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

Blog Post Tag: Resources

“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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Activate Inspiration by Sharla Jean Hoskin

December 19, 2017 9:00 am

Some artists develop an intuitive sense of color and others desire to dig deeply into theory to apply to their work. Thorough color study can span a diverse range of arts, sciences, and humanities. The exercises below have their roots in the 18th and 19th centuries, when art and science merged to study visual perception. …

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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: Mapping / Vision / Traces

October 13, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a groundbreaking exhibition series, maps of embroidery techniques by country, as well as silk recreations of homes and objects. 1) “Artistic Maps of Pakistan & India Show the Embroidery Techniques of Their Different Regions” by Dan Coleman shows how diverse elements come together to make beautiful things and the …

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“Paper as Textile” by Andrea Peterson

October 11, 2017 9:00 am

Artist and papermaker, Andrea Peterson, creates well-crafted and unique paper that continually pushes the material and medium forward in her Indiana studio. She was recently featured in Hand Papermaking magazine’s summer issue which focused on the use of paper as cloth and fabric. One of the handmade papers I make at my studio, Hook Pottery …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: The Body (Uncanny Body / Formal Figure)

September 15, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a variety of exhibitions, artwork, products, and interviews all dealing with issues surrounding how we treat and see our bodies. 1) The exhibition Intimate Lines: Drawing with Thread, curated by Carol Eckert, features 16 artists using a needle and thread like a pen to compose intensely personal stories and …

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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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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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