Surface Design Association

Massachusetts & Rhode Island Chapter

Public Performances of The Unraveling by Adrienne Sloane


Please join Adrienne for a public performance of The Unraveling, supporting the continued hope that the Constitution remains strong and protective of our democracy, on February 2, 4-6pm at 13 Forest Gallery,  167A Massachusetts Ave,  Arlington, MA. The Unraveling will be on view there through February 8.


Following this,  The Unraveling will be on view at in the Statehouse office of  Sen. Will Brownsberger (Room 319) from February 10 – March 31, with another public unraveling on February 18th from 3-5PM.

Hope Takes Flight

Adrienne’s work is featured as the centerfold of the January/February issue of Artscope Magazine. Her piece, Hope Takes Flight, in the upcoming Threaded: Contemporary Fiber in New England exhibit at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown MA — reception Feruary 15, 2020,  3-5pm

Another piece, Marking Time, is showing at the Westbeth Gallery in NYC as part of The Gold Standard of Textile and Fiber Art, Reception February 5, 2020
Marking Time

Saberah Malik exhibits

Saberah Malik
Saberah will be exhibiting in the following shows as well as in Threaded: Contemporary Fiber Art in New England at the Mosesian Center for the Arts.


The opening for A Nerve is Not a Nerve but a Bundle of Fibers is: Jan 30, 5 – 7pm


a nerve email dates

Saberah’s piece below is part of the exhibit Excellence in Fibers V through  March 15th at the Muskegon Art Museum in Michigan.
Archiving the Forgotten Cinderellas copy

Diane Franklin exhibits

Diane Franklin’s piece, Homage to Rosalie G, is currently being shown at the Muskegon Museum of Art and is also in the Winter 2020 edition of Fiber Art Now as part of the Excellence in Fibers exhibit. This piece has also been accepted into the Artist as Quiltmaker exhibition, running from May 16 through July 26, 2020 at the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, in Oberlin, Ohio.

Joomchi: Practicing Gratitude – 3 Day Workshop April 3 – April 5, 2020

SDA member Ania Gilmore will be teaching a 3 day Joomchi: Practicing Gratitude workshop, April 3 – April 5, 2020 at the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society.

For more information and to register:



Spend the Day with SDA: Feb 15, 2020


The Mosesian Center for the Arts in partnership with the Surface Design Association present a winter regional exhibition titled Threaded: Contemporary Fiber in New England. This exhibition combines artwork from Surface Design Association members that reside in all 6 New England states (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island) in a narrative that presents a unique perspective on the artistic voices of our region.

The exhibition was juried by Beth McLaughlin, Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Fuller Craft Museum.

Exhibit Dates: February 6 – March 20, 2020

SPEND THE DAY WITH SDA & Opening Reception on Saturday 2/15/2020

This day-long event features networking, workshops, and a panel discussion with juror Beth McLaughlin. This event is open to all current members of the Surface Design Association. The day will conclude with an Opening Reception event that will be free and open to the public.

Cost: $20.00


10:00-10:30 am: Registration & Coffee
with Swatch Collection & Materials Swap*

10:30 am-12:00 pm: Small group mingle activities including:
Connect & Work Share

12:00-1:00 pm: Juried Pecha Kucha of NE Members. Selected presenters will give lightning talks in a storytelling format showing 20 slides for 20 seconds with commentary.

1:00-2:00 pm: BYO Brown Bag Lunch
Further networking
Ongoing Swatches & Materials Swap
Opportunity to tour the exhibit on your own

2-3:30 pm: Speaker & Panel
Welcome from MCA staff member
Comments by juror Beth McLaughlin, Curator, Fuller Craft Museum
Panel discussion followed by a Q&A

•  Sarah Parrish, Assistant Professor of Art History, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
•  Lissa Hunter, independent artist, Portland, ME
•  May Babcock, Interdisciplinary Paper Artist, Providence, RI

Panel topic: What trends and changes are occurring in the fiber art world? What do artists driven by concept bring to the field? How can artists driven by aesthetics and technique respond to their innovative direction? How can both types work together?

3:30-5:00 pm: Threaded Exhibition public reception

Charlotte Moore at Cambridge Public Library

SDA member Charlotte Moore has an exhibition coming up:

The Olive Trees are Weeping: Visions of Occupied Palestine through Fiber Art and Photographs
Cambridge Public Library, Central Square Branch
45 Pearl St. Cambridge, MA
February 1- 29, 2020
Opening reception at the library on Thursday, February 6, 6-8:30pm

Charlotte writes:

Over the last few years I have struggled to understand the Israeli/Palestinian conflict that has escalated to war and bloodshed.

I and my friend Eileen Caves will present our work at the Cambridge Public Library, Central Square during the month of February.

Eileen’s photographs document the time she spent volunteering in the Aida Palestinian Refugee Camp in Bethlehem. My series of felt art panels express my dismay over the events that continue to cause terrible suffering among the Palestinian people, as well as fear and anxiety among Israeli Jews.

CPL exhibit flyer

Fiber Workshops at the Mosesian Center for the Arts

The following fiber-related workshops will be offered at the Mosesian Center for the Arts and are contemporaneous with the Mosesian’s upcoming exhibit Threaded: Contemporary Fiber in New England (co-sponsored with SDA).

Artistic Embroidery
Draw with stitches, explore with thread. Participants delve into the world of hand embroidery in this course for new and experienced fiber artists. Draw inspiration from the Threaded exhibition on view in the Mosesian’s gallery spaces. Create works of rich colors and textures to combat the grey of winter. Participants experiment with stitches, composition, and fibers ranging from pearl cotton to Persian wool! Materials needed vary by student and will be addressed in class.
Tue Jan 14 – Mar 10, 6:30 – 9:00 pm (No class Feb 18)
Elise “The Comptoir” Benetreau

Coiled Containers
Explore coiled basketry in this fun and laid-back class. Students will work with recycled and sustainable materials. Create your own colorful and sturdy coiled bowls and baskets, both functional and decorative. This class will incorporate the use of traditional techniques to craft modern baskets and sculptures.
Wed Jan 15 – Mar 11, 9:30 – 12:00 pm (No class Feb 19)
Rosemary Glidden

The Felted Landscape
Fluffy hanks of wool rubbed together to create a unique background combine with more delicate colors to indicate details as participants conjure landscapes real and imagined. In addition to literal landscapes, participants explore the vast world of felting–experiencing needle felting, nuno felting, and traditional wet felting in this class that is sure to drive you wool wild! Materials list will be posted online prior to the start of class.
Thu Jan 16 – Mar 12, 6:30 – 9:00 pm (No class Feb 20)
Anna Kristina Goransson

Call for Entries: Silvermine Art Center, FIBER 2020

Call for Entries: Silvermine Art Center, FIBER 2020

Silvermine Art Center in New Canaan CT will be hosting a nationally juried Fiber Art Exhibit from April 4-May 12, 2020. There will be stimulating programming in conjunction with the show which will spotlight fiber art as an exciting contemporary art form.  Silvermine, soon to celebrate its 100th birthday, is a nationally renowned arts organization, hosting world class exhibits. The juror for this show is Beth McLaughlin who has held leadership and curatorial roles in the arts and museum fields for over 25 years and is currently the head curator for the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton MA. The deadline to apply is Feb 7, 2020. Details on the Silvermine Art Center website. Questions can be directed to the Gallery Director Roger Mudre.


SDA Online Exhibitions Call for Entries

SDA Online Exhibitions

Our Online Exhibitions feature the work of the Surface Design Association member community. This quarterly rotating exhibition invites an SDA member or group to curate an exhibition around a theme or topic.

The Winter 2020 online exhibition theme is Current Threads : Across centuries and generations, fiber complements a deeply human experience. It is a consistent presence in all communities and spans generations.

Curated by the SDA Membership Committee, Current Threads, will survey the broad range of materials and processes being utilized by SDA artists pursuing consistent ideas/themes over time. Our interest is to highlight the variety and breadth of practices within our community of makers.

Current Threads opens January 28, 2020. The deadline to submit work is January 17th. View this document to learn more.

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