Fibers Area represented at Surface Design Association Conference
Caroline Worrell presents "Intuitive Crochet" at the Surface Design Association Conference

Caroline Worrell presents "Intuitive Crochet" at the Surface Design Association Conference

The Surface Design Association is an international organization focused on inspiring creativity, encouraging innovation, and advocating for artistic excellence as the global leader in textile-inspired art and design. This year’s biennial conference, was held in St Louis, MO, October 3-6.

Caroline Worrell (BFA Studio Art, 2020) presented an illustrated artist’s talk, Intuitive Crochet, during the 10 x 20: PechaKucha-style Member Presentations. Worrell was also awarded one of four 2019 SDA student scholarships to attend the conference.

Andrea Vail, part-time faculty in the Department of Art, was featured as a panel moderator and exhibitor. Vail facilitated Figuring It Out: Truths of Being Successful with panelists Alicia Decker, Catherine Reinhart, and Rena Wood. The conversation focused on the multitude of paths available to both new and longtime textiles and fibers artists as well as navigating the successes and challenges of creating within the field. Additionally, Vail’s Collecting Pile (Horizon 1/3, 2/3, 3/3) was exhibited in “Teach/Taught: Fiber Art Educators” at Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery, St. Louis Community College at Meramec, St. Louis, MO.

Caroline Worrell's "The World is Our Household, Let's Take Care of It"

Caroline Worrell, "The World Is Our Household, Let’s Take Care of It", 2019, Intuitive Crochet, 100% linen thread

Andrea Vail "COLLECTING PILE (Horizon 2 / 3)"

Andrea Vail "COLLECTING PILE (Horizon 2 / 3)", detail, 2018, Fabric, donated objects, 77” x 4.25” x 25.5”