Friday, December 31, 2010

1st Exhibit for 2011!

If you happen to live in the UP in Michigan or are having a winter ski vacation in that area, be sure to check out the exhibit, Venus Rising: A Celebration of Women in Art at the Spies Library Gallery in Menominee, Michigan. The exhibit is showing the work of the following artists:
Laurie Ceesay
Kathleen Eaton
Patricia Johnson
and Glenda Banta
The exhibit will run from January 4 thru January 31, 2011. A reception will be held on January 6th from 4 - 7 p.m. Don't miss this opportunity to view art work from these women. A great way to start out the New Year!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

From our families to you and your family!!

Happy Holidays!

Your SAQA Michigan Reps
Mary Andrews
Robbie Payne

Monday, December 13, 2010

Just some news...

For those of you who don't receive update posts from the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative blog, you need to check out the current entry by Ami Simms. To quote Ami, "We now have proof that what we do with a needle and thread can truly make a difference." It's a wonderful post and perfect for this time of year.

Also, Marilyn Prucka, our October profile, has her web site up and running!! Check it out here and make sure to look at her calendar page here. Marilyn has a workshop and a presentation in the spring of 2011.

Don't forget to send us any update or news you would like to share with our SAQA Michigan members. You can't beat the cost for us to post! Just email your update to

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Artist Profile for December

Our Artist Profile this month is:

Mary Vinovskis
Ann Arbor, Michigan

How long have you been sewing and when did you begin making art quilts? I learned to sew from my mother, who helped me make clothes for my dolls, then, later, for me. My grandmothers taught me to knit and crochet, and, over the years, I used all these skills to make things for myself, my family, and my home.
My first quilt was a baby quilt for my son. He was also the recipient of additional quilts (all traditional patterns) as he grew. My first art quilt was made in 2004 after I took some workshops at the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild's weekend retreat (called Quilt University then.) In the quilt, I combined all the techniques I had been introduced to at QU: dyeing, texturizing fabric with Tyvek, and stack and slice fabric mixing. I had also started to watch Alex Anderson's TV show, Simply Quilts, at about that time, and that first quilt included many of the techniques I learned form her show: chenille strips, wired petals, free motion stitching, applique (hand and machine.) See description of "Bouquet for QU-2003" below.
Describe your art and its inspiration. My art is evolving - I'm trying to find my own style. It is more abstract than realistic. The fabric is often the inspiration. The interaction of shapes, patterns, colors, line and layers is what I focus on.
I have worked in several art media: watercolor, acrylics, serigraphs, but working with fabric is now foremost. An early influence in art quilts came form the books of Ruth B McDowell. Her techniques appealed to me because they combined careful piecing and any level of abstraction of the source idea you wished. Her fearless combinations of fabrics was also a big influence. Another important inspiration came from Rosemary Eichorn's book, The Art of Fabric Collage. Her use of a variety of fabrics and her raw edge applique methods were very liberating for me. I've taken many workshops and continue to try to learn additional ways of working.
Where do you do most of your artwork? I work in a spare bedroom that I have filled to bursting with fabric and books. I'm working on reorganizing the laundry room so I can do some dyeing.
What are your goals? I want to create more of my own fabric using the new methods I've sampled recently: soy wax batik, gelatin monoprinting, screen printing, and painting. I also want to continue to enter shows - the deadlines help me focus.
Do you teach, lecture, curate or have a business of your artwork? No.
Where can your work be seen? None of my work is currently on exhibit. I had a piece in the Threadlines 2008 exhibit at Missouri State University Art & Design Center in Springfield, MO. Another quilt has been traveling for two years with the SAQA Points of View exhibit. It just returned from the William Bonifas Fine Art Center in Escanaba, MI.
What are your interests outside of art? My other interests include gardening, cooking, and bridge.

The quilt in Mary's picture above is called, Bouquet for QU-2003. It is 24 x 28 inches and was created in 2004.
Description/Technique: Many of the petals and leaves are three-dimensional. Some have wire satin-stitched to them and can be bent into various positions. The snail shell was texturized with Tyvek that was stitched to the back and then heated until it wrinkled the fabric.

Riga Remembered
37" x 48"

This quilt commemorates our family's trip to Latvia. I used Ruth B. McDowell's pattern for the sweet peas and then used her design methods to adapt my photos of the cathedral and the surrounding buildings for the background.

Opposing Forces
39" x 49"

This quilt has fabric strips and shapes, dressmaker trims, cords, ribbons, tapes, yarns, rickrack, rayon and metallic embroidery threads, suede strips, and beads applied to a pieced batik background. The title refers to the two forces necessary to move an object in a spiral path.