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Member Spotlight: Anubha Sood

This month’s Member Spotlight is Anubha Sood. Sood’s practice is centered around the sustainable ecology of making that provokes a sentiment addressing our current systems of production and their entanglement with the natural world. My work emerges out of an urgency to engage the body in the act of making. It’s like plucking grass when …

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I sort through the knitted blocks sent to me by participants in Knit Democracy Together knitting circles. I am stitching them together to form a sculpture of a state capitol building. Alone in my studio, I feel surrounded by a community of knitters who are concerned about the future of our democratic system. Like the …

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Eleven Members Included in Fiber Exhibit at Kansas City Stockyards Gallery Missouri SDA member, fiber artist Becky Stevens has a new gallery partnership and has curated and organized her initial fiber-focused art exhibit. The gallery, Stockyards Gallery, is in an historic Kansas City, Missouri building, the Livestock Exchange, in the city’s renown west bottoms. The …

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This month’s SDA Book Club features a behind-the-scenes look into My Bed: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep Around the World by Rebecca Bond, with art and BTS from Salley Mavor. My Bed: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep Around the World I’m happy to share how I approached illustrating my latest picture book My Bed, from …

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Thoughts on Validation (in partnership with ATA)

Surface Design Association and American Tapestry Alliance (ATA) are excited to partner our blogs and announce a series of professional practices articles for fiber artists. Initially posted on ATA’s blog, these articles will focus on shipping, promoting your practice, artist statements, insurance, and validation. With the help of Barbara Burns, we’ll be bringing you a …

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Member Spotlight: Leslie Horan Simon

This month’s member spotlight is Leslie Horan Simon. Leslie’s efforts to protect rare and endangered sheep breeds inspires her work and her focus on using carefully sourced wools. Leslie is based in New York City. My medium is wool. Not just any wool but that which comes from rare and endangered breeds of sheep. My …

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Surface Design Association and American Tapestry Alliance (ATA) are excited to partner our blogs and announce a series of professional practices articles for fiber artists. Initially posted on ATA’s blog, these articles will focus on shipping, promoting your practice, artist statements, insurance, and validation. With the help of Barbara Burns, we’ll be bringing you a …

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Member Spotlight: Saberah Malik

This month’s featured member spotlight is Saberah Malik, a Rhode Island-based artist who has created a unique method for forming dimensional cloth to seek a “symbiotic bond between contemporaneity and inherited cultural experiences.” I grew up surrounded by rich textiles for everyday and for ceremonial usage, some belonging to my Mughal great-grandmother. Her 1909-1910 travelogue, …

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Surface Design Association is excited to announce Devotion: Sewing the Sacred our Winter 2020 International Exhibition in Print. Juried by Jovencio de la Paz and Lauren Sinner, this EIP poses the question: What does devotion look like in material form? With 239 artists submitting 1113 works from all over the world, we definitely had our …

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Shipping, Far and Wide (in partnership with ATA)

Surface Design Association and American Tapestry Alliance (ATA) are excited to partner our blogs and announce a series of professional practices articles for fiber artists. Initially posted on ATA’s blog, these articles will focus on shipping, promoting your practice, artist statements, insurance, and validation. With the help of Barbara Burns, we’ll be bringing you a …

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