SAQA Conference

I just got home from the 27th Studio Art Quilt Associates Conference in Philadelphia, and am walking on air. SAQA has gone from 1 exhibition per year in 2005 to 11 or 12 per year now. And an increasing number at in museums, like the ground breaking joint exhibition Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora opening April 16 at the Textile Museum in Washington DC.
I gave a Pecha Kucha talk (by definition short: 20 slides for 20 seconds each.) Kept me or anyone else from going on too long.  They were exciting and informative. Mine was called “27 Quilts in 30 Days,” my adventure in speed quilting last January. There were 24 talks in all.
We traveled to nearby Wayne, PA to see Art Quilt Elements 2016, at Wayne Art Center.  I’ll include some pictures from that too.
A few highlights were: Kathleen Loomis’ talk, “Why Working in a Series Works,” Carolyn Mazloomi, “When Being a Good Artist is Not Enough,” Maria Shell, “Walk, Talk, and Write Like an Artist,” David Kohane, “Can I Use That? Copyright from a Legal Perspective.”
We bid farewell to our talented, personable outgoing President, Kris Sazaki, and welcomed Lisa Ellis for the start of her term.
Mostly I was having too much fun, or thinking too much to take many photos. Sorry folks, you’ll have to join SAQA to understand the camaraderie, joy and inspiration I get from this great group.


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