fiber art group holds regional conference | Online Features


“DDiscovering the Diversity of the Desert – The Splendor of the Southwest Lands” is the theme of the 2022 Studio Art Quilt Associates Arizona Regional Conference to be held Friday, August 19 at Phoenix Forge, a community-based creative space, 535 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix.

Fiber artists and art quilters from around the world are invited to attend in person or online to experience a workshop and speakers focused on 3D textile work as well as an art exhibit at the Herberger Theater Gallery.

“Many of our talented SAQA Arizona members are already working in 3D, and more are eager to learn more about it,” said Debra Kay, SAQA Arizona Regional Representative. “It brings a whole new dimension to our fiber art.”

A pre-conference workshop will be hosted by internationally acclaimed fiber artist Betty Busby from New Mexico. Busby will lead a three-day session called “The Third Dimension” from Tuesday August 16th to Thursday August 18th. Busby will also be giving a talk on his 3D quilting art at the conference.

Linda Blust from California will offer her perspective on 3D quilting art with her presentation on her flock of birds.

Kay Kahn from New Mexico, who creates fiber wall art, vessels and wearable art jewelry, will also talk about “Kay Khan’s Textile Sculpture: Structure and Inspiration”. Additionally, Phoenix’s Jan Downey will discuss “cultural appropriation” and Cave Creek’s Kirby Plessas will talk about cybersecurity and art.

A vignette of 3D fiber pieces will be on display during the conference, consisting of a 7-foot saguaro, created by Kay, along with other fiber art wall quilts.

Additionally, an exhibit titled “Discovering Desert Diversity” featuring quilted artwork by SAQA members in Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California, and Southern Nevada will be on display at the Herberger Gallery. Theater Center nearby, with a reception on Friday August 19th. The public is invited to attend.

Additional information can be found on the group’s Facebook page at Studio Art Quilt Associates, Arizona area or by emailing Debra Kay at [email protected]

To register for the Betty Busby lecture and class, visit


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