Friday, August 25, 2017

My Corner of the World - Canada exhibit opens in FRANCE on September 14-17 as a part of the 23rd European Patchwork Shows Schedule and will travel for a year in France!

The Exhibitions Committee of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) has sent our beautiful  40 piece ALL CANADIAN Artists exhibit titled "MY CORNER OF THE WORLD-CANADA"  to FRANCE and it will travel there to four venues over the next year with the huge European Patchwork Association traveling show:


« My Corner of the World - CANADA »

My Corner of the World invites the artists to investigate a real or imaginary world that represents what is important in life.

It might be where the artist lives, works, or grew up, or their works.
It might be their favorite place that they always keep in mind at any moment of their life, or an even more private and personal place.

My Corner of the World contemplates the situation as a whole, but staying open and including homeland, ancestors and culture

SAQA developed this exhibition in collaboration with the Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, Ontario, Canada, and with the Canadian Regions of SAQA.

This exhibition began its journey at the same time as an International  exhibition in the Statford Museum of Perth in May 2016.

Hargreaves Phillida, Looks Like a Nice Day Up There, 122cm x 72cm
sponsored by
Studio Art Quilt Associates, (SAQA) is a non profit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications.

SAQA's membership has over 3000 members worldwide. SAQA regional representatives aim to promote quilt as an art as well as its associates though exhibitions whenever they are made possible.

(This link will take you to the page at their website - click on the small translate "ball" with British flag at top left of the page, to translate to English. Then click on Exhibitions and scroll down to see the SAQA button on the lower right. Click there and it will take you to our page reproduced here for you.)

Espace des tisserands


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Please plan to join the community of TEXTILE ARTS Students at Kingston's St. Lawrence College this fall - TEXTILE ART HISTORY is the fall credit course and sure to provide lots of interest and fun!

Ann Brauer, Week Two Artist Study... September 28, 2017

Textile Art: History, Diversity and Techniques  
You are invited to join the devoted group of textile focused students from in and around the Kingston, ON community as we come together on September 21t to begin our exploration of the history of textile and fibre arts and create an all new body of work along the way.

There are no pre-requisites for the course and this term will earn students a full credit in this 36-hour Textile Arts Certificate Program ongoing at St. Lawrence College since 1996.

As we enter our tenth consecutive year of Program concentration at the Kingston Campus, our returning students will reunite with friends in the fibre arts, and new students who have an interest in pursuing a textiles and fibre focused learning experience. The course will be of interest to quilters, embroidery enthusiasts, fibre artists and general interest stitchers.

Course Description:

The study of Textile Art History will be the most impressive part of a personal journey to develop a body of work, collect an inventory of resources and supplies for design and development studies and as a foundation for future collection, exhibition and perhaps sale of textile art. 

Designed to support both the traditional and contemporary fibre artist and quilter, this course will provide a guide for individual as well as interactive study and resource development to support current and future design work in a chosen area of interest. Explore American and European coverlets, quilts and needlework, and ethnographic textiles with strengths in South and Southeastern Asia, Latin America and particularly India. Learn how Impressionist Art and African and Japanese textiles continue to influence current fibre art and traditional quilt trends. 

Course studies may lead to concentration on one particular technique as a focus for each individual student, or study and exploration in several areas of interest as students develop one or more small pieces of fibre or a small quilt which will be shared as a final Textile Art History course submission.

Online and Continuing Education > Fibre / Metal Arts

(The query buttons included here will be active for you at the Registration link above).

Offered In SLC Classroom 00060 - Thursday evenings for 12 weeks (no class October 5th)
Textile Art - History, Diversity and Techniques
Course Code: ARTS136Section: 860
Campus: KINGSTONInstructor: Bethany Garner
Date(s): 9/21/2017 - 12/7/2017
Days of Week: Th   Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

No class Oct. 5 
Fee: $268.20Additional Notes: 

Please contact Instructor, Bethany Garner for more information and a course delivery outline:

September 21, 2017, Artist Focus for Study - MITA GIACOMINI, Ontario based textile artist

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Annual SAQA Benefit Auction means the creativity shared as a supporting donation by artists from around the world gives US all a chance at building an amazing personal collection International Art...

Summertime is all about the water for me. Living near a city that is along Lake Ontario is a blessing, and while my own house in in the middle of a hayfield, the call of the blue of the water, the memories of childhood walks long so many beaches and the amazingly different colours and textures that are seen in the summertime lakes, rivers and waterways close by and at a distance call me back - again and again.

When SAQA offers the opportunity to post a DREAM COLLECTION, I always jump at the chance to ponder the whole collection of about 400 quilts made especially for this annual event... and so very crucial to the annual fundraising that keeps my Art Quilts Association alive and well. The dollars raised through the Benefit Auction are all a part of the support for SAQA Exhibitions, educational opportunities for our members, touring Trunk Shows, exhibition catalogues, components of the annual Conference and most importantly our Staff!

I love to work with water themes in my own artwork, but the artists here are sharing their special relationships with lakes, rivers, waterways and the ocean. Please join me in celebrating the artists, their creativity and their willingness to give away their art to support the organization that mean so much in their professional arts practice.

If I am lucky in September - one of these may end up in My personal collection - taking the number of SAQA Auction quilts to sixteen my home.

See the WHOLE collection of Benefit Auctions quilts here
And the Benefit Auction details for bidding and purchase.
Auction bidding starts September 15, 2017!.

Enjoy these quilts as much as I do! DREAM ON!

Arashi-Shibori dyed, discharged, pieced, quilted, Thai silk

Commercial and original fabrics, paint, thread, embroidery floss; fused appliqué, surface design, free motion quilting, hand embroidery

Whole-cloth painted with Tsukineko inks on cotton.

Artist's own hand-dyed fabrics are freehand cut into small pieces -  for the "brushstrokes" of the art - and used in a collage technique. They are then fused and stitched into place, followed by extensive free motion quilting, which adds a rich texture to the finished piece. ‘Twilight II’ incorporates artist’s own hand-dyed Pimatex cotton, wool batting, and a high-sheen trilobal polyester thread.

Hand painted silk, raw edge cottons, machine quilted with silk thread.

Cotton. Screen printed, painted and machine quilted.