fiber + fabric: art • craft • design

The Surface Design Association is an international community engaged in the creative exploration of fiber & fabric. Our mission is to promote awareness & appreciation of the textile arts. Through member-supported publications, exhibitions & conferences, we inspire creativity, encourage innovation, & advocate excellence.

What Does Surface Design Mean To You?

Surface Design refers to any process that gives structure, pattern, or color to fiber & fabric. These include spinning, felting, papermaking, weaving, knotting, netting, looping, dyeing, painting, stitching, cutting, piecing, printing, quilting, & embellishing.

What Does Surface Design Mean To You?

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Updated: 10/23/14
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Updated: 10/22/14

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Former SDA President's 2-part retrospective on now:


Textile innovator Jason Pollen has 30-year retrospective in KC, MO.
www.kansascity.com



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Hooray for Art Majors! Survey shows recent graduates find satisfying work + pay - but need more teaching & career management training:


That Arts Degree Is Paying Off
www.psmag.com



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Outstanding show of sculptural forms & extraordinary objects in textile media now on at Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, MA:


The New Textiles, 2014
mobilia-gallery.com



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Who knew? Knot expert Des Pawson runs a Museum of Knots in UK:


In Praise of the Humble Knot
tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com
They’re as old as humankind, used by practically every person on the planet every day - and under-appreciated.




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Mainstream artist Richard Tuttle references fabrics in "weave" + "textile" focus of his new show at Tate Modern/London - opening today, 10/14/14.


www.tate.org.uk
www.tate.org.uk



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Textiles go Nobel! Creator of Rugmark/Goodweave child-labor-free certification wins the big one:


Who is India’s Kailash Satyarthi, the other Nobel Peace Prize winner?
www.washingtonpost.com



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Love Japanese textiles? Get insider access via these annual tours led by SDA member Yoshiko Wada:


Slow Fiber Studios Tours of Japanese Textile Arts
www.surfacedesign.org



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Surfaces created by dissolving:


Meredith Woolnough’s Embroideries Mimic Delicate Forms of Nature
www.thisiscolossal.com



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It's contest season! Vote for SDA Member Kim Eichler-Messmer to help her win West Elm Small Business Grant, here: https://www.westelmlocalgrant.com/





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Vote until 10/13 for SDA Member Rowland Rickett's indigo textiles, a finalist in Martha Stewart's American Made contest:


Ricketts Indigo
www.marthastewart.com



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Basketry meets beekeeping in a functional sculpture:


The Sun Hive: Experimental Natural Beekeeping
milkwood.net



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Procion MX dyeing demystified, here:


Consult “Dyeing Alchemy” To Enhance Procion MX Dyeing
www.surfacedesign.org
Intimidated by complex math involved in dyeing fabric by weight to get consistent - and reproducible - results? Let Diane Franklin make it easy.




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Is this a widely-held sentiment?


New "Why I Quilt" Tee
teespring.com



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New grant opportunity for makers who create via socially engaged practices - like Otto Von Busch, show here:


SDA Socially Engaged Practices Grant
www.surfacedesign.org
New grant will be awarded to members who further SDA's educational mission by using their art & design skills and concepts to directly...




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Now in Boston: mainstream art world gets on board with importance of textile media in history of sculpture:


Fiber: Sculpture 1960-present
www.icaboston.org



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Georgia Rowswell is amoung several SDA members whose work is featured in this new survey with 800+ photos:


Textileart Around The World
www.textile-link.com



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SDA Member Debra Smith solo show now at Haw Contemporary in Kansas City, MO:


"Shifting Territory"...to unfamiliar places
www.pitch.com



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Felted fiberfill + sponges create a "cloud" with motion-triggered lightening & thunder - and streaming music. Who knew?


cloud.
www.richardclarkson.com



Women and Print: A Contemporary View at @SC_Williamson includes #SDAmember Paula Roland. Open now through Oct. 19th. http://ow.ly/BX8kW
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UK's Tom Hare uses basketry techniques to re-imagine a tree house:


Illuminated Woven Willow Tree House
www.thisiscolossal.com



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