Members from the SAQA CENTRAL CANADA REGION –
OTTAWA VALLEY/ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY CORRIDOR
Heather Dubreuil's home in Hudson, QC
From our SAQA Representative, Maggie Vanderweit...
Hope you are ready to launch into a lovely summer time filled with adventures, creativity and fun.
I am off to the CQA conference in Toronto tomorrow so please come say hi if you are there. I’m in booth #343. Then Fred and I will be away in the Arctic chasing polar bears until late July to celebrate our 60th birthdays. I will get back to you after we return because we are off grid for a lot of our trip!
I am working with Bill Reker to get the exciting SAQA trunk show here in the fall. First we have to figure things out with the other Canadian regions. I’ll let you know ASAP what the dates are for us and then we can make a plan to get it circulating! It will be a fabulous show that can be shared with many groups.
I can feel everyone’s excitement building already about the 2020 Conference in Toronto. I will let you know as soon as I do what is happening regarding dates, venues and what the Special Events Committee would like us to do and when. It is going to be such a blast! Keep sending me your ideas as I am keeping a file of them.
Huge thanks to Heather Dubreuil (Hudson QC) and Al Coté (Niagara) for hosting the recent meetings. It was great to see so many people making the effort to travel - some for hours! - to build SAQA connections and community. No question - Central Canada is a huge area!
The minutes for both these meetings follow. Thank you so much to Kristi Farrier and Dianne Gibson for great records of our time together!
Central Canada Regional Representative
Studio Art Quilt Associatesmaggie@stonethreads.ca
SAQA - NIAGARA PENINSULA “POD” June 9, 2017 Meeting
Minutes of the Meeting at Al Cote's Home:
A big thank you to Al and Debbie Coté, for hosting our meeting, in Niagara Falls! It was a beautiful day and perfect for enjoying their lovely back garden. It was also fun to see Al’s workspace and his huge quilting machine.
Maggie Vanderweit, the SAQA rep for Central Canada, chaired our meeting. Thank you so much for all of the time you’re spending to get these Canadian “Pods” up and running.
Seven members attended, with an indication that several others plan to attend future meetings.
Maggie shared SAQA news. She discussed the excitement of attending SAQA conferences; mentioning the recent conference in Lincoln Nebraska, the upcoming conference in San Antonio and what will be the first conference held in Canada… Toronto, in 2020! A wonderful opportunity to showcase Canada and the amazing talent base we have. We were encouraged to begin thinking of how we might assist in planning or organizing the conference.
In order to get acquainted we shared show and tell projects and experiments that have been playing with.
Maggie began by showing her recently published book and discussing how it was an amazing process to work through so many ideas that had been gelling in her mind. She then showed a recent art quilt “House of Refuge” (explaining her inspiration and techniques) and some beautiful ice dyeing experiments.
Harriet Rynberk discussed her current interest in working with tea bags, after being inspired by work she’d seen by Ann Laser. Some were interested to learn that the Abaca tea bag fabric is available by the yard.
Lynne Forrester brought a richly textured piece, where she used painted and manipulated cheesecloth to create the bark of a tree and branch, surrounding a stitched pair of raccoons. Stump work leaves added extra dimension. She also brought a collaged, cloth background she is working on, after being inspired by a Lorraine Roy workshop.
June Robinson shared some beautiful pieces. She has been using photographs, which she manipulates in Photoshop, layers and alters, then prints onto cloth … before cutting and piecing them into her panels. She said she’s just “mucking around”.
Dianne Gibson passed around some samples of papers that she has been creating, to use in her art … collaging, stamping, stitching and dyeing. She also brought one finished piece using a ‘chenille’ technique on paper.
Irma Bull brought two mixed media panels where she has combined fabrics, paints, stamped text, old DVD’s, poetry and even real bird wings used as the feathered wings of an angel.
Karen Sirianni passed around a pile of fabric post cards, which she is having fun creating. She shared her basic method and says she’s had no problem sending them through the mail to her friends, who are now “collecting” these little works of art. She also showed several small canvas panels. Tiny needle felted squares are mounted in the middle of the canvas and inspire the painted backgrounds which she develops around them.
Al Coté showed recent pieces he’s made using cloth purchased at the annual Textile Museum sale. He has been creating entire panels, which he over dyes after all of the stitching is finished. An interesting way to make all of the colours shift and become unified. He’s also been exploring the use of Paverpol in his work and dimensional paints, which can look like beading.
It was very interesting to see that everyone in attendance was adding texture to their work and loved experimenting with new products and ideas.
We enjoyed a great potluck lunch then we were encouraged to make a list of some potential topics and things we might include in future meetings.
- Show and tell
- New products – discuss? /Samples? /Demos?
- Play day?
- Guest speakers (this would not be SAQA funded, so the members would pay, but it could be advertised and open to the public for a fee?)
- Williams Café in NF is a possible location for meetings, in their meeting room
- Excursions – meet somewhere to take photos then create work inspired a photo
- Al suggested an exercise he uses with students, where you are randomly given a colour, size, number and word which you must incorporate in a piece
- Possibly pairing with a group of writers… using something they’ve written to inspire a piece and perhaps giving them a piece, which they must write something about in response.
- Perhaps planning a group show- Juried?, just our pod?, Regional show?
NOTE: Calendar items...
Aug 21 – We’ll meet at Al’s – pot luck/ show & tell/ Al will discuss Paverpol
Oct 16 – We’ll meet at Dianne’s – pot luck/ show & tell ? Al, Debbie & Karen will talk about their trip to India.
Location: Hudson, Quebec – Home of Heather Dubreuil
In Attendance: Maggie Vanderweit (Chair and SAQA Central Canada Representative); Valerie Miller; Joyce MacDonald; Kristi Farrier; Bethany Garner; Nicole Ménard; Meredith Filshie; Dianne Robinson; Heather Dubreuil; Loree Tannett; Michéle Fitzgerald; Shirley Bailey; Helena Scheffer
NOTE: The name for this SAQA-Central region pod will be confirmed at the next meeting. Ottawa Valley/St. Lawrence Seaway Corridor was used as a “place holder” in these minutes.
Welcome and Introduction
- Maggie Vanderweit welcomed the group and thanked Heather Dubreuil for opening her home for the meeting. Maggie described her involvement and evolution as a member of SAQA to becoming the SAQA Central Canada regional representative for the next 2 year.
- Maggie spoke of SAQA’s current initiative for regional representatives to assist in establishing relatively autonomous “pods” or local communities/networks o f art quilters and highlighted that the SAQA 2020 conference will be held in Toronto. It was noted that as an organization SAQA is very experienced and well oiled machine with respect to hosting the conference however ideas for a local committee may be involved are welcome. Theme of the conference is to be determined as well as dates and location within Toronto. Generally, between 200 and 300 people attend the annual SAQA conferences.
- The SAQA 2018 Conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas and the 2019 Conference will be held in San Jose, California. Registering early is recommended to get a room in the conference hotel. Organized activities for spouses at the conference are becoming more common place.
- The SAQA-Central Canada region blog can be found at http://saqacentr
- Input to the blog can be sent to Bethany Garner at email@example.com
- Maggie is responsible for sharing minutes of SAQA-Central Canada meetings and newsletters.
- SAQA brochures were made available to take and share to encourage new members. Current members who refer new members can receive reward points that can be redeemed.
- When registering online, new members can receive a 10% discount off membership fees using the code: WKS.
- SAQA opportunities to show and donate your work 1) trunk shows for 7”x10” 2) conference spotlight fundraising auction 6”x8” and 3) online fundraising auction 12”x12”.
Show & Tell
- The bulk of the meeting provided an opportunity for attendees to introduce themselves and their work. Getting to know each other continued during lunch and a tea break while enjoying delicious food brought by all.
- Maggie Vanderweit (Fergus, ON) showed her chair themed surface design on eco-dyed cloth done using a stamp made by enlarging a photograph and cutting out a template then traced on to craft foam and cut out. Once cut out the craft form motif is glued onto a firm surface such as wood or foam core. Speedball block printing ink was used and applied with a brayer. Maggie also shared her experience of writing and publishing her book Stone Threads in 2016.
- Shirley Bailey (Kingston, ON) showed her hand appliquéd cottage scene and two works in process incorporating hand dyed cloth and hand stitching. Shirley also mentioned that she’s been a student with Bethany Garner since 2011.
- Michéle Fitzgerald (Lachine, QC), a printer and member of the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild, showed her baby quilts which incorporate many art techniques including printing with original designed and hand carved rubber stamps combined with piecing and machine stitching. Michéle is now moving away from creating functional bed quilts and toward wall art quilts.
- Meredith Filshie (Ottawa, ON), owner of Canadian Beading Supply, shared a piece featuring three-dimensional silk flowers on painted canvas and incorporating embroidery techniques and beading embellishments. As well, Meredith spoke about Out of the Box, an Ottawa based fibre arts group with ~90 members and a very open and welcoming approach to experimentation with fibre. Meredith talked about the group’s color challenge where members completed 12” x 12” pieces interpreting each color of the color wheel. The challenge led to the Colour Unboxed exhibit at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum which featured 16 pieces for each color and 16 in black and white. The book printed for the show and is available through Meredith.
- Nicole Ménard (Deux Montagnes, QC) showed her piece entitled Shivering Lines, a color study in contrast including hand-stitching and beadwork which was made for a trunk show. She spoke of her techniques to produce floral designs from photographs and using raw edge appliqué as well as employing painting and stamping. Nicole is one of four certified quilt appraisers in Canada.
- Diane Robinson (Beaconsfield, QC) spoke of her experiences living and travelling in other countries influencing her work. While living in England she completed fibre related City and Guilds training. In 2016 she did an online Master class with Elizabeth Barton. Diane showed her piece Disappearing Edges which was created as part of the master class and reflects her interpretation of birch trees with edges disappearing into the snow. Diane also showed her line study Graphic #2 featuring machine stitching. Diane has shown her work as part of the Women’s Art Society of Montreal which only recently started showing textile art.
- Heather Dubreuil (Hudson, QC) shared her experiences about creating 80 textile pieces within her cityscapes theme since 2012. Heather’s textile work has been featured in many SAQA, and other, publications including a 4-page article in SAQA’s Art Collector publication and was recently featured in the Winter 2017 edition of Quilting Studio Magazine published by Stampington. Heather is currently taking a break from working in cloth and is exploring abstract painting in acrylics. She anticipates a return to working in cloth with more abstract imagery. Heather spoke about the incredible boost SAQA has provided to her as an artist, including international sales, and noted there are many SAQA benefits to which she still has to tap.
- Loree Tannett (Perth, ON) shared that she’s lived in many locations around the world. She shared patterns of Alexis Mongeau of Perth, ON, who has started self publishing her quilt patterns. Loree, who has a sewing business and started in textile by sewing clothing and costumes, modelled the shirt she made from Nigerian block print fabric finished with vintage buttons. She also showed three art quilt pieces: Spring Comes to Alberta Over the Mountains created for a Hoffman fabric challenge; A Narrow Fellow in the Grass employing the water color quilting technique; and Lazy Lion Lounging on a Palm Tree Beach using leather, pastels on fabric and appliqué. Loree also spoke of her experience with the JAM mentoring process through SAQA. She initiated the process however has put it on hold and hopes in the future to have a mentor in closer proximity. Loree aims to begin a series of pieces based on folk song phrases.
- Bethany Garner (Kingston, ON) highlighted that being an art quilt educator is pre-eminent for her and took the opportunity to share the work of several other artists which she has collected over the years through the SAQA online benefit auction. As well, Bethany showed one of her own machine stitched pieces. Bethany also shared her experiences at the 2017 SAQA Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska, including her time spent at the International Quilt Study Centre where two, and possibly up to four, of her grandmother’s quilts are included in the collection. Further, Bethany shared information about the textile art program/courses through St. Lawrence College which can be found at: http://fibrework
- Kristi Farrier (Almonte, ON) showed three pieces:- Epicentres which incorporates hand-dyed cotton, oil paint, and machine stitching; Spring Storm which features pastels on canvas and machine stitching; and Testing the Water #2 incorporating free-motion stitching and ink dyes.
- Joyce MacDonald (Hudson, ON) showed some of her work which employs techniques including eco-dyeing, eco-printing, indigo dyeing and gel prints, as well as hand stitching. Joyce also uses water colour paint in her art work.
- Valerie Miller (Renfrew, ON) is a pattern designer and showed quilt and pillow patterns she has designed for Northcott fabrics. She also sells fabric kits for the patterns and teaches at Creative Festival. Valerie also shared a commissioned 4-piece banner she is working on that incorporates silk ties and a silk robe of the clients’ parents. The piece is embellished with beads and buttons.
- Helena Scheffer (Beaconsfield, ON), a member of the Lakeshore Artists, showed two of her pieces which incorporate fabric collage and free-motion stitching. One of the pieces was inspired by artist Alex Janvier’s for a Twelve By the Dozen group challenge. Helena also shared that she was selected as one of 50 artists to have a piece in the Art Rental and Sales Collection of Montreal’s Stewart Hall Art Gallery. Helena’s work has been featured in SAQA publications.
- Maggie shared initial plans for a 4-day SAQA-Central retreat in spring 2018 in Crieffe, Ontario. The retreat would run Monday to Thursday and include workshops. Cost is anticipated at ~$400.
- Ideas/expectations for activities and meetings of this “pod” of SAQA members include professional development, showing work and sharing techniques to energize and inspire each other, speakers, creative activities, regional trunk shows and exhibits, and contributions for the blog such as artist interviews.
- It was agreed that quarterly meetings would be the best timing and that meeting locations should vary to balance out the driving for members.
- Regarding the number of SAQA central members, a map is being developed that will provide a visual representation of where members are geographically grouped.
- Members are encouraged to share success stories with Maggie for inclusion in the regional year-end report.
- September was decided for the next pod meeting. Valerie will investigate date and location options in the Renfrew/Calabogie area and Kristi will look into date and location options in the Almonte area. Possible options will be shared by June 21st.
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The SAQA-Central Region blog is found at: www.saqacentral.blogspot.ca