Open Call for Embrace: Expect the Unexpected, SDA’s 2024 Exhibition in Print

Each year, SDA’s International Exhibition In Print showcases the breadth and depth of contemporary artists and designers working with or inspired by fiber art and/or textile-based materials, methods, and techniques. The work of selected artists is featured in the Fall 2024 issue of the Surface Design Journal.


This year’s Exhibition in Print, Embrace: Expect the Unexpected celebrates artists who accept the challenge of embracing the unexpected. Navigating both the positive and negative elements of change is challenging, yet adaptation can spark exponential growth and knowledge.

Accepting mistakes and imperfections, embracing identities and true selves, and confronting difficulties head-on can yield remarkable transformations. At the same time, the embrace from a creative community—whether physical or metaphorical—can provide a positive and supportive system that propels artists and their creations.

This call seeks works addressing an unexpected outcome or change, whether in the creative process or one’s own life. “Expect the Unexpected” can encompass embracing one’s true and multifaceted identity, the simple yet meaningful act of embrace, and the boldness required to take risks.


Youngmin Lee (she/her) is a textile artist uses bojagi tradition and techniques to create her work. Her interest in textiles led her to study Clothing and Textile in college and received an MFA in Fashion Design in South Korea. She has researched bojagi making and techniques and endeavor to apply her findings to both in traditional and contemporary art. She actively works on preserving the bojagi tradition that embodies the philosophy of recycling and up-cycling, as the works are made from pieces of fabric leftover from other projects. She is working closely with Asian American community with community engaged projects and workshops. She founded the Korean Textile Tour in 2017 to introduce Korean traditional textile art and culture to bridge broader audiences. Youngmin’s works have been exhibited and collected internationally. Her new book, Bojagi: The Art of Korean Textiles with Techniques and Project, is coming in 2024.

Lauren Sinner (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, teacher, writer, and comedian based in Portland, Oregon. She is currently the Managing Editor of Surface Design Journal, Digital Media Manager at Portland Art Dealers Association, Mentor to MFA candidates, and independent contractor to many arts organizations throughout the country. She received her MFA in Applied Craft + Design from the joint program between the Oregon College of Art and Craft and the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2016.



Please visit CaFÉ Call for Entry for call details and to apply.

  • This exhibition is open to all artists, with a discounted entry fee offered to SDA members and students. Learn more about being a member and use coupon code SDAEXHIBITS for 10% off your membership.
  • Artists may enter up to three artworks. 2D and 3D works are eligible, as is documentation of time-based media, performance, or conceptual work. Only photographic documentation of work will be considered.
  • Work must have been completed since January 1, 2022.
  • Work executed under classroom/educational guidance or supervision is not eligible.
  • Artists who have been included in prior EIPs are encouraged to apply, but submitted work should show a progression or be from a different body of work.
  • Seven award winners will each receive an expanded, 3-page spread.


May 31, 2024 CaFÉ Call for entry deadline
June 1–30, 2024 Jurying process
July 8, 2024 Artist notification of acceptance
July 18, 2024 Selected artists provide text/ images/captions for publication
August 19, 2024 Design Phase for Journal begins
Mid October Publication of Journal

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