Jennifer Conrad and I (Jennifer Schultz) have volunteered (as you've likely heard by now) to be the new SAQA MN Regional Reps, and will gradually assume the duties previously handled by our talented predecessors, Susan Stein and Cyndi Kae Meier. We thank Susan and Cyndi for their ongoing support, and for all the wonderful work they've accomplished during their tenure!
NEXT SAQA MN MEETING: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - time and place details coming to your inbox shortly from Jennifer Conrad. Please note, this will be a potluck! Feel free to bring treats.... Beverages will be provided.
BLOGSITE UPGRADES: I will be upgrading and changing some of the interface options on the SAQA MN blog in the near future. I'd like to upgrade the members list on the right sidebar to include links to all member websites, blog pages or SAQA pages. If you would like to promote your work through this blog please send me your web address, and I'll add it as soon as I'm able! firstname.lastname@example.org
SAQA MN MEMBERS LIVING OUTSIDE THE METRO: How often are you able to participate in meetings with other SAQA MN members? Do you drive more than an hour to attend a MN meeting in the Metro area? Have you and fellow members in your area formed your own sub-groups? Let us know! We want to keep in touch, and welcome guest writers for this blog.
In other news... "Optical Effects: 1970s Printed Textiles" at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Sept. 3, 2011-Feb. 26, 2012. Follow the link for full detail: http://www.artsmia.org/index.php?section_id=2&exh_id=4217
"Optical Effects: 1970s Printed Textiles" features a selection of fabrics, mainly produced for leading British textile firm Heal's Fabrics, that illustrate the dynamism and gradation of color that characterize this decade. The exhibition includes approximately ten graphically striking textiles from the MIA's collection, with several by top designer Barbara Brown.
If you haven't been to the MIA lately, come down and enjoy the recently revamped Native American galleries, as well as the exhibit "Worldbeats: Global Contemporary Art" including this "Soundsuit" by artist Nick Cave, made from metal, wood, plastic, pigments, cotton and acrylic fibers:
Look for work by Kehinde Wiley as part of this exhibit as well. The MIA is showing one of the artist's signature portraits, but you can view his fabric/fashion work for PUMA: Africa HERE (click the link.)
At our last SAQA MN meeting, Nancy Wick gave a fine presentation on the use of Texture Magic, and asked that we post a link to Superior Threads, where this product is available: http://www.superiorthreads.com/shop/category/texture-magic/products/
More NEWS coming soon!