Sandra Branjord Tells Us What’s “Next!”

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Next! © Sandra Branjord

Next! © Sandra Branjord

SAQA: “Next!” – your art quilt donation for the 2016 SAQA Benefit Auction – is an intriguing interactive mixed media artwork. What was the inspiration behind its creation?

BRANJORD: I have devoted this whole year to the making of interactive art quilts. This is coming after making and entering a quilt based on an altered book art book called the Murder artist, in the AQG state show. The quilt won first place and the National Assoc of Certified Quilt Judges award of merit for outstanding achievement. The response of the viewers was overwhelming, so it was a done deal that I would create one for the benefit auction.

SAQA: Many of the techniques used in this piece are from the book arts tradition. Do you have a background in creating books or other “assembled” artwork?

BRANJORD: I have been creating and showing altered book art in galleries around the USA for many years. It was only natural that when I fell in love with art quilting I would take my love of books and words onto fabric. What ever you can do with paper – gluing, folding, printing, you can do with fabric. The excitement is in finding all the ways you can do this. My love of using found objects in my art quilts started last year when two quilts, loaded with embellishments, started taking awards. These quilts were from my home decorating series. I feel I have found my place in the art quilt family…at home with SAQA.

Sewn paper cards, three layers thick.

Sewn paper cards, three layers thick.

SAQA: What is it about the art quilt format that draws you?

BRANJORD: As I said above, “I FELL IN LOVE.” I love being able to tell my stories through art quilts, whether it be my actual story or a story found only in my imagination. The smaller format and the opportunity to be really creative are a big draw. I literally get giddy when I hear someone say, “I’ve never seen anything like this.” So doing a year of this is a given. Who doesn’t like to feel giddy?

SAQA: Why do you donate your artwork to the SAQA Benefit Auction?

BRANJORD: Donating a benefit quilt is a great way of giving back to an organization that has given me so much. Through SAQA I have been given an opportunity to have my art quilts go to England, China and Australia, plus many venues in the USA. Pretty exciting stuff for a small entry fee. I do the work and then SAQA does the BIG JOB!


The 2016 SAQA Benefit Auction begins September 16! Click here to learn how to acquire artwork.

Additional page attached and game letters sewn on to spell MURDER.

Additional page attached and game letters sewn on to spell MURDER.

Zipper sewn in to hold paper cards.

Zipper sewn in to hold paper cards.

Background quilted in text and back painted to highlight  text.

Background quilted in text and back painted to highlight text.

Striped border sewn on.

Striped border sewn on.

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