Uyen Tran, Tômtex Biomaterial Project Biosequin 2020, shell seafood waste, agar, coffee ground, natural dyes; ochre, charcoal, beetroot juice, onion skin; Mold making, natural-dyed, laser cut, sewn. Photo: Casper Yang.

Blog Post Tag: Sustainability

Creative Promise Award Winner: Uyen Tran

August 14, 2020 5:00 am

SDA’s Creative Promise Awards are given out to recognize excellence in a range of work in textile and fiber media by one outstanding undergraduate student and one graduate student. Our winners for 2020 were recently announced and this week we’re spotlighting Uyen Tran, a textile-material researcher and designer originally from Viet Nam and now based …

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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: Materiality

March 22, 2019 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup looks at material knowledge and how some artists and schools are putting materiality first. 1) The exhibition WOMEN EMPOWERED: Fashions from the Frontline, features items worn by prominent activists, politicians, artists, athletes, academics, and everyday unsung heroes. On display at the Cornell Costume & Textile Collection (New York) through March …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Fashion Traditions

January 11, 2019 9:00 am

From smart dresses to beading on Vans, this Friday Fibers Roundup has a great mix of articles on how traditional fashion is remixed. 1) This video shows how Native American fashion designer, Charlene Holy Bear blends Vans (the popular skate sneaker) with her heritage of hand-beading. 2) “Researchers Build a Smart Dress to show how …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Haptic

December 14, 2018 9:00 am

This batch of articles for Friday Fibers Roundup draws from our current Journal theme of “Haptic” to give you articles on craft, material history, and color traditions. 1) “The Artificial Divide Between Fine Art and Textiles is a Gendered Issue” by Amber Butchart highlights the changing perceptions of fabrics throughout art history, in reaction to …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Tight-Knit

October 26, 2018 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features ten articles that spotlight the past, present, and future of knitting; with themes touching on technology, craft, restoration, and more! 1) “Imaging Tool Unravels Secrets of Child’s Sock from Ancient Egypt” by Caroline Davies looks at how a non-invasive technique devised by British Museum shed light on dyeing and …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Artistic Approaches

September 21, 2018 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup looks at a variety of artists, viewpoints, and practices to give you a wide range of how people all over the world are currently approaching the art, craft, and design of textiles. 1) OtherPeoplesPixels recently interviewed textile artist, April Dauscha. April’s work combines the visual language of the Victorian era …

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Stories to Tell

July 13, 2018 9:00 am

This week’s roundup focuses on highlighting a variety of voices and experience, and how they are expressed through the medium of textiles. From perforative fashion, to interactive installation, each story is worth hearing. 1) Jono Vaughan’s series Project 42 addresses the pattern of violence against transgender people in the United States, providing both a form …

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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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