, many artists have some type of paper lying around, and this book provides …

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Member Spotlight: Susan Hotchkis

Our second member spotlight of March is Susan Hotchkis, a Scotland-based artist, whose work has incredibly rich surface texture and vibrant color palettes! I was born and raised in Hull (East Yorkshire, England) but spent most of my adult life in Manchester. My first sewing machine was given to me when I was seven and …

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I strive for flow in my studio time but was also pleased to find it recently in a one-day gathering at the Mosesian Arts Center in Watertown, Massachusetts. New England states share the beauty of their waters from ocean to bays to lakes to rivers and streams, and on this day about 50 artists also enjoyed sharing–images, …

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Member Spotlight: Angela Dale

This March brings us two Premium SDA Member spotlights! First up is Angela Dale, a Calgary-based designer, who makes amazing garments from a wide array of materials. She has a Certificate in Costume Studies from Dalhousie University, a BFA in Fine Arts from NSCAD University, and an MFA in Design and Technical Theatre from the University …

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Whether she’s working in textile, collage, or photography, Sharon Kerry-Harlan makes art that buzzes with life and energy. The Wauwatosa-based artist is best known for her unconventional pieced quilts that set bold, graphic shapes and patterns against a background of subtle color and lively stitched line. Her quilts are dominated by funky, off-kilter geometric designs …

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SDA Book Club, March: “Threads of Life”

This month’s SDA Book Club features of review of Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle by Clare Hunter written by Faith Hagenhofer. We’re lucky to have Faith reviewing quite a few new and upcoming textile books that go further in-depth into the rich history and materiality of textiles!  Threads of …

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On Display: February 2020

There are so many fiber-related exhibitions throughout the year, we can’t fit them all into our quarterly Journal, so we’ve decided to take our On Display department to the blog for more promotion of shows! Below are five exhibitions open right now where you can see some amazing fiber work. In Flux: Southeast Fiber Art …

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Member Spotlight: Polly Bech

Surface Design Association is so lucky to have such a strong and talented community of artists and makers. With members all over the world, doing a variety of work, we’ve decided to start a monthly blog spotlight featuring more of what our community is working on. Our inaugural member spotlight is Polly Bech: a Philadelphia-based quilter …

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SDA Book Club, February: “The Golden Thread”

This year, Surface Design Association wants to share more of the amazing fibers and textiles-related books out there with our new SDA Book Club. The books featured will range from teaching skills and techniques, fiction, historical surveys, critical essays, exhibition catalogues, and more! So keep an eye out, because we’re bringing you a new book every …

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SDA 2019: A Year in Review

What an amazing year it’s been for Surface Design Association! We released four stunning Journals, held our biennial conference in St. Louis, and had multiple member exhibitions. Let’s take a look back at all the wonderful artist opportunities that happened in 2018: Domestic Spaces: Spring 2019 Surface Design Journal Our first Journal of the new …

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