Tuesday, July 29, 2014

TWIST FESTIVAL opens at the Complexe Whissel in Saint-André-Avellin in the Outaouais....

On August 23rd and 24th 2014, the biggest fibre festival in Quebec comes back for a third edition, at the Complexe Whissel in Saint-André-Avellin in the Outaouais.
This one-of-a-kind event will feature tons of fibre-y activities, textile professionals, artisans, artists, exhibitors, fibre producers, livestock producers, and more!
TWIST was recently awarded the "Grand prix du tourisme Québécois -volet régional- 2014" and was finalist at the "Grand prix du tourisme Québécois - 2014".

Here is a list of the attractions that have been scheduled for this year’s event:

• More than 100 exhibitors and vendors selling supplies and textile creations

• The Québon area, which will include many free activities for children

• More than 30 workshops to discover or improve techniques in knitting, spinning, felting, dyeing, marketing, and even yoga sessions for knitters

• A mini fibre-animal-farm, featuring angora goats, alpacas, angora rabbits and Shetland sheep

• The textile art exhibit "TRADITION: Revisited", at the Centre d’action culturelle Papineau, works from international artists

Fibre Art is Trendy!
This wonderfully crafted festival offers a full immersion into the world of textile fibre by linking traditional and modern techniques. "We want to break the myth of macramé and granny squares with original and inspiring new elements!" says Marie-Anne Adam, textile artist and member of the festival team.

From Sheep to Rug?
Orchestrated by master spinner Diane Gonthier and weaver Suzanne Cossette, TWIST brings a new take on the traditional "sheep to shawl" activity that presents comprehensively the transformation of sheep’s wool to finished product all in a days work! Saturday from 10am till Sunday 2pm: artisans will shear, spin, and weave a completely twisted rug!

Here is an opportunity to build relationships and celebrate fibre in all its glory with thousands of other enthusiasts on August 23rd and 24th for the 3rd edition of the Twist Fibre Festival!

A detailed program of the Festival as well as workshop descriptions and schedules are now available at www.festivaltwist.org.

The Twist Fibre Festival is a non-profit organization. Amélie Blanchard, founder and president of the event, accompanied by her "twisted" crew, organizes this major festival that brings together fibre enthusiasts from throughout Quebec, the Maritimes, Ontario, and the United States.

Single Admission: $ 7 per day; free for children under 12.






Amélie Blanchard

(819) 981-0023

Complexe Whissell

530 Rue Auguste Charles Montreuil

Friday, July 25, 2014

You are invited to consider Call to Entry for QUILT NATIONAL 2015...

Quilt National 2015
The Dairy Barn Arts Center

Athens, Ohio
May 23 - September 7, 2015

The nineteenth in the series of international juried competitions dedicated to promoting the contemporary quilt by serving as a showcase for NEW work ) that provides the viewer with an appreciation of the variety of techniques and innovative trends in the medium of layered and stitched fabric.

The jurors will select works that represent unique approaches to the medium and demonstrate the breadth and diversity of contemporary expressions. Visitors to Quilt National ’15 will see that the time honored traditions are thriving and are being expressed in new forms as today’s artists rise to meet the challenges of new techniques and materials.


Artist must be 18 years or older. All work must be the result of independent effort. Work cannot be created for or the product of an instructional setting in which another artist or teacher has provided guidance and/or suggestions. The work must be an original design, not a copy or a variation on the original design of another artist working in any medium.

A non-refundable entry fee of $45.00 (forty-five US dollars) will accompany the entry submission. This fee includes the entry fee and the online submission of the full view and detail image of up to three quilts.

All entries must be NEW work – completed after September 1, 2012.

The work must possess the basic structural characteristics of a quilt. It must be predominately fabric or fabric-like material and MUST be composed of at least two full and distinct layers – a face layer and a backing layer. The face layer may be described by any or a combination of the following terms: pieced, appliquéd, whole cloth, stitched/fused to a foundation. The face and backing layers must be held together by hand- or machine-made functional quilting stitches or other elements that pierce all layers and are distributed throughout the surface of the work.

At least some of these stitches or elements should be visible on the back of the work. As an alternative, the work may be a modular construction (an assemblage of smaller quilts). Each individual module, however, must meet the above structural criteria.

Over $6000 in prizes will be awarded.

Work will be judged on originality, design, technique, and craftsmanship. Jurors will select no more than one work by an artist. Preliminary acceptance will be granted on the basis of the digital image submission. Final acceptance will be granted after a jurors’ representative has examined the work itself. Approximately 85 works will be selected for display at The Dairy Barn Arts Center from May 23—September 7, 2015.


Rosalie Dace (South Africa)
Ann Johnston (Oregon)
Judy Schwender (Kentucky)


Download Entry information and rules: '15_entry_form.pdf

Submit online: https://dairybarn.slideroom.com

Visit website for additional information: www.dairybarn.org
Kathleen Dawson
Quilt National Director
Telephone: (740)592-4981
Or email: qn@dairybarn.org

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Please plan to join SAQA Central Canada artist, Phillida Hargreaves at the Opening Reception for "NARROW SPACES"

JULY 25 - AUGUST 28, 2014
Saturday July 26, 2014
1-3 pm
                                                           Tuesday to Friday, 10 am - 8 pm
                                       Monday and Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery invites you to experience urban landscape as captured by internationally exhibited fibre artist, Phillida Hargreaves. "Narrow Spaces" examines emotional responses triggered by being in such environments; from pleasure to anticipation, excitement to curiosity, claustrophobia to fear. Images (loosely based on photographs taken in Canada, Europe and North Africa) are completed in altered fibres, adding a textural dimension uncommon in typical two dimensional art.
Concurrently in the Foyer Gallery, Brockville artists Gregory Workman and Michael Fisher will be exhibiting their colourful and expressive acrylic and mixed media works.
The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery is located just inside the main doors of the Educational Building at St. Lawrence's Brockville Campus, and located at 2288 Parkdale Ave. just east of Highway 29.
Contact information: www.SL.on.ca   613-544-0660

Monday, July 7, 2014

Members with Gmail accounts take Note!

To all of our SAQA Central Members (and blog visitors) with "Gmail" accounts for receiving their email:

Studio Art Quilts Associates and SAQA.com have been asked by their webhosting firm to share the information below with those who may be having difficulty receiving the official SAQA Blog sent  (not our SAQA Central posts) as requested to their Gmail accounts. Please know SAQA is working on a solution!

Many users with Gmail accounts have reported that SAQA email's are being marked as spam.

In order to prevent this from happening, please add our emails to your contact list. 

Examples: membership@saqa.com ;  info@saqa.com ;  shipping@saqa.com ;  website@saqa.com , etc.

You can also add a filter to your account to never send SAQA emails to spam.
To create a filter, open your Gmail and select the "gear" symbol in the upper right corner. Select Settings and then Filters. In the From field, enter saqa.com and click create a new filter. On the next page, check the box that says "Never Send to Spam" and then save your settings. More Info >
This information was passed to your Regional Representatives Bethany Garner and Dwayne Wanner to share with you by our Rep's Coordinator:

Desiree Vaughn
Regional Representitive Coordinator
Studio Art Quilt Associates

Congratulations to TRACEY LAWKO as she is accepted into JURIED ARTIST MEMBER level in SAQA

Walking Through The Hardwoods, Tracey Lawko

The SAQA Jury panel for this year has just met this past weekend to consider the submissions for this year's new JURIED ARTIST MEMBERS. Congratulations to Tracey Lawko, SAQA Central Canada member, as she has just received her notification and welcome from the Jury Panel to the prestigious list of SAQA Juried Artists.

Tracey is an award-winning textile artist, quilter, longarmer and embroiderer. She combines her love of traditional needlework techniques with free-motion longarm machine stitching to create densely stitched landscapes and richly textured still life art.

Her textile art has been selected for national and international juried shows including:

* National Juried Show of the Canadian Quilters Association
* Niche Awards of the Buyers Market of American Craft
* Convergence at the Tom Tompson Art Gallery
* Fibreworks at Cambridge Galleries
* THREADWORKS 2013 touring through Ontario
* Ontario Craft of the Ontario Crafts Council
* Grand National Quilt Show
* World Quilt Show in the US
* One of Tracey's small works, donated to the SAQA Traveling Trunk Show 2014, was selected for permanent inclusion in a collection at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah KY after traveling though 2016.

Tracey’s textile art is available through David Kaye Gallery in Toronto and Craft Ontario Shop in Yorkville

Tracey Lawko

Friday, July 4, 2014

We have many talented SAQA Central Canada members who are well prepared to offer these services to SAQA... please consider the opportunity!

The SAQA Special Events Committee is accepting proposals for the following opportunities for talented and presentation ready Artist/Instructors at the SAQA "Fiberlandia Conference" in Portland, Oregon. The dates of the conference are April 30-May 3, 2015.  
Four Breakout Sessions (1.5 hours)
  •  The chosen Artist/Instructor will present the session twice on Friday, May 1, 2015, once in the morning, and once in the afternoon.
  •  We would like to see proposals on a variety of topics, including the business of art, social media marketing, principles of design and composition, understanding the jury process, and other topics you think might be of interest to the SAQA membership. 
Your proposal should contain:
·         Title of the session
·         Short outline of your subject
·         Audio visual needs (if any)
·         Short Biography
Compensation is as follows:
·         $600 honorarium ($300 X 2 session presentations)
·         Up to $500 travel allowance
·         Half a hotel room cost for 2 nights
·         25% discount on conference registration
Breakout Session proposals should be sent to Cindy Grisdela at cpgrisdela@gmail.com.
Two Post-Conference Workshops (4 hours)
  • The workshops will be offered on Sunday, May 3, 2015, 1-5pm.
  • Workshops could be hands-on technique classes, critiques, photography, marketing, "Voice" and other topics of interest to the SAQA membership. 
Your proposal should contain:
·         Title of the session
·         Short outline of your subject
·         Room requirements
·         Audio visual needs (if any)
·         Short Biography
·         Compensation requirements
Post-Conference Workshop proposals should be sent to Susanne Jones at b_lee_ver@verizon.net
General Information
We are on a very condensed timeline and the deadline to receive proposals is July 18, 2014. We plan to have the decisions made by mid-August. 
The location of the conference is DoubleTree by Hilton Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232
The dates of the conference are April 30-May 3, 2015
Feel free to forward this message to people you think would make great presenters.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Susanne, Cindy or me.  We look forward to seeing your submissions!
SAQA Special Events Committee
Deb Cashatt
Special Events Chair
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

CONVERSATIONAL THREADS: Impressions in Fibre... Mark your calendar to visit the work of Mary B. Pal, at the TRINITY ART GALLERY, Shenkman ARTS CENTRE, Ottawa

Lower Level
July 24 - September 1, 2014
Please join Mary and friends for the Opening Reception
July 27, 2014
1-3 pm
245 Centrum Boulevard
Ottawa, ON
Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday - 7:45 am - 9:30 pm
Weekends - 9 am - 6 pm
Information: 613-580-ARTS (2787)
TTY: 613-580-2401
Many congratulations, Mary. Please mark your calendar and make time to visit the Shenkman's Trinity Art Gallery during this outstanding Exhibition, and be sure to take friends.
An Additional note:
Mary has been invited to travel to visit the artists of Brazil, and share her amazing Cheesecloth Portraits in a course later this summer. What exciting and dynamic experiences Mary has been blessed to have as she travels and shares her original art and techniques in courses with Guilds and Groups around the world. We are all so pleased for and proud of you Mary... enjoy your travels.