NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Looking to discover some thing new about the artwork environment from the ease and comfort of household? The North Kingstown Arts Council will be hosting a cost-free virtual webinar by means of Zoom future Thursday with Studio Art Quilt Association Government Director Martha Sielman on the fantastic art sort of quilting and the historical past and improvement of art quilts over the past 60 a long time.

“The artwork quilt, like artwork glass or artwork ceramics, is centered on a utilitarian craft object, the bed quilt, but it’s using people classic approaches and making use of them to create a get the job done that is supposed to be artwork,” Sielman stated. “So it’s still employing fabric and thread and needles and stitching, but it’s developing art.”

Sielman, a Connecticut resident who will be web hosting the chat pretty much from her residence, initially arrived to the awareness of the Arts Council many thanks to an old classmate.

“One of the customers of the Arts Council, Bob Martone, and I went to higher university jointly,” Sielman reported. “We final noticed each other in 1977 and he was executing some work on the lookout for achievable speakers. He came throughout my identify as currently being in Connecticut, and so he arrived at out and mentioned, ‘Would you be interested in carrying out a presentation?’ and I mentioned absolutely sure.”

An expert on art quilts, Sielman has posted eight guides on the medium and is at present doing the job on her ninth title. A person of her books, “Art Quilts Unfolding,” will serve as the basis for the webinar lecture.

“It is a glance at the history of the artwork quilt motion starting in the 1960s by to the current working day,” Sielman reported.

In addition to remaining an author, Sielman has served as Executive Director of SAQA for just about 17 several years.

“We have about 4000 users in 39 international locations around the world and we do conferences, we publish journals, we sponsor touring exhibitions and our mission is to boost the art quilt as a great artwork medium,” Sielman reported. “We do a good deal of instructional shows.”

To Sielman, a person of the main attracts of quilting as an art sort is the capacity to benefit from different textures than just one would use for a portray or other far more standard 2D artwork piece.

“I feel I have generally enjoyed fabric, and it’s tactile mother nature and the fact that in contrast to paint, it’s an artwork sort that feels fantastic to create in since it’s stimulating all of individuals touching nerve endings,” Sielman mentioned.

It’s that tactile nature and utilitarian origin that Sielman thinks attracts people to art quilts.

“A lot of individuals, when they see an exhibition of art quilts say that from a distance, they consider they look like paintings and it’s only when they seriously get up shut that they recognize, ‘Oh no, these issues are produced wholly from cloth,’ and that the quilting provides them a bar relief texture that — portray, of system, is flat, and the quilting offers it some depth, which adds yet another dimension of design and style,” Sielman reported. “So just like art glass took the prevalent consuming glass or minimize crystal serving bowl and in its place built Chihuly sculptures, artwork quilts are getting that very same established of methods, but building artwork that’s gathered by museums and galleries.”

With the webinar, which Sielman says previously has more than 100 people signed up to show up at nearly, she hopes to inspire that same appreciate she has for the medium in other people.

“I am hoping that they will be blown absent by the art that I’m heading to be sharing and that they will have a perception of how this art variety has been building over the final 60 decades, from parts that seemed pretty considerably like the bed quilt to parts that now are sculptural or are manufactured of plastics or are taking this base strategy and just blowing it out of the drinking water,” Sielman reported. 

Overall, Sielman says she enjoys that her task as SAQA government director lets her to share her like and know-how of artwork quilts amongst equally like-minded folks and people who are new to the medium.

“I get to get the job done with all of these wonderful folks all over the world and to immerse myself in just certainly stunning art working day soon after day after day,” Sielman explained.

The presentation will consider location up coming Thursday, March 11, at 5:30 p.m. around Zoom. Those people fascinated in registering for the party can visit  https://us02net.zoom.us/webinar/sign-up/WN_bdO4u6IKQgqGcvHV10IUiA.