Monday, May 23, 2011

SAQA Benefit Auction

I made this small wall quilt for the 2011 SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Benefit Auction. I was inspired by the way the trees look after a week of rain in spring. The green of the leaves blooming is so bright it's almost unnatural.

12" x 12" Rain in May
I made the background using Mistyfuse and Angelina Fibers. I fused that onto a hand dyed piece of chartreuse silk charmeuse.
I used three different shades of dark gray batiks to make the trees. I enjoyed making this quilt, it came together easily and quickly:)

I'm donating the quilt because I think quilt artist and lovers of quilt art can benefit from SAQA's efforts.

SAQA's Mission and Goals

Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development and documentation. 
Founded in 1989 by an initial group of 50 artists, SAQA now boasts over 2,700 members: artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators and corporate sponsors.
SAQA defines an art quilt as a contemporary artwork exploring and expressing aesthetic concerns common to the whole range of visual arts: painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, assemblage and sculpture, which retains, through materials or technique, a clear relationship to the folk art quilt from which it descends.
SAQA's goals include: 
  • Publish a newsletter and e.Bulletin addressing the professional needs of the working quilt artist.
  • Publicize information about the art quilt through a web site, Professional Artist Member portfolios, and referrals to teachers and speakers for workshops and symposia.
  • Educate through a series of conferences and lectures.
  • Create a network of collectors, dealers and artists.
  • Produce quality exhibitions, with documentary catalogues and critical reviews.
  • Encourage critical writing, research and publication of articles about art quilts in the art press, popular press and scholarly journals.

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