Susan Hotchkis "Rust-rose" (detail) 2016

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Activate Inspiration by Sharla Jean Hoskin

Some artists develop an intuitive sense of color and others desire to dig deeply into theory to apply to their work. Thorough color study can span a diverse range of arts, sciences, and humanities. The exercises below have their roots in the 18th and 19th centuries, when art and science merged to study visual perception.

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Practice and Process

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup looks at the behind-the-scenes ways artists, craftspeople, and designers create their work. 1) “The Invention of Modern Color: Synthetic Dyes” is Susan Clark’s recent TED Talk where she explores the origins of where our synthetic dyes came from (via Explore Fiber). 2) South African artist Marsi van de Heuvel creates

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Best Textile Books to Give (And Get) in 2017

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 2017–perfect for any fibers fan. Whether you’re into contemporary approaches, technical skills, project ideas, or historical readings, this list has got you covered! 1)

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