Wild Fabrications (SAQA Global Exhibition)

Wild Fabrications celebrates a world of animals both real and fantastical. Selected artists let their imagination run wild and created interesting and unusual interpretations of animals using unexpected or unconventional materials and adornment, and/or unusual techniques.

Exhibition Schedule

International Quilt Market, Houston - October 24-October 26, 2015

International Quilt Festival, Houston - October 29 – November 1, 2015

Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, Texas - January 7, 2016-March 27, 2016

International Quilt Festival, Chicago - April 7-9, 2016

George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO - July16 -September 4, 2016

Museum of York County, Rock Hill, South Carolina - October 8, 2016 – February 26, 2017

Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah, California – March 25, 2017-June 25, 2017

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin - December 2, 2017 - February 25, 2018

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo: Lakeland, FL - March 15, 16 & 17, 2018

Cleveland, OH - April 5, 6 & 7, 2018 Arlington, TX - June 7, 8 & 9, 2018

Raleigh, NC - July 19, 20 & 21, 2018

Cincinnati, OH - September 20, 21 & 22, 2018

Fredericksburg, VA - September 27, 28 & 29, 2018

Novi, MI - November 15, 16 & 17, 2018

Juror's Statement

What an honor to be asked to judge an exhibition of work from fellow artists. I am always excited to see
what is going on with other artists around the country. Spending so much time in my own studio can feel like the only world I know is my own. I just wish I were able to visit every studio and see every quilt in person. The artist’s studio is where all the magic happens!

It is thrilling to see what is happening in the world of art quilts and to observe how the technology and processes used to create them have changed and evolved over time. It is also nice to see so many works from accomplished and experienced artists with a wide range of styles. I think this shows the diversity in the art quilt community. It seems like art quilts are going through a period of exciting change because of the easy access to a wide variety of images, inspirations, and new techniques, often due to the internet.

I was very impressed with the quality of work and use of unique approaches that were evident in so many of the submissions. I am just sorry that I had to narrow down the selection to 35 pieces. I could easily have included twice as many in the show. There was such an exciting and eclectic range of entries for the theme of animals, both real and fantastical. The entries went from photo realistic to dreamily abstract. It was fascinating to see how each artist interpreted the theme. And what a great theme, one that is so close to my heart, as is seen in my own work. (Sometimes I think I am more animal than

I asked myself a number of questions as I looked at each work: Did the work have visual impact? Was the image well composed and well designed? What was the work about, did the artist seem to have a clear sense of what they were communicating and what the work was expressing? But also did the work let the imagination go beyond the image?

My thanks to SAQA for inviting me to jury this show. I have enjoyed working with you over the past several years. Thank you to all the artists that made and entered pieces for this show. Entering a juried show is a leap of faith, and I just hope those artists that were not selected will continue to create and show their work. And for those selected, thank you for putting your heart and soul into your work!

— Geoffrey Gorman


Geoffrey Gorman has been a custom furniture maker, contemporary art dealer, art consultant, curator, and arts writer. Since 1995 Geoffrey has been a full time artist and shows his recycled animals in galleries around the country. His work is in several museum collections. www.geoffreygorman.com.

In the Exhibition
Artwork by Ann Myhre
Ann Myhre
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Artwork by Barbara Yates Beasley
Barbara Yates Beasley
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Artwork by Holly Altman
Holly Altman
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Diana  Ferguson - Boogie Nights
Diana Ferguson
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Sara Sharp - Can We Save the Whooping Cranes?
Sara Sharp
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Giny  Dixon - Carp Windsocks
Giny Dixon
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Artwork by Martha Ressler
Martha Ressler
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 Jodi Scaltreto - El Zorro
Jodi Scaltreto
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Ita Ziv - Exotic Birds 3
Ita Ziv
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Ann  Myhre - Gifts from China
Ann Myhre
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Maura McLaughlin - Green-Footed Dreamwalker
Maura McLaughlin
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Chiaki Dosho - Grieving Animal (Seen from the Back)
Chiaki Dosho
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 Judith Peterson - How Funky is Your Chicken?
Judith Peterson
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 Jim Hay - Humans Taste Like Chicken
Jim Hay
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Sonia  Grasvik - In Her Dreams She Dances
Sonia Grasvik
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Mary Vaneecke - It's A Jungle Out There
Mary Vaneecke
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Melisse Laing - It's Not Easy Being Green
Melisse Laing
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Phyllis Cullen - Just Horsin' Around
Phyllis Cullen
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Linda Frost - Loony
Linda Frost
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 Jill Kerttula - Murder of Crows
Jill Kerttula
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 Jennifer Day - No Worries!
Jennifer Day
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Cat  Larrea - Now You See Him...
Cat Larrea
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 Judy Momenzadeh - Oaken Alligator
Judy Momenzadeh
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Susan Carlson - Polka Dodo
Susan Carlson
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Kate  Themel - Red Fox, Blue Fox
Kate Themel
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Jan Holzbauer - Red-Eyed Tree Frog
Jan Holzbauer
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Sandra Branjord - Ringtailed Pussycat
Sandra Branjord
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Carol Fletcher - The Flower Child
Carol Fletcher
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Maggie Vanderweit - The Kiss
Maggie Vanderweit
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Lou Ann Smith - The Last White Rhino
Lou Ann Smith
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Kathy York - The Long Necked Cats And The Long Legged Bird
Kathy York
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Barbara Martinson - The Shores of Atlantis: Blue and Orange
Barbara Martinson
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Barbara Martinson - The Shores of Atlantis: Green and Gold
Barbara Martinson
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Judith Roderick - Two Creatures
Judith Roderick
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Christine  Holden - What Happens in the Swamp
Christine Holden
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Nora Bebee - Who's Laughing Now
Nora Bebee
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Sandra Poteet - Yellow-Headed Blackbird
Sandra Poteet
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