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Friday Fibers Roundup: Contemporary Craft

The week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a mix of exhibitions, books, and reviews all center around the concepts of craft in a contemporary and historical setting. 1) Sheila Hicks’ new exhibition: Free threads. Textile and its Pre-Columbian Roots, 1954-2017 has been up since last November, but there’s still time to see it. On display at

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Woven Color

This week’s roundup features a mix of articles all focusing on sources of color, weaving production, and how those intermingle. 1) “How an Oregon State Professor Accidentally Created a New Shade of Blue” by Benjamin Tepler looks back at the first truly new blue discovered in more than two centuries (via PDX Monthly). 2) In

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“A Woman’s Place” Curated by Kimberly Becker

Curated by SDA member Kimberly Becker, the exhibition A Woman’s Place features fifteen artists whose strong voices and clear ideas discuss what it means to be female in the twenty first century. Conveyed through a wide variety of mediums, the work speaks to both an individual woman’s experience as well as a collective voice. Opening

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Exhibiting Members

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features many exhibitions our wonderful members are featured in all over the country, as well as highlights of other important exhibits internationally. 1) SDA member Pamela Becker will have two of her closed coil forms included in this year’s CraftForms 2017. The exhibition runs through January 27th, 2018 at the

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Susan Lordi Marker is recent SDA member, whose work centralizes around themes of natural resources, ecosystems, and mark making. Below, Susan reflects on the many years of creativity and exploration with a retrospective on her own processes. Several years ago I rescued a remnant of original, unplowed native prairie in Missouri. Since then, I have been

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This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a variety of exhibitions, statements, and interviews around the central theme of quilting 1) War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics exhibition is organized by the American Folk Art Museum, New York, in collaboration with the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of

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“In The Studio” with Jacqueline Mallegni

SDA member Jacqueline Mallegni takes us inside her studio and process with 2018’s first “In the Studio” article. Working in a wide variety of media, Jacqueline’s creates sculptures inspired by natural forms. Read more to get to know one of our recent members! I began making handmade paper in 1989—falling in love with how the

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Color Abound

This is one of our brightest and most colorful Friday Fibers Roundups yet! With articles focusing on the use or history of a wide range of colors. 1) “The Hidden Labor Behind the Luxurious Colors of Purple and Indigo” by Sarah E. Bond explores the history of Tyrian purple, indigo, and other dyes (via Hyperallergic).

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Welcome, Elizabeth Kozlowski!

At the tail end of 2017, Surface Design Association announced that Elizabeth Kozlowski will be our new Surface Design Journal Editor! We are so excited for her to join the SDA family and cannot wait to see what wonderful and unique Journals she produces. Below is a brief, welcoming interview with Elizabeth so our members

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From sea algae-based flip-flops, to NASA using origami, this week’s Friday Fibers Roundup is looking at all the ways artists and designers are taking traditional ideas and blending with technology to help create a brighter future. 1) Artist and designer Clara Daguin embroiders circuits, luminescent wires, and sensors on her clothes, revealing the poetry of

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