“Haptic” SDJ – Out Now!
Lauren Sinner November 5, 2018
Surface Design Association is excited to announce “Haptic”, our Fall 2018 edition of Surface Design Journal! This Journal explores the meaning of touch in relationship to fibers and the techniques that define our field. As Elizabeth Kozlowski, SDJ Journal Editor, states in her Editorial, “For many of us—through repetitive practice and exploration—techniques such as knitting, weaving, and embroidering become internalized and performed intuitively. The tactile is an inherent and necessary part of our world.”
Here’s a preview of what you’ll discover:
“Sensing Narratives” by Francesca Rodriguez Sawaya examines how approaches to weaving have evolved over the years and how we use weaving to preserve knowledge and personal narratives throughout history.
“Do Not Touch” by Freddie Robins explores the therapeutic benefits of knitting through the lense of three different artists.
In “Domesticated Ghosts: The Art of Kaiya Rainbolt,” Kerianne Quick spotlights how Rainbolt manifests physical and psychological experiences of trauma and post-traumatic stress related to childhood sexual abuse through sculptural objects.
“Hidden Threads: Fungal-Plant Partnerships” by Lindsay Olson grows out of her scientific research of mushrooms and fungi through partnerships with Illinois Mycological Association and The Field Museum of Natural History.
Fiber in Film: “Compendium: Textiles in Your Favorite Films” by Lauren Sinner features nine films where textiles take center stage as an integral part to the film’s concepts.
In The Studio: Vaçide Erda Zimic highlights the artist’s Peru-based studio and her intuitive practice, which revolves around material exploration, cultural heritage, and female relationships.
In First Person: David Naranjo’s fashion pieces are inspired by his Kha’Po Ohwingeh community, drawing from the landscapes, traditions, and symbols of Pueblo life.
Emerging Voices: Hannah O’Hare Bennett speaks to the importance of process and getting her hands dirty in her work. For Hannah, the transformation of cloth, thread, and paper pulp into a piece of art is a type of evolutionary process, especially for paper.
Spotlight on Education by Jodi Colella looks at FiberLAB, an independent study group that provides individual instruction, exposure to contemporary art, experimentation with materials and techniques, and membership in a maker community based in Somerville, Massachusetts.
In Dialogue (new department!) “Cardboard Fiction: the Work of Dosshaus” by Leora Lutz features a conversation with the collaborative duo of Zoey Taylor and David Connelly on their large-scale paper installations and what inspires them.
Our In Review department also features articles on Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism by Alison Gates and Lisa Oppenheim: Spine | Derrick Adams: Transmission by Jessica Hemmings.