Michelle Stitzlein "Slub Weave - Boucherouite Series" (detail)

Blog Post Tag: textiles

Friday Fibers Roundup: Weaving (Past & Present)

March 8, 2018 12:48 pm

This week’s roundup includes a wide variety of articles looking at the historical and contemporary applications and contexts of weaving. 1) Curated by Jennifer Garey, Weaving a Path: Navajo Women and the Feminine Ethos features a distinctive range rugs and blankets of the Southwest US created by Diné women, with geometric designs and patterns, all

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Contemporary Craft

February 2, 2018 10:00 am

The week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a mix of exhibitions, books, and reviews all center around the concepts of craft in a contemporary and historical setting. 1) Sheila Hicks’ new exhibition: Free threads. Textile and its Pre-Columbian Roots, 1954-2017 has been up since last November, but there’s still time to see it. On display at

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“A Woman’s Place” Curated by Kimberly Becker

January 24, 2018 10:00 am

Curated by SDA member Kimberly Becker, the exhibition A Woman’s Place features fifteen artists whose strong voices and clear ideas discuss what it means to be female in the twenty first century. Conveyed through a wide variety of mediums, the work speaks to both an individual woman’s experience as well as a collective voice. Opening

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“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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Best Textile Books to Give (And Get) in 2017

December 13, 2017 9:00 am

The holidays are fast approaching and what better gift to give than a book on textiles? Surface Design Association presents our countdown spotlighting some of our favorite books that came out in 2017–perfect for any fibers fan. Whether you’re into contemporary approaches, technical skills, project ideas, or historical readings, this list has got you covered! 1)

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Geometry in Nature

November 10, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup spotlights many different ways artists are integrating nature into the their practice and the natural geometry that nature possesses. 1) These dizzyingly complex installations of unbraided ropes branching out like tree roots are created by Janaina Mello Landini as part of her Ciclotrama series (via Colossal). 2) “Spider Drinks Graphene,

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Forty Year Flashback: Spring 1982

April 17, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Forty Year Flashback comes to us from our Spring 1982 Journal, with the article “Chemical Transfer Photo-Printing on Fabric” by Norma Rosen. The article shows just how much technology has changed over the past 35 years, but how we are still drawn to these older techniques.

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Forty Year Flashback: Spring 1991

March 6, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Forty Year Flashback comes to us from the Spring 1991 Journal “Education” and features Lois Rector talking about her artist-in-residence experience at the Pinellas County Arts Council in Florida.

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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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