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Metamorphosis - SAQA Global Show

I am extremely happy to announce that my piece, Unveiled Existence, has been selected as one of the 25 art quilts to tour as the Metamorphosis - SAQA Global Show from 2018 - 2021.  The show opens at the International Quilt Festival - Houston, Texas in November 2018.  The Metamorphosis show then continues on to other venues including the International Quilt Festival - Chicago, Illinois in April 2019.  

Unveiled Existence

38.5" x 33"

Silk Organza, Loosely Woven Fabric, Cotton Thread, Metallic Thread, Polyester Thread

Photo By: Sam Garnett

Detail of Unveiled Existence

Photo By: Sam Garnett

Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) is an international organization that promotes art quilts.  

An art quilt is defined by SAQA as “a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure”.
The word "references" allows for a broader understanding of the art quilt that welcomes growth and development of individual style. This may include:  
  • more 3D work and work in media other than fiber/textile/fabric/cloth
  • techniques and materials not found in traditional quilting
  • framed, unframed, bound, and unbound work
                                                                               - Definition from SAQA website

Detail of Unveiled Existence

Photo By: Sam Garnett

Detail of Unveiled Existence  Photo By: Sam Garnett

Detail of Unveiled Existence

Photo By: Sam Garnett

Detail of Unveiled Existence

Photo By: Sam Garnett

Unveiled Existence consists of numerous layers of hand dyed silk organza.  A loosely woven fabric is used as the middle layer to add another level of texture.  I also used both silk screen and discharge processes to alter the hand dyed  silk organza.  The top layer is embellished with hand stitching using a variety of threads.  

Love letters

36 Questions You Can Ask Anyone to Fall in Love

I have just completed a piece for the upcoming 36 Questions Show that will be shown April-June in the Esther Building Art Space in Vancouver, WA.  The show revolves around the idea of 36 questions you can ask anyone to fall in love.  The premise is that you can ask someone these 36 questions and with sustained eye contact fall in love.  For more info on the study check out http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/how-to-fall-in-love-36-questions-and-deep-eye-contact

Silk Organza, hand stitched

While the theory is interesting, my husband hates questions and would have run in the opposite direction if I had asked him more than two questions in a row much less 36.  However, maybe this show will lead to new loves in Vancouver.  For the show my question to respond to is:  What Is Your Most Treasured Memory?". 

Silk organza, hand stitched

I dug way back in time to high school when my husband and I dated the first time.  After rereading all his old love letters, I selected my favorite lines to scan and print on silk organza.  Having the lines in his handwriting is important to the realness of the piece.  These snippets of organza are a little frayed and lightly faded to represent how our memories evolve over time.  Over many years, a long separation, and the roller coaster of life these letters have remained.  The letters contain the memories I treasure most as they remind me of young love and the question of where our lives would lead.  

Silk Organza, hand stitched

Silk Organza, hand stitched