Tuesday, May 28, 2019

New Online Workshop -- from Janet Scruggs!

B.C. SAQA member Janet Scruggs wants to share her new online workshop with you!  She writes:

Have you ever wanted to create your own designs?
Does it seem daunting, maybe even impossible - you have no idea where to start?
Introduction to Design workshop will teach you several methods for creating designs. Methods which can be used over and over again to create original designs from any source of inspiration. You will find that not only is it easy, but it’s fun!
The workshop is comprised of 6 modules. These include warm up exercises and design exercises to lead you in creating a minimum of 14 of your own original designs.
It also covers the elements of art, design principles, interpreting your designs in textiles and stitch, material considerations, theme and technique based designs. The workshop uses both video and print materials.
You will learn how to use many types of inspiration with different techniques to produce original designs. 
For example, how did I go from the inspiration on the piece of linen (left) to the bird design (right)? It may seem impossible, but one of the methods we use in this class will show you how!
Inspiration: Block-printed linen
"L'Orage" (The Storm) designed by
Eric Bagge (1929) and
manufactured by Lucien Bouix

Design: Reverse applique and stitched bird on microfibre
cleaning cloth, using dyed, inked and foiled Lutradur (R),
shisha mirror and commercial trim.

$75 CDN includes unlimited access for 6 months. In our classroom, you can upload photos, chat and email privately or with the group. All notes are printable.
 Next online start date is June 21, 2019.
Sign up for Introduction to Design by emailing me at: janetgailscruggs@gmail.com

Friday, May 24, 2019

There's Still Time!

And there's still space...

If you want to see spectacular art work and hear about the artist's creative inspiration and approach, you can still attend Mary Pal's Trunk Show on Thursday evening, May 30 -- a mere 6 "sleeps" from now!

Morning Conversations - (C) Mary Pal

2115 Urbana Rd NW, Calgary, AB

Thursday, May 30, 2019
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

$15 at the door 
In Advance!


Lighthouse Keeper (C) Mary Pal

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Advance Notice!

As you're rushing to finish your SAQA Benefit Auction 2019 piece and get it in the mail so it will arrive at the curator on or before June 1...

Here's some News from Rep Jennie Johnston, in advance of her regular Newsletter. 

First, Jennie's creating a new feature for the Newsletter and asks...
Would you consider sharing a short statement about your art and inspirations and a few photos for the newsletter? If you would, please email me at the address below* and I will send you a short set of questions to answer.
This is another way we can get to know each other despite the distance between us. I plan to start this feature in the September Newsletter. We all want to know about you and what you make! So please consider sharing with us.

Second, she asks that you...

For a...

Western Canada Regional Meet-up Over Zoom

We are lucky to have access to technology that can let us meet each other despite the distance in our region. 

for Sunday August 18, 2019 
1 p.m. in BC
2 p.m. in Alberta & Saskatchewan
 3 p.m. in Manitoba
 our first regional zoom meet-up!

This is a meet and greet, where you can log in to Zoom, and chat with other Western Canada members. We will have a chance to introduce ourselves, share about our art quilt practice and chat in a relaxed atmosphere. Consider this meeting to be informal and you can drop in any time during the hour and a half.

Details of how to set up Zoom on your computer can be found here. You can also call in if you’d prefer not to use the computer. 

Jennie will send out a reminder closer to the date and please email her (see e-mail address above) if you need help with the technical details of how this works. 

Again, the link to "All About Zoom" is http://www.saqa.com/members.php?ID=3529.

It's on my calendar!  How about adding it to yours?  "See you" on line!  😊

Friday, May 3, 2019

A New Class from Valerie Wilson! TIME LIMITED!

Val has been creating all sorts of wonderful classes to share her love of vintage portraiture-in-cloth.  Here are details about her newest offering.

That said, if you're interested, you have to ACT FAST because there's a VERY short registration window!

Valerie at work, assembling a figure...

  • Interested in learning more about creating fabric portraits and capturing your memories? 
  • Want to create a fabric portrait of a friend, or family member, but don’t know where to start? 
  • Are afraid of not being able to create a good likeness of someone in a portrait?
  • Unable to figure out how to do the values (light and shadow) in a portrait?
  • Or just wanting to try something new?

Val can help!  Join her Facial Expressions workshop now!

Registration is OPEN and the workshop starts May 6, 2019.
See all the details HERE.

Space is limited, so register now, so that you don't miss out!   

Val will only be taking 16 students. This ensures that she will have enough time to support and encourage each one of you.

Registration closes at midnight May 5, 2019.

NOTE: Family and friends bonus!

Projects are always more fun when shared with a friend!

If you have a friend who would like to join in the workshop contact Val with their name and email and she will send you both a $15 off coupon to put towards the workshop!

 Val hopes that you can join her class!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Is it in the Mail Yet?

Or were you able to deliver it at the Conference in San Jose last week?

To what am I referring?  Your 2019 SAQA Benefit Auction quilt -- that's what!  😊

Yes, it's that time of year again.  The Call for these pieces seems to arrive earlier every year, but that's due in part to the fact that opportunities to show them at Houston or other special venues have earlier deadlines.

There's only one deadline left now, though: the June 1, 2019 received by date.

Looking through the quilts collected so far, I see that in SAQA WC, Jaynie Himsl is an early bird, with her piece, Pansy Patch:

And Karen Johnson is too -- with her piece, Skinny Strips #6:

Then there's our Rep, Jennie Johnston's piece, Ragged Soul, featuring one of her signature ravens:

while Judy Leslie has submitted her work, The Open Door:

Karlie Norris McChesney has contributed another one of her colourful geometrics, MO 4:

And Debbie Plett has submitted Moon Birds Dance, evoking West Coast native heritage:

Terry Rammell's piece -- for me, resembling sun and shade -- is entitled Traces:

Nancy Riemersma has chosen to remember those who have died in war, with her piece, We Remember:

Susan Selby has created this colourful and textural autumn piece:

Nine early contributions!  That's a great start!

Mine went in the mail this morning; it's from my Scotland Series:

Mac's Garden: A Tribute
to Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Margaret Blank   (c) 2019

There's still time -- one whole month -- but remember: it's a received by deadline and there is that Customs and Border Patrol to consider. 

What are you waiting for?!  😉

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Are You Up for a Challenge?

New from SAQA WC member, Val Wilson!

Click the link above to take this journey with Val, wherein you'll...
  • Learn about value and its importance in fabric portraits.
  • Gain confidence in choosing skin tone fabrics that look blended, rather than patchy.
  • Understand how the use of value creates the contours of the face.
Starts Friday, April 26!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Congratulations, Jaynie!

This was shared on FB earlier this evening. 

In a nutshell, SAQA WC member Jaynie Himsl of Saskatchewan has been selected as "...one of 35 crafters whose works will be included in an upcoming exhibit by the Saskatchewan Craft Council, 'Dimensions’."  The show will run from May 4 to July 6 at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery in Saskatoon.

I don't know how else to share the article here...except with  this link, so click it for full details. 

Her striking, graphic piece, Listening (shown below), will be part of the exhibit.  

Listening - Jaynie Himsl

Congratulations, Jaynie!

Monday, April 15, 2019

What's On? What's Coming?

SAQA WC member Lesley Turner recently posted about her contributions to an exhibit now on at the Portals Gallery, located in the lobby of the Islands Saving Recreational Centre of the  Cowichan Arts Council in Duncan, B.C.

The Articulation Textile Group, of which she and SAQA WC member Wendy Klotz are a part, attended the Artists' Reception on April 13 for the Group's show, Forest and Sea and the Place Between, on NOW through April 19.

At left is a detail from one of Lesley's pieces in the show, entitled "Cedar Wind Drawing".

The Group's next planned exhibition -- Icelandic Culture in Gimli -- will take place July 1 through August 31 at the New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli, Manitoba.

Meanwhile in Calgary, Spectra Textile Arts Group is showing their work at the Fish Creek Public Library -- on NOW through April 29:

SAQA WC members in this group include Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas, Joyce Brown, Margaret Jessop, Marie McEachern, Beverly Patkau, Linda Van Gastel and Barbara J. West.

And in central Alberta, SAQA WC member Margaret Blank has been juried into the 20th Annual ENCORE! Lacombe Art Show & Sale, taking place at the Lacombe Memorial Centre, Lacombe, Alberta, on April 26 and 27.  This is Margaret's eighth year participating in this event, which includes work from a variety of art and fine craft artists.

Friday, April 5, 2019

A Reminder: Mary Pal's Coming to Calgary!

Morning Conversations - Mary Pal
A portrait of the late Peter Gzowski

Yes, there are still tickets available for artist Mary Pal's Trunk Show in Calgary on the evening of Thursday, May 30!

Location: Foothills Mennonite Church, 2115 Urbana Road N.W., Calgary.

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

For info and tickets, contact Margaret Jessop.  It's bound to be an inspiring evening!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Congratulations are in Order!

B.C. member, Janet Scruggs, can be justifiably pleased and proud.  Not only is her piece, Plastic Chowder, part of the soon-to-open SAQA Multi-Regional Exhibit, Shifting Tides*, but also her piece Under Your Wing is part of the current exhibit, "Shelter" on now at the Gallery Vertigo in Vernon, B.C. (see THIS POST for details).

And now...her piece, Tree Lichen -- an embroidery on photo --  was selected for a 'First' as Juror's Choice in an exhibit sponsored by the Kamloops Arts Council.

And she's just reported that the piece will now travel to the Ukraine -- having been juried into the Scythia 2019-2020 -- the 9th International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Mini Textile Art! 

The exhibit includes work by 130 artists from 35 countries. 

Well done, Janet!  What a beautiful way to represent Canada and SAQA -- and to showcase your unique textile art style.

Tree Lichen with it's winning ribbon -- and Janet's smiling face!

*Editor's Note: two other SAQA WC members have work appearing in Shifting Tides: Clare Atwell and Diana Bartelings.  The exhibit will appear in numerous venues once it leaves San Jose -- including travels to Hawaii, Alaska, California and Vancouver, B.C.