Surface Design Association

Massachusetts & Rhode Island Chapter

Input Needed for “Family Secrets”

SDA member Michèle Fandel Bonner is working on a project about family secrets and seeks community input. She is looking for personal or family secrets represented in writing or as objects. They can be anonymous or not. The secrets will become part of her piece “Family Secrets” which will be included in the upcoming show Keeping Count at University Place in Cambridge, MA, March 28-April 29, 2019.
If you’d like to let secrets go, you can email Michèle at michelefbonner at She’ll give you her home address, and you can mail your piece to her, anonymously if you want. Please note that the secrets, in whatever form they take, must be lightweight as they will be safety pinned to cheese cloth. Let the secrets go!

Feb 2019 – Call for Entries!

Two call for entries are now live. Check them out and maybe apply!
 Beyond the Surface:
SDA Annual International Juried Members Exhibition –
Future Tense 2019:
Last year’s Future Tense exhibit can be seen in the Instagram account of the University of Missouri Fibers Program (MizzouFibers), which displayed last year’s Future Tense exhibit in November 2018:

Context: Language, Media and Medium at Fuller Craft Museum

Context: Language, Media and Medium, a juried exhibit by members of the MA/RI and the CT chapters of the Surface Design Association, continues its run at the Fuller Craft Museum until February 24, 2019. This collaborative project explores traditional, non-traditional, and contemporary practices of incorporating written language in textile-inspired art and design. It received an insightful review in Artscope magazine’s January/February 2019 edition, which you can read here.

Context: Language, Media and Medium
through Feb. 24, 2019
Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street
Brockton, MA 02301


Updates on Adrienne Sloane

I am pleased to announce that my work will be included in: Fiberart International 2019
May 31 – August 23, 2019

DeCordova presentation: Conversation and Crafts with Adrienne Sloane
Thursday, February 7, 5:30–7:30 pm

From Madame Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities onward, knitters have been incorporating the political into their stitches. Come hear how knitting is being used by contemporary artists to address issues such as war, climate change, and species preservation.

Fated Glory, my anti-war flag from 2010 has been accepted into the permanent collection of The Fuller Museum of Craft in Brockton.

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Nancy Crasco Exhibitions

Wedded to Art: Nancy and Ken Crasco
Gelatin plate prints, fiber and ceramics on view until February 4th
Faneuil Branch of the Boston Public Library
419 Faneuil Street , Brighton, MA 02135
Artist reception January 19, 2019

Art, Grief and the Land
Presented in conjunction with the January 2019 Curatorial Exhibit, Material Lamentations: Art, Grief, and the Land (Kathryn Schultz Gallery)
January 8 – February 2, 2019; Reception Friday, January 11, 2019
University Place Gallery, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


A fiber arts exhibition curated by the Umbrella Visual Arts Program
The Umbrella Community Arts Center,
40 Stow Street, Concord, MA
January 10 – February 28, 2019

Opening Reception, January 17, 5:30-7:30PM
Artist Roundtable, Wednesday February 6, 7:00-8:30PM

Migration includes works by many SDA members, including Kimberley Harding, Adrienne Sloane, Jodi Colella, Merril Comeau, Janet Kawada and Nancy Crasco.

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