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SDA Book Club, March: “Threads of Life”

This month’s SDA Book Club features of review of Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle by Clare Hunter written by Faith Hagenhofer. We’re lucky to have Faith reviewing quite a few new and upcoming textile books that go further in-depth into the rich history and materiality of textiles!  Threads of …

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On Display: February 2020

There are so many fiber-related exhibitions throughout the year, we can’t fit them all into our quarterly Journal, so we’ve decided to take our On Display department to the blog for more promotion of shows! Below are five exhibitions open right now where you can see some amazing fiber work. In Flux: Southeast Fiber Art …

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Member Spotlight: Polly Bech

Surface Design Association is so lucky to have such a strong and talented community of artists and makers. With members all over the world, doing a variety of work, we’ve decided to start a monthly blog spotlight featuring more of what our community is working on. Our inaugural member spotlight is Polly Bech: a Philadelphia-based quilter …

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SDA Book Club, February: “The Golden Thread”

This year, Surface Design Association wants to share more of the amazing fibers and textiles-related books out there with our new SDA Book Club. The books featured will range from teaching skills and techniques, fiction, historical surveys, critical essays, exhibition catalogues, and more! So keep an eye out, because we’re bringing you a new book every …

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SDA 2019: A Year in Review

What an amazing year it’s been for Surface Design Association! We released four stunning Journals, held our biennial conference in St. Louis, and had multiple member exhibitions. Let’s take a look back at all the wonderful artist opportunities that happened in 2018: Domestic Spaces: Spring 2019 Surface Design Journal Our first Journal of the new …

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Best Books to Give (and Get) in 2019!

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 2019–perfect for any fibers fan. Whether you’re into contemporary approaches, technical skills, or project ideas, this list has got you covered! “Fibershed: Growing a …

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Surface Design Association is excited to announce “Marigolds & Unicorns,” our Winter 2019 edition of Surface Design Journal! This Journal features imagery and articles all focusing on plants and animals represented in textile art. “Humans, out of necessity and desire, have cultivated a (mostly) symbiotic relationship with the flora and fauna that cohabitate this planet. …

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Can a parking garage be cinematic? Boston-based architecture studio, French 2D, proves that everyday architectures—such as parking garages—can deliver celluloid effects. Located in the Kendall Square neighborhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts, an existing parking structure is covered in a bold, graphic facade system comprised of a tension-frame and mesh fabric—a building you can look at and …

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Water addresses issues of conservation and climate change while embracing water’s evocative qualities and formal beauty. The exhibition brings together an exceptional group of contemporary artists whose work is inspired by the expressive possibilities of water. Located Cedarburg, Wisconsin, a region rich with fresh water, aims to bring attention to this valuable, yet vulnerable, resource through …

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Two weeks after the SDA conference, Beyond the Surface, in St. Louis, Missouri, I am still reminiscing about it and how much I enjoyed interacting with new acquaintances, renewing friendships with friends from past conferences, and SDA-related happenings. Hats off to conference planners, as events, exhibits, and workshops were so varied, well organized, and in …

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