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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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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Diane Núñez Tinkers

Recently Diane Núñez talked to Clairan Ferrono about her auction donation piece: Núñez: Do you remember playing with TinkerToys as a kid?  I do, they were one of my favorite toys to play with when we went to my grandparents’ house for Sunday dinners.  As a child, I always liked…

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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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Lois Wilby Hooper Auction Donation

Clairan Ferrono asked Lois Wilby Hooper to talk about her 2015 SAQA Auction piece: Hooper: This piece is far more minimalist than my usual work. I wanted to let let the colours and shapes speak for themselves.  I’ve lived my whole life on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, with…

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