SAQA’s Textile Posters combines the familiar materials of quilts with the graphic vernacular of posters in this visually engaging textile exhibition. The selected pieces reflect the wide diversity of posters. What they all have in common is an emblematic economy of text and imagery. Conveying a message in the blink of an eye, it is that particular aesthetic consideration which characterises these textile artworks.

Whether to inform, educate or persuade, some posters in this exhibition grab the viewer’s attention while others are more subtle in their approach, forcing the viewer to study the individual components.

Elements #12: Blue River by Michelle Hardy, Colorado, USA

Elements 12: Blue River depicts the colourful annual cycle of snowfall in the mountains, spring melt, runoff that replenishes the rivers, and water that gives life.

3 Wise Words by Claire Passmore, United Kingdom

My aim is to remind people of the vast amount of unnecessary plastic material which is rapidly taking up space in our landfills and oceans. The poster does not nag, lecture, threaten, or rely on complicated graphics to deliver its message. It illustrates instead a single positive action that can be easily fulfilled by anyone.

Shadow by Jayne Gaskins, Virginia, USA

For many years I have turned to John Hartmann’s writings as catalyst for introspective thoughts and a stimulant for creativity. I am honoured that he has given me permission to add a visual to his words. The text is a poem from his book, A Collection of Poems Vol. II by John Hartmann.

Shiprock by Cat Larrea, Alaska, USA

Named Shiprock on United States Geological Survey (USGS) maps from the late 1800s, this geologic feature is the remnant of a volcano located in northwest New Mexico. It carries historical and religious significance to the Navajo people and is currently protected by the local Navajo community. My interpretation of this natural phenomenon aims to simplify its structural elements while intensifying, through colour and lighting, its dramatic contrast with the open desert landscape.

Mend the Gap by Jill Kerttula, Virginia, USA

I was in Washington D.C. for the 2017 inauguration. I rode the Metro on Friday with the crowd headed to Trump’s celebrations, and then again for the Women’s March the following day. The division between the two groups was both evident and deep. The London Underground’s iconic “Mind the Gap” signs came to mind. By changing one letter, this concept includes nods to the history of posters, the history of “women’s work,” and to this moment in political history.

Volcano! by Heather Pregger, Texas, USA

Science posters have always intrigued me. The ones dealing with geology, my chosen field of study, absolutely fascinate me. In VOLCANO! I have created my own cross section of a volcano, complete with a lava dome and a pyroclastic blast.