Crafting Community- Call for Artists

Surface Design Association Exhibition in Print Call for Artists

Surface Design Association is celebrating our 40th anniversary with Crafting Community: SDA 2016 Inaugural International Exhibition in Print, and we are so very excited to invite you to join us! We want to showcase the breadth and depth of contemporary artists and designers working working with or inspired by fiber and textile materials and techniques. Selected work will appear in print in the winter 2016 issue of Surface Design Journal.

We encourage you to submit work that challenges and expands the contemporary definitions of textile and fiber based art and design. With media like digital art, sound and video, performance, conceptual art, land art, installation, book art, textile design, fashion design, interior design, product design, and craft as social practice- pretty much everything that demonstrates the innovative use of textile media.

Mark Newport Spiritman 4, Hand knit acrylic yarn and buttons

Mark Newport Spiritman 4, Hand knit acrylic yarn and buttons, 80″ x 23″ x 6″ (2014)

Juried by Mark Newport (Artist-in-Residence and Head of Fiber at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan) and Marci Rae McDade (editor of Surface Design Journal) this Exhibition In Print will celebrate the incredible variety of members’ most recent artistic achievements, and warmly invites others to add their voices to this inspiring collective conversation. Our dedicated SDA community is composed of passionate artists, designers, collectors, curators, educators, and students of all ages from all over the world. Creative practice grows in exciting new ways when we share what – and why – we make.

Marci Rae McDade Waiting, Synthetic and natural yarns, basic weave with brocade, handwoven

Marci Rae McDade Waiting, Synthetic and natural yarns, basic weave with brocade, handwoven, 25″ x 15.5″ (2007)

What you need to know:
• Click here to apply!
• Entry Deadline: Thursday, September 15th, 2016
• Cost: $20 entry fee for members, up to 3 artworks // $45 entry fee for non-members, up to 3 artworks (Works should be completed on or after January 1, 2013. SDA encourages established, emerging, international and student artists to participate.)
• Notification of Acceptance: Saturday, October 15th, 2016
• Selected artists provide high-res images for publication: Monday, October 31st, 2016
• Publication of Winter Journal: Friday, December 23, 2016

Marci Rae McDade April (Gaze series) Gouche on paper study of underwear fabric, painting

Marci Rae McDade April (Gaze series) Gouche on paper study of underwear fabric, painting, 4″ x 5″, (2015)

There will also be awards given out, because we know so much amazing work is going to be submitted, that we just have to give you credit where credit is due. SDA Awards for Excellence will be recognized in the following areas- International Innovation, Next Generation (Student Award), Surface Design, Conceptual Craft, Craft & Community, Figure & Fiber, Tradition In Technique, and Innovation In Technique.


Mark Newport Batman 700, Embroidery on comic book coverTo apply to the EIP or for more information about entry requirements, check out Call Detail on Cafe.

You can also email info@surfacedesign.org or call 707-829-3110 with any questions.

Mark Newport Batman 700, Embroidery on comic book cover (2011)

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