Sunday, August 26, 2012

buy art & raise money for breast cancer research!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday August 28.

Why? Because of this:


Cloth Paper Scissors magazine invited several artists (including SAQA MI member Lynn Krawczyk) to make artwork to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

On Tuesday August 28 CPS is going to stock their etsy shop with 41 pieces of mini artwork (in 5" square and 8" square sizes) for you to snag. All proceeds will go to NBCF. You will also have a chance to pick up a special set of Peerless Watercolors in a special pink palette.

Total win-win gig - get cool art and help raise money for a fabulous cause!

* The CPS etsy shop will be empty until Tuesday August 28th. But if you visit before hand, you can sign up to be notified by email when they open so you don't miss your chance! :)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Faces of GM - Aniko Feher fiber art exhibit

Michigan fiber artist Aniko Feher, also an employee of General Motors, has an exhibit of her fiber art at the GM Technology Center. Her work is very personal and beautifully executed, the video below features her speaking about the pieces she created:

Monday, August 6, 2012

Nancy Crow workshop at Muskegon Museum of Art

The Muskegon Museum of Art is hosting an exciting fiber art exhibit called Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber. The exhibit is organized by Geary Jones and the museum. In conjunction with the show that will be at the museum December 13, 2010- March 17, 2013 before traveling extensively around the country, the museum is hosting three fabulous fiber workshops in December - one of which is a Nancy Crow workshop.


Details for each one are listed below. Don't hesitate to register now if you are interested. To register, call 231-720-2571.



Innovators and Legends Workshops

Lines, Curves, Circles and Figure/Ground: Part I machine-piecing workshop
Instructor: Nancy Crow
5 days, December 10-14, 2012 – 9:00 am-noon, 2:00-5:00 pm
Level: Intermediate (sewing machine used)
Class Fee: $600
Location: Hilt Building Classroom (downtown Muskegon)
Extensive supply list sent upon registration.

Many small sewn-together compositions will be created.  All work will be done in direct machine piecing.  All fabric cutting will be done without rulers. Fabrics of choice will be a broad palette of hand-dyed or commercial solids and values.  Emphasis will be on geometric shapes and lines.
Students will be given timed exercises that explore classical design concerns such as color, value, proportion, shape, curves, circles, and line relationships.  Lots of seed ideas will be generated.
By mid-week, students will work in their sketchbooks, analyze their small studies, choose their best ones, and with further exercise, build on these ideas to generate new larger compositions.


Drawing with Yarn: Tapestry Made Easy

Instructors: David Johnson (former head of fibers at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts ), and Geary Jones ( a Pollock/Krasner International, and NEA award winning tapestry artist, and sculptor ).
5 days; December 10-14, 2012
Level: all levels
Class Fee: $350
Location: Muskegon Museum of Art Classroom

This is a tapestry, and rug-making class designed for beginners to advanced level weavers. We will explore a variety of weaving techniques (from slit-tapestry, eccentric weave, and a number of knotting, and interlocking techniques). Pattern, and color techniques, as well as blocking, and cleaning will also be addressed. This is both a fun, and relaxing class for just about anyone...
Each participant will be provided with a 3ft x 4 ft frame loop for use during the workshop for a $10 fee.


Contemporary Cedar Bark Basketry

Instructor: Dawn Nichols Walden
3 days; December 12-14, 2012 – 9:00 am-noon, 1:30-5:00 pm
Level: all levels
Class Fee: $400
Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Classroom (downtown Muskegon)

This workshop is designed for large contemporary pieces, mold making techniques and construction methods.  Ideas for expanding with different materials as in plastics or recyclable material.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

August / September blog banner - and how YOU could be featured!

Hello fellow MI - SAQA artists, Lynn here. I wanted to take a moment to point out that we have a new blog banner for the months of August and September.

Windows on the Water #4
24.75" x 26"
Desiree Vaughn
Suttons Bay, MI
As always, don't forget to visit the Blog Banner Gallery page to see the current banner image in its entirety as well as past images used. 

We love showing off how talented SAQA MI members are and we're looking for a MI member to feature for the months of October, November and December.

So, we're going to make this one super easy and ask you a personal question - what do you love about being an art quilter? Leave a comment on this blog post and we'll choose a random winner on September 1 to be the new face of the blog for the last few months of 2012.

Get commenting! :)

call for entries: Fiberart Interantional 2013

Fiberart International 2013 is an exhibition of contemporary fiber art presented by the Fiberarts Guild Of Pittsburgh, Inc. It's located at both the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Society For Contemporary Craft.


ENTRY FEE: $35.00 (U.S. currency) for up to three entries

Two images per entry: one full view and one detail

AWARDS: Over $5000 in cash awards

Visit their website here for the prospectus and information about how to apply online.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

michigan-artisans store

A new store featuring Michigan only artists has opened in Detroit's historic Eastern Market area.

From their website:

Welcome to Michigan Artisans!

Michigan Artisans is a collective of artists, designers and musicians all from the Great Lakes state. These artisans create unique, high quality products by hand, and original musical works. We offer you the peace of mind knowing where your products are coming from, and the quality of products used within them. We support local and small businesses and encourage you to do the same.   

What we do 

Our goals are simple: A website that focuses on artisans and musicians from our region, and offering the general public access to these vendors and musicians online and in person. We will help you coordinate shows with our vendors anywhere within our state. Shows can be a great way to get your holiday shopping done, or to raise money for your cause. We currently offer our vendors an online presence but hope to offer a physical store location to sell artists work and cds and LPs of our musicians.

About our Members 

All of our artists and musicians have to submit an application to be part of the Michigan Artisans. Applicants are juried, and if accepted then included on the website. Vendors can opt to be online only or be active participants in scheduled shows.

Its always exciting to see new endeavors in Michigan springing up that support the arts!

Please visit their website for more information if you are interested in joining them!