Mary Babcock "1° 55’ 30” N (Self Portrait as Atoll)" (detail)

Blog Post Tag: Mixed Media

“EIP: Future Fabrication” — Out Now!

December 20, 2017 9:00 am

Surface Design Association is proud to present our winter 2017 edition of the Journal: “Future Fabrication: SDA International Exhibition In Print!” After receiving over 250 entries, jurors Kathryn Hall and Richard Elliot (also Guest Editor) curated a selection of 34 artists from 17 states, as well as Norway, Hungary and British Columbia, Canada, 7 of …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Exhibiting Craft

November 17, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup looks at various ways institutions, museums, and galleries are exhibiting and talking about fibers & textiles’ inherent craft. 1) The exhibition Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism recently opened at the Phoenix Art Museum (Arizona) and features more than 70 works, including the premiere of a three-story, site-specific work created exclusively …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Geometry (Nature + Tech)

October 27, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a mix of artists, exhibitions, and projects that deal with patterns and geometry in either natural or high-tech ways. 1) MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group has created a system to fold materials into various origami shapes when inflated, turning specifically designed paper, plastic, and fabric into representations of …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Embroidery, Drawing with Thread

October 20, 2017 9:00 am

All the articles, exhibitions, and projects for this week’s Friday Fibers Roundup highlight the diversity and wonderment of the simple technique of embroidery. 1) The interview Irem Yazici: Embroidery in Miniature, reveals how Irem transfers images from her imagination into her delightful miniature hoop landscapes and explains exactly why embroidery is so precious to her …

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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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Friday Fibers Roundup: Blankets (Comfort and Subversion)

September 8, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a variety of makers addressing the conceptual feast that blankets have to offer. From political to personal, comfortable to subversive, blankets have been a tool that artists have been using for ages. 1) “The Colorful Quilt Squares Chilean Women Used to Tell the Story of Life Under Pinochet” by …

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“Artful Conversations: Anna Carlson” by Catherine Kirsch

September 7, 2017 9:00 am

Surface Design Association functions primarily on the energy provided by a vast network of dedicated volunteers. While there is no doubt SDA appreciates this service, sometimes a thank you doesn’t go far enough. So I suggested to Managing Editor Lauren Sinner that a recurring artist conversation with a volunteer would go a long way to …

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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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Future Fabrication: Exhibition in Print 2017

August 23, 2017 9:00 am

As we continue to celebrate SDA’s 40th anniversary, we wish to recognize the diversity of talent working within the field of fiber art and surface design with our second annual Exhibition in Print. This year’s theme–Future Fabrication–asks artists to think about how innovations related to fiber and textile materials might shape our future. With works …

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