Friday, January 16, 2015

This is SAQA Europe/Middle East: Germany

Hildegard Müller

I started quilting in the mid-90th of the last century as a very traditional quilter and enjoyed quilt making. But some years ago I got in touch with modern quilts and art quilts. I became fascinated by the idea to create my own fabric by various methods of dying or printing. So I started to learn these techniques and took part in workshops of well-known art quilters.
Usually I start with an idea, a theme, then I create my fabric by dying, printing adding other materials, sometimes non-textile materials as well or add fabrics and embellish it.

An example for my way of working is “And we will go on…” This work was exhibited in 2012 in Saint-Marie-Aux-Mines at the contest “Yesterday, today, tomorrow”.

And we will go on .... Detail

And we will go on

The diptych "Love in Wartimes" shows parts of poems and love-letters, written during World War I (about 1916) by my Grandmother and a French prisoner of war, who - as far as I know - was forced to work on the fields in that rural area, where my Grandmother lived. Extracts of her letter are on one part, the prisoner's letter is on the other part. I found those writings in my Grandma's poetry book.

Love in War Times

Love in War Times - Detail

Thursday, January 8, 2015

This is SAQA Europe/Middle East: Germany

Barbara Lange

I have been a quilt enthusiast for the past 20 years and am a proud new juried artist member of SAQA Middle East since October 2014.
I would describe my signature style as a combination bold colors, machine embroidery, intense quilting and interactive elements.
One example form my interactive pieces are the mirror pyramids I incorporate. When the spectator looks straight on to the tip of the mirror pyramid, he or she will discover a new image that is set together out of the reflections of the areas surrounding the pyramid. Once you move aside, the image vanishes.

Magnolia - detail shot of pyramid and beetle

Magnolia - overall 

A second example are the spiral zippers I have added in multiple pieces. They can be opened and closed by that visitors and reveal  - or seclude - images that are behind the zippers.

Gesamtansicht mit rotem Kreis

And a third example I would like to introduce here are glow-in-the-dark threads I use while quilting. Many of my pieces look totally different in the night than they do during the day.

Monochrome VI - Dragonflies. Daytime.

Monochrome VI - Dragonglies. View in the dark.

A theme that has intrigues me lately is insects - especially bees. They are the most successful species on earth when it comes to evolution, and yet they are threatened by man.
This a topic I focused on while making my pieces for the Radiation exhibition I curated together with Angelika Henrichs. This exhibition was presented at the International Radiation protection conference in Geneva 2014 for the first time and is currently travelling through Europe. For more information please go to:

Radiation protection shield

A second theme I like to ponder is our role in life - we are only small cog wheels in the busy turn of life - and yet the whole machinery is affected when one little wheel blocks or stops working completely.


2015 I will be presenting a solo exhibition at the European Patchwork Meeting in Sainte-Marie-ax-Mines. I would love to meet as many of you as I can there!