Lisa Oppenheim "Jacquard Weave (Flower)" 2017 (detail)

Blog Post Tag: Resources

“Wrapping the World in Fiber: Lin Lecheng and the International Fiber Art Biennale” by Anita Bracalente

December 12, 2018 9:00 am

In 1962 the first international tapestry exhibition, of the post-war era, was launched in Lausanne, Switzerland. The venue became a catalyst for international dialog in new fiber works and helped envision new concepts in the craft and art of fiber and redefined the craft lexicon as “fiber art.” This event ushered to the world stage …

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“The Midwest Fiber Art Educators Network” by C. Pazia Mannella

June 6, 2018 9:00 am

The 2018 annual meeting of the Midwest Fiber Art Educators Network (MFAEN) will be held at the University of Missouri, November 9-11, 2018. The mission of the MFAEN is to connect professional Fiber/Textile/Material Studies educators throughout the Midwest and beyond. The purpose of the annual meeting is to share curriculum, new trends in the field, …

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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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Student Opportunities for “Making our Mark”

April 26, 2017 9:00 am

Making Our Mark is so excited to partner with Portland State University (PSU) and the Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) for our 40th Anniversary Biennial Conference. In order to foster these relationships and pay homage to the schools that we’re working with, SDA has created a wide range of opportunities for students. From …

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“History Repeating” by Quinn Papazian

January 11, 2017 5:55 pm

Artists are always seeking new inspiration—from natural forms to urban cities, historical objects to contemporary design—and when you find something that truly resonates with you, it sticks for a long time. Quinn Papazian is the Design Studio Manager at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and has been cataloging patterns she finds via Instagram. Here …

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The Best Books to Give (and Get) this Holiday Season

December 21, 2016 9:00 am

When researching some of the top books for the year, I starting thinking about the main themes that surface when people talk about contemporary textiles. Some of the main ones that have arisen include: digital textiles, natural dyeing, and sustainable fashion. This roundup features the best books to give (and get) in 2015 and includes critical dialogues around textile culture, …

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Shifting Landscapes: Spotlight on form & concept

November 21, 2016 9:00 am

Surface Design Association is pleased to announce the opening of submissions for our 3rd International Juried Members’ exhibition, Shifting Landscapes. Juried by Erika Lynne Hanson and Frank Rose, this exhibition will explore both traditional and non-traditional contemporary interpretations of place by makers working with or inspired by fiber or textile materials and techniques. Shifting Landscapes …

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Photographing Your Work by Jason Houge

November 17, 2016 6:10 pm

Submissions are now open for Shifting Landscapes (SDA’s 3rd International Juried Members’ exhibition), and we thought it would be helpful to provide an in-depth tutorial for how to properly photograph artwork. Having good images of your work to submit can make or break your chances of getting into any juried exhibition. We are so very lucky …

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Archiving Obiko, Muse of Artwear Movement

April 15, 2016 8:03 pm

Whether you rocked the “art wear” movement of the 1970-90s yourself or are curious about its enduring impact, this new archive gives you access to the visionaries and creators who made the scene – and the look. Let artist-designer Ana Lisa Hedstrom introduce you to the inspiring resource she co-created with sister art wear doyenne Jean Cacicedo for the Textile Arts Council website….

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Following an Appliqué Trail Around the World

March 31, 2016 5:06 pm

Love textile travel? Connect to your inner adventurer via this story about the applique-driven journeys of artist Nell Sonnemann. Patricia Malarcher, esteemed former Surface Design Journal editor, has spent the last several years editing Sonnemann’s far-flung inquiry into varieties of applique. Check out the set of 12 travel journals she created to document a process – and a quirky and exceptional spirit….

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