Thursday, October 5, 2017

Everything Houston!

Every year, we try to highlight our artists. This year is no different. If you are planning to attend Quilt Market or even Quilt Festival in late October, here is a sampling of what our Dinner at Eight Artists will be doing and you can view their work in special exhibits.

Quilt Market
RJR Booth - Leslie Tucker Jenison will have a new line debuting!

World of Beauty
Gossiping Ducks and Hungry Tiger by Linda Anderson
Limbs, Ladders, Roots and Rocks by Deborah Boschert
Carnival by Robbi Eklow
Old Timer by Suzan Engler
Justice & Freedom by Virginia Greaves
Making Coleslaw by Susan Fletcher King
Genevieve by Sherry Kleinman
Birthday book for Elliott by Sherry Kleinman
Resurrection by Susan Brubaker Knapp
Neuron by Hope Wilmarth

Tactile Architecture
Wrightsville Pier by Jeannie P. Moore

Hands all Around
Road Map by Hope Wilmarth
Viewpoints curated by Martha Wolfe
Santa Cruz, Hydrangea, Refelecting and Blue Bell by Martha Wolfe

Open Studios
“Stitch, Paint & Layer Your Next Quilt” with Jeannie P. Moore
Thursday, November 2nd, 4-6pm
Friday, November 3rd, 12-2pm

Gallery Talk of SAQA Exhibitions, Sunday, November 5 at 1 pm with Deborah Boschert

SAQA Booth
Friday morning - Sherri L. McCauley
Deborah Boschert Teaching Schedule
Small Stitched Landscape 478, Thursday, November 2 from 2 to 5 pm
Mixed Media Sampler Creating Original Stencils 556, Friday, November 3 from 10 to noon
All About Art Quilts Lecture 563, Friday, November 3 at 3 pm
Creativi-Tree Art Quilts 711, Saturday, November 4 from 9 am to 5 pm
Techniques with Paint and Ink 801, Sunday, November 5 from 9 am to noon

Robbi Joy Eklow Teaching Schedule
516. FUSAPALOOZA XXL Friday November 3, 2017 ALL DAY
718. FUSAPALOOZA MINI Saturday November 4, 2017 ALL DAY

Monday, September 18, 2017

Order Personal Iconography: Graffiti On Cloth!

We are pleased to announce the publication of an exhibition catalog for "Personal Iconography:  Graffiti On Cloth"!
Here are the details:
Title ID: 7565470
ISBN-13: 978-1976304040

And the book cover:
Cover art by Judy Coates Perez

Loris Bogue is the editor of this lovely book.  You may order your copy of the catalog here!

If you are so-inclined we would love to have your review on the amazon site.  The reviews elevate the visibility of the publication!  Thanks in advance.   

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Artist Profile: Jamie Fingal, co-curator

Jamie Fingal
Orange, California

1. What kind of challenges did this theme present to you? Oh my, a whole bunch, and I helped come up with this theme. Go figure. I was overthinking it. I could hear Pokey Bolton saying to me KISS - keep it simple stupid. I looked around my studio and a light bulb went off. There is a quilt on the design wall from Quilt Market with my new line that had most of my personal icons on it, so I did the next best thing - I added more to it to create my quilt for d@8. Brilliant!  It's so me!

2. Describe your studio space?  My happy place is in an industrial park and it's basically one giant room like a concrete shoe box with a bathroom, a truck door and two doors in front for great cross ventilation. I can spread out wherever I am working and the best part is that i don't have to clean up. I throw everything on the floor when I work, even paint. Everything is on wheels, so I can move everything around to suit my needs.  

3. Where can people see your work in the next six months? The Visions Quilt Museum in San Diego - "Funny Bone" exhibit - I have four works. Now until, Wisconsin Quilt and Fiberart Museum in Cedarburg, Wisconsin "In Death" exhibit and a piece traveling with Threads of Resistance exhibit. 

4. Do you ever work in a series?  I have in the past, but not so much anymore because I seem to be on the same vibrant color whimsical path as a fabric designer and a contemporary quilter.

5. What other activities do you engage in that “feed” your creative energy?  I love to garden, grow food and flowers, cook, entertain, be with my family, binge watch tv shows, swim, draw and read.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Artist Profile: Leslie Tucker Jenison

Leslie Tucker Jenison
1. What kind of challenges did this theme present to you? I had to do a great deal of thinking about what imagery best represents an overall theme in my work.  I settled on shapes that represent both natural and man-made elements.

2. Describe your studio space. I am fortunate to have a newly-renovated studio which includes both design and “wet” work areas inside my home.  I was able to re-think this space in a manner that is very specific to my needs as a contemporary quilt artist and fabric designer.

3. Where can people see your work in the next six months?  Exhibitions include “Threads of Resistance” at the New England Quilt Museum (& traveling), “Your Brightest Life: A Tribute to Yvonne Porcella” as part of “Sacred Threads” (traveling), and the “Personal Iconography:  Graffiti On Cloth” D@8 exhibit.  'In Death' exhibit at the Wisconsin Quilt and Fiberarts Museum. Work will be featured in 2 episodes of “Fresh Quilting”, a PBS show that will air in the coming months.

4.  Do you ever work in a series?  I enjoy working in a series, and have several that tend to be re-visited periodically when I have more information or ideas to contribute.  There are specific challenges that arise from working inside a stated set of parameters.  Sometimes, setting a few limitations is a great way to push the creative envelope.  I find that I have more ideas than “room” inside one piece and that is often how a series begins to take shape.

5. What other activities do you engage in that “feed” your creative energy? I am an avid traveler, photographer, cook, and gardener.  I always have a book nearby.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Artist Profile: Valerie C. White

Valerie C. White
Denver, Colorado

1. What kind of challenges did this theme present to you? I had several ideas to to express the theme, the challenge was to select just one. I have long admired the work of Jean- Michel Basquiat  this work was my humble attempt to honor him.

2. Describe your studio space? I'm always looking to improve my space,this year I tried to add a stackable washer/dryer, combo the wiring and duct work was just too expensive. I'll continue to use the portable until i can figure out a better solution.
3. Where can people see your work in the next six months?  The summer issue of Art Quilting Studio Magazine, The Lawerence Art Center in  Lawerence,Kansas and the National Center For Atmospheric Research  Boulder , Colorado.
4. Do you ever work in a series?  If so, what benefits or challenges does this present to you as an artist? I find working in a series a great opportunity to fully express an idea or subject. For me a series establishes a cohesive body of work. This current exhibit motivated me to consider expressing additional work using written language as a mark making opportunity. I expect to create 5  pieces in this new series in what I'm calling "Conversations about America". 

5. What other activities do you engage in that “feed” your creative energy?  I'm an avid knitter and belong to a great knit group, as fiber folks there are always great discussions about yarn, fabric and knitting stitches.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Artist Profile: Suzan Engler

Suzan Engler
Houston, Texas

1. What kind of challenges did this theme present to you? Meeting the challenge and staying true to my personal style was the greatest challenge.
2. Describe your studio space? My studio is my refuge and my happy place.  If it had a refrigerator and restroom I would never leave!
3. Where can people see your work in the next six months? My work is on display at International Quilt Festival Houston, Festival of Quilts - Birmingham, United Kingdom, The Texas Quilt Museum, and the Copper Shade Tree Gallery, Round Top, Texas,  where my work is featured in the Changing Gears exhibit.

4. Do you ever work in a series?  If so, what benefits or challenges does this present to you as an artist?  I work in a series of series. I single series can become boring to me. 

5. What other activities do you engage in that “feed” your creative energy? I strive to do everything with my own brand of creativity. I sew garments, crochet, and paint with watercolor, acrylic, and encaustic.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Artist Profile: Robbi Joy Eklow

Robbi Joy Eklow
Third Lake, Illinois

1. What kind of challenges did this theme present to you? After exploring several design ideas, I decided to dive into my “leftover bin” and use some parts from other quilts as a starting point. I found the lovely petals and couldn’t remember why I had set them aside. I worked with them and did remember the stumbling block but I was already moving in another direction. The leafy border on the outside edge was also a good solution to a problem I was having with the space outside the flower.

2. Describe your studio space?  I use one bedroom in my home in Illinois for my “dry studio” (domestic machines, fabric storage, ironing, working wall) and another bedroom for storage of my quilts. And part of the basement holds my APQS Millennium longarm. We are leasing a loft in Omaha, in the Market District and I’m moving into studio space at the Hotshops. I think my longarm and other machines will move there, so I can use it and teach classes there. My small studio in our loft is just the second bedroom, but it has an amazing view out the window, a lagoon, with modern sculptures, and a waterfall. It’s wonderful and I think it will give me some design ideas. The Hotshops space will also be fun, there are lots of other artists there. It’s not so far from the Quilt Museum in Lincoln.

4. Do you ever work in a series?  If so, what benefits or challenges does this present to you as an artist? I have been working in a series for over 15 years, I can’t remember which year I started. I keep exploring other ideas and then fall back to the series, to solve a problem in the next quilt, that I couldn’t in the last. I feel like I’ll stay in this series until I have it perfected. Then maybe one more. My last series was of quilts that had a lot of overlapping and transparent images of vases and other vessels.

5. What other activities do you engage in that “feed” your creative energy? My husband and I got a sailboat a few years ago, a 1985 Pearson 303. It’s small, and old, but it’s a beautifully crafted boat. The Pearson brothers literally started building fiberglass boats in their garage. Remind you of anyone? Anyway, we love the boat and sailing on Lake Michigan, from Waukegan harbor. It’s very good to get out there and just sit on the deck by the mast and look at the water rush by. I come home with ideas.
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