"Loose Threads," Laura Thomas

Surface Design Journal: A Window into the World of Contemporary Fiber Art for 40 Years


The Surface Design Journal is a quarterly print publication bringing the world of contemporary fiber arts to your fingertips. International in scope, articles focus on contemporary textile and fiber-based art and design as realized through a breathtaking array of concepts, applications, processes, and materials. The Journal strives to delve deeply into the latest trends, expand existing knowledge about techniques or applications, and inspire readers in the studio and beyond.



Each issue of the Journal brings you:

"Where Is My Allegiance," Susan Stover, 2015

“Where Is My Allegiance,” Susan Stover, 2015

  • Current trends in textile art and design
  • In-depth Profiles of established and emerging artists
  • Hot topics and interviews with makers, curators, and collectors
  • Reviews of local, national, and international exhibitions
  • Recent work by SDA members in the Exposure feature
  • Textile Arts education in the Spotlight feature
  • New books about fashion, fiber, textile art, and design

Available in print and digital editions, the Surface Design Journal is included with every membership to the Surface Design Association.


Digital Journal 


SDA offers digital versions of the Journal with bonus videos + links unavailable in the print exclusively available in the digital edition – as well as digital exhibition catalogues as a member benefit.  You can view the digital edition from the Surface Design App (iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle) or from your browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox).

View Spring 2016 SAMPLE

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"Tippy Toe," Carol Milne

“Tippy Toe,” Carol Milne


Non-Members can view the digital SAMPLE or purchase single digital issues directly from the Surface Design App. (Download the App using the links above to view on your mobile device.)

Or, preview, the current digital SDA Journal SAMPLE

"Ground Cover," Ann Morton

“Ground Cover,” Ann Morton


Need more help? Do you have a burning idea?  Did you love (or not love) an article? Would you like to be considered as an Exposure artist or for the Spotlight on Education sections?  We welcome your feedback! Please email us at info@surfacedesign.org