Friday, October 31, 2014

Pat Pauly Workshop and Lecture a Success in Langley, B.C.

Pat Pauly - website photo

Artist Pat Pauly brought her talent for improvisation, use of bold colour and unusual fabric combinations to a two-day workshop for SAQA members in B.C. on October 10 and 11, when she taught her "Cutting up the 'Pretties'" workshop.

SAQA WC Co-Rep (B.C.), Katie Stein Sather, reported that 17 or 18 of the 20 registered participants made it to the workshop proper, and 50 attended the Friday night lecture -- this, on the eve of the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend!  Katie described the workshop experience thus:
We worked through some design exercises, first tearing up strips of calendar photos and glueing them on to 4" x 6" cards. Quickly, several of them. Then using a 5" x 8" card, using both paper and cloth, created a slightly larger one.  Then we enlarged our favourite using tracing paper and freezer paper (for patterns) to make into a cloth piece. 

Some loved the design exercises, but found the detail in the photos too difficult to render into cloth in the end. Some were able to translate it all well.
Thanks to member Jennifer Cooper for these photos, which illustrate what Katie described:

Pat's technique - making a 4" x 6" design from calendar pictures
This is Jan Kuyelka's sample

Karen Johnson, playing with her "pretties"
Jan K's freezer paper design
There was colourful fabric everywhere...

Judy Leslie's design wall
and chair...
and table...
and floor...
Pat's "selfie" taken the evening of her lecture captures the enthusiasm of the group that ran through the two-day artists' "date"...

At the Lecture with Pat Pauly (lower right corner)
Looks like a good time was definitely had by all!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SAQA Members In Successful Exhibit at Fish Creek Library

SAQA members Alison Cowitz, Diane Duncan and Trudy Cowan were part of a colourful exhibit that was shown recently in the light and airy space that is the Fish Creek Public Library in Calgary, AB.  The exhibit was sponsored by the Quilted Mouse Guild and hung in the library from September 8 through 27.

The theme for the show was a colour wheel challenge.  Each Guild member chose a colour (swatches from the work of Joen Wolfrom) and made a piece 16" W x 32" L (about 40 cm x 80 cm) to reflect their chosen colour.

Colour Wheel Challenge 1 - Unidentified artists

Colour Wheel Challenge 2 - Includes work of Diane Duncan

Colour Wheel Challenge 3 - Includes work
of Alison Cowitz and Trudy Cowan
Alison tells me that Trudy's white piece on the far right of the above photo was based on her work with our workshop presenter, Susan Purney Mark.

Here's some more work, including a large piece by Trudy:

And more by Alison and colleague, Marilyn Samuels

And encompassing the entire theme of this exhibit is this large piece by Vanecea Greene:

Thank you, Alison, Diane and Trudy, for sharing this show with the Region!