No studio time this week. Lot’s of artist camaraderie and inspiration. I am attending SAQA‘s annual conference. This year the conference is in Oceania, but I only have to travel as far as my home office to participate. There are blessings in this pandemic and being able to learn about SAQA’s Australian and New Zealand members in depth is one of them.
There is a new studio tour every day. The views! The flora and fauna! How can I not mention the talent? Breathtaking! Because it is a virtual conference we get to tour studios in Sydney, Canberra, Perth, as well as in Tasmania and New Zealand. Can’t do that when attending in person, can you?
What I was particularly excited to see was the presentation by two key members of the WOW staff. I don’t have a bucket list. Have no interest in creating a bucket list, However, if I did, attending WOW in person would make the top of my list. Have I piqued your interest? Then pause and watch this highlights video.
One of my proud career moments is when I served as Chair of SAQA’s Global Exhibition Committee. It was during my tenure and thanks to the committee, Board and staff, that SAQA began to add 3D work and wearable art as eligible for consideration in the majority of our calls for entry. Must be my flirtation with drama in college and love costume, but I can’t get enough wearable art.
The conference ends this Sunday. You don’t even have to be an attendee to participate in our final event, the Spotlight Auction. There are 270 4.5″ x 6.5″ fiber art pieces behind 8″ x 10″ mats. The are made by SAQA members from around the world. Check out the work. Even better, treat yourself to one or a handful of pieces. It is a great way to start or expand your art quilt collection.
I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.