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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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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Susan Purney Mark Experiments

Clairan Ferrono interviewed Susan Purney Mark about her auction donation work, Redante: Redante was part of a SAQA-Western Canada “Best of the West” Show that traveled as part of a group to different parts of western Canada over the past two years. My focus at that time was to make…

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Alison Muir’s “Swamp”

Alison Muir recently discussed her auction donation piece, Swamp, with Clairan Ferrono: Muir: My work is always based on water, consequently, Swamp. A friend was experimenting by printing images on cloth using a domestic printer and produced the background cloth. When it was accidentally splashed with water the print dissolved…

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Joan Dyer and the Power of the Unconscious

Recently, Joan Dyer spoke to Clairan Ferrono about her piece for the SAQA auction: Dyer: The inspiration for my auction piece, Spirit Trees, was a scrap of one of my hand-dyed fabrics, which runs up the center of the piece.  I added discharged black fabric and hand-dyed brown, with skinny…

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Cynthia St. Charles’ “Goldfinch”

Cynthia St. Charles revealed her methods and inspiration for her auction donation piece to Clairan Ferrono: St. Charles: My current work centers around the application of  successive layers of hand painted and hand printed woven fabric, accentuated with machine quilting.  Goldfinch incorporates screen printing adapted from my grandmother’s handwritten recipes. Layers of hand…

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Sue Dennis Seduces

Australian artist, Sue Dennis talked to Clairan Ferrono about her auction quilt: Dennis: The inspiration for my 2015 auction quilt came from the Seduced by the Imperfect series of quilts I had worked on in 2014 for the Golden Textures exhibition. The leaves eaten by insects and showing decay and imperfections captured…

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