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Friday Fibers Roundup: Non-Textiles // Crochet

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup blends a mix of articles about textile-adjacent projects as well a few articles on crochet artists around the world. 1) “Inspired by Harriet Tubman, an Artist Takes Glass to Extremes” by Nancy Princenthal spotlights a new body of work by Joyce J. Scott, who mixes beading and textiles to create

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Outstanding Student Awards 2018 (Part I of IV)

The winners of Surface Design Association’s Outstanding Students Awards were announced this past June, and what an amazing group emerging professional work we received. All the student’s work features innovation within the field of fibers and textiles and is part of a cohesive and professionally accomplished body of work. With 40 winners (both nationally and

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Held earlier this summer, the 11th International Shibori Symposium (11ISS) was an exciting and densely-packed exploration of the dyeing traditions of Japan. 125 participants came from international countries, with another equal number from Japan. The schedule included workshops and events in the shibori village of Arimatsu; the safflower harvest, other natural dye and sashiko workshops

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Held earlier this summer, the 11th International Shibori Symposium (11ISS) was an exciting and densely-packed exploration of the dyeing traditions of Japan. 125 participants came from international countries, with another equal number from Japan. The schedule included workshops and events in the shibori village of Arimatsu; the safflower harvest, other natural dye and sashiko workshops

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Subversive Designs

This week’s roundup brings together recent articles on embroidery, from hip hop fashion, to smart fabrics, and an artists that works between North and South Korea. 1) The exhibition Organic Explorations features the work of Ellen Schiffman and Heide Follin who work is inspired by observing organic and symmetrical forms in nature and their travels

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The Costume Institute’s exhibition, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination is currently on display at The Met Fifth Avenue until October 8th, 2018. The thematic exhibition features conversations between both historical and modern fashion, and masterworks of medieval art from The Met’s collection. Heavenly Bodies examines fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and

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The exhibition East-West Conversations in Fiber opened earlier in July at Sierra Arts Gallery in Reno, Nevada, and features work by Miran Lim Lee, Youngmin Lee, Steph Rue, and Mirka Knaster. The show is on display until July 31st, 2018, so if you’re in the area, check it out before it’s down. Below is an

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Stories to Tell

This week’s roundup focuses on highlighting a variety of voices and experience, and how they are expressed through the medium of textiles. From perforative fashion, to interactive installation, each story is worth hearing. 1) Jono Vaughan’s series Project 42 addresses the pattern of violence against transgender people in the United States, providing both a form

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LAIKA’s studio sits just outside Portland, Oregon, so it’s naturally fitting the exhibition Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA was housed at the Portland Art Museum. The show was on display October 14th, 2017 to May 20th, 2018, and featured behind-the-scenes photography, video clips, and physical artwork from its four films. Animating

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“The Art of Labor” SDJ – Out Now!

Surface Design Association is excited to announce “The Art of Labor,” our Summer 2018 edition of Surface Design Journal! As Elizabeth Kozlowski states in her Editorial, this Journal questions, “What about the countless hands and hours required to make the objects that keep us safe, warm, and clean? And are we, as consumers, able to

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