• #TrunkShowTuesday for February 28, 2017
    Here’s this week’s #TrunkShowTuesday slideshow. Make sure to subscribe to our blog or YouTube channel so you don’t miss any art quilt goodness! We are now accepting reservations to host a trunk. Contact exhibitions@saqa.com for more details. The Trunk Show will debut at the joint SAQA – International Quilt Study Center & Museum Conference. You’ll want to see this – and more – artwork up close and personal! ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on February-28-2017By Social Media Manager
    2 hours ago
  • Natural Craft: Sheri Smith
    NBO member Sheri Smith is featured in a beautifully illustrated article in the Register-Guard Newspaper of Eugene, Oregon. “Sheri Smith always has been a creator, learning to knit as a child and adding more skills to her artistic toolbox as she grew older. For almost 40 years, one of her most prominent passions has been weaving pine needle baskets, which perfectly blends her love of nature with her affinity for craft.” To enjoy the entire feature, and a host of beautiful images of her work, visit the Register-Guard Newspaper.  Photo by Brian Davies, Register-Gard Newspaper ... read more
    Source: National Basketry OrgPublished on February-23-2017By Admin8
    5 days ago
  • #TrunkShowTuesday for February 21, 2017
    Here’s this week’s #TrunkShowTuesday slideshow. Make sure to subscribe to our blog or YouTube channel so you don’t miss any art quilt goodness! We are now accepting reservations to host a trunk. Contact exhibitions@saqa.com for more details. ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on February-21-2017By Social Media Manager
    1 week ago
  • Spotlight Auction Deadline Extended
    Due to member request, the deadline for the Spotlight Auction has been extended. You now have until March 15 to submit your artist participation form, and March 22 is the receive by date. With a size of only 6” x 8” (either portrait or landscape orientation), these tiny artworks are much faster to create than larger work and offer a perfect opportunity to experiment with something new. The Spotlight Auction takes place at the SAQA Conference. It’s a fun-filled and exciting silent auction, with stiff competition for exquisite small art quilts created and donated by our members! It’s both a great opportunity to acquire artwork by some of your favorite artists, as well as have your artwork acquired by art quilt collectors. The Spotlight Auction was a highlight of last year’s SAQA Conference. These are just a few of the beautiful art quilts that were available in Phildadelphia. 2016 Spotlight Auction 2016 Spotlight Auction 2016 Spotlight Auction 2016 Spotlight ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on February-19-2017By Social Media Manager
    1 week ago
  • SAQA Featured Artist: Melody Money
    Melody Money Melody Money – Boulder, Colorado, USA Artist Statement For me what makes a piece of art sing is a combination of the details, and the quality of the light. I try to celebrate everyday moments. The wind through the grass, birds in flight, the way the light makes snow shimmer, light reflected on water, the musicality of starlight are all images full of radiance. I love the process of many small details coming together to form an essence of a place in time. The journey is as important as the finished piece. I am motivated to take a medium that is traditionally worked on a smaller scale and expand it to a larger vision. I welcome the opportunity to go over the top with detail. The use of textiles has enabled me to incorporate texture into my paintings. The fabric softens the edges and warms the final piece. But mostly for me, it is about the shimmer ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on February-14-2017By Social Media Manager
    2 weeks ago
  • #TrunkShowTuesday for February 14, 2017
    Watch this week’s #TrunkShowTuesday slideshow. Make sure to subscribe to our blog or YouTube channel so you don’t miss any coming up! We are now accepting reservations to host a trunk. Contact exhibitions@saqa.com for more details. ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on February-13-2017By Social Media Manager
    2 weeks ago
  • 2017 NBO Conference Sponsors
    Please join with us in thanking and supporting these fine organizations for sponsoring the 2017 Tradition and Innovation in Basketry IX Conference:   CONFERENCE SUPPORTER Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Arrowmont offers beginning to advanced workshops in contemporary and traditional basketry techniques. Other media offerings include: fiber, clay, metals, wood, painting, glass, sculpture, photography, papermaking and printmaking. One, two-week and weekend sessions in the beautiful Smoky Mountains during the spring, summer and fall. Housing and meals available on campus. Visit galleries, art supply store and resource center. BASKET ENTHUSIAST KnotMore KnotMore is proud to be the North American distributor of Settanyl brand cord from Linhas Setta. We have all 75 colors of Settanyl cord in stock and ready to ship. Cord for knotters, basketmakers, textile sculptors, fiber jewelry artists and more. Kamm Teapot FoundationThe world’s largest teapot collection. In 2004, Sonny and Gloria Kamm established the Kamm Teapot Foundation to administer their teapot collection. The Foundation is a charitable trust, ... read more
    Source: National Basketry OrgPublished on February-8-2017By Admin8
    3 weeks ago
  • Contemporary Basketry: Soothing Blues
    An elegant, sculptural twist by Michael Eden, this week on Carol Eckert’s “Contemporary Basketry” blog. ... read more
    Source: National Basketry OrgPublished on January-24-2017By Admin8
    1 month 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 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
    5 months ago