A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Surface Design Association (SDA) about renewing my subscription ( I've been a member since 2006). With regret, I've come to the decision that at $75 + $20 postage I no longer afford it .I'm not making best use of my membership, and although I've dabbled with other textiles (like the infamous 'Taplow Vase'), art quilts are my primary interest and membership of SAQA ( along with CQ) best serves this need.
My main reason for joining was hoping that some day I could attend a conference and learn Pojagi techniques with Chunghie Lee . So it seems fitting that the last issue of their excellent journal I receive has Korean textiles as it's theme and it's an absolute cracker with many innovative works, particularly the 3D structures such as 'cloudscape' below and the work of Do Ho Suh
Cloudscape -Sojie Feliciano Solomon
door curtain with machine stitched seams many years ago ( unfortunately it was 'site specific' ,there's no place suitable for it in our current house ) . I really enjoyed the Masterclass with Chunghie Lee I participated in at FoQ in 2009 but although I'm still intrigued by layers of organza (such as recent 'Dislocation' piece) I haven't taken Pojagi techniques further (unlike Molly Bullick who also attended that class and has used them to fantastic effect).
I'm coming to the conclusion that this may be because they belong to another culture and I'm more concerned with exploring techniques and marks personal to me ( not just because my stitching is getting larger and larger, which wouldn't meet with approval!) I do however have plans for some of the semi translucent Japanese fabrics I bought with Pojagi in mind following interesting discussions with Ruth Axson at Rydal Hall retreat.