Susanna Bauer "Moon XXX" detail

“Marigolds & Unicorns” Surface Design Journal Out Now!

Surface Design Association is excited to announce “Marigolds & Unicorns,” our Winter 2019 edition of Surface Design Journal! This Journal features imagery and articles all focusing on plants and animals represented in textile art. “Humans, out of necessity and desire, have cultivated a (mostly) symbiotic relationship with the flora and fauna that cohabitate this planet. If we look to our past, it would be difficult to find an art historical period that wasn’t filled with imagery of the plants and animals in a particular landscape.” – Elizabeth Kozlowski, SDJ Editor

Here’s a preview of what you’ll discover:

1) “Art of Susanna Bauer” by Mike Holmes looks at the meticulously crocheted leaves Bauer creates with insights into her studio practice and material choices. 

Susanna Bauer Aligning (side view) 2016, magnolia leaves, cotton thread, crocheted, 13.5′′ x 10.5′′ x 2.75′′. Photo:

2) “Mythologies of the Pale Rook” by Keira Brown features work by Scottish artist Johanna Flanagan, who began creating textile dolls four years ago while living in Norway.

Johanna Flanagan Fledgling Doll 2019, salvaged silk, cotton, linen, 7.5′′ x 3′′ x 2.5′′.

3) “Douglas Baulos: Surviving the Wreckage of Everything” by elizabet elliott explores how Baulos utilizes craft and folk traditions in paper and book making, ceramics, weaving, and more to create site-specific installations, wall collage, and assemblages.

Douglas Pierre Baulos Urban Wild (installation detail) Kitsune Mountain 2017. Alabama Contemporary Art Center. Photo by the artist.

4) “Ruth Jones: Tapestry Artist and Interpreter of the Mystical Unicorn” by Angela Clarke spotlights the tapestry artist who interprets early Flemish and Aubusson traditions to create work that is deeply personal and critical of society.

Ruth Jones Rest and Be Thankful, wool, hand- woven tapestry, 29′′ x 44′′. Photo: Skooker Broome.

5) Exposure features a  gallery of SDA’s Massachusetts/Rhode Island Regional Group member’s work, all of which met with SDJ’s Managing Editor, Lauren Sinner, over the summer for a wonderful series of studio visits and chats.

Ania Gilmore Released to Joy 2015, Korean mulberry paper, thread, Joomchi paper-making technique, 18′′.

6) Made Aware by Bethany Taylor tells her story of delicately interconnected ecologies—full of interaction, loss and constant change—as humans tragically and belligerently progress into a man-made mass extinction. 

Bethany Taylor Unraveling Ecologies; River Unraveled (detail) 2016, fiber-based drawing.

7) In the Studio by Carol Eckert features her project Memento Mori, a series of dead birds from all over the world, coiled from cotton and linen. 

Carol Eckert Memento Mori: 100 Dead Birds Project 2019, cotton, linen, wire, dimensions vary.

8) Informed Voices: “Flora and Fauna Motifs in Scandinavian Knitting” by Eva Zethraeus and Anna Bauer looks at the lesser-know, but equally important, Scandinavian knitting patterns of plants and animals.

Eva Zethraues and Anna Bauer The Bjärbo, pattern from Halland, Sweden, wool, knitted.

9) Curatorial Perspectives: “Flora and Fiber in the Collection of the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts” by Keidra Daniels Navaroli looks at how shifting perspectives on art, craft, and design within curating and collections changes over the years.

Haori, Japan, c. 1920–30s, cotton exterior, heavy weave, hand painted, dip dyed, silk interior, 40.25′′ x 47.25′′. Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Tech, Melbourne, Florida. Gift of Jane Francoeur.

10) Fiber In Film: “Craft in America: QUILTS” reviewed by Leora Lutz previews the episode (coming out December 27th, 2019) that features stunning historical and modern quilts and, includes Susan Hudson, Michael A. Cummings, Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Judith Content.

Susan Hudson at her sewing machine. Photo: Lissa Claffey.

11) In Print: “The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good” by Betsy Greer reviews the book that teaches you how to feel more in control about what you own.

12) In Review: features both “Where Were you at Night” reviewed by Janis Jefferies and “America Weaves” review by Erin Thurlow

Stella Bernal de Parra Mi cristiano 1973, virgin and processed wool, 86.5′′ x 47.25′′. Courtesy of the artist and Ideobox Artspace.

To buy a copy of “Marigolds & Unicorns,” go to the SDA Online Store, or you can check out a free digital sample on our SDA Journal page.


  • Janet M Daniels says

    December 28, 2019 at 8:22 am

    How do I get the magazines or journals?

    • Lauren Sinner says

      January 2, 2020 at 1:58 pm

      Hello Janet! You can get the Journals 2 ways: 1) Become an SDA member and receive all 4 yearly Journals: 2) Buy individual Journals from our online store:

  • Мtorgan says

    June 6, 2020 at 1:51 am

    Vander Sluis’ work will be part of the Surface Design Association (SDA)’s “Current Threads” Online Exhibition, which opens January 28 and runs through May. Images from this curated collection will be posted to the SDA Instagram and Facebook accounts.

  • tommalafarina says

    August 6, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Vander Sluis’ work will be part of the Surface Design Association (SDA)’s “Current Threads” Online Exhibition, which opens January 28 and runs through May. Images from this curated collection will be posted to the SDA Instagram and Facebook accounts.

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