|This Revolution Will Not Be Televised #13 by Penny Mateer and Martha Wasik, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania|
from SAQA exhibition Layered Voices
I ended my trip at Maggie Vanderweit's stunning home waiting for Ned to pick me up and take me back to the quiet of Mantioulin. Maggie is the new Central Canada rep for the Studio Art Quilt Association. (SAQA)
This post is about my attendance at the SAQA annual conference, this year in Lincoln Nebraska.
All images included here are from the beautifully installed juried SAQA exhibition Layered Voices. It hung in one of the main galleries in the International Quilt Museum. and they appear here with artists' permission. The complete exhibition is available to view here.
|This Revolution Will Not Be Tolerated #13, Protest Series - by Penny Mateer, detail. cotton, photo transfers, printed, machine pieced, appliqued and quilted|
This Revolution Will Not Be Televised #13 Protest Series by Penny Mateer, and Martha Wasik
The CNN news was often on and so I got dressed listening to the commentary about Trump's 100 days, or about the spy within his administration and of course about the madness re: North Korea.
|Death Shroud for Democracy by Kristin LaFlamme , Portland Oregon from the SAQA exhibition Layered Voices|
|Death Shroud for Democracy by Kristin LaFlamme, acrylic paint, deconstructed US flag, used clothing, sheet, embroidery floss, paint. machine pieced and hand embroidered|
I want to talk honestly about my experience at the conference.
When people ask me what the best thing was, upon reflection I have to say that the valuable and inspiring International Quilt Study Museum (where I spent two whole days) was incredible.
However, listening to the gentle poetic voice of art quilt pioneer star, Michael James is very near the top of my list. In addition, the simple connecting or re-connecting with other art quilters was tremendously meaningful. Previously, I knew most of these women through the internet.
|Premonition by Dinah Sargeant, newhall California part of the SAQA national exhibition Layered Voices on view at the International quilt museum in lincoln Nebraska until end of May 2017|
|Premonition detail; cotton, canvas, fabric paint, machine and hand applique |
"A sensing of What might be next" DinahSargeant
The world seems to be in such a tenuous place right now.
Those pundits on CNN make me feel as if there is little point in doing much.
Things are going off in all directions.
What I make in my art or what I do in my personal life doesn't seem as if it will make a difference.
It's a long time since I've had this kind of feeling.
I am so safe with Ned right now on Manitoulin Island, northern Canada.
|In Other Words by Jette Clover, Antwerp Belgium |
cotton, linen, dyed, painted, hand stitched, machine quilted, part of the Layered Voices exhibition
|In Other Words|
"I love words. They have shapes and sounds and they convey meaning. Stitching resembles the rhythm of writing with a pen a slow, intimate process during which one becomes aware of the marking of time". Jette Clover
We drove in an anxious panic, putting miles under our wheels.
|Migration. Souvenir. by Roxanne Lasky, Bluffton South Carolina USA |
recycled silk saris and kimono, hand dyed cotton and linen, pieced, hand appliqued and embroidered,
part of the Layered Voices exhibition
|in other words by Jette Clover (detail|
It's about the ancientness of most of the other atendees and their furious networking.
It's about what filled my creative cup - (the Luke haynes exhibit at the quilt museum)
It's about feeling part of a large group of grannies and finding love there
and it's about not being able to sleep.
|This Revolution Will Not Be Tolerated detail by Penny Mateer|
juror-curator of the layered voices exhibition for SAQA Rise Nagin
|detail of Dinah Sargeant's Premonition|
about addiction to feeling good and to ignoring reality