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She Shows You Where to Look Among the Garbage and the Flowers (white) She Shows You Where to Look Among the Garbage and the Flowers (white)
Susan Avishai   •  Toronto, Ontario, Canada More Info
$1650   Buy Now  » Inspired by a line from the song "Suzanne" by Leonard Cohen, this piece is part of a triptych, but can also stand alone. I make sculptural pieces from deconstructed, rescued clothing. They are an attempt to raise awareness about exploitive garment manufacture, coupled with the problem of textile waste. We buy far too much from companies that exploit their seamstresses, ▶
the Gyre the Gyre
Kathleen Bagioni   •  Tolland, Connecticut, USA More Info
$900   Buy Now  » The idea of making something beautiful out of materials otherwise destined for the trash intrigued me. So I collected junk mail and sales flyers, leftover wedding favors and curtain cut-offs. Business reply postcards fluttered of out magazines. It was the plastic bags that made me stop. Dedicated as I am to reducing waste and recycling, I still found a large variety of ▶
Thank You Holly Thank You Holly
Karen M Balos   •  Oakland, California, USA More Info
$3000   Buy Now  » Thank You Holly was largely created from hand-dyed, hand-printed fabric scraps that were going to be discarded. My friend Holly Badgley, owner of Holly Badgley Designs, creates gorgeous clothing, sometimes from raw silk. I rummage around in her scraps and use them to make beautiful quilts. I named this quilt in her honor.
Ties That Bind Ties That Bind
Sara Bradshaw   •  Spencer, Tennessee, USA More Info
$1000   Buy Now  » Working in a thrift store made me aware of how many items of clothing and linens are thrown out each year. I have learned how to mend much of my own clothing in an effort to reduce waste, but some items are just too badly damaged. When I saw Upcycle, I immediately thought of my totally worn out jeans and the piles of damaged materials in the thrift store headed for ▶
Planet Earth Planet Earth
Laurie Bucher   •  Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA More Info
$1200   Buy Now  » We need to protect our earth's natural resources. Creating awareness of recycling and finding ways to repurpose materials is a start. Our goal should be to take ownership of what we can do to preserve our planet for future generations.
Down the Garden Path Down the Garden Path
Betty Busby   •  Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA More Info
$3000   Buy Now  » I wanted to stretch the boundaries of the typical stuffed and heavy quilt by using repurposed sheer materials. They are layered in such a way that their colors combine as the light shines through them. The stitching is held to a minimum to enhance the natural textures of the materials.
Final Frenzy Final Frenzy
Janice Chiaffredo   •  Gainesville, Georgia, USA More Info
Final Frenzy started with my desire to make an abstract art quilt inspired by a song from the stage play Tommy. Since I was using geometric shapes and the colors black, white, and red, I incorporated black screening, its color and regularity leading me to include more non-fabric fibers. The project really came together when I used a black vegetable produce bag as a ▶
Grace Grace
Shin-hee Chin   •  McPherson, Kansas, USA More Info
$6000   Buy Now  » "Yo-yos" are rosettes created by sewing the edges of a circular piece of cloth and gathering it at the center. These became the building blocks I used to create a portrait of my daughter, Grace. Her baby blanket formed the base, and the yo-yos were made from her recycled clothing. Photo by Jim Turner
Transition Transition
Silke Cliatt   •  Clayton, Georgia, USA More Info
My goal was, in part, to put accumulated grocery bags to good use. It was fun to layer different colors and watch the plastic disintegrate. I am passionate about embroidery. I purposely put imperfect circles on free hand cut imperfect squares to create the look of found remnants spontaneously assembled.
Mirrors 1 Mirrors 1
Yael David-Cohen   •  London, United Kingdom More Info
$1000   Buy Now  » I enjoy the idea of recycling and reusing materials to give them a new lease on life. I found the broken mirror fascinating, and take great pleasure in hunting for different textiles which I then layer, mixing opaque and transparent to create a three-dimensional effect. I work with a variety of mixed media, drawing on the textiles with pencils, pastels, oil sticks, and ▶
Wedding Dress Study 2 Wedding Dress Study 2
Rachael Dorr   •  Bronxville, New York, USA More Info
This piece is made from a cheap used wedding dress I found on e-bay. All the different fabrics on the wedding dress were used including the polyester lining. I work primarily in recycled fabrics and my aim is to show that discarded items can be made into very beautiful and delicate pieces that look nothing like their original form. I want to draw the viewer in closer ▶
The Beautiful Appearance The Beautiful Appearance
Heidi Drahota   •  Nuernberg, Germany More Info
$1100   Buy Now  » Consumer behavior has a decisive influence on textile production all over the world. To satisfy the taste of consumers, the fashion industry often outsources to places like Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Cambodia with little regard for the health and lives of the workers. This piece is a message of sustainability and a call to significantly improve the working and living ▶
Mother Earth Mother Earth
Bodil Gardner   •  Lystrup, Denmark More Info
$1000   Buy Now  » Mother Earth guarding her planet and all our futures. Photo by Peter Gardner
Out My Front Door Out My Front Door
Barbara Oliver Hartman   •  Flower Mound, Texas, USA More Info
$4400   Buy Now  » For over twenty-five years, it has been my practice to save all scraps from previous projects. These are materials that could easily be discarded, but being able to give these fabrics new life is satisfying beyond measure. The technique has been refined over the years and continues to grow. Photo by Sue Benner
Outfit No Longer Available Outfit No Longer Available
Paula M Jolly   •  Mossbank, Saskatchewan, Canada More Info
$1500   Buy Now  » That's right, this was once a cute outfit! I am always looking for clothes and scarves to repurpose. This fabric had great colors and lines—perfect for an abstract art piece. I loved the simple fringe on the scarf so I decided to incorporate it into the artwork. Photo by Anna Hergert
American Portraits: A Dying Breed American Portraits: A Dying Breed
Patricia Kennedy-Zafred   •  Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA More Info
$2500   Buy Now  » The use of vintage feed sacks seemed especially appropriate in this tribute to the American family farmer, which was inspired by photographs taken for the U.S. Farm Security Administration from 1935-1944. The agricultural landscape of rural America has changed dramatically since 1900, when nearly half of the U.S. population lived and worked on farms. That number now ▶
Past as Prelude Past as Prelude
Barbara D Kibbe   •  Pacifica, California, USA More Info
$1200   Buy Now  » My inspiration for Past as Prelude came as I was working on an entry for another SAQA exhibition, Musica! That piece included copious amounts of metal leaf. I ended up with a pile of lint roller sheets flecked with gold, silver, and copper leaf begging to be upcycled. Two lint roller sheets combined to make a square, and the squares a grid. The blocks functioned as ▶
Barn Quilt Screen Style Barn Quilt Screen Style
Sherry Davis Kleinman   •  Pacific Palisades, California, USA More Info
$1200   Buy Now  » Creative opportunities come from unexpected moments. When the family dog runs through the screen door, a question arises: what to do with the ripped screen? Throw away or reuse? Reuse and recreate has been my answer, and over the years I’ve used window screen as a "bit player" in my quilts. This time I wanted the screen to be the "leading lady." I created this ▶
Networth Networth
Pat Kroth   •  Verona, Wisconsin, USA More Info
$2200   Buy Now  » The notion of how we assign value to things interests me. Sometimes humble materials play an intriguing role. Photo by William Lemke
Keeping Up Appearances 4 Keeping Up Appearances 4
Carol Larson   •  Petaluma, California, USA More Info
$2000   Buy Now  » This series tackles some of the thornier social issues of mid-20th century America, inspired by a 1954 book on etiquette. The text is used with permission of the Amy Vanderbilt Kellar Literary Property Trust.
The seven sisters and their ghosts The seven sisters and their ghosts
Lorie McCown   •  Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA More Info
$1200   Buy Now  » A story about seven sisters, bound together in life and in death.
Made to Measure Made to Measure
Diane Melms   •  Anchorage, Alaska, USA More Info
I am from a family of creative, self-sufficient women who have made a lot of their own clothes. When cleaning out my parents’ home, I rescued a box of old sewing patterns that were headed to the trash. This collection of fragile paper ephemera brought back fond memories and represented the fashion aspirations of three generations of women in my family. They were ▶
Coming Apart at the Seams: America 2019 Coming Apart at the Seams: America 2019
Susan M Mogan   •  Mobile, Alabama, USA More Info
$950   Buy Now  » Red states vs. blue states; liberals vs. conservatives; Republicans vs. Democrats; urban vs. rural. Sometimes it seems our country is in the midst of a second civil war: a cultural war, with the battle lines determined by geography and political and religious beliefs. Civility and compromise were early casualties, and the divide seems to grow by the day. Antique ▶
Polyethylene Iris Polyethylene Iris
Karen Ponischil   •  Charlotte, North Carolina, USA More Info
$500   Buy Now  » I was horrified to learn about the young whale that died with 88 pounds of plastic in its stomach. I wanted to create a piece about plastic that is thrown away.
Moody Blues Moody Blues
Beth and Trevor Reid   •  Gowrie, Australian Capital Territory, Australia More Info
$5000   Buy Now  » Denim has graduated from the workwear of the 1950s to a present-day fashion statement. Examples of early denim appear in utilitarian quilts from rural and working-class communities. In the early 1990s, Australian quiltmakers created large bed and art quilts in recycled denim. Our son had a love of wearing baggy, fashionable jeans, and was reluctant to dispose of his ▶
Cast Away Gems Cast Away Gems
Martha E Ressler   •  Hamburg, Pennsylvania, USA More Info
$1500   Buy Now  » I wanted to create a luscious blend of fabrics, papers, found objects, and plastics as a metaphor for my life. Some items are partially hidden, waiting to be discovered. The fabric alone has history: a discarded linen tablecloth, rusted, pieced, and heavily stitched. The entire work forms a tapestry of how I reveal my own life history—slowly and ▶
Out of the Blue Out of the Blue
Barbara J Schneider   •  Woodstock, Illinois, USA More Info
$1200   Buy Now  » I had a beautiful piece of debossed velveteen that I was saving for the perfect project. Then I spilled indigo dye on my tabletop, and unbeknownst to me it ran down into the container with the velveteen. Weeks later I opened the container and there was my fabric with a most interesting indigo design created by happenstance. In creating Out of the Blue, I took advantage ▶
Untied Untied
Roxanne Schwartz   •  Berkeley, California, USA More Info
$2400   Buy Now  » Vintage repurposed bowties weave across the shirting background. Hanging, they loosen and form a shadow layer against the shirting and wall. Quilting lines echo the tie shapes with horizontal and vertical "ghost" tie shapes. Men's shirting fabric, curved corners, and sepia borders also evoke the past and a sense of loss—bittersweet memories of a young father's ▶
Riparian Autumn Riparian Autumn
Susan L Selby   •  Springfield, Manitoba, Canada More Info
SOLD Autumn is composting season as the trees and plants become dormant or die. The processes of breaking down and recycling begins to return nutrients to the soil for future seasons.
Obscured Meaning Obscured Meaning
Stephanie Shore   •  Lexington, Massachusetts, USA More Info
SOLD So many layers of disinformation can sometimes cover the facts that the truth is hard to see. In this piece, discarded posters from a scientific conference were painted over to protect the identity of the investigators and the privacy of the data. Then the posters were stenciled with gesso, and painted with chalk pastels and matte medium. Though the meaning is ▶
Tulips in Moonlight Tulips in Moonlight
Carolyn I Skei   •  McKinney, Texas, USA More Info
What better material to upcycle than denim shirts and blue jeans? If America has a national costume, it is made of jeans and other denim wear. Like countless American citizens (including other native Texans), I have spent much of my life in jeans. Little wonder that my quilting stash includes a bin full of denim! The design of the quilt comes from my own photograph of ▶
Points of Entrée Points of Entrée
Linda Syverson Guild   •  Bethesda, Maryland, USA More Info
$2000   Buy Now  » Entrée is defined as: 1a: the act or manner of entering: ENTRANCE, 1b: freedom of entry or access. How often is permission granted to enter? From the Statue of Liberty, to doors and windows, or every garment we wear. The “keys” are literal, physical, or emotional—each possessing intention. Photo by Mark Gulezian
A Quilt for My Old Age A Quilt for My Old Age
Phyllis Tarrant   •  Matthews, North Carolina, USA More Info
The white areas in this piece are made from silk blouses purchased at the Goodwill store. The middle layer is also silk. When I am old and feeble, I may not be able to see or to quilt, but I will be able to enjoy the luxurious feeling of the silk and the texture of the needlework. Maybe I will remember the joys of quilting, or maybe I will just enjoy the moment.
Painting the Town #1 Painting the Town #1
Laura Wasilowski   •  Elgin, Illinois, USA More Info
$3200   Buy Now  » Each time I dye or print a fabric for my artwork, I place a cotton drop cloth on the print table. These utilitarian fabrics collect the dribbles, stains, and shadows of the colorful inks and dyes. Like a journal, I can "read" the drop cloth fabric and reminisce about the art I've made, and events in my life during the painting process. My collection of drop cloths are ▶
Clan of Misfits Clan of Misfits
Libby Williamson   •  Villa Park, California, USA More Info
Acceptance into a tribe, a community, or clan might yield security and balance, empathy, kinship, and treasured sanctuary. Both subtle or glaring, unique traits and idiosyncrasies can challenge the compatibility of the group, but also serve to strengthen and enrich the whole. To be welcomed into a family—to truly belong—is a most cherished gift.