Tuesday, May 22, 2012

you're invited! a SAQA/SDA picnic! :)

Hello lovely artists - Lynn here. I've got some really exciting news!

I have the great fortune of being friends with the Michigan rep for the Surface Design Association. We were talking recently about how we thought the two groups would enjoy meeting each other so we're inviting all of you to attend a picnic to get to know other SAQA members from the area as well as SDA members too.

Susie, the SDA rep, is graciously opening her beautiful home in historic Indian Village in Detroit for the event. Here are the details:

What: Meet and Greet SAQA / SDA picnic

Where: Susie's home
             1731 Seminole St.
             Detroit, MI 48124

When: Sunday June 24 beginning at 2pm

What to bring: Please bring a dish to pass, your favorite beverage and a piece of your artwork to show off your wonderful talents! :)

RSVP: To Lynn at FibraArtysta@earthlink.net

I have room in my car to carpool if a few people are interested in doing that. Just let me know in your RSVP, only three spots.

Please feel free to bring non-SAQA members to check out the groups, we're always looking to welcome new artists into the organization and this would be a wonderful opportunity to introduce them to what we do.

Very excited about this gathering and I do hope that you will attend!!! :)


Monday, May 21, 2012

call for entries: Thoughts with Thread exhibit

The Northville Art House in Northville, MI is seeking entries for an upcoming juried exhibit, Thoughts with Thread.

From the entry form:

The Northville Art House seeks fiber art entries for its August 2012 exhibit, Thoughts with Thread, examples of fiber art include quilts, weaving, needlework, cloth/fiber dolls or figurative work, wall hangings, fashion, etc.

Entries are due June 29th (receive by date).

Visit their Exhibits page for the entry form (scroll down to the bottom).

Sunday, May 20, 2012

SAQA call for entry: I'm Not Crazy exhibit

There is still time to submit for the new SAQA exhibit, I'm Not Crazy. The juror is Sue Reno and the curator is Kathy Nida.

Details about the show's theme (from SAQA's website):

Mental illness carries with it a stigma; many of us have experience with disorders, temporary or permanent, curable or not, that in the past and in some cultures even today would be labeled as crazy. That stigma can make it difficult to admit its effect on our loved ones or ourselves. Disorders as common as anxiety or depression, or less common, like schizophrenia or multiple personality disorder, can have a devastating effect on families and friends, and on ourselves. Negativity towards those who have these disorders often causes many people to keep the diagnosis hidden from friends and family.
  • What does “crazy” look like?
  • What does it feel like?
  • How does the world look through the eyes of someone experiencing a panic attack or depression or other mental disorder?
  • How does loving or caring for someone with a mental disorder look and feel?
We’re looking for work that covers these experiences: from the eyes of the caregiver, the friend, the family member, and, of course, those who have experienced any of these disorders themselves. Your work can reflect the disorder or the chaos it holds on our lives, it can be humorous, it can be sad, it can be crazy or incredibly calm.

Full details on how to enter can be found here.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

call for entry: Rare Threads exhibit in East Jordan, MI

The Jordan River Arts Council in East Jordan, MI is seeking entries for their show, Rare Threads - fibersfantastic.

They are also hosting classes in conjunction with the exhibit from Katei Pasquini Masopust, Shanna Robinson, Peg McNinch and Audrey Atkinson.

The entry for for submission can be found on their site here.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Art Quilts XVIII: Integrating a Paradox

Another major art quilt show has issued a call for entries: "original works of textile art quilts that combine apparent opposites in a way that values the unique qualities of both elements".  Art Quilts XVIII: Integrating a Paradox is produced by the Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler, Arizona.

Entry deadline is: Friday, August 24, 2012 (slides, CD, or email).

Exhibit dates are: November 2, 2012, through January 20, 2013.

Additional information is available here.


News of accomplishments and exhibits by SAQA-Michigan members.  Kudos to:

Kathie Briggs, whose work is shown in the May/June Issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited as part of their Seasons Challenge.  Twelve fiber artists were asked to created pieces specifically for this challenge.  Kathie has posted a photo of her piece on her blog with more information on the challenge and the other 11 artists who took part in this challenge

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Diane Nunez, who has been and will be very busy:

Her work, "Twisted", is currently on display at Art Quilt Elements 2012 at the Wayne Art Center, March 30 - May 13, 2012, in Wayne, PA. 

Two works, "Siamese Twins" and "Cascade" were chosen for the 2012 Michigan Fine Arts Competition at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center in Birmingham, MI.  The show ran March 30 - May 4, 2012.

Her work, "Diagonal 3x3". will be exhibited in the The Artist As Quiltmaker XV show running May 13 - July 29 in Oberlin, OH at the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts Gallery (FAVA).

In addition, Diane will be teaching two classes at Quilt Surface Design Symposium (QSDS) in Columbus, Ohio:  "Dimensional Fabric Construction - Expanded 3DDD", May 28 - June 1, and "Three DDD!", June 2-3.

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Lenore Crawford, for her solo exhibition in New York City at the ArtQuilt Gallery:NYC from May 14 to June 23.   This quilt, "Tuscan Countryside", is included in the exhibition.

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Anne Hiemstra, whose quilt "Everglades: River of Glass" was accepted for the Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2012, which will be displayed at two venues in Taiwan this fall.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Quilt National 2013 entry info available

The ultimate of all art quilt exhibits is gearing up for its next show. Quilt National has posted the guidelines and entry information for the 2013 show on their website.

You can find general information here.

Rules and entry procedures can be found here.

If you are unfamiliar with the history of the exhibit, they have a really wonderful write up about how it got started here.

Good luck! :)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

blog facelift

Hello everyone, Lynn here.

In case you haven't noticed, the blog has gone through a little bit of a face lift. Anne and I would like to make it a resource for you and a place for you to call your own. I thought I'd take a moment to point out the new things, feel free to explore and if you have any suggestions, please let us know.

One of the new features is the addition of Pages. If you look beneath the blog banner, you'll see a bar with titles. Click on one of those and you'll go to a Page of the blog with additional information for that specific topic. Let's take a look at each one.

Anne will be holding contests for the image that is displayed there. The current winner of the last contest is Mary Vinovskis of Ann Arbor. The image that is on the banner now is a detail of her quilt "Garden Frolic".

Want to see the whole thing? Thought you might. I did too. So we set up a Page called Blog Banner Gallery to show the whole view.

Each contest winner will have their quilt on display for three consecutive months. Its a great way to put your work in the spotlight. :)

SAQA-MI reps

We are still working on this Page but it will have information about Anne and I so you can see who your reps are.

SAQA-Michigan reps

This page features SAQA events happening in Michigan. It will include SAQA national events that are passing through the mitten as well as member events. So don't be shy, toot your own horn. Send us info about what you have coming up - exhbits, teaching, etc - and we'll add it so everyone can see what the MI members are up to.

Right now we have a couple of SAQA exhibits coming to Grand Rapids this summer so be sure to check out the Page and make your plans - both look fabulous!

We'd love to add to this page all the time so keep the info coming.

SAQA national events

Kind of self explanatory, right? We'll gather the big doings of the national group so you can find information easily. These will be events like the auction and the upcoming conference. (Info is up there now for both of these if you were wondering about either one.)

Contact Us

We mean it. We are always here for you to hear what you have to say, even if its just a hey-how-are-you-doing kind of email. :)

The thing I love most about blogs is that they are constantly evolving. So we'll continue to tweak things as the needs of the group become known to us.  In the meantime, enjoy the new look of the blog and check everything out!



Sunday, May 6, 2012

new co-rep introduction

SAQA-MI co-rep

Hello! I wanted to take a moment to pop in and introduce myself. I already know many of the SAQA Michigan members but for those of I haven't had a chance to meet yet, I thought I'd share a little bit about myself. :)

My name is Lynn Krawczyk. I'm a surface design and textile artist. My work revolves around combining traditional printmaking techniques and combining them with fabric and stitch. Its a marriage of art quilting and collage. I'm happiest when flinging paint around my studio (and hoping that none of it gets in my hair or on my very white dog).

I have written and taught extensively about Thermofax Screen Printing and have had many how-to articles published in Quilting Arts Magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors and Sew Somerset. I currently write a regular feature for Quilting Arts Magazine highlighting fiber art groups from across the U.S. and world.

I blog all the time (hope you'll pop by and say hello). Here's an example of my work in case you are interested in seeing what I do:

Remnants Collage 13
18" x 18" on canvas

I'm a pretty casual kind of gal, always open to chatting and discussing ideas and projects. I hope to get to know all of you during my time as co-rep. Anne and I have many ideas to help bring together the state and I hope that you will be up for it!

In the meantime, if you'd like to take a moment to send me a note saying hello and talk a little bit about what you'd like to see happen for SAQA Michigan, I'm all ears!  I check email like its going out style so I'm always available.

Here's the email address in case you don't have it: saqamichigan@gmail.com

Chat soon! :)