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This summer, I am celebrating the moment when people’s collective strength, patience, creativity, compassion, and spirit comes together in the public participation project and exhibition Kumihimo Wishes: Current Times at Jansen Art Center in Lynden, Washington, US. During the pandemic, I have been thinking about the power of “craft” deeply. As a Japanese artist, I …

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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. All winners receive a free digital membership for the year. Congratulations to all 32 awardees. …

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Originally I planned to curate this exhibition, BIG BODY PLAY  for the summer of 2020, but we all know how that story ends. Instead, the show came together this summer, just in time for a much needed summer respite. What better timing could we need – it’s the summer of freedom and fun – traveling, …

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This month’s addition to the SDA Book Club is “Material: Making and the Art of Transformation” by Faith Hagenhofer. “Material: Making and the Art of Transformation” by Nick Kary, reviewed by Faith Hagenhofer This very British interrogation of resources, the raw materials for a maker’s hand is tragedy driven. Whether its purpose from the start …

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In October 2020, I was contacted by Diana Akiyama, the first Japanese-American woman elected a bishop in the Episcopal Church, to create her vestments. Diana has a deep reverence for the natural world which she wanted reflected in her vestments. She knew nothing about katazome except that it was a traditional Japanese technique and she …

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SDA-sponsored Textile Talks provide engaging theme-focused presentations by member artists. In April, Textile Narratives: Vintage, Found & Transformed, with Maggy Rozycki Hiltner, Susan Lenz & Jennifer Lee Morrow, along with moderator Merill Comeau, generated enthusiastic audience questions with insufficient time for answers. Revisit this popular program and read on for a continuation of our Q&A. …

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Surface Design Association is excited to announce Spontaneity and Play in Fiber Art, our Summer 2021 edition of Surface Design Journal. Fiber and textile work can often require large amounts of forethought, planning, and precision. This edition of Surface Design Journal celebrates the improvised, playful, and spontaneous way many artists have chosen to pursue when …

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This month, we have a bonus addition to the SDA Book Club! A few months ago, Vivien Zepf visted Catskill Merino, the farm from which Clara Parkes received her wool for “Vanishing Fleece,” to learn more about the history, process, and lambs. Check out more in this bonus book review / travelogue below! “Vanishing Fleece: …

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This month’s addition to the SDA Book Club is “Why We Quilt” by our recurring reviewer, Faith Hagenhofer. “Why We Quilt” “showcases a stunning collection of quilts from a wide range of contemporary makers, accompanied by their testimonials about what inspires and imbues their craft with meaning.” “Why We Quilt : Contemporary Makers Speak Out. The …

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Slow Fiber Studios, Conversations with Cloth, Series Two completed it’s online program with Episode 4: The Americas: Shibori and Four-Selvedge Weaving in Mexico, Peru, Chile and Argentina, with Jim Bassler in his California studio. Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada and Ana Lisa Hedstrom shared how truly blessed to be part of the new world, by honoring the …

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