"Surface Design encompasses the coloring, patterning, and structuring of fiber and fabric. This involves creative exploration of processes such as dying, painting, printing, stitching, embellishing, quilting, weaving, knitting, felting, and papermaking." Surface Design Association

Mission Statement

The Utah Surface Design Group (USDG) was established in the early 1990's when a small group of fiber enthusiasts, textile artists, and teachers came together to share their passion for surface design. It has always been the group's mission to provide a supportive, creative, community where the exchange of ideas and information is paramount.

Now with over 40 members, the USDG conducts bi-monthly meetings and demonstrations by local artists and business owners. To encourage creative exploration and growth, the group also hosts an annual workshop taught by nationally-known artists and leaders in the Surface Design field. Anyone with an interest in surface design is welcome to attend meetings and join the group.

To promote members work and to educate and engage the Utah community-at-large the USDG curated a biennial surface design exhibit. In May 2009 they joined with Clay Arts Utah to present, Ancient Arts: Clay and Fiber 2009, at the Patrick Moore Gallery in Salt Lake City. Additionally, the Covey Arts Center in Provo, UT hosted a USDG group show in September, 2009. The Michael Berry Gallery in Salt Lake City hosted an annual USDG exhibit from 2011 through 2013, where USDG members were invited to display and sell their artwork. Photos from all of these exhibits can be seen on the Exhibits page.


2016 - 2017 USDG Board of Directors

Co-President Kim Brown Contact Kim
Co-President Timmy Burton
Secretary Bridgid Best Contact Bridgid
Treasurer Sam Kievit Contact Sam
Library Sally Wilkinson Contact Sally
Workshops Ivana Thomas Contact Ivana
  Lone Vilnius Contact Lone
VPresidents/Programs Sue Swinyard Contact Sue
Kathleen Baer Contact Kathleen
  Cathy Payne Contact Cathy
Show Chairs Bev Hart Contact Bev
  Judy Elsley Contact Judy
Webmaster Robyn M. Kruppa Contact Robyn


Please contact our Secretary/ Treasurer Bridgid Best for membership information. Membership dues are $25 per year; renewals are due by May 31, 2017.
Print, complete and mail your USDG Membership Form to Bridgid, 150 S. 800 E. #G-4, Salt Lake City, UT 84102.