SDA Members’ Buzz: The Catch-up Round

3 SDA Members Exhibit
at 4th Riga International Triennial
of Textile and Fibre Art Tradition & Innovation

3 works by 3 SDA members–Linda Colsh (Belgium), Ann Nyberg (Sweden), and Joan Schulze (USA)–were featured in GLOBAL INTRIGUE II, the recent Riga Triennial in Latvia, from July 9 to September 5, 2010.

68 art works representing artists from 23 countries were chosen by a panel of 5 jurors, including 2 from Latvia, and installed in the Arsenals Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Art Museum.

The 3 entries by Colsh, Nyberg and Schulze appear below.

Linda Colsh “Closely Guarded”  2008  H58″ x W79″  Cotton & linen fabrics; dyed/painted/printed/computer images + screens by the artist from her photographs & drawings/Machine pieced & quilted  Photo by Pol Leemans

For more information about Linda and her work, visit

Ann Nyberg  “State of Universal Chaos”  2010  180 x 160 cm Wool, linen, silk & cotton + mixed techniques                                Photo by Peter Kirchner

For more information about Ann and her work, visit

Joan Schulze “Tango” 2008 46″ x 52″ Quilt Photo by Joan Schulze

For more information on Joan and her work, visit

Ann Nyberg provides some additional impressions and photos of the Riga Triennial in a story called Tale of Two Triennials soon to be posted in the community section of the NewsBlog.

Kiyomi Iwata Creates Art to Connect USA and Japan/
President Obama and Prime Minister Hatoyama

Kiyomi Iwata uses both silk and metal to express ideas about collaboration between cultures East and West. She recently created a metal mesh piece called Yuai or Fraternity that was presented to President Obama.

Kiyomi Iwata “Yuai” (Fraternity) 2009 10″ x 10″ Metal mesh/gold leaf  Photo by D. James Dee

Iwata describes her inspiration for the project as follows:

The Democratic Prime Minister Hatoyama’s lifelong motto has been Yuai or “fraternity” (Japanese ideograms not available in WordPress–Ed.). Yuai is a 10 x 10″ piece made from metal mesh that is embellished with gold leaf. Yuai is written in gold leaf in Japanese. This piece was given to President Obama during his visit to Tokyo in October (2009). A similar piece was given to Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama and it is on display in his official residence. It is my hope that Yuai can be a bridge between these two countries, both of which have many issues that could be solved with the spirit of fraternity.”

“During my visit to Tokyo last year (2009), I saw how the citizens of Japan were ready to replace the powerful Liberal party with the Democratic party. The Liberal party has been in power for half a century; it felt like an historic moment. On this side of the Pacific, US citizens had elected President Obama, the first African American President. I wanted to participate in this exciting time of change in my own way, by creating art to connect both countries.”

Yoshiko I. Wada Named Distinguished Craft Educator
and Master of the Medium (April 2010)

Yoshiko I. Wada was named a “2010 Distinguished Craft Educator – Master of the Medium ” by the James Renwick Alliance last April. The JRA assists the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and is dedicated to advancing scholarship on contemporary American craft. Wada joins the distinguished company of former awardees including Cynthia Schira (2006), Jaqueline Riceand Stuart Kestenbaum (Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts) (both in 2008) and Gerhardt Knodel (2002).

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