SAQA member Connie Marie Fahrion has been creating Benefit Auction Quilts for SAQA for a few years. We thought you might like to hear a bit about her process for this and last years donations.
“I am very proud to be a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates. Each year they ask members to donate a small 12″ by 12” work to be sold at auction. Below is this year’s offering, Much Aloha and Night Garden, last year’s donation.
Much Aloha is a surface design work created on silk using my own drawn and hand-cut stencil, soy wax, brayer and string, and acid dyes with instant-set acrylic dye overlay to create greater depth of color in certain areas. I’m definitely an explorer working with soy wax resist as it is something I only get to do a few times a year, however, the stash is growing and I feel I am now beginning to get some positive results.
Night Garden is an “improvisational happening” (begun with no clear idea of how it would look when finished) created using my own painted fabric and Kona cottons collaged on with raw-edge applique. I call this method of working, flying by the seat of my pants. It is my favorite way to work though it can sometimes be exasperating if I bog down in the development stage for too long.”