Florida SAQA would like to provide an update on our Fresh Fish project. We are so grateful for the huge response, which enabled us to meet our goal for the display at the 2022 SAQA conference in St. Petersburg. Every fish piece that was received (over 250!) will be exhibited at the conference.
The committee has completed the jurying for the book, and we congratulate the following artists and poets whose work will be included in our Fresh Fish book. The book is 90 pages, has 97 pieces of artwork depicted, 39 poems, and represents textile artwork from SAQA members across the US and internationally, and poets from across the US.
SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER!! ORDER BEFORE FEBRUARY 1
Fresh Fish books will be available through the SAQA store through February 1st ONLY at the special introductory price of $15.95 including shipping (continental US addresses only). You will receive your book by mid-February. After that, order books directly on Amazon for $16.95 plus shipping. Not only will you enjoy the artwork and the poetry in this creative collaboration, you’ll be supporting SAQA-Florida Region.
Please note that due to shipping costs, this offer is available for US addresses only.
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About the Book:
Textile artists, all members of Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA), created a colorful, diverse array of underwater creatures: fish, mermaids, octopus, manatee, turtles and more. The work of selected poets combines with these creatures for a collaborative exploration of underwater life: words and rich visual images enhancing one another. This project of SAQA Florida region explores many aspects of life in the water. Artists express interest in colors, silence, interconnectedness, imagination and environmental concerns. The book contains 97 unique works of art and 39 poems. The textile artwork included exhibits a wide range of artmaking and surface design techniques, including hand stitching, machine quilting, embellishments, screen printing, painting, embroidery, applique, fabric dyeing, and 3-D construction. It's a rich dive into creativity.
About the Fresh Fish project
Creating a display of artist-created fish and other underwater life forms was inspired by the Global Conference of Studio Art Quilt Associates, to take place in spring 2022 in St. Petersburg, Florida. To welcome artmakers and art quilt enthusiasts from around the world, SAQA artists created a colorful array of small works. From that, the idea evolved to depict the Fresh Fish in a book and to have that book feature both the textile works and poetry. The 2022 conference theme will focus on bridging the gulf between art quilts and fine art. What better way to put this into practice than a creative collaboration with a literary art form?
Poets (both SAQA members, and non SAQA members):
Craig, Sonja Jean
Diamond, Linda Eve
Dreier, Elizabeth A.
Riffle, Nancy Wegmann
Shaw, Mary K.
Spragins, Elizabeth Spencer
Wallace, Beth Frisbie
Westbrook, Mary Ann
Artists (SAQA members worldwide):
Cashatt/Sazaki, Deb and Kris
Findlay Wolfe, Victoria
Palmer Moore, Jeannie
Rozycki Hiltner, Maggy
Wallace Haeger, Maude
Wallace, Beth Frisbie
Yates Beasley, Barbara
Thank you again to all SAQA members who contributed to this special project! We appreciate your efforts.
Cover art by: Jerri Penney, Sally Maxwell, Michele Dowdell, Gabriele DiTota, and Diana Bennet