Last week Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum announced the completion of their eighteen month endeavor to digitize their entire collection. This puts 200,000 items at your fingertips, ready to browse by tag, color, and designer name. Or can just while away an hour (or two, or eight!) clicking on "Random." Here are a few of our favorites, turned up in a quick browse of the site. We love the "Space Walk" design on the upper right; what current event would you memorialize as a surface pattern design?
At the Fashion and Textile Museum in London is a surface pattern designers dream! The exhibit explores Liberty’s impact on British fashion, from Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the 19th century, through Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the early 20th century, and the revival of these styles since the 1950s.
Liberty, the iconic London department store, is celebrating it's 140th anniversary this year. Over 150 garments, textiles and objects demonstrate Liberty’s strong relationships with designers since 1875, from Arthur Silver of Silver Studio to collaborations with Jean Muir, Cacharel, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood.
Surface pattern designer and blogger Modflowers has a lovely write up of her private viewing experience of the exhibit with no less a personage than Sarah Campbell! (Look for our upcoming book review of The Collier Campbell Archive) There are several up close photos of exhibits showing initial artists' sketches, alongside the finished designs on clothing. Talk about your ultimate Sketch Chronicle!
Is it too much to hope for an airplane ticket to London in our Christmas stocking?
My goal was to explore the idea of identity and what it means to live in a specific moment in history. If I had lived in a different time, who would I have been? Would I have looked the same? Would I have had the same personality? And, "going back in time," could I recreate the past accurately without being constrained by my own modern lens or by reducing the past to stereotypes? Could I truly recreate a look, an era, a MOOD that I have never experienced?
From 2500 entries nationwide, Wendy's was one of 43 selected finalists in the 2016 Smithsonian Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. The show will be displayed in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, March 2016 through March 2017, and will then go on to four other museums. If you have a chance to see the show do. We think Wendy admirably succeeded in evoking the character of each era represented, with even her apparent age shifting from image to image. Here are a few of our favorites from the series. To see more visit WendyArbeit.com.
This past July a few of our members spent a thoroughly enjoyable day learning some traditional Japanese fabric dying techniques with Ana Lisa Hedstrom, a well-re-known artist, whose textile work is in the permanent collections of many reputable museums.
These are the instructions for submitting artwork for our ReSource Hub booth at Surtex this year. Instructions and a link for submitting your artwork in a dedicated Google Drive folder are located in the Guild forums (accessible to guild members only.)
Our booth banners will feature member artwork. If you would like your work to be considered for use on the banners, here’s what to do:
(1) Each member may submit up to two separate pieces.
(2) Each piece should be submitted in full (preferably 17" x 22", no swatches) at 300 dpi. To do this, open your document in Photoshop and save it as a .pdf or .psd at 300 dpi.
One more note about how to label your files.
(1)Please label them Last_First_[name of piece]
(2) Please include your copyright notice on each, in a separate layer (to give us more options in creating the banners.)
(3) Please submit your work no later than May 1st.
[Due to booth size restraints, the steering committee will decide how many artwork pieces will be shown]
When your artwork is ready, you will find the link to the Surtex 2015 folder in the guild's forum pages (accessible only to guild members.)
You'll need to sign in with your Google account name to access the link if you're not already signed in, but once you sign in it will allow you into the folder. You may either drag your files into the folder or you may use the red button that says “New” and it will take you to File Upload. If you have trouble, you can e-mail your files to Jennifer Holbrook at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she'll put them in the folder for you.
Hope you're all having fun choosing which of your artworks to share in our Surtex booth!
We are also still welcoming donations for the booth this year.
Here's a little sneak peek of the Guild's Surtex booth.
Jill and Pamela are very pleased that Dayse Gagne, Kali Kurtz, Kim Cooper and Odessa Begay will be assisting them, and excited to meet the three East Coast ladies! Will you be there too? Please come introduce yourselves at our booth!
Thanks so much to all of you who have submitted artwork for our Surtex booth. But we need more! We've heard from several of you saying that you plan to submit art. The deadline of Wednesday, May 7th is fast approaching! So far nine people have submitted pieces, but we need at least 36 pieces for the show! If you have any trouble getting your artwork up, please email me at email@example.com, and I'll be glad to assist you.
Also, if you have a moment, we would like some testimonials from you about the Guild; these are for the booth display as well. For example: How has the guild helped you as a designer? Have you found opportunities as a result of your Designer Profile on this site? What do you get from the meetings, or webinars? How do you feel about the quality of the speakers? Please let us know in the comments below. And thank you.
And a huge thank you to all those who have contributed funds towards our Surtex endeavor! You are so appreciated! If you haven't donated yet, we are still accepting donations toward the cost of our booth at Surtex. Scroll down to the April 29th post for the Donations link.
Big news this week! The Surface Pattern Design Guild has been invited to take a booth at Surtex! Our booth will be in the ReSource Hub, alongside HP and Pantone, amongst others.
Our goal at the show:
And you can be involved too!
And lastly, we would like to send a very special thank you to Bill Cummings and Pat West for their contribution of $500.00 toward the cost of our booth! This is an amazing gift, and very appreciated!
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!
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pattern design related news, information, or tips to share? We want to hear from you!