Yvonne Porcella, founder of SAQA, died on February 12, 2016.
Ms Porcella was a pioneer and legend in the art quilt world, an inspiration to many. She had a vision, to create a network of quilt artists who would pool their resources in order to support and expand the reach of quilt art. She turned her vision into reality when in 1989, 50 U.S. artists united to form Studio Art Quilt Associates. SAQA has since grown to include over 3500 members from around the world.
If you aren't familiar with Yvonne Porcella's vibrant artwork, take 10 minutes to view Bold Strokes, a retrospective of her creations.
Ms Porcella was keynote speaker at the 25th Anniversary SAQA conference. Her 45-minute address, History of the Development of the Art Quilt Movement: Early Exhibits and Studio Art Quilt Associates, will be of interest to all artists who work in textiles.
To honour her legacy and to continue her vision, SAQA has established the Yvonne Porcella Memorial Fund for Regional Development.
Yvonne Porcella's vision and energy will be missed by many but will live on in the work of SAQA and its members.