Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc., the non-profit organization that promotes the art quilt and the artists that create them is pleased to announce that 7 individuals have recently been awarded the Juried Artist Member status. JAM applicants are reviewed by a committee of three current Juried Artist Members of SAQA to determine if they have fulfilled the requirements for the JAM designation. This committee of peers convenes every two months. Those successfully fulfilling the requirements will enjoy immediate upgrade to JAM status. Those individuals not approved in the current round of evaluations are free to resubmit at any time in their quest for recognition of their work and career.
The new JAMs are:
Phyllis Cullen. For Cullen, it’s all about the color. Her goal is to recreate the color and light and bring out the story and the soul of her subject whether she is painting on fabric, canvas or paper, or with fabric or paper, in mixed media and collages.
She has shown, sold, and taught all over the world. She currently lives on the beautiful Hamakua coast of Hawaii’s Big Island.
Julia Graber. Graber loves the challenge of taking an image, whether from a photograph, nature, or in her mind, and creating it with fabric and thread. Her work is representational and often minimizes detail.
“It brings me joy when viewers of my work are drawn in for a closer look. I’m encouraged when they study the piece and discover with delight that it is not just another quilt but an expressive and compelling piece of fiber art.”
Judy Kirpich. “My art is a mirror into my soul, and sometimes it has been somewhat dark. I work in a series and often come back to a subject matter over and over.
I love the juxtaposition of spontaneity and precision. To get a composition to look free flowing and gestural demands great control and exactness. This is my holy grail and I still have not cracked that nut. But I continue to try. I do not applique or use any fusing whatsoever. All of my work is machine pieced and machine quilted…”
Brigitte Kopp. “ ‘How can I manipulate fabrics’- was the first question, I asked myself, when I started quilting. I commenced to experiment with the material developing my own techniques. Lines, structures, surface, colours, transparency – to highlight, to hide, to connect, to separate – to show what is behind, between the things – this are the intentions of my work..
Sometimes my work is more graphic, sometimes more pictorial. I am inspired by my emotions, social themes and visual impressions.”
Miki Rodriguez. Rodriguez has taught art for over 30 years at all levels including elementary, middle school, high school and higher education and is presently living in San Antonio, Texas where she now has evolved into a full time professional exhibiting artist. Her choice medium is mixed media with an emphasis on fiber.
Carol Trice. My recent Connections series uses mostly torn strips of fabric that are machine appliqued. I attempt to capture the image of a dry brush stroke with the torn edge of the fabric. This series uses the familiar shape of the hatch mark (or pound symbol) interpreted in a variety of ways. Often, I use a variety of pale thread colors to add subtle interest to the large sections of negative space of white fabric, with the machine quilting echoing the hatch market motif. My most recent work has involved hand quilting to create luscious texture in the light areas. Using the hatch mark imagery, various sub-texts evolve such as “polite conversation”, “social networking” and “power play”. The Connections series contains both pieces of simplicity as well as complexity.
Marian Zielinski. In 2004, Marian began producing art quilts and experimenting with all sorts of media applicable to the medium and has become an award winning fiber artist. She has also written and presented conference papers on the arts in the United States as well as Germany, Japan, Denmark, Canada, England, Italy, Sweden, and Poland and has published several of these as articles in scholarly journals.
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc., is an international non-profit organization dedicated to informing the public about the continuing achievements of the art quilt movement. SAQA’s 3,300 members include artists, collectors, curators, art dealers and corporate sponsors. Since its founding over 25 years ago, SAQA has mounted juried exhibitions featuring the works of artist members at museums and galleries throughout the world.