We had a great turn out for our August SAQA meeting. In fact, we are on the verge of outgrowing our meeting space!
Kate Beebe, Cat Larrea , Amy Meissner , Diane Melms Carrie Payne , Faye Stiehm, Maria Shell , Beth Blankenship , Debbie Even, Bonnie Rivera, and Krista Fleckenstein were in attendance.
Debbie Even and Bonnie Rivera are both new members. Welcome!
There was lots of news to share. We are planning on having a complete discussion of social media at our next meeting. We would like to talk about how AK SAQA can use social media for an assortment of purposes. We would also like to discuss how we as individuals and artist use social media in our lives.
As a teaser for that discussion, here all the Instagram names for the members at the meeting.
Debbie Even @evenstitchers, Krista Fleckenstien @kristafleck, Maria Shell @talesofastitcher, Carrie Payne @believemagic, Diane Melms @dianemelmsartist, Amy Meissner @amymeissnerartist
If you are on Instagram, please follow your follow SAQA members. And if you would like to be added to this list, just let Maria Shell know.
The AK SAQA presentation for the Valley Quilter’s Guild in Palmer, Alaska was a great success. You can read all the details of that adventure here.
Kate Beebe, who was one of the presenters at the Valley Quilter's Guild meeting, said it was a well attended event. SAQA presenters hung dozens of art quilts and the members of the guild were truly interested and inspired.
Carrie Payne shared the details of her current solo show at the Girdwood Center for Visual Arts .
You can see beautiful images of the 15 new pieces Carrie created for the show on her website , and you can read the SAQA review of the show here .
SAQA member Krista Fleckstein, who is the author of Beyond Cotton, has offered to share her surface design knowledge with our group by offering a half-day workshop. The workshop will be held at Krista’s home on Thursday, September 15 from 10AM - 2PM. Members will recieve an email with more infromation and an opportunity to sign up
We had a lengthy discussion about what sort of systems we use to apply for art opportunities and document our work. We hope to eventually have a blog post with the resources from that conversation listed here so that all of our members can benefit from that discussion.
The meeting concluded with a fabulous Show and Tell.
New member Bonnie Rivera created an art quilt based on her son’s art work.
The colors and the craftmanship of the piece were beautiful.
Cat Larrea has been very busy creating some new small landscape quilts composed of bold shapes and incredible palettes.
We had an interesting discussion about how Cat creates lines with fabric, thread, and ink.
Beth Blankenship shared an exquiste beaded bird structure she created.
We all got to hold it which was kind of amazing in of itself.
Diane Melms brought a quilt to celebrate watermelon which we all should be doing right now.
We compared the guilting on Faye Stiehm’s work and Diane Melms and concluded that denser quilting does change the hand of the quilt.
Our next gathering is scheduled for Tuesday September 13 from 10AM to 12PM at the Kaladi Brothers on Brayton. We hope to see you there! < http://kaladi.com/locations_brayton.cfm>