Friday, April 22, 2016

The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective: Hanging Together

We members of the Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective:  Not only do we hang together, we get around.

Recently, for example, we co-hosted a meeting of a national group of which we're all a part:  the Studio Art Quilt Associates  (SAQA).  The Connecticut chapter of SAQA meets a few times a year, and our April 2016 meeting took place at the Windsor Art Center, which is also the venue for the Collective's latest exhibit, Soulful Journeys.

Here's a look, not only at some of the folks at that meeting, but also of our work on the wall:

Here's our own Christina Blais, standing on the right in this photo, chairing her first meeting as SAQA's co-chair for Connecticut, an honor she shares with Kelly Chin  Caldwell, standing next to her.  Both are framed by my quilt, Buddhist Temple I. That's me, seated, center rear, with my head framed by Buddhist Temple II.

We all have so much to learn from one another at these meetings.  I think everyone agrees that Show and Tell is the best part.

Here's Dawn Allen with one of her fabulous three-dimensional flowers:

I'm going to let Dawn speak for herself on these beautiful creations, so I'll give you a link to her website:

Here's Dwight Lopes, showing off his marbled fabric.  That's his spouse, Maureen Lopes, on the left.  This photo is evidence that the author of today's blog post is far from the world's best photographer.

Here's Clara Nartey.  You have to see this lady's work.

And take a look at her blog while you're at it:

Here's our new fearless leader, Kelly Chin Caldwell, who recently, along with Christina Blais, took over the reins of our Connecticut chapter of the Studio Art Quilt Associates.

Check out her work at

Below, here are our lovely selves. Left to right, Carol Vinick, Karen Loprete, Mary Lachman, Carol Eaton, Christina Blais, Linda Martin, and Wanda Seldon.  Not present for this photo: Diane Cadrain, Rosalind Spann, Antonia Torres.

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