Studio Art Quilt Associates – SAQA is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art quilt and the artists who create them. I’m an artist member of SAQA. The SAQA Journal is a publication by the organization to it’s 3,400 plus international members. The journal is published quarterly and mailed to its membership.
Featured in The SAQA Journal
This year, I’ve been featured in two of the 4 quarterly publications of the SAQA Journal. I feel truly honored to be in the publication for half of the entire year. That’s a really big deal for me and a truly humbling experience.
As has been the case on both occasions, I only learn about the SAQA journal’s arrival from friends. This time, my friend Diane Wright, whom I’ve interviewed here on the blog before was the one who alerted me that the journal had arrived in our mailboxes. It all started when she sent me an email saying she was happy to see me in the SAQA Journal.
The thing is, I had no idea what she was talking about. You see, on my first feature in the SAQA Journal, I’d been interviewed for the article so I knew it was coming. But for this one, I was not even contacted, so I was clueless when Diane sent me the email.
Household Chores Play Vital Roles
However, as much as I wanted to run to the mailbox and grab my copy of the SAQA Journal, I couldn’t. “Why couldn’t you”, is what you’re probably wondering? Well, the thing is, my youngest son is responsible for getting the mail from the mailbox. And I knew he’d feel cheated if I went to get it before he came back from school. So I had to wait (im)patiently for him.
Don’t get me wrong!! I wasn’t all that patient in waiting. Yes, I did think up ways of cheating. I thought I could just go grab the SAQA Journal from the mailbox and leave the rest of the mail in there and he’d never know.
But eventually, my better angels won. So, I decided it will be more fun for both of us if he got the mail and I happily opened the SAQA Journal to discover the surprise feature article with him. So I waited and we did it together. It was well worth the wait. My little guy felt important for having delivered the good news to mom.
“Stitch The Sketch” Video Series Gets Praise in The SAQA Journal
The feature article in the SAQA journal was about Online Videos. The article featured my Stitch The Sketch Video series as an example of how online video could be used to reach a wider audience. It talked about some of the things I was doing right with my video series. A noteworthy example is how I maintain consistent branding throughout my videos. Furthermore, the article talks about how video is the next big thing in the online world. As a result, it encourages artists to start embracing the use of video to reach their audiences.
It’s a neat article with a lot of resources for anyone who wants to get into online video. What’s more, you don’t need expensive equipment to start. You could even start with your smartphone. Here are some of the highlights from the article.
Free Video Editing Tools
- Mac – iMovie
- Windows – Windows Maker
There’s the ability to do live broadcast where your audience watch as you record. Avenues for this exist here:
Places to Share Video
After creating a good quality video, here are some places to share your videos
If you’re a SAQA member, you should go read the recent issue of the SAQA Journal, lots of good information in there.
PS: Watch Stitch-the-Sketch video series here. Read about it here. And learn the techniques here.
Beth Berman says
What an amazing honor Clara!!! You’ve worked hard for your recognition
Clara Nartey says
Thanks Beth. I really appreciate that.
Janis Doucette says
Good for you Clara! Two years ago I said you were the one to watch!
Clara Nartey says
Thanks so much, Janis. That’s really some prediction.