Friday, May 19, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Storm 2 (Dark) by Leah Higgins

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June

 Storm 2 (Dark)
This is a companion piece to Still 4 (Flow). The Storm / Still series is an exploration of the influence of place on my mental state. Storm 2 (Dark): on the worst of days. Despairing, desolate thoughts. Lost.
Pieced with fused applique, layered and machine quilted.

Artists own printed and dyed fabrics. Madeira Cotona threads.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Mother and child by Bodil Gardner

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June

Mother and child
When children arrive you change your mind about what is important and what can be ignored. Your Horizon changes, so to speak.

Appliqué with raw edges zigzagged, machine quilted.

Recycled materials, mostly cottons.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June

Elizabeth Michellod-Dutheil   collects and dissects any object that suits her inspiration, be it vegetal, manufactured or industrial. She likes to explore new ways of using and combining those materials.

Elizabeth also makes great use of photographs. She tries to capture the atmosphere and the emotions of a place, to later transcribe them in her drawings or her textile artwork. This way, her work can be seen as witnesses of nature, life and past times.

In some of her works, the thread is a guideline and the fabric becomes a support. By accumulating various materials, abstract figures are created that combine into a more complex design, not unlike a bas-relief.

Always searching for new colours, Elizabeth uses pasting, superimposition of fabrics and dyeing processes. This is probably one of the many singular aspects of her artwork.

Old cloth dyed the snow and working with the water-soluble son and miniaturized tissue. Quilting and embroidery machine. 

Beaded hand pearls, angelina, embroidery, tulle fabric

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Safe Haven by Christa Ebert

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June

Safe Haven
The great number of refugees is the top theme in political and social discussions in our country. The quilt deals with this topic. The small gap in the border symbolizes the difficulties refugees have to overcome. Only few people manage to reach the safe haven.

Dyeing, painting, machine- and hand applique, hand stitching, free-motion applique

Mostly self dyed linen and mostly self dyed cotton, polyester-organza, fusing material

Monday, May 15, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Underground River by Maryte Collard

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June

Underground River

Underground rivers run  beneath the  surface of the Earth. We are not able to see them but we know they are there. Once in while they break out as crystal clear springs. In the same way we experience our emotions as well as  creativity. Unseen on the surface once in a while they break out and open new horizons for us and for others.

Machine piecing, domestic machine quilting, hand stitching.

My own rust and hand dyed cottons, one commercial batik, polyester batting, cotton yarn, variegated polyester thread

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Metropolis 6 by Jette Clover

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June

 Metropolis 6

I love living in the city and exploring the traces of past communication in the urban landscape. The torn, faded, peeling and overlapping posters, advertisements and graffiti present a visual documentation of time and place.

Painted, stamped, screen printed, flour paste printed, collage, hand- and machine stitched

Cotton, linen, cheese cloth

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Wide Horizons V - City Slickers by Susan Chapman

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June

City Slickers
This quilt was developed from some sketches made in a cafe in Berlin, watching business women rushing past to work. A contemporary space, there were windows reflecting in all directions
(this quilt was shown in the 'distortion' exhibition in Alsace)

Screen printed and free drawn fabric, machine applique and machine quilted

Calico and cotton wadding

Friday, May 12, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Generosity by Maria Billings

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June


"Generosity" shows people around the globe sharing fruits and vegetables, as a sign of holding together during hard times.

Simplifying the complexity of the composition widened my horizon: combining many, many sketches of different hands (different skin colors, different ages) into one composition was a new challenge for me.

Hand-painted with acrylic, then hand-quilted (took 2 years)

Cotton and mixed fabric

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Splash by Edith Bieri-Hanselmann

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June


Made from Saristrips fabric to show the colorful way when you throw a stone into the water.

Applique strips on pieced background fabric, tied punctually by machine

Sari stripes, silk, cotton, rayon, thread: cotton an metallic


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Tranquillity by Elly van Steenbeek

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June


My inspiration for this work is a Haiku:

Away from it all
Deep breath in of salty air -
Sea tranquillity

The design is based on the sea, the sand and the sky.

The symbols are signs of tranquillity and peace.

Fusing, hand embroidery

All kinds of papers, rusted, altered and painted,combined on a base of cotton.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Transit by k3n

Showing at Patchworktage in Germany in June

Transit in astronomy describes the movement of celestial bodies in relation to one another. I am in transit creatively, exploring new techniques without forgetting the old. I need to retain an enjoyment of the process so keep old techniques that give me pleasure and add new ones for excitement.

Collage with torn and cut fabric, foundation piecing, fusible appliqué, machine top-stitching and free machine quilting, hand quilting and embroidery.

Printed cotton, hand dyed and found fabric, unbleached calico.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Patchworktage - Germany

Wide Horizons V will be at Patchworktage in Furth in June.

Barbara Lange and Uta Lenk will be there as well.

Over the next month, we will post images of Wide Horizon V quilts.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Made in Europe II

Made in Europe II entry opens today.

"Made in Europe II” will showcase the best work of European quilt makers within a theme that allows both representational and abstract designs. This will be presented at Festival of Quilts 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK alongside the all SAQA exhibitions, Tranquillity and Turmoil.

Festival of Quilts, NEC, Birmingham, UK – August 2017
Then many of the quilts in this exhibition will travel with a selection of quilts from “Made in Europe” when it is returned from USA.


Shoshi Rimer – Israel
Grace Meijer – UK

Open to SAQA members in the Europe / Middle East

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter


DAMSS ART "fiberart & art installations"   

Festival Du Lin - announcement by Elizabeth Michellod-Dutheil

J’espère avoir le plaisir de vous accueillir lors des festivals de Chabeuil les 2-3-4 juin et  du lin à Bourg-Dun les 7-8-9 juillet où j’exposerai des oeuvres différentes .
P.J. le programme très varié du festival du lin qui vous donnera peut-être envie de prendre des vacances cet été lors de cette manifestation en Normandie.

For more information: and

Je souhaite plein de plaisir à tous les membres de , qui vont se plonger dans la création d’oeuvres personnelles pour la première exposition internationale itinérante suisse de Patchquilt et à celles qui désirent participer et qui n’ont pas encore le sésame, de s’inscrire à l’association , voir sur le site officiel. C’est ouvert à toutes les personnes intéressées à intégrer l’association suisse.
Quel plaisir de pouvoir montrer  la diversité de toutes les artistes de lors de cette exposition innovante avec la participation de toutes les régions linguistiques et qui sera représentative de la Suisse. Participons, car nous ne sommes guère visibles, voire pas du tout,  à l’international dans ce contexte de collaboration.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Milano Design Week


Con questo pannello i DAMSS vogliono sensibilizzare il pubblico a ritornare in questi posti e a sostenere la popolazione residente.
A corollario della mostra il palcoscenico si animerà di attività e di sinergie, riferiti al  ruolo di artisti e designer  moderni, attraverso l’uso straordinario e inusuale della materia tessile.
Si enfatizzerà l’attività tessile intrisa di innovazione e di metodi alternativi, e rivolgendosi specialmente alle istanze giovanili che in questi ultimi anni si stanno affacciando più numerose al mondo del tessile, e che costituiranno il futuro dell’arte tessile.
Verranno illustrati alcuni aspetti innovativi che sono stati introdotti in appoggio alla progettazione delle grandi superfici, come ad esempio l’uso della serigrafia e della computer-grafica.
La gallery creerà l’occasione di veicolare anche il profondo messaggio del recupero e della sostenibilità, creando un forte legame tra l’opera d’arte, il design, la materia, l’ambiente di accoglienza e lo spettatore.
Ci saranno anche incursioni nel mondo della moda con una collezione di sculture tessili da indossare e di gioielli tessili.

"fiberart & art installations"

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Isabelle Wiessler’s Gulf of Mexico

Isabelle Wiessler’s Gulf of Mexico - April 2010 selected for SAQA’s H2Oh!

Isabelle Wiessler  (DE)

I like to explore the environment, the marks left on eroded landscapes and the fragility of the earth and the influence of human beings. Some ecological disasters can produce beautiful palettes of colour which paradoxically even appear attractive like on this work inspired from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Techniques used
Hand dyed cotton, machine quilted, hand painted.

Materials used
Cotton fabric, batting, acrylic paint.

Friday, March 31, 2017

One more European JAM - Claire Passmore

Claire Passmore has been accepted as a Juried Artist Member in the last round of selections. Congratulations, Claire.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

SAQA UK Pod Meeting - response from Elizabeth Michellod-Dutheil

Dear Christine, thank you very much for this report. The reflections that have been on the agenda reflect very well the potential of the textile as Art but the difficulties to make recognize our passion as such are evident especially in Europe. The gallery owners take no risk in the world of Art and the textile is not recognized as an artistic medium but is seen as craft. As long as this point of view or belief is not eliminated, there is little chance of exhibiting in large spaces and few will be offered to us. My best friendly greetings. Google translation

Chère Christine, merci beaucoup pour ce compte-rendu. Les réflexions qui ont été à l'ordre du jour reflètent très bien le potentiel du textile en tant que Art  mais les difficultés à faire reconnaître en tant que tel notre passion sont évidentes surtout en Europe. Les galeristes ne prennent aucun risque dans le monde de l'Art et le textile n'y est pas reconnu en tant que médium artistique mais est vu comme de l'artisanat. Tant que ce point de vue ou cette croyance ne sera pas éliminé, peu de chances d'exposer dans des grands espaces et peu nous seront offerts. Mes meilleures salutations amicales

Elizabeth MICHELLOD-DUTHEIL  (2015..)  (2000-2015)

Thank you, Elizabeth, for responding to our report on the UK Pod Meeting.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fenella Davies’s X marks the spot selected for SAQA’s Layered Voices, U.S.A.

Fenella Davies’s X marks the spot selected for SAQA’s Layered Voices, U.S.A.

Fenella Davies (UK) 


Abstract collage - what is buried underneath the layers of earth, soil & land. People's memories, their lives, their time on earth. This piece was dedicated to the extraordinary finding of the bones of King Richard III (1442-1485) under a carpark, in Leicester, England a few years ago. I like the idea of past lives coming to the surface and showing us their history. Once discovered, there has to be a means of finding the place again - hence the title - X Marks The Spot.

Techniques used

Hand stitched, self dyed & painted. surface stitchery.

Materials used

Cotton, linen, antique lace, Japanese matting, hessian.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Vision Arts Museum - Jette Clover

Jette has had a quilt accepted for the Visions Art Museum theme "Conversations" - an ideal subject for her work. Congratulations.

Ongoing Conversation
145x114 cm
Cotton, batiste, cheese cloth

Screen printing, gel printing, rust printing, collage, hand- and machine quilting,

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Wide Horizons V at Prague Patchwork Meeting

31st March - 2nd April 2017
Wellness Hotel STEP, Malletova 1141, Praha 9
Single day CZK 180,- per person                       
Three days CZK 350

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Connecting People - Vicenza

Ad Abilmente Vicenza dal 23 al 26 Marzo 2017 un'installazione site specific all' ingresso Padiglione Est della fiera

At Abilmente Vicenza 23 to 26 March 2017 a site specific entrance East Pavilion of the fair


Il volume dell’area è stato concepito come un grande contenitore di armonie e di espressioni, di suoni e di voci che caratterizzano il “sistema comunicazione”.

Il “volume-spazio” è stato trasformato in una lunga rete di connessioni che coinvolge e collega i ‘’volti’’ e diventa il network su cui abbiamo scritto la nostra composizione cromatica.

I numeri dell' installazione:
Superficie 130 mq
Volume dell' installazione 450 mc
Materiali 300 kg

3 mesi di preparazione in studio

Friday, March 10, 2017

Wide Horizons V at Prague Patchwork Meeting 2017

See Wide Horizons V, the SAQA European and ME Exhibition, at the Prague Patchwork Meeting.

31st March - 2nd April 2017
Wellness Hotel STEP, Malletova 1141, Praha 9

Single day CZK 180,- per person                       
Three days CZK 350

Also meet our new SAQA regional representative, Baiba Vagule, who will be in the gallery for much of the show.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Prague Patchwork Meeting - More work on Show

31st March - 2nd April 2017
Wellness Hotel STEP, Malletova 1141, Praha 9

Single day CZK 180,- per person                       
Three days CZK 350

Heidi Drahota
Irena Zemanova Strom
Tree of Life

Helena Fikejzova
Pod borovicemi1
Under the pines 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Prague Patchwork Meeting - Work by Jana Sterbova

31st March - 2nd April 2017
Wellness Hotel STEP, Malletova 1141, Praha 9

Single day CZK 180,- per person                       Three days CZK 350

Listy Leaves
Mrize2 Bars2

Work by Jana Sterbova, PPM Director, that will be on display.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Prague Patchwork Meeting - Press Release

World class textile art in Prague once again!
11th Prague Patchwork Meeting

The 11th year of the international exhibition Prague Patchwork Meeting will be held in Prague Between March 31 and April 2, 2017. The event will be traditionally hosted in the four star Wellness Hotel Step and its Sportcentre in Prague Vysocany. More than 400 authors will be presented across 4 halls, on an area exceeding 6,000 sqm; many artists will be having a standalone gallery. More than 900 quilts will be on display including collections exhibited in the Central Eastern Europe for the very first time, few collections having their worldwide premiere. Third of the area will be dedicated to retailers. Visitors of Prague Patchwork Meeting will have the chance to attend numerous workshops with leading European lecturers, focusing not only on sewing, but also fabric printing and creative surface elaborations.

The international event Prague Patchwork Meeting is the biggest display of combined textile techniques not only in the Czech Republic, but in the CEE region. The collection comprises more than 1,000 pieces (primarily quilts) from all over the world and a great selection of Czech quilts. The retailers will be offering a wide selection of fabrics, helpful tools, textile accessories, sewing machines, lighting, beads, fabric dyes and newly also an assortment of yarns.

Prague will host leading authors of art quilts
World premiere will have the collection of this year’s most exotic exhibitor – South Korea. Majority of the 27 authors will be personally present. Another outstanding collection will be brought by SAQA, a group comprising leading artists from Europe and the Middle East. There will also be collections from the STING group, Norway, Shoshi Rimer and Bella Kaplan from Israel and a new set of art quilts brought by the well-known German quilter Pia Welsch, who will bring a set of kimonos and an unusual installation of a colourful circle. Dutch artists Hilda van Schaardenburg and Corinna Zambeek are also top European artists. Those who prefer traditional patchwork will be delighted about the silk log cabin colleciton by Brigitte Morgenroth. The theme MEN and an attractive installation will be presented by Gudrun Heinz and Sarah Schultz. The collection Stuff for Thought offers a statement from a number of European artists about how textiles are used in current civilizaiton.
The Czech group Art Quilt Harbour brings textile Trees, the group TTT will show a new collection dedicated to teh anniversary of Prussian-Austrian war in 1866. A number of domestic authors will be hosting their individual galleries.

Numerous prizes will be awarted to winners of the 2017 challenges STRUCTURES and classical CURVES, judged by  an international jury. To inspire beginners, we have prepared a collection of 15 best basic bed covers. A special collection Scraps of Old Prague and a new cycle Orient will jointly offer more than 100 small quilts.

Accompanying workshops are suitable for both advanced and beginners quilters.
Many retailers have prepared small workshops and will be presenting various techniques. The main workshops will be lead by renowned artists from the Czech Republic and abroad. A creative area with print screens will also be availalbe.
Traditionally, we are presenting charity, club and exchange works. An awaited exhibition is always the material based collection by the Alrt quilt Club, this year it is the trendy materials VELVET. The program will be accompanied by a fashion show including original jewellery and a market offering fabric scraps and older books and magazines.

Prague Patchwork Meeting belongs to the most visited global textile exhibitions
The exhibition, with more than 6.5 thousand visitors, ranks 4-5th in Europe, and its level is increasing every year. The leading position continues to be held by Birmingham with more than 30 thousand visitors.

Tickets will be available on the spot, either single day (180 CZK) or three day ones (350 CZK).

Jana Štěrbová
PPM Director
GSM: +420 724 161 846
11th Prague Patchwork Meeting

When:                          31.3. - 2. 4. 2017
                                      (31. 3. from 12 to 19, 1.4. from 9.30 to 18 , 2.4. from 9.30 to 16.30 )
Where :                       ****Wellness Hotel STEP, Malletova 1141, Praha 9
Entry Fee:                   Single day CZK 180,- per person, three days CZK 350,-
Area:                            5,900 sqm, of which 1,950 sqm retail area (more than 70 companies) Vystavovatelé:   more than 400 authors and groups including individual galleries
Visitors:                       ca. 6,500 ,  largest textile exhibition in CEE

Magazine:                   monthly Newsletter PPM in Czech (available online)

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Made in Europe at AQS QuiltWeeks

AQS QuiltWeek Daytona Beach, FL: March 1 – 4, 2017
AQS QuiltWeek Lancaster, PA: March 29 – April 1, 2017
Paducah Art School Gallery, Paducah, KY April - May, 2017
AQS QuiltWeek Grand Rapids, MI: August 16 – 19, 2017"

“Made in Europe” showcases 30 art quilts from makers in the SAQA Europe and ME region. The quilts celebrate geographical features of the region – the mountainsides in Italy, England’s “green and pleasant land”, birds in Sweden and local flowers in abundance. Abstract works reflect wintery walks on our shores and thought provoking designs depicted by text often in the maker’s mother tongue command your attention.

These art quilts show the wide variety of design and techniques used to make textile in Europe and the ME. Many of the works are created using the makers own hand dyed fabrics, others are hand painted and some incorporate digital images. There are whole cloth pieces, quilts which have been neatly pieced and others where makers have applied a rougher more patched look.  Quilts are machine stitched, hand stitched, fused and embellished with yarns and beads.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Claire Passmore's Three Wise Words selected for SAQA's Textile Posters (USA)

Claire Passmore's Three Wise Words selected for SAQA's Textile Posters (USA)

Three Wise Words by Claire Passmore

Claire Passmore (UK)

My poster is economical with both text and graphics, but is intended to convey a much more ‘wordy’ message. As it only uses 3 words the observer needs to fill the gaps in the narrative in order to make sense of what they see and at the very least engage with the message.

From a distance the statement is clear and bold; even a casual glance should get it noticed. With a more lingering look bottles in the grungy landfill at the base of the poster become more obvious – and the white linear marks of the upper background give the viewer something to puzzle over, keeping them looking and thinking all the while.
My aim is to remind people of the vast amount of unnecessary plastic material which is rapidly taking up space in landfill and filling our oceans and bring about a change in people’s behavior. The poster does not nag, lecture, threaten or rely on complicated graphics to deliver its message, instead illustrating a single positive action that can be easily fulfilled by anyone.

Techniques used
Sun printing, lino block printing, stencilling, raw edge applique, free motion quilting on a domestic machine and hand quilting.

Materials used
100% cotton fabric and wadding, acrylic paint, fiber reactive dye, soy milk, soluble stabilizer, cotton, rayon and metallic thread, embroidery floss and knitting yarn.

Detail of Three Wise Words by Claire Passmore