Martha Sielman on Quilt Festival 2011

October 25, 2011, 11:57 am  Posted by Lark

Getting revved up for Quilt Market/Festival 2011? We are too! We took some time to chat with Martha Sielman about her upcoming travels to the show.

What Festival is this for you? I think that it’s my 6th Festival.

Where will you be and when?
Friday, November 4, 2011 at 8:00 AM:
I am giving a lecture on “40 Masters of Art Quilting.”  NOTE: This is class #551. It will be held in one of the lecture rooms upstairs and it has an $8 fee. You can pay at the door or sign-up ahead of time through Quilts, Inc.
Friday, November 4, 2011 at 10:30 AM: I am giving a FREE gallery walk through “Masters 2″ – several of the artists will be there to talk about their work.  I am expecting: Alice Beasley, Carolyn Crump, Jane Dunnewold, Mi Sik Kim, Linda MacDonald, Paula Nadelstern, Reiko Naganuma, Nelda Warkentin, and Laura Wasilowski.
Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 10:30 AM: I am giving another FREE gallery walk through “Masters 2″ – again several of the artists will be there to talk about their work.
And you can usually find me at the SAQA booth in the Special Exhibits area, in front of the “Masters 2″ exhibit.  I’d be happy to autograph books and answer questions about the book and the artwork.

What are you most excited about this year? After spending two years working with these artists’ images on my computer, writing about them and lecturing about them, I’m very excited to get to see the work up close and in person.  There are always details that you miss when a piece is condensed on a screen and the textures are so much better in person.  I’m prepared to be blown away!

Is there one piece from Masters Art Quilts, Vol. 2 that you’re really excited to see in person? I’m looking forward to seeing all of them, but what I’m really excited about is that we’ve added a special “Masters 2″ exhibition bonus — each artist has sent a small piece of work from their studio that has been mounted into two big scrapbooks placed on a table inside the exhibit area.  These sample pieces CAN be touched and studied, so that visitors (including me!) can get to really see how these artists create.  I’ve seen snapshots of these studio samples, and they’re amazing!

What’s your one must-take item for Festival? Comfortable shoes. Karey Bresenhan always says that at Festival “fashion stops below the knee.”  If you’re not comfortable, you won’t be able to enjoy yourself.

What valuable lessons have you learned from past Festivals? Be open to new experiences. Even if a particular exhibit or a particular piece isn’t your usual taste, there’s always something that you can learn from it.  Maybe two years ago, there was an exhibit of cigar ribbon quilts, most of them very traditional. Usually, I’m more drawn to contemporary and art quilts, however I went over and wandered through the exhibit. There was one quilt done in all gold colored cigar ribbons that was absolutely magnificent. I ended up going back to see it over and over and over again – it was probably my favorite piece that I saw that year.

What are your most memorable or favorite moments from past Festivals? I love meeting people when they come to the SAQA booth and tour our exhibits.  It’s exciting to meet people in person that I only know from email, to greet visitors from around the world, to see old friends, and to introduce new visitors to the world of art quilts.



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