Jolanta Rudzka Habisiak "Alphabet" (2016)

Blog Post Tag: Conferences

Friday Fibers Roundup: Art / Craft / Design

September 22, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup explores projects, artists, and exhibitions that attempt to pick apart the categories of art, craft, and design that we so often put people’s work into. 1) Have you ever wondered what happens to those massive painted theater backdrops when a show ends? Well, Jen Kahn (who has been a stage …

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“Scanning the Field” by Robert Mertens

August 31, 2017 9:00 am

In light of the conclusion of our biennial conference in Portland, OR, artist, educator, and SDA member Robert Mertens reflects on his experiences, thoughts, and conversations while attending Making our Mark: SDA at 40. “The site of art begins to diverge from the literal space of art, and the physical conditions of a specific location recedes …

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“Weaving and Knowing” by Patricia Malarcher

August 16, 2017 9:00 am

Weaving can be viewed as a handcraft, an ethnic tradition, a global commodity, and a prototype for binary systems. It can also be viewed as embodied cognition, a term that came up frequently during a recent conference, Weaving: Cognition/Technology/Culture at Columbia University, New York. The purpose of the conference was to challenge the common assumption …

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Friday Fibers Roundup

August 11, 2017 9:00 am

Our amazing conference just finished, and to top it off, this week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features articles on some of our Keynote speakers and demonstrators (plus some extras)! 1) This video shows Aram Han Sifuentes’ Protest Banner Lending Library where Sifuentes leads workshops to teach others how to make their own protest banners in lieu …

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Outstanding Student Award Winners (Part III of III)

August 9, 2017 9:00 am

Closing out SDA’s Outstanding Students Award Winners is another top-notch gallery of student work featuring innovation within the field of fibers and textiles. All were nominated by the chair of their department, and will receive a certificate as well as a one-year membership to the Surface Design Association. For more information on the Outstanding Student Awards …

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Friday Fibers Roundup

July 28, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a mix of drag race costuming, fashioning the future, and the decolonization of craft. 1) “Steps Towards Decolonizing Craft” by Aram Han Sifuentes explores the problematic use of appropriation, primitivism, fetishisation, stolen, and stripped of context cultures become when artists and craftspeople are “inspired” or “drawn to” cultures not …

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Friday Fibers Roundup

July 7, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features an exhibition of Contemporary Native Art, how tennis ball fabric is made, an online vintage pattern library, and so much more! 1) The exhibition Connective Tissue: New Approaches to Fiber in Contemporary Native Art features contemporary Native American artists who utilize fiber art media and methods to make their …

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Friday Fibers Roundup

June 30, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features reviews of 3 amazing exhibitions, a call for papers on costumes, as well as a massive database of over 3,000 years of world fashion. 1) The African American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy has chosen Lawrence, Kansas to host their first National African American Quilt Conference in 2017 (via …

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Friday Fibers Roundup

June 23, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fiber Roundup features new fabric from NASA, a NYC bodega made completely from felt, and the dyeing history of the American flag. 1) Lucy Sparrow’s 8 Till Late recreates a bodega with all fixings in her most recent New York City installation. 2) American Craft Council’s applications are now open for the 2018 …

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“Shifting Landscapes” — Out Now!

May 24, 2017 9:00 am

Surface Design Journal’s Spring edition, “Shifting Landscapes”, surveys the concept of the landscape from several different vantage points. From map-inspired embroideries and childhood nostalgia, to environmental awareness and feminist advocacy, “Shifting Landscapes” offers appreciation for the present while giving a nod to the past. As we gear up for our August conference in Portland, Oregon, …

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