Monday, March 31, 2014

This is SAQA Europe/Middle East: The Middle East

My name is Amie Starchuk and I am living in Saudi Arabia. We came here in 2001 from Canada with my husband's job. I love to travel and have enjoyed living in this part of the world and seeing so many places! 

I have been quilting for twenty years. I have fallen in love with creating art quilts. My favorite part of the process is the free motion quilting! I love small stitches which create great texture! Most of my work is mounted on stretcher bars, and sometimes framed. 

The Hand of Fatima 8" X 9"

Antique painted doors are a popular collectible in Arabia. I am currently creating a series of Arabian doors. 

Arabian Door II 6 1/2" x 9"1/2

When I am not creating art quilts, I am traveling and honing my photography other passion!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

This is SAQA Europe/Middle East: The North

My name is Eva Have, from Denmark. I was born in 1944 and educated as Technical Designer and worked for several consulting engineering firms.

I am married and blessed with 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
I have been quilting since 1978, but mainly in my spare time. I started quilting seriously in 1994, using mainly traditional patterns. Soon I found it much more interesting to design my own quilt, and suddenly it ended up in Art Quilts. Today my inspiration comes from the world around me, daily life and ordinary things gives me the ideas for to my quilts.

I am a member of the Scandinavian Art textile group  ”QuilteQunstnerne”, The “SAQA” group and “The Danish Patchwork Guild” and I am committee member of a local patchwork group “Limfjorden”.

I have participated in different exhibitions in quite a few countries such as Austria, France, Belgium, Holland, Japan, Spain, Germany, England, Poland, Holland, Canada, Hungary, Scotland and South Africa.
All the Scandinavia countries – Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland has also hosted my quilt and – of course – many, many places in Denmark.

I like to play golf which I started doing in 1996. And I collect thimbles - my collection recently exceeded 2000 different thimbles.
I also collect pin cushions, where my favorites are figurines.

Be my Guest!  Size 100 x 200 cm

The Thimbles, size 95x140 cm

Both quilts were exhibited at the International Quilt Convention, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 2013

Saturday, March 15, 2014

TAFch Exhibition “teximus 1”

TAFch is a group of dedicated textile artists who are aiming at promoting textile art in Switzerland. Its members – Gabi Mett, Judith Mundwiler, C├ęcile Trentini and Grietje van der Veen – have organized a competition, addressing all kind of textile artists residentiary in Switzerland. An independent jury has chosen 54 works out of 163. They comprise quilting, embroidery, knitting, felting, lacemaking, weaving, papermaking, etc. of very high standard.

The exhibition will take place in the end of March 2014, from the 27th to the 30th,  in the Altstadthalle, Untere Altstadt 14, 6300 Zug, Switzerland.

Opening hours:
Thu., 27th:     19.00 Opening ceremony
Thu., 27th:     18.30 h - 21.00 h
Fri ., 28th:      11.00 h - 18.00 h
Sa., 29th:      11.00 h - 18.00 h
Su., 30th:       10.00 h - 17.00 h

This is the first comprehensive exhibition of textile art in the broadest sense for many years in Switzerland. A catalogue of all works will be available.

Regina Augustiny: "Kinderhochzeit"

For more information please see:

For TAFch: Grietje van der Veen

Sunday, March 9, 2014

This is SAQA Europe/Middle East: The North

My name is Vera Holmgren and I’m living in Uppsala, Sweden. 

My quilt career began about ten years ago when I took some classes in traditional quilting. Later I got more and more interested in art quilting and in 2013 I took a Master class “Finding your voice” taught by Jette Clover. I have also had technical classes and workshops for Elizabeth Barton,  Elsbeth Nusser-Lampe,  Mirjan Pet-Jacobs and Noriko Endo.

My current work with "Mothers" is about two life stories, my grandmother and my great-grandmother's. In their frequent correspondence I have followed their lives and been fascinated by history.  Taking advantage of old linen, monograms, and bits of lace and silk together with color and text tell their history. This work has also resulted in a book with the letter collection. Two of my quilts in this series were in a juried art exhibition in Uppsala last year and I have also attended some group exhibitions.

Mothers II, by Vera Holmgren


Link to Vera's Blog (in Swedish - with optional translation).