Surface Design Association

Massachusetts & Rhode Island Chapter



Amanda McCavour: Experimental Surfaces Workshop

24_Amanda-McCavour_Compound-TangleAmanda McCavour:
Experimental Surfaces
March 10-11, 10am-4pm

Experimental Surfaces: Machine Stitching, Water Soluble Stabilizer and Unexpected Materials.

This workshop will focus on constructing dynamic, textured, mixed media surfaces with machine embroidery and Sulky® water soluble stabilizers. We will explore the use of 3 different types of water soluble stabilizer to discover create textile structures with stitch. Students will be encouraged to experiment with an assortment of materials like plastics, papers, and yarns to create a variety of samples exploring different texture and color combinations with a variety of stabilizers.

Limited space available, register today!

Learn more about Amanda

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Kristina Goransson & others in “Fiber and Glass”

Fiber and Glass

Bristol Art Museum
On View February 9th  – March 25th, 2018  

Artist Reception Friday February 9th, 6-8pm

Anastasia Azure  |  Chris Belleau  |  Leigh Craven  Robyn Daniel  |  Anna Kristina Goransson
Susan Hardy  | 
Mariko Kusumoto |  Helen Lee
Lilli M | Arlene McGonagle  |  Elin Noble
Lois Russell  |  Maya Tavares Cordeiro  |  Gayle White

Saberah Malik: Measurement of a Dream

PDF: Measurement of a Dream



Skins and Skeletons: Workshops with Mo Kelman

I’m very happy to announce upcoming workshops for 2018.  Please feel free to be in touch with me if you have any questions.  And feel free to forward this info to others who may be interested.

My best wishes to you for a year filled with happiness and creative ventures,


Skins and Skeletons: 3D Textile Constructions

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In this experimental workshop, Skins and Skeletons, participants will first learn methods for building skeletal structures with rigid and semi-rigid materials like reed, rattan, bamboo, wood, and wire.  Methods will include various lashing techniques, chaotic plaiting, and wire construction processes.

Next, we’ll cover a broad array of approaches for building skins onto these structures using gut, rice papers, elastic fabrics, and nets.  Media to further modify these “skins,” such as wax, polymers and a graphite/shellac paint will be presented.

Participants will produce a series of experimental samples that will become prototypes for future studio work.  Students will be challenged with a variety of construction exercises that will lead to a final sculptural project.

PowerPoint presentations will provide inspiration and background on artists, designers and architects who utilize a skin and skeleton approach.

July 20 – 24

Peters Valley School of Craft     Layton, NJ, in the Delaware Water Gap Natonal Recreation Area

September  5 – 8

Zijdelings      Tilburg, Netherlands

(This workshop is full.  Please contact Karina van Vught at Zijdelings to be placed on a waiting list:

September 30 – October 6

Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program     Williamsburg, MA, in the Berkshires

November 7 – 11

Maiwa School of Textiles     Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Sprang Skins and 3D Textile Constructions

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Sprang is an ancient method of constructing a netlike fabric that is extremely elastic in all directions.  It is constructed entirely from warp threads, the vertical threads on a loom.  As threads are interlinked at the midpoint of the warp, the netlike construction grows, simultaneously, at both the top and bottom ends of the warp.

This elastic netlike fabric lends itself beautifully to becoming a skin on three-dimensional skeletal structures.  Methods for attaching the sprang skin to structures, and for further embellishing the skins with paper pulp, wax, and stiffeners will be demonstrated.

Each student will construct a sprang loom from simple materials that can be rolled up and transported as a small, cylindrical package.  Students will learn basic sprang interlacing methods as well as variations that can be developed into lacelike patterns.

September 9     (one-day workshop)

Zijdelings Tilburg, Netherlands

Mo Kelman is a sculptor, fiber artist, and professor emeritus of Art at the Community College of Rhode Island. Her artworks, which are both engineered and organic, combine membrane-like materials with lashed skeletal structures. Current artworks are inspired by ephemeral forms, such as clouds, steam and smoke rings. A recipient of a U.S. National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Mo Kelman has exhibited her work at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s May Show; the British Crafts Centre; Korea’s Cheongju International Craft Biennale; the International Shibori Symposia in Nagoya, Japan and Hong Kong; Brown University’s Bell Gallery in Rhode Island; and the Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts. She is a recipient of a 2012 Artist’s Fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.


Revolution in the Making: The Pussyhat Project

Revolution in the Making: The Pussyhat Project opened last weekend at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA. This exhibit is on display through May 20, 2018.

Member Robin Bergman has shared these photos from the opening reception and the following comments:

“One of my hats is in the Fuller Museum Pussy Hat show and there’s also a Threads of Resistance Show there as well. (my hat is on the wall on the left and another on Amy’s head in the photo below.) Also some random photos from Adrienne [Sloane]’s unraveling of the flag, the Craftivism panel Sunday at the museum, Threads of Resistance exhibit, etc.”

More about the show:

One of the founders of the Pussy Hat project is also speaking again this Wednesday night in Arlington, “Age of Craftivism: Meet Jayna Zweiman, Pussy Hat Project founder”, Arlington Town Hall.

“A Woman’s Place” – Eight members participating!



Belmont Gallery of Art
Town Hall Complex
Homer Municipal Building
19 Moore St, 3rd floor
Belmont Center, MA 02478

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