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
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.
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.
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
- Feb 18-June 15, 2020: Call for Entry open through CaFÉ
- June 16-July 20, 2020: Jurying Process
- July 20, 2020: Artist notification of acceptance
- August 7, 2020: Text, images, and captions for publication due
- Sept 4, 2020: Design Phase for Journal begins
- October 5, 2020: Publication of Journal
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