Out of the Funk

Membership Exhibition

Where: Irma Freeman Center for Imagination located 5006 Penn Ave • Pittsburgh 15224

  • Exhibition Dates: May 7 – May 23, 2021 –
    Gallery hours: Thursday through Sunday 1PM to 5PM
  • Family and Friends Opening: May 6, 2021 / 4– 7pm
    We will announce our Award Winners at 5pm. 
  • First Friday opening: May 7, 2021 / 6:30 – 9:30pm
  • Art pickup: May 23, 2021 / 1 – 4pm

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Lecture with fiber artist Sandra Sider

January 19, 2021 – 3 PM EST
Please register on the Registration Form.
Free program for members – $5.- for non-members.

Sandra Sider, a New York quilt artist since the early 1980s, has led critique workshops since 2005. She holds an M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Sandra has served as president of SAQA, and today she is Editor of Art Quilt Quarterly and Curator of the Texas Quilt Museum. She has written or edited more than a dozen books concerning contemporary quilt art, including Art Quilts Unfolding: Fifty Years of Innovation and Exploring Your Artistic Voice in Contemporary Quilt Art.  As of 2020, she is designing fabric lines for Benartex, beginning with “Votes for Women.” www.sandrasider.com

For the January lecture, Dr. Sandra Sider invited all Guild members to submit an image of their work to explain the curatorial process often used in forming a fiber art exhibition.  How is your work viewed in the selection process, and what are the important key factors?    This is NOT a critique, but rather an educational, fun exercise, to watch a highly experienced curator, make decisions, step by step.  Join in the fun, and see the results in January!
“Fiber Art in a Curatorial Framework” presented by Sandra Sider, will begin with a 20-minute slide lecture in which Dr. Sider discusses how works selected can be viewed for exhibition purposes, ending with an “exhibition” displaying the pieces. She will then summarize the main points concerning the creative process in her new book, Exploring Your Artistic Voice in Contemporary Quilt Art, encouraging questions about any of the topics discussed.


Lecture with fiber artist Kirstie Macleod- Red Dress Project

Kristie Macleod lecture announcement

December December 14, 2020 – 11 AM EST
Please register on the Registration Form.
Free program for members – $5.- for non-members.

Exploring issues of identity, the subconscious and the passage of time my work seeks to articulate specific events and interactions through a kaleidoscopic, emotion led vision. The ‘circle’, and textile processes, specifically embroidery feature at the heart of my practice, although often in unusual ways.
I am fascinated with its diversity and potential as a means of communication (or subversion), its history and practice throughout the world both as an art form and in daily life, and the repetitive, meditative and healing effects experienced through its creation.
With a background in Textiles, Visual Language and theatrical based disciplines, the works form a diverse portfolio comprising embroidery, painting, photography, drawing and installation.

The Red Dress Project, conceived by British artist Kirstie Macleod, provides an artistic platform for women around the world, many of whom are marginalized and live in poverty, to tell their personal stories through embroidery.
During 11 years, from 2009 to 2020, the Red Dress travelled the globe, being continuously embroidered. It has been embroidered on by 200 women and 2 men, from 28 countries, with all artisans paid for their work. Embroiderers include women refugees in Palestine; victims of civil war in Kosovo, Rwanda, and DR Congo; impoverished women in South Africa, Mexico, and Egypt; women in Kenya, Japan, Paris, Sweden, Peru, Czech Republic, Dubai, Afghanistan, Australia, Argentina, Switzerland, Canada, Tobago, USA, Russia, Pakistan, Wales, Colombia, and the UK, as well as upmarket embroidery studios in India and Saudi Arabia.

https://reddressembroidery.com/
http://www.kirstiemacleod.co.uk/thereddress/

Kirstie Macleod