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Blog Post Tag: Sustainability

Making Our Mark: A Call for Proposals

November 8, 2016 10:36 pm

Every other year Surface Design Association hosts a conference bringing members together for workshops, lectures, and exhibitions. Our 40th Anniversary Intensive, Making Our Mark, will be hosted in Portland, OR on August 3-6, 2017 in partnership with the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and Portland State University. SDA is currently looking for conference proposals for

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Common Threads

October 12, 2016 9:00 am

Common Threads is a collaborative project between Iowa-based artist and SDA member Catherine Reinhart and Minnesota-based artist Allison Metzger. The show consists of works on paper and an interactive installation at the Iowa State University (ISU) Design on Main Gallery. The show opened on October 1st, and is still on display for a few more

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Friday Fibers Roundup

September 23, 2016 9:00 am

This week’s Roundup features political art created from beach trash, a brief history of pivotal women in labor, many awards being given out, and so much more! Kara Walker (whose show was previewed in our latest journal, “The Body Embellished“) even makes an appearance in a music video. 1) SDA Member Celina Grigore just received the

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Friday Fibers Roundup

September 16, 2016 9:00 am

From the marrying of technology and fiber, to simply adorable embroidered necklaces, this Friday Fibers Roundup features an array of historical, contemporary, and technical fiber work. We are also celebrating the release of our latest Surface Design Journal, “The Body Embellished“, so we’ve included a video related to the article “Recreating The Hunt of the

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Why I Switched From Synthetic To Natural Dyes

March 19, 2016 3:07 pm

Let master weaver Catharine Ellis tell you the many reasons why she now uses only natural colorants in her work. Though not necessarily easier, faster, less expensive or lightfast, the study and use of natural dyes has taken her on a mind-expanding journey to heightened sensory awareness, ecologically sound practices – and spectacular color.

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NYC’s Best Annual Fashion Conference

January 15, 2016 3:09 pm

If you are – or aspire to be – among the fashion cognoscenti, you’ll want this annual fashion conference on your radar. Held every November in New York City, Initiatives in Art & Culture presents the who’s-who and what’s-what of the latest fashion culture trends & ideas. Hear and meet iconic designers, authors, curators, retailers, filmmakers & thinkers. This event is not to be missed!

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Why I Made Time to Get Made/Aware

November 16, 2015 8:40 pm

Whether or not you were able to attend, get an overview of some hot spots & highlights of “Made/Aware: Socially Engaged Art” – Surface Design Associaton’s 1st Craft + Concept Intensive held at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in October 2015. Emerging artist, educator (and 2nd generation SDA member!) Tamryn McDermott shares her play-by-play experience here.

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On Campus: UWGB’s Grow-Your-Own Flax Project

July 7, 2014 1:53 pm

The Flax Project at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay gives new meaning to “grow your own.” Find out how faculty worked across disciplines to make it happen from seed to multi-use fiber – and how happy-making the process was for everyone. Art Department Chair (and SDA Member) Alison Gates tells all.

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