Monday, August 17, 2015

Are you going to be in Ste. Marie-aux-Mines?

As is customary with the European Patchwork Meeting, we have scheduled a SAQA meet and greet for all SAQA members who will be present in the Val d'argent. The meeting is supposed to take place on Friday, September 18, at 12.30, at the Espace de Presse.
However, if you want to take part, you need to register with the rep! Send an e-mail to Uta Lenk (click on the 'submission guidelines' on the right hand bar for the address) and let her know that you would like to attend. There are still a few places open. But: SAQA members only, no partners, friends or dogs...

And: we still need people to staff the table at the SAQA exhibition. Please let Uta know if you could spare a couple of hours (and rest your feet) to represent SAQA in the context of the exhibition. You will receive a free copy of the catalogue for sale in return for your help. Thank you very much!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

SAQA President will be teaching in Ste. Marie-aux-Mines in September

SAQA's current president, Kris Sazaki and Deb Cashatt, who together are also known as the Pixeladies,


will be teaching their class on mastering the tricks of Photoshop Elements at the European Patchwork Meeting in Ste. Marie-aux-Mines in September.
This is what they have to say about the class:

Hi European SAQA Members!
We, the Pixeladies, are so excited that we are coming to the European Patchwork Meeting this fall. We will be teaching “10 Great Reasons for Fiber Artists to Use Photoshop.” We hope you can join us in class.
Some of you might already know that we design most of our work on the computer. Here is a photo of our 2015 SAQA Benefit Auction piece. We photographed a pair of red pumps and then manipulated them in the computer to abstract a pattern. We did collage the piece the old-fashioned way with paper, scissors, and glue, but then we scanned it back into the computer for final touch ups and to print the piece onto fabric.
Abstracting a pattern is one of things we’ll show you how to do in class. You’ll also learn the absolute essentials: create a watermark, resize a photo for submission, straighten images, and more. The nice part about teaching in person (apart from the fact that we will be teaching in FRANCE!!) is that we can look over your shoulders and into your eyes to see what’s going on. We both speak German, but unfortunately neither Deb’s two years of college French nor Kris’ conversational Spanish is good enough for us to teach. But in any language, you’re sure to learn these essential Photoshop tasks. 
The materials list is easy: laptop computer* with a version of Photoshop (CS 2 or later) or Photoshop Elements (version 10 or later) already installed. We will demonstrate using PSE 13, but we can usually “translate” for your particular version.
If you can’t take the class but are planning to attend the European Patchwork Meeting, please join us at the SAQA reception on September 18 at 12:30 pm.

*This class does not support the use of tablets such as iPads. Their PS apps do not have the functionality we need for this class.

Pixeladies: Walk a mile in her shoes - What it's really like out there

Friday, August 7, 2015

In memoriam

SAQA Europe/Middle East has recently lost two of its active an dvalued members. Their art and presence will be missed sadly.


Marieluisa Sponga (Italy)




Ita Ziv (Israel)


Our thoughts are with their families in this time of loss.