Who Are We?

The Surface Design Association is an international community engaged in the creative exploration of fiber and fabric. The mission is to promote awareness & appreciation of the textile arts. We are the SDA-Washington North Peninsula Chapter.

We are a diverse group of fiber artists who live in and around the Olympic Peninsula in Western Washington. Currently we number more than 40 artists and craftspeople, and we work in media ranging from bookmaking to quilting to weaving to fiber sculpture and beyond. Our work ranges from traditional to exploratory, modern, and contemporary. We produce functional/wearable and non-functional pieces. 

Our group has been in existence since 2013 and during this time our members have shown pieces in a variety of places: juried gallery exhibitions, wearable art shows, museum exhibits, as well as community libraries and retail spaces. Many of our members have exhibited throughout the US and internationally. 

We meet monthly to share our current projects, learn more about specific textile techniques from each other, listen to invited speakers, and prepare for group shows. We have show and tell at most of our meetings. Our meetings move around the geographic area of our membership. Check the MEETINGS page for the schedule.

Members are required to be current with their SDA membership to participate in group shows. We plan to have at least one group show each year. View PAST SHOWS to see information about our group installations.

In the winter of 2017, we began exhibiting in a window in Uptown Port Townsend. Check out the Fiber Habit Window page to find out more about this installation space. 

Our current structure is to have a leadership team who run meetings and manage administrative details of the group. Members pitch in to manage shows, bring in speakers, suggest field trips, etc. 

As a group and individually we are always looking for places to show our work. Please contact us if you are interested or have any questions.