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Blue Chip Chair #2, by Laura Wasilowski. One of the quilts you’ll see in the slide show.

The questions put to me by my interviewer, Clairan, for the SAQA Blog were really challenging. For example how would you answer this question: How did you find your voice as an artist?

You can read my answer here. And check out the really neat slide show they put together of my work on the site as well. This is why I love being a member of SAQA!

See How Others Make Art

appstitch7Want to see how other people make their artwork? Then you’ll really enjoy these videos like the one by Judith Content on the SAQA UTube channel. SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) is hosting an online auction of small art quilts in September. And you can watch how dozens of those art quilts are made on Utube. Watch one and you’ll soon be hooked like me. (There are arrows to lead you to the next video or you chose from videos on the right side of the screen). I enjoyed everyone and learned a few things too!

Designing Blue Wing Chair #5

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Blue Wing Chair (detail of stitching onto painted Timtex) by Laura Wasilowski

Making art is a challenge. But I so enjoy the process! The making of Blue Wing Chair took me away from my usual methods of working and opened up a new world of possibilities. Why did I change my method of working?

Because Blue Wing Chair is part of a SAQA exhibit called Radical Elements based upon elements from the periodic table. Part of the Radical Elements statement reads:

The artists were also asked to move quilting beyond the usual materials of fabric and thread, exploring the function and decorative properties of different surfaces and stitching materials. This exhibition was the first to embrace the newly expanded definition of an art quilt and is a signature exhibition for SAQA.

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Blue Wing Chair (front) by Laura Wasilowski

My Blue Wing Chair is about memory. It is the memory of learning to read and how this magical event led to the discovery of stories and adventures and vivid accounts by extraordinary characters. It is the memory of sitting in a favorite cobalt blue chair with an enthralling book and visiting other worlds.

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Blue Wing Chair (back) by Laura Wasilowski

 Blue Wing Chair is about a simple tool that taught me to read, the flashcard. Flashcards have shapes on paper called letters. The letters make words. The words make sentences. The sentences make stories. The stories teach me how to live, how to make art, how to be human.That simple tool, the flashcard, brought me to this blue chair where I sit and read and travel through life.

Now can you guess what element Blue Wing Chair represents from the periodic table?

Designing Blue Wing Chair #4

bluewing7For the traveling SAQA exhibit, Radical Elements, I kept a journal that travels with the quilt about the construction of my quilt, Blue Wing Chair. Following are final journal entries about making the right side or “page” of the quilt/book. This page is an image of my favorite blue chair.

bluewing11Paint and stamp heavy paper with a wonderful blue water-based paint. After they dry, fuse the hand painted papers (just like you would fuse fabric). Free cut the blue papers into bird wing shapes.

bluewing12Draw a pattern for my blue chair onto release paper with a black Sharpie marker. Fuse the paper wings onto the pattern building up a wingy collage.

bluewing13Remove the paper collage from the release paper. The marker lines from the pattern transfer to the back of the paper. Cut the chair shapes out, place them onto the yellow Timetex, and fuse into place. The right page of of my book/quilt is complete.