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Need some inspiration for new projects? This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features paper patterns, colors, and forms to get you out of your rut. 1) Beijing-based artist Peng Wei create contemporary sculptures of human legs, shoes, and torsos by placing traditional Chinese painting on rice paper—displaying natural and domestic scenes (via Colossal). 2) “Photographer Captures

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Voor de draad ermee! (Well, get on with it!)

Embroidery, as an artistic craft has made a remarkable comeback. From domestic tools and quiet hobbies, embroidery is now a full-scale cultural movement, with many iterations taking place internationally. Voor de draad ermee! (Dutch translated to English: Well, get on with it!) features embroidered and embellished works by some of the top artists and fashion

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Loop There It Is

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a fun and playful mix of crochet works, installations, and guerilla projects keeping a traditional craft alive. 1) “Feast Your Eyes on This Glorious Crocheted Food” by Anne Ewbank looks at Trevor Smith’s retro-domestic themed creations which are fuzzy, cozy, and downright edible-looking (via Atlas Obscura). 2) In her

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Susie IRL: P O W E R & B U I L D

In the midst of our digitally-driven world, where discourse, debates and group connections often occur and spread online, Susie IRL presents complex themes about identity and singularity using a wide variety of media. Originally on display at HEREart in New York, NY from January 25th–March 28th, 2018, the works shown exist within the broader context

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Fashion’s Future

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup highlights a series of articles, exhibitions, and innovations in the fashion, wearable art, and experimental fashion realms. 1) “The Future Of Fashion in 5 Wild New Garments” by Diana Budds examines what we will be wearing in 5, 50, or 500 years, all on view at MoMA (via FastCoDesign). 2)

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This article features four contemporary artists working in the quilt medium for more than thirty years: Pauline Burbidge, Michael James, Katie Pasquini Masopust, and Joan Schulze. They all have international reputations not only as artists, but also as influential teachers, lecturers, and authors of books relating to contemporary quilt art. Continuing to produce textile-based artwork

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“Pattern” SDJ – Out Now!

Surface Design Association is excited to announce “Color”, our Spring 2018 edition of Surface Design Journal! This Journal features the significant role pattern plays in our physical world–from natural to synthetic, visual to linguistic, and everything in-between. Pattern is an integral part of the building blocks that form our lives. Here’s a preview of what

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Pushing Fashion

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup spotlights the many different ways fashion designers are pushing the boundaries–both conceptually and materially. 1) “When Black Women could not try on the Dresses, Ebony Brought the Dresses to Them” by Blue Greenberg spotlights the story of how haute couture fashion for black American women became a vehicle to reinforce

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Surface Design Association is excited to invite students to submit work for the second annual SDA Juried Student Exhibition, Future Tense II. Held at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery at University of Missouri, Columbia and taking place November 5-15, 2018, the exhibition will celebrate the creative work of student artists, designers, and makers working with

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Landscapes

This week’s roundup highlights the many ways artists, craftspeople, and designers can be inspired by landscapes and natural forms. 1) “Textile Artist Creates Nature-Inspired Embroidery Art That ‘Grows’ Beyond Its Frame” by Emma Taggart looks at Peru-based textile artist Ana Teresa Barboza. Her three-dimensional work often spills out from the confines of the embroidery hoop

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