Andrea G. Snyder, "Shape Shakers" (detail), 2019

Devotion: Sewing the Sacred

Each year, SDA’s International Exhibition In Print showcases the breadth and depth of contemporary artists and designers working with or inspired by fiber art and/or textile-based materials, methods, and techniques. The work of selected artists will be featured in the Fall 2020 issue of the Surface Design Journal.

Date: Fall 2020 Surface Design Journal

Entry Procedure & Fees
Important Dates


Devotion: Sewing the Sacred

As makers, we often ask ourselves “What does devotion look like in a material form?” There are purposeful acts we make by choice and other behaviors that we perform out of ritual and habit. The cycles and loops of daily life can sometimes seem mundane, forgettable, and otherwise ordinary. Perhaps through these repetitive and devotional processes of textile production, we can see something meaningful, surprising, and even sacred emerge in the humble routines of handwork and daily life. The idea that a link exists between the sacred and the mundane is a constant and universal theme within the human story. This Exhibition In Print seeks to reveal these narratives and invites artists using many material traditions to explore the theme as it manifests in their particular and idiosyncratic lives. Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply.

For detailed information see: CaFÉ


Jovencio de la Paz is an artist, weaver, and educator. His work explores the intersection of textile processes such as weaving, dye, and stitch-work as they relate to broader concerns of language, histories of colonization, migrancy, ancient technology, and speculative futures. Interested in the ways transience and ephemerality are embodied in material, de la Paz looks to how knowledge and experiences are transmitted through society in space and time, whether semiotically by language and code or haptically by made things. He is currently Assistant Professor and Curricular Head of Fibers at the University of Oregon.

Lauren Sinner is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, teacher, writer, and performer based in Portland, Oregon. She is currently the Managing Editor of Surface Design Journal, Mentor to MFA candidates, and an independent contractor to many arts organizations throughout the country. She received her MFA in Applied Craft + Design from the joint program between the Oregon College of Art and Craft and the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2016.

Entry Procedure & Fees

  • Open to all artists, with discounted entry fee offered to SDA members.
  • Artists may enter up to three artworks. 2D and 3D works are eligible, as is documentation of time-based media, performance, or conceptual work
  • Work must have been completed since January 1, 2018 and work executed under classroom/educational guidance or supervision is not eligible.
  • $25 entry fee for SDA members, up to 3 artworks
  • $45 entry fee for non-members, up to 3 artworks

Submit entries online through CaFÉ


Award honorees will be featured with expanded coverage in the September publication of the Surface Design Journal Fall 2020 edition, Devotion: Sewing the Sacred, SDA International Exhibition in Print. Award categories are:

  • Surface Design
  • Guest Juror
  • Material Exploration
  • Next Generation
  • Innovation in Technique
  • Innovative Installation
  • Modern meets traditional

Important Dates

  • Feb 18-June 15, 2020: Call for Entry open through CaFÉ
  • June 16-30, 2020: Jurying Process
  • July 6, 2020: Artist notification of acceptance
  • July 16, 2020: Text, images, and captions for publication due
  • August 2, 2020: Design Phase for Journal begins
  • September 20, 2020: Publication of Journal


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