Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Grand Gallery of SAQA Europe/Middle East's Contributions to the Benefit Auction 2014

Fenella Davies (Italy)

I've been making quilts based on Venice for about 10 years - mostly based on the effects of age and time on the buildings and walls, coupled with the reflections the waters of the canals make on the palazzos and architecture there.

The Sunken Boat - Detail 1

My current work has been moving more into collage - a lot of layering of fabrics, which I have already hand stitched, and then heavily painted over.  This piece came about from watching dredging of the lagoon in Venice, and the sudden slow appearance of something being revealed just under the water - the sunken boat.....and the question - was it an accident, or deliberate?

The Sunken Boat - Detail 2

This piece is cotton, hand stitched, then painted heavily over,  and ripped to reveal 'the boat'.


This quilt will be up for auction in section 3 of the Benefit Auction, beginning on Sept. 29th . Help support SAQA, and at the same time build your art quilt collection by bidding often!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Grand Gallery of SAQA Europe/Middle East's Contributions to the 2014 Benefit Auction

Sandy Snowden (GB)

Ramshackled Houses 
My piece for the SAQA Benefit Auction is a continuation of my ‘Ramshackle’ series in which I have been exploring Neighbourhood. I have been using houses with a sketchy look to develop the character of a particular neighbourhood.
Past works in this series have explored proximity and positioning of houses. I found I could show estrangement or togetherness, depending on the lean of the houses and the placement of ‘accessories’ like a path or smoke from the chimney.
Along with these ideas, I am exploring colour. Does the fabric used as background contribute to the mood or relationship of the neighbours? For instance, in Ramshackled Houses, I haven’t added paths, but I think the green gives a pastoral feel and a sense of companionship.
To see some of the other pieces in this series, you can follow this link. http://sandysnowden.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Ramshackle

Making the work -

I seldom sketch before working, choosing rather to develop the ideas in my head and then work them out in fabric. But for my ‘Ramshackle’ series I make a little sketch of what I have in mind. It helps me get a better feel of the positioning of the houses.

sketch

To make the Ramshackled Houses I used printed cotton fabrics. The top layer was fused using Misty Fuse before cutting the shapes and positioning them over a dark fabric.


 When everything was arranged to my satisfaction, I fused the pieces into place. After this was the rest of the quilt layers, securing the pieces with straight stitches along edges, further quilting through the layers, and lastly the binding.
And the finished Ramshackled Houses piece I sent to SAQA for the Benefit Auction.



This quilt will be up for auction in section 3 of the Benefit Auction, beginning on Sept. 29th . Help support SAQA, and at the same time build your art quilt collection by bidding often!

Friday, September 26, 2014

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Cécilia Gonzalez (Spain)

It has become a tradition to work in the Benefit Auction with leftovers from other pieces that I love.

I had some hand-dyed silk velvet pieces in deep and bright reeds from a bigger piece "The difference". I began to play with them to find the way to match them together. When I was doing that it seemed to me like a lipstick red chart of colours.
I like silk velvet. The way it changes and you can play quilting it. I like to explore the ways you can change a surface only with quilting. Is for that that I prefer dyed fabrics, especially silk. 
This piece explores the red colour and also the shades can be produced with thread."


This quilt will be up for auction in section 3, starting on September 29.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Elizabeth Hoadley-Maidment (GB)

Potting Shed began with monoprinting onto calico with black ink.  I cut out templates for the watering can and flower pots and used a wide toothed comb to create the vertical lines in the background.  The unique thing, though, is the use of Chromacoal to colour the 'picture'.  I seem to remember that those of us who took this workshop went and bought up almost the entire remaining stock of Chromacoal in the UK.  This had something to do with it having been discontinued because of health and safety issues but if you look at Bobby's website you will see the work where she has used it.

Having coloured the top, I put it on a stiff wadding that Bobby recommended and then free machine quilted it.  Then I had no idea what to do with it so it sat in a box with other the same size.  When I read about the Benefit Auction I realised it was a really good cause.  This is SAQA's main fund-raiser, based on donations from members.  I do not really expect this to sell but it might appeal to someone who wants a decoration on a gardening theme.  The other thing is that it has made me realise how much I like this size of quilt so I am all set to make some more, using up some of my UFOs.

"Potting Shed"

Read more about my work here: http://reensstitcher.blogspot.de/2014/06/saqa-benefit-auction.html


This quilt will be up for auction in section 3 of the Benefit Auction, beginning on Sept. 29th . Help support SAQA, and at the same time build your art quilt collection by bidding often!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Grand Gallery of Europe/Middle East's Contributions to the SAQA Benefit Auction 2014 part

Elinor Sigler (F)

"A Windy Day", by Elinor Sigler


Lately, I've been very interested in transparency so have been experimenting with Lutradur and Angelina.

This quilt will be up for auction in section 2 of the Benefit Auction, beginning on Sept. 22nd . Help support SAQA, and at the same time build your art quilt collection by bidding often!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

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Wil Opio 

 For the background I used my own hand dyed fabrics. The birds are made from commercial fabric. Title of the quilt is Early Flight.



This quilt will be up for auction in section 2 of the Benefit Auction, beginning on Sept. 22nd . Help support SAQA, and at the same time build your art quilt collection by bidding often!

Friday, September 19, 2014

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Bodil Gardner

I have always sent a portrait of a woman since the auction started, in fact my contribution was the first one to be sold at the first auction! I make these small pictures whenever I'm stuck on a larger one or when I need to do something quickly and easily. When the auction comes round I send a picture from the stock. You can see some of them here www.bodilgardner.dk/bgeportrait.htm but I have many more, waiting to be sold or given as presents. 



This quilt will be up for auction in section 2 of the Benefit Auction, beginning on Sept. 22nd . Help support SAQA, and at the same time build your art quilt collection by bidding often!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Grand Gallery of Europe/Middle East's contributions to the SAQA Benefit Auction 2014

Tiziana Tateo

"Still Life" by Tiziana Tateo


- materials used:  felt, threads, plastic net
- technique:  free machine embroidery

Inspiration:  "If you don't tidy up your desk, you won't find anything", my mother used to say me.
                     I have never been able to put her words into practise...

This quilt will be up for auction in section 2 of the Benefit Auction, beginning on Sept. 22nd . Help support SAQA, and at the same time build your art quilt collection by bidding often!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Grand Gallery of Europe/Middle East's Contributions to the SAQA Benefit Auction 2014

Maggi Birchenough (UK)

Wheels and Windows #6 is part of a series of work which began after a long photo session at Belper Mill and while I was taking Lisa Call’s Working in a Series class. The mill was one of the first water powered cotton spinning mill and is now part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site. Sadly, the mill is no longer working but the building is still used as office space and houses a museum.
The two photos which inspired the series were a photo of the mill building itself and several of the old cogwheels, still in relatively good condition.

The cog wheel

The mill building

For this piece I used a piece of pole dyed silk noil as the background. The windows photo was
manipulated in Photoshop and then printed onto silk organza. These were then fused onto the

background. 

Trying out the placement of the cogwheels

layout

The cogwheel shapes and the shaft were cut from hand dyed silk organza and again fused onto the background over the windows. All the shaped were stitched down and then the background was quilted.

Wheels and windows #6

This quilt will be up for auction in section 2 of the Benefit Auction, beginning on Sept. 22nd . Help support SAQA, and at the same time build your art quilt collection by bidding often!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Jette Clover (B)

Fabric and paper are the two materials most familiar to us as part of our everyday surroundings, and they carry with them the traces of previous lives.

The woman in my piece is an anonymous worker from a textile factory in the 19th century, and the fabric is rescued bits and pieces from several discarded  sources. Using her image and recycled fabric makes me feel an intimate association with the many generations of textile makers that came before me and a connection with  women’s work and women’s history.


Detail of  "Pentimento"



This quilt will be up for auction in section 2 of the Benefit Auction, beginning on Sept. 22nd . Help support SAQA, and at the same time build your art quilt collection by bidding often!

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Grand Gallery of Europe/Middle East’s Contributions to the SAQA Benefit Auction part

Bella Kaplan (Israel)

Its about a place in Israel,  enchanted  Gaash beach, with its bounty of colors and textures. white foam on the turquoise sea , rocks  below, plants touching the beach. 
Cotton and silk, hand dyed and  batik, by me,  fusing, machine quilted.




This quilt will be up for auction in section 2 of the Benefit Auction, beginning on Sept. 22nd . Help support SAQA, and at the same time build your art quilt collection by bidding often!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

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Hilde van Schaardenburg (Netherlands)







"Rosa"
2009, 
​30 x 30 cm/​
12 x 12 inch

Materials: cotton, textile paint, glass beads & Swarovski crystals

Techniques:  Linoleum cut (Ruth Kübler/mother), print​ing​ on fabric, 
free-motion quilting and embroidery

Inspiration: "Scent of roses & moonlight"







This quilt will be in section 1 of the Benefit Auction, beginning on Sept. 15 th. Help support SAQA, and build your art quilt collection by bidding often!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

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Uta Lenk: The Making of Shapes 19

I had started early this year, to be well in time with my contribution to the SAQA Benefit Auction, and managed to produce a nice little quilt with text on itwhich was slightly too bigAfter consulting with the organizers, who said that they had had difficulties selling quilts that were of ‘odd size’ rather than the 12” required for the auction, I went on and made another one. In my current series Shapes I had made three pieces which left me with a number of cut out circles. Being an all-time scavenger, of course I could not throw these out, and decided to use them.
I juxtaposed the circles with a few squares left over from another project, and played around with the orientation, first, and the backgrounds, second.










Rough edge appliqué, sinking threads on the back, and a densely stitched zigzag edge make it all complete.







This time, I managed to keep within the size restrictions, and even made the early bird deadline.



Please take a look at my website for quilts www.justquilts.de, my website for hand-dyed fabrics www.justcolours.de, and my blogs in German http://justcolours-uta.blogspot.de/

and in English http://utalenk-justquilts.blogspot.de/ (they differ from each other). 

This quilt will be in section 1 of the Benefit Auction, beginning on Sept. 15 th. Help support SAQA, and build your art quilt collection by bidding often!

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Grand Gallery of SAQA Europe/Middle East's Contributions to the 2014 Benefit Auction

Linda Colsh - (formerly Belgium)


(note of the blog moderator: Linda Colsh has recently returned to the USA after many years in Europe. She still counts as one of us here in the region Europe/Middle East and has sent us a few pictures of how she works, and a description of her process when making the auction piece.)


I have been journaling about and working on cloth with my images of the elderly for more than 10 years. During this time, I myself have grown closer to my subject matter--emotionally and myself (for real!) The people whose images I've collected and made art about provide me with limitless inspiration; yet they remain virtually unnoticed by society other than as a vague worry about "our aging population." Through my art, I strive to make the bring attention to the invisible and make them visible.
My process involves street photography (a genre that is not without controversy) to capture pictures of people as they cope with day-to-day life. 
Streetphotographer Linda Colsh
I load the images on my computer and begin to work with them in Photoshop and to write about them in my workbooks, developing their narrative and character. I use the images I've altered in Photoshop to make screens for printing on cloth that I have printed, dyed or painted.
Deconstructed Screen printing

Gelatin mono printing

Usually, my art quilts are pieced work that combines the images of the people with other images that build a narrative. In 2010, I began working with calligraphic-like lines and brushstrokes in large compositions, as well as smaller line-dominated compositions. 
Painting and printing
Machine quilting
My auction piece combines gestural lines made by moving my camera while pointed toward lights either at night or in a tunnel, with pen-like line and more static linear patterns. In "Traces That Remain" I echo the meanderings of the old woman through the city--the sometimes wandering, sometimes purposeful path of the individual whose thinking can be clear and directed or unfocused and random. I wonder if her urban steps somehow are directed by or reflect what is in her mind.  


This quilt will be in section 1 of the Benefit Auction, beginning on Sept. 15 th. Help support SAQA, and build your art quilt collection by bidding often!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Geneviève Attinger (F)

Beyond  obviousness, there are hidden treasures. It’s true for personality,too;  beyond their discretion some people deserve to be known.   I  interpreted  that with this face hidden behind a kind of lace curtain made of paper and video magnetic  tape .
- paper can be torn easily, but paper string is strong
- on this video magnetic tape is a recording, but it's impossible to watch it !!




This quilt will be in section 1 of the Benefit Auction, beginning on Sept. 15 th. Help support SAQA, and build your art quilt collection by bidding often!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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Shea Wilkinson (USA)

Shea is an American who has listed 'Germany' as her second area of interest in SAQA regions and has also contributed an auction piece that will be on sale in the first section. Here is what she wrote about her piece:

The piece, "Skycape", is inspired by x-ray contour maps of space. I was in the middle of creating a body of work on this theme when I did my auction piece. The imagery is created with free motion quilting, with the "map" lines being restitched up to 5 times for thickness. The background is done to appear as glowing gas clouds among the denser objects portrayed by the topographical lines. Framing the sides of the piece is hand-dyed silk, in a beautiful electric blue. 




This quilt will be in section 1 of the Benefit Auction, beginning on Sept. 15 th. Help support SAQA, and build your art quilt collection by bidding often!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Grand Gallery of SAQA Europe/Middle East's Contributions to the 2014 Benefit Auction

Brigitte Kopp (Germany)

In Town II 

The movement of People in the city – scatting, lingering, pottering, with each other or without noticing the others - this fascinates me.

I often make a small trail version for a bigger quilt. This piece I made for my quilt 'In Town', which was excepted for EAQ VII.  For the auction I cut it into the requested size. 

It's made out of selfpainted and white satin silk an an old silk ti, in my own technique of inserted ropes, for giving the coulured parts a three demensional structure. The little persons are free motion machine quilted. I stich them without any tracing (Vorzeichnung) with a spring needle (Federnadel) ,  mostly looking on my sketches I use to attach to the wall behind my sewing machine.



This quilt will be in section 1 of the Benefit Auction, beginning on Sept. 15 th. Help support SAQA, and build your art quilt collection by bidding often!

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Grand Gallery of Europe/Middle East's Contributions to the SAQA Benefit Auction 2014

Daniela Dancelli (I)

Tangle, by Danieal Dancelli


I made “TANGLE”, inspired by the nature that surrounds me. Some time ago, I took a picture of a tree that had a dense tangle of branches. These were creating wonderful play of light and color. Thinking of those weaves, I thought it was a metaphor for life, often tangled and complicated but wonderfully colorful!


Detail of "Tangle"


I used paper from magazines manipulated, cotton yarns, and fabrics to create the branches of cotton hand-dyed, I free-motion quilted and printed with the technique of monoprint.


This quilt will be in section 1 of the Benefit Auction, beginning on Sept. 15 th. Help support SAQA, and build your art quilt collection by bidding often!