SewFest bags put ’em in stitches
An inspiring collection of more than 450 international quilted works of art will be on display at Calgary SewFest 2006. There will be quilts, wall hangings, wearable art and fibre art.
The third annual show of juried work is organized by three quilting stores the Fabric Cottage in Calgary, Addie’s Material Goods in Cochrane and the Sugar Pine Company in Canmore.
“Although we have many talented quilters here, it’s nice to have that exposure to international work. It’s inspirational,” says Joan Vogel, co owner of the Fabric Cottage and one of the show’s organizers.
All pieces in the show have been juried and most are top placers from a variety of international competitions, mostly American.
“We have a numbe nike air max 1 r of items from challenges,” Vogel says, referring to juried competitions where a theme or a “challenge” sets the parameters of the pieces.
The Sulky 2005 Challenge award winners used Sulky threads and embroidery techniques to create entries in a variety of categories including wallhangings, wearable art, dolls and “Amazing Designs” embroidery. These are the challenge’s final winners, as Sulky is ending the contest after a 10 year run.
The Robert Kaufman Quilt Quest 2005’s travelling exhibit will be on display, including handbags and an award winning quilt by two Calgary quilters Marina Van Bethem and Betty Marie Butler. Their quilt, A View Through the Looking Glass, placed third in the quilt category.
Another set of swanky handbags will up for sale at a silent auction benefiting cancer research.
Whimsical and humorous, the purses and bags are m nike air max 1 ade from bras and corsets that are quilted, painted and embellished with ribbons, leaves and beads. Made and donated by Calgary quilters and fibre artists, last ye nike air max 1 ar’s auction raised $2,545 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Every penny raised by the auction goes to the foundation.
Four of the bags from last year were donated back to SewFest by their buyers Doreen Folk and Carol Ann Koroniwskyj to be auctioned again.
Rosalie Ward, a quilter who works part time at the Fabric Cottage, created one of them, an undersea fantasy in seafoam green. It was actually her second bag, since the first one she tried didn’t work out the way she imagined it.
“I wanted it to look more ocean like,” she says. She bought a white lacy corset and painted it with three different shades of green and blue. Sandwiching silk fibres between organza and securing with ribs of fine wire, she sculpted a clamshell pattern to cover the cups. Streamers of se nike air max 1 aweed trail across the midriff, crissed with shiny twists of yarn and dotted with beads.
“The fun is all in the hunt, trying to find things that work together,” Ward says.
Vogel and her colleagues were inspired to add the bra art fundraiser after seeing a similar one at Quilt Market, a buying show for shops.
“They had us in hysterics. Inside one corset bag, the cellphone holder was a thong,” she says.
Also attending Calgary SewFest is reknowned American quilter Joen Wolfrom. Known for her strength in colour, she is teaching two sold out classes and giving an evening talk on the topic “Who says we’re not creative?”
“People maintain they’re not creative, but we feed it differently and sometimes don’t nurture it at all,” Vogel says.