Meet Your Representative Jaye Dodds

     I began quilting as a traditional quilter probably thirty years ago.  About fifteen years ago, when I retired from teaching art in the public schools, I attended my first fiber art workshop at Arrowmont with Elizabeth Busch as my teacher; what an eye opener!  Since then I have done very few traditional quilts, and have concentrated on art quilts.  I, along with a few others, was instrumental in getting an art quilt category in our local Guild annual show.  About that time, we began our own local art group, studioQ, with the emphasis on learning from each other. Those of us who were serious about fiber arts, rather than being just a social event, broke away and began another group NTAQ (North Texas Art Quilters) which meets once a month in our homes, always with a challenge and sharing of techniques; we critique each others’ art with the goal of improvement.

    I think I first joined SAQA about six or seven years ago, just on line.  Then about four years ago, I began to attend the local North Texas Circle with my friend Heather Pregger who was the Texas Rep at that time.  Since then I have been to the past two conferences, Philadelphia and Lincoln, and am currently actively working towards the San Antonio TEXtiles Conference.  My daughter who is also SAQA and NTAQ and I had volunteered to involve all the Texas Circles in designing/painting/dyeing the canvas totes to be given away at the conference.

     I have learned so much about art quilts, have taken several other workshops from well-known fiber artists…Susan Shie, Frieda Anderson, Katie Pasquini Masopust, to name a few.  I am now ready to develop my own style and try entering more shows!

Red and Black Challenge
Red and Black Challenge

© Jaye Dodds