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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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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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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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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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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Natalya Aikens

Natalya Aikens’ work, according to her website, is “architecturally inspired and delicately stitched.”  She was interviewed by Clairan Ferrono. Ferrono: Have you always been an artist?  Why did you become an artist? Aikens: I have always been drawn to art and stitch. Luckily my parents have always encouraged my artistic…

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Inspiration Can Strike Anytime

Woman with the Red Shoes 2 by Marlis Egger

European SAQA member Marlis Egger’s 2015 SAQA Benefit Auction art quilt, shown here, came to her in a flash of inspiration, based on a previous interaction with another SAQA member. Visit Marlis’s website to read her fun story. SAQA is now accepting donations for the auction from members. All the…

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