My long-time desire to forge meaningful connections among fiber artists led me to take on the job of NYS rep for the Surface Design Association two years ago.
I’ve been working on program ideas that could increase interest in SDA membership. On Saturday, September 11, SDA New York successfully launched a pilot program, “SDA at SU Fiber Lovers Day” at Syracuse University that was open to all who were interested in attending.
Partnering with the wonderful Eileen Gosson on the Surface Pattern Design faculty, we planned a day packed with tours, exhibits and presentations.
Mary Giehl, faculty, chats with the group about the fiber program in the SU surface design classroom.
Illuminated weaving by SU undergrad Elin Sandberg.
MFA student Holland Webster gave a brief talk about this installation, which she and a fellow grad student completed over the summer, based on a study of pods and pod shapes, for the 150 foot hallway of the Shaffer Building.
Installation detail. The student work was inspiring.
After a break for lunch, presentations in the afternoon included grad students Jooyoung Ha, Caitlin Foley and Holland Webster and SU Fiber and Surface pattern Design faculty Sarah Saulson, Anne Cofer, Mary Giehl and Eileen Gosson. Jan Navales, shown here, a local artist, also spoke about making a living in fiber art.
We closed the day with attendees introducing their work, then enjoyed the reception and opening for “”Pliable Planes: Cloth and Beyond” at the Warehouse Gallery.
It was an exceptional day. Wish you could have joined us!