Monday, January 30, 2012

Valerie Hearder's - Arts & Culture Tour of South Africa

Join me ... 11 to 25, April 2013 on a fascinating 2-week journey through South Africa. I'll show you the land where I was born and grew up… a land renowned for its stunning beauty, diverse cultures, wildlife and rich decorative arts.

This tour is a collage of encounters with local people their arts, and remarkable up-close experiences of wildlife and nature. We’ve chosen what we consider to be some of the finest offerings in a country rich with cultural and ecological diversity.

For more

Friday, November 5, 2010

Quilt News from Hilary Rice, Corner Brook

I am finally finding a minute to send this wee blurb about my recent Viewer's Choice Award at the Grand National quilt show this past June for my entry "The Go Between". Here is the link to their website, with the info, and a photo: and here is the link to my website for that piece:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

News from New Member Valerie Hearder!

I'm excited about my tour to South Africa in April 2011. I've organized it with the help of Odette Tolksdorf, a well known South African textile artist who organizes tours for Nancy Crow. We've planned a truly exciting and unforgettable 15 days in South Africa - where I was born and grew up - and we'll visit places such as Soweto, to see Mandela's original home, a painted Ndebele village, visit a women's embroidery collective, stay in the Drakensberg to see Bushman cave paintings, visit exceptional craft galleries, museums and shops, stay in a traditional Zulu village, overnight in the oldest game preserve in Africa and experience the magic of night time game viewing. We'll leave KwaZulu Natal and fly to Cape Town where we'll ferry to Robben Island where Mandela was held for 23 years, see the stunning scenery of the Cape winelands and visit more craft collectives.
This is just a small sampling of what we'll do. Cost of the tour is $6350 excluding airfares.
Please email me for detailed itinerary and information or visit

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Kate Madeloso Wins Quilt Canada 2010 Awards

"A Lovely Night for a Moontrance" won a Judge's Choice award in the Trend Tex Challenge.

Kate also received a certificate for winning a spot in the National Juried Show along with the judge's critique, which was excellent to get some professional feedback. They have printed a catalogue book of all the pieces accepted into the NJS and "The Tree That Was Me" appears on page 20.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Hi to New Found Member...Hilary Rice!

Sending out a special hello to Hilary Rice of Corner Brook Newfoundland. For some unknown technical reason, Hilary did not appear on the list of SDA members in Atlantic Canada. Thanks to Sue Furneaux for noticing this problem and putting Hilary back on the list. Hilary's web site has been added to our links and I've included one of her images in the Spotlight.

Exhibition Opportunity for SDA Members

SDA is renting booth space at Convergence (July 18-25, in Albuquerque) and the Houston Quilt Festival (Nov 4-7) and for a $100 fee, is allowing members to have a three-hour window to do demos of techniques, process, books, DVDs or simply show their own work. Mentorship on any of these these is available. It's a great collaborative effort for both SDA members and the organization as a whole. You can read more about this great opportunity at the following link:

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

News from Pat Loucks, Halifax

recent textile work by Pat Loucks

Scarred Tissue #2

Deep Woods Summer #2

Clear Cut #2

"These works are intended t
o address my response to the landscape around me as I encounter it on my daily walks through the changing seasons of the year. I am interested in exploring the marks, patterns and forms that remain on the surface of the land as a result of human activity as well as natural forces."

"Changes I have observed in the appearance of the land due to occurrences such as tidal action, seasonal growth patterns, the effects of light and shadow, or the cutting of our forests, are some of the areas I have chosen to pay attention to."

"In my work I try to suggest a remembered mood or feeling, to communicate something visceral I have experienced while spending time in these locations, rather than a literal representation of a particular place."