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Surface Design Journal Spring 2015 Issue

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Surface Design Journal is a quarterly print publication that comes with membership in Surface Design Association. Its 80 pages are produced in full color and printed in the USA.

Each issue of SDA Journal is designed around a theme. It may focus on a technique, such as hand embroidery; a genre, as in mixed media; aesthetic directions, like soft sculpture; or a part of the world, such as Africa.

International in scope, articles focus on contemporary textile and fiber-based art and design - as realized through concept, process, and materials.

The goal of each Journal issue is to stimulate thought and inspiration.

During 2015 - a transitional year of restructuring for SDA - the Journal will be published 3 times with release dates in May, July and November. Quarterly publication schedule will resume in 2016

Questions about 2015 Journal publishing schedule may be sent to info [at] surfacedesign [dot] org.

Upcoming Journal Themes:
Wax & Fiber
Transforming Traditions

Read SDA Journal to stay informed about:

  • Trends & currents in textile art & design
  • Established & emerging artists via in-depth profiles
  • Hot topics via Interviews with makers, curators & collectors
  • Local, national, & international exhibitions via reviews
  • Latest work by SDA members via Exposure feature
  • Textile Arts education via Spotlight feature
  • New books about fashion, fiber, textile art & design via reviews
  • Conservation issues and concerns
  • History & evolution of the field via Legacy feature

SDA Buzz

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Surface Design Association

http://www.surfacedesign.orgWe/ are an int'l membership organization for everyone passionate about textile design, fiber arts, and new materials. Join us!

See outstanding works by winners of Li Edelkoort's first "Dorothy Waxman Textile Prize" created to bring attention to the importance of fabric in the design world:


We are wool wranglers, cotton commanders, and mixed media moguls. We invite you to join us:

Tate's post "Is it time we started noticing textiles as an artform?" causes an uproar. Care to weigh in? We did. Tell us, and tell Tate.

Timeline Photos
Is it time we started noticing textiles as an artform?

Nova Scotia-born painter discovers textile media to create "abstract works [that] complicate the painterly notion of surface, while reconsidering the concept of the handmade." (That's artspeak for "weaving"......)

Brent Wadden | Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery | NYC

SDA member Lanny Bergner's work gets some love:

Lanny Bergner « Zone One Arts
Lanny Bergner’s, art is a unique combination of mixed media, sculpture, fibre and basketry. His work simply leaves the viewer with the question. “How?”


SDA Member Jennie Frederick interviewed by The Kansas City Star about her life, her art career, her passions, and her home. We love seeing Surface Design Association artists make local, state, national, and international news!

Q&A: Textile artist and paper maker Jennie Frederick talks about her art and home

Congratulations to all 37 (!) Surface Design Association member artists who are part of QUILT NATIONAL 15!

SDA Members in Quilt National 15: Jill Ault, Astrid Hilger Bennett, Elizabeth Busch, Kim Eichler-Messmer, Randy Frost, Kathleen Loomis, Olga Norris, Judith Plotner, Daren Redman, Barbara Schneider, Ginny Smith, Hope Wilmarth, Janet Windsor, Carol Watkins, Diane Siebel, Karen Schulz, Wen Redmond, Sandra Poteet, Diane Nunez, Lorie McCown, Kristin LaFlamme, Harue Konishi, Jane Dunnewold, Kathleen Kastles, Judy Hooworth, Kate Gorman, Bonnie Bucknamm, Gail Baar, Deidre Adams, Margaret Anderson, Betty Busby, Helen Geglio, Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, Brigitte Kopp, Judy Langille, Maria Shell, Charlotte Ziebarth.

Quilt National ’15, the 19th int'l juried competition for new, innovative quilts will be on display May 23 – September 7, 2015 at The Dairy Barn Arts Center.

In the current WARP SPEED issue of Surface Design Journal, read about Margo Wolowiec’s fascinating process of gathering images from the Internet, then reappropriating and manipulating them in her #handwoven artworks. Her work bridges the divide between #technology and the #handmade. Get the Spring 2015 issue here:

We are weavers, dyers, dreamers. We are quilters, painters, thinkers. Open worldwide call to join our community:

Surface Design Association Journal Editor Marci Rae McDade (bottom row, 1st from left) at the European Textile Network conference in the Netherlands this month. The next ETN Conference will be in Böras, Sweden, in 2017.

European Textile Network - ETN

Some participants at the Conference of ETN in Leiden and last news. A new Board has been elected: President Lala de Dios (E), Secretary Andreas Selzer, (A), Treasurer Vibeke Vestby (N). Board members: Patricia Christy (UK), Elisabeth Brenner (S) and Christina Leitner.(A...

SDA Member Artist Kate Kretz has a solo show at Arlington Arts Center.

Arlington Arts Center Solo Exhibition
A show of various series from past few years. Included are new works marking a significant transition in my practice, the beginnings of a new, large body of work that I am very excited about, one that will consume me for the next year or so. Show closes on June 28th. Contact Karyn Miller at The Arli…

SDA Member Spotlight: Gwen Samuels (Santa Monica, CA, USA).
"As an artist, my life is made up of patterns that begin and end constantly reconfiguring allowing me to see in new ways. This idea of perspective is evident in my work. Close up single images are in repetition, combining photography and my background in textile design. Stepping back, the viewing changes, patterns merge supporting the whole object created."

John C. Campbell Folk School, which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, gets a great write up in Smoky Mountain News.

Over the hills and far away: Folk School bridges the essence of humanity

An #embroidery of the entire Wikipedia article on #MagnaCarta commissioned by the The Ruskin School of Art is now at the The British Library Library. Conceived by artist Cornelia Parker, much of the text was stitched by prisoners part of the Fine Cell Work social enterprise. Pictures and text were done by the Embroiderers' Guild, with help from Royal School of Needlework and Hand & Lock.

via University of Oxford


Meet These Makers & Get Socially Engaged at Surface Design Association's MADE/AWARE event:

We are artists. We are makers. We are groundbreakers and rule-breakers. Are you one of us? #SurfaceDesignOrg

Bjork's "mid-career survey" at MoMA (NYC) falls flat - but at least they tried:

Björk, a One-of-a-Kind Artist, Proves Elusive at MoMA

Background image by Daniella Woolf