2nd SDA EU conference in Tilburg

ECOVISION, the second meeting for the European membership of the Surface Design Association, will be presented by Karina van Vught (SDA EU representative) at Zijdelings (van Vught's textile design studio) and the AUDAX Textile Museum in Tilburg, Netherlands on the following dates.   

Pre-Conference Workshop (one):
Wednesday, October 19 - Thursday, October 20.
Fiber Study Tour: Thursday October 20.
Conference: Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011.
Design Academy Graduation Show
& Dutch Design Week: Sunday October 23. OPTIONAL
Post-Conference Workshops (two):
Wednesday October 26 - Thursday October 27.

The conference and accompanying events will provide a setting for textile artists, teachers and practitioners to meet in an informal way, and to share information under the umbrella of the Surface Design Association*.

Though initially set up for SDA members only, also non members may register against a slightly higher fee.

The theme is Ecovision, inspired by an issue of the Surface Design Journal, similarly titled.

The first day of the conference will be filled with inspiring lectures, including
Rosalie van Deursen - African Art ‘Cloth, Clothing and Identity',
Nan Groot Antink - Dyeing and Painting with Natural Colors,
Linda Hanssen - Okinawan Textiles from Local Natural Materials and Dyes,
Leentje van Hengel - Colour Discharge Printing with Natural Dye-extracts and their Lightfastness,
Anco Sneep - Rubia Natural Colours,
Frieda Sorber - Textile Printing, Old Techniques Revisited,
and Audax Textile Museum, i FABRIC. EUROPEAN TALENT, lecture followed
by exhibition visit, meet & greet and buffet dinner.
The second conference day will feature a trunk show and demonstrations by members including
Magie Relph (UK) - African Blue - a Hands-on Talk,
Eszter Bornemisza (Hungary) - 'Thread Traps' - a Recycling Technique,
Olga Prins (NL) - Upcycling Synthetic Fabrics: Cutting and Drawing with a Soldering Iron,
Emily Halvorsen (Norway) - Screen printing with Natural Dyes, and
Cherilyn Martin (NL-UK) - Encaustic Monotypes.

See website for more information on one pre-conference workshop, Fiber Study Tour, visit to Design Academy Graduation Show & Dutch Design Week, and two post-conference workshops.


*The Surface Design Association, an international 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.  Members include artists, designers, educators, curators, gallery owners, students, and textile enthusiasts from around the world. New members are invited to join at


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