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HALI London

HALI London—the first festival in London devoted to the art and history of textiles—takes place June 24–30, 2019. At a time when museums and art lovers are increasingly turning to textiles as the key to unravelling complex cultural narratives, this festival offers a chance to discover how textiles have been, and continue to be, an …

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Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts just recently announced their first Appalachian Craft and Culture Fellow: Geri Forkner—a fiber artist working at the intersection of art and craft. Many SDA members have taken classes, taught, and had residencies at Arrowmont, and this new project they’re launching is another exciting option for fiber artists out there! …

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This special Friday Fibers Roundup looks at many fiber-related exhibitions either currently on display or recently closed–with a special focus on some exciting Midwest-based shows! 1) “Fiber Arts Exhibit Explores Technology’s Impact On Art” by Elizabeth Dohms reviews the exhibition Fiber Arts in the Digital Age at the Wisconsin Museum Of Quilts & Fiber Arts …

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Beyond the Surface: SDA Conference 2019

Join us in St Louis for SDA’s 2019 biennial conference, Beyond the Surface, for a long weekend of fiber October 3-6, 2019! We are partnering with St Louis-based Innovations in Textiles 2019, a regional event showcasing more than 30 textile exhibitions in the St Louis metro area. Open to members and non-members. Registration is now open, …

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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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