Savannah O'Leary (Georgia State University)
Fold, 2022

Textile Talks features weekly presentations and panel discussions from SDA, the International Quilt Museum, Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Alliance, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, and Studio Art Quilt Associates and Surface Design Association.

Textile Talks are presented free of charge. If you enjoy these talks, help ensure they continue with a gift today.

When: Online at 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific) on Wednesdays

Preregistration is required and recordings are available (playlist below).

Upcoming Talks

Wednesday, June 29 2022, 2pm ET
The Future of Contemporary Fibers: Showcasing SDA Student Artists with jurors Ben Cuevas and Carrie Burckle along with artists Emily Zarse, Karena Graves, Cynthia Evans, and Savannah O’Leary

Moderated by Nora McGinnis
Hosted by Surface Design Association (SDA)

Sponsored annually by Surface Design Association (SDA), FUTURE TENSE 2022 offers a glimpse into the future of contemporary fibers by presenting the best work being made by students in the field today. During this Textile Talk, we will hear brief presentations from award winners Emily Zarse, Karena Graves, Cynthia Evans, and Savannah O’Leary before viewing a panel discussion with jurors Ben Cuevas and Carrie Burckle. The event will be moderated by Nora McGinnis. Award winners will also be featured in a spread in the Summer 2022 Surface Design Journal, “Raised By A Maker.”

View the online exhibition at Future Tense 2022.



Carrie Burckle (she/her) is a visual artist, educator and nascent curator living in Los Angeles. She received her BFA in Textile Design and MFA in Fibers from California State University Long Beach, where she has taught the Fiber Program since 2002. She is also co-founder Textile Arts | Los Angeles along with Lesley Roberts. Carrie has exhibited at Craft Contemporary, Craft in America Center, Visions Art Museum; Mingei Museum, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Downey Museum of Art, Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, among others. Her work has appeared in Fiber Art Now magazine. She is a member of the Textile Society of America, American Craft Council, Surface Design Association SoCal Rep, and California Fibers.

Ben Cuevas (he/him/they/them) is an artist working in textiles, sculpture, installation, photography, video, sound and performance based in Los Angeles. His practice underscores queer/feminist ideologies with a focus on the condition of embodiment. As a queer, non-binary, HIV-positive, Latinx artist, identity directly influences his work, which he often uses to raise awareness highlighting the personal as political. Ben has exhibited around the country, is a prolific speaker and workshop facilitator and has been featured in numerous publications. Throughout its pluralities, his work reflects the condition of embodiment: exploring what it means to have a body, to inhabit a body, to be a body incarnated in and interacting with this world.

Recordings of Previous Talks

SDA Talks

All Textile Talks

The following is a playlist featuring all of the previous Textile Talks. Pressing play will begin the most current talk or you can click the hamburger button (icon of three horizontal lines) near the upper right of the video to select a specific video from the playlist.

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