- SAQA Benefit Auction — Five Reasons to Donate!SAQA held its first benefit auction in 1997. It wasn’t just quilts for sale in this first auction – items included workshops, professional counseling sessions, and even 8 Maine lobsters! Since then, the auction has evolved into an annual event with hundreds of SAQA members coming together to create fun 12″ x 12″ works of art and support the organization. Are you wondering whether you should donate this year? Here’s five great reasons to participate in the 2019 SAQA Benefit Auction! 1. The Benefit Auction helps SAQA raise needed funds for exhibitions and outreach programs. We currently have fifteen Global Exhibitions traveling the world. These exhibitions expose people from around the world to the beauty and power of this art form. Through our global exhibitions, SAQA artists are securing sales of their work along with opportunities to share their work in additional gallery, art center, and museum settings. 2. Be a part of the larger SAQA community. Submitting ... read more5 days ago
- Forced to Flee debuts at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile ArtsMargaret L. Abramshe – Roadmap SAQA Global Exhibition “Forced to Flee” will premiere on May 25th at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida (USA). This powerful exhibition will be on view there until August 24, 2019. Throughout history people have been forced to flee from their homes for their own safety and survival due to war, oppression, natural disasters, and atrocious human rights violations. The refugee crisis has imposed severe impacts on the social, economic, and political structures of host countries, especially poor and developing countries. This exhibition was juried by Dr. Susan Beryl Marks, whose doctoral thesis explored Art and Design History by examining contemporary quiltmaking practice. This included a comparative study of historical developments in quiltmaking in the United Kingdom and the United States. Dr. Marks said, “I was moved to tears by many of the sorrowful stories in these powerful depictions. These works are accessible ... read more1 week ago
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- SAQA Threads of Innovation Conference Round UpSAQA’s 2019 conference Threads of Innovation was wonderful! Over 200 SAQA members gathered in San Jose, California for this annual event from April 25 – 28. Volunteers helped get the event going by supporting Georgia French, the Special Events Committee Co-Chair, while she handed out welcome packets. Thursday featured a vendors mall full of fiber goodies. SAQA JAMs met with their new reps Deb Cashatt and Dorothy Raymond. Cashatt and Raymond encouraged JAMs to contact them with suggestions and ideas via email at email@example.com. The JAMs also enjoyed an informative lecture presented by Louise Allrich. Allrich, who showed fine textiles in her San Francisco gallery for nearly twenty-five years, shared her experiences and knowledge. SAQA’s JAM Reps Dorothy Raymond and Deb Cashatt The day ended with a wild and wacky Ice Breaker led by SAQA member Mel Beach. Friday was full of interesting lectures and break out sessions. We began ... read more2 weeks ago
- Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth“Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth” opened this month at WORKS/San Jose in San Jose, California. The exhibition will be on view at this location until May 5, 2019. “Shifting Tides” explores the state of the Pacific Ocean through the eyes of artists living along its coastline. Forty-six artists from the seven Pacific-facing SAQA regions, from the northern reaches of Alaska to the Archipelago of Hawaii, are represented in this comprehensive regional exhibition. Exhibition Juror Ann Johnston selected a wide range of mainland and island habitats and issues, as well as an array of design approaches and techniques. “Water” by Nancy Ryan, Gardnerville, Nevada, USA, 26 x 37 inches From WORKS/San Jose, “Shifting Tides” will travel to exhibition locations across the western United States and Canada. “Tidewater Glacier” by Cat Larrea, Anchorage, Alaska, USA , 30 x 36 inches Selected Artists read more3 weeks ago
- 30th Anniversary – Celebrating SAQA Authors!2019 is SAQA’s 30th Anniversary! To celebrate, we’re highlighting 10 SAQA authors! Faith Ringgold Faith Ringgold is an impressive SAQA author who has written over a dozen books. In 1991, Ringgold wrote Tar Beach which became the 1992 Caldecot Honor Book and won the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration. Ringgold wrote Tar Beach for her story quilt of the same name. The book and quilt tell the story of Cassie Louise Lightfoot, an eight year old who is lifted by the stars to fly up over New York City. Ann Johnston Ann Johnston has written several books, including The Quilter’s Book of Design, “a serious and accessible guide with over 350 examples all made of fabric. The text is oriented to developing the individual voice of the maker, and includes brief end-of-chapter workshops, starting-place techniques, and full-length projects.” Katie Pasquini Masopust and Brett Barker Katie Pasquini ... read more1 month ago
- Comment on Framed Boxes by CindyThank you Jenny–I’m not familiar with the handwoven cotton from Bali you mention, but it sounds just lovely! Have fun with your art. ... read more2 months ago
- Comment on Framed Boxes by JennyAbsolutely beautiful. Do you know the handwoven cotton of Klungkun, Bali? It looks like silk and is dyed in a multitude of vibrant colors. I live in Thailand and enjoy collecting silk here to do compositions (hopefully) as gorgeous as yours! ... read more2 months ago
- Comment on Thoughts on QuiltCon 2019 by CindyI remember, Carol–thanks for stopping by! ... read more3 months ago
- Comment on Thoughts on QuiltCon 2019 by CindyYes, I enjoyed meeting you too, Deborah! ... read more3 months ago
- Comment on Thoughts on QuiltCon 2019 by CindyMe too Marla–thanks! ... read more3 months ago
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