Molly Koehn "Give New Life" (in progress) 2017

Blog Post Tag: Natural Dyes

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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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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Outstanding Student Award Winners (Part II of III)

July 26, 2017 9:00 am

Our second gallery of SDA’s Outstanding Students Award Winners is just as amazing as last week’s, and features innovation within the field of fibers and textiles. Nominated by the chair of their department, all winners receive a certificate as well as a one-year membership to the Surface Design Association. For more information on the Outstanding

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Friday Fibers Roundup

July 21, 2017 9:00 am

From multiple fiber-based exhibitions opening, to sculptural embroidery works, this week’s Friday Fibers Roundup has got you covered. 1) Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Rooms just opened at the Seattle Art Museum in Washington State, and has been selling out since opening day. Kusama’s experiential art is one that speaks to both artists and non-artists alike with

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Outstanding Student Award Winners (Part I of III)

July 19, 2017 9:00 am

The winners of SDA’s Outstanding Students Awards were recently announced, and this year had one of the strongest batches of submissions yet! All the student’s work features innovation within the field of fibers and textiles and is part of a cohesive and professionally accomplished body of work. With 45 winners (both nationally and internationally), we’ve

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Friday Fibers Roundup

July 14, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a mix of workshops, flax processing, the politics of everyday materials, as well open-source activism through banners and protests. 1) “Open-Source Activism” by Sarah Archer looks at the powerful use of bold, graphic banners in relation to protests throughout history (via American Craft Council). 2) A charity is bringing

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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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