Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Meet our member Shoshi Rimer at the Prague Patchwork Meeting 2017

I have been exposed to quilting in 1995. My first works were based on traditional techniques. Later, once I studied a number of innovative techniques, I developed a more personal way of expressing myself. I used the acquired techniques as a foundation while letting my imagination run free as I design my works. For me quilting is a wonderful evolving art form, offering infinite creative possibilities and learning opportunities. The Inspiration for my quilts comes from a variety of sources. It can be nature, an expression, a color or a word
Most of my art works combine both commercial and hand-dyed cotton fabrics. Usually the main technique is based on fusing fabrics, free motion quilting and recently I add painting as an embellishment.
It's a great honor for me to take part in the 11th PPM (Prague Patchwork Meeting) event, where I will exhibit a collection of my pieces under the name "Local Impression". The event will take place from March 31 through April 2, 2017.

Shoshi Rimer

E-mail: shoshi@shoshir.co.il
Website: www.shoshir.co.il

Monday, February 20, 2017

Aiguille en Fête - Paris - Elizabeth Byrom reporting

Aiguille en Fête (AeF) is an annual exhibition and merchant mart for needlework lovers, especially fans of sewing, quilting, knitting, and embroidery.  Fiber art and textile art are represented in exhibits but not so much in the merchant mart.  The AeF held at the huge Porte de Versailles exhibition halls February 2-5 seemed to have fewer merchants than in previous years, but the exhibits were outstanding and the special events entertaining.  Alas, there wasn’t a SAQA exhibit this year, but the Artextures 8th biannual exhibit was outstanding, as were the woven tapestries of Yukiko Yokoyama.  My favourite pieces, though, were the thread painted portraits and fabric tiles of Malin Lager (photo), who graciously allowed me to photograph her with some of her Lustrous Reflections of Venice.

As for entertainment, AeF 2017 did not disappoint.  As in years past, there was a speed knitting contest where five contestants at a time sat below a large digital timer and knitted as many stiches as they could in three minutes.  The contest took place over the four days of AeF, so I don’t know whether the record of 264 stitches was exceeded, but the winner was to have received prizes from Bergers de France and Modes et Travaux.  For those interested in exploring new aspects of needlework, there was a wide range of mini-workshops on knitting, weaving, embroidery, sewing, and quilting.

Not to be missed was this year’s fun knitting project.  In years past, I’ve seen a knitted Ferrari and a knitted log cabin.  This year the project was Ensemble Nous Sommes Monet, a 6 meter by 4 meter mosaic of 100,000 knitted squares assembled to pay homage to Claude Monet’s Woman with Umbrella.  Amazing.
L’Aiguille en Fête  (AeF) est une exposition et un marché annuel qui attire les passionnées des arts de l’aiguille, surtout la couture, le patchwork, le tricot et la broderie.  Les arts du fil et du textile sont représentés dans les expositions, mais moins sur les stands marchands.  L’AeF qui se tenait en 2017 du 2 au 5 février au Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles de Paris semblait présenter  moins de stands marchands cette année, cependant les expositions d’art du fil et du textiles étaient  remarquables et les événements spéciaux et divertissants.  Hélas, il n’y avait pas d’exposition de SAQA cette année, mais l’exposition bisannuelle Artextures  était exceptionnelle, tout comme les tapisseries tissées de Yukiko Yokoyama.  Mes préférés, cependant, étaient les portraits et pavés textiles de Malin Lager (photo), qui m’a aimablement  permis de la photographier avec plusieurs de ses Reflets de Venise.

En ce qui concerne le divertissement, l’AeF 2017 n’a pas déçu.  Comme les années précédentes, il y avait un concours de vitesse de tricot où les cinq candidats de chaque série étaient assis sous une grande horloge numérique et tricotaient autant de mailles que possible en trois minutes. Le concours a eu lieu pendant les quatre jours de l’AeF, je ne sais pas donc  si le record de 264 points a été dépassé, mais le gagnant devait recevoir des prix de la part de Bergers de France et Modes et Travaux.  Pour ceux qui souhaitaient découvrir un nouvel aspect de la couture, il y avait une large gamme de mini-ateliers sur le tricot, le tissage, la broderie, la couture et le patchwork.

Il ne fallait pas manquer cette année le projet de Tricote en Sourire.  Dans les années passées,  il y avait une Ferrari tricotée et une cabane en rondins tricotée.  Cette année, le projet a été « Ensemble Nous Sommes Monet, » une mosaïque de 6 mètres par 4 composée de 100 000 carrés tricotés qui rend hommage à La Femme à l’Ombrelle de Claude Monet.  Incroyable.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Newly Accepted JAMs

Two European and ME members have just been accepted as Juried Artist Members. Congratulations to Monika Sebert and Maryte Collard:

To find out more about how to become a Juried Artists Members, visit the SAQA website at http://www.saqa.com/memberArt.php?ID=3377

Maryte's Ice and Fire which is now in the USA

Monika's Wide Horizons V Quilt

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Textile Posters - Claire Passmore

Claire Passmore is the only non-American to have her work selected for Textile Posters. Her piece is called - 3 Wise Words. Well done, Claire.

The exhibition will debut at International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, in November 2017. Textile Posters will then travel to International Quilt Festival, Chicago in spring 2018.

See more on the SAQA Blog at http://www.saqa.com/weblog/?p=2648

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Update on 50 - Art Quilt Retrospective

Katriina Flensburg will also be included in the book. Her name was not included in the original list.

50 - Art Quilt Retrospective

After careful review of hundreds of quilt artists working all over the world, final selections have been made for Art Quilt Retrospective. This upcoming SAQA publication is all about celebrating this art form’s development over the past 50 years!

The book will cover art quilts and artists from 1960’s to today. The introduction will be written by Janet Koplos, a senior editor at Art in America from 1990-2009.

SAQA will be contacting the participating artists individually via email during the coming month to determine which image(s) will be published. Please do not contact SAQA at this time about the book. 

Congratulations to SAQA European and ME Members selected for the book.

Ludmila Aristova
Geneviève Attinger
Eszter Bornemisza
Maya Chaimovich
Jette Clover
Maryline Collioud-Robert
Kate Crossley
Fenella Davies
Katriina Flensburg
Brigitte Kopp
Mirjam Pet-Jacobs
Charlotte Yde
Alicia Merrett
Olga Prins-Lukowski
Tiziana Tateo

If I have missed your name, please let me know. it was a long list to check against our membership list.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017



February 18 – March 5, 2017, Gallery A-huset, Uppsala, Sweden.

The two artists introduced their first Eye Talk exhibition at the Dutch Textile Festival OEQC in Maastricht in 2015. Plans of touring this exhibition with ten large pieces from each artist had to be cancelled when the OEQC organization announced that they had lost Katriina’s entire collection.

Collegial support was crucial for Katriina to return to her creative work after her devastating loss. Jette initiated a new dialogue, but this time with work in a smaller scale.
Due to the geographical distance their dialogue has taken place virtually, each artist challenging the other visually by e-mailing images of new pieces for the other one to respond to. The resulting 24 poster size pieces are presented in this exhibition together with a large piece from each artist.

http://www.uppsalakonstnarsklubb.se/  (the gallery, only in Swedish)