Sunday, June 26, 2011

Member News: Judith Anderson

My painted whole cloth, Whaleback Light at Night, won a blue ribbon at the Vermont Quilt Festival. I have also been invited to be a guest artist for The Lowell Quilt Festival, by the New England Quilt Museum. I am sending 14 quilts which will be displayed at the Lowell Auditorium.

Congratulations Judith!
Hey Members, Road trip.... August! Be there!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Visual Thoughts: The Art Quilts of Fiber Revolution

Fiber Revolution's NEW Exhibit! Morristown Museum, NJ

Many of the Fiber Revolution members are SAQA members too.

Visual Thoughts: The Art Quilts of Fiber Revolution

Fiber Revolution you to a fiber exhibit in NJ at Morris Museum.

June 23 - October 16, 2011
at Morris Museum
Normandy Heights Rd
Morristown, NJ 07960

the opening reception will be on
Wednesday June 29 th from 6:30 to 9 PM.
members $7, non members $10

Pre-registration is required, Please call, the box office- at 973-971-3706

This will be the my first exhibit with Fiber Revolution. I am proud to be included. 

My work Flown will be shown for the second time. It was exhibited in Feb, at my solo show, Dancing with the Light in Portsmouth, NH. More information HERE.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Funky Flower Meeting at the VQF

The 35th Annual Vermont Quilt Festival starts next Friday, June, 24 in Essex Junction, Vermont

Our next meeting...
Pamela Druhen is the curator of "The Art of the Quilt" exhibit at the Festival and has offered our SAQA Members a special gallery talk at 4 PM at the site of the exhibit. “The Art of Quilt” showcases the depth and breadth of work being created today in Vermont. In 2007,  Vermont’s Shelburne Museum mounted an exhibit titled “Contemporary Vermont Quilts.” The work of Susan Balch, Judy Dales, Christine Fries, Marilyn Gillis, Eliza Greenhoe-Bergh, Karen Kamenetzky, Alexandra Nickerson, Carlene Raper, Judith Reilly, Mary K. Ryan, and Pamela Druhen put  the public on notice that new things were happening in the quilt world. Where are they now? What are they doing? We have invited these artists to share their 21st century exploration of quilting as a medium.”

The plan...
Wear a Funky Flower Name tag with SAQA written on it somewhere to identify yourself in the crowd (something you’ve made or whatever you have time for).  If you don't have time to put together a "Funky Flower" name tag....NOT to worry. I will have on bright flower and a hat (if it's not too hot) and a name tag so that you can find me.

At the Blue Ribbon Pavilion around noon. You can buy or bring your lunch.
At the Exhibit site at 4 pm.
Perhaps we could also gather after the talk for a little "chat" session. Any suggestions?

Who's going?
Right now there are several SAQA members that have responded. If you are interested in joining us, please contact me ASAP by phone or email: 1-802-484-9791,

Hope to see you there,


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Of Interest: Joan Morris Exhibit

At the Aidron Duckworth Museum, Meriden, NH
Joan Morris - textile works of art
June 18 - July 31
Reception: Saturday June 18, 2011

3:00 - 6:00 pm

Saturday, June 11, 2011

An exciting opportunity for Art Quilters

Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits

An Inspiring Collection of Art Quilts
By Martha Sielman
Lark Crafts is pleased to announce that Martha Sielman will be authoring the second volume in a new series of art quilt books. This book will focus on works that feature people and portraits—individuals or groups—that explore the human condition.
Each volume in the Art Quilt Portfolio series will include a Feature section, focusing on 15 to 20 artists in depth; this section will include an interview with each artist, several images of works by the featured artist, and a glimpse into each artist’s working methods. The books will also include a Gallery of works by 70 to 80 selected artists. Both Feature and Gallery artists will be chosen from this Call for Consideration. Artists who are selected for inclusion in Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits will receive full acknowledgement, a complimentary copy of the book, and the option to purchase additional copies from Lark at a discount.

This opportunity is open to all quilt artists. Complete entry instructions are included on the form.
  • Lark Crafts accepts only digital images for submissions, submitted on a CD.
  • Artists may submit up to 3 entries.
  • Artists must also complete and submit an Entry Form and a Photo License Agreement.
  • There is no fee for submission.


June 15, 2011                        Call for Consideration OPENS
August 15, 2011                    Call for Consideration DEADLINE
Early Fall 2011                      Notification of acceptance via email


Please use the entry forms (click on the title to go to Lark website) for consideration as either as Feature or Gallery artist. Please read the digital photography requirements carefully and adhere to them strictly.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

North Country Studio Workshops registration coming up

Our mission: To inspire the creativity and to challenge the skill of accomplished craftspeople and artists.

click on the title to go to the webpage

“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Fabulous Fiber 2nd annual Fiber Arts at York Art Association Maine

This Friday I had the honor of judging a fiber art show in York, ME at the lovely York Art Association Gallery. One of the things that struck me about this exhibit was it's versatility in form and content. You have to go to the exhibit, open until June 26th, to see what I mean!

Warning: This Exhibit is Not What You Might Expect!
Fabulous Fiber is the 2nd annual fiber arts show hosted by York Art Association. This juried show was open to members, and non-members alike. Submissions need to have been completed in the last three years, and fall under the categories of: quilts, rug hooking, weaving, wearable art, fabric painting and soft sculpture. 
The show will be judged by nationally recognized fiber artist Wen Redmond. Redmond is a mixed media fiber artist, and longtime member of League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, as well as Studio Art Quilt Associates, and Surface Design Association. Redmond will present a gallery talk at York Art Association on Thursday, June 23rd at 6:30 p.m. entitled: “Fiber Art ---Breaking the Barriers of Traditional Quilt Making and Entering the Realm of Art.”  
As part of the Fabulous Fiber show, members of the Seacoast Association of Fiber Artists will be exhibiting a Slice Quilt. SAFA consists of ten fiber artists from Maine and New Hampshire. Last year SAFA divided into two groups, and each group completed a Slice Quilt. Members of each group were given a section of a seascape photograph and asked to duplicate the image in fiber. The artists were also told to keep the horizon line consistent. 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Interesting Workshop on Rozome Wax Resist

I had the recent pleasure of meeting Kiranada Sterling Benjamin, author of "The World of Rozome: Wax Resist Textiles of Japan".  She is a lovely, interesting and inspiring woman.
She will be teaching a class on soywax batik at the end of the month.  Click on the title to go to her website and learn more about her.  To sign up for the workshop, follow the contact link.

Japanese Patterns and Textures in Soywax Batik
Clark University, Worcester MA
Sponsored by Northeast Cultural Coop and the Freeman Foundation
June 25 – 29, 2011

Artist Statement:
Painting with "hot wax and liquid dyes on thirsty cloth" is an apt way to describe the work I do. My background in fibers includes training in the Japanese kimono industry and research in the traditional Japanese classical arts; from scoll painting, tea ceremony to literature.

My work reflects 18 years of life in Kyoto as well as impressions from winter studios in Spain, Costa Rica and Indonesia. Working with applied dyes, and hot wax on silk is a meditative process for me; centering and ecstatic; both planned and spontaneous. I work with color and pattern, layering and mark making with resist-dye techniques, using the materials of acid dye, silk fabric and ganryo pigment.

In the past images for my work have come from textile research, ancient craft traditions and a delight in process. Other subject matter came from time spent in the Alhambra in Granada, sketching in the Mosque of Cordoba as well as painting on the edge of rice fields in Indonesia.

More recently, an interest in the spiritual qualities of cloth, transformation and a global view led me to work on a series of seven kesa (Buddhist monastic robes) that I prepared for the millennium to be on view at PEM from December of 2006 through June 2007. As cloths of healing and unity, one for each continent, they were made to be on site around the world on January 1, 2000. My latest work is a series of scrolls on contemplative and spiritual sources and a collaborative project with Luanne Rimel of St. Louis exploring visual meditations in layered rozome and digital printed images on silk.

My work is a meditation and a centering in this diverse world.
Kiranada Sterling Benjamin