Artist of the Month
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November Artist of the Month – Kelly Wood of North Carolina
I love to create. I have been a jacquard textile designer for the past 16 years, an artist all my life and a quilter for the past 3 years. I make both traditional and non-traditional quilts. I started dyeing my own fabrics this year and that has inspired me to move in new and more abstract directions. I love layers, the layer of dyes on fabric, fabrics together and stitches on top. I free motion stitch and consider that layer the point at which my quilts come alive. My major inspiration in quilting is my mother. She is also a quilter and my first quilt teacher. My mother and I are having a show next spring. I am trying to find as many opportunities to show as possible.
August Artist of the Month – Sandi Goldman
I always knew I wanted to be an artist. I was fortunate to major in Textile Design at East Carolina University and began my teaching career in Old Towne, Alexandria as a weaving instructor. My passion for quilt making began in 1993 when I took my first official “quilting class” and created a beautiful jacket. Since that time I have enjoyed taking workshops, entering quilt shows, being active in the local and national guilds and a member of the fiberartists@looseends art quilt group. I have taught classes for over 10 years and currently work and teach at the Jinny Beyer Studio in Great Falls, Virginia; I give private lessons and teach a variety of classes which I have developed.
Creating art quilts, class samples, wearable art garments and commissions is my passion and I make them by hand and machine depending on the piece. I specialize in creating one-of-a-kind quilts for individuals and have been busy making pieces for The University of Michigan Cancer Center and The Brehm Center. You can view all of my work on website and I update it regularly with new work and show updates.
Currently I find myself putting words on my quilts. I use various stencils, stamps and paints during the process of creating these quilts. I have also been creating a series of abstract landscapes. I work intuitively on many of my pieces and am not always sure what the end product will be. I also enjoy making quilts to commemorate an event in a person’s life such as b’nai mitzvahs, weddings, graduations or anniversaries. In these pieces I might add the invitation, a photo or even family clothes or linens to make something very special and unique.
In March 2009 I was privileged to be interviewed by Karen Musgrave for The Alliance for American Quilts for their Save Our Stories project capturing and archiving the stories of quilters. My Healing quilt “Encouraging Words” was featured in this interview.
July Artist of the Month: Heidi Field Alvarez
I am fairly new to the art quilting and quilting scene. I have always had an interest in sewing but never really saw it as an art form until I went to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt show two years ago. I was amazed! I am formally trained as an art teacher and have spent most of my time since 1995 teaching art to young students, anywhere from 2 ½ years to 19 years of age. I am also a mother of two beautiful young girls and am blessed with a very supportive husband….he tolerates my work in every room of the house even though I have my own studio space! In the past two years, I have devoted myself mainly to my art, and of course my family. I love working with fabric, although I still feel very attached to my paintbrushes. I feel very fortunate to have found SAQA as the community here is so welcoming and helpful! I look forward to my journeys in fabric. Now that I have found this medium I really can not stop thinking of all the works I can create….now it is just finding the time!
You can see more of my work on my website ALVAREZ ART -(www.heidifieldalvarez.com) or on my blog of the same name Alvarez Art -(www.heidifieldalvarez.blogspot.com) I am also a recent member of ArtSpace gallery in Richmond, VA – (www.artspacegallery.org/members.htm)
June Artist of the Month: Priscilla Stultz
I teach and do trunk shows in fiber art and wearable art. I also accept commissions for quilts and garments. I am a member of the Fairfax Art League and show my work each month. I am currently teaching at a local quilt show in Fairfax City. I am currently finishing a City and Guild Creative Sketchbook course.
Have a wonderful creative day.
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