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

teximus 2 - more information

Here is a bit more information. a lovely poster and map to visit teximus 2. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

I found my own style 



SAQA member since 2014

Our only member in Lithuania kindly agreed to share her story about her participation in the SAQA Mentorship Programme.

Two worlds
 Maryte was born and raised in Lithuania where she worked as a general practitioner until she moved to the Unites States in 2002. She had been occupied by all kinds of needlework like most women are in Lithuania. It even involved some quilting, which was not a usual craft in Lithuania at that time. However, it was in the United States where she got acquainted with traditional patchwork and quilting. Maryte has even worked at a quilt shop there!

Maryte returned to Lithuania in 2013 and her quilting style transformed into art quilts. At that time, she also became a member of SAQA because she liked the mission of this organization and there was no local alternatives. In Lithuania she faced problems with finding supplies she was used to in the United States. This challenge has made Maryte create quilts with as little additional materials as possible. She uses piecing and quilting techniques that do not require additional supporting materials.

Another characteristic of textile work in Lithuania has been the greyish colours of the, often linen, fabric they produce and use. Looking at the work of Maryte it is clear she has stepped away form the grey linen tradition; her work features bright colors combined in well coordinated combinations.

The SAQA Mentorship Program

In 2015 Maryte applied for the Mentorship Program of SAQA. She had set two goals for herself – to build a website and find her own style in quilting. Additionally, she hoped the latter will help her receive the Juried Artists Member (JAM) status at SAQA.

Before applying for the Mentorship Programme Maryte found her work ‘’chaotic’’. She was experimenting with a lot of techniques that made every quilt of hers look different.

The Mentorship Programme linked Maryte with the Australian artist Brenda Gael Smith who became her mentor. Brenda was able to help Maryte with both the artistic aspects of Maryte’s work as building a website. The Programme consisted of monthly, and often more regular, Skype sessions and email exchange for 16 months. There were assignments that Maryte had to carry out and the results were discussed with different techniques. Brenda acted as a coach offering Maryte techniques for assessing her own art. The artist’s website of Maryte was built by herself using the technical and design support of Brenda.

Maryte admits that the mentoring programme has been an eye opener for her. She is glad she has had this experience and believes that without it her artistic work would not had grown as much as it has. According to Maryte, it was the ‘’working in series’’ approach that changed the way she is working on her quilts. She has now discovered a technique that is inspired by the log cabin and now she makes pieces in this technique depicting designs from photos made by herself.

Maryte’s art has been featured in books, magazines as well as selected for shows. She is confident that this success is an outcome of the Mentorship Program of SAQA.

Two days after our interview Maryte let me know her JAM application had been honored and she is now a SAQA JAM member. CONGRATULATIONS! 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

ZOOM - Juliette Eckel

"ZOOM" - If our visual perception is changing ...
Our View is based on the recording and processing of visual stimuli, in recognition of elements and their interpretation by comparison with memory. The selection of relevant information and it's perception takes place through the functions of the eye and brain. During this process of allocation, perception happens: the object is placed in a specific known category. If the recognition of objects shifts through drastic changes such as enlargement, reduction, change of perspective, etc. It is no longer possible to assume what we see is representational, and imagination and fantasy takes over.

By this transformation and change, the association of the viewer has nothing to do with the object.

The participants are called to reflect the theme "Zoom - if our visual perception is changing ..." in their TEXTILE WORKS.

Creativity, innovative techniques and materials as well as professional design are the criteria for the selection of the works. "ZOOM" - If our visual perception is changing ...

August 31, 2017 Closing date for submission
September 4, 2017 Jury’s decision
September 22, 2017 Art work to be received by the Museum Nordwolle. Vernissage at the Museum NORDWOLLE October 27, 2017 For further information please contact: 

A competition of NORDWOLLE Delmenhorst, meetCon - Veranstaltungs-GmbH, Brahmsstraße 12, 38106 Braunschweig in cooperation with Quilters-Insel.