"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.


2018 - 2019 USDG Board of Directors

Presidents Judy Elsley Contact Judy
  Ivana Thomas Contact Ivana
Secretary Leslie Blackham Contact Leslie
Treasurer Deanna Baugh Contact Deanna
Library Polly Masaryk Contact Polly
Workshops Kathleen Forsey Contact Kathleen
  Shahar Bogayon Contact Shahar
Programs Diane Haueter Contact Diane
Patti Pitts Contact Patti
Exhibits Susan Reese Contact Susan
  Alice Weber Contact Alice
Webmaster Lisa Chin Contact Lisa
Newsletter Suzi Brown Contact Suzi