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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

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Bonnie Peterson: Another Glorious Sierra Day

10/16/2020 to 01/09/2022

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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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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Compelling Ground: Landscapes, Environments, and Peoples of Iowa

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Compelling Ground: Landscapes, Environments, and Peoples of Iowa

01/25/2021 to 07/23/2021

Brunnier Art Museum
Ames, Iowa
United States

About the Exhibition Twenty-five years ago the exhibition Land of the Fragile Giants: Landscapes, Environments, and Peoples of the Loess Hills opened at the Brunnier Art Museum. The exhibition invited artists to visit the Loess Hills in western Iowa and create art inspired by the unique geological region. Twenty-five years later, in honor of the …

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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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Beyond Boundaries, SDA EU+ UK Members’ Exhibition, Baarle Nassau, NL

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Beyond Boundaries, SDA EU+ UK Members’ Exhibition, Baarle Nassau, NL

05/02/2021 to 08/22/2021

High Five Art
Baarle Nassau
Netherlands

Beyond Boundaries grew out of a May 2018 meeting of European SDA members in Tilburg (Netherlands). The exhibition was planned for two locations in May 2020, coinciding with the Textiel Festival in Leiden. Locations include Galerie Zone in Leiden and High Five Art in Baarle Nassau. Due to the Pandemic, both exhibitions had to be …

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Sioux City Art Center Selects

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Sioux City Art Center Selects

05/21/2021 to 09/12/2021

Sioux City Art Center
Sioux City, Iowa
United States

Sioux City Art Center Selects is a regional juried/curated exhibition with accompanying programing designed to create a meaningful experience for both the selected artists and the Art Center’s audiences. Nine artists, including one outstanding collaborate duo, were selected by the Art Center’s director, Todd Behrens, and curator, Mary Anne Redding, based on digital images of …

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Textiles in Translation, Presented by Studio Art Quilt Associates of Pennsylvania

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Textiles in Translation, Presented by Studio Art Quilt Associates of Pennsylvania

06/01/2021 to 07/22/2021

The Gallery at Penn College
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
United States

Textiles in Translation is a collection of fiber-based artwork by Pennsylvania regional members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). The juried exhibit will showcase a wide range of 2D and 3D fiber art and highlight a diverse range of styles and techniques. The artists with work included in the exhibition are members of SAQA, an …

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ATA American Tapestry Biennial 13

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ATA American Tapestry Biennial 13

06/18/2021 to 09/12/2021

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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Block Carving & Printing on Fabric

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Block Carving & Printing on Fabric

06/25/2021 to 06/29/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Jeanne Brady This workshop is an introduction to the art of relief block carving and printing on fabric; perfect for quilters or painters wanting to expand their creative options! Demonstrations & specific exercises teach skills in designing, cutting blocks, and printing using transparent pigments with infinite color mixing options. Printing will be explored on …

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American Tapestry Alliance Small Tapestry International 7: Elements

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American Tapestry Alliance Small Tapestry International 7: Elements

07/02/2021 to 08/27/2021

Lincoln City Cultural Center
Lincoln City, Oregon
United States

The American Tapestry Alliance’s Small Tapestry International 7: Elements exhibit will travel from its initial location in Minneapolis (Gallery of Wood Art, March 14 – June 13) to Lincoln City, Oregon. The group of 15 juried works will be on view at the Lincoln City Cultural Center from July 2 – August 27, 2021. Credit: …

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Arashi Shibori aka “Storm Squeeze” Workshop

07/06/2021 to 07/19/2021

Artistic Endeavors
Brunswick, Maine
United States

Arashi Shibori aka “Storm Squeeze” Workshop (On-line) Join me for an exciting look at and exploration of Arashi Shibori Arashi means “storm” which characterizes the patterning on fabric. In Japan they refer to shibori as “squeeze”, hence “Storm Squeeze”. Fabric is wrapped diagonally onto a pole, compressed and dyed. There are many ways of making …

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Weaving, Computer Drafting & Pattern Design

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Weaving, Computer Drafting & Pattern Design

07/09/2021 to 07/13/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Jovencio de la Paz Weaving is a pattern language. Starting with the simple over-and-under structure of plain weave, a nearly infinite world of patterns emerges, from dazzling twills to the dizzying undulations of Overshot. Learn how to think through patterns with computer aided drafting, using simple and free software to understand structures. You will …

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Deconstructing Nature with Kerr Grabowski

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Deconstructing Nature with Kerr Grabowski

07/16/2021 to 07/20/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Let Nature be your muse as you explore a different facet of screen printing on fabric via fiber reactive dyes and basic screen stencils such as wax and paper, deconstructed screen-printing, polychromatic printing, direct dye application and more. In this workshop, we will use the screen in an intuitive, experimental way as well as in …

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Tactile Sensibility: A Weaving Workshop

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Tactile Sensibility: A Weaving Workshop

07/23/2021 to 07/25/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Brittany Wittman McLaughlin Get motivated and inspired to focus on weaving as a creative process by exploring a variety of materials. Inspired by the iconic artist and designer Anni Albers, this workshop will expand your vocabulary in the tactile language of weaving. You will create your own woven pieces on pre-warped looms, using a …

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Collage & Layering Online

Workshops

Collage & Layering Online

07/25/2021

De Pirro Art Workshops
Allyn, Washington
United States

This workshop 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 …

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Felting Design & Construction

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Felting Design & Construction

07/30/2021 to 08/03/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Shannah Warwick Dive deep into the felting world. Working with high quality fibers and textiles, you will explore traditional wool-on-wool felting and Nuno felting, giving you a solid understanding of the medium. You will create a Nuno felted scarf while focusing on color theory, texture, and design. You will then move into 3D felting …

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Designing & Weaving Handwoven Yardage

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Designing & Weaving Handwoven Yardage

08/06/2021 to 08/10/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Daryl Lancaster Improve your basic weaving skills and learn to work with the loom to create beautiful flawless yardage suitable for garments or household textiles. This workshop will give participants a chance to design, warp, and weave 4-5 yards of plain weave fabric using mixed yarns of various colors and textures. Repeats will be …

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Workshop:  Skins, Skeletons, Nets and Knots: 3D Textiles

Workshops

Workshop: Skins, Skeletons, Nets and Knots: 3D Textiles

08/08/2021 to 08/12/2021

Pacific NorthWest Art School
Coupeville (Whidbey Island), Washington
United States

In this experimental workshop, students will learn methods for building skeletal structures with rigid and semi-rigid materials like rattan, bamboo, wood, wire and found materials. Techniques will include lashing, chaotic plaiting and wire construction. To build skins onto these structures, we will work with gut, rice papers, knotted and knotless netting. Coatings like paintable graphite …

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A Garden of Color: Weaving Wool in Naturally Dyed Hues

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A Garden of Color: Weaving Wool in Naturally Dyed Hues

08/13/2021 to 08/17/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Wendy Weiss Discover how to use plant dye on wool, exploring how to maximize color from a limited palette gathered from nature, while you play with a multi-shaft loom. Achieve a sumptuous array of hues on naturally colored wool, developing rich tones to combine in warp and weft. Explore weave structures on a four …

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

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

08/20/2021 to 08/24/2021

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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Sculpture & Acrylic Online

Workshops

Sculpture & Acrylic Online

08/21/2021

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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Natural Dye, Ink & Pigment Intensive

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Natural Dye, Ink & Pigment Intensive

08/27/2021 to 08/31/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Natalie Stopka This intensive course will delve into the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable color. Come learn the basics of choosing and preparing fibers, and extracting color from a variety of dye plants. Special attention will be paid to the selection of mordants for lasting color in both textiles and works on paper. …

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Zero Waste & Tapestry Weaving on a Clay Loom

Workshops

Zero Waste & Tapestry Weaving on a Clay Loom

09/04/2021 to 09/06/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Cynthia Alberto September 4-8 This workshop will focus on introductory weaving techniques and stylistic considerations when working on tapestries. Not only will you learn how to dress a loom and weave on one, you will use handbuilding techniques to create your own unique ceramic looms! The main overarching theme is about the ways in …

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Baskets from Nature: Barks & Vines

Workshops

Baskets from Nature: Barks & Vines

09/04/2021 to 09/08/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Steven R. Carty This workshop is a hands-on opportunity to create a variety of baskets from wild gathered materials. Come learn to craft baskets from native, naturalized, and invasive plants. We will be primarily working with barks and vines found in New Jersey; gathered and prepared by the instructor. There will be plenty of …

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Zori Slippers Workshop

Workshops

Zori Slippers Workshop

09/11/2021 to 09/12/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey
United States

Instructor: Sana Musasama Zori slippers are made in many parts of the world and were probably the first shoes worn by people – made of grass, fiber, animal hide or just rags, resembling our modern day rubber flip flops. Join Sana, who studied this craft in Africa, India and Japan, and make your own! See …

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Fiber and Form: 3D Constructions

Workshops

Fiber and Form: 3D Constructions

10/02/2021 to 10/05/2021

Pacific Northwest Art School
Coupeville, Washington
United States

Join me on beautiful Whidbey Island for this process-oriented workshop where you will learn methods for constructing form with rattan. Methods will include lashing techniques, casting handmade flax fiber paper and applying paper to structures. Demonstrations and problem-solving challenges will lead to a focused personal project. All levels welcome! Instructor provides the following materials: flax, …

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