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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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“Domestic Spaces” — Out Now!

Surface Design Association is excited to announce “Domestic Spaces”, our Spring 2019 edition of Surface Design Journal! This Journal focuses on those interior realms we create for ourselves and notions of how integral textiles are to the making of place. The various contributions reflect upon private (and public) domains and the personal aspirations of who …

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I am a felt artist currently living in Perth, Western Australia. I was born in The Netherlands in a region well below sea-level and, for better or worse, I learned at an early age to keep my head above water and stand tall. In 1985, at the age of 23 I moved to Australia and …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Materiality

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup looks at material knowledge and how some artists and schools are putting materiality first. 1) The exhibition WOMEN EMPOWERED: Fashions from the Frontline, features items worn by prominent activists, politicians, artists, athletes, academics, and everyday unsung heroes. On display at the Cornell Costume & Textile Collection (New York) through March …

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From its inception, 122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders was about people, and how cross-cultural dialogue and the purposeful act of making art based on this dialogue could weave a tapestry of commonality. For artist Anne Labovitz, the project’s architect who is a native of Duluth, Minnesota, and lives and works in Saint Paul, communicating …

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Native Fiber brings together a stunning variety of work by contemporary Native American fiber artists from throughout the Great Lakes area. Under these artists’ hands, Indigenous fiber art traditions are both maintained and advanced, communicating timeless stories and addressing modern themes. The show is on display at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts …

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“Innerweave” by Amy Sands and Bridget O’Malley

The Innerweave lace paper series is part of a collaborative project between papermaker Bridget O’Malley and printmaker Amy Sands of Minneapolis, MN, which their art explores the interplay of print, paper and image. Their work was featured in Surface Design Association’s Winter 2018 Journal “Family Matters: SDA International Exhibition in Print.” Below Amy and Bridget …

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Remember summer vacation where you could stay up way into the night reading a good book, and nothing mattered except that very moment? A residency is like a creative stay-cation or artist camp, only without any counselors or clipboards. Each day is centered on the work that you are passionate about. It’s also about restoring …

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