Rebecca Hutchinson "Purple Overlap" (detail)

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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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Bonnie Peterson: Another Glorious Sierra Day

Exhibitions

Bonnie Peterson: Another Glorious Sierra Day

10/16/2020 to 06/27/2021

Fresno Art Museum
Fresno, California
United States

Another Glorious Sierra Day is an exhibition of narrative art about geography and science in the Sierra Nevada. Artist Bonnie Peterson mixes embroidery with a variety of source materials such as scientific data and early explorers’ journals. Wilderness experiences inform her work. Peterson grew up in the Midwest but has been backpacking in the Sierras …

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ATA International Student Award: Call for Applications

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ATA International Student Award: Call for Applications

11/11/2020 to 04/15/2021

The American Tapestry Alliance International Student Award is presented annually to a student enrolled in a college fiber program. The judging criteria includes: Excellence in tapestry technique (defined as hand woven, weft-faced fabric using discontinuous weft), An awareness of the textile “language”, and Creativity in imagery. The winner receives a cash prize of $750, a …

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Dreaming of the Future

Exhibitions

Dreaming of the Future

01/07/2021 to 02/15/2021

from out the of the blue studio gallery
Opunake
New Zealand

Selected works by New Zealand members of The Surface Design Association….

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Slow and Local Clothing Project

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Slow and Local Clothing Project

01/13/2021 to 12/31/2021

So Cal Fibershed
Los Angeles, California
United States

We invite you to join us in a collaborative, creative, community-oriented practice of slow and local clothing. Slow and Local: A Clothing Project is intended to engage our hands and minds in a discovery of the fiber and people of the Southern California bioregion, while making beautiful and enduring clothing. The project will include virtual …

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Encaustic & Resin Effects w/Acrylic Online

Workshops

Encaustic & Resin Effects w/Acrylic Online

01/23/2021

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

Create a mysterious & luminous depth, enriching your artwork! Discover how to create the luscious effect of wax encaustic & resin pours 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 demonstrate a …

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NH Meeting

01/26/2021

New Hampshire Monthly Virtual Meeting, email dtalbot3@gmail.com for link if interested in attending….

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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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Painted Papers for Collage Online

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Painted Papers for Collage Online

01/30/2021

Schack Art Center (Hosting)
Everett, Washington
United States

Create your own unique stash of Collage papers! There are many different ways to create pattern and texture on paper; stencil, stamp, imprint, saturate, mask, resist, comb, dabble, brush, splatter…and so on. I will demonstrate using GOLDEN Fluid & High Flow Paints plus explore mark making techniques & gluing of these papers using various GOLDEN …

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Contemporary Voices: Anne Wilson

Lectures

Contemporary Voices: Anne Wilson

02/02/2021

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
Washington, D.C., Maryland
United States

Image caption: Anne Wilson, “If We Asked About The Sky” (detail), 2020. Photo by Jake Silby Grounded in a textile language, Anne Wilson’s work embraces conceptual strategies and handwork using everyday materials — table linen, bed sheets, human hair, lace, thread, glass and wire. In this virtual talk, she will present the evolution of concepts, …

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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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Mixed Media Textiles & Acrylic Online

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Mixed Media Textiles & Acrylic Online

02/06/2021

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, installation or 2 dimensional art. The focus is not intended for …

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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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Sculpture & Acrylic Online

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Sculpture & Acrylic Online

02/20/2021

De Pirro Art Workshops (Hosting)
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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Collage & Layering Online

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Collage & Layering Online

02/27/2021

Schack Art Center (Hosting)
Everett, Washington
United States

We will explore techniques combining paper, found materials and acrylic to create inspirational artworks! Learn how to develop pattern, imagery & texture, combining methods using Golden Paints, Mediums, Gels, Pastes for Collage. Experiment by building up the surface with both smooth & textural layers, revealing & concealing imagery plus transferring images of your own artwork, …

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ATA Small Tapestry International 7: Elements

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ATA Small Tapestry International 7: Elements

03/14/2021 to 06/13/2021

Gallery of Wood Art
St. Paul, Minnesota
United States

The American Tapestry Alliance presents its Small Tapestry International 7: Elements exhibit from March 14 – June 13, 2021. For this year’s biannual event, ATA is partnering with the American Association of Woodturners Gallery of Wood Art in St. Paul, Minnesota. JoAnn Edwards, executive director of the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, is …

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Studio Schweinfurth Online: Two-Day Challenge

Workshops

Studio Schweinfurth Online: Two-Day Challenge

03/20/2021 to 03/21/2021

Schweinfurth Art Center
Auburn, New York
United States

In this two-day online workshop taught by Amanda McCavour, the class will use machine embroidery and Sulky Solvy, a water-soluble stabilizer, in a variety of ways to create lace-like structures where stitch holds the piece together. Students will use a combination of free motion and regular stitching. Along with threads, they will experiment with combining …

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Studio Schweinfurth Online: Lines, Dots & Squiggles

Workshops

Studio Schweinfurth Online: Lines, Dots & Squiggles

03/27/2021 to 03/28/2021

Schweinfurth Art Center
Auburn, New York
United States

Learn the process of working with mixed media materials and water-soluble fabric in this mark-making course taught by artist Amanda McCavour. Students will create free-form abstract ink drawings and then translate these pieces into stitch using water-soluble fabric and a combination of materials. Students will be encouraged to use a limited color palette of two …

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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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Studio Schweinfurth Online: Lines and Shapes

Workshops

Studio Schweinfurth Online: Lines and Shapes

04/09/2021 to 04/11/2021

Schweinfurth Art Center
Auburn, New York
United States

This three-day online course taught by Kathy Doughty will help students dive deep into understanding how to personalize their quilting practice. The workshop will examine how to create line with color contrast and shape with blending in both piecing and appliqué. The class will demonstrate the cutting and sewing of recognizable blocks and use skills …

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Studio Schweinfurth Online: Making Modern Medallions

Workshops

Studio Schweinfurth Online: Making Modern Medallions

05/01/2021 to 05/02/2021

Schweinfurth Art Center
Auburn, New York
United States

Sarah Bond will present basic technique and tips for success, along with ideas for using color, pattern, and value in conjunction with lines, angles, and curves to the best effect. Students will explore how to connect these forms, and the movement that can be created as the forms link together around a central focus. They …

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Doily Free Zone Symposium & Lace Camp

Conferences

Doily Free Zone Symposium & Lace Camp

06/12/2021 to 06/13/2021

Hosted by TextileSupport
WOLLONGONG
Australia

Doily Free Zone is an international symposium about handmade lace in art and design. The 2021 edition will be held online the weekend of the 12-13 June and will include two days of global discussion about the future of lacemaking as a form of artistic expression led by some of the most talented lace artists …

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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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