Della Reams' creative and beautifully made scarf was a donation to SDA's most recent Silent Auction.Fourth Annual Silent Auction

The SDA Silent Auction is a great opportunity to showcase your work and to help SDA at the same time! Proceeds from the auction will be used to fund conference scholarships and SDA grants and awards, and to support the SDA contribution to the Craftsman's Emergency Relief Fund (CERF).

You can contribute artwork or other items and services to this fund-raising effort even if you are not attending the conference. For information, contact the Vice President of Development at vp-development [at] surfacedesign [dot] org. Watch for additional information in the eNews.

 Regional Meet & Greet

Meet fellow SDA members in your area! A box lunch will be served on Friday, June 10, in the Radisson Hotel meeting rooms where you can get to know other SDA members from your area of the country or your part of the world. Bring a small Show & Tell, or a 12”x12” swatch for the SDA Swatch Library. Regional information will be included on your name tag and registration form.

Student Networking Meeting

Amie Adelman (University of North Texas faculty), Denise Chacon (UNT then-undergraduate), Leisa Rich (UNT then-graduate student) gather at a recent conference.Learn about current student benefits SDA offers its members and join the Director of Education in a brainstorming session on how SDA and students can work together to create services and programs for the future. This meeting will take place during the Special Interest gatherings planned for Friday, June 10 at 5:00 p.m. Laura Sapelly, SDA’s Director of Education, will be conducting this meeting. For information, contact the Director of Education at education [at] surfacedesign [dot] org.

Membership Meeting

The membership meeting of the Surface Design Association will be held on June 11, 2011 at 10:30 am. Come see what’s new about SDA and share your ideas to help us grow. As in past years, there will be drawings for door prizes donated by fiber vendors and businesses.

Critiques/Portfolio Reviews

Special guest artists will be available for individual critiques and portfolio reviews during the conference. Limited spaces are available. Details and sign-up information are included with the conference confirmation materials. These sessions are scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11.

Ray Materson book signing, SDA Conference 2009. Photo courtesy of Astrid Hilger Bennett.SDA Members’ Book Sales

If you are an author and are registered for the conference, you may arrange to have your books for sale at the SDA book sales booth. No commission will be taken. For information, contact the Director of Membership at membership [at] surfacedesign [dot] org.


The SDA T-Shirt Revitalization Competition

SDA t-shirt SDA has been hoarding over 200 American Apparel super-soft black cotton t-shirts that are seeking new life. How would you like to join other members and revitalize these tired tees? Details can be found  here.

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How work pants met horse blankets in San Francisco Gold Rush era - and changed fashion.

Who Made Those Bluejeans?

Using yams & mud to dye silk cloth that was once more expensive than gold in China:

Kathrin Von Rechenberg's Tea Silk

At US Open, ball boys will be sporting RL wearable tech with conductive threads to monitor breathing & heart rate.:

Ralph Lauren to Introduce Wearable Technology

Classes in Textiles with Ann Morton this fall. Check out the scheduleat Paradise Valley CC in Phoenix.
The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents "Mother and Child Reunion" by Artist-in-Residence Kazumi Tanaka.
Craft in America Center presents "Body Conscious: Southern California Fiber" Aug 23 to Oct 25
#CallForEntry "Materials Hard and Soft" More information from Greater Denton Arts Council. Deadline is September 5th!
Turns out the mind needs to wander:

Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain
Vacation isn’t a luxury. Neither is daydreaming. Don’t skimp.

METHOD Announces Barbara De Pirro and Katie Miller in "Vorfreude".Now through August 23.
130 textile works will dance in Spanish breezes starting 8/14:

130 textile works will dance in Spanish breezes starting 8/14:

Art al Vent XI
International exposition of contemporary textile art hangs from balconies of Gata de Gorgos, Spain

Contextile biennial, now on in Portugal, awarded honorable mentions to SDA members Amanda Salm & April Dauscha. Congrats!

Contextile 2014 Awards
Acquisition Prize went to "Naturaleza Desdoblada" by Mexican artist Miriam Medrez.

Fiber Program's Dye Garden at U of N Texas gets some love in Hand/Eye:

The UNT Natural Dye Garden

SDA Members make textile design history by contributing their explorations & experiments via 12" x 12" swatch. Join us!

SDA Swatch Collection: A Textile Arts Resource

SDA Journal Editor Marci McDade curated "Fail-Safe: Discomforts Close to Home" exhibition now on at Hap Gallery, PDX:

SDA Journal Editor Marci McDade curated "Fail-Safe: Discomforts Close to Home" exhibition now on at Hap Gallery, PDX:

Malian-born artist-designer Aboubakar Fofana champions natural indigo in NYC:

Reviving a Dyeing Technique

Lift Every Voice and Sing: The Quilts of Gwendolyn Ann Magee on display at Gatewood Gallery UofNC Sept 11- Nov 8.
Wrapping with crochet is not a new idea, but wrapping another maker's work with it is well done here by Portugal's Joana Vasconcelos (of Venice Biennale fame):

Ceramic Animal & Insect Sculptures Wrapped in Crochet

Help The Lake Chapala Projects stitch a river! Submit a swatch and be a part of this SDA member's project!
Background image by Elin Noble