Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New England Quilt Museum news

As the New England Quilt Museum prepares to celebrate its Silver Anniversary, quilters across the continent and around the world are invited to join the fun.

One way to get involved is to take part in the Silver Threads Quilt Challenge. Make a quilt inspired by the theme "silver." No one is more imaginative than a quilter. Have fun with this!

Prizes will be awarded in a number of categories. Your quilt will be featured in special exhibits in our anniversary year and beyond, including a planned touring exhibit of the very best entries.

Click on this link for more information:

Other News

The Opening Reception for "Vibrancy, in Fibers" show is tomorrow
FEBRUARY 29th from 5 - 6:30 pm
At the Converse Free Library in Lyme, NH
Artists participating in this show are SAQA Members, Nellie Pennington, Margaret M. Sheehan, Sue Geno, Janet Daniels, along with Joanne Shapp, Monica Kaczyk, Judi Simon-Boutin, Peggy Sadler, Dana Burrell, and Michelle Goldsmith.
The show will be up until the end of April.
It's free and open to the public.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Review of the Bhakti Ziek Lecture

I was able to attend the Bhakti Ziek lecture held at the League of NH Craftsmen yesterday and found it wonderfully interesting.  I had never met Bhakti, nor did I know her story, so I was open to the adventure of learning all about her.  

She started the evening by greeting all ten of the guests personally as we milled around the crafts studies room looking at her gorgeous weavings.  The crafts studies room at the Hanover League is an intimate setting for a lecture so the initial greeting by the lecturer put everyone at ease right away.
Her talk covered her passion and pursuit of weaving, which was initiated as a child while walking through the Natural History museum in New York with her mother.  She included several images of her travels to Central America and India in pursuit of knowledge and experience in traditional weaving methods.  Her acceptance to Cranbrook Academy, where she got her Masters Degree, gave her a more focused direction for her art and launched her as a passionate teacher. Her work has amazingly evolved over the years influenced by the electronic evolution of the loom.  She has been a pioneer in the computer graphic influence in the field of weaving.  Her work shows incredible depth of field as she plays with the layering of textures juxtaposed by the shimmer of the materials and colors she chooses to use.
I was very impressed with her use of photoshop in her work.  She gave us a brief overview on how she manipulates images for her projects.  It was very cool!

She will be teaching Photoshop As A Design Tool For Fiber Or Other Medium at the league.  If you are curious about creating art using a computer and primarily photoshop, I highly recommend you check her class out.  She will provide a comfortable and creative introduction and send you home with inspiration for expanding your work.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Fabric Designer's Competition

REPEAT: A fabric designer's competition

If you have been actively designing fabrics at Spoonflower, or just actively designing, this competition, aptly named REPEAT, might be fun to try. It seems to be based on the same principles as Project Runway. 10 designers will be chosen early March to compete against each other in a fabric design challenge. One designer will be eliminated each week, after a critique by a panel of judges, until only one winner remains.
Click on the link above for the contest info and details. Good luck.
If you get in, let us know so we can cheer for you!
For a list of guest judges click here.
Thank you, Roz Daniels, for this wonderful tidbit! ~ Margaret
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We have scheduled a SAQA Parlor meeting in Keene, April 28th
This meeting is open to all SAQA members and their guests.
Bring Friends, Food, and your awesome Show & Tell.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Our Next Parlor Meeting set in Keene, NH

Mark your Calendars Now! Our next SAQA Parlor meeting will be at Terri Lipman's house in Keene, NH.
  • Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012
  • Time: 10 - 2-ish....
  • Location/Directions:  Terri Lipman's House, 103 School St, Keene, NH - 2 blocks north of West St in downtown area of Keene  (Take West St exit off route 9, after you go under the highway at the 5th light , go left onto School St (Peoples bank is on the corner.  House is at the stop sign on your right - brick house) Park in the driveway until full - then on the street.
  • 603-209-1918 or 355-1153
  • Agenda: Show and Tell, Potluck lunch, Networking & SAQA information
  • What to bring: Pot luck foods, drinks, show and tell, networking information
  • Things to do in the area:  Not too much in Keene but Delectable Mountain is a fabulous mostly silk fabric shop on Main St in Brattleboro, VT.  Also, Vermont Artisan Design is there as well as Gallery in the Woods.
  • Places to stay - The Marriott and Lane Hotel are within walking distance and there is a Holiday Inn Express.  Terri is willing to call the hotels to secure a block discount rate if there is a request for this.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Upcoming lecture of interest

Bhakti Ziek will present:

At the League of NH Craftsmen in Hanover, NH

From Backstrap Weaving to Digital Jacquard

Bhakti Ziek is an internationally known fiber artist, teacher and writer. Her talk will trace the path that has taken her from hand manipulated pictorial weaving created on backstrap looms to personal narratives woven on a digital jacquard loom. A natural storyteller, Ziek will include some historical information on figured textiles as well as demonstrate the process she uses to take a digital photograph from her camera, through Photoshop, into the final woven cloth.

Saturday, February 25, 2012
5:30 pm -  6:30 pm

in the Mixed Media Room
Hanover League CraftStudies
13 Lebanon Street
Hanover, NH 03755

** Added Note: A presentation featuring the metal work of student Brenna Colt, will be held on earlier that afternoon from 3:00-5:00pm, at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Gallery on 13 Lebanon, Street in Hanover
14”h x 20”w

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

We need your help...

bringing a SAQA Trunk Show here

We are currently working on booking one of the traveling SAQA trunk shows to display in our tri-state region. (Click on link above for the set) This is a wonderful opportunity to see, up close and personal, a wide variety of art quilt styles. The initial request is being made for a library show June 2013 in Camden, Maine. We would like to find other places in our region to display this wonderful body of work while it is here. If you would like to take charge of showing these, please consult your local guilds and libraries to see if there is any interest in seeing these gems, and then let Susan, Beth or me know (ASAP) that you want to arrange something. It would be wonderful to have a showing in each state.

For New Hampshire, I will be approaching the Northern Lights Quilt Guild to see if they would be interested in displaying them at their April 2013 quilt show. That show takes place in Hanover, NH. Think about the possibility of seeing it there and/or hosting it sometime before or after that weekend in your area. I will help you. Let's talk. ~ Margaret

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"Tomorrow's the Day" FotoFiber!

Consider donating to the American Cancer Society for Cancer Research and getting a wonderful bonus fiber delight and photograph in the process.
directions HERE.
Choose from Ninety beautiful and inspiring photos by 
Virginia A. Spiegel, Karen Stiehl Osborn, and Cynthia Wenslow. 

Cynthia Wenslow
Karen Stiehl Osborn
Virginia A. Spiegel
All photos are:
1. 7x5" and mounted to archival acid-free 1/8" foam board
2. Matted with an archival mat to 10x8."
3. Titled/signed, packaged in a clear envelope, and ready for framing.
4. Available as a very exclusive edition of only three of each photo.

Monday, February 13, 2012

SpRiNg into Spring with a Workshop with Wen!

Studio Workshops in Surface Design

APRIL 2012                

A 4-week series, Saturdays, covers a variety of surface design methods…

APRIL 7     Stupendous Fab Fabric PaintingEasy! Using a wide variety of tools and tricks, you’ll have lots of fun as you explore the exciting prospect of painting on fabric! You’ll learn lots of techniques to create completely incredible fabric in this workshop! Let yourself get acquainted with the joys of painting with abandon! Experiment!
 just featured at Pro Chem
APRIL 14  Basic Silk Screening
Master the art of marking making and design with silk screening. Simplify using these easy screen-printing techniques for personal marking, sure to make your fabric and art unique. 
APRIL 28   The Thermal Facts          
     Thermal Fax screens are detailed silk screens made from Black &White photographs. Your own photographs converted into silkscreens!
    An artistic compliment to your photographic fiber art. 

MAY 5   Stalking the Wild Prints! 
      Plein air printing? Why not! Take a walk and get your materials for free! Not only can you gather found natural items to print but you can clear you head and get inspired too! These techniques are based on a Wen Redmond article in Quilting Arts Magazine.

You'll learn new techniques or be inspired by new ideas.
            Wen Redmond, a fabric artist for over 30 years, will offer the workshops at her studio, #336, at Salmon Falls Mills, 1 Front St. Rollinsford, NH. (Directions www.millartists.com or GPS)
            The workshops run from 10-4. The first day will start at 9:30 for registration and payment. The cost is $295.00 for entire series or $80.00 per individual class. There is a small materials fee for each workshop.
            There is only room for 6 students so register early. There will be a registration fee of ½ total cost to hold your place in the workshop. For example, if you take all four workshops a total registration fee of $147.50 is due one month ahead of workshop. Workshops will be cancelled 2 weeks in advance if it is a no go. I will return your checks if this is the case.
            When filled, I will post workshop as closed on my tab on my blog.http://fiberartgoddess.blogspot.com.
To Register
EMAIL Wen at wenredmond@yahoo.com for enrollment information and workshop supply list. Please indicate “surface design class”.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Opportunities from the SAQA website

Off the Page: From Sketchbook to Art Quilt

Deadline: April 1, 2012
Publication opportunity
Calls for Entry

We've launched a new column in Quilting Arts and we are seeking submissions. It's called "Off the Page: From Sketchbook to Art Quilt," and chronicles the process from planning and experimenting with designs in your sketchbook to a completed art quilt.

We are seeking guest artists for this column who can share examples along with tips, discoveries, and techniques.

If interested, please send your ideas along with up to three low-resolution jpegs to submissions@ quiltingarts.com.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Opportunity to exhibit in New Hampshire

Lake Sunapee Center for the Arts: Individual and Group Shows 

Call for ArtistsDeadline February 20
The Lake Sunapee Center for the Arts hosts four Micro Galleries in New London, NH.
Each Micro Gallery exhibits the works of juried individual artists as well as displaying group shows throughout the year: Feb 1-April 30;May 1-July 31; Aug 1-Oct 31; Nov 1-Jan 31.
See Application and Guidelines  for more information.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Members News

Greetings from Vermont!
Once again I'll be part of Brandon's signature Winter event, Art in the Snow, opening both my private Studio and my Gallery for the weekend. Stop by to visit and then enjoy all the other wonderful activities occurring throughout town.   
Warmest regards,     Judith Reilly

Art in the Snow 2012 ~ Brandon offers it all during Art in the Snow -- artist's open studios, The Wine Trail, workshops, culinary delights, entertainment, comfortable lodging and shopping you can't find at the mall.  http://brandon.org

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News from Massachusetts
Quinobequin Quilters Quilt Show
From Traditional Quilts to Art Quilts, over 100 quilts on display
March 30 - 31st 2012
Needham Masonic Lodge
1101 Highland Ave, Needham, MA
(one mile from Exit 19B off Rt. 95)

Admission: $5 (children 12 and under free)
For more information: www.quinobequin.org

Hope to see you there!
Ms. V

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New Hampshire, too!
"Vibrancy, in Fibers"
Art Quilts by the WOW quilt group
at the Converse Free Library in Lyme, NH
February 4 through April 30, 2012
Free and open to the public during the library hours
Artists participating in this show are SAQA Members, Nellie Pennington, Margaret M. Sheehan, Sue Geno, Janet Daniels, along with Joanne Shapp, Monica Kaczyk, Judi Simon-Boutin, Peggy Sadler, Jann Block, Dana Burrell, Michelle Goldsmith

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hot off the presses

This is now the official SAQA definition of a quilt and the reasons behind it.

New Definition of a Quilt   

Kris Sazaki

For quite a while now, SAQA has realized that its definition of the art quilt does not adequately reflect the diversity of what our members produce. Therefore, the organization conducted a survey of its members during Spring 2011 and received 698 responses. Based on the survey responses and lengthy Board discussions, the SAQA Board has adopted the following definition of the art quilt:

"The art quilt is a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure."

The Board sees the revised definition as a visionary statement. The word "references" allows for a broader understanding of the art quilt, thus creating a potential for growth in SAQA membership in terms of numbers and diversity of artists. The revised definition allows for 3D work and work in media other than fiber/textile/fabric/cloth; it allows for techniques and materials not found in traditional quilting. The revised definition allows for framed, unframed, bound, and unbound work, thereby welcoming growth and development of individual style. The revised definition may not necessarily change submission requirements for any one show or exhibition. Those requirements, as always, remain the purview of the exhibition's curators.

The Board could have chosen not to define the art quilt. After all, many arts organizations do not define their art. It is simply understood. But, SAQA wants to be the resource for quilt artists and to fulfill its mission to educate the public on the art quilt. Adequately helping people understand what an art quilt is became an important reason to revise the definition. In reading the results of the survey and the artist statements from our 2011-13 Trunk Show, it became clear that the previous definition was also confusing - even to our own membership. It was also too long and cumbersome to recite when asked, "What is an art quilt?" Too often people were left trying to explain what the definition meant, thereby defeating its purpose.

This definition will not necessarily change how you work and create, but it will hopefully allow you to more easily convey to others what you produce. Rest assured that SAQA will continue to support you in your artistic endeavors.