Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Making of Plastic Chowder

A Guest Post by Western Canada member Janet Scruggs
To learn more about Janet visit her website

When I first heard about the Shifting Tides exhibit being comprised of artists from the western areas of the US and Canada, it piqued my interest. We share a lot of the same concerns on the western coast of North America. So this exhibit was an opportunity to speak about issues that might not enter the thoughts of those in other parts of the country.

Translating a concern or an issue into cloth can be challenging. How could I represent the tiny microplastics that have increased so much they are encircling everything and becoming food to organisms?

Plastic Chowder - Janet Scruggs

I decided a collage would be my best method of doing this. I was able to obtain permission to use text from a couple of news articles. These, and the photos were printed directly onto various fabrics. One of my favourites is the result of printing on a thrift store find - a cotton fabric that is like a corduroy but not fuzzy.  I really felt that a raw edge look to the collage would be representative of the look of the ocean and would reflect my current approach to art quilts. Next I created the thread lace to represent the encircling plastic that is spreading. I stitched this initially with two colours of thread and when completed, I found that it did not have enough depth, so I attacked it with markers randomly. My final endeavour was to add several clear beads in strings to represent the tiny micro-plastic bits which are broken down from the plastic.

Plastic Chowder detail - Janet Scruggs 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Shifting Tides in the Press

Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth was viewed by Oregon journalist David Bates before 

Newberg's Chehalem Cultural Center closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He wrote a wonderful article including a thoughtful interpretation of Western Canada member Clare Attwell's piece Surging Tides of Consequence.

All three Western Canada members with work in Shifting Tides have agreed to share some behind the scenes details of their pieces here on the blog. Watch for future posts regarding the status of Shifting Tides in our region. At this time we are not sure if the exhibit will in fact be shown at CityScape Community Art Space from May 15 to June 13. We will do our best to inform you all at this time of uncertainty. 

Regardless of the arrival of the physical exhibit in our region we will share as much with you virtually as we can.

Installation of the Shifting Tides in San Jose, California April 2019.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Only Constant is Change

By now I am sure most of you have heard of the changes to the MoSAiQA conference. I share the sentiments of many when I applaud SAQA management's concise decision to cancel the Toronto conference when they did. What amazing work and huge disappointment for the organizing
committee and SAQA staff. As members we are so fortunate to have a devoted team that makes the most of unprecedented situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference starts today March 19 and runs through Saturday March 20.
More details here

Also beginning today is the SAQA Spotlight Auction. This auction is usually the Saturday night fun at the in-person conference. Now anyone can bid on these lovely pieces. 

Robin Fischer - Fire
Jenny Perry - Into the Woods
For more information about bidding in the Spotlight Auction please visit this link.

As we navigate these uncertain times, finding ways to connect virtually can be even more important.
Please keep an eye on this space and your newsletter for ways that we can reach out and support each other across the miles.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Upcycle! on view in Spain

Outfit No Longer Available by Paula M. Jolly

Western Canada members Susan Selby and Paula M. Jolly have work in Upcycle! which was juried by Katie Pasquini Masopust.
The inspiration for this exhibit was the rich tradition in fiber art of incorporating elements that would otherwise be discarded into compelling compositions. Repurposing materials is one of the most effective solutions to deal with today's environmentally devastating waste issues. Full of creative energy, Upcycle! offers artwork with intriguing details and unusual materials and will surely spark conversations from viewers. 
Upcycle! will be on view at  International Patchwork Festival, Sitges, Spain from March 12 – March 15, 2020,

To view all the quilts in the exhibit visit this page.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Workshop Opportunity in July 2020

Join Central Canada SAQA Member Mary Pal for a 4 day workshop this summer at the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts in Victoria BC.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Work from two Western Canada members: Dawn Hunt and Jillian Roulet will be on view in this show. What a wonderful way to welcome spring 2020!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Wednesday, January 29, 2020


Congratulations to SAQA Western Canada members chosen to be part of the 'Colour with a U' Exhibition:
Wilma Brock
Victoria Gray
Margaret Jessop
Dawn Piasta
Janet Scruggs
Rosalind Sims
Linda Van Gastel
Judy Villett
Valerie Wilson
Krista Zeghers

And 'Colour with a U Too'
Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas
Michele Craigen
Janet Harper
Karen Johnson
Susan Selby
Catherine Ugrin

Thank you to everyone who entered;  Western Canada has a strong presence due to every entry we made.

We will keep you posted on further venues for both shows.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Your Professional Toolkit SAQA Seminar 2020

One of the benefits of your SAQA membership is participating in online seminars.

Launched in 2016, SAQA Seminar is an annual project offered through the Education Committee just for SAQA members. It provides members with opportunities to learn more about a particular topic, share their expertise, ask questions, have conversations, and meet new people.
SAQA Seminar is a multi-media collection of content that will be released weekly over a 6 week period. It will include articles, resources, video conversations, and more. All the offerings are accessible online.

Considering moving your art in a more professional direction?  Wondering where to find information about the possibilities and pitfalls, how others have navigated this path, and most importantly, what you might need on your journey? Then this seminar is for you!
This year's theme is YOUR PROFESSIONAL TOOLKIT.  It covers six topics:
  • Exhibiting Your Art
  • Marketing Your Art
  • Selling Your Art
  • Sharing Your Art Online
  • Multiple Income Streams from Your Art
  • Elevating Your Art Career.
The six-week session will begin January 27, 2020. New content will be released throughout February and the program will conclude March 6.
Registration is open now! Login to mySAQA is required. 

Monday, January 6, 2020

Happy New Year!

Welcome to a new year art quilters!
Our first Zoom Meeting of 2020 is happening this Sunday January 12 from @6pm EST.
What are your art aspirations for 2020?
What is one goal that you would like to share with the group?
Join us and share your goal(s) and we can check in each quarter to update each other, offer advice, support and encouragement.
Details about how to log in will be emailed to you this week.
Need some help? Contact your Regional Reps Jennie or Susan.
Here's to a wonderful year of art and art making.