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Michelle Mayn is a New Zealand Aotearoa artist based in Auckland Tāmaki Makaurau. Mayn’s practice, situated within the field of process art, explores a world beyond sense perception through durational methods of making to create intra-active installations and mixed media sculptures. Mayn has regularly exhibited in solo and group shows in New Zealand and the …

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When we think of weaving or plaiting as an art form, our initial response is to consider it in relation to traditions associated with women. However, there has been a shift in Aotearoa New Zealand over recent decades. A growing network of kairaranga tāne (Māori male weavers) has been working within their whānau (families) and …

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This month, Conversations with Cloth, debuted Episode 3: Itajime Shibori/Clamp-Resist, hosted by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada and Ana Lisa Hedstrom, from Slow Fiber Studios. The focus of the series continues on the core concept of the transformation of cloth, 2D pliable plane to 3D shapes, a dimensional transformation that is the essential concept of shibori, explained in Yoshiko’s …

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SDA Year in Review: 2020

December 28, 2020

Thank you to everyone who made this year at SDA possible! Without the work from our dedicated staff, board, volunteers, committees, and members, none of this would have happened. 2020 has been a rollercoaster of a year, and the fact that anyone was still able to accomplish something is no small feat. Here’s a look …

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Surface Design Association is excited to announce Aotearoa New Zealand, our winter 2020 edition of Surface Design Journal, will be arriving in mailboxes shortly! This Journal provides a glimpse into the creative community of Aotearoa New Zealand. From vibrant fabric sculptures and the wool industry, to the conservation of Māori Textiles, readers will find a …

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Member Spotlights: 2020

December 16, 2020

This year SDA spotlighted many amazing members on our blog, and we wanted to round them all up in one place to remind you of all the work they’ve done! Below is the work of Judy Bales, Polly Bech, Angela Dale, Julia Feldman, Leslie Horan Simon, Susan Hotchkis, Saberah Malik, Susan Moran, Jennifer Lee Morrow, …

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Canada Craft Year 2020

December 11, 2020

Greetings from Canada! The Canadian Crafts Federation / Fédération Canadienne des métiers d’art has declared 2020 as a year-long celebration of Canadian fine craft. In Craft Year 2020 member artists are encouraged to push themselves to do something new. In our monthly newsletters, Susan M. Clark (SDA Membership Committee) highlighted a Canadian SDA member from …

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Slow Fiber Studios in Berkeley, California continues their mission bridging our interconnected conversations with the needle, thread, dye, and fiber. As a response to our dramatic paradigm shift and a rapid virtual network spanning across the world, Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, founder of Slow Fiber Studios, with Ana Lisa Hedstrom, esteemed shibori artist, share their expertise …

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2020 is coming to a close and the holidays are fast approaching, which means it’s time for SDA’s yearly list of the best books to give (and get) the holiday season! At the start of the year, we began the SDA Book Club reviewing and promoting fiber and textile-themed books. Here’s a review of those …

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This month’s Member Spotlight is Anubha Sood. Sood’s practice is centered around the sustainable ecology of making that provokes a sentiment addressing our current systems of production and their entanglement with the natural world. My work emerges out of an urgency to engage the body in the act of making. It’s like plucking grass when …

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