Fashion + Fiber at NIAD: A Little Bit of Everything

NIAD artist Maria Radilla. Photo credit: Adrian Lo.

Save the Date(s)!

As a creative and colorful celebration of our common threads and our tight-knit community, A Little Bit of Everything has a little something for everyone. 

Drawing by NIAD artist Deatra Colbert.

The Exhibition

on view Friday July 8 through Saturday July 30

NIAD Art Center Main Gallery

After a long hiatus, NIAD is bursting at the seams with bold and boundary-pushing fiber and fashion creations, collected in A Little Bit of Everything. One-of-a-kind garments, accessories, and undefinable fiber fabrications will be on display in all of NIAD’s 23rd Street Galleries for the month of July.

NIAD artist Christian Vassell. Image credit: Adrian Lo.

The Virtual Artist Talk + Live Walkthrough

Friday July 29, 1:00PM

Live-streamed on Zoom with ASL

Join us for a lively walkthrough and conversation with curators and artists involved in A Little Bit of Everything, broadcast live via zoom. Experience fashion at NIAD from the comfort of virtual space! ASL and captioning will be available. Send accessibility requests to

Dress by NIAD artist Shantae Robinson.

The Runway Show

Saturday July 30, 1:00 to 4:00PM

NIAD Art Center and Live-streamed on Zoom with ASL

Food, drinks, music, art and fashion at NIAD!

See it all in motion on the NIAD runway in the culminating event of A Little Bit of Everything: Fashion + Fiber at NIAD.

The inclusive spirit of the title is woven through the event: 

– Eight NIAD artists wearing one-of-a-kind designs by their NIAD colleagues will leave it all on the runway, emceed by Virtual Studio Director Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh.

– NIAD Studio Director Liam Golden will be spinning tunes as diverse and genre-defying as NIAD’s artists.

– The NIAD kitchen will offer a crowd-pleasing spread with bites for every palette.

– Famed local bartender Robin Biles will be serving up deliciously chill libations, including one specialty cocktail inspired by the day’s theme.

– NIAD’s fashion-forward new publication Me & My Gal and fiber-inspired artwork will be on sale at a special price in the studios.

Please wear your mask at all times and be prepared to show proof of vaccination.

NIAD artists Erika Martinez and Carlota Rodriguez. Photo credit: Adrian Lo.

Participating Artists

Shantae Robinson

Shana Harper

Julie MacDonald

Deatra Colbert

Kiesha White

Heather Hamann

Maria Radilla

Shawna Kinard

Esmeralda Silva

Samantha Kershnar

Rebecca Jantzen

Christian Vassell

Louie Spagnola

Karen May

Jonathan Valdivias

Felicia Griffin

Alice Sampson

Fabian Arias

Drawing by NIAD artist Luis Estrada.

Related Events

The Book Launch

Thursday July 14 to Sunday July 17

SF Art Book Fair, Minnesota Street Projects

Produced and edited by former NIAD facilitator Nan Collymore, Me and My Gal “began as an idea to gather together some of the work being made by artists I’ve been working on textile projects with at NIAD.” The resulting publication serves as a brilliant reflection of what fashion means to NIAD artists: “Dressing each other as an act of care, beyond words. The fragility of bodies. Clothing as an armor, an extra skin.”

SFABF visitors will have early access to this limited first pressing. Contact to place pre-orders.