Yesterday morning I was fortunate to be able to participate in a wonderful program at the George Washington University Textile Museum. Following an introduction by SAQA board member Jayne Bentley Gaskins, nine local members of Studio Art Quilt Associates gave “lightning” presentations about their work. It was fascinating to hear so many different perspectives on art quilts, and to see such a wide variety of styles and techniques.
B.J. Adams is an icon in the fiber art world known for her intricate free motion embroidery. One of her pieces is on the easel at B.J.’s side. Here she is beginning her presentation while Susan Callahan mans the remote.
Cyndi Souder discussed the commission work she does. She’s a wonderfully dynamic speaker.
I love how creative Misty Cole is. Her work is very clever, and always makes me see things in a different way.
The delightful Lorie Hancock McCown. The texture and transparency in her pieces is remarkable.
Dominie Nash categorized herself in part as a print maker. The screen behind her displays a piece from her Big Leaf Series which showcases her surface design skills.
Cathy Kleeman is well known for her abstract work and her expertise with a wide variety of surface design techniques. Yesterday she shared four quilts that were part of a challenge to represent the elements as well as a work in progress that can be seen behind her.
I’ve known Susan Callahan for many years and I’ve loved watching the evolution of her work. She is a chef by profession, and she references this in most of her current pieces. Her passion for sharing the pleasure of dining shines through in her thoughtful art.
Before yesterday I was not familiar with Anne Smyers work, but I’m happy to know about it now. She has a unique style in which she creates landscapes solely from floral fabrics. It was a pleasure to meet her and learn about her approach to art quilting.
Nine artists, nine very different approaches to art quilting. That’s part of what I love about the quilting community, there’s a place for everyone no matter what style or technique they prefer. Many thanks to the Textile Museum as well as our SAQA reps Susan Callahan and Linda Strowbridge for making this event possible!