Tuesday, November 25, 2014

"What's Blue to You?" and "Portland Bridges" on Display at PDX

 
Several SAQA Oregon members have work in High Fiber Diet's exhibit "What's Blue to You?" which is now on display at the Portland Airport in Concourse B.  It's behind security, so you have to be a traveler in order to see the show.  The exhibit will be up through the end of May, 2015, so if you are traveling, be sure to set aside a few extra minutes to see the 17 quilts interpreting the word "blue".


 
In the same concourse, across the hallway, is an exhibit by Portland's Westside Modern Quilt Guild depicting Portland Bridges. SAQA Oregon members have work in this exhibit as well.
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Pi Project

SAQA member Sally Sellers has created the Pi Project.  Check out her website for details of the project.  Then CONTRIBUTE A SQUARE!http://www.thepiproject.org/

 
Why:  Next March 14, the date will be 3/14/15, or the first 5 digits of pi: 3.1415.  Pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, is arguably the most significant number in history.  Many celebrate Pi day each year, but this next Pi day is special.  This alignment of digits will not occur again for a century.
 
What: Therefore we are celebrating Pi by creating a fabric ribbon of its digits, stretching as long as we can make it, whether that be 20 feet or 2000 feet.  The digits will be sewn on in the correct order that they actually appear in Pi.  Not only is it a fun and educational project, but it will put fiber art in the spotlight (for once).  
Help us by creating as many numbers as you can!
 
 
 
 
The Requirements necessary to make this happen:
  • Each digit will be on a square of fabric which is 9.5 x 9.5"
  • The number can be any number from 0 to 9.
  • One number per square.
  • The number can be any size, any style, any font, but hopefully will not be closer to the edge than 1/4".
  • You can sign the back if you want, with your city and state or country, and your name -- or just leave it plain.
  • Numbers will not be returned but will become part of the artwork.
Ways to create your number:
  • another pice of fabric appliqued on
  • beads
  • paint
  • dye
  • sequins
  • silkscreen
  • waterproof magic marker
  • embroidery
  • stitching
  • stamping
  • buttons
  • whatever else you can think of.  



Because the artwork will most likely be displayed outside, it would be best if it were waterproof or on materials that won't be damaged in the rain.

School classrooms, quilt guilds, surface design artists, painters, politicians, military, and those in law enforcement -- and anyone else -- are all welcome to participate.  Your fabric can be cottons, canvas, old dishtowels, whatever, just so long as it is the proper size and has a single number on it.
Mail all finished numbers to:
The Pi Project
PO Box 2127
Vancouver, WA 98668

"What's Blue to You?" Opens at Portland International Airport

Pushing Through the Blues
Kimberly Connelly
Photo by Bill Bachhuber


Many SAQA Oregon members are part of High Fiber Diet, a specialty group within Columbia FiberArts Guild, and have work in High Fiber Diet's newest exhibit, "What's Blue to You?" This is a larger show than usual for High Fiber Diet, and so it has been divided into Parts A and B for some venues.  Part A will be on display at the Portland International Airport Concourse B, opening November 13, 2014, and running through May 28, 2015.  This area is behind security, so you need to be a traveler in order to view the exhibit there. If you won't be traveling soon, don't worry. The exhibit will be showing at other venues later in 2015. Part B will debut as a special exhibit at the Oregon Gardens' Stitches in Bloom January 23 - 25, 2015.  Be sure to make an effort to see these wonderful and creative works.

Wetland Blues
Emily Stevens
Photo by Emily Stevens

Blue Notes
Anita Kaplan
Photo by Steve Kaplan
 
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New SAQA Oregon Parlor Group Forms in Ashland

Looks like we have a new SAQA parlor group in Oregon! Georgia French, Jean Wells and Leotie Richards recently traveled to Ashland for a meeting with prospective members of a new SAQA parlor group in the Rogue Valley area. About twenty three quilt artists attended the meeting, and Lynne Goulette has volunteered to lead and organize the group. Thank you, Lynne; and we wish all of you the very best as the group develops.

Bucknam's "Sea Cave" Takes 2nd Place at Quilts=Art=Quilts

Bonnie Bucknam's quilt Sea Cave won 2nd Place at Quilts=Art=Quilts at the Schweinfurth Art Center.  Take a look at the wonderful group of winners


Sea Cave by Bonnie Bucknam
60" w x 72" h
Photo by Mark Frey

Friday, October 31, 2014

News from the Portland Group

In July, over 20 Portland members, joined by some of our friends from Central Oregon and Valley South, staffed the SAQA booth at the new Quilt!Knit!Stitch! show in Portland. We signed up 21 new members for SAQA (yay!), SAQA members from several States led walk-throughs of the SAQA exhibits on display - Metaphors on Aging and Text Messages. Thanks to SAQA National for the excellent "thank you" chocolate bars! Portland members also met at the home of member Terry Grant for a relaxed picnic in her garden and a tour of the studio; thank you, Terry!
 
In September we launched our three-session Critiques Practice. Bonnie Bucknam gave us a review of Jane Dunnewold's critique guidelines, and members brought in some wonderful art quilts for critique. Each artist specified what they would like to learn from the critique, and we focused our comments accordingly. We continued this program in October, and November will be the final session, as we enjoy and critique the 50 small quilts from the SAQA Trunk Show H. In December we will celebrate with a Holiday party, details TBD.
 
We continue to welcome visitors and new members to our group meetings, and to enjoy lunch and social time at a local restaurant following our meetings. Many of our members are working hard on local arrangements for next year's "Fiberlandia": national conference (with Diane Born and Christina Brown coordinating our efforts with those of SAQA National). From time to time we send out State-wide calls for volunteers; we need everybody's help, particularly as we get closer to the time of the conference, so please get in touch and do your part.
 
For more information on what we're up to in Portland, contact Elizabeth Bamberger: elizabethbamberger@gmail.com

Valley-South Members Have Fun!

In September, nine of the Valley-South members had a weekend retreat at SAQA member Vera Rogers' ranch in Southern Oregon. Vera gave us a workshop: You CAN Resist! In her wonderful big studio we played with nine types of resist (potato dextrin, corn, flour, soy wax, water-based...) and went back to our samples over and over with dyes all ready for us to use. In between all this creativity and learning, we pot-lucked some wonderful food, and had a great weekend! We are learning - the more examples we have, the easier it is to see what really "works" and what doesn't work as well. Our next exercise, not due until January, will help us focus on negative space.
 
We (as the "Valley South Art Quilters") are confirmed for another exhibit at Oregon State University's MSU gallery next September, and our theme is "Artistic Intent". One idea we really like is to find a way to have our Valley-South mini-exhibits travel to the other parlor groups in Oregon, as a way of keeping in touch with the other groups and also of getting new and creative ideas to stretch ourselves, as their mini-exhibits will come to us. We're ready to do our part to make this happen!
For more information on what we're up to in the Valley-South region, contact Georgia French: gfrench1946@gmail.com.