Friday, July 28, 2017

Made in Europe II - Elizabeth MICHELLOD-DUTHEIL

MICHELLOD-DUTHEIL Elizabeth
Switzerland
VENUS

Detail
She  collects and dissects any object that suits her inspiration, be it vegetal, manufactured or industrial. She likes to explore new ways of using and combining those materials.
In some of her works, the thread is a guideline and the fabric becomes a support. By accumulating various materials, abstract figures are created that combine into a more complex design, not unlike a bas-relief.

Always searching for new colours, she  uses pasting, superimposition of fabrics and dyeing processes. This is probably one of the many singular aspects of her artwork.
She, also makes great use of photographs. She tries to capture the atmosphere and the emotions of a place, to later transcribe them in her drawings or her textile artwork. This way, her work can be seen as witnesses of nature, life and past times.

Seamless edges with superimposed layers of different fabrics.
Quilting machine

Antique cloth dyed with snow.

Old Cloth / Natural Oxidation


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Made in Europe II - Elizabeth MICHELLOD-DUTHEIL

MICHELLOD-DUTHEIL Elizabeth
Switzerland
OXYDATIO
Detail

She  collects and dissects any object that suits her inspiration, be it vegetal, manufactured or industrial. She likes to explore new ways of using and combining those materials.
In some of her works, the thread is a guideline and the fabric becomes a support. By accumulating various materials, abstract figures are created that combine into a more complex design, not unlike a bas-relief.
Always searching for new colours, she  uses pasting, superimposition of fabrics and dyeing processes. This is probably one of the many singular aspects of her artwork.
She, also makes great use of photographs. She tries to capture the atmosphere and the emotions of a place, to later transcribe them in her drawings or her textile artwork. This way, her work can be seen as witnesses of nature, life and past times.

Seamless edges with superimposed layers of different fabrics.Quilting machine

Oxidized buttercloth with added pomegranate fruit
Antique cloth dyed with snow.

Old Cloth / Natural Oxidation with Nails and Scrap



Made in Europe II - Heidi Drahota

Heidi Drahota
Germany
Detail
The Beautiful Appearance

Made in Europe for 'made in Bangladesh / Pakistan / Cambodia / ...'
To satisfy the taste of consumers in fashion give in the production many people their health and their lives.

Used Look - Abused Life

Open-edged collage, linocutting, printing, handmade paper of jeans, longarm gequilted

Woolen walkloden, recycled old jeans, silk, jeanspaper, cotton / polyester yarns




Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Made in Europe - Fenella Davies

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Fenella Davies
United Kingdom
Corinth Canal, Horizon

The Corinth Canal, Greece. Started by the Emperor Nero, finished in the 19th century. A different view of the horizon

Hand stitched, and assembled. Painted, collaged.

Coarse French cotton, lutrador, gesso, paint.





Friday, July 21, 2017

Echange linguistique en français - réunion Zoom informelle prévue pour tous nos membres parlant français

Language Connection: French - moderated by Gül Laporte



September 22, 2017 18h CEST / 12pm US EDT (GMT-4)

Do you speak French? And would you enjoy exploring the wonderful world of art quilts in French? This group removes the language barrier for French speakers and allows you to get the most of your SAQA benefits and opportunities.

Vous parlez français? Aimeriez-vous dans ce cas explorer le monde merveilleux de l’art quilt en français? Plus de barrière de la langue et grâce à ce groupe vous pourrez bénéficier au maximum des opportunités et des avantages que SAQA peut vous offrir. Pour plus d’infos cliquez ici »

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Made in Europe II - Kate Crossley

Kate Crossley
UK
Dreaming of Europe

Thoughts about Brexit, refugees and Europe.

Hand and machine stitching and quilting. Slashing. Applique.

Cotton. Silk. Linen. Felt. Bamboo batting.




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Made in Europe II - Stephanie Crwford

Stephanie Crawford
United Kingdom
Protest at the RCJ  (Made in Europe II)

The idea for this quilt came on the same walk that inspired my Made in Europe 1 piece. 

A friend and I had been to an exhibition at Tate Modern and were walking along The Strand, passing the Royal Courts of Justice.  Memories flooded back of when I worked in family law, before retirement, and would travel from Bristol to the RCJ in London most weeks.  Often, after court, I would leave the building and run into a protest of some kind or huge media attention for someone famous.  I still, occasionally, miss the buzz.

I love the building and the idea to represent it grew in my mind.
I visited again to take photographs.  You never actually see this view as, using artistic licence, I removed some obstacles and made free with the layout in order to achieve the perspective I wanted.

Detail
The outlines were drawn in pencil on white cotton and then freely stitched and finally painted.  I added appliqued pieces where appropriate.

White cotton, assorted threads and fabric paint.




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Made in Europe II - Maryte Collard

Maryte Collard
Lithuania
Song of Linen

Flax has been a traditional Lithuanian fiber for several thousand years.

Lithuanians have given a special place in their folklore and overall perception of the world to this plant, which has accompanied them since ancient times.
Making this quilt I decided to take a look back into my heritage and to use only Lithuanian made linen fabrics. It is not what I usually work with, not the colors I like, but something I grew up with, something that is deeply in my genes and in my blood, and it still sings to me.

For inspiration I drove to the Hill of Crosses, located close by. I saw thousands  of crosses, traditional, and the ones with radiating spikes, that are linked to the sun and to the pagan world tree. I saw colors and textures of a new and aged wood, rusted metal, dirt, covered with dried leaves from the last fall, and sprouts of a new grass coming out. Colors of nature, colors of my country, colors of linen...

This quilt is my tribute to Lithuanian linen.

Machine piecing, domestic machine quilting, hand stitching


Linen, cotton(binding), polyester batting, unbleached linen yarn
Detail


Monday, July 17, 2017

Made in Europe II - Maria Billings

Maria Billings
Germany
Found Made in Paris

The last time in Paris, I took my quilt sandwiches outside to paint, stitch and embellish with found items. These four tell the story of my visit: Eiffel tower, my house entrance, "Paris is blooming," and the Seine.
 
Pleine air painted, hand-quilted, and embroidered; entirely done by hand

Mainly cotton (recycled napkins), acrylic paint and embroidery floss;

additional bus ticket, coaster, cut-out labels, paper snippets, and ribbons
Detail

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Made in Europe II - Louise Bell

Louise Bell
UK
Sussex Trees

'Sussex Trees' - horse chestnut, oak, hawthorn, elm, ivy, rowan and sycamore leaves with their seeds and berries.

I plan as I pin, a quilt taking shape as I work. I started this one at the top with horse chestnut and oak as they always soar above other trees. I then worked downwards, enjoying the flashes of red berry against the sky blue background. Rain and sun often travel together here, making leaves and berries glossy, giving the landscape  the look of a varnished oil painting.

The leaves are not to scale in relation to each other - hawthorn has small leaves but the contrast with its bright berries magnifies its importance in a treescape.

I used Liberty lawns to frame the work, the colours and tightly packed designs echoing the centre panel. I vermicelli quilted around the motifs, the texture of the quilted linen contrasting with the smooth appliqué.

detail
Machine appliqué, free machine detailing, pieced border. Machine quilted using free embroidery foot and darning setting on domestic Bernina.


Linen ground, cotton appliqué, cotton mix backing and 2oz polyester wadding.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Made in Europe II - Mai-Britt Axelson

Mai-Britt Axelsen
UK
Vikings!

A thousand years ago, the Vikings terrorised and colonised large parts of Europe. They sailed as far as North America and were the first Europeans to set foot on American soil.
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Wholecloth quilt with added collage.


Cotton fabric, wadding, hand woven fabric, net, Colour Catchers® and cotton tread.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Made in Europe II - Geneviève Attinger


Geneviève ATTINGER
FRANCE

Le Piège à Demoiselles_Marinière et Pompon rouge
The « marinière » or striped sweater (a cotton long-armed shirt with horizontal blue and white stripes) and the « bachi » ( a hat with red pompom) are worn by quartermasters and seamen in the French Navy. I reinterpreted this marinière using a white long-armed shirt and blue stripes arranged  in a new way. These seamen's sweaters are  « traps to catch the girls, in french : Piège à Demoiselles » because the seamen are known for making the girls dream because of their characteristic striped garment, their sailor hat with a red pompon, their travel stories, their adventures. Our imagination suggests that they leave a girl friend behind them in each harbour. This work depicts this fantasy.

Portraits: Free motion machine embroidery,narrow compacted strips of jersey ( kept with free motion machine sewing; machine appliqued blue strips of jersey cotton,  knots : sheet bend, machine quilted, machine appliqued

White cotton long armed shirt, blue strips of jersey cotton, cotton, fishing braid, metallic circle


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Made in Europe II will be at Festival of Quilts 2017

Our first regional exhibition will be at Festival of Quilts at the NEC, Birmingham, UK alongside Turmoil and Tranquillity. Come and visit us - 10th August to 13th.  We are in Hall 9 at TG25, a lovely big stand.



Monday, June 19, 2017

Made in Europe II - Selected Artists

Congratulations to all the artists who have had work selected for Made in Europe II.







The artists are:
Geneviève ATTINGER
Mai-Britt Axelsen
Louise Bell
Maria Billings
Maryte Collard
Stephanie Crawford
Kate Crossley
Fenella Davies
Heidi Drahota
Elizabeth MICHELLOD-DUTHEIL
Monique Gilbert-Oversteyns
Liz Hewitt
Bella Kaplan
Uta Lenk
Alicia Merrett
Sandra Newton
Tamar Ophir
Claire Passmore
Margaret Ramsay
Judith Rosenthal
Hazel Ryder
Christine Seager
Sandy Snowden
Tiziana Tateo
Gisha Wogier

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Fine Art Quilt Masters

Congratulations to our SAQA European and ME members who have had quilts accepted for the Fine Art Quilt Masters to be exhibited at Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham UK.

"An international juried competition, the Fine Art Quilt Masters Gallery celebrates the finest examples of art quilts with work that has powerful artistic expression with abstract and figurative elements."
This year the shortlist of 20 quilts for Fine Art Quilt Masters includes work from the following SAQA European and ME Members:
Eszter Bornemisza, Home/Less
Fenella Davies, Horizon
Katriina Flensburg, Looking for Balance
Roberta Le Poidevin, To Walk Invisible
Alicia Merrett, Medieval “Island” City
Margaret Ramsay, Birchington Breakwaters
Christine Seager, Simply Grey
Here you can see all the quilts which have been accepted.

World Quilt Competition - Amelia Leigh

Congratulations, Amelia.


Congratulations to other UK SAQA members who also had their quilts accepted:

Stephanie Crawford
Liz Hewitt
Alicia Merrett
Frieda Oxenham
Claire Passmore
Linzi Upton                                                                   

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Brenda Wroe, Karma Chamelion

Karma Chameleon

Mastering the artistic use of a longarm machine to create this wholecloth quilt has been personally challenging, pushing my skillset towards a Wider Horizon. Inspired by a chameleon basking in the sunshine amongst some verdant foliage, I hummed the Boy George song and mused whether it might change in colour.

Wholecloth quilt, entirely hand guided free motion quilting on a longarm quilting machine.

Radiance silk cotton hand-dyed by artist. Double layer 100% wool wadding and 100% cotton wadding. Trilobal polyester thread 40wt.




Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Christine Seager, 1883 - Krakatua

1883 - Krakatua

The small volcanic island, Krakatua, off the west coast of Java, erupted in 1883. One of the most deadly in modern history, its effects were felt in Africa and Australasia. From a beach house overlooking Krakatua, we enjoyed evening vistas of a mildly smoking Krakatua against the setting sun. Amazing.

The hand dyed cloth represents the sea, sand, volcanic ash and fires of Krakatua whilst the mark making symbolises the turmoil on land and sea created by the event.



Own hand dyed fabrics, mono-printed marks. Improvisational cutting and piecing. Simple machine stitch.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Isabelle Wiessler, Horizonte III

Horizonte III

This quilt is one of a landscape series that are suggesting the skyline, each one does focus on the colors depending on the daytime or weather. My goal with my artwork is to give the public enough space to make up their own dream.

Hand dyed cotton, machine quilted, hand painted



Cotton fabric, batting, acrylic paint

Monday, June 5, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Tiziana Tateo, annequins

Mannequins
Figures are my favourite subjects because of the feelings, emotions and dialogue they convey.
The inspiration for my work came looking at a shop window, where two mannequins seemed to look at me saying: "Come in, please, and help us get dressed!".

Freely scoring and bonding on synthetic fabric and felt using soldering iron, hand painting, free machine embroidering

Synthetic fabric, felt, raffia,fabric colors, sizoflor, plastic net, tulle




Sunday, June 4, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Sandy Snowden, Ramshackle: Country Community

Ramshackle: Country Community

Part of my series of Ramshackle houses about neighbourhood and community. This piece recognises the rural community. Distances and even differences do not matter when someone is in need of a neighbourly hand.

Fused raw edge reverse appliqué, Self guided quilting


Cotton, fusible web, cotton batting

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Monika Sebert, Lied

Lied

Working in my studio I'm listening to my favorite music... getting away from it all. My feelings are flying, I'm dreaming and creating new things and new horizons... getting high

Procion dying, free motion quilting, coloring with acrylics and bronze


Cotton, procion MX-Dye,thread, acrylics, bronze

Friday, June 2, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Cindy Richard, Dicovery

Discovery

A child's discovery of the world is wondrous and exciting. Grandpa's role in teaching his grandchild everything from the beginning is huge and equally thrilling. Grandpa watches as his grandson reacts to every new and fascinating discovery. Grandson thinks his grandpa is the smartest guy. What a happy pair!

Raw-edge applique, collage effect with free motion quilting. Based on my own family photo.


Cotton fabrics and thread, tulle, synthetic fabric, polyester thread, buttons, cotton/polyester 80/20 batting,



Wide Horizons V - Claire Passmore, Am I Beautiful Yet?

Am I beautiful yet?

Why do we believe our natural appearance needs to be enhanced? At a makeup counter I watched a woman's face being painted by an enthusiastic 'beautician' using a rainbow of cosmetics which actually masked the customer's natural beauty. When will we realize, we are beautiful just the way we are.

Central wholecloth panel is fabric painted and dyed, applied by brush, stencil and airbrush. Pieced top and bottom border with some fused raw edged pieces. Quilted on a domestic machine


Fabric paint, Markal oilstick and Derwent Inktense blocks, fiber reactive dye, cotton lawn and poplin, rayon and polycore thread, cotton/poly batting



Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Sandra Newton, Liberty

Liberty

Inspired by the 60s: a time of changing social horizons when  tears in the existing fabric of society saw change bubbling up all over the globe, not everywhere victorious. A change someplace documented in placards and posters, yesterdays torn down rapidly replaced by new. A time of liberty and hope.

Painted and screen printed with procion dyes and watered acrylic paints. Bonded and stitched applique. Hand and free machine stitch.

Cotton, paper, tulle and net. 





Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix, River Junction

River Junction

The River Rhône slowly crosses the whole Leman Lake and when it arrives in Geneva(Switzerland) it is all clean and clear; then, it joins with the River Arve - which is agitated, muddy and brown as it comes directly from the mountains - in an area called the Jonction.

The journey ends in the Mediterranean see.

Mono-prints; thermo-fax printing. Machine sewn and free hand machine quilted.



Cotton hand dyed fabrics, commercial fabrics. Cotton batting. Cotton and Rayon threads.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Hildegard Mueller, A Haiku

A Haiku

This quilt shows a quiet landscape, lotus blooms on a lake behind a fence.
They illustrate a Japanese Haiku-poem, including the Japanese word for "lotus"

Soy wax batik, stamping, lino-cutting and printing, weaving, machine stitching and quilting, hand stitching


Cotton, TAP, threads


Monday, May 29, 2017

Wide Horizons V - Grace Meijer, Berber

Berber

A photograph of a Berber, sitting on a wall early in the morning at an archaeological site in Tunisia.

The background is screen printed. Machine stitched, hand stitched into the stone wall. After the stitching I used white paint with a roller to give the impression of stonework.

Cotton, linen, Markal sticks, acrylic paint.