Driven to Abstraction
Monday, July 12, 2021
Brenda Gael Smith
Brenda creates textile works made from a rich palette of her hand-dyed fabrics complemented by intensive stitching. Much of her work is inspired by the colour and patterns of the natural world with a focus on her surroundings at the “other” Copacabana in Australia and her New Zealand homeland. Using a process of abstraction, Brenda strives to capture the essence of her subjects in simplified form. Working improvisationally, she refines line, shape, colour and texture to evoke a sense of place, express an idea, highlight an issue or elicit an emotional response. Learn more about Brenda’s inspiration and process in this colourful lecture.
Personal Symbols: Art Quilt Collage
Saturday, June 19, 2021
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
What symbols and personal themes will you incorporate into your small art quilt collages? Houses, leaves, bowls, ladders? Deborah will guide you through exploring and creating shapes and symbols that have personal meaning. Create 5×7” fabric collages highlighting personal symbols using composition templates and inspiring fabrics. Embellish with machine and hand stitching. Learn simple finishing techniques and mount your art quilt collage on mats ready for framing.
Native American Indian Quilts: 150 Years of Sewing and Survival
Monday, May 10 – 7 pm
Teresa Duryea Wong, who writes, quilts and blogs about quilts, will give an online lecture at our May meeting entitled “Native American Indian Quilts: 150 Years of Sewing and Survival.” She’ll talk about the tumultuous period from 1880 to the present when Native Americans all over North America were relocated and had to adapt to a new way of life. When Western missionaries introduced quilting, Native American women who had learned to sew using buffalo hides and other natural materials applied their skills to cloth and eventually began to make beautiful quilts reflecting their own cultural heritage.
Learn how the transference from sewing buffalo hides and other natural materials to quilting took place and see the beautiful quilts made in this period.
In addition to the lecture by Teresa Duryea, two additional important items of business will take place at our May meeting:
- We will vote on the 2021-2022 Board
- The drawing for the 2021 Opportunity Quilt will be held.