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The winners of Surface Design Association’s Outstanding Student Awards were recently announced for the students who have demonstrated excellence in fiber arts. The work of these artists embodied inventive and innovative use of technique, materials, and concepts in fiber arts. Nominated by the chair of their department, all winners receive a free digital membership for the …

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A Conversation with Paper is an invitational exhibition curated by Jacqueline Mallegni. Her invitational proposal of twenty USA artists to participate in the exhibition was accepted by the International Association of Hand Papermakers & Paper Artists (IAPMA) and galleryFRITZ |Projects in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The motivation and inspiration for the exhibition was to highlight …

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Member Spotlight: Judy Bales

This month’s featured member is Iowa-based Judy Bales. Judy uses a variety of techniques and materials to make both fashion and sculptural works inspired by industrial and natural forms. I create art that is a marriage of cold industrial materials and the sensuous forms of nature. I utilize these materials, many of which are found, …

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The Potential of Paper, Out Now!

Surface Design Association is excited to announce our Summer 2020 edition of Surface Design Journal: The Potential of Paper. “The world of paper art is a fascinating one. Artists are able to transform its properties from an ephemeral, one-dimensional medium into structurally sound three-dimensional sculptural forms. Paper’s only limit is the human imagination. We travel …

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This month’s SDA Book Club features of review of True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments by Keith Recker and reviewed by Faith Hagenhofer. True Colors : World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments by Keith Recker True Colors, is a journey! With chapters organized as a rainbow, from blue through purple and the rest, …

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Devotion: Sewing the Sacred Exhibition in Print

It’s hard to believe we are less than a week away from the submission deadline (June 15th) for our 2020 International Exhibition in Print, Devotion: Sewing the Sacred! I wanted to share some “behind the scenes” thoughts on how Jovencio de la Paz (Artist, Weaver, Educator, and Guest Juror) and I, Lauren Sinner (SDJ Managing Editor) …

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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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