Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SAQA Table at Oasis Palm Springs - Oct 8-10

Oasis Palm Springs - SAQA Table Volunteer Sign Ups

Oasis Palm Springs Palm Springs Convention Center 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs
This is a great opportunity to have a SAQA information table by our exhibit, and raise awareness for the only organization for art quilters. Members can answer questions, talk about our regional exhibit and hand out membership brochures. Members who volunteer their time have the benefit of setting their business cards out on the table.
It might even be nice to have a meet and greet in our exhibit area to get to know one another. Please contact Anne Copeland if you are interested in handling this saqascanv@gmail.com
$14/admission for one day, includes re-admission Credit cards are not accepted for general admission tickets, so plan ahead with cash If you are planning to pre-register for classes, admission for all 3 days is included Parking at the convention center is $6.00
Volunteer Slots are for 2-hours, and please arrive on-time for your shift. email Anne Copeland at saqascanv@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer your time.  We need 2 volunteers per shift.
Thursday, October 8 10:0am to Noon Noon to 2:00pm 2:00pm to 4:00pm 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Friday, October 9 10:0am to Noon Noon to 2:00pm 2:00pm to 4:00pm 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday, October 10 10:0am to Noon Noon to 2:00pm 2:00pm to 4:00pm 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Member Profile: Luke Haynes

Luke Haynes
Los Angeles, CA 
1.  Describe the work that you make: I make quilts using a traditional method of piecing with a modern twist. I pull from my architectural background and fine art training to create objects to talk about and look at. 

2.  Do you have a signature style? 
My style blends traditional methods with contemporary visuals. my style is often a very upfront figure with a more usual quilting foundation.

3.  What is your greatest accomplishment so far in the world of quilting? 
I have been shown across the world in venues that are having the conversation about art and not just quilts. Contemporary quilters and I have been able to expand our work into a dialog with the rest of the art world. 
Luke Quilt

4.  How do you work?  Do you piece, raw edge applique, fuse, glue, etc.?  Yes, I do it all.

5.  What was the turning point in your career when you knew that quilting was what you wanted to pursue?   
When I decided that I could create a business in it as well as a great opening to dialog within the world of art. 

6.  Do you enter your work in shows?  List your top 3 exhibits that you work has been shown in, and what year.
I enter exhibitions regularly. 
Brooklyn Museum in the permanent collection shown 2013-2014
Newark Museum  in the permanent collection shown Fall of 2013
American Folk art Museum  in the permanent collection shown Winter 2014

The American Context #3.  American Gothic

7.  Describe your studio space:  I have a 500 square foot open space for piecing and layout and a 300 square foot loft for the long arm and deep storage. 
8.  What are your three favorite tools in your studio?
Rotary cutter
BERNINA sewing machine
The artist with (iconography #7). Rags to Riches

9.  What other professional organizations are you affiliated with?  none. 

10.  When did you make your first art quilt?  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Regional Show - Oasis - ENTER ON-LINE

Art Call site is now open for business for you to enter your work for our regional show "Oasis."  Southern California and Southern Nevada SAQA members

We invite you to submit an art quilt for a juried exhibition that will debut at Oasis Palm Springs in early October and travel onto PIQF in mid-October 2015
We present "Oasis" as the theme for the exhibition
A place to feel replenished, relaxed, rejuvenated, and restored.  It could be a favorite vacation spot, a concert, or somewhere in your neighborhood, your backyard, or even the oasis within.  A time or experience that is pleasant and restful.  We all have our own personal oasis' in physical, metaphorical or filed away as a memory.  Where do you go to find your oasis?
18" wide by 40" high - vertical format
Nothing hanging off the sides, top or bottom of quilt.  No weights in the bottom portion of the quilt.

WRITING AN ARTISTS STATEMENT:  This is all about the piece that you made for this exhibit, NOT about you, as an artist.  What's it all about Alfie?  In 2-3 brief sentences tell us what your quilt is all about.  Where is your oasis?

We will use the online entry system 'Art Call'
Entry Fee $25/for up to three pieces
Online entry from July 1 - August 1
Deadline is August 1 at Midnight Eastern Time
Acceptances/Rejections - August 6
Late August/Early September - Quilts due

Member will pay for shipping both ways
One paragraph artist statement about the work that you created

Jurors:  Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison.  

Art Call Link http://saqacallforentries10.com 
Open now till August 1st midnight CST

Questions? email Jamie Fingal at jamie.fingal@gmail.com

Let's all make a quilt for this regional exhibit and support our region and SAQA!  It will be fabulous! 

If you have friends who are interested in making a quilt for this exhibit, but are not SAQA members, this is a good time to join!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Member Profile: Karen Cunagin

Karen Cunagin

San Diego, California

1.  Describe the work that you make. I am a lifelong fiber artist and textile lover concentrating on quilt-like, two-dimensional work for the last ten years.  (My first quilt was an art quilt for Hoffman Fabrics at Quilt Market in 2003.)  As a college instructor I’ve become a “universalist” — I piece, I appliqué; I dye and print and paint.  I stitch by hand and machine.  Color, line and design are the facets of the work I emphasize.

2.  Do you have a signature style? While I make figurative work, I also love the geometry of our quilt block heritage.  I like to be a bridge between that tradition and contemporary practice.  As I design all the projects for my classes (some 80 so far) — writing patterns, making samples, and often re-interpreting that basic plan into my own expression — I try to keep it always fresh, something new. My own work is probably best recognized by my use of color and pattern — I love commercial fabric, and I love putting together surprising combinations incorporating both old and new goods.
Las Mananitas 59x55

3.  Favorite color palette?  How do you pick a favorite color palette?  I guess it’s something different than what I just did  — though it seems many of my samples are a range of values in acidy green and/or red! I generally use hues that are rich and clear.  They reflect the light of Southern California.

4.  How do you work?  I always work on a design wall.  Even though I imagine I know what combinations of fabric will look like, there’s nothing like seeing the parts together — do the values work? —  is there enough/too much contrast? — how does it look from some distance?  I never know the end from the beginning; I start with a concept and see when the project leads me…  Most of the time there’s a story in the work — and it comes out in the process. There are always lots of little surprises I embed in the work, details that can be discovered with time invested looking at it.

One of my favorite methods is “free-range’ piecing — I use leftover parts/scraps from a formal project — and see what the colors, patterns will do.  I’ve learned not to give up too soon — there may need to be more of the work on the wall before I can see what’s really happening.

Given the choice, I don’t want ‘one’ red — I want twenty.

5.  Where do you find your inspiration?  I’m a flower girl — I’m inspired by the garden.  And the meaning of The Garden in all its historical contexts.  I’m excited by the work of fellow artists — Ruth McDowell, Joe Cunningham, Nancy Crow, Karen Stone, Gwen Marston… I love all things Japanese.  And Scandinavian!
So Many Birds in the Air, So Many Fish in the Sea 56x58

6.  Do you enter your work in shows?  List your top 3 exhibits that you work has been shown in, and what year. As I support myself I’ve had many avenues of income — college teaching, guild lectures and workshops, quilt shows and retreats, fine juried craft shows, work in gallery/museum venues, in books and magazines, public art projects, an Etsy shop…  I learned that showing my work is usually an investment of funds rather than income — so I don’t enter many exhibits.  However, my work has been seen in the Visions Biennial 2006, Sacred Threads 2013 and Sheila Frampton-Cooper’s Perspectives exhibit at Road 2 California 2013.

7.  Describe your studio space?  My studio space is in my home — the place most people would call a family room.  Of course I have a vast collection of fabric there (I AM a professional!), and all the basic notions and tools.  The work space is an active environment, but well-organized.  I think you have to see what you’ve got or you’ll never use it.  I crazy about my Juki sewing machine.  In fact, I have two — one at home and one at school.

Sugarbirds Migration 53x53

8.  How do you balance your life between art, family, friends, etc?  I do not balance my life.  My children are grown and live far away (art professor in MN and career Coast Guardsman) — and I miss them like mad.  So I work continuously.  I love my solitude and I love my students and give them everything I’ve got.  As I will work forever (that’s what artists do), I take time for lunch with friends and make/host visits as often as I can.      

9.  What other profession organizations are you affiliated with?  In addition to SAQA membership, I support AQS and the Visions Art Museum, where I recently finished a 3-year term on the Board of Directors.

10.  When did you make your first art quilt?  2003

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Member Profile: Bob Hix

Bob Hix 
Yucca Valley, CA

1) Describe the work that you make. Much of my work has been symbolic and abstract. I have a background in interior design of architectural buildings and homes, so I appreciate clean lines and pieces that stand on their own.

2) Do you have a signature style? Yes, though it is changing. In the past, I tended to create abstract, art deco style. I am beginning to move into strong figurative pieces and symbolism.

4) How do you work? I often paint on my pieces, and I enjoy precision piecing. I don't tend to use embellishments, but I do like strong lines and accents.

5) Where do you find your inspiration? It comes from inside me; it is usually some symbolic and yet abstract form, often from dreams.

6) Do you enter your work in shows? Yes, I do. I am going to have one or more pieces in the Mancuso show in Desert Hot Springs this September.

7) Describe your studio space .I live in an architectural home in Yucca Valley at the top of a hill. I need serenity when I work, so my studio is a reflection of that natural light and simple, clear space. I am a very prolific artist, so I might have more than one piece in progress, but usually my studio reflects that serenity.

8) How do you balance your life between art, family, friends, etc.?  My life partner is in hospice, so that has taken a lot of my attention this year. As for friends and family, I am a very social person and enjoy meeting with all kinds of quilters and interesting people.

9) What other professional organizations are you affiliated with?  I have been working solidly on my own work, and teaching some classes, so I have not been affiliated with any organizations in the past, but now I am a new member of SAQA. 

Bob Hix does not maintain a web site and does not enjoy being on the computer, but you will likely see his work at one of the shows - Anne Copeland

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Shows Around Town

Patchwork Show is Dear Handmade Life's bi-annual makers festival showcasing local emerging artists, crafters and designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks and indie music.

All Patchwork shows are free to attend and family friendly.

Vendors are selected by a jury and feature clothing for men, women & kids, handbags, accessories, jewelry, art, ceramics, garden finds, home goods, plushies, crochet & knit items, pet gear, kits & patterns, bath & body goodies and more!

Dear Handmade Life founders, Delilah Snell and Nicole Stevenson have a passion for empowering creatives with education and a forum to help people make a living doing what they love.

For nearly a decade, the aunt-and-niece team has been producing Patchwork Show: Modern Makers Festival, a biannual multi-city fair showcasing local emerging artists, crafters and designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks and indie music. In 2012 they founded Craftcation: Business + Makers Conference, featuring industry professionals leading attendees in hands-on food & craft workshops and lectures and panels on creative business. Delilah and Nicole also share DIY craft projects, tips on creative entrepreneurship, recipes, their adventures and inspiration to make every day awesome on their blog.


Long Beach, California
June 7, 2015 – Marine Stadium – Appian Way @ Bayshore– Long Beach, California – 11-5pm

Warp & Wool
The Makery, 423 S. Brookhurst St, Ste L, Anaheim, CA - Handmade Community.
Be with us the weekend of June 5th & 6th as we celebrate the work of Josef Albers with a curated woven tapestry gallery.Experience the marriage of texture and modern color theory during this welcoming & inclusive exhibition. 

Friday, June 5th, 2015
5:30pm-6:30pm / Opening wine reception
6:30pm-9:30pm* / Open to guests of the Etsy Craft Party only

Saturday, June 6th, 2015
11:00am-5:00pm / Open to the public
6:00pm-7:00pm / Wine reception
7:00pm-10:00pm* / Open to guests of the Etsy Craft Party only


OPENING RECEPTION:  Saturday, June 27th   7-10pm

LOCATION:  The Loft as Liz's
                   453 So. La Brea Avenue  (one block north of Wilshire Blvd.)
                    Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Sandra Lauterbach - Report about the SAQA Conference in Fiberlandia

Thoughts about Fiberlandia by Sandra Lauterbach

I attended Fiberlandia--SAQA's 2015 conference in Portland, Oregon.  It was my second SAQA conference.  It is a great way to meet other art quilters and to put faces with the names of people you have read or heard about.  Everyone wears a badge with their name and hometown in BIG LETTERS!  The conference started Thursday afternoon and ended Sunday at noon.  People came from South Africa, Australia, France and Canada.

There are a lot of benefits to attending the conference.  For example, besides meeting other art quilters, there are practical tips about marketing, social media, photography (from the last conference when Gregory Case spoke), and photoshop.  The content depends on the speakers.  You can find out about opportunities to get more involved with SAQA.  That is how I got involved with the JAM sub-committee.

There were several panels.  One was of international artists and their work.   Gul Laporte, from France, made an interesting point.  She said that American quilts tend to use brighter, "in" trendy colors versus European quilters tend to more muted colors.  Rosalie Dace and Hsin-Chen Lin (involved with the Taiwan Quilt Show) were the two other international artists on that panel. The other panels consisted of 1) students in MFA and BA programs; and 2) Quilters from Washington and Oregon. Some amazing pieces and stories.  

Maria Shell from Alaska (where she lives in an off the grid home with her family) spoke about getting grants and writing proposals.  Maria was enthusiastic, inspiring and informative.  If you want to receive Maria’s mailings about show opportunities, she said to email her at mariashell4@gmail.com.  Maria said she views each rejection notice she receives as bringing her that much closer to an acceptance letter—very positive attitude!

Namita Gupta Wigger mentioned criticalcraftforum.comShe spoke about quilts and art.
Everyone sits at large round tables for the panel discussions and general meetings—which is a great way to meet other artists.  There is also a choice of smaller breakout sessions.  I picked one that dealt with social media. Most people arrived Thursday in time for the small vendor mall--hand dyed fabrics, yarn, clothing and KAI scissors.  There was a short meeting for JAMs and prospective JAMs.  Sharon Bass was "speed dating"  (as she called it) --meeting individually with people interested in applying to be a JAM and reviewing their work.

Thursday night Lyric Kinard organized a type of “round robbin” collage ice-breaker.   There was a general meeting with the SAQA board and you could meet the members.  "Maker Space" took place one evening.    There were different tables where you could try out paint sticks, sashiko stitching, machine felting and more.

Saturday night was dinner and the SpotLight Auction of 6” x 9” pieces donated by SAQA members. The auction raised over $14,000 this year!  It is a great way to get your work known.

The SAQA members from the Portland area went out of their way to make us feel welcome.  They organized various tours for Saturday afternoon--from walking in the arts district to going to the falls.  

The conference ended Sunday at noon.  Beth Smith and Charlotte Bird from Visions Art Museum spoke about the museum's origins, its programs and its exhibitions.  One tip for applying to Visions is to submit photos of work that is in a series.

It is interesting that SAQA members in the Portland area and also around San Francisco have monthly meetings with large attendance;  members drive up to 3 hours to go to them.  Why is it different in So Cal? Our traffic?  better weather?  or???

Monday, April 13, 2015

Member Profile: Serena Brooks

Serena Brooks
Los Angeles, CA

1.  Describe the work that you make.  I grew up in the 60's and 70's so I'm drawn to anything bold and graphic -- from art and architecture to home furnishings, color palettes, and TV and movie credits.  My art reflects the influences of that time period.

2.  Do you have a signature style? In addition to being influenced by the era, my contemporary style has been clearly influenced by my parents.  My father was an ultra contemporary, mid-century architect and my mother was an accomplished seamstress who made our clothes and my father's 3-piece suits!  Although my techniques vary, bold design, geometric shapes and saturated color permeate my art.

3.  Favorite color palette?  I have to force myself to NOT to use complementary blue/green and red/orange, which must clearly be my favorite palette!

4.  How do you work?  Do you piece, raw edge applique, fuse, glue, etc.?  I'm most creative when I alternate between piecing and fusing.  I also paint, dye, knit and needlepoint so that I can be cross-training my brain and hands all the time.  I also like to be working on a few pieces at different stages of development at any given time, so that I can take a break, for example, from designing a piece up on the wall, to something else like quilting or trying out a new color palette with paints.

Aleph Bet  2014 55x41

5.  Where do you find your inspiration?  So many places... my eyes are always wide open which constantly annoys my two teenagers.  They are known to complain about my taking detours to look at a building or making a dead-stop in front of a greeting card that caught my eye.  However, I have to admit that my main source of inspiration is watching what happens on my design wall when two pieces of fabric or two remnants from other projects accidentally collide.  Many of my pieces begin when I'm not even TRYING to be inspired, I just notice what's going on up on the wall!  I recently squared up a quilt, and instead of throwing the edges away, I pinned them up on my design wall... and behold, a quilt idea surfaced -- loud and clear!

6.  Do you enter your work in shows?  List your top 3 exhibits that you work has been shown in, and what year.  Yes, I do enter shows and I occasionally have my own solo shows.  Top 3 exhibits:  International Quilt Festival Houston -- 2008, 2010 and 2014; QUILTCON  2013 and 2015; AQS Paducah  2011 and 2013.
Stitched Paint 2014  82x61

7.  Describe your studio space?  I am fortunate to have a very large room just outside my main house, as my studio.  I have a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling foam core-covered design wall, which is covered with both my current piece, and also lots of inspirational photos and drawings as well as notes, for future projects.  I also usually have a few free-standing foam core pieces around the sides of the studio with other projects pinned up, that I can move closer or further back, as I'm working on them.  I have my sewing machine always set up, either in the drop down quilting position into my sewing table, or up ready to piece.  My machine FACES my main design wall so I'm always looking at what I'm working on while I sew.  A long table on risers stands perpendicular to my machine table -- half is a cutting surface and half an ironing surface.  My threads, notions and smaller cutting mats hang on a nearby wall so that I have easy access to them as need be.  My fabrics are stored in covered bins:  One group of bins contain a combination of non-cotton fabrics and cotton prints, sorted by color family; one group of bins contain Kona cotton solids, sorted by color family; and then I have one large tray of pre-fused fabrics sorted by color family.  Paints, dye supplies, fusibles and books are stored in a closet until I need to pull them out to work on a given project.
Mid-Century Modern 2013  45x78

8.  How do you balance your life between art, family, friends, etc?  I find that I HAVE to make art every day, so there's my balance.  If I take good care of me, then I can be much more available to my family and friends, and it's really important to me to be present and available to them!
Math Homework 1  2012 36x30

9.  What other professional organizations are you affiliated with? IQA, AQS, LA Modern Quilt Guild
Math Homework II  2012  36x30

10.  When did you make your first art quilt?  Year.  2004

and Serena occasionally teaches, when asked.