Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Teximus 2 Exhibition - Information from Grietje van der Veen

Three years after Teximus 1, the exhibition TEXIMUS 2 now displays a wide variety of new textile art from Switzerland. The exhibition is the result of a competition aiming at all artists living and working in Switzerland. The competition was organised again by TAFch, i.e. Gabi Mett, Judith Mundwiler, Ursula Suter and Grietje van der Veen. This group dadicate themselves to fostering the prominence of textile art in Switzerland, and the appreciation of it as a form of art. With this invitation to submission the group There were no restrictions regarding material or techniques.

Following the announcement of TEXIMUS 1, there was a resounding response to the new exhibition. Surprisingly there could be found many new names among the artists who submitted an excellent standard of works. The independent jury did not have an easy choice. However, ultimately they have chosen 41 artworks by 31 different artists that will be on display in Zug with a convincing variety of textile forms of expression.

The works of all artists as well as of some jury members and the organisers are collected and presented in a representative catalogue.
Opening hours:

Thursday      16.3.17, 6.30 pm – 9 pm
Friday           17.3.17, 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday       18.3.17, 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday         19.3.17, 10 am – 5 pm
Vernissage:   16.3.17, 6.30 pm

Altstadthalle, Untere Altstadt 14, 6300 Zug, Switzerland

More information is accessible here: and

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Meet our member Shoshi Rimer at the Prague Patchwork Meeting 2017

I have been exposed to quilting in 1995. My first works were based on traditional techniques. Later, once I studied a number of innovative techniques, I developed a more personal way of expressing myself. I used the acquired techniques as a foundation while letting my imagination run free as I design my works. For me quilting is a wonderful evolving art form, offering infinite creative possibilities and learning opportunities. The Inspiration for my quilts comes from a variety of sources. It can be nature, an expression, a color or a word
Most of my art works combine both commercial and hand-dyed cotton fabrics. Usually the main technique is based on fusing fabrics, free motion quilting and recently I add painting as an embellishment.
It's a great honor for me to take part in the 11th PPM (Prague Patchwork Meeting) event, where I will exhibit a collection of my pieces under the name "Local Impression". The event will take place from March 31 through April 2, 2017.

Shoshi Rimer


Monday, February 20, 2017

Aiguille en Fête - Paris - Elizabeth Byrom reporting

Aiguille en Fête (AeF) is an annual exhibition and merchant mart for needlework lovers, especially fans of sewing, quilting, knitting, and embroidery.  Fiber art and textile art are represented in exhibits but not so much in the merchant mart.  The AeF held at the huge Porte de Versailles exhibition halls February 2-5 seemed to have fewer merchants than in previous years, but the exhibits were outstanding and the special events entertaining.  Alas, there wasn’t a SAQA exhibit this year, but the Artextures 8th biannual exhibit was outstanding, as were the woven tapestries of Yukiko Yokoyama.  My favourite pieces, though, were the thread painted portraits and fabric tiles of Malin Lager (photo), who graciously allowed me to photograph her with some of her Lustrous Reflections of Venice.

As for entertainment, AeF 2017 did not disappoint.  As in years past, there was a speed knitting contest where five contestants at a time sat below a large digital timer and knitted as many stiches as they could in three minutes.  The contest took place over the four days of AeF, so I don’t know whether the record of 264 stitches was exceeded, but the winner was to have received prizes from Bergers de France and Modes et Travaux.  For those interested in exploring new aspects of needlework, there was a wide range of mini-workshops on knitting, weaving, embroidery, sewing, and quilting.

Not to be missed was this year’s fun knitting project.  In years past, I’ve seen a knitted Ferrari and a knitted log cabin.  This year the project was Ensemble Nous Sommes Monet, a 6 meter by 4 meter mosaic of 100,000 knitted squares assembled to pay homage to Claude Monet’s Woman with Umbrella.  Amazing.
L’Aiguille en Fête  (AeF) est une exposition et un marché annuel qui attire les passionnées des arts de l’aiguille, surtout la couture, le patchwork, le tricot et la broderie.  Les arts du fil et du textile sont représentés dans les expositions, mais moins sur les stands marchands.  L’AeF qui se tenait en 2017 du 2 au 5 février au Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles de Paris semblait présenter  moins de stands marchands cette année, cependant les expositions d’art du fil et du textiles étaient  remarquables et les événements spéciaux et divertissants.  Hélas, il n’y avait pas d’exposition de SAQA cette année, mais l’exposition bisannuelle Artextures  était exceptionnelle, tout comme les tapisseries tissées de Yukiko Yokoyama.  Mes préférés, cependant, étaient les portraits et pavés textiles de Malin Lager (photo), qui m’a aimablement  permis de la photographier avec plusieurs de ses Reflets de Venise.

En ce qui concerne le divertissement, l’AeF 2017 n’a pas déçu.  Comme les années précédentes, il y avait un concours de vitesse de tricot où les cinq candidats de chaque série étaient assis sous une grande horloge numérique et tricotaient autant de mailles que possible en trois minutes. Le concours a eu lieu pendant les quatre jours de l’AeF, je ne sais pas donc  si le record de 264 points a été dépassé, mais le gagnant devait recevoir des prix de la part de Bergers de France et Modes et Travaux.  Pour ceux qui souhaitaient découvrir un nouvel aspect de la couture, il y avait une large gamme de mini-ateliers sur le tricot, le tissage, la broderie, la couture et le patchwork.

Il ne fallait pas manquer cette année le projet de Tricote en Sourire.  Dans les années passées,  il y avait une Ferrari tricotée et une cabane en rondins tricotée.  Cette année, le projet a été « Ensemble Nous Sommes Monet, » une mosaïque de 6 mètres par 4 composée de 100 000 carrés tricotés qui rend hommage à La Femme à l’Ombrelle de Claude Monet.  Incroyable.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Newly Accepted JAMs

Two European and ME members have just been accepted as Juried Artist Members. Congratulations to Monika Sebert and Maryte Collard:

To find out more about how to become a Juried Artists Members, visit the SAQA website at

Maryte's Ice and Fire which is now in the USA

Monika's Wide Horizons V Quilt

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Textile Posters - Claire Passmore

Claire Passmore is the only non-American to have her work selected for Textile Posters. Her piece is called - 3 Wise Words. Well done, Claire.

The exhibition will debut at International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, in November 2017. Textile Posters will then travel to International Quilt Festival, Chicago in spring 2018.

See more on the SAQA Blog at

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Update on 50 - Art Quilt Retrospective

Katriina Flensburg will also be included in the book. Her name was not included in the original list.

50 - Art Quilt Retrospective

After careful review of hundreds of quilt artists working all over the world, final selections have been made for Art Quilt Retrospective. This upcoming SAQA publication is all about celebrating this art form’s development over the past 50 years!

The book will cover art quilts and artists from 1960’s to today. The introduction will be written by Janet Koplos, a senior editor at Art in America from 1990-2009.

SAQA will be contacting the participating artists individually via email during the coming month to determine which image(s) will be published. Please do not contact SAQA at this time about the book. 

Congratulations to SAQA European and ME Members selected for the book.

Ludmila Aristova
Geneviève Attinger
Eszter Bornemisza
Maya Chaimovich
Jette Clover
Maryline Collioud-Robert
Kate Crossley
Fenella Davies
Katriina Flensburg
Brigitte Kopp
Mirjam Pet-Jacobs
Charlotte Yde
Alicia Merrett
Olga Prins-Lukowski
Tiziana Tateo

If I have missed your name, please let me know. it was a long list to check against our membership list.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017



February 18 – March 5, 2017, Gallery A-huset, Uppsala, Sweden.

The two artists introduced their first Eye Talk exhibition at the Dutch Textile Festival OEQC in Maastricht in 2015. Plans of touring this exhibition with ten large pieces from each artist had to be cancelled when the OEQC organization announced that they had lost Katriina’s entire collection.

Collegial support was crucial for Katriina to return to her creative work after her devastating loss. Jette initiated a new dialogue, but this time with work in a smaller scale.
Due to the geographical distance their dialogue has taken place virtually, each artist challenging the other visually by e-mailing images of new pieces for the other one to respond to. The resulting 24 poster size pieces are presented in this exhibition together with a large piece from each artist.  (the gallery, only in Swedish)

Monday, February 13, 2017

Made in Europe - Sabi Westoby

Sabi Westoby, United Kingdom - Southbank 13

The concrete brutalist architecture of London's Southbank Centre inspired my set of journal quilts for 2015.  My entry develops that theme further and is an abstract representation of the National Theatre building

Monoprinting, fusing, raw edge applique, free motion machine quilting, stencilling

Calico, Egyptian cotton, acrylic paint, oil paintsticks, stencils


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Made in Europe - Cherry Vernon-Harcourt

Cherry Vernon-Harcourt, UK - HOLKHAM PINES

The north coast of Norfolk, a county in the east of England, is a special place for me. I spend time walking and taking photographs there and these are the inspiration for my quilts.  Tall pine trees grow close to the wide sandy beaches.  This is a view through the pine trees towards the sea.

Drawing, scraping and painting Procion dye on to cloth.  Thermofax screen printing. Machine quilting.

Cotton sateen, drill cotton and 80-20 batting.  Cotton thread. Thickened Procion MX dye.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Made in Europe - Grietje van der Veen

Grietje van der Veen, Switzerland - On the Shores of Tuscany

I have often spent my holidays in Tuscany. It is a fascinating region both for its culture and nature. My quilt is reminiscent of Tuscany's relaxing seashores: calm sea, rippling sand beaches and shading pinetrees.

Fabric folding, hand stitching, machine quilting

Hand dyed cotton, hand dyed yarn, parts of pine nuts


Friday, February 10, 2017

Made in Europe - Elinor Sigler

Elinor Sigler, France - Fuchsia Thistles

"Fuchsia Thistles" is the second in a series of "Alpine Blooms". 
The fiber art I make is most often inspired by my photography, and I have a penchant for photographing flowers.  Before the arrival of digital photography, I took numerous photos of Alpine flowers in the Southern Alps, and the inspiration for "Fuchsia Thistles" is drawn from that period. I designed the fabric using one of my photos and and had it printed by an internet site.

My aim was to surround the thistles (and the eager bees taking advantage of them) with shapes evoking organic matter.

In general, my textile art can be either figurative or abstract, but it is essential for me to make something that has personal emotional resonance.  Alpine flowers definitely belong to that category!

Procion MX dye used with resists and over lace in ice-dyeing; low water immersion dyeing. Cotton fabric hand-painted and dyed. Machine pieced; free motion quilted.

Procion MX dye, soy wax, acrylic paint, cotton fabric.  Backing and binding are commercial fabric. Batting is bamboo/silk/cotton.  Artist's photo printed on cotton fabric by internet service.


Experiment with Fiberart (2) /Sperimentare con la Fiberart (2)

English translation by Google below:

Sperimentare con la Fiberart (2)
Arte tessile tra arte e design secondo nuove dimensioni creative.

Docenti: DAMSS ( Daniela Arnoldi e Marco Sarzi-Sartori).

Corso di 2 giornate

Date: Sabato 1 Aprile e Domenica 2 Aprile
Orario delle lezioni: dalle 10 alle 18 circa (un’ora di intervallo).

Sede: Milano, città studi.servita da numerosi mezzi di superficie e dalla M2

Un corso di sperimentazione che prosegue e approfondisce le nozioni dei cori precedenti, concentrandosi sulla creazione di superfici straordinarie, impiegando tecniche inusuali e materiali insoliti.
Lavoreremo sia con tessuti tradizionali di recupero, che kunin felt e tessuti non tessuti.
Altri prodotti particolari come il lutradur e tyvek verranno utilizzati in combinazione con angelina, pasta puff, transfer foils e materiali e fili metallici..
Utilizzeremo questi materiali con immaginazione e in sicurezza impiegando tecniche varie come pittura, stencil, fusione, aria e punta calda, eccetera.
Partiremo da semplici esempi per arrivare a tecniche complicate di stratificazione e andremo alla ricerca di una dimensione scultorea..
Gli esperimenti saranno arricchiti con la combinazione di ricamo a macchina e a mano.
Obiettivo principale del corso è quello di stimolare la creatività mediante l’utilizzo di tecniche di arte tessile e di lavorazione dei materiali tessili attraverso il trasferimento delle nostre esperienze.

Ogni partecipante sceglierà un tema personale di lavoro su cui applicare tecniche e materiali.
L’ elenco dei materiali sarà fornito agli iscritti. E’ preferibile portarsi la propria macchina da cucire e non è necessaria una preparazione specifica.

Alcune tecniche sono illustrate nel manuale DAMSS
‘’Le basi della fiberart”- Corrado Tedeschi editore

Per info:
+39 3482314330

"fiberart & art installations"
Daniela Arnoldi e Marco Sarzi-Sartori

Experiment with Fiberart (2) 
Textile art between art and design according to new creative dimensions. 

Teachers: DAMSS (Daniela and Marco Arnoldi Sarzi-Sartori). 

During 2 days 

Date: Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2 
Class times: from 10 to 18 approximately (one hour intervals). 

Location: Milan, studi.servita city by many media surface and the M2 

A testing course which continues and deepens the concepts of earlier choirs, focusing on the creation of extraordinary surfaces, using unusual materials and unusual techniques.
We will work with both traditional recovery tissues, Kunin felt and nonwovens.
Other special products such as the lutradur and tyvek will be used in combination with angelina, puff pastry, transfer foils and materials and metal wires ..
We will use these materials with imagination and safely using various techniques such as painting, stencil, molding, air and hot tip, and so on.
We will start with simple examples to get to complicated techniques of layering and we will go in search of a sculptural dimension ..
Experiments will be enriched with the combination of machine embroidery and hand.
Main objective of the course is to stimulate creativity through the use of textile art techniques and processing of textile materials through the transfer of our experiences.

Each participant will select a personal theme work on which to apply techniques and materials.
L 'list of materials will be provided to subscribers. It 'better to bring your own sewing machine and does not require a specific preparation.

Some techniques are explained in the manual DAMSS
'' The basics of fiberart "- Corrado Tedeschi publisher 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Made in Europe - Christine Seager

Christine Seager, United Kingdom - Fabrications 1

All our clothes, food and electrical goods have labels which tell us where they are made. Most of these labels do not tell us about the working conditions of the makers or the wages they receive for their labour.  We assume that goods manufactured in Europe are made in humane conditions – do we really know or care?

Whole cloth with added markings and text, overlaid with dribbled inks. Hand stitched

Hand dyed fabric embellished with text and mark making using POSCA pens, Sharpies, Acrylic inks and Gesso.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Made in Europe - Claire Passmore

Claire Passmore, UK - Dragon's Blood

Known as 'dragon's blood' to the ancient Greeks and Romans, the beautiful yet deadly ore cinnabar has been mined in the Spanish town of Almadén since Biblical times. Although highly toxic, when heated cinnabar breaks down to produce the unique and mysterious metal we call mercury, a metal that is invaluable to science, medicine and industry. As well as being the major source of metallic mercury, cinnabar can also be transformed into an intense red pigment when finely ground. The pigment is known as vermilion and has been a favourite of artists ever since the Renaissance.
In 1937 the Spanish Republican government invited Alexander Calder to create a piece for the World's Exhibition in Paris. He chose to make a kinetic mercury fountain to pay tribute to the people of Almadén, who suffered greatly at the hands of Franco's fascist troops during the Spanish Civil War.

Mono print, simple piecing, raw edge appliqué, straight line quilting

Cotton sateen, fiber reactive dyes, silver leaf, organza, fabric paint, 70/30 poly/cotton batting, Isacord thread


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Made in Europe - Frieda Oxenham

Frieda Oxenham, United Kingdom - Troubled Waters

During the winter of 2015 - 2016 there was major flooding in the Scottish Borders and record water levels were recorded all over the country. That was where Troubled Waters began.

Raw edge applique, hand and machine quilting, hand beaded and embellished

Commercial batik and hand dyes, embroidery threads, beads.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Made in Europe - Karin Østergaard

Karin Østergaard, Danmark - Black Sun

I am fond of the starlings. When they come back to Denmark they give the signal that the spring season is close. In the autumn enormous amounts of starlings get together to get ready to fly south again. Black sun is that called.

Machine pieced, machine and hand embroidered, machine quilted

Linen, cotton and synthetic fabrics


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Made in Europe - Elsbeth Nusser-Lampe

Elsbeth Nusser-Lampe, Germany - Ranunculus and Myosotis

Ranunculus and Myosotis are small flowers growing on meadows.They are for most people unspectacular but their beauty is remarkable.

The quilt pick up the tradition of botanical painting and art and transfers it in textile art.

Collage, printed with selfmade stamps, machine quilting

Fabric in different qualities -cotton, synthetic viscose, mixed quality, tissue paper, acrylic paint, painted bondaweb


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Made in Europe - Sandra Newton

Sandra Newton, United Kingdom - One Day

Part of a body of work looking back to the sixties. Inspired by Solzhenitsyn's account of life in one of Stalin's labour camps, 'One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich',  which was published in a momentary thaw of censorship and with the approval of Krushchev, in 1962. The piece incorporates one of Zhukov's reflections on freedom and the commentary of George Lukacs which defined the social and political significance of this work ... questions which have piercing relevance to us in Europe today.

Monoprint, collagraphy, printing, spraying with various acrylic based mediums. Raw edge applique. Free machine stitched.

Evolon, Abaca paper, lens tissue, tissue paper, lutradur.

The black lettering at the base is 'One day' in cyrillic.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Made in Europe - Alicia Merrett

Alicia Merrett, United Kingdom - The Long (English) Village

There are a number of 'long' villages in England.  They lie between a river and a road. A few houses may stray onto the other side of the road, but not usually to the other side of the river, where there are fields, either wild, cultivated, or pastures. My daughter lives in one such village, which extends over a mile and a half, subdivided into the 'upper' area and the 'lower' area.  It is 2,000 years old! Landmarks of the village are the pub, which acts as centre for the community, a Bed and Breakfast if the village is in a touristic area, and a playground for children; maybe a post office with a shop attached. In my daughter's village there was one but it closed 10 years ago.  Wind turbines are now more common. This is inspired by my daughter's village but not a portrait of it.

Freehand cutting, machine piecing, fusing, machine quilting.

Hand-dyed cotton sateen fabrics, commercial fabrics, cotton and polyester threads.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Made in Europe - Uta Lenk

Uta Lenk, Germany - Imagined Dialogue (text messages 5)

A juxtaposition of a famous poem by German poet Bertold Brecht on the issue of war and peace, and lines by John Lennon - both edited to a certain degree - expresses my thoughts about the current political situation in Afghanistan, and what could happen if there was no war.

Machine stitched

Snow-dyed fabric


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Made in Europe - Amelia Leigh

Amelia Leigh, United Kingdom - The Parcelled Land

The land in Britain has been parcelled up since the land seizure after the Norman conquest, when it was taken by force. Today's landscape would be very different if this had not happened. And, these parcels of land, with their hedges and walls, produce a beautiful patchwork effect when seen from above.

Whole cloth painted using thickened Procion dyes, machine quilting

Cotton, threads