Sunday, September 28, 2014

images from our regional meeting

if you missed yesterday's regional meeting at ProChemical & Dye you missed out on having a really great time with your fellow SAQA members!  It was a very hands on meeting with lots of time for experimenting and socializing.  Here's a few photos of the fun we had...

 waiting for the program to begin

SAQA member Vicki Jensen setting up the indigo vat

dipping the cloth in the vat

the resulting cloth! (insert a crowd of ooohs and aaahhhhs here!)

Vicki getting ready to demo with a gelli plate

using a tool to create patterns on the painted plate

The resulting cloth

members dipping their cloth into the indigo dye vat

some of the dipped cloths drying

members experimenting with the gelli plate

A huge thank you to Vicki and ProChemical and Dye for hosting the meeting!

Monday, September 15, 2014

member news - Michele Leavitt

SAQA member Michele Leavitt has two pieces of her work juried into the La Conner Museum of Quilts and Textiles, Quilt Festival on October 3,4,5 2014.
Dutch Island (light house)

Manhasset Bay (sunset over water) 
Manhasset Bay (sunset over water) and Dutch Island (light house) are both machine applique quilts.

She also has a piece traveling in the SAQA Radical Elements exhibition.  
2013, 36" X 22"
Carbon was created using duct tape, contact papers, aluminum foil, candy wrappers, ribbons, metallic fabrics, eyelets and jewelry wire.

Friday, September 12, 2014

member news - Salley Mavor

SAQA member Salley Mavor has work appearing in three exhibits this fall and two of them are right here in Massachusetts.  Read on for the details...

Around the Pond and Through the Woods ~ Sculpture Walk at Old Frog Pond Farm, Harvard , MA . Opening Artist Reception, Sept. 21, 2014, 1- 5 pm. Salley Mavor’s sculpture, “Hither and Yon” will be included in the outdoor exhibit. Open weekends, 1 – 5pm until Oct. 5.

Oct. 10 - March 22, 2015 ~ Salley Mavor’s original fabric relief illustration, “Elsie Marley” from her book Pocketful of Posies will be in the exhibit  Good Night, Sleep Tight: Art from Children’s Literaturewhich will feature over twenty original illustrations from classic and contemporary children’s books woven around the themes of bedtime, dreams, and lullabies. Concord Museum,  Concord , MA .

 detail of "Elsie Marley"
Two of Salley Mavor’s pieces, Birds of Beebe Woods and Rabbitat will be part of Art Quilts XIX: Permission to Play at Vision Gallery, Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler , Arizona .  Nov. 7 – Jan. 17, 2015

Thursday, September 11, 2014

member news - Betsy Abbott

SAQA member Betsy Abbott has just launched a new website:

Betsy Abbott at work in her living room.

As a lifelong sewer, I am drawn to the colors and textures of fabric and thread.  Long before I ever saw a studio art quilt, I dreamed of making quilts to tell a story, hold a moment in time, or convey a beautiful image.  But because I had no art background, I did not dare to think that I could create what I saw so clearly in my head. click here to continue reading about Betsy...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

member workshop news

Sue Bleiweiss is teaching a two day fabric dyeing and coloring book fabric collage class at Quilters Way in Acton MA December 6 &7,2014.

Instructor:   Sue Bleiweiss
Format:      Two 5-hour sessions
Date:          Saturday + Sunday, Dec 6 + 7
Time:          10:00am-3:00pm

Join artist Sue Bleiweiss to learn her “coloring book fabric collage” technique—a fused style that includes black lines reminiscent of the coloring book pages we colored as children. Sue takes students through her process of creating an art quilt from start to finish,from hand dyeing the fabrics all the way through binding the quilt.

In this two day workshop, you’ll learn how to dye fabric the easy way. Even if you’ve never dyed fabric before you’ll finish with a pile of beautiful hand-dyed fabrics. You’ll spend the first day of the workshop dyeing your fabric using Procion dyes and learning how to create your own tone-on-tone fabrics using Jacquard Color Magnet. Color Magnet is a dye attractant that magically attracts more dye where it is applied,creating a unique,two-toned effect.
On the second day of the workshop,you’ll return with your pile of hand dyed fabrics and use them to create an art quilt. Students will have the option of creating a version of Sue’s Tutti Frutti Lane quilt or the smaller 3 Little Houses quilt. Both quilts are created using raw-edge,fusible appliqué combined with Sue’s easy quilt-as-you-go construction technique.

Click here to visit the Quilters Way website and register for the workshop.  Space is limited so don’t delay!