2018 Conference - Speakers and Presenters  

We are pleased to have the following speakers and presenters for the 2018 TEXtiles SAQA conference.  

Keynote Speaker

Jane Dunnewold

jane dunnewold

Standing Tall: Artists as Stewards of our World

“A steward is someone who oversees and protects something worth caring for and preserving. SAQA stewards the art quilt movement with clarity and grace. But what about the care and feeding of the members? How to nurture and protect the gradual unfolding of artistic spirit– complete with twists, turns, doubts, and epiphanal moments? I say gently, boldly, and with great heart. That’s what we’ll explore, accompanied by words and images.”

An author of numerous books, Jane Dunnewold teaches and lectures internationally, and has mounted numerous one-person exhibitions, including Inspired by the Masters (Visions Quilt Museum 2016). Her work won Best of Show in the exhibition Timeless Meditations (Tubac Art Center/2013). She is a recipient of the Quilt Japan Prize, and Gold Prize at the Taegu (Korea) International Textile Exhibition.

Jane's most recent book Creative Strength Training was written to help artists find deeper joy in creating, her strategies apply to anyone seeking a more creative and boldly authentic life. Jane lectures and leads workshops that honor the human desire to create.


Other Presenters

Meg CoxMeg cox

Tips & Tricks for Giving Memorable Lectures Every Time 

Journalist and popular lecturer Meg Cox will share lessons she has learned from TED talks, improv comedians and celebrities who bomb at public speaking-- but mostly from years of experience in front of quilters. 

This how-to-lecture lecture is both hilarious and practical, drawn both from Meg's own path and her skills as a reporter talking to experts on speech-giving. She shares tons of tips about how to keep an audience focused and engaged from start to finish. How to give a polished speech that seems off-the-cuff and in-the-moment -- even though it's not. How to tailor your speech to different audiences.

Although she's known first and foremost as a writer, Meg has learned to sell more books by giving compelling talks, and she will also recommend the two books about giving great speeches that totally upped her game.



Sandra Sider or Judith Trager

In this critique workshop, several people (pre-registration is required) each bring one completed studio quilt or a work in progress for the critique. The maker first explains the idea behind the quilt, or the purpose for making it. Then the audience critiques the quilt, with that explanation in mind. This workshop offers a relaxed and entertaining ambiance, encouraging audience participation.  


Sandra Sider, a past president of SAQA and now Curator for the Texas Quilt Museum and editor of "Art Quilt Quarterly", recently published "1000 Quilt Inspirations" with Quarry Books. A studio quilt artist since the late 1970s, Sider focuses on photographic processes in her work, embellished with surface design techniques, including hand embroidery. Her art quilts have been acquired by several museums and corporate collections. She studied photography and printmaking at the School of Visual Arts (NYC) and Manhattan Graphics Center, and has an M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Sider has juried more than a dozen fiber art exhibitions.

Presenter Sandra Sider


Judith Trager, 28-year member of SAQA, is an artist, curator, writer, and teacher who also exhibits. She is academically trained in studio art and serves as master class mentor to a group that has met monthly for the past 15 years. In this class, she helps artists develop their personal styles, teaches art history and design, and stresses the importance of just doing the work. A former SAQA board member, she is developing new challenges for her own art, and staying active in the fiber art community through lecturing and teaching nationally and internationally. Judith Trager

Breakout Session Presenters

Best Practices for Professional Art Instructors

Heather Grant

Teaching is a great way to earn income. But pitching your class and developing your curriculum require planning and preparation. In this session, you’ll learn best practices for craft instructors.

A quilter in her early 20s, Heather Grant stopped quilting until 2005, when she was inspired by the modern quilting movement and made her first modern quilt. Heather is founder of the Austin Modern Quilt Guild and the Director of Marketing and Programming for the Modern Quilt Guild. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, son and too many pets.

Presenter Heather Grant

Back to Basics--Design Basics, That Is

Lynn Koolish

Whether you work using a thoroughly planned out design, work intuitively, or anything in between, using basic design principles is essential for creating compelling work. Working in vastly different styles, see how 6 fiber artists put design principles to work in their art.

Lynn Koolish is a fiber artist, teacher, and author. As an editor at C&T Publishing for over 19 years, Lynn worked on over 200 quilting and fiber arts books and products, giving her a unique look at the work of many prominent and up-and-coming fiber artists.

Speaker Lynn Koolish

Design Rebel

Miki Rodriguez

Miki experiences working in the studio as a risky yet exhilarating passage. She shares her personal and ever-changing journey as she explores design and simultaneously encourages the design rebel in all of you. You are invited to travel with her while she investigates new information in her South Texas environment and her personal cultural experiences. These new experiences cause changes in the studio, from materials and tools to influences and inspirations. See how all things come together and affect each other within the process of making art. The results speak for themselves.

Miki Rodriguez was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. She has taught art for over 30 years at all levels and is presently living in San Antonio, Texas where she now has evolved into a full time professional exhibiting artist, speaker and workshop instructor. Her media includes a mixture of spontaneous environmental materials, including found objects, papers and recycled fabrics. Her work exhibits an emphasis on fiber.

Speaker Miki Rodriguez

TEXtiles Gallery Talk

Carole Staples

Juror Carole Staples will provide a gallery talk about the Texas Region's TEXtiles exhibition, on display at the conference hotel. The exhibition theme is “everything Texas,” expressed in all sorts of art quilts, fiber art and textile surface design.

Carole Gary Staples is an award-winning textile and fiber artist who has been designing with fabric and fibers creating art for over thirty years. Carole’s work has been exhibited in museums and art galleries throughout United States and venues in Europe and Asia. Her work has been published in numerous books, newspapers and exhibit catalogs.

Presenter Carole Staples



Other Speakers / Panelists

Celebration of Regional Energy

SAQA’s newest committee, Regional Development, supports one of the association’s greatest strengths: opportunities for members to connect and grow in their own unique environments. This panel of regional leaders and committee members will explore the explosion of regional and local activity and how it can enhance every member’s life and art. 

This panel will be moderated by Regional Development Chair, Jayne Bentley Gaskins and the audience will be invited to ask questions and give comments. 

Off the Wall: 3D, Wearables, and Videos 

As SAQA's exhibition program has expanded and grown, so has the definition of an art quilt. Find out  more about what the exhibition committee has learned PLUS get tips about creating (and shipping) non-2D artwork.

This panel will be moderated by SAQA's Exhibition Committee. 

FASA's got Talent is a San Antonio Fiber Artist reality show. On the panel are six surface designers, art quilters and mixed media artists who think their special talent does the most to make FASA great. WHO WILL WIN? You’ll be the judge!

Moderated by Lyn Belisle. Lyn is a nationally-recognized artist and author who works in an eclectic range of mixed-media arts and graphic design. She has taught workshops from Santa Fe to Provincetown and maintains a studio in San Antonio.

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