I've only recently begun to peruse the Uppercase blog on a daily basis, so I missed the submissions call for their surface pattern design guide. That doesn't mean we have to miss their Surface Pattern Design special though! One hundred artists will be featured, including Jessica Nielsen, Nadia Hassan and Elizabeth Olwen. No. 21 is due to arrive on shelves and in mailboxes in April. If you made a submission, we'd love to hear about it. Meanwhile, to make up for my oversight, please enjoy this awesomeness!
The call for our next FEATURED MEMBER is on!
Is it YOUR turn for some exposure?
The SPDG Featured Member program is a promotion in which we display examples of a member's surface pattern design work throughout our web site in the header along with a credit and link to his/her online portfolio or personal web site. We also dedicate a page on the site to further spotlight him or her, including additional samples of work and an interview.
If you would like us to include your name in our drawing, please reply in the comments section of this blog post by Wednesday, February 26th, 2:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. We will select at random from the list of entries and announce the lucky winner later that day on the blog.
In order to qualify for this promotion, you must be a member of SPDG and you need to provide a minimum of 8 different digital images of your surface pattern design work for us to build your feature. If selected, you will be contacted with further information and instructions. Please do not apply if you have been the Featured Member in the past twelve months; your turn will come around again!
Being the SPDG Featured Member is a wonderful way to gain exposure for you and your work.
Let us help promote you!
Textiles: The Art of Mankind, Mary Shoeser
1,058 color illustrations
Thames & Hudson Publishers 2012
Author Mary Schoeser is a world-renowned textile expert and author of several books. Her scholarly experience and love for textiles shine as she takes the reader on a journey that explores human invention and ingenuity, from the earliest fiber arts to printed fabrics, from handmade to machine-made. The book is like a tapestry itself, in terms of its presentation, elegance, and richness of story and color.
Contemporary and historic data correspond cleverly to the way the book has been arranged in six chapters: “Impact”, “Ingredients”, “Structure”, “Surface”, “Added Dimensions”, and “Imagery”, each chapter accompanied by a wealth of gorgeous color plates. It is important to note that the book is not presented in a chronological manner. Contemporary textiles and historic textiles appear together to highlight similar skills and themes, whether made by hand or by machine. This is a wonderful approach that brings a whole world view of textile arts that illustrates the complete human experience, and shows how different cultures and needs have influenced each other. The approach makes surface pattern designers like us appreciate our roots in the spectrum of textile arts.
The section called “Painting and Printing”(found in the chapter called “Surface”) addresses the evolution of surface design. Schoeser discusses the earliest known uses of dyes and inks and their development over time, as well as the beginning uses of marking with pigment—with a finger, brush, stamp, or stick. Innovations in printing technologies throughout history are discussed, including how freelance printed-textile designers were being used by the 1930’s. Examples of surface pattern design appear throughout the book.
Overall, “Textiles: The Art of Mankind” is an informational and visual treat, a must have for anyone interested in the development of textile arts throughout human history. This book is a joyful, inspiring read and candy for the eyes.
-Jennifer Holbrook and Ben Corrales
Next SPDG Meeting
Thursday, February 13, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Finnish Hall in Berkeley
Please join us for our next meeting with guest speaker Ivy Moya, owner of Ivy Moya Fine Textiles in downtown Oakland. This should be an informative evening as Ivy brings us her perspective from inside the fashion industry. Her business provides textiles from Robert Kaufman, Zentex and Exotic Silks to her clients, apparel manufacturers, who are constantly working to identify next years' trends. She'll speak about what her customers want, what trends she sees ahead, and the relevance of collections. We hope to see you there!
The East Bay Modern Quilt Guild presents Stitch Modern 2014, now through February 23rd. The Piedmont Center for the Arts hosts this annual show. The quilts are available to view during regular gallery hours, with special events scheduled throughout the exhibit. Our own Kim Andersson leads a panel discussion on February 8th entitled Beyond the Bed: Exploring Quilts in the Public Eye. Meanwhile, SPDG member and Andover designer Carol Van Zandt also has a quilt on view. There promises to be inspiration galore!
San Francisco Bay Area members of the Surface Pattern Design Guild may want to jet on over to the Design Center in San Francisco for Design San Francisco 2014, an annual event taking place this year on February 4th through 7th.
There will be speakers on a variety of topics. Zinc Textile will share the inspiration behind their new collections. Also included are textile designers Nomi Franklin and Seema Kirsh. Meanwhile Benjamin Moore will present Color Trends 2014. Another promising presentation is on Protecting Original Design: What Every Designer Needs to Know About Patent Law. While many of the speaker events require advance registration, these dates still promise many exhibits to be explored as a guest of the Design Center.
If you attend any of the Design San Francisco 2014 Events, we’d love to hear what speakers and seminars wowed you, and what you learned.
Please join us for our February 13th meeting at 7:00 P.M. with guest speaker Ivy Moya, owner of Ivy Moya Fine Textiles in downtown Oakland. This should be an informative evening as Ivy brings us her perspective from inside the fashion industry. Her business provides textiles to apparel manufacturers, who are constantly working to identify next years' trends. She'll speak about what her customers want, what trends she sees ahead, and the relevance of collections. We hope to see you there!
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