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American Tapestry Alliance online exhibit, “Seizing the Moment”

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American Tapestry Alliance online exhibit, “Seizing the Moment”

01/06/2020 to 01/04/2021

The American Tapestry Alliance presents the work of young artists in an online exhibit, “Seizing the Moment: Three Emerging Millennial Artists” (https://americantapestryalliance.org/exhibitions/tex_ata/seizing-the-moment-three-emerging-millennial-artists/), curated by Alicia Scardetta. This exhibit brings together the work of Kayla Mattes (US), Luiza Caldari (Brazil), and Mariana Pinar Castellano (Spain) highlighting the variety and impact of these rising contemporary tapestry artists. …

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American Tapestry Alliance online exhibit:  Here & (T)Here

Exhibitions

American Tapestry Alliance online exhibit: Here & (T)Here

01/06/2020 to 01/04/2021

American Tapestry Alliance members from around the world participated in Here & (T)Here, their 2019 postcard exchange. Organized by ATA director of awards, Dorothy Clews, randomly paired weavers mailed each other a small handwoven tapestry. View the results in an online gallery at https://americantapestryalliance.org/tapestry-education/educational-articles-on-tapestry-weaving/here-and-there/. Credit: Lindsey Marshall….

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Beneath the Surface: Reimagined

Exhibitions

Beneath the Surface: Reimagined

07/01/2020 to 09/26/2020

The ArtCentre of Plano
Plano, Texas
United States

Beneath the Surface: Reimagined is a collaborative coral reef installation between husband and wife artists, Keith and Christine Miller. Keith exhibits 2D resin paintings that create a watery backdrop for Christine’s 3D fiber sculptures. She uses fiber techniques such as weaving with wire, felting, hyperbolic crochet, fiber hardened sculptures, and dyeing. The exhibit hopes to …

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Artist Opportunities

Full-time Job Opportunity: Textiles, Technical Assistant III, Surface

07/17/2020 to 10/31/2020

Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, Rhode Island
United States

Job Summary Rhode Island School of Design seeks a Technical Assistant III, Surface to join the Textiles department which offers a broad-based education in many aspects of fabric, fiber, and pattern, emphasizing a thorough understanding of the design process, structure, materials, and techniques. Our students are diverse, coming from a wide range of geographic, socioeconomic, …

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Journeys an exhibition of fiber art by Susan L Feller

Exhibitions

Journeys an exhibition of fiber art by Susan L Feller

08/07/2020 to 10/17/2020

Beckley Art Center
Beckley, West Virginia
United States

Solo exhibit arranged in collections portraying traditional fiber techniques incorporated in folk art patterns to original work inspired by nature, social issues and sustainable materials by Susan L Feller…

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Call for Entry

Call for New Members

09/01/2020 to 10/31/2020

Kendall Park, New Jersey
United States

The Art Cloth Network call for new members is coming soon! September 1 – October 31, 2020 Our organization defines “Art Cloth” as material transformed by adding or subtracting color, line, shape, texture or fiber to make a compelling surface and composition. This can include three-dimensional art and work meant for outdoor display. As a …

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Textile Month Los Angeles

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Textile Month Los Angeles

09/01/2020 to 09/30/2020

Textile Arts Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
United States

Textile Month is a celebration of textiles throughout Southern California. Programming includes artist talks, studio tours, book launches, online exhibits, workshops and demos, and our annual textile summit, Material Dialogues. Textile Month is an invitation to discover an artform, explore the city, celebrate creativity, and relish community….

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Paper – Not So Simple

Exhibitions

Paper – Not So Simple

09/03/2020 to 10/12/2020

out of the blue gallery
Opunake
New Zealand

Exhibition of hand made and hand manipulated paper from around the world with participating artists sharing materials….

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The We Were Never Alone Project – A Weaving Workshop for Victims & Survivors of Domestic Violence

09/26/2020

Oak Park, Illinois
United States

The We Were Never Alone Project (In-Person Workshop) Saturday, September 26, 2020 3:00 PM 7:00 PM Compound Yellow 244 Lake Street Oak Park, IL, 60302 United States Weaving has helped me tremendously when trying to battle overpowering thoughts and emotions and it’s my goal as an artist/art educator to pass this wonderful art form over …

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Material Dialogues

Conferences

Material Dialogues

09/26/2020 to 09/27/2020

Textile Arts Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
United States

Textile Arts Los Angeles presents our annual textile summit: Material Dialogues. This year’s theme invites us to consider the role art and artists have in addressing the larger issues of our time. We will explore textile’s inherent capacity for narrative; the dialogue between cloth and social engagement; the uses of textiles as a vehicle for …

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Online Layering & Encaustic Effects

Workshops

Online Layering & Encaustic Effects

09/26/2020

De Pirro Art Workshops (Hosting)
Allyn, Washington
United States

Create a mysterious & luminous depth, enriching your artwork! In this workshop you will discover how to create the luscious effect of wax encaustic using GOLDEN Acrylic Gels and Mediums. Artists will learn how to apply various products to painted or collaged surfaces & in the process discovering the unique qualities of each. I will …

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Online Mixed Media Paint Pours

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Online Mixed Media Paint Pours

09/27/2020

Winslow Art Center (Hosting)
Winslow, Washington
United States

Discover how to create luminous pours, streams and marble effects using acrylic. These techniques can be incorporated into collage, as a background for painting, drawing, image transfers or even as an abstract painting. We will explore Golden Fluid & High Flow Paints combined with various gels, mediums & pastes. Each has their own distinctive characteristics, …

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Photographing  your Artwork Virtual Workshop

Workshops

Photographing your Artwork Virtual Workshop

10/01/2020 to 10/02/2020

Peters Valley School of Craft

Thursday, October 1st ~ 9:00am-11:00am EST Friday, October 2nd ~ 9:00am – 11:00am EST Instructor:Nancy J. Ori Selling your artwork, creating a website, getting a gallery exhibit, or winning prizes at juried exhibitions are often determined by the quality of your digital photographs and your ability to set up, light, crop and color correct the …

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Dynamic Disperse Dyes with Lisa White Reber & Miriam Jacobs

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Dynamic Disperse Dyes with Lisa White Reber & Miriam Jacobs

10/03/2020 to 10/04/2020

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Disperse dyes are used to dye man made synthetic fibers such as polyester and are applied along with a dispersing agent creating vibrant colors and saturations. In this workshop, two teachers from very different artistic backgrounds will demonstrate innovative ways of working with these dyes. For example, artists can use this under-appreciated dye as a …

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Online Mixed Media Textiles & Acrylic

Workshops

Online Mixed Media Textiles & Acrylic

10/03/2020

Schack Art Center (Hosting)
Everett, Washington
United States

Discover a range of techniques, tips & tricks that can transform your Fiber Art! We will explore a series of GOLDEN Acrylic products that can be used to create incredible surfaces, textures and patterns! These methods can be used to create sculpture, basketry, vessels, installation or 2 dimensional art. The focus is not intended for …

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Marbling Retreat: Suminagashi, Paper, and Fabric Printing with Natalie Stopka

Workshops

Marbling Retreat: Suminagashi, Paper, and Fabric Printing with Natalie Stopka

10/06/2020 to 10/08/2020

Aya Fiber Studio
STUART, Florida
United States

Course Description Marbling is a wonderful blend of monotype printing, repeat pattern development, and color play! In this three-day workshop students will learn the fundamentals of marbling on both paper and fabric, including how to select materials and manipulate the chemistry of the marbling vat. We’ll discuss the history behind the craft, beginning with Japanese …

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3 Day Rozome & Batik Techniques Workshop with Muffy Clark Gill

Workshops

3 Day Rozome & Batik Techniques Workshop with Muffy Clark Gill

10/10/2020 to 10/12/2020

Aya Fiber Studio
STUART, Florida
United States

Have you been interested in trying a new painting process but have been afraid to learn? This workshop is about using the batik (Indonesian style wax resist painting) and rozome (Japanese style batik) wax and dye painting processes to create unique artwork on fabric that can be used on everyday household objects, clothing or works …

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50th Annual Peters Valley Craft Fair Re-Imagined

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50th Annual Peters Valley Craft Fair Re-Imagined

10/10/2020 to 10/11/2020

Online
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Join us October 10-11, 2020 from 10am-5pm EST for a unique, live, and interactive ONLINE craft fair! Meet over 80 juried artists in their Virtual Booths and shop their incredible selection of handmade jewelry, pottery, and other wearable and home items & gifts from the comfort of your home. Registration is required to attend the …

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Online Image Transfers & Collage

Workshops

Online Image Transfers & Collage

10/11/2020

Winslow Art Center (Hosting)
Winslow, Washington
United States

Discover techniques combining Image Transfers, Paper & Acrylic to create inspirational Collage works! Learn how to transfer laser copies of your own artwork, drawings or photographs onto the surface and as a background for layering. Plus learn how to create Image Transfer Skins! These techniques are an excellent way to develop transparent & translucent imagery, text and …

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Follow the Thread: A New Approach to Free-Motion Quilting

Workshops

Follow the Thread: A New Approach to Free-Motion Quilting

10/13/2020 to 10/17/2020

Schweinfurth Art Center
Auburn, New York
United States

Loosen up and explore new territory with line and stitch in this free-motion quilting workshop taught by Paula Kovarik. Students will learn to focus on the character of line and personal symbols through simple drawing and observation exercises. You will translate line to thread, develop techniques to accept the imperfect, accelerate ideas, and stitch from …

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Art Quilt Design Intensive

Workshops

Art Quilt Design Intensive

10/13/2020 to 10/17/2020

Schweinfurth Art Center
Auburn, New York
United States

Denise Labadie’s Art Quilt Design Intensive workshop focuses on quilt composition, fabric painting, quilt top texturing, working from photos, and the comparative effects, benefits, and use basically, the what, why, when, and how of alternative quilt top construction and finishing techniques. The first two days are dedicated to fabric painting: how best to mix, use, …

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Ice Dyeing on Silk Organza with Fiber Reactive Dyes Demonstration

Workshops

Ice Dyeing on Silk Organza with Fiber Reactive Dyes Demonstration

10/13/2020

Peters Valley School of Craft

Tuesday, October 13, 2020: 7:00pm-8:00pm EST Join felt artist Shannah Warwick for a live demonstration of ice dyeing on silk organza using fiber reactive dyes. She will show the process from start to finish including setting up and fabric preparation, arranging fabric on wire tray, and adding ice. She will go over the dye recipes …

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Encaustic + Cold Wax = Sensational Synergy

Workshops

Encaustic + Cold Wax = Sensational Synergy

10/14/2020 to 10/17/2020

Zijdelings / Karina van Vught
Tilburg
Netherlands

A four-day workshop exploring Encaustic and Cold Wax while combining the two on both cradle panels and flexible surfaces like encaustiflex. This class will be led by Lia Rothstein (USA) and The Whole Ball of Wax: Hot, Cold, 2D and 3D will be addressed….

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Shape Shifting with Jane Sassaman

Workshops

Shape Shifting with Jane Sassaman

10/18/2020 to 10/22/2020

Schweinfurth Art Center
Auburn, New York
United States

We all have innate preferences for certain colors, shapes, and proportions, as well as natural attractions to certain symbols, images, and icons. In this class, led by Jane Sassaman, we will study photographs and slides of a variety of historic and ethnic decorative objects to help uncover some of the motifs and symbols which may …

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Shibori Forever

Workshops

Shibori Forever

10/23/2020 to 10/25/2020

Schweinfurth Art Center
Auburn, New York
United States

Teacher: Ana Lisa Hedstrom Japanese Shibori is an amazing tradition. Ana Lisa has found inspiration for over 40 years as she adapts the traditional concepts to contemporary dyes, surface techniques and applications. In this class we will learn the traditional techniques of stitch resist, arashi pole wrapping, and itajime folding and clamping. We will experiment …

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QBL Independent Studio: 3 Days

Workshops

QBL Independent Studio: 3 Days

10/26/2020 to 10/28/2020

Schweinfurth Art Center
Auburn, New York
United States

A shared classroom space is provided for the independent studio. Participants work on individual quilting projects. Tables, design walls, ironing boards and irons are provided. Not suitable for dyeing. A 5-day option is also available….

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QBL Independent Studio: 5 Days

Workshops

QBL Independent Studio: 5 Days

10/26/2020 to 10/30/2020

Schweinfurth Art Center
Auburn, New York
United States

A shared classroom space is provided for the independent studio. Participants work on individual quilting projects. Tables, design walls, ironing boards and irons are provided. Not suitable for dyeing. A 3-day option is also available….

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Come Print with Sharon Sorken- Florida Style; Using Mordants, Modifiers and multiple blankets

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Come Print with Sharon Sorken- Florida Style; Using Mordants, Modifiers and multiple blankets

10/28/2020 to 10/31/2020

Aya Fiber Studio
STUART, Florida
United States

Come to Florida and create beautiful botanical prints with Sharon Sorken at the Aya Fiber Studio. Sharon is known for her experimental uses of Mordants, modifiers and using multiple blankets to achieve her beautiful clear botanical prints. Come work along side of Sharon and learn her techniques and how she is getting such gorgeous color …

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SDA 2020 Educator Grant

Artist Opportunities

SDA 2020 Educator Grant

11/01/2020

SDA Educator Grants are awarded to SDA member educators to foster excellence in fields related to fibers and textiles. Grants may be used to support personal activities and scholarship (studio projects, travel to conduct research, to assist with essays and other written materials, etc.) or to facilitate classroom-focused projects inclusive of students (visiting artists, materials …

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Online Printmaking & Collage

Workshops

Online Printmaking & Collage

11/07/2020

Schack Art Center (Hosting)
Everett, Washington
United States

We will explore techniques using your own printed imagery to create inspirational Collage artworks! Learn the basics of creating monotype, collagraph, thermofax and relief printed images. All of this can be done without a press, using water based, slow drying GOLDEN acrylic paints. These methods create unique results; the pressure of printing creates texture and …

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Suminagashi: Japanese Marbling Virtual Workshop

Workshops

Suminagashi: Japanese Marbling Virtual Workshop

11/12/2020 to 11/17/2020

Peters Valley School of Craft

Thursday, November 12th ~ 6:00-8:00pm EST Tuesday, November 17th ~ 6:00-8:00pm EST Instructor: Natalie Stopka Japanese marbling is a form of printmaking that dates to the 12th century. In this virtual workshop you will learn to use ink, water, and brushes to create suminagashi designs in collaboration the natural forces of fluid flow and air …

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Schweinfurth Fall Retreat 2020

Workshops

Schweinfurth Fall Retreat 2020

11/13/2020 to 11/15/2020

Schweinfurth Art Center
Auburn, New York
United States

Fiber artists of all kinds are invited to join us for a weekend of creativity at our biannual retreat. You will have full access to both of our spacious studios: our sewing studio and our dye/wet studio. Participants get a least 1 full table each and 2 design walls. Just bring yourself and your work! …

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Making a Nunofelted Striped Cowl Virtual Workshop

Workshops

Making a Nunofelted Striped Cowl Virtual Workshop

11/14/2020

Peters Valley School of Craft

Saturday, November 14, 2020: 2:00pm-4:00pm EST In this hands-on virtual workshop, you will create your own nunofelted, striped cowl. Learn how to use a simple pattern for the nunofelting process and how to lay out the wool to create uniform stripes on your cowl. Lastly, you will felt your piece to completion! A supply kit …

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Online Surfaces for Mixed Media

Workshops

Online Surfaces for Mixed Media

11/15/2020

Winslow Art Center (Hosting)
Winslow, Washington
United States

Discover a diverse and remarkable combination of textural acrylic products that can be used for collage, painting & drawing! These products can be applied onto a range of substrates; paper, canvas, wood, book arts, textiles & even onto 3D surfaces for sculpture. Explore the unique qualities each product offers in its natural state, plus a …

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How to Write an Artist Statement & Other Promotional Materials

Workshops

How to Write an Artist Statement & Other Promotional Materials

12/01/2020 to 12/08/2020

Peters Valley School of Craft

Tuesday, December 1st ~ 9:00am-11:00am EST Tuesday, December 8th ~ 9:00am – 11:00am EST. Instructor: Nancy J. Ori This workshop will focus on marketing and professionalism through a personalized approach to improving your promotional materials. These promotional materials include creating a marketing plan, featuring how to write an artist statement. When trying to exhibit and …

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Fabric Marbling Virtual Workshop

Workshops

Fabric Marbling Virtual Workshop

12/05/2020 to 12/13/2020

Peters Valley School of Craft

Saturday, December 5th ~ 10:00am-11:30am EST Sunday, December 6th ~ 10:00am-1:00pm EST Saturday, December 12th ~ 10:00am-1:00pm EST Sunday, December 13th ~ 10:00am-11:30am EST Instructor:Natalie Stopka Learn the fundamentals of fabric marbling in this exploration of color, pattern, and design in print! Follow along as Natalie leads remote tutorials from her professional marbling studio. Each …

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Online Fabric Painting w/Acrylics

Workshops

Online Fabric Painting w/Acrylics

12/06/2020

Winslow Art Center (Hosting)
Winslow, Washington
United States

Discover a range of techniques that can transform your Fiber Art, creating incredible surfaces and patterns! We will explore a series of Golden Acrylic products, the combination of these can be heat set, creating a soft hand that can also be laundered. Whether you choose to use your fabrics for art to wear, functional art, …

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ATA American Tapestry Biennial 13

Exhibitions

ATA American Tapestry Biennial 13

01/27/2021 to 03/27/2021

Highfield Hall and Gardens
Falmouth, Massachusetts
United States

The American Tapestry Alliance’s American Tapestry Biennial 13 will be exhibited at the Highfield Hall and Gardens in Falmouth, Massachusetts from January 27 through March 27, 2021. This juried exhibition showcases the best in contemporary hand-woven tapestry and is the only ATA series that includes large format work. The exhibit will travel to The San …

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Red, Yellow & Purple: Using Historic Natural Dye on Wool

Workshops

Red, Yellow & Purple: Using Historic Natural Dye on Wool

02/06/2021 to 02/13/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft

Saturday, February 6th~ 2:00-3:30pm EST Saturday, February 13th~ 2:00-3:30pm EST This workshop will be held live on Zoom. Instructor: Wendy Weiss Learn the basics of plant dye on naturally colored wool yarn, develop confidence to create a diverse palette, and plan a dye garden for this summer. This virtual class will lead you the through …

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Painting with Natural Pigments & Soy Virtual Workshop

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Painting with Natural Pigments & Soy Virtual Workshop

02/18/2021 to 02/23/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft

Thursday, February 18th ~ 6:00-8:00pm EST Tuesday, February 23rd ~ 6:00-7:00pm EST Instructor:Natalie Stopka Working with natural pigments is a wonderful way to connect to your local landscape and the history of art-making. In this virtual workshop, you will be introduced to the natural colors of mineral earth pigments and botanical lake pigments. We’ll share …

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Intro to Natural Dyeing Virtual Workshop

Workshops

Intro to Natural Dyeing Virtual Workshop

03/29/2021 to 04/01/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft

Monday, March 29th ~ 6-8pm EST Tuesday, March 30th ~ 6-8pm EST Wednesday, March 31st ~ 6-8pm EST Thursday, April 1st ~ 6-8pm EST Instructor:Natalie Stopka This intensive virtual workshop will introduce you to the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable natural dyes. You will learn the basics of selecting and preparing fibers, extracting color …

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ATA American Tapestry Biennial 13

Exhibitions

ATA American Tapestry Biennial 13

07/18/2021 to 10/03/2021

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
San Jose, California
United States

The American Tapestry Alliance’s American Tapestry Biennial 13 will be exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in San Jose, California from July 18 through October 3, 2021. This juried exhibition showcases the best in contemporary hand-woven tapestry and is the only ATA series that includes large format work. The exhibit will …

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