Conference and Competitions

Surface Design Association
Three competitions for 2009 and the 15th semi-annual SDA Conference, “Off the Grid“, which will take place in Kansas City, MO, May 28th-31st, 2009.

The competitions:
“Textile Fusion: An interactive Fashion Performance” at the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum. The entry deadline is Feb. 1, 2009.

“Surface Matters” SDA members show at the Belger Art Center. The entry deadline is March 1, 2009.

“Points of Departure” student show at the Hilliard Gallery in the Crossroads Art District, entry deadline March 1, 2009.

Exhibitions, lectures, meetings and workshops. Pre- and post-conference workshops will occur May 23-25th, and June 1-5th. Some topics include woven imagery, bead embroidery, over-dying, layering, digital textile design, and many more to be announced.

Conference Chair Carolyn Kallenborn explains the conference theme, “Patterns in our life and in our work often develop and repeat in a regular manner, and then something unexpected happens. Something shifts slightly and the pattern and rhythm become radically new. It is in those moments of unexpected change that great possibility exists. We shift. We transform. We go ‘off the grid’ aesthetically, conceptually, or environmentally. In this conference we will concentrate on how we can seek those points of departure and together, go ‘off the grid’.”
The Surface Design Association is dedicated to raising the level of excellence in surface design — the coloring, patterning, and structuring of fiber and fabric — by inspiring creativity and encouraging innovation through publications, exhibitions, conferences, and educational opportunities. Contact: Kathy Dowell, SDA 2009 Conference Coordinator
(816) 471-2115

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