Monday, August 23, 2010

SAQA 2010 Benefit Auction coming Sept. 20

It’s less than a month until the Studio Art Quilt Associates’ 2010 Benefit Auction, so I thought I’d start sharing with you some of the wonderful pieces of fiber art up for auction. SAQA artists have donated more than 280 small works, most 12" square. The funds raised through the auction allow SAQA to support exhibitions, catalogs and outreach programs. Last year 235 members’ work brought in $47,325.
This year’s auction begins Monday, Sept. 20 at 2:00 p.m. EST. All pieces start at $750 on the first day, then drop each day, to $550, $350, $250, $150 and $75. Want to learn more about how the auction works? Click here.

Here are a few of the fabulous pieces available for purchase, shown with the artist’s comments. You can click on the names to go to their websites, and click on the photos to see the pieces close up. I’ll post more in the days leading up to the start of the auction. Enjoy! 
 Reflections Transformed 1
 Inspired by the fluid shapes of the reflections of a dock structure, the piece is constructed with silk using machine appliqué and reverse appliqué.

Piterskoie Kruzhevo/St. Pete Lace 
by Natalya Aikens
My love for the city I was born in continues to inspire my art. This piece is put together from pictures I have taken, materials I have recycled, and threads I have stitched.

 Petite Graphic Garden 
by Christi Beckmann
“Petite Graphic Garden” was inspired by a series of larger garden pieces I have been working on.  Floral and plant life continue to inspire me, especially at springtime! Techniques used include: whole cloth, hand–dyed/painted with stitched embellishment.

by Eileen Doughty

Access to clean water is expected to become one of the critical issues of this century, even more important than access to energy resources. This piece is a statement on impermeable surfaces and the loss of rainwater to the natural water cycle. Cotton fabric, netting, satin stitched and machine quilted.

by Jamie Fingal
Bright, with fused appliqué with free-motion stitching.