Thursday, 16 April 2015

details of my autobiography

An Autobiography

These are detail shots of my SAQA submission for the Balancing Act show.
The background fabrics are a combination of my hand dyes and commercial fabrics that I curved pieced together.
The balls are Kona Cottons, that I free motion stitched and then appliqued them on to the the background with extra batting behind them so that they could 'pop' forward a bit.  They were applied with a hand sewn blanket stitch.
The figure began with three photos taken of me pretending to balance balls in the air.  I transfered the photos on to the fabric, and then
hand embroidered the                                                                                                                               figure using a chain stitch                                                                                                                    using 3 ply of embroidery thread.The piece was then layered up and then free motion quilted with a red variegated thread in a way to suggest the movement of the balls in the air.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Balancing Act International SAQA Exhibition

Many congratulations to our six SAQA Artists whose beautiful work has been accepted for inclusion in theBALANCING ACT International Exhibition...

Gunnel Hag
Phillida Hargreaves
Joan Hug-Valeriote
Sheree Rasmussen
Daniela Tiger
Maggie Vanderweit
Exhibition Description:
Throughout history, women have had to balance responsibilities to community, home and family while pursuing other interests, jobs or careers.  From those who helped farm the land to those who worked the factories during wartime, to those who stand shoulder to shoulder with men to pursue careers, and those who serve as caregivers; women have always had to juggle the various aspects of their lives.  This show celebrates women both throughout history and today--and is open to any interpretation each artist feels inspired to depict.  What have we accomplished that we now enjoy as rights and freedoms that our grandmothers and their grandmothers did not?  What obstacles are left to conquer?  We encourage both representational and abstract work.  
Premiere Venues
International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas -- October 2015
International Quilt Festival, Chicago, Illinois -- March 2016
Quilt! Knit! Stitch!  Portland, Oregon -- August 2016

PINK LADY II, Joan Hug-Valeriote
MY DEAR OLD GIRL, Phillida Hargreaves

HANDS OFF, Maggie Vanderweit Meredith



Again, our congratulations to our Canadian artists selected for the Balancing Act Exhibition.
It is always so exciting to see that our Central Canada Artists are submitting work consistently through the SAQA Exhibitions Calls To Entry. There are a number of Calls posted at the main website that are currently open to ALL SAQA members.

Bethany Garner
Dwayne Wanner
Co-Representatives, SAQA Central Canada