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Outstanding Student Awards 2021, Part 1 (of 3)

The winners of Surface Design Association’s Outstanding Student Awards were recently announced for the students who have demonstrated excellence in fiber arts. The work of these artists embodied inventive and innovative use of technique, materials, and concepts in fiber arts. All winners receive a free digital membership for the year. Congratulations to all 32 awardees.


Eli West (Graduate, Pacific Northwest College of Art) Among the Shrubbery, 2021. Wool, felting. 5 x 4 feet. Photo by the Artist. eli-west.com | @eli.gible

Jacquelyn Moore (Graduate, Thomas Jefferson University) Dark Damask, 2020. Gouache, Photoshop, 27 x 32.5 in. mooredraws.com | @mooretextiles

Kate Fromm (Undergraduate, Kansas City Art Institute) 1984, 2021. Stretched silk, resist dye, 35 x 43 in. @katefromm

Katherine Wiedemann (Senior in High School, Fine Arts Center) Junk Drawer, 2020. Cotton fabric, screen printing ink, embroidery floss, yarn, tulle, acrylic paint, marker, screen printing, crochet, embroidery, fabric dyeing, mark making, 36 x 24 in. Photo by the artist.

Madeline Gotshall (Undergraduate, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania) Limen, 2021. Lycra, polyester fiber fill, wood, soft sculpture, 36 x 36 x 5 in. Photo by the artist. madiegotshall.com | @madieartistry

Sarah Palmer (Undergraduate, NC State University) Revolveress (collection), 2020. Mixed material, velvet, tulle and jacquards, sewing, corsetry, pattern-making, costume design. Photo: Amanda Law Photography. spalmer1304.wixsite.com/sarahpdesign | @thesarahpalmer | @thesarahpalmerdesign

Carolina Gaillard (Undergraduate, Virginia Commonwealth University) Sad Plaid 1, 2021. Silk, dyeing, patchwork, 24 x 24 x 1.5 in. carolinagaillard.com | @carolina_gaillard

Nadeeshani Ratnayaka (Graduate, Kansas State University) Floral Prints: Natural Surface Design Collection, 2021. Natural fabrics (cotton, bamboo, silk, silk noil), natural dyeing, flower pounding, bundle dyeing, 10 x 7 in. Photo by the artist. nadsratnayaka.wixsite.com/portfolio | @nads_ratnayaka

Britnee Holley (Undergraduate, Tennessee Tech University) Sprouting Bud, 2021. Bamboo and cotton yarn, silk, hand-painted warp and weft, hand-dyed silk, 180 x 25 in. Photo by the artist. @britneeholley

Ruth Kaneko (Undergraduate, University of Hawaii at Manoa) Service Connected, 2021. Army Uniforms, papermaking, 8 x 10 in. Photo by the artist. ruthkaneko.com | @ruth.kaneko

Hannah Hill (Undergraduate, Thomas Jefferson University) Dissimilitude, 2021. Cotton, polyester, metal yarns, 12 x 18 inches.


For more information check out Grants & Outstanding Student Awards page.

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