Connection with Fabric (SAQA Virtual Gallery) - Call for Entry

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Virtual Gallery of selected pieces available for viewing February 1, 2025!

In our daily lives we are surrounded by fabric. Many of these fabrics are mass-produced and bypass the more traditional ways of working with cloth. Old world handicrafts, such as weaving, hand-dyeing and hand embroidery are being lost. 

Countries around the world have a rich history of textiles, from the kimonos in Japan to batiks in Bali and mud cloth in Africa. Many fabrics are unique depending on the history, techniques and cultures of a region. Drawing from the textile history and materials of a region, how can you connect with a traditional cloth, transcending time and place, and turn it into a new artwork? Perhaps you will study the history behind it to gain a deeper understanding and maybe even use some of the fabric in your artwork. Curated by Chiaki Dosho


  • Open to all SAQA members
  • No entry fee (up to 3 entries per artist)
  • No size or date restrictions

Because this is a virtual exhibition, it is critical that submitted images be of the best possible quality: in focus, with clear details, and following SAQA's digital image requirements. Please read Virtual Gallery Submission Guidelines for more details. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Common image errors include:

  • Images that are out of focus or too small, 
  • Cropping images too closely on the full-view image. All edges of the artwork must be visible along with a small amount of contrasting background.
  • Distracting elements in the image background - we don't want to see design walls, rugs, your studio, hanging clips, hands, pins, etc. 

Don't miss this! We have prepared a handy resource of Tips for Successful Art Quilt Photography.

About the Curator

Chiaki DoshoChiaki Dosho is a fiber artist and quilter whose artwork has been exhibited throughout Japan and internationally. After completing her undergraduate degree in Japanese Literature, Dosho studied fashion, followed by quilting. She found quilting to be a very profound and interesting medium. Dosho first made traditional quilts before creating original art quilts two years later. Twelve years after she began quilting, she studied Textiles at Musashino Art University.

Dosho’s artwork is uniquely dimensional and textural; it is an art quilt, but also it is fiber art, thus, she refers to it as “fiber art quilt.” She uses many kinds of materials such as old Japanese kimonos, clothing, fashion, interior fabrics, and Japanese paper. Her techniques include embroidery, dyeing, painting, and discharge.

Important Dates
  • November 1, 2024 - Online Entry Opens
  • November 30, 2024 - Online Entry Deadline at 7pm Eastern Time (GMT/UTC-5: New York time)   
  • January 15, 2024 - Notification of Acceptance via email
  • February 1, 2025 - Online Gallery opens