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Share your event with Surface Design Association’s international community of 3000 artists, designers, and enthusiasts. The Calendar is home to fiber, textile and design related exhibitions, events, workshops, and artist opportunities. Click here to submit exhibitions, events, workshops, and artist opportunities to the SDA Calendar. Questions? Please email: calendar@surfacedesign.org.

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TEx@ATA online exhibit “Mariana Ortega: Destiny of a Tapestry Weaver/Destino de una tejedora de tapices

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TEx@ATA online exhibit “Mariana Ortega: Destiny of a Tapestry Weaver/Destino de una tejedora de tapices

02/15/2021 to 03/01/2022

The American Tapestry Alliance presents the newest installment of its online exhibition series, TEx@ATA, made possible by the Laffer Curatorial Program. “Mariana Ortega: Destiny of a Tapestry Weaver/Destino de una tejedora de tapices” is a bilingual exhibit curated by Barbara Burns. Ortega has studied tapestry and exhibited her work in Mexico and Australia. She works …

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The 360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artist and Writer’s Residency Program

Artist Opportunities

The 360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artist and Writer’s Residency Program

08/30/2021 to 08/30/2022

360 XOCHI QUETZAL
Chapala
Mexico

360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a year-round Artist & Writers Residency located on magical Lake Chapala, Mexico. International artists, writers and musicians who would benefit from having uninterrupted time to devote to their creativity are encouraged to write and reserve a 2 week to 4 month personal residency at our beautiful live/work spaces. Visit our website …

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Billie Zangewa: Thread for a Web Begun

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Billie Zangewa: Thread for a Web Begun

10/21/2021 to 02/27/2022

Museum of the African Diaspora
San Francisco, California
United States

Thread for a Web Begun, Malawi-born, Johannesburg-based artist, Billie Zangewa’s (b. 1973) first solo museum exhibition, includes examples of the artist’s work from the past 15 years, as well as new pieces made specifically for this presentation. Zangewa creates intricate collages composed of hand-stitched fragments of raw silk. These figurative compositions explore contemporary intersectional identity …

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Exhibition

10/21/2021 to 02/11/2022

Colby Sawyer College, Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, Sawyer Center
New London, New Hampshire
United States

Multi-media artist Dayna Talbot was a flight attendant for United Airlines and on September 11, 2001 was on her way to Boston for a medical procedure when she heard the news of the first plane. By the time she arrived at Dana Farber she had heard the news of the second plane and knew immediately …

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Fantastic Fibers 2022 Call for Entry

11/24/2021 to 03/01/2022

Yeiser Art Center
Paducah, Kentucky
United States

Yeiser Art Center is now accepting entries for the FANTASTIC FIBERS 2022 international juried exhibition. One of Yeiser Art Center’s most engaging and innovative international exhibitions, FANTASTIC FIBERS seeks to showcase a wide range of outstanding contemporary works related to the fiber medium. Contemporary and innovative works created with fiber as the primary medium or concept are welcome. This …

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Fiber Studio Artist Fellow Opportunity

Artist Opportunities

Fiber Studio Artist Fellow Opportunity

12/21/2021 to 02/01/2022

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, NJ is currently seeking one candidate to be a full-time seasonal Artist Fellow for our Fiber & Textile studio. Join Peters Valley’s supportive community of artists and gain experience managing a fully equipped and busy craft studio while mentoring our studio assistants. This is the perfect opportunity for …

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Open Space

Exhibitions

Open Space

01/07/2022 to 05/28/2022

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Austin, Texas
United States

If you are a ticketed passenger traveling through Austin-Bergstrom International Airport from Jan 7 – May 28 be sure to take the time before your flight to view Open Space – Art Cloth Exhibition by members of the Art Cloth Network. Art Cloth is cloth transformed by adding or subtracting color, line, shape, texture, value …

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Saudi Design Festival

Artist Opportunities

Saudi Design Festival

01/09/2022 to 01/29/2022

Jax 3
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia

Be part of Saudi Design Festival’s inaugural edition, and make creative cultural history in the Kingdom with us. Set to be the first of its kind festival in the Middle East, Saudi Design Festival presented by the Architecture and Design Commission will transform Riyadh into a hub for creative dialogue from January 9 – 29, 2022 …

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Surface, Substance and Structure: Selections from California Fibers

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Surface, Substance and Structure: Selections from California Fibers

01/15/2022 to 03/06/2022

California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum
Escondido, California
United States

California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum is pleased to exhibit work by California Fibers in Surface, Substance and Structure: Selections from California Fibers from January 15 through March 6, 2022, with an opening reception on January 20. This exhibition explores the relationship between the artists and their medium – how concept drives artistic creation …

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Intercambios: Art, Stories & Comunidad

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Intercambios: Art, Stories & Comunidad

01/19/2022 to 04/10/2022

Ruth Davis Design Gallery, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
United States

Intercambios: Art, Stories, & Comunidad, is an exhibition of collaborative works by ten artists in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, and the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico. Exhibition location is the Design Gallery at the School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin, Madison. This project visually explores the intersections of culture and media and includes textiles, photography, …

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Community Ties

Conferences

Community Ties

01/22/2022 to 01/29/2022

Community Ties, SDA’s January 2022 online conference, celebrates the many connections we share as artists and makers. Join us Saturday, January 22nd and 29th from 12-4pm ET for our main programming. Weekday programming includes Meet the Maker demos, meetups, and an SDA open house. The conference will be recorded and available through March 2022 for …

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Build and Lay Bare

Exhibitions

Build and Lay Bare

01/26/2022 to 02/20/2022

Build and Lay Bare
Boston, Massachusetts
United States

Sylvia Vander Sluis will exhibit a new sculpture in “Build and Lay Bare,” a group show by the Associate Members of the Boston Sculptors Gallery. Artists’ Reception Sat, Jan 29, 2-5pm. First Friday, Feb 4, 5-8:30pmn. Closing Reception Sun, Feb 20, 2-5pm. Gallery is 486 Harrison Ave, Boston MA….

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Adorned: Inspired by Fabric and Fashion

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Adorned: Inspired by Fabric and Fashion

02/11/2022 to 05/08/2022

Annemarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
Solomons, Maryland
United States

‘Adorned: Inspired by Fabric and Fashion’ brings together artists who construct their work through adornment as methods for revealing, or concealing, identities. The goal of the exhibition is to include work rooted in material exploration with an interest in pattern, fabric, and fashion. Adorned features 70 works by 55 exhibiting artists selected by Juror Scott …

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Mixed Media Textiles & Acrylic Online

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Mixed Media Textiles & Acrylic Online

02/12/2022

De Pirro Art Workshops
Allyn, 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, book arts, installation or 2 dimensional art. The focus is not …

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Natural Ice Dyeing Online Workshop

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Natural Ice Dyeing Online Workshop

02/19/2022

Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft

Natural Ice Dyeing with Brandy Godsil February 19th, 2022 12:00-2:30p.m. ET Tuition: $90 Learn how to ice dye with natural materials. Explore how materials such as frozen flowers can create a variety of colors onto cloth. In this workshop, a general overview of different fabrics and fibers will be covered as well as how to …

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Sculpture: Fiber, Paper & Acrylic Online

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Sculpture: Fiber, Paper & Acrylic Online

02/26/2022

De Pirro Art Workshops
Allyn, Washington
United States

Think beyond the flat surface, move into the next dimension! Learn how GOLDEN Acrylic products can be used to create 3D sculptural forms or simply add more dimension within your flat work. This class will cover a range of techniques including the manipulation of fiber, textiles & paper, creating dimensional acrylic skins, acrylic mold casting …

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Painting with Natural Pigments & Soy Online Workshop

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Painting with Natural Pigments & Soy Online Workshop

03/09/2022 to 03/16/2022

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Natalie Stopka Wednesday, March 9 ~ 6:00pm to 8:00pm EST Wednesday, March 16 ~ 6:00pm to 7:00pm EST Working with natural pigments is a wonderful way to connect to your local landscape and the history of art-making. Participants in this virtual workshop will be introduced to the natural colors of mineral earth pigments and …

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2022 “Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie” Call for Entries

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2022 “Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie” Call for Entries

03/19/2022

Carnegie Center for Art & History
New Albany, Indiana
United States

The 2022 “Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie” call for entries is open NOW! Deadline to submit is March 19, 2022. $1,000 Best in Show and other cash awards. For information on this year’s jurors, eligibility for entry, and more, or to submit your work, visit http://www.carnegiecenter.org/quilt-art-fnf-entry-info/. “Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at …

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Suminagashi: Japanese Marbling Online Workshop

Workshops

Suminagashi: Japanese Marbling Online Workshop

04/20/2022 to 04/27/2022

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Natalie Stopka Wednesday, April 20 ~ 6:00pm to 8:00pm EST Wednesday, April 27 ~ 6:00pm to 8:00pm EST Japanese marbling is a form of printmaking that dates to the 12th century. Participants in this virtual workshop will learn to use ink, water, and brushes to create suminagashi designs in collaboration with the natural forces …

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International Workshop-Exhibition

Exhibitions

International Workshop-Exhibition

05/01/2022 to 05/07/2022

Brussels
Belgium

International Exhibition “Art of Eastern Europe” (International Exhibition Art of the East”) from 1 to 20 May 2022 in the International Court of Justice in Brussels, Belgium. Group Exhibition-Sale – ‘International Art Exhibition’ (International Exhibition Art of Eastern Europe).” The exhibition will feature works by Eastern European artists. The theme and technique of the exhibition …

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Eco Printing on Fabric & Paper Workshop

Workshops

Eco Printing on Fabric & Paper Workshop

05/21/2022 to 05/22/2022

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Kathleen Lang Metaxas Eco-Printing or Direct Contact Printing is the process of embedding botanical “stamps” directly from plant material. Working with natural elements such as leaves, blossoms, berries and metal, you will learn how to prepare fabric for natural dyes, which fabrics accept dye well, botanical dye plants, and how to extract the dye …

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Shibori Indigo & Ice Cube Dyeing Workshop

Workshops

Shibori Indigo & Ice Cube Dyeing Workshop

06/03/2022 to 06/05/2022

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Miriam Jacobs Over the course of this workshop, you will learn two methods of fabric surface design: Ice Cube Dyeing and Shibori Indigo. Some of the techniques can be used in both but each method offers distinctive results in color and pattern. You will learn how to manipulate cloth to create patterns for Ice …

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Dyed in the Wool: Making the Best Yarn for your Projects

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Dyed in the Wool: Making the Best Yarn for your Projects

06/17/2022 to 06/21/2022

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Kate Sarah Mitchell Explore the interaction of color and fiber at the most fundamental level in textile arts. Learn to spin wool and blend it with other fibers like silk and cotton, making yarns to weave, knit or sculpt. Using the properties of your fibers, explore the results of natural dyes applied at each …

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Traditional Yoruba Batik, Adire Eleko & Tie-dye with Indigo Workshop

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Traditional Yoruba Batik, Adire Eleko & Tie-dye with Indigo Workshop

06/24/2022 to 06/28/2022

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Gasali Adeyemo Learn the traditional Nigerian dyeing and printing techniques of Batik, Adire Eleko and Tie-Dye. Batik is the process of creating designs using wax. The wax can be applied to the fabric using wood stamps, stencils, or foam rubber. Discover the history and use of Indigo dye to create stunning pieces with practices …

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Conjuring the Narrative with Textiles Workshop

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Conjuring the Narrative with Textiles Workshop

07/08/2022 to 07/12/2022

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Karen Hampton This creatively designed class blends together the art of narrative storytelling with textile design techniques. Karen believes everyone has a story and that the act of sharing stories is extremely healing for both the storyteller and the audience. We will explore surface design techniques that include natural dyeing, printing, painting, discharge and …

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Artists Residency in Ghana

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Artists Residency in Ghana

07/10/2022 to 07/23/2022

Aba House
Accra
Ghana

This is an opportunity to interact on a personal level with African artisans at a cultural center/guest house in a Ghanaian fishing village. Workshops will include Adinkra- tie dye/batik- Kente weaving and recycled glass beads. You will visit outdoor markets- galleries- museums- traditional crafts villages and sites of cultural interest. There are opportunities to buy …

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Intro to Hand Embroidery Workshop

Workshops

Intro to Hand Embroidery Workshop

07/22/2022 to 07/26/2022

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Caroline Silverman Explore color and texture through thread! This beginner’s hand embroidery workshop will be an introduction to the rich techniques and histories of hand embroidery. We will use thread and stitch styles to explore surface embellishment through color and texture. You will learn how to bring your visions to life- stitch by stitch! …

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Custom Machine-Knit Socks Workshop

Workshops

Custom Machine-Knit Socks Workshop

07/29/2022 to 08/02/2022

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Meghan L. Kelly Custom socks! Whether using a v-bed knitting machine like a Passap, or a flat-bed machine with or without a ribber such as a Studio/Singer/Silver Reed, you will come away with three pairs of socks. The first pair will be basic crew socks, introducing you to the building blocks of socks on …

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Weaving for Texture Workshop

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Weaving for Texture Workshop

07/29/2022 to 08/02/2022

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Amanda Thatch Come explore a variety of ways to get maximum texture in handwoven cloth. Using floor looms, we will weave in multiple structures and with a variety of materials to achieve distinct effects that utilize shrinking yarns, deflected threads, and multi-layer weaving. Participants will create a set of samples to inform their weaving …

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Shibori: Shaped Resist Dyeing Workshop

Workshops

Shibori: Shaped Resist Dyeing Workshop

08/05/2022 to 08/09/2022

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Kachina Leigh This class will introduce you to shibori, the ancient Japanese dyeing technique that utilizes a variety of methods – wrapping, tying, stitching, folding, twisting – to create richly textured patterns of color on fabric. Participants will focus on pole-wrapped/arashi shibori, stitch resist shibori, and clamped/itajime shibori. Once you are familiar with the …

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Warp Ikat with Natural Dye on Cotton Workshop

Workshops

Warp Ikat with Natural Dye on Cotton Workshop

08/12/2022 to 08/16/2022

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Wendy Weiss Warp ikat is the art of systematically applying dye to selected areas of the warp threads prior to weaving. Participants will learn how to prepare their warp so they can bind their own geometric design onto their cotton thread and achieve their desired set of shapes or patterns before even setting up …

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Experimental Quilting Workshop

Workshops

Experimental Quilting Workshop

08/19/2022 to 08/23/2022

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Caroline Silverman Explore materials and different methods of image making through experimental quilting! This workshop will look at traditional quilting methods, and use these techniques to inspire new ways of thinking about how we make quilts. We will also be thinking about quilting as a story-telling tool. You will learn how to bring new …

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Exploring Natural Plant Pigments Workshop

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Exploring Natural Plant Pigments Workshop

10/10/2022 to 10/11/2022

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Natalie Stopka This weekend course delves into the rich colors of historical lake pigments: beautiful pre-industrial colors manufactured from natural plant dyes and minerals. Taking inspiration from 14-18th century European recipes, you will learn to extract dye from four botanical sources and one insect. We’ll transmute that dye into stable pigments, which can be …

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