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This week’s blog article is an emotional and moving journey by K. Johnson Bowles about healing and processing of trauma through the making of art. In 2019, I started a new body of work called Veronica’s Cloths. I had been in a job where I was subjected to threats, harassment, sexual assault, discrimination, retaliation, and defamation. …

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Member Spotlight: Myrna Tatar

This month’s first member spotlight is Myrna Tatar, a San Francisco-based artist working in a multitude of mediums, primarily oriented by assemblage. Her work is spontaneous and optimistic, with layers of personal narrative and meaning woven throughout. I’ve been an artist as long as I can remember. As a child, I realized my love of …

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Member Spotlight: Julie Nocent-Vigil

Our first member spotlight for May is Julie Nocent-Vigil. Julie is a Santa Fe, New Mexico-based artist who works in a variety of media including printmaking, paper making, sculpture, and more! While I did graduate work in fine art history and architecture, my growth as an artist and academic did not take a traditional trajectory …

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Kim McBrien Evans interview by Michelle Lee

As part of the Spring 2020 Current Threads online exhibit, Impervious by Kim McBrien Evans is one of Kim’s custom shawl designs using her custom dyed yarns. Kim owns Indigodragonfly Studio in Ontario, Canada. SDA board member Michelle Lee interviewed Kim via email to find out more about her life, design process, and new book …

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This month’s SDA Book Club features of review of Crafting Dissent: Handicraft as Protest from the American revolution to the Pussyhats edited by Hinda Mandell and reviewed by Faith Hagenhofer. This is the second in Faith’s book reviews, and we’re very excited to have her continue to contribute to our monthly book club! Crafting Dissent: Handicraft as Protest …

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Member Spotlight: Julia Feldman

Our second member highlight for April is Santa Rosa-based Julia Feldman. Julia’s work reflects concern for repairing the earth and encouraging conversation through art that works toward a kinder, more peaceful world. Julia earned a Master of Art + Design, with an emphasis in Surface Design and a Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching from North …

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Member Spotlight: Susan Moran

April brings us two new member spotlights, and the first up is Susan Moran. Susan has an MFA in Textiles from the University of Michigan. Her work incorporates shibori, silkscreen, and stitching to create work inspired by the natural world and common human experiences. She has been a faculty member of the College for Creative Studies …

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Explorations in Felt, organized by the Hunterdon Art Museum in partnership with the Fiber Art Network/Fiber Art Now (FAN), considers a versatile fibrous material from a wide-angle view. Drawing from a pool of submissions for a feature on felt in the print publication Fiber Art Now, the museum’s exhibition committee selected 28 works by an …

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Surface Design Association is excited to announce our Spring 2020 edition of Surface Design Journal: Interwoven: Collaboration in Fiber. “Collaboration can take on many forms. Artistically speaking, it can have the wondrous effect of strengthening community, at home or across the globe. The 2020 Spring edition of Surface Design Journal explores what happens when creative minds …

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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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