Saturday, June 30, 2012

SAQA national survey - inquring minds want to know!

Hello fellow artists, Lynn here again. I just wanted to take a second of your time to ask you if you've done the SAQA national survey yet? (Not the Michigan one I emailed you all about, this is the big survey.)

The SAQA Board set up an extensive survey wanting to know what you like - what do you think is working? What would you like to see improved? What big ideas do you have that you'd love to see them add to the organization?

I get it, its easy to say "I'll do this later" and then just sort of let it slip between the cracks. But here's the thing - they really mean it when they say they want to know what you think. They want to make SAQA as good as it can be - which means serving the needs of all of us.

The survey takes a few minutes but when I was going through it, I realized there are a lot of things in SAQA that I don't take good advantage of. And that there are things that I'd like to see changed or added. It felt good to give my opinion and to know that they will read it and take it into consideration.

So please, take a few minutes and do the survey. Help make SAQA be the best it can be!

Friday, June 29, 2012

SAQA / SDA picnic - an awesome afternoon!

Hello fabulous SAQA MI artists, Lynn here. I thought I'd give you a report on how the joint SAQA / SDA picnic last week went. In short, we had an awesome time! How could we not, really? Great food, great artists and a really pleasant beautiful location. :)

Susie, the MI rep for the Surface Design Association,  hosted the gathering in her backyard. Part of the meeting was dedicated to seeing each other's work, here are some views of what each member brought:

Clockwise: Carole Harris shows her latest quilt top in progress; Terri Voight models beautiful felted vest (it is very light and has great drape); Carol Tamasiunas brought an art quilt that was inspired by Georgia O'Keefe, she painted the fabric for the piece; Ann Jacob shows her discharge dyed quilt and talks about the environmental issues that inspired it.


Clockwise: Sandy Gellish shows her art quilt featuring a beautiful landscape; Mary Andrews holds up her art quilt full of incredible hand stitching and color; Jeanne brought one of her sheer wraps on which she has skillfully felted wool onto; Kate Lebowsky talks about a new series of plushie art (that she has coined Huggable Art) that she is creating based on fairytales (these are from the Three Little Pigs tale).


On the left: Susie Krage holds up a new piece featuring fabric that was created from her photos of Detroit. On the right: Marilyn Prucka's piece is inspired by rivers and features fabric that has been discharged.


Clockwise: Kay Lister shows off an art quilt that features dyed fabric and screen printing; Patrice Smith's art quilt was created using fabric that has deconstructed screen printing on it; Anne Hiemstra shows an art quilt that was free form pieced and designed.

And since I was behind the camera, I didn't get a shot of me showing off the work that I brought but here is a view of it on its own:

Its the 18th piece in my current series, Remnant Collages, and features hand printed fabric that has been collaged onto canvas.

The afternoon was very pleasant and it was such a great time to get to know everyone! Many thanks to Susie for hosting the gathering and we hope to see you at a future event!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

new blog banner for June

I'm afraid I'm a bit late updating the blog banner for June - and its a wonderful one! I think it adds such a wonderful summer feel to the blog, don't you? :)

Here is a full view of it:

The Blue Pitcher
12" x 12"
Mary Vinovskis
Ann Arbor, MI

From Mary:  This "The Blue Pitcher" (12" x 12").  Here I was trying for a painterly effect. The inspiration was a photo I took.  I was able to use the small trimmings from a different fusing project to create "paint strokes" on the pieces of fruit.
Don't forget that you can see all the blog banner photos in their entirety as well as information about the artist and piece on the blog's Blog Banner Gallery page. Enjoy! :)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

a survey - please let us know your thoughts! :)

Hi gang, Lynn here. I just finished sending out an email to each of you individually. I know I can send one through the SAQA site but its my biggest hope to connect with everyone and see what it is you'd like to do as a SAQA MI member.

So you'll see an email from me and I hope you won't mind that I'm invading your inbox. :)

I've set up two surveys through Survey Monkey (a free polling service) to find out what you'd like to do. Its in two parts because I can only put ten questions on one survey and I had more then that - but don't worry! It won't take long to answer at all!

The links are in the email I sent out to each of you but here they are again for your convenience:

SAQA MI survey part 1

SAQA MI survey part 2

And to thank you for taking the time to fill out the surveys, we're holding a very awesome drawing - a free yard of hand dyed fabric from Cathy Arnett's shop, Funky C Fiber Spree! Cathy is an awesome dyer, here is a sample of her work:

Lovely, right? You'll get to choose which ever one from her shop strikes your fancy if you're the winner. The surveys are anonymous so all you have to do after you take it is send an email to saying you did it and you'll be entered in the drawing.

You have until July 31 to take the surveys and the winner of the fabric will be announced here on the blog on August 4.

I sincerely hope that there are ideas on the surveys that appeal to you and if there is something we haven't thought of, by all means let us know!

Thanks! :)