K Johnson Bowles A Little Bird Told Me (Shaming) 2019, mixed media assemblage 16” x 16” x 1”. Published by Wordpeace and The Raw Art Review.

Blog Post Tag: Mixed Media

“I Thought My Head Would Explode” by K. Johnson Bowles

May 29, 2020 5:00 am

This week’s blog article is an emotional and moving journey by K. Johnson Bowles about healing and processing of trauma through the making of art. In 2019, I started a new body of work called Veronica’s Cloths. I had been in a job where I was subjected to threats, harassment, sexual assault, discrimination, retaliation, and defamation. …

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Member Spotlight: Myrna Tatar

May 27, 2020 5:00 am

This month’s first member spotlight is Myrna Tatar, a San Francisco-based artist working in a multitude of mediums, primarily oriented by assemblage. Her work is spontaneous and optimistic, with layers of personal narrative and meaning woven throughout. I’ve been an artist as long as I can remember. As a child, I realized my love of …

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Member Spotlight: Susan Hotchkis

March 25, 2020 5:00 am

Our second member spotlight of March is Susan Hotchkis, a Scotland-based artist, whose work has incredibly rich surface texture and vibrant color palettes! I was born and raised in Hull (East Yorkshire, England) but spent most of my adult life in Manchester. My first sewing machine was given to me when I was seven and …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Entertainment & Fashion

June 28, 2019 9:00 am

This Friday Fibers Roundup looks at how fibers and textiles have made their way into the world of entertainment and video production. From stop-motion videos to animation, textiles have been getting their share in the limelight recently. 1) Purl, Pixar’s newest short film, makes a bold statement about toxic masculinity in the workplace. Its message …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Craft & Color

June 14, 2019 9:00 am

This edition of Friday Fibers Roundup looks at the history of various color and how many professional craftspeople are making work with bright and vibrant hues. 1) “Indigo, Ash, and Time mark Nigeria’s Centuries-old Dye Pits” by Cara Anna looks at how the dye pits in Nigeria’s ancient northern city of Kano are said to …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Midwest Exhibitions (and more!)

May 31, 2019 9:00 am

This special Friday Fibers Roundup looks at many fiber-related exhibitions either currently on display or recently closed–with a special focus on some exciting Midwest-based shows! 1) “Fiber Arts Exhibit Explores Technology’s Impact On Art” by Elizabeth Dohms reviews the exhibition Fiber Arts in the Digital Age at the Wisconsin Museum Of Quilts & Fiber Arts …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Crochet + Color

May 17, 2019 9:00 am

This edition of Friday Fibers Roundup features articles about crochet, color, and where those two overlap for some really amazing projects! 1) Artist Laurel Roth Hope creates colorful, one-of-a-kind crocheted bird suits designed to fit a standard urban pigeon, complete with a hood retrofitted with eye and beak holes. While the project isn’t without a …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Embroideries

April 26, 2019 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup spotlights recent articles on embroidery, hand-stitched, and some amazing projects being done in the field. 1) “The Calming Effects of Sewing Can Help People Express and Heal Themselves” by Clare Hunter explores how absorbing your concentration in needlework relieves inner turmoil (via The Guardian). 2) Finnish artist Noora Schroderus hand-embroiders …

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SDA Open Calls!

April 24, 2019 9:00 am

In our continued effort to support members and showcase the amazing work being done, Surface Design Association has three calls currently open for members to submit work. From our annual International Exhibition in Print, to exhibitions in conjunction with our upcoming conference, Beyond the Surface, all types of fiber-related work are accepted so just read …

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