• SAQA Featured Artist: Cuauhtémoc Q. Kish
    Cuauhtémoc Q. Kish Cuauhtémoc Q. Kish – San Diego, California, USA Artist Statement People are always asking me why I became a fabric artist and the short answer is because I enjoy the medium. I take great pleasure in quilting and working with fabric. Additionally I love the challenge of capturing an image or an idea and then reducing it to a singular fabric canvas. Having been a writer (theatre critic, playwright, et. al.) I was accustomed to writing pages upon pages to tell my story and/or inform the reader, but with fabric art I discovered I could do this with one single ‘page’ of fabric. My art is both abstract as well as representational, principally utilizing a fused appliqué technique. Fabric, metals, and other materials morph into form as I use my artist’s brush (a quilting needle) to execute my design. I enjoy telling a story with my art or rendering a social commentary as ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on January-14-2017By Social Media Manager
    6 days ago
  • H2OH! Details from the art quilts
    http://www.saqa.com/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/h2oh-detail-video.mp4 Watch this fun video of details from the amazing art quilts selected by juror Linda Gass for the new SAQA exhibition H2OH! Learn more on the exhibition page, and be sure to watch for full images to be posted soon! ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on January-10-2017By Social Media Manager
    1 week ago
  • H2OH! Artists Announced!
    Water – it’s everywhere! The majority of the earth’s surface is covered by water, and more than half of the human body consists of water. But water also plays an essential role in our survival. Cultures have thrived based on their proximity to water, and crops survive or fail, based on rain or the lack thereof. Every living thing depends on water to survive, and life hangs in the balance when shortages persist. This exhibition encouraged the artist to interpret one of the most vital, desired, powerful, sacred, and enjoyed resources on earth in their own unique, individual style, whether abstract, graphic, or representational. The exhibition was juried by SAQA Juried Artist Member Linda Gass, who is widely known for her environmental activism on land and water use issues in California. H2OH! will premiere at the the National Quilt Museum, in Paducah, Kentucky on June 23, 2017. Click to see the complete list of included artists and ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on January-7-2017By Social Media Manager
    2 weeks ago
  • More to Consider 2
    NBO is pleased to invite NBO Members and conference attendees to show their work at the NBO’s biennial conference being held on the campus of University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. The exhibition, “More to Consider 2”, is an open, non-juried invitational for work of NBO Members and conference attendees that will be displayed at the beautiful Kittredge Gallery on the campus of the University of Puget Sound from Wednesday evening, July 19, 2017 through lunch, Saturday, July 22, 2017. ... read more
    Source: National Basketry OrgPublished on January-3-2017By Admin8
    2 weeks ago
  • Carolyn Zeitler
    Source: National Basketry OrgPublished on January-3-2017By Admin8
    2 weeks ago
  • SAQA Featured Artist: Cindy Grisdela
    Cindy Grisdela Cindy Grisdela – Reston, Virginia, USA Artist Statement From my studio looking out over a lake in Reston, VA, I draw inspiration for my contemporary wall quilts from the view of nature outside my window every day. Pebbles on the path or currents in water might become part of the texture I stitch into each piece. Color combinations in bird feathers or flowering plants might slip into the palette I use to start my next design. My abstract art quilts are designed improvisationally without a preconceived pattern, a little bit like jazz music. Each decision about color and shape influences the next and complex blocks repeat like beats of a melody, calmed by irregular plain areas that provide a resting place for the eye. The color is the first step. Putting colors together intuitively, I use fabric the way a painter might use paint to create graphic compositions that engage the viewer from a distance, ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on January-2-2017By Social Media Manager
    3 weeks ago
  • Books by SAQA Members
    We’ve recently begun a new board on social media site Pinterest to feature art- and creativity-related books written by our talented members! SAQA members are among the most accomplished fiber artists in the world, not only creating and exhibiting artwork, but teaching, curating, and writing about art. The books created by SAQA members run the gamut from technique-specific workshops in book form, to retrospectives of one artist’s body of work, to volumes dedicated to art quilt research and history. Follow our Books by SAQA Members board to stay in the loop as we continue to add volumes! ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on December-25-2016By Social Media Manager
    4 weeks ago
  • NBO Members in “New Variations in Basketry”
    Traditionally, baskets were multipurpose vessels made from available materials suited to their function. In more recent times, as borders were crossed and ideas exchanged, traditional patterns, styles, and materials came to be shared internationally by artists and designers. While still honoring their historically universal kinship, these contemporary pieces have transitioned from solely functional containers into objects reflecting individual artistic expression. The twenty-one artists chosen for this exhibition have created exemplary objects that use both traditional and experimental materials, with much attention paid to color, texture, form, and craftsmanship. NBO members featured in the exhibition are Jackie Abrams,  Dona Anderson, Pamela Becker, Lanny Bergner,  John Garrett,  Gyongy Laky, Elizabeth Whyte Schulze, Deborah Smith , Matt Tommey, and Jennifer Zurick. More information at Snyderman-Works Galleries Image shown: Lanny Bergner, Fusion Vessel, Stainless steel mesh, wire, silicone, H16″ x W14″ x D14″, 2013 ... read more
    Source: National Basketry OrgPublished on November-30-2016By Admin8
    2 months ago
  • Color Series: Shocking Purple Shag
    Yes….  I know….  Shag has many meanings and I purposefully used it to see where it would land us with keyword searches. Looking for the steamier side of life? You’re in the wrong place! We’re looking at color here and in this post, some shag carpeting that has some shock value. A Facebook friend posted a link to this house for sale in Hillingdon, Middlesex in the UK. From the outside, a beautiful, large, normal-looking house: As you can tell from the featured image, walk inside and WOWZERS! Elvis hideout! Or, as a friend said, “Prince has been here…”  What really got me was the bathroom: This is where the purple shag comes in…..  Furry porcelain just does not seem right in my book of sensibilities. There is much more on the site so make sure and go look at the rest of the pics!  Another friend once told me about a friend ... read more
    Source: Artizan MadePublished on November-12-2016By Rachel
    2 months ago
  • Decorating with Handmade Pillows
    Featured at the top: Hot Moon Collection We ran a “Decorating with Textiles Series” on TAFA’s blog which has been super fun! It’s so interesting to see how each person personalized space by choice of wall colors, furniture, objects, and function, all softened and enhanced by their choice textiles. Pillows, especially, can change the mood or look of a space very quickly. Decorating with handmade pillows has several benefits and a few challenges. Benefits: Easy to clean: Pillows come in many sizes and shapes, but if they are removable and of standard sizes, they can be changed and cleaned easily (unless the work is delicate). I have dogs and I love it that I can throw my pillow covers in the wash whenever they start picking up doggy signs. I have everyday pillow covers that can take a lot of abuse and then nice ones that I use when I have guests. Affordable art: A pillow cover can ... read more
    Source: Artizan MadePublished on November-8-2016By Rachel
    2 months ago
  • Steel Goat Studio Celebrates the Day of the Dead
    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] By Debra Boudreau of Steel Goat Studio The purpose of the Dia de los Muertos is to honor and celebrate your significant departed and to help you remember and appreciate their life. Decorating an altar (ofrenda in Spanish) with the dead’s former possessions and with objects that symbolize things they valued, found meaningful, and brought joy to their lives.   Day of the Dead Altar, Mexican Folk Art   Mexicans believe that during the Day of the Dead, the spirits of the dead will return to earth to visit and celebrate with their families. It’s a long hard journey from the afterlife back to earth, so traditional Dia de los Muertos altars include nourishment and refreshments for the returning souls. These items are called “offerings”.   Steel Goat Studio Day of the Dead Guardians   Living in California and travelling often into Mexico, I have experienced such jubilation and positive energy from participating in this meaningful yearly event. My personal ... read more
    Source: Artizan MadePublished on October-23-2016By Rachel
    3 months ago
  • The Handmade Hat- History and Style
    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Humans have worn hats or some kind of head gear throughout the ages. Aside from the obvious function of protection from the elements or other dangers, they have been used to show status, provenance, and identity. The wide variety of techniques used and creativity expressed make them a fun collectible. But, whether vintage or new, hats have been made to be worn. And, at times in history, multitudes had them as a part of their daily attire. Today, some groups continue to use them, but most of us enjoy the freedom to choose what fits our personalities, choosing individual expression. Enjoy some historical and contemporary images of groups with hats: Until the late 1800’s, even mass produced hats demanded specialized hand labor to make top quality hats. Felt, straw, fabric and other materials were shaped, pressed, and woven into the forms that might have other decorations added on. Atherstone. Hatton’s hat ... read more
    Source: Artizan MadePublished on October-16-2016By Rachel
    3 months ago
  • Worlds of Weaving- from Scotland to the United States and on to Guatemala
    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We have a nice representation of weaving techniques and products on Artizan Made, both new and old. When humans figured out how to bind grasses and threads to each other by weaving them, they hit on a game changer that allowed them to shape their world, making it more comfortable and meaningful. Very few tools are needed for basic weaving, but even the simplest forms can show off tremendous skills in design and function. Then, with the development of looms that aid in complex designs, mastery involves years of learning, practice and technical knowledge. In communities where weaving remains a part of the social fabric, such as Guatemala, these skills are often handed down from parent to child. Those of us living in places where handwork is no longer a common practice seek out guilds and peers who can teach the skills. Part of the challenge all weaving communities face lies in documenting and preserving techniques and patterns that disappear ... read more
    Source: Artizan MadePublished on October-13-2016By Rachel
    3 months ago