Surface Design Association

Massachusetts & Rhode Island Chapter

Call for Entries: 16th International Triennial of Tapestry, Poland

Call for Entries: 16th International Triennial of Tapestry at the Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź, Poland. In an effort to refresh the show and make it accessible to more artists around the world, this 2019 event will be an open juried competition. This year’s show has a theme: Breaching Borders.

The exhibition takes place in Poland and opens October 5, 2019.

The deadline for applications is November 30, 2018. Please note that the deadline indicates a specific time to submit (and obviously that there’s a time difference in communicating with Poland if you’re based in North America).

Please see the 16th Tapestry Triennial Regulations for this show. Artists may each submit one work. This is a great opportunity to present the ideas of the North American fiber community on the world stage.


Ava Chan’s 2018 Holiday Craft Fairs

SDA member Ava Chan will be hawking her handmade felt scarves, capes and hats at the following holiday fairs:

JP Crafts Fair  Saturday, December 1st 11am – 5pm; First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St. Jamaica Plain MA 02130

Dickens Holiday Festival, Sunday, December 9, 10am – 4pm;  Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, Waltham, MA

Somerville Flea Holiday Market, Sunday, December 16, 10am – 5pm;  Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA

Kimberley Harding Exhibits

SDA member Kimberley has a piece called “Isolation” in the Belmont Gallery of Art/Belmont Library exhibit “Monster Misunderstood,” running through Nov. 17, 2018.

She also has a piece called “Joys and Sorrows” in the “No Place Like Home” exhibit coming up at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown. The show runs Nov. 9, 2018 to Jan. 11, 2019.

Call for Entry: “Twisting Fibers–An Art for All Reasons”

Call for Entry: “Twisting Fibers–An Art for All Reasons”
Registration Deadline: January 11, 2019
Notification of Acceptance: On or before February 1, 2019 via email. No inquires please. All decisions are final.
Exhibition: Friday, March 8, 2019 – Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Click here — Exhibition 3 – Fiber Proposal v5a is the full prospectus in PDF format

An Open Juried National Exhibition
Sponsored by Art League Rhode Island
Exhibition Location: Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and adjacent Gallery 175, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860

Twisting Fibers into string is as old as humanity and has contributed to the survival of our species in similarly important ways as food itself. Using our hands in the creation of fiber products is akin of early mark making. Industrialization and its inexpensive mass production have nearly eradicated these fundamental expressions of human evolution. Handwork together with hand writing are losing their relevance as our hands are trapped at keyboards and on screens. Nevertheless, fiber art has gained renewed interest, and as much as it is a remnant of the past it is claiming its place in the future as a mindful creative process practiced by most diverse communities and individuals all over the world.

As time itself has become one of the hottest commodities of the 21st century, the labor intense and time consuming nature of handwork stands in stark contrast to the increasing rush that consumes so many of today’s industrialized societies. This imbues handwork with a new value. We can see in a handmade object that time slowed down, which in turn creates a sense of restorative pause. We enter a world where the process cannot be rushed or forced but where the maker had to submit to the inherent nature of handwork, a meditative creative process integrating body, soul and spirit.

“Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.” Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969), 34th President, USA

For the purposes of this proposal, all work must include either fiber in content or be executed with at least one fiber process or technique. Fibers include media like paper, shredded plastic shopping bags, bamboo, reeds, telephone wire, simple metal wire and fruit skins. Processes include sewing, knitting, knotting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, felting and basketry. We encourage the use of technology, slow cloth, traditional or non-traditional materials, and eco-friendly materials in the creation of entries, but no perishable organic material.

Click here — Exhibition 3 – Fiber Proposal v5a is the full prospectus in PDF format


Saberah Malik Exhibits

Saberah Malik will exhibit Stories from My Story at Project Space, 93 Mathewson St, which is part of the AS220 Galleries, 115 Empire St, Providence RI 02903, through October 27, 2018. Hours are Wed – Fri 1 – 6pm, Sat 12 – 5pm and by appointment.

Saberah also has an installation in the More Than My Religion exhibit at the Atrium Gallery, One Capital Hill, Providence RI. A reception for More Than My Religion will be held Thursday, Oct 18, 2018, 6:00 – 8:30pm.

Saberah says, “I was privileged to be invited to create an installation for the third ‘More Than My Religion’ exhibition on two large glass paneled walls with two rows of five panels on each wall; each panel measures 54”H x 55.5”W. The work is immersion dyed itajime shibori on cotton organdy, with digitally printed ‘calligraphic scribbles’ on silk organza.”

About the exhibit: “The power of art transcends the boundaries of language, culture, nationality and faith. More Than My Religion is an art exhibition that highlights a range of styles and subject matter while pursuing community outreach on behalf of the American Muslim Community. By showcasing local and named artists, we seek to separate the media image of Muslims as defined by acts of violence around the world, to the day to day reality of Muslims as peace loving, forward looking and contributing members of society. More Than My Religion presents an enlightened perspective on shared values of community, life and co-existence across people of different backgrounds”.

Below: Saberah’s work in More Than My Religion

Passage West_ west wall view

Passage West_north wall view

Carol Anne Gotrian Workshop: Nov 11 & Dec 1

Carol Anne has a new class offering—Stitched Shibori and her Soul Mate Indigo on November 11 and December 1 at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA.

This is a two-session opportunity to explore a Japanese slow stitch tradition found among the many techniques of shibori, an ancestor to tie-dye. Seemingly endless patterns are created by hand sewing and gathering threads tightly. After dyeing, the stitches are removed to reveal an amazing diversity of subtle patterns. Ancient indigo is the perfect dye for stitched shibori.

The first day we’ll learn basic techniques and then experiment with lots of variations. The interval between classes will give students time for “homework,” i.e. preparing stitched shibori for dyeing.  We’ll dye a test sample on the first day, but the main focus of the second day, will be the indigo vats, though students are welcome to spend time with shibori techniques as well.

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