30 November 2016

SAQA 2017 Trunk Show preview #8

Winter Sky by Regina Marzlin, Antigonish NS

Winter Sky by Regina Marzlin

RM: A blue and white morning sky at the beginning of winter. It feels like snow will be falling today. The dark trees look stark against the winter sky.

29 November 2016

SAQA 2017 Trunk Show preview #7

Rings and Things by Lois Wilby Hooper of Moores Mills, NB 

Rings and Things by Lois Wilby Hooper

LWB: With a piece of indigo dyed shibori, from a SAQA workshop, staring at me reproachfully from the shelf, I decided to have a play day. Anything goes, whatever happens, happens. So, collecting various scraps, odds and ends, and general leftovers, I set to work. I wanted to continue the circle theme across the piece. Some bits of net fused with metallic paint scraps and bits of Angelina fibres were free motioned in place. Then I added beading, crocheted rings and hand embroidery with hand dyed thread.

Stepping back to see the "avant garde" result, I had a good laugh at myself.  All my traditional needle arts background was readily apparent. You can take the artist away from the tradition, but you can't take the traditional skills out of the artist!

28 November 2016

SAQA 2017 Trunk Show preview #6

Have a peek at another piece of artwork, by Chris Nielsen, that will travel the world with the 2017 SAQA Trunk Show. If you're thinking of entering, your piece must be submitted online by Wednesday November 30th and the actual shipment must be received by January 14th.

Infection by Christine Nielsen

Infection by Christine Nielsen of Head of St Margaret's Bay, NS

CN: This piece was created during the 2016 election cycle in the United States. I was thinking about the ways in which disaffection develops. It starts in isolated pockets which then burst and spread the seeds of hate. Soon everything is contaminated.

Read more about Chris's artwork on her blog, A Galloping Cat.

26 November 2016

In memoriam

We lost our good friend and SAQA Atlantic member Susan Tilsley Manley one week ago.

Anne Morrell Robinson created a small quilt as a tribute to Susan. 

Release by Anne Morrell Robinson 

Release by Anne Morrell Robinson of Margaree Valley, NS

AMR: "Release" is a tribute to Susan Tilsley Manley and depicts some of her favourite things; crows, bubbles, flowers, and being able to celebrate who we are.

Anne's quilt will be part of SAQA Atlantic's upcoming regional trunk show. Read more about Anne Morrell Robinson on her website, Kingross Quilts

Read more about Susan Tilsley Manley, Artist and Maker of Things, here.

A tribute to Susan and her artwork will be published on our blog in the coming weeks.

22 November 2016

SAQA 2017 Trunk Show preview #5

November 30th is the deadline for registering a 7"x10" piece for SAQA's 2017 Trunk Show. Today we feature Sandra Betts' submission.

Devin's Discovery by Sandra Betts

Devin's Discovery by Sandra Betts of Saint John, NB

One of my grandsons, Devin, loves to hike the backwoods off trail. He discovers some of the most beautiful nature scenes, photographs them and sends the pictures to me to enjoy. It is a great pleasure for me to try to reproduce them in my favourite medium - fabric.

20 November 2016

SAQA 2017 Trunk Show preview #4

ReBecca Paterson is the fourth SAQA Atlantic member to share her 2017 Trunk Show contribution with our readers. Have a look at her piece:

Heading East by ReBecca Paterson

Heading East by ReBecca Paterson of Sussex, NB

I am reminded of heading home to the Maritimes, flying over the Rockies, the foothills and just coming in to the cookie cutter areas of the prairies. This whole cloth quilt is just a snippet from a larger piece of fabric that was a deconstructive screen printing on cotton experiment. Cotton, polyester, procion dyes, ink.

16 November 2016

Hope & Survival: Halifax Explosion Memorial Quilt

SAQA Atlantic member Laurie Swim is seeking your support in funding her community art project for the 2017 centenary of the Halifax Explosion.

Award-winning Nova Scotia artist Laurie Swim has spent the last four years working on a monumental memorial quilt with 400 volunteers. Two filmmakers have been recording her creative journey for a documentary. Now Laurie needs help finishing the art project in time...

The money raised in this crowd funding campaign will be used primarily to support Laurie to complete her work on the memorial quilt. It will also be used to complete a longer documentary film and to publish an accompanying children's book.

The completed work of art will be exhibited at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for the anniversary of the explosion in December 2017.

Please consider helping Laurie by contributing funding for the final push. In return, Laurie is offering some exciting perks to thank donors for their support.

Read more on the Indiegogo crowd funding website.

11 November 2016

SAQA 2017 Trunk Show preview #3

Have a look at our third featured 2017 Trunk Show contribution, Kathy Tidswell's The Tudor Rose.

The Tudor Rose by Kathy Tidswell

The Tudor Rose by Kathy Tidswell, of Burtt's Corner, NB

My painted background spoke to me of roses. It inspired me to create the intertwining white and red roses signifying the end of the Wars of the Roses. The houses were joined, like these roses, when Henry Tudor, King Henry VII, a Lancastrian, took Elizabeth of York to be his bride.

Read more about her work on Kathy Tidswell's website.

08 November 2016

SAQA 2017 Trunk Show preview #2

Our second featured 2017 Trunk Show contribution is, Is it Deco?, by LaVerne McCallum Deakin.

Is it Deco? by LaVerne McCallum Deakin

“Is It Deco?” by LaVerne McCallum Deakin from Fredericton, NB

Although I usually start with sketches and the occasional full-size diagram, most of my pieces evolve as I work, often bearing little resemblance to the original sketch. Thinking positively, should I not be happy with the end result, it will serve as a learning experience. Over the last couple of years, I have noticed what I consider an “art deco” influence appearing in my work. Who knows what will be next?

Metals, especially copper, are favourite materials, but I also enjoy working with a variety of mixed media. The richness of silk as a background fibre seems to enhance the materials placed on it. The variegated metallic thread was the best match for this piece of silk which changes colour based on the angle of light.

Experiments with art quilting came after many years as a traditional quilter and, after retirement, I realized this is where my heart is!

Read our 2015 profile of LaVerne McCallum Deakin here.

06 November 2016

SAQA 2017 Trunk Show Contributions

SAQA’s travelling Trunk Shows showcase members' talent while promoting art quilts around the globe.  

The Trunk Shows are collections of small quilted artworks, each 10 x 7 inches. The collections travel to venues in many countries over up to a three-year period. At the end of the tour, the quilt is either returned to the artist or sold through the SAQA store. The submission deadline for the 2017 Trunk Show is November 30th.

Several SAQA Atlantic Canada members have been producing pieces for the Trunk Show. We will be featuring their work over the coming days. 

Early Frost by Holly McLean

Early Frost by Holly McLean of Bathurst, New Brunswick

Most of my artwork stems from my wanderings along the beaches and trails in my area. There are always a myriad of things to inspire me in any season; no matter how many times I walk the same path, there is always something new to attract the eye. I’m drawn to the tiniest of interesting flora and fauna, to large vistas, to the lines and shadows produced by bare trees and their branches, to bird’s nests which become apparent in fall and winter. It is all endlessly fascinating and inspiring.

Visit Holly McLean's blog to learn more about her work. 

If you haven't yet made a quilt for the 2017 Trunk Show, there may still be time. Stay tuned for more Trunk Show submissions in the coming days.  

01 November 2016

Two textile art exhibitions in Cape Breton!

SAQA Atlantic member Anne Morell Robinson invites you to two exhibitions currently on view in Sydney, Cape Breton. 

On Oyster Pond by Helene Blanchet

Celtic Quilt Guild Show

The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design is pleased to present an exhibition by the Celtic Quilt Guild. In addition to traditional and original bed quilts, the show will feature a collection of innovative art quilts including work by SAQA Atlantic members Ruth Austin, Helene Blanchet, Kristi Farrier and Anne Morrell Robinson. 

The opening reception will be held Wednesday, November 2 at 1:00 p.m. in the Centre’s Loft exhibition space.

What: Quilt show
Who: Celtic Quilt Guild
Where: Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, 322 Charlotte St, Sydney NS
When: Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. until November 30th.

Diane Borsato and Anne Morrell Robinson

 Shaping the Shore

Cape Breton University Art Gallery celebrates the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage with a show of work by women artists. The show, Shaping the Shore, features women artists with a connection to Cape Breton. It includes a quilt made collaboratively by Toronto artist Diane Borsato and Anne Morrell Robinson.

What: Shaping the Shore art exhibition
Who: Cape Breton University Art Gallery
Where: CBU, 1250 Grand Lake Road, Sydney NS 
When: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. until December 16th.