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Academy Award winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter took Iowa State University students, staff, and faculty on a costume and textile design journey during her lecture entitled “A Hollywood Career in Costume Design” on October 9, 2018. Carter’s visit to campus was one of three lectures as part of the 2018-19 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed …

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Surface Design Association’s International Exhibition In Print showcases the breadth and depth of contemporary artists and designers working with or inspired by fiber art and/or textile-based materials, methods, and techniques. The work of selected artists is featured in the Fall 2019 issue of the Surface Design Journal, read by international artists, gallery owners, curators, scholars, and …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Crochet + Color

This edition of Friday Fibers Roundup features articles about crochet, color, and where those two overlap for some really amazing projects! 1) Artist Laurel Roth Hope creates colorful, one-of-a-kind crocheted bird suits designed to fit a standard urban pigeon, complete with a hood retrofitted with eye and beak holes. While the project isn’t without a …

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Recently, browngrotta arts (in Wilton, Connecticut) presented Art + Identity: an international view as part of their “Art in the Barn” series—an annual 10-day exhibition featuring over 50 international artists. Art + Identity was held in a barn built in 1895 and expanded and contemporized by architect David Ling. The exhibition was on display April …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Embroideries

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup spotlights recent articles on embroidery, hand-stitched, and some amazing projects being done in the field. 1) “The Calming Effects of Sewing Can Help People Express and Heal Themselves” by Clare Hunter explores how absorbing your concentration in needlework relieves inner turmoil (via The Guardian). 2) Finnish artist Noora Schroderus hand-embroiders …

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SDA Open Calls!

In our continued effort to support members and showcase the amazing work being done, Surface Design Association has three calls currently open for members to submit work. From our annual International Exhibition in Print, to exhibitions in conjunction with our upcoming conference, Beyond the Surface, all types of fiber-related work are accepted so just read …

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“Domestic Spaces” — Out Now!

Surface Design Association is excited to announce “Domestic Spaces”, our Spring 2019 edition of Surface Design Journal! This Journal focuses on those interior realms we create for ourselves and notions of how integral textiles are to the making of place. The various contributions reflect upon private (and public) domains and the personal aspirations of who …

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I am a felt artist currently living in Perth, Western Australia. I was born in The Netherlands in a region well below sea-level and, for better or worse, I learned at an early age to keep my head above water and stand tall. In 1985, at the age of 23 I moved to Australia and …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Materiality

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup looks at material knowledge and how some artists and schools are putting materiality first. 1) The exhibition WOMEN EMPOWERED: Fashions from the Frontline, features items worn by prominent activists, politicians, artists, athletes, academics, and everyday unsung heroes. On display at the Cornell Costume & Textile Collection (New York) through March …

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From its inception, 122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders was about people, and how cross-cultural dialogue and the purposeful act of making art based on this dialogue could weave a tapestry of commonality. For artist Anne Labovitz, the project’s architect who is a native of Duluth, Minnesota, and lives and works in Saint Paul, communicating …

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