Tuesday, 9 March 2021

SAQA Acceptances

 I've had good news recently, two of my quilts have been accepted into SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) exhibitions. 

The first was a regional exhibition for Australia and New Zealand called Distance and Diversity, my quilt will be travelling around to various shows and galleries for a couple of years. The first exhibition isn't open yet and so we are not allowed to show the entire quilt until after the opening. I am allowed to show a detail photo though.

Reef Revelations detail

Can you tell that the girl reading the book is my granddaughter, Savannah? I actually painted her skin and appliqued the hair and clothes. It was a very nerve-wracking day painting that face, but I was happy in the end.

 SAQA have a conference every year and this year it is a virtual conference and the Oceania region (Australia and New Zealand) are the hosts. They are having a virtual quilt exhibition as well and the theme was Impressions of Oceania from Around the World. The quilt did not have to be a new quilt and people from all over the world entered, I was thrilled to have my quilt Firelight accepted.

Firelight by Linda Steele

This quilt is made from wool and it was a very different technique for me. I must get around to trying it again!

Here is a detail photo.

Firelight detail

I think that might be my last acceptance for a while unless I get onto some new work. I am still busy playing around with paint and portraits. I am learning a lot and hopefully it will eventually translate to some new quilts.

We have recently heard that AQC (Australasian Quilt Convention is going to be held in August instead of April and the Victorian Quilt Show that I coordinate has been changed from July to November. So, I have some time to get some more quilts done.

Bye for now,



Magpie's Mumblings said...

Congratulations! It must be such a thrill to have your work accepted into shows. It's just so unfortunate that so many shows have to be virtual right now. It's certainly not the same as being able to see the wonderful pieces of art in person (altho' - I suppose - it's a good thing that virtual shows are available because they're the only way many of us could even catch a glimpse of the pieces).
You did a great job on your grandaughters face. Well done!

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Magpie Mumblings, I was thrilled to be accepted especially as I have had a couple of rejections recently! I can hardly imagine that things will go back to normal, but I suppose they will and this event will go into the history books.

Robbie said...

Oh my gosh...your Firelight quilt is AMAZING! So beautiful! Wish I could see your work in person but at least we're lucky to post!!!!

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Robbie, I am very tempted to get out those wool fibres again and make another quilt.