June Lee "Bystander" 2017

Blog Post Tag: Shop Talk

Friday Fibers Roundup: Weavings Mapped

May 4, 2018 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a variety of articles exploring how weaving can be used to map place, histories, and nature. 1) “The Enduring Appeal of: Baskets” by Deborah Needleman looks at basket weaving from various artist and cultural perspectives to highlight the traditions and diversity within the medium (via New York Times). 2)

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“Artful Conversations: Anita Bracalente” by Catherine Kirsch

May 2, 2018 9:00 am

Anita Bracalente lives a broad and varied artistic life. She is an art museum registrar, painter, sculptor, stain-glass maker, landscape designer, knitter and an arts lecturer. As she says, “a creative life takes on its own natural progression and direction.” An important aspect of this forward motion has been seeking light, creating space in a

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Patterned Body

April 27, 2018 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup looks at the body and the various ways patterns and designs are used within fashion, exhibitions, and textile works. 1) “‘Black Panther’ Costume Designer Draws On ‘The Sacred Geometry Of Africa’” by Mallory Yu looks at the costuming details from the recent Marvel Blockbuster and how Wakanda’s Afro-futurism is grounded

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“Changing Styles in Contemporary Quilt Art: Pattern in Motion” by Sandra Sider

March 28, 2018 10:00 am

This article features four contemporary artists working in the quilt medium for more than thirty years: Pauline Burbidge, Michael James, Katie Pasquini Masopust, and Joan Schulze. They all have international reputations not only as artists, but also as influential teachers, lecturers, and authors of books relating to contemporary quilt art. Continuing to produce textile-based artwork

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Pushing Fashion

March 23, 2018 10:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup spotlights the many different ways fashion designers are pushing the boundaries–both conceptually and materially. 1) “When Black Women could not try on the Dresses, Ebony Brought the Dresses to Them” by Blue Greenberg spotlights the story of how haute couture fashion for black American women became a vehicle to reinforce

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Excavated Pattern

February 23, 2018 10:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a blend of articles focusing on cultural histories, archaeology, and pattern. 1) “Decolonizing Photography: A Conversation With Wendy Red Star” by Abaki Beck shows how Wendy Red Star uses her photography to challenge mainstream representations of Native Americans, but on her own terms (via Aperture). 2) “Japanese Artist Crafts

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Embroidery Evolution

February 16, 2018 10:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup examines the many different ways embroidery has evolved over the years, and some new artists that are pushing the technique in innovative directions. 1) “Ulla-Stina Wikander’s Cross-Stitched Household Objects” by Andy Smith spotlights the surreal, sculptural domestic and everyday objects that Wikander meticulously hand stitches (via High-Fructose). 2) In Nagoro,

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Experiences in Cloth

February 9, 2018 10:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a variety of articles, interviews, and shows all showcasing personal narratives and experiences through blankets, quilts, and cloth. 1) The exhibition, The Embedded Message: Quilting in Contemporary Art explores how a current generation of contemporary artists are employing quilt traditions and techniques to make social, political and personal commentary.

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“The Art of Labor” Apply Now!

February 7, 2018 10:00 am

Surface Design Association is excited to announce our 2018 International Juried Members exhibition, The Art of Labor. The show will be held in partnership with the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (SJMQT) in San Jose, CA, from July 22–October 14, 2018. The act of labor is both physical and mental—an effort which is

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