• #TrunkShowTuesday for May 23, 2017
    Welcome to another great #TrunkShowTuesday presentation! Be sure you subscribe to our blog or YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of the amazing art quilts created for the 2017 SAQA Trunk Show by our talented members! This week enjoy artwork by Judith Content, Giny Dixon, Suzanne Gummow, Lois Wilby Hooper, Cynthia Levis, Martha Ressler, Michele Sanandajian, and Mary Todd. See amazing details of SAQA Trunk Show artwork in person! We are now accepting reservations to host a trunk. Contact exhibitions@saqa.com for details! ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on May-23-2017By Social Media Manager
    6 days ago
  • #TrunkShowTuesday for May 16, 2017
    Welcome to another beautiful #TrunkShowTuesday! Be sure you subscribe to our blog or YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of the amazing art quilts created for the 2017 SAQA Trunk Show by our creative members! This week enjoy artwork by Carol Churchill, Cara Gulati, Carol Kimble, Karol Kusmaul, Karlie McChesney, Carrie Payne, Carol Stocking, and Carolyn Walwyn. Want to see these beauties and more up close and personal? We are now accepting reservations to host a trunk. Contact exhibitions@saqa.com for details! ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on May-16-2017By Social Media Manager
    2 weeks ago
  • Rasmuson Foundation Announces 2017 Individual Artist Awards
    Maria Shell, Amy Meissner, Beth Blankenship (L-R)Three SAQA Alaska members received great news last week. Beth Blankenship, Amy Meissner, and Maria Shell were among the artists selected for recognition by the Rasmuson Foundation. Blankenship and Shell each received Fellowship Awards. A Fellowship is an unrestricted $18,000 award for mid-career and mature artists to focus their energy and attention for a one-year period on developing their creative work. Meissner, a Fellowship Recipient in 2014, received a $7,500 Project Award designed for emerging, mid-career and mature artists to be used on a specific, short-term project that has clear benefits to the artist’s growth and development. According to the press release from the Rasmuson Foundation, Blankenship will create a dozen bead and fiber pieces that tell a story of human connection to the natural world and our impact on Alaska’s animals and those who rely on them. Shell, who also received a Fellowship Award in 2013, will explore non-linear shapes in 12 ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on May-15-2017By Social Media Manager
    2 weeks ago
  • PET Lamp: Basket Weaving Culture
    Take a break and visit PET Lamps to read a colorful and informative article on the history of basket making. “Basketry is one of the most ancient crafts older than pottery or the carving of stone and probably the origin of all the textile arts of the world. The process of interweaving twigs, seeds, or leaves for baskets and mat making it’s one of the most universal craftworks, ranking among the most ancient industries.” ... read more
    Source: National Basketry OrgPublished on May-12-2017By Admin8
    2 weeks ago
  • SAQA Featured Region: Nebraska, The Mouse That Roars
    Nebraska covers a huge geographic territory. While it’s the 16th largest state in the US, the region is rather sparsely populated with most living in the east around Lincoln and Omaha. Counted among those numbers are 40 dynamic SAQA members creating beautiful art quilts and quite a presence in the art world. The two retiring reps, Peg Pennell and Shea Wilkinson, contend that the regions greatest asset is also its greatest challenge. With only 40 members, the entire region is only slightly larger in number than many of SAQA’s larger regions’ Local Connections (aka: Pods, circles, etc.). This means they’ve had to be creative and cohesive to accomplish so very much with so very few. Fortunately, most members drive no more than about two hours to their four annual meetings and everybody knows each other, which is great when looking for volunteers with specific skill sets. Group activities are major factors drawing the group closer together. Peg proudly cites their ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on May-9-2017By Jen Solon
    3 weeks ago
  • #TrunkShowTuesday for May 9, 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 Fenella Davies, Jamie Fingal, Trish Hodge, Loreen Leedy, Linda McLaughlin, Sara Sharp, Mary Ann Vaca-Lambert, and Gay Young. Want to get in on the Trunk Show fun? We are now accepting reservations to host a trunk. Contact exhibitions@saqa.com for details! ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on May-9-2017By Social Media Manager
    3 weeks ago
  • Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America
    Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America chronicles a history of American basketry from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave communities to its presence within the contemporary fine art world. Baskets convey meaning through the artists’ selection of materials; the techniques they use; and the colors, designs, patterns, and textures they employ. Historical baskets were rooted in local landscapes and shaped by cultural traditions. The rise of the industrial revolution and mass production at the end of the nineteenth century led basket makers to create works for new audiences and markets, including tourists, collectors and fine art museums. Today the story continues. Some contemporary artists seek to maintain and revive traditions practiced for centuries. Others combine age-old techniques with nontraditional materials to generate cultural commentary. Still others challenge viewers’ expectations by experimenting with form, materials, and scale. This exhibition is divided into 5 sections: Cultural Origins, New Basketry, Living Traditions, Basket as Vessel, and Beyond the Basket. ... read more
    Source: National Basketry OrgPublished on May-4-2017By Admin8
    4 weeks ago
  • All Things Considered 9: Basketry in the 21st Century
    Above: detail from “Slab” by Clay Burnette Presented by the National Basketry Organization, All Things Considered 9: Basketry in the 21st Century is the ninth in a series of juried biennial exhibitions intended to show the full spectrum of work currently being executed by well-known and emerging artists in the United States. ALTERNATE MOSAIC (can be bigger)  FOR CHOICE / OPTION TO GO BELOW:  The exhibition opens in conjunction with the 2017 National Basketry Organization’s conference in Tacoma, Washington. From black bamboo to reclaimed plastics, it represents a broad range of approaches by artists working within the field of contemporary basketry. Showcasing excellence in creative exploration, technique, craftsmanship, these 70 artworks were juried by Lloyd Herman, the founding Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery from 1971 – 1986. Herman is also the author of Art That Works: The Decorative Arts of the Eighties, Crafted in America. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington. Above from left: “Fate” by Lois Russell, “Hatch” ... read more
    Source: National Basketry OrgPublished on May-2-2017By Admin8
    4 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
    2 months 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 months ago