Monday, August 20, 2012

Special Invitation to Attend "Printing on Fabric" Presentation

Kathy Goetz will present two programs for the Surface Design Group of Columbia FiberArts Guild.   The Surface Design Group has extended a special invitation to SAQA members to attend the presentations. Kathy will present, You have an image – Here is how you print it on fabric at the Surface Design Group's September meeting.  She will then  follow up with another presentation in January, discussing
manipulating images before printing. The Surface Design Group's September meeting is Wednesday, September 5th, 10am until noon, at Mill End in Beaverton.  If you have questions you would like covered in the discussion, let Kathy know now (, so she can include the subject in her presentation.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Trisha Hassler Solo Show at Waterstone Gallery in Portland, September 2012

What an unforgettable year!  I began work on the pieces for this show, Signals in the Static, in Sept of 2011 and the evolution... my evolution... is something I am very proud of.  The imagery in this show is physical, cellular and universal.  There are suggestions of messages and meaning, but they are not crisp or easily read, more as if seen through a mist ... "Signals in the Static". By working subtly and with respect for the patience it encourages, I discovered a more intimate, introspective voice to my work. I feel it reflects who I am now. 
"Leave No Stone Unturned" Detail

All textiles have been hand dyed using a favorite shibori technique of mine but in a different pallette than I have worked with before. By incorporating a structure of steel within each piece there is skeletal support for each message. It makes perfect sense considering my personal journey this year as well.

"And It Seemed So Well Hidden"

I will also be exhibiting "The Calendar Project". (See the sidebar at the left) This installation piece is made up of 52 individual 10-inch hand-stitched and quilted original works completed over the last year. After my diagnosis with Parkinson's early this year, my personal focus shifted and I found a new way forward. I wanted to work with my body and discover what my new parameters are. How does it affect decisions? Does it affect output? How could I take the upper hand and not allow the limitations to dictate the end result? What do I have to say about strength and determination? This exhibit is the result of that exploration. This one time installation will be the complete selection of 52 works, one for each week of the year. For each piece sold, a donation will be made to Parkinson's Resources of Oregon.

Four pieces from the Calendar Project:

To view all the pieces in this solo show, please visit

I am excited to share this new work with you! I'll be at the gallery a lot in September, so let me know if you are coming!
Trisha Hassler

Signals In The Static
New work in Textiles and Steel by Trisha Hassler
September 5 - 30, 2012
Preview Opening Sept 5, 5-8 pm

First Thursday Sept 6, 6-9 pm
Artist Talk Sept 16, 11 am
Waterstone Gallery
424 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Wed - Sat 12 - 6pm, Sun 12 - 4 pm

Notes from August SAQA Oregon Portland Parlor Meeting

Here's a report from Elizabeth Bamberger summarizing the August 15 Portland SAQA Parlor Group meeting:

 We had a good meeting of our local SAQA group on August 15th. We were a rather smaller group than usual - about 15 people attending - probably due to summer travel etc., but as usual we enjoyed some lively discussion. Many thanks to Jan Story for bringing delicious home-baked goodies, and to Mary Ann McCammon for sharing super-fresh produce from her garden.

Mary Ann McCammon also gave us an excellent presentation of the Rhythm as a Design Principle, with many varied examples and a useful list of references. Thanks, Mary Ann!

Various people had attended the current one-person show by Regina Benson at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, and came back full of enthusiasm for an outstanding show and lecture by the artist. If you missed it, it's still there until Sept. 29, and on Sept. 29 Regina Benson will give a talk on her work from 1 to 2 p.m (reservations required). Details at:

We critiqued various pieces made by members. I for one found the critique of one of my pieces very useful; sometimes by the time I have finished a piece, I can no longer view it objectively, and a review by fresh eyes and minds trained in critique methodology can be enlightening.

Betty reminded us that our pieces for the "Referencing" challenge are due at the October meeting. This led to a discussion of possible themes for future challenges. For example, challenges considered by the Central Oregon SAQA group include Whisper quilts, and pieces inspired by photos taken on field trips to a junkyard. Various members expressed interest in exploring similar challenges. Bonnie raised the point that although challenges are popular, they can be a distraction from the more important work we do as serious fiber artists, particularly since most of us do not have unlimited time for our work. It was suggested that those interested in working on challenges might create a small group specifically to pursue this idea.

Betty announced that Trisha Hassler currently has a large one-person show of her work at the Waterstone Gallery in the Pearl. She has invited our group to visit the show and hear her speak about her work at 2 p.m. on Wednesday September 12. Since the CFG quarterly meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 midday (at the Colossae Church), this would give our group members who are interested time to have lunch and get to the gallery by 2 p.m. It's a great opportunity for us to learn more about the current work and plans of this artist. Details will soon be posted at Information about the exhibit and its location is also available at Waterstone Gallery and Trisha Hassler.

Other current or upcoming events flagged by members included:
- Oregon Women's Caucus for the Arts show at the Singer Hill Cafe, 623 7th St, in Oregon City (Chris Brown and Shirley MacGregor are involved with this). The opening reception is on Sept. 15 from 2.30 to 5.30 p.m.

- Kathy Goetz is giving a presentation on How to Print Images on Fabric using a regular computer and printer, at the Surface Design meeting on Wednesday Sept. 5th from 10 a.m. to 12 midday at the Mill End store in Beaverton.

- Helene Knott's one-person show at the Latimer Textile Center was also mentioned, but according to their website this show closed on August 2nd.

A joint exhibition in Bend in August by Jean Wells and Judy Hoiness: "When Paint and Fabric Merge". Details at

Betty and I scrambled to note down all the information you gave us about these events. Please, in future, either bring all info about events in writing to meetings, if you would like them to be included in meeting notes, or send details to Bonnie Bucknam for inclusion in the SAQA Oregon website.

Very few people sent in suggestions for future local meeting activities, so for the time being, it will be plan-as-we-go. All suggestions welcome!

Our next regular meeting will be on October 17th at 10 a.m. Details will follow later.

Lots to do and see!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Eugene Parlor Group to Meet September 21

The Eugene – Corvallis – Albany contingent (which includes other parts of the state as well) is going and growing strong.  We meet the third Friday of every other month, in Eugene.  On September 21st we will meet at 1:30.  Contact Georgia French for location:  The group has started to critique finished work, and is planning an exhibit for 2013 at Quilt County.  We’re also taking on the challenge of the 12” x 12” pieces based on SAQA’s new definition of an art quilt!  Our meetings are open to all SAQA members and prospective members --- if Eugene is anywhere in your “neighborhood” or you will be passing through, do get in touch and join us. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

High Fiber Diet Exhibits in Woodburn

Several SAQA members have work in High fiber Diet's newest exhibit, "Elements: Air, Earth, Fire, Water," which opens at the Woodburn Art Center, 2551 N. Boones Ferry Road, Woodburn, Oregon 97071, on September 7, 2012. The artists' reception will be September 8 from noon to 3 pm. Plan to come and see the beautiful quilts and other items that the artists have created.

The Art Center is run by volunteers and their hours are Friday and Saturday noon to 3, but they are often open at other times. Please call them at 503-982-6450 if you would like to come at a different time.