28 October 2014

Juried Artist Member (JAM) - Laurie Swim, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

In Anne Rayner-Gould’s recent article on the SAQA blog, she discusses the JAM designation and how collectors can benefit from including these artists work in their collections. Included is SAQA Atlantic’s Laurie Swim.


26 October 2014

What’s My View - Lois Bowden, Port Williams, Nova Scotia

These photos give us a glimpse of the incredible views Lois Bowden enjoys in Port Williams located in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.

Apple bins at Noggins Corner Farm

22 October 2014

A SAQA sighting in Fredericton, New Brunswick

SAQA member Hilary Rice is in Fredericton, New Brunswick this week conducting workshops. Last evening she gave a Trunk Show and Presentation and several area SAQA Atlantic members attended.

Here we have Hilary, LaVerne McCallum Deakin, Barb Perry and Kathy Tidswell sitting in the front.

Thanks to LaVerne for sending in this photo!

21 October 2014

What’s My View? - Heather Loney, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

After viewing the latest "What's My View" by Laurie Swim, Heather thought it would be of interest to share her view, in reference to Laurie’s project, Hope and Survival.

At the beginning of Laurie Swim's video is a view of the damaged area near the Narrows of Halifax Harbour.  The area has obviously been rebuilt, and it is now "my view". I watch the container ships pass by, at a much slower speed courtesy of by-law changes after the Halifax Explosion. I watch commuter traffic scurry across the MacKay Bridge, and I am eye-level to the multitude of birds that frequent the harbour (yes, even the occasional eagle and osprey). The green spaces around me even allow the occasional deer, fox and pheasant to frequent the area in spite of living in the city. I have created two pieces of work based on "View from my Deck".

16 October 2014

What’s My View? - Penny Berens, Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia

13 October 2014

Member Profile - Nancy Elaschuk, Moncton, New Brunswick

How often do we all stare at the paper when we are asked to create an artist statement or personal profile of ourselves?  Why is it so hard for many of us to stand up and say, I am an Art Quilter?  I often wonder if artists who work in oils, acrylics, or watercolour have a hard time making such a confession.  I love fabric, beads, and embellishments and how they play together.  It is impossible to walk through a fabric store without touching (thank goodness there are no signs prohibiting our fondling of textures). Museums drive me crazy as I hyperventilate looking at textiles through a glass box. 

Doodle Bird #1 adapted from my original zen sketch
With these confessions in tow, perhaps I should tell you a bit about my journey into textiles.  I was born into a family of quilters, both sides, several generations.  I was doomed to follow.  By the time I was 9 my paternal grannie had taught me to piece crazy quilts using Eaton catalogue pages as a foundation.  She then taught me to embroider and tat lace to apply onto the blocks.  See, there it was, embellishment 101!  I have been privileged to take classes with many wonderful quilting instructors, as well as being self taught from books and experiments.
St Marcos Square
My work is rooted within a natural framework.  I am drawn to the designs of ancient cultural artefacts and artwork (remnants of an archaeology background).  I love using machine embroidery, paint and quilting to enhance my work and often work from sketches.  I currently work with heat guns to distress fabrics in my artwork.  Teaching is my second love, but comes with the double edge sword of time away from my own design work.  My favourite piece is always the next one.  I begin to research and sketch before the floor has been swept.

Anything Can Happen in a Pumpkin Patch 

10 October 2014

What’s My View? - Regina Marzlin, Antigonish, Nova Scotia

07 October 2014

What’s My View? - Linda Strowbridge, Baltimore, Maryland

03 October 2014

What’s My View? - Kathy Tidswell, Burtts Corner, New Brunswick