On the Blog: Mark your calendars! Upcoming workshop and lecture with Sarah Nishiura

February 26, 2016
Sarah Nishiura Joins the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild in April for a Workshop and a Lecture

The lecture will be part of guild programming at our Sunday, April 17th meeting from 2pm-5pm. As always the meeting is open to guests, but because of the guest speaker there will be a $5 fee for non-members.

Sarah Nishiura is a Chicago based quilt artist who has taught at Quiltcon 2015 and at area art centers. She recently had her work selected for and installed at the Edgewater Public Library Branch of the Chicago Public Library and it can be seen online at her website sarahnishiura.com and studiokotokoto.com

Her lecture will be entitled “Community and Quilting,” and she wrote the following about it:

“As members of the CMQG know very well, quiltmaking can be a slow and solitary practice which can sometimes be hard to sustain. Throughout history, quiltmakers have sought out community for support, guidance, and company, and these community groups, formal and informal, have played an important role in the development of the craft. This lecture will examine the relationship of communities and quiltmaking by first considering what being part of a community has meant to quilters historically, and then examining the ways that quilters today define themselves and their work by the communities from which they come, and the communities that they create. Finally, we will look at how quilt communities have helped to present quilts to a broader audience, fostering an understanding of quilting as an important and relevant craft which influences the broader culture outside of the quilting world.”

Edgewater Community Quilt: Edgewater Library Public Art Commission sewn and designed by Sarah Nishiura, including the stitches of  120 Edgewater neighborhood community members, 2015.

Sarah Nishiura will teach her workshop “Reconsider the Grid” the previous day on Saturday, April 16th from 10am-5pm with a provided lunch. The workshop will not be specifically project based but design based, so the students will be led through a variety of exercises by Sarah and students will be required to bring a few yards of contrasting fabric as well as drawing supplies as well as the usual sewing machine and other quilting class supplies.

Untitled vanishing point quilt, Sarah Nishiura 2014

Spots are limited to only 20 students for this workshop with a cost of $40 per person. We will accept sign ups from guild members through the start of our guild meeting on the 20th of March. If more than 20 people sign up, then we will do a lottery at that meeting. If we have not filled the workshop by that time, we will open the registration up to non-members until it is filled. Please note: it will take place at the offices of Vibes Media in the Loop in Downtown Chicago at 300 W Adams and attendees are responsible for their own parking.

We will publish further details to this post within the next few days on this blog. It will include a way to sign up and pay online or to bring payment to the March meeting.  

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Kinion at heather.kinion@gmail.com

– written by Heather Kinion
– edited/posted by Erin Davis

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Photo: Triangles quilt by Erika Mulvenna