• #TrunkShowTuesday for April 25, 2017
    Welcome to another #TrunkShowTuesday! Be sure you subscribe to our blog or YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of the gorgeous art quilts created for the 2017 SAQA Trunk Show by our talented members! This week enjoy artwork by: Frieda Anderson, Maria Billings, Lucy Carroll, Esther David, Deborah Fell, Ann Luther, Annette McRae, and Charlotte Scott. The 2017 SAQA Trunk Show debuts this week in Lincoln! We cannot wait! Want to share all the 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 April-25-2017By Social Media Manager
    2 days ago
  • #TrunkShowTuesday for April 18, 2017
    Welcome to another #TrunkShowTuesday! Be sure you subscribe to our blog or YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of the gorgeous art quilts created for the 2017 SAQA Trunk Show by our talented members! This week enjoy artwork by: Carolyn Castaneda; Micaela Fitzsimmons; Judith Quinn Garnett; Betty Hahn; Patricia Joy; Stephanie Kimura; Michele Lea; and Jean Mau. The Trunk Show debuts next week at the SAQA Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. We can’t wait! 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 April-18-2017By Social Media Manager
    1 week ago
  • SAQA Member Daren Redman Featured
    SAQA member Daren Redman of Indiana is featured in this video from the Washington Post. Daren speaks about the importance of NEA grants for artists. Watch for her (and some of her artwork) at the 1:40 mark. ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on April-17-2017By Social Media Manager
    1 week ago
  • SAQA Featured Artist: Jill Kerttula
    Jill Kerttula Jill Kerttula – Charlottesville, Virginia, USA Artist Statement Jill’s work is a combination of photography and stitching. It is also strongly influenced by her backgrounds in graphic design and one-of-a-kind garment making. Inspiration comes from objects and colors found and photographed in both urban landscapes and the natural world, but the strongest influence is texture; the bark of a tree, the cool smoothness of ice, the graininess of concrete, the hard symmetry of brick work, the leaves as they change from summer soft to winter brittle, sticks. How textures are influenced and enhanced by changing light is an important consideration in her work. She is open to both the materials and the process. All is fair game. The specific materials and processes vary from piece to piece, but fabric, and other fiber materials, respond well to manipulation, layering, and create the tactile textures that are not present in photography. The direct manipulation of the materials very meaningful ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on April-15-2017By Social Media Manager
    2 weeks ago
  • NBO Members at MUSEO Gallery
    NOW: Beauty and Paradox:  10 Northwest Artists explore contemporary issues through beautifully crafted paintings, sculpture, mixed media, and ceramic works designed to express deeper paradoxical meaning. Each artist employs her unique artistic expression: ironic, whimsical, even outraged to create interest and engagement. Collaboration between Museo Gallery and Nancy Loorem Adams NBO members Nancy Loorem Adams, Dona Anderson, Danielle Bodine, and Jill Nordfors Clark will be exhibiting their artwork along with Maxine Martell, Natalie Olsen. Patricia Resseguie, Jane Richlovsky, Inge Roberts, and Sande Wascher-James. For more information visit: MUSEO Gallery   Above, photo credit: Michael Stadler NOW Nancy Loorem Adams and Danielle Bodine Random Weave Cane and Mixed Media, 36”x12”x3” ... read more
    Source: National Basketry OrgPublished on April-14-2017By Admin8
    2 weeks ago
  • #TrunkShowTuesday for April 11, 2017
    Welcome to another #TrunkShowTuesday presentation! Make sure to subscribe to our blog or YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of the wonderful art quilts created by our members for the 2017 SAQA Trunk Show! This week enjoy artwork by: Carolyn Collins; Sally Dutko; Ellie Flaherty; Julie Herring; Greta Hildebrand; Bella Kaplan; Mary-Ellen Latino; and Heather Pregger. We are now accepting reservations to host a trunk. Contact exhibitions@saqa.com for more details. Don’t delay! The trunks are sure to be in even more demand after the official debut at the SAQA Conference later this month. ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on April-11-2017By Social Media Manager
    2 weeks ago
  • Melinda West
      “Natural and wild places have always been a source of inspiration fueling my spirit and imagination.” Melinda West, of Indianola Washington, has been practicing the art of plant fiber weaving since 1985. She has studied with many native and non-native weavers and artists, the foremost being Ed Carriere of the Suquamish Tribe. Her inspiration comes from nature and the First Peoples of the Pacific Northwest whose cultures embrace the rich traditions of plant fiber use, knowledge in the land, and artistic skills development in all aspects of life. Melinda enjoys sharing her love of natural history, environmental stewardship, and an appreciation of Indigenous cultures through the arts, teaching at the Seattle Art Museum, Olympic College, Coupeville Art Center, North Cascades Institute, Olympic Park Institute and IslandWood. Melinda’s award-winning art is on display in public and private collections and her work has been featured in books and magazines. More at her website – Melinda West ... read more
    Source: National Basketry OrgPublished on April-7-2017By Admin8
    3 weeks ago
  • Handmade Garden and Patio Accessories with Soul!
    Hammock Boutique Spicing up your patio, deck, garden and yard with handmade accents personalizes your space, making it inviting and pleasing to the eye. Our Artizan Made shops might have just the right thing for your outdoor space. We have some suggestions below. Clicking on the thumbnails will take you to their shopping carts, mostly on Etsy. Hammock Boutique Pictured above, these fair trade hammocks and outdoor furniture are made by a project in Mexico, working with Mayan weavers who have been doing this for a long, long time. Comfortable and sturdy, they will give you, your family and friends years of pleasure and relaxation. There’s nothing like taking a break and letting the hammock swing you back and forth, a summer lullaby.  Hammocks are great to take along on a trip and can also be used in indoor spaces!   Hammock Boutique – Take it on the road!   Cheryl Wolff Garden Cheryl Wolff Garden If ... read more
    Source: Artizan MadePublished on April-2-2017By Rachel
    4 weeks ago
  • Become an NBO Member
    When you join NBO, you join a lively community of people who care about the past, the present and the future of basketry in America. We invite you to watch the video for more information about membership… and we invite you to join with us. ... read more
    Source: National Basketry OrgPublished on March-15-2017By Admin8
    1 month ago
  • Cochineal Red: Elusive and Powerful!
    Featured in cover: August Phoenix Hats and Art Quilts by Sharon.   I’ve been messing around with colors ever since I was a kid: crayons, tie-dyeing, colored pencils, oil paints, food dyes, and later, pigments for staining clay and so many more of the offerings we find in any art supply store. My parents were really good about taking us to museums and galleries when we were on trips and we saw the old paintings made by the masters, the stained glass in old churches, illuminated manuscripts, the peeling paints of old santos, tapestries, costumes, and art from ages past. Color has always been the language of artists! But, I never gave much thought to where it came from… Even as I got older and learned about natural dyes, I just assumed that each region of the world had natural resources that would give artists the colors they used and that have survived the passage of time, ... read more
    Source: Artizan MadePublished on January-28-2017By Rachel
    3 months ago
  • Handmade Jewelry: Perfect Gift for Valentine’s Day!
    Love Jewels Valentine’s Day is often celebrated by gifting jewelry. Diamonds are forever, right?  The video below tells some interesting stories about Elizabeth Taylor’s personal diamond collection. An industry beset with issues of social injustice, diamonds made their way into our hearts as the ultimate love jewels. Today, synthetic diamonds are made which cannot be distinguished from the ones found in nature. Will that bring down their value? The diamond itself is only part of a story as the jewels in the video show, the workmanship that goes into design and the stories that accompany them also make a love jewel worth keeping. Fiber   Gilgulim Red Valentine’s Cloth Necklace Heart I can’t guarantee that we have diamonds, but our Artizan Shops offer one-of-a-kind jewelry in many styles and price ranges! Felt and fabric jewelry are nice options for people who suffer from metal allergies. Gilgulim has a shop full of earrings, necklaces and pins that are made ... read more
    Source: Artizan MadePublished on January-21-2017By Rachel
    3 months ago
  • The Handmade Scarf, Most Versatile of Textiles
    When humans figured out how to make fabric, they also invented the scarf. Whether thick and warm or light and sheer, almost every culture has adopted the scarf as an integral part of their costume. Aside from the obvious practical reasons scarves have in providing warmth and protection, they have also been used to show status, provenance, wealth, religion, and culture. Abdul Wardak with turban, a loong time ago! Abdul Wardak, owner of Afghan Tribal Arts (one of our Artizan shops), explained how important the turban has been for nomadic men. Undeniably the longest “scarf” accessory used to this day, he talked about how a turban serves as protection, like a helmet. If you fall off your horse, you land on a pillow. If you get wounded, you have loads of bandaging at your disposal. If you need a blanket, you can unravel the turban and use it for warmth. If you need to carry things, you ... read more
    Source: Artizan MadePublished on January-13-2017By Rachel
    3 months ago
  • Christmas Tree History and Other Traditions
    Anyone living in a country that celebrates Christmas will be familiar with Christmas trees and probably have a family tradition on what kind of tree to use, when it gets set up, and how it is decorated. But, how did the tree become associated with Christmas in the first place? We’ll look a bit into the Christmas tree history here, but first, check out this video about bizarre Christmas traditions that you have probably not heard about. At least, not unless you live in one of these countries. They were all new to me! Yikes!       I must say that I am glad that the Christmas tree has scored so many points over these other traditions… Like many other big Christian holidays, Christmas has merged pagan and secular practices into how the birth of Jesus is celebrated. Nobody knows when Jesus was born, but December 25th (in the Gregorian calendar – it’s January ... read more
    Source: Artizan MadePublished on December-21-2016By Rachel
    4 months ago