Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Context: Language, Media and Meaning

I am honored to have work included in the exhibition Context: Language, Media and Meaning from the Surface Design Association opening this Saturday at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts. The opening reception is 3:30 - 5 pm.

Tea Stories, Collection 1, ongoing series, Jennifer Coyne Qudeen

Bruce Hoffman, director of Gravers Lane Gallery in Philadelphia, was the juror for this exhibition of art from members of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island chapters of Surface Design Association (SDA).

Tea Stories, Collection 1 detail, ongoing series, Jennifer Coyne Qudeen

If you've yet to visit the Fuller, it is a jewel of a museum. You know the adage that good things come in small packages? That's the Fuller in a nutshell. Mix in fall in New England with a gathering of very talented artists and you've got the recipe for a grand weekend. For more info about the Saturday's activities, keep scrolling down for details from SDA.

Tea Stories, Collection 1 detail, ongoing series, Jennifer Coyne Qudeen

We hope you will join us for “Spend a Day With SDA” on October 27 at the Fuller Museum of Crafts in Brockton MA.  We are planning a full day of stimulating events for those who share a passion for fiber arts. Registration is now open. Beyond our core group of SDA members we are inviting interested non-members to join us. We are limiting participation to the first 100 registrants, so please reply soon to secure your spot. Feel free to spread the word to organizations and individuals who might have interest - all are welcome!
Our morning will be devoted to activities designed to help us get to know each other, offering opportunities to share our artistic passion and our actual work. The sharing and networking will continue as we enjoy our brown bag lunches with our new acquaintances.
After lunch we will have a chance to view the museum, which is the only museum devoted to craft in New England. The museum has multiple well-designed exhibition spaces and is known for its beautiful and cutting-edge exhibits. Seeing the exhibits at the Fuller is always a revelation and a treat!
Next up is a highlight of the day, Words Matter, a talk by Stuart Kestenbaum, which will address the connection between craft and the written word. Stu, who is currently the Poet Laureate of Maine, is the former long-term director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. In addition to his prominence in the craft field, Stu is beloved for his warmth, passion, intelligence and humor. It is an honor and a thrill to have him as our day’s speaker!
To cap off the day, everyone is invited to the Fuller’s opening reception for the show Context: Language, Media, and Meaning from the Surface Design Association. This show, juried by Bruce Hoffman, includes work by MA, RI and CT SDA members who have of incorporated written language into their textile inspired artwork.
Registration for non-SDA members is now open at this link: https://www.surfacedesign.org/about/sda-at-fuller-craft-museum/. 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. We invite you join us for a day of inspiration, fun and beauty with people who share a passion for fiber art. For more information feel free to contact ellenschiffman@optonline.net.

Hope to see you on Saturday!


  1. Fabulous work and great news J! Wish we could wing our way over for a wonderful day! Hope it goes really really well.

  2. such beautiful work-love seeing it all grouped together.


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