Monday, August 11, 2014

After the show is before the show....

The SAQA table at Birmingham was well-staffed and a success, the FoQ is over - and EPM at Ste. Marie-aux-Mines is just around the corner. We still need volunteers to staff the table at Wide Horizons IV in Ste. Marie-aux-Mines. If you could spare 1 1/2 hours of your time while you are there, and want to meet lots of interesting people from all over the world, we would very much appreciate if you sent an e-mail to Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix - or to the blog address, from where it will be forwarded.

Also there are still a few spaces left for the SAQA luncheon Friday, 19th of September at lunchetime, for which you need to register, again with Elisabeth.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at Ste. Marie-aux-Mines.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

"Mapping the Imagination" at FoQ

SAQA member Alicia Merrett has a gallery of her map quilts at FoQ - "Mapping the Imagination".

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Prizes for SAQA members at Festival of Quilts, Birmingham

At the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, several prizes went to SAQA members.
Two prizes went to SAQA members in the category “Art Quilts” - Mercedes Desedamas from Spain received first prize for her piece “Sunrise”.

Mercedes Desedamas, "Sunrise", First Prize Wnner in Art Quilts

Maggi Birchenough from England received a Juror’s Choice for her piece “Rose”.

Maggi Birchenough, Juror's Choice for "Rose"

First prize in the category “Miniature Quilts” went to Roberta Le Poidevin from Guernsey / Channel Islands for her piece “Hundred Acres”.

Roberta Le Poidevin, "Hundred Acres"

In the category "Fine Art Masters" the first prize went to Brigitte Kopp from Germany.

Brigitte Kopp, "Gebärmütter"

And in the category “Pictorial Quilts” Lea McComas (USA) received second prize for her piece “Turkish Bread Boys”.

Lea McComas, "Turkish Bread Boys"

Two Judge's choices went to Margaret Ramsay. One in the category "Pictorial quilt", and the other in the category "Art quilts".

Margaret Ramsay, "Weymouth Waves"

Margaret Ramsay, "Nautical Dawn"

Congratulations to all the winners! 

(Should I have missed any, please notify me and send a picture, and I will update this post as soon as possible. Thank you - Uta)

Monday, August 4, 2014

This is SAQA Europe/Middle East: the Romance countries (or: An American in Paris)

Elizabeth Byrom

I’m an American quiltmaker living in France.  My husband Stuart and I moved to Paris in 2008 after retiring from IBM and the University of North Carolina repectively.  Most of my career focused on research, evaluation, and professional development in the use of technology for teaching and learning.  Although my career was fulfilling, it was completely unrelated to quilting or textile arts.  It was also demanding, making it difficult to find time for working in my studio, participating in quilt groups, and taking art or quilting classes.  Since retiring, though, I’ve been known to happily spend days on end in my studio in Amboise (Loire Valley), trying new techniques, methods, and materials for making art quilts. I especially enjoy experimenting with various aspects of surface design, such as screenprinting, monoprinting, multi-layer dyeing, and the use of resists.
One of my recent projects was to create a chart of over-dyed colors. 

Several years ago I took a class from Heide Stoll Weber in which 21 students collaboratively created notebooks of 1750 color samples made from combining gradations of the basic (unmixed) procion mx dyes.  What a fabulous resource the notebook has been!  The more I get into over-dyeing, though, the more I’ve needed a similar reference, one that shows what you get when you over-dye an unmixed color over another.  The results are sometimes surprising.  Because I work a lot on silk, I made the chart with silk twill, which is easier and less expensive to buy in France than mercerized or PFD cotton.  I suspect a similar chart made with cotton would look somewhat different.
Another recent project was in response to “A la manière de…”, a challenge proposed by Exploration Pour l’Art Textile (EPAT): .  My piece, Hommage à Frank Gehry, (Photo 2) was inspired by the architect’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa, Spain, which I see as a cathedral to modern art.  It’s breathtaking!  

As one might guess from the quilt, Gehry doesn’t like rectilinear shapes.  His structures have a certain lightness about them, realized through the use of glass interiors and exteriors as well as titanium outer layers of the buildings.  To make the quilt, I used about 25 different surface design techniques, including deconstructed and breakdown printing, monoprinting, and dyed transparent fabrics.

In 2009, four friends and I created EPAT as a way of bringing together quilters interested in learning techniques and methods of textile arts.  I’m the group’s Directrice Artistique, said with a wink, as we are an unpretentious group.  Most of the 40 EPATantes live in Paris or nearby, while others live in other parts of France.  We originate from many different countries, including France, the United States, England, Canada, Italy, Germany, and Norway.  At least three EPATantes also belong to SAQA.  EPAT meetings are held once a month at the Mairie du 4em Arrondissement (town hall of the Marais) from September through June.  Each meeting features a two or three hour workshop on a particular theme, technique, or material chosen from a list voted on by the members, e.g., shibori, resists, working with acrylics, working with metals, creating texture, creating abstract designs, etc.. Workshops are led by EPAT members and tend to be hands-on.  Each meeting also features a Show and Tell where members have an opportunity to show recent work.  When possible, we have exhibitions of our work resulting from annual challenges, one thematic and the other based on the themes of our workshops. In June, 2014, Elizabeth Barton came to Paris and led a very successful three-day class for us based on her book Inspired to Design.  Photo 3 shows the EPATantes at the June, 2014 meeting of EPAT.  I’m the one in blue, sitting at the right end of the first row.