Wednesday, July 15, 2009

"Crossing Borders" European Surface Design Conference 22 – 24 October 2009

image from to Cherilyn Martin' s workshop TOTALLY TRANSFORMED


"Crossing Borders"
European Surface Design Conference
22 – 24 October 2009

Located at Studio Zijdelings and the Audax Textile Museum
Tilburg The Netherlands

Two textile workshops on October 22 will precede this two-day program of lectures and a museum tour on October 23 and 24. The events are organised by Surface Design Association (SDA) European representative Karina van Vught, also founder of Zijdelings textile workshop in Tilburg. This first-time event will provide a setting for textile artists, teachers and practitioners to meet and share information under the umbrella of SDA*.

Featured workshops:
Chinese Wax Knives,” a batik workshop led by Ria van Dijk at the Textile Museum.
Totally Transformed,” concerning new materials and non-wovens, led by Cherilyn Martin at Studio Zijdelings.

Six international lecturers, presenting in English:

Linda Colsh, American Art Quilter living in Belgium, speaking on Quilt Art in the US and Europe.
Els van Baarle, Dutch textile artist presenting on how to design - Inspiration: From Creative Spark to Piece of Art.
Biret Tavman, from Istanbul University in Turkey, lecturing on Turkish arts and crafts.
Brigitta Varadi, Hungarian artist living in Ireland, speaking on her recent felt project
Rita Trefois, Belgian master artist working in batik, will lecture about the Miao people in China.
Sanne Jansen, a young Dutch fashion designer, will report on her apprenticeship with Japanese fashion and textile designer Akira Minagawa.

image from to Cherilyn Martin' s workshop TOTALLY TRANSFORMED

Guided museum tour:

Audax Textile Museum fashion and textile exhibition of Japanese label "minä perhonen", along with a free visit to the museum's textile lab.

Other activities include a "meet and greet" during which members can briefly introduce themselves, a report about the recent SDA Conference which was held in the USA, and a show-and-tell with new fabric swatches from the SDA Swatch Library.

image from to Cherilyn Martin' s workshop TOTALLY TRANSFORMED

SDA Swatch Library: All European members (including non-attending members) are invited to contribute to a special European Fabric Swatch Library edition by sending a sample of their recent work to Zijdelings, Kapelstraat 93A, 5046 CL Tilburg, Netherlands, by October 1. Size of the swatch should be 30x30cm and must be labeled on the back with name, address, email, fiber content and technique. The swatches will be presented and discussed during the conference. After the conference this edition will be added to the already existing SDA Swatch Library, to be loaned to members and member groups.

Although this conference is being organized with Europeans in mind, it is open to any SDA member. New members are invited to join at .

To register please send an email to More information can be found at


Concurrent events in Holland include Dutch Design Week at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and “Gone with the Wind”, a Dutch fashion exhibition, in Enkhuizen (near Amsterdam) at The Zuiderzee Museum .


*The Surface Design Association (SDA), a non-profit organization since 1977, is dedicated to raising the level of excellence in surface design -- the coloring, patterning, and structuring of fiber and fabric -- by inspiring creativity and encouraging innovation through publications, exhibitions, conferences, and educational opportunities. The nearly 4000 members include artists, designers, educators, curators, gallery owners, students, and textile enthusiasts from around the world.

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Contacts: Della Reams, SDA P.R. Director,
Karina van Vught, Conference Organizer,


Oct. 15–17, 2009
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