In today’s episode, Leanne talks with Martha Sielman, executive director of Studio Art Quilt Associates. She has a wealth of experience advancing the movement of art quilting, gaining exposure for the medium in museums and generally educating everyone about the wonderful world of art quilts.
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#1 Can you give our listeners a primer on your organization, SAQA? [2:00]
#2 How would you define what an art quilt is? [2:45]
#3 What has been the biggest shift in the art quilt world? [6:35]
#4 What do you see for the future of art quilting? Can you give us a couple of predictions? [9:10]
#5 Other than framing, what other characteristics distinguish art quilts? [10:36]
#6 Are you seeing anyone use the new technologies like virtual reality or augmented reality as part of their work? [13:46]
#7 Tell us about the benefits of joining SAQA as a member? [14:25]
#8 Do the regional groups have opportunities to meet up outside of the annual conferences? [16:25]
#9 For quilters out there who might be interested in taking their craft to the level of art, what advice would you have for them? [19:05]
#10 How does one determine whether they’re a hobby quilter or an art quilter? [23:26]
#11 Do most artists start out as a hobby quilter and then move to art quilts or do most artists start somewhere else? What’s the “gateway craft” you most commonly see? [25:18]
#12 Are you concerned that the basic skills are not being learned that would eventually lead someone into art quilts? [28:35]
#13 I’d love to hear more about your philosophy about how art quilts can facilitate dialog about a particular topic. Can you share with us some examples of exhibits that have been particularly effective in that regard? [31:50]
#14 How do you develop exhibitions? [36:05]
#15 How should curators go about contacting SAQA for an exhibition? [37:14]
#16 Can you tell us about the SAQA mentoring program? [37:50]
#17 How long is the mentorship?[39:00]
#18 I understand that you might be publishing a history of the art quilt movement. Can you tell us about that? [41:25]
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