I am a member of SAQA, (Studio Art Quilt Associates) a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the 'art quilt' through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications. Founded in 1989 by an initial group of 50 artists, SAQA now has over 3,400 members worldwide. By being a member I have access to great resources, a huge network of support and have been able to develop my work greatly. (If you are interested in joining too, I have put a link to the SAQa website at the bottom of this post.)
Each year SAQA hold a benefit auction to raise funds for the organisation. Members are invited to submit a small art quilt (12" x 12") for the auction. You can see the amazing collection of quilts donated for this year's auction by clicking on the blue button below.
They really are a feast for the eyes, and if you were ever stuck for ideas this is a great place to look for inspiration!
This is the quilt I sent - I hope someone likes it enough to bid on it.
The image is based on a little boy I once met named Spinach; I met him sitting at the side of the road, next to his mum who was selling the food she was preparing to passers by. He was sitting on the bare ground, absorbed with the activity of banging a bent nail into the dirt with a stone, and as the photo below shows, was completely happy. He really had nothing in the world, but was content with his stone and nail. Whenever I think of him I am reminded of his complete and utter innocence - hence the name of the quilt.
Here are a few of my favourites from the collection
The auction will kick-off at 2pm EDT (17:00 UK time) on September 16. If you have deep pockets anyone can purchase any of the quilts for $1000 on 'Diamond Day' - the opening day of the auction. Quilts not sold on diamond day are then divided up into three sections for bidding purposes. Each week, a different section of quilts will be available for bidding, starting at $750 and further reduced throughout the week. Even if you don't bid it will be interresting to follow the auction and see how much each quilt raises.
This is a chance to own beautiful, unique art quilts by some of the world’s finest artists. Plus, your purchases help increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them while supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Thanks for reading, and enjoy the quilts!