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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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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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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The Practical and Wondrous Work of Brooke Atherton

  Brooke Atherton is an award winning artist who lives in Montana.  One of her best experiences was opening the box when her quilt “Twenty Feet Deep” was returned from a special exhibit at the 2006 Lowell Quilt Festival. Packed inside were three Teacher’s Choice ribbons (from Susan Carlson, Joe Cunningham, and…

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