SAQA's Call for Entries--Guns: A Loaded Conversation
Studio Art Quilter's Association, SAQA for short, has a new call for entries out. The show is titled Guns: A Loaded Conversation. Apparently some SAQA members thought the topic was too controversial. I am not one of those people. Art has always played a role in social movements. Gun safety and gun rights have been a hot top in our society for at least 30 years. This is a timely topic worth exploring through Art. SAQA has 3500 members in 37 countries, so I imagine this show will draw entries from multiple countries and represent multiple perspectives.
SAQA is encouraging artists to blog about the process of creating their piece for this show. I often intend to document my process, but rarely do. You'd think I'd remember how I did something, but I don't. With most of my pieces, I'm inventing as I go, and a few quilts down the road, I can't recall how I help a million little pieces in place before I stitched them, or what, if anything I used for a base fabric. Perhaps this time, with SAQA's encouragement, I actually will document my steps!
So, here's the beginning. This is the way most of my quilts begin--a hastily scratched out on a piece of scrap paper that makes no sense to anyone but me. Honestly, sometimes, if the sketch lays around long enough, even I forget what I was thinking.
Though this may not look like much now, I am picturing a light, bright center with many buildings--schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, government buildings, churches, mosques, synagogues, restaurants, and bars appliqued in an overlapping manner in the center of the quilt. Surrounding the center I picture silhouettes of all kinds of guns--rifles, automatic and semi-automatic assault weapons, and hand guns appliqued on a dark background, and all pointing toward the buildings that represent our society. My working title for this piece is A Clear and Present Danger.
The show is opened to any SAQA members. Deadline for entry is October 31. All the details are here: SAQA, GUNS: A LOADED CONVERSATION.