SDA 2022 Conference – Community Ties

Community Ties 2022 celebrates the many connections we share as artists and makers. The conference will include more than 15 hours of programming spread across January 22 – January 29, 2022.

You must register through SDA’s website in order to access the Community Ties Conference via Zoom Events.

The conference will be recorded and available to attendees until the end of March 2022. See below for detailed program descriptions.

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Schedule Quickview

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Saturday, January 22
12:00 pm Featured Speaker, Lorna Hamilton-Brown
1:00 pm Cultural Ties with Roya Amigh, Tibi Chelcea + Michael Sylvan Robinson
2:00 pm Break
2:15 pm Solidarity! Journal Party
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Social Hour: It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere!
Sunday, January 23
12:00 pm Meet the Maker: Arched Baskets with Sarita Westrup
5:30pm-6:30pm Meetup: Virtual Tour with New Zealand Region; Moderated by Viv Davy
Monday, January 24
5:00 pm Meet the Maker: Sacred Knots with Lise Silva Gomes
7:00 pm Meetup moderated by Shannon Molter
Tuesday, January 25
12:00 pm Meet the Maker: 색실누비, 꼬고 꿰매다 Saeksilnubi, Twist and Stitch with Youngmin Lee
1:30 pm Meetup: Moderated by Mi-Kyoung Lee, SDA Board member
Wednesday, January 26
5:00 pm Meet the Maker: Rice Vessels: Exploring Materials with a Collapsible Mould with Jodi Colella
7:00 pm Meetup: Moderated by Eve Jacobs-Carnahan
Thursday, January 27
12:00 pm Meet the Maker: Reimagining Plastic Waste with Natalya Khorover
1:30 pm Meetup: Moderated by Julia Feldman
Friday, January 28
2:00-3:15 pm SDA Open House
Saturday, January 29
12:00 pm Korea: Field Notes from Aimee Lee and Steph Rue
1:00-1:15 pm Break
1:15 pm Material Ties panel with Natalya Khorover, Ben Cuevas + Amber Robles-Gordon
2:15-2:30 pm Break
2:30 pm Online Exhibition Juror with Soledad Muñoz
3:30-3:40 pm Break
3:45 pm Closing Session

Registration + Fees

  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: December 31st, 2021
  • Member: $150
  • Non-Member: $175
  • Student: $75 / Institutional Affiliate pricing upon request. Please contact us for details

SDA is working hard to remove barriers to participating in our programming. If the cost of attendance presents an issue, please complete and submit our short scholarship application. This opportunity is open to both members and non-members through January 15, 2022.

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Online Member Exhibition

SDA is pleased to announce Being-With, the Winter 2021-2022 Premium Member Online Exhibition in coordination with the Community Ties conference. Soledad Muñoz is the juror.

View Being-With Online Exhibition.

Meetups – Open to All

We’re excited to meet all of you! Meetups are casual, moderated Zoom Meetings and are a great way to connect with fellow participants while working on a lap project. Take advantage of this real-time opportunity to network or talk about what you have learned during the week. All are welcome!

Sunday, January 23 from 5:30pm – 6:30pm ET
Gallery Tour & Visit with New Zealand members – Special Topic Meetup
Area Representative Viv Davy and members take us on a virtual tour of From Out of the Blue Studio Gallery

Monday, January 24 at 7pm ET
Moderator Shannon Molter, Wisconsin SDA Area Representative

Tuesday, January 25 at 1:30pm ET
Moderator Mi-Kyoung Lee, SDA Board member

Wednesday, January 26 at 7pm ET
Moderator Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, Vermont SDA Area Representative

Thursday, January 27 at 1:30pm ET
Moderator Julia Feldman, Northern California SDA Area Representative

Event Meetups

SDA Open House

January 28, 2pm – 3:15pm ET

Learn about upcoming Journal themes, SDA awards & grants, opportunities for promotion, regional group activities, exhibitions and Equity, Access & Integration strategies during SDA’s Open House. As an audience member, you will meet members in a smaller breakout room group, and SDA staff and committee members who are program experts will join you to discuss their topics and answer questions during a 10 minute time period. If you need to join late, no problem – we will find a room for you!

Closing Session

January 29, 3:45pm ET

SDA at 45: Shining a Spotlight on Members
During our Community Ties closing event, we will highlight SDA members through images and short videos. We will also talk about SDA’s 45th Anniversary and offer prompts for chat feedback. This event will be a fun way to wrap up our conference experience and start a new year together.

Program Details

Featured Speaker, Lorna Hamilton-Brown

January 22, 12:10-1:00pm ET

Lorna Hamilton Brown she/her lornahamiltonbrown.com | @lhamiltonbrown“I love to subvert people’s associations and preconceptions of knitting and crochet and to engage audiences with challenging issues.”

Lorna Hamilton BrownLorna is a UK-based artist working with social practice and community based art. A dedicated educator, researcher, knitwear designer, performer and video maker, her dissertation Myth: Black People Don’t Knit – the importance of art and oral histories for documenting the experiences of black knitters, questions the lack of visibility of black crafters and documents their hidden histories. She is currently a Patron of the Knitting & Crochet Guild and a member of Vogue Knitting’s Diversity Advisory Council.


Cultural Ties Discussion with Roya Amigh, Tibi Chelcea + Michael Sylvan Robinson

January 22, 1-2:00pm ET

Art is indelibly connected to communities. Join us as we meet three makers whose community ties inform their work. Roya Amigh creates art examining the representation of female sexuality, social activism and gender-centered storytelling. Tibi Chelcea combines traditional Romanian cross-stitch with custom-designed circuit boards to explore the connections between textiles and electronics. Michael Sylvan Robinson’s background in costume design and performance informs their fiber art that intersects fashion, sculpture, street art and queer activism.

This is a panel presentation and discussion with a Q&A session to follow.

Roya Amigh
she/her | royaamigh.com | @royaamighRoya creates art examining the representation of female sexuality, social activism and gender-centered storytelling. A native of Iran, Roya Amigh earned her MFA in Tehran and later moved to Boston where she earned a second MFA in painting at Boston University. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world and participated in several artist residencies. Her work examines the representation of female sexuality, social activism and gender-centered storytelling.

Tibi Chelcea
he/him | tibichelcea.net | @tibich72

Tibi Chelcea combines traditional Romanian cross-stitch with custom-designed circuit boards to explore the connections between textiles and electronics. Tibi Chelcea was born in Romania and came to the United States to pursue a PhD in Computer Science. He takes elements and processes of traditional art disciplines, such as printmaking and drawing, and combines them with parts and operations of digital technologies. Using traditional Romanian cross-stitch patterns, Tibi explores connections between the textile and electronic industries. Tibi’s work has been exhibited internationally. He received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and an Iowa Artist Fellowship.

Michael Sylvan Robinson
they/him | michaelsylvanrobinsonart.com | @michaelsylvanrobinsonart

A gender-queer fiber artist, activist, and leader in arts education, Michael Sylvan Robinson earned a MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and a BA from Bennington College with an emphasis in dance and drama. Originally a costume designer and performance artist, their 2D and 3D contemporary fiber art has been shown in galleries and museum exhibitions around the world. Sylvan’s fashion art work was featured in Vogue Germany and worn by Jordan Roth, theater producer, at the Met Gala 2021. Their fiber art intersections fashion, sculpture, street art and queer activism through innovative use of textile collage and text-based art techniques.

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Solidarity! Journal Party with Precious Lovell, Elizabeth Kozlowski + Featured Artists

January 22, 2:15pm ET

Solidarity! Journal Party will be a conversation with guest editor Precious Lovell, Journal Editor Elizabeth Kozlowski and featured contributors.

Precious Lovell
she/her | preciousdelovell.com

Precious Lovell is an artist, designer, maker and associate professor in the Fashion Design and Textile department at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. She holds a BFA in Fashion Design and a master’s degree in Art and Design with a Fibers and Surface Design concentration. The cultural significance, narrative, aesthetic and technical qualities of traditional textiles and clothing (particularly those of the African Diaspora) heavily influence her work. She has delivered museum and conference presentations on cloth and clothing of the African Diaspora and has travelled to 45 countries researching and collecting textiles and clothing. Precious’ work has been exhibited across the United States and Internationally.

Elizabeth Kozlowski
she/her | journaleditor@surfacedesign.org
Elizabeth Kozlowski is now serving in her fourth year as Editor for the Surface Design Journal. Kozlowski has a M.A. with Honors in Museum Anthropology from Arizona State University and a B.F.A. in studio art, ceramics from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. She has been awarded numerous curatorial residencies and travel grants including the 2019 Creative New Zealand Cultural Exchange Grant; the 2017 Windgate ITE Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Art and Wood, Philadelphia; and the Danish Arts Foundation International Research Grant in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Kozlowski is currently a doctoral student in Cultural Anthropology at Tulane University, New Orleans.

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere!
with Merill Comeau, Jodi Colella + Featured SDA Grant Awardees

January 22, 3:30pm ET

The Surface Design Association Conference’s social hour comes to you via Zoom! Join SDA members Jodi Colella and Merill Comeau, educators and artists known for their fun and entertaining online conversations, to meet your peers and some of the many SDA grant and award winners.

  • Grab a cup of tea
  • Mix a special SDA beverage designed for this conference
  • Meet your SDA peers
  • Connect with SDA grant and award winners
  • See art and hear about SDA support recipients’ experiences
  • Pop in to say hello, ask a question or visit for the whole hour

This event is open to all conference attendees!

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Arched Baskets with Sarita Westrup

January 23, 2022 12:00pm

Join artist Sarita Westrup as she demos tools, materials, techniques, and approaches used to twine her arched baskets. She will cover starting a basket, backwards twining, and finishing the lip of the basket. Other materials/media for twining and surface will be briefly discussed.

Sarita Westrup
she/her | tierrafirmeproject.com | @saritawestrup

Sarita Westrup is an artist living and working in Dallas, TX. Rooted in basketry techniques and bricolage, her works are inspired by where she was born and raised – the Rio Grande Valley of South on the Texas-Mexico border. Her sculptural baskets focus on the defining urban textures and the bi-cultural aesthetics of her home and are concerned with themes such as tension, movement and containment, joined and permeable space. She received her MFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas in 2016. Her work has exhibited and been published widely.

Sacred Knots with Lise Silva Gomes

January 24, 2022 at 5:00 PM

The ancient craft of knotting connects our past to our present, helping us tap into ancestral wisdom and dream for the future, while grounding us in the present moment. It offers a meditative break from our busy lives, calming the mind in a tactile and engaging way. Join artist Lise Silva Gomes as she guides us in the fundamentals of knotting, centering on the classic Double Coin Knot and shares her insight on creating a meaningful craft practice.

Lise Silva Gomes
she/her | lisesilva.com | @lisesilva

Lise Silva Gomes is an artist based in Oakland, California (Lise is a Portuguese spelling pronounced exactly like “Lizzie”.) Her artwork and jewelry incorporates fiber techniques that span wrapping, latch hook, punch needle, sewing, tassel-making, weaving and knotting. Her book, Sacred Knots: Create, Adorn, and Transform Through the Art of Knotting, is the culmination of her studies and innovations in the medium of knotting. In addition to fiber work, she teaches workshops, illustrates, and writes on approaches to building a community-grounded creative practice. Lise curates a project that celebrates the legacy of fiber called Wovenutopia and offers creative support through her project Craft & Practice.

Korea: 색실누비,  꼬고 꿰매다 Saeksilnubi, Twist and Stitch with Youngmin Lee

January 25, 12:00PM

Join artist Youngmin Lee as she demonstrates the Saeksilnubi technique and shares her making practice.

Saeksilnubi colored thread quilting is a Korean traditional craft that uses two layers of fabrics, cords made with hanji (Korean mulberry paper) and colorful threads to make a quilted texture. The repetition of lines created with Bageumjil (back stitch) and Hanji cord make geometric patterns and raised textures. Saeksilnibi was used to make practical objects such as small pouches to store and carry tobacco, flint stone and metal, pin cushions, glasses cases, and paper stock patterns.

Youngmin Lee
she/her | youngminlee.com | @youngminleebojagi

Korean-born artist Youngmin Lee holds a master’s degree in Fashion Design and a bachelor’s degree in clothing and textiles. She has presented numerous workshops, classes and demonstrations on Korean arts and crafts around the Bay Area. She has been a featured artist at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and the Oakland Museum.

Rice Vessels: Exploring Materials with a Collapsible Mould with Jodi Colella

January 26 at 5:00PM

Create intriguing, expressive vessels using materials easily found in the home, while experimenting with stitch and diverse materials. Jodi will demonstrate the magic of collapsible moulds; building the mould, applying the material, tactile stitching and the final step of releasing the mould to free the vessel. This meditative process provides opportunity for experimentation with texture, color and form. She’ll share the work of artists she admires and give you a tour of her studio where her magic happens. She looks forward to working with everyone!

Jodi Colella
she/her | jodicolella.com | @jicolella

Jodi Colella exhibits and teaches internationally. She is a member of Boston Sculptors Gallery, SDA Events Committee and a recipient of a 2019 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship Award for Sculpture. Realizing the complexities of vulnerability and power, her work interrogates areas of cultural tension—identity politics, institutionalized prejudice, corporal agency, and substance use. She has collaborated on several public art projects and her work is held in multiple museum collections.

Reimagining Plastic Waste with Natalya Khorover

January 27 at 12:00PM

Single-use plastic has become a scourge on our planet in the form of litter and its manufacture is a major contributor to climate change. Instead of feeling helpless about the problem of single-use plastic, join me in learning how to use this trash to create art as well as bring awareness to the problem. I will show you the steps of cutting up soft, fabric-like plastic packaging and stitching it back together as art quilts or other items. It surrenders easily to machine and hand stitching and even stands up to surface design techniques. It’s a ubiquitous free material available to all, so let’s use it!

Natalya Khorover
she/her | artbynatalya.com | @artbynatalya

Using materials that would otherwise end up in landfills, artist Natalya Khorover draws inspiration from urban environments and nature. She meticulously hand-stitches and mends vintage linen alongside translucent single-use plastics to render these materials unrecognizable. Her collaged pieces have been exhibited throughout the United States. In addition to her art practice, Natalya works as an educator and material consultant for other artists who are struggling to achieve their creative visions.

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SDA Open House

January 28 from 2:00-3:15 pm

Learn about upcoming Journal themes, SDA awards & grants, opportunities for promotion, regional group activities, exhibitions and Equity, Access & Integration strategies during SDA’s Open House. As an audience member, you will meet members in a smaller breakout room group, and SDA staff and committee members who are program experts will join you to discuss their topics and answer questions during a 10 minute time period. If you need to join late, no problem – we will find a room for you!

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Korea: Field Notes from Aimee Lee + Steph Rue, Fulbright Research Experience

January 29, 12:00 pm ET

Artists and researchers Aimee Lee and Steph Rue bring extensive knowledge of Korean papermaking to the forefront of their making practice. As Fulbright scholars, both Aimee and Steph have traveled and studied Korean papermaking techniques. Spanning from jiseung, joomchi, paper textile, botanical paper, natural dyeing techniques, bookbinding and printing, their work is informed by a long history that traces back centuries.

Aimee Lee
she/her | aimeelee.net
Aimee Lee is an artist who makes paper, writes and advocates for Korean papermaking practices as an independent scholar and Ohio Arts council Heritage Fellow. Her Fulbright research led to the first hanji studio in North America, an award-winning book, Hanji Unfurled, and an active studio practice that includes jiseung, joomchi, paper textile, botanical paper and natural dyeing techniques. Her intense hand work connects to ongoing Korean and East Asian traditions, which root her daily labor in a lineage that traces back centuries.

Steph Rue
she/her | stephrue.com | @sjrue
Steph Rue fell in love with the papermaking process while obtaining her MFA at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She went on to study traditional Korean bookbinding, papermaking and printing in South Korea on a Fulbright Research Grant in 2015-16. She is one of the founders of the Korean American Artist collective and a member of the Book/Print Artist/Scholar of Color Collective. Her work is informed by her religious upbringing, Korean heritage, and background in traditional book and paper arts.


Material Ties Discussion with Natalya Khorover, Ben Cuevas + Amber Robles-Gordon

January 29, 1:15pm ET

As artists and makers, materials play an important role in our process. Join us as we meet three artists whose material choices provide practical and conceptual backbones to their work.

Read Natalya Khorover’s bio here

Ben Cuevas
he/him/they/them | bencuevas.com | @bencuevas_art

Based in Los Angeles, Ben Cuevas is an artist working in textiles, sculpture, installation, photography, video, sound and performance. His practice underscores queer/feminist ideologies with a focus on the condition of embodiment. As a queer, non-binary, HIV-positive, Latinx artist, identity directly influences his work, which he often uses to raise awareness highlighting the personal as political. Ben has exhibited around the country, is a prolific speaker and workshop facilitator and has been featured in numerous publications. Throughout its pluralities, his work reflects the condition of embodiment: exploring what it means to have a body, to inhabit a body, to be a body incarnated in and interacting with this world.

Amber Robles Gordon
she/her | amberroblesgordon.com | @amberroblesgordon

Amber Robles-Gordon is a mixed media visual artist of Puerto Rican and West Indian heritage. She is known for her commissioned temporary and permanent public art installations and has a BS in Business Administration at Trinity University and a MFA in Painting from Howard University, Washington, DC. Her creations are visual representations of her hybridism: a fusion of her gender, ethnicity, cultural and social experiences. Driven by the need to construct her own distinctive path, innovate and challenge social norms, her artwork is unconventional and non-formulaic. The underpinnings of her creations are imbued to reveal racial i.njustice and the paradoxes within the imbalance of masculine and feminine energies within our society.

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Online Exhibition Juror Talk

January 29, 2:30 PM ET

In addition to sharing all of our exhibitors’ work on social media, we’re pleased to offer our Winter 2021 Online Member Exhibition in coordination with the Community Ties conference and juried by Soledad Muñoz.

Premium Members are automatically considered for our online member exhibitions. Interested in becoming a Premium Member? Email us at info@surfacedesign.org to upgrade your membership (for a pro-rated price!) and check out our website for member benefit details.

More details on the online exhibition coming soon!

Soledad Muñoz
she/her | soledadmunoz.com | @sol_tela

Soledad Fátima Muñoz is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural worker and researcher born in her family’s exile in Canada and raised in Rancagua, Chile. Her work seeks to explore the ever-changing social spaces we inhabit and the archival properties of cloth. Soledad holds a Diploma in Textile Arts from Capilano University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Emily Carr University Arts + Design and a Master in Fine Arts from the Department of Fiber and Material Studies of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Through the investigation of the materiality of sound and the understanding of the woven structure as the continuation of our interconnected social gesture, her practice seeks to fabricate embodied instances that participate in the construction of a more equitable society and the creation of new archives of resistance.


Closing Session

January 29, 3:45 PM ET

SDA at 45: Shining a Spotlight on Members
During our Community Ties closing event, we will highlight SDA members through images and short videos. We will also talk about SDA’s 45th Anniversary and offer prompts for chat feedback. This event will be a fun way to wrap up our conference experience and start a new year together.

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