Textile Talks: Upcycle!

Conversations with the Artists

Repurposing used materials is one of the most effective solutions there is to deal with today's environmentally devastating waste issues. Fiber art also has a rich tradition of incorporating elements that would otherwise be discarded by turning them into compelling compositions.

Join selected artists from SAQA Global Exhibition Upcycle! in a discussion about their work, process, inspiration, and use of non-traditional materials. We'll hear from Laura Wasilowski, Linda Syverson Guild, Beth and Trevor Reid, and Carol Larson.

Exhibition Benefactor
Lisa Ellis


About the Artists

Beth and Trevor Reid live in Canberra, Australia. Both had an interest in textiles before they met. They made their first textile together in 1972, but it was not until 1988 that an interest in patchwork and quilting surfaced.

Carol Larson is primarily a self-taught textile artist whose narrative work explores social justice; beauty and culture, climate change, women’s stories, sexual assault, gun violence and current events.  She is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, and shares her life with her husband of nearly 50 years, and a sweet rescue pooch.
Linda Syverson Guild’s mind is constantly in design mode.  Trained as an architect, her creations are now rendered in fabric.  
Laura Wasilowski is a textile artist and hand-dyer of fabrics and threads. She creates
narrative art quilts using fused fabrics and stitches free-form hand embroideries that
share a similar whimsical style expressing her joy and love of making art.