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: http://www.surfacedesign.org/conference/2011-international-surface-design-association-conference. 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!