Saturday, March 26, 2011

Reminder about the upcoming 2011 SDA conference

Many participants who have attended the conferences feel that it' has been one of the best experiences of being an SDA member. There are usually loads of exhibitions- an average of 20 - 30 of them. SDA is partnering with the Textile Center of Minnesota, which is a very cutting edge facility. There will be a fashion show, a vendor show, a DIY fair, and more, plus many speakers and events. Check out the following link on SDA's new website for more details: We also have a regional meet-and-greet which allows members in regional areas get to know one another! Do consider attending, the benefits are countless!

March Meeting of Austin Fiber Artists

 Japanese Textiles 101: Antique to Modern Japanese Textiles were presented by artist and  collector, Carola Pfau.  Carola will be shared some of her collection and creations with us.  A quic blurb from her bio:

 "It wasn’t so much that my interest in textiles began then but that later I had some appreciation of what truly unusual things she (a teacher)had done with us. "

 At 21 I left Germany for Japan to study Japanese.  Having always been an avid fleamarketeer I found my way to the Tokyo and Kyoto flea/antique markets being held at temples and shrines.  At that time in 1980 few Japanese were interested in old kimonos and used old futon covers.

 Well, I fell into fleamarket heaven the most unbelievably gorgeous colours and textures for close to no money which was great because of course I didnt have much money as a student.  That is when I began learning about Japanese textile design and techniques. From these early beginnings I developed an appreciation also for other folk textiles which never left me and although I didnt begin working full time with textiles until about 15 years ago I always bought, collected and played with my found treasures...I finally decided to do what I loved, and since then have been dealing in antique textiles.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Jean Shin Allbritton Lecture @ Baylor

 Ms. Shin is a nationally recognized artist known for her monumental installations that transform castoff materials into elegant expressions of identity and community. She creates evocative sculptural installations composed of everything from worn shoes and lost socks to broken umbrellas, discarded lottery tickets and LP records.

The Jean Shin Allbritton Art Institute Lecture is scheduled for March 23, 2011, 7 p.m., room 149, Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, Baylor University, Waco, TX. She works with recycling of materials and does installations with these collected and altered items, and will be speaking about her experience and processes.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Opening Reception for the Phoenix Art Group

Opening Reception: 
Friday, March 11, 2011 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Mixed Emotions Gallery
 95 Tuam St., Houston, TX 77006     Hrs: 9-5 M-F or by appointment 713-861-9666
Join another rising exhibition of The Phoenix Art Group as they explore the impact of family, travel and transforming the "ordinary" into extraordinary works of art. The group of six women artistsDonna Durbin, Deborah Horwitz, Rosella Fida, Marite Preti, Carol Scott and Sally Worthington express their personal vision in a variety of media including sculpture in bronze, papier mache and "found" materials, photography, collage, fiber, mixed media and paint.
Founded in 2002, the Phoenix Art Group is an international group of six women who represent North American as well as European and South American Cultures.  More work and artist contact information can be found at
Exhibition Dates: March 11-April 1, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011

FashionWare SXSW 2011

FashionWare SXSW
March 18,19 noon - 9
Both  A12, A13, A14

Technology, once the sole domain of a few, is now a part of everyday life. Fashion, is one of the final frontiers, and the scene is exploding.

FashionWare SXSW is an exhibition of visionary work by cutting-edge fashion designers who today are shaping the future of fashion. From "smart" fabrics to electronic-embedded outfits, these fashion pioneers are turning to technology to fashion a signature style. The results are extraordinary: a climate-aware dress that changes color outdoors; a flirty blue evening gown that reacts to the body's movement; a pair of cycling shoes that illuminates at night. 

The visionary ideas brought to life at FashionWare SXSW bring forth the emotional and soft side of technology without forgoing function.
Hi-tech clothing is no longer simply about performance: Technology is used to craft novel forms of self-expression and forge new experiences that connect people and ideas. 

Fashion today is a balancing act between high and low tech. In the past five years, the emerging field of wearable technology has matured from computers strapped awkwardly onto the body to fashionable garments that  seamlessly integrate technology with craft to create a new modern aesthetic. 

Come with us into the world of today's techno-ateliers and experience the re-imagining of the way we will dress in the years to come.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Silence Hurts: Opening Reception

 The Silence Hurts: Opening Reception
Time and Date : March 04 18:00-21:00
Location: The Croft Art Gallery, 712 Austin Avenue in Waco TX
Join the Croft Art Gallery in welcoming its exhibiting artist @ the opening reception for Rocio Ramirez Landoll’s exhibition, “The Silence Hurts (El Dolor del Silencio)”

Rocio’s fabric work addresses issues of violence around the world. From her Artist Statement: “I use pieces of silk to represent the bodies of those who have been abused. Each stitch is a protest against abuse.”

If you cannot make the reception, please feel free to stop during regular hours! (11-6, M-F)

The show will be on display through March 25th.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fashion on Main

American by Design: The 1950s
Friday, January 28th – March 25th 2011
Photos by Joe Barentine

Description: Fashion on Main is the current exhibition facility of the Texas Fashion Collection and is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of fashion history and current cultural topics. Established in the fall of 2006, Fashion on Main is engaged in educational and scholarly activities in conjunction with each exhibition.
The Texas Fashion Collection is operated as a non-profit enterprise by the University of North Texas through the College of Visual Arts and Design (CoVAD) and housed on the UNT campus in Denton. Since 1972, UNT and CoVAD have preserved and expanded the collection, which now includes more than 15,000 historic fashions and accessories. Fashion on Main is the first stage of the planned UNT Design Research Center at the Universities Center at Dallas, which will provide greatly expanded educational and cultural resources for the people of North Texas and the burgeoning design and business communities of Dallas and Fort Worth.

Hours: Noon to 5PM, Thursdays and Fridays.

Address: 1901 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201