Event Calendar

Share your event with Surface Design Association’s international community of 3000 artists, designers, and enthusiasts. The Calendar is home to fiber, textile and design related exhibitions, events, workshops, and artist opportunities. Click here to submit exhibitions, events, workshops, and artist opportunities to the SDA Calendar. Questions? Please email: calendar@surfacedesign.org.

Conversations with Cloth, hosted by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada and Ana Lisa Hedstrom

The program will be interactive with Q&A after each presentation/conversation. Priority sign-up (3 days before the public) will be given to the World Shibori Network members. We welcome participants to forward questions in advance using the online form.

Episode #2: Nui Shibori/ Stitch-resist

Wednesday • November 18 • 2020, 1pm-3pm (pacific coast time)

A brief survey will be presented to view ancient stitch-resist in Japan, and kosode of Keicho and Genroku eras (the early 1600s) along with the Tsujigahana myth and work of Itchiku Kubota who translated the historical textiles into creating his own spectacular art of nui shibori. Presentation of hand-sewing and machine-sewn pleating will cover traditional and modern techniques, concepts, and patterns. Ana Lisa will demonstrate the smocking pleater which approximates mokume shibori stitches, and Catharine Ellis will share her woven shibori process using natural dyes. A contemporary adaptation of traditional processes will highlight the ingenuity and creative impulse of the artists and artisans.

Episode #3: Itajime Shibori/ Clamp-resist

Wednesday • December 9 • 2020, 1pm-3pm (pacific coast time)

A brief history of clamp-resist from the ancient Tang Dynasty China and Japan through the Edo Period to modern Japan and the West. Contemporary adaptation in North America of traditional processes will highlight the ingenuity and creative impulse of the artists.

Episode #4: Exporting Shibori to Africa from Arimatsu Narumi, 1948-49

Wednesday • January 6 • 2021, 1pm-3pm (pacific coast time)

Yoshiko and Ana Lisa will discuss creative solutions the Japanese artisans came up with to meet demand in the African market for wide width, quick production, and dramatic patterns. Examples of the artisans’ solutions were to use a sewing machine for compression-resist (kikai-sekka shibori), enlarge the scale of traditional techniques, and incorporate printed substrates. Ana Lisa will discuss her own way of using the sewing machine in her art textiles, and images from contemporary artists’ work will be shared. We hope our analysis of a variety of artists’ and artisans’ technical and design approaches will inspire shibori practitioners to find innovative ways to scale up their production.


Date(s): 11/18/2020 to 01/06/2021

Cost: see website