Heidi Field-Alvarez and the Ephemeral

Heidi Field-Alvarez let Clairan Ferrono into the secrets of her auction piece: Field-Alvarez: Hard to Breathe is the first in a new series of work for me.  Over the years I have been working with transparent materials and using lots of layering. In this series, in contrast to a traditional quilt,…

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Patterns: Jill Ault

Jill Ault revealed the creative methodology behind her art works to Clairan Ferrono: Ault: “Stripe” was constructed of shibori experiments.  I have explored the multiple shibori patterning techniques and have accumulated many pieces of dyed cloth.  This opportunity was a good place to use some of my stash of samples.…

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View the 2015 Benefit Auction Art Works

Just want to let the art flow over you? We have the answer – the 2015 SAQA Benefit Auction video! Start it, fill the screen and let these 358 fabulous small works of art provide a gentle background for your day-or at least 12 or so minutes of it.

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Mary Felder: Naturally Inspired

Mary Felder shared her inspiration for her donation quilt with Clairan Ferrono: Felder: “Silver Sea” was inspired by my love of the seas and the ocean.   We were unable to travel when I was a child, so I never saw the ocean till I was 16. I was mesmerized!…

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Keeping Up with Carol Larson

Carol Larson recently told Clairan Ferrono about her auction donation piece Keeping Up Appearances #8: Larson: The series of Keeping Up Appearances tackles some of the thornier social issues of mid-20th century America, inspired by text from a 1954 book on etiquette. Imagine women chain smoking in offices, tipping 25 cents for good…

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Debo Hysack’s Urban Elements

Clairan caught up with Debo Hysack to speak with her about her auction donation art work “The Fire Escape”. Hysack: After growing up in Northern Minnesota, I became fascinated with the pace, colors and complex textures of big cities like New York, Denver and Chicago.  I spent nearly 20 years…

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Ellen Bourassa is a Minimalist

Clairan Ferrono interviewed Ellen Bourassa about the inspirations behind her stunning auction donation Red Shadows. Bourassa: The motivation behind Red Shadows was a commitment made with a quilting colleague at Fiberlandia for both of us to contribute a piece to the SAQA auction. In a word, pressure. The inspiration for the piece,…

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Lynn Koolish’s Theory

Recently Lynn Koolish shared her artistic process with Clairan Ferrono: Koolish: String Theory was made with acrylic paint on fabric. I was experimenting with the lines and shapes that could be made using paint in a squeeze bottle. I’m fascinated by the quality of the lines and the energy produced…

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Ruan Robertson Improvises

Ruan Robertson told Clairan Ferrono about her auction donation piece, Orchard in Spring: Robertson: Much of my work is non-representational, but sometimes it reflects landscape influences. That is the case with “Orchard in Spring.” This is the second SAQA Auction quilt I have made using the same format; last year’s…

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Wil Opio Oguta’s Big Stash

Wil Opio Oguta recently told Clairan Ferrono about her auction donation piece: Oguta: This year I am taking Elizabeth Barton’s masterclass. The theme for March was ‘lines’ and I made a small sample piece with a wavy black line between orange/red fabrics. The final quilt for this theme was about…

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