Fashionable Fibers at the SDA Conference

Fashionable Fibers at the SDA Conference


Shibori fabric by Carter Smith (detail)

Fashion forward garments will hit the Twin Cities runway next month when the Surface Design Association and the Textile Center host "Confluence," the 2011 International Surface Design Association Conference.

One of the highlights of the biennial conference is its juried fashion show. This year's wearables exhibition, Bodies of Water, will be held June 11 at 7 p.m. at the Grainbelt Bottlehouse Atrium. The show features the designs of members and invited artists as well as apparel designer Carter Smith, who was chosen as the featured artist. Smith has spent 40 years creating his one-of-a-kind shibori fabric designs. The shibori technique involves applying layers of dyes to pleated and tied fabric, and we have a sneak peak of Smith's new work (above). Tickets are limited, but they can be purchased through the Textile Center Shop.

Attendees will have plenty of other activities to choose from throughout the conference including workshops, museum and gallery tours, the Merge and Flow members' exhibition, a DIY festival featuring local emerging artists, a screening of Faythe Levine's documentary Handmade Nation and Carolyn Kallenborn's documentary Woven Lives: Contemporary Textiles from Ancient Oaxacan Traditions, a trunk show, a vendor fair, and more.

To see a complete a schedule of conference events and find out how you can register, visit the Confluence homepage.