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Best Textile Books (to give and get) of 2018

The holidays are fast-approaching and what better gift to give than a book on textiles? Surface Design Association presents our countdown spotlighting some of our favorite books that came out in 2018–perfect for any fibers fan. Whether you’re into contemporary approaches, technical skills, project ideas, or historical readings, this list has got you covered! “Weaving: …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Haptic

This batch of articles for Friday Fibers Roundup draws from our current Journal theme of “Haptic” to give you articles on craft, material history, and color traditions. 1) “The Artificial Divide Between Fine Art and Textiles is a Gendered Issue” by Amber Butchart highlights the changing perceptions of fabrics throughout art history, in reaction to …

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In 1962 the first international tapestry exhibition, of the post-war era, was launched in Lausanne, Switzerland. The venue became a catalyst for international dialog in new fiber works and helped envision new concepts in the craft and art of fiber and redefined the craft lexicon as “fiber art.” This event ushered to the world stage …

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“between systems and grounds” by Jeanne Medina

between systems and grounds is a collaboration between composer, Paula Matthusen and visual artist, Olivia Valentine. The work is a nomadic, durational performance and installation which combines the textile-based practice of bobbin lace with real-time, electronic sound processing. An album of real-time and time-compressed recordings of the project, released by Carrier Records, serves as a …

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Northeast members of Surface Design Association met at the Fuller Craft Museum on October 27, 2018 for a day of networking, sharing work and inspirational books, the opening of Context: Language, Media, and Meaning—a juried exhibition of work by SDA members from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island—and Words Matter, a presentation by Stuart Kestenbaum. With …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Story Quilts

From galleries to runways, theory to hobby, and everywhere in-between, quilts have seen a huge rise in the everyday lexicon. This Friday Fibers Roundup features a great variety of what people are doing with the concept of quilting. 1) Sonja Dahl’s latest solo exhibition Recounting Fragments is on display now (until the end of November) …

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“Haptic” SDJ – Out Now!

Surface Design Association is excited to announce “Haptic”, our Fall 2018 edition of Surface Design Journal! This Journal explores the meaning of touch in relationship to fibers and the techniques that define our field. As Elizabeth Kozlowski, SDJ Journal Editor, states in her Editorial, “For many of us—through repetitive practice and exploration—techniques such as knitting, …

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“Memories of Morocco” by Jo Lehman

A journey is personal; I constantly seek inspiration. As misterstiltskin a textile artist, I immerse myself in the process, the tactility of the textile. I absorb aspects of a culture to discover the purpose and sensations of creativity. Amazigh Cultural Tours Morocco, led by Rita Lazauskas, offers a textiles tour of Morocco, visiting working artisans …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Tight-Knit

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features ten articles that spotlight the past, present, and future of knitting; with themes touching on technology, craft, restoration, and more! 1) “Imaging Tool Unravels Secrets of Child’s Sock from Ancient Egypt” by Caroline Davies looks at how a non-invasive technique devised by British Museum shed light on dyeing and …

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“SDA Convening at TSA Symposium” by Lila Stone

The Textile Society of America’s 16th Biennial Symposium The Social Fabric: Deep Local to Pan Global was held in Vancouver, Canada from September 19–23. The conference consisted of concurrent sessions for maximum enjoyment of top-notch content, keynote and plenary speakers, poster sessions, and all sorts of well orchestrated surface design related events. There was one …

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