Inspiration at the Surface Design Association Conference

The 2013 SDA conference was a terrific and inspiring program with artists on the cutting edge in their respective fields.  These are just three of my favorites.

Otto von Busch discussed his fashion hacktivism (check it out here).   He offered intriguing ways to subvert the ‘fashion industrial complex.’

Kim Bruning spoke about how she puts electronics into textiles.  One project she completed was a leather jacket for a blind woman that would sense objects within 30 inches and vibrated the collar so the wearer could discretely avoid a ‘collision.’  For info on how she works and DIY, click here.  

Another speaker was Janet Echelman, who has collaborated with computer graphic designers and textile manufacturers to create her gorgeous permanent outdoor textile sculptures.  She has a piece in Phoenix, and I plan to see it the next time I am in town.  A link to her TED talk is here.  

In addition to a phenomenal speakers program, several galleries around San Antonio featured some outstanding member work.  These are just a few of the pieces that caught my eye.  Which one is your favorite?

Residue #9 (Why I Wake Early) by Elise Deringer
Residue #9 (Why I Wake Early) by recent ASU MFA grad Elise Deringer. She pours thickened dyes into sheer ‘bags’ and then batches them.
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William Billy George from the Appalachian Center for Crafts submitted his piece ‘Secret’ to the juried student show. What you can’t quite make out are words written onto this paper before it was folded. It makes me want to take it apart….

 

'Duality' by SDA member Naomi Adams.  Wish I could figure out how she did this!
‘Duality’ by SDA member Naomi Adams. Wish I could figure out how she did this!
Natalya Aikens' Glass Bridge.  Wonderful use of thread and perspective in this piece, don't you think?
Natalya Aikens’ Glass Bridge. Wonderful use of thread and perspective in this piece, don’t you think?

Already planning for the next conference in Tulsa in 2015.  

 

 

 

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