Quilt National '19
Just came home from the whirlwind weekend at the Quilt National Show. This was my first time entering and first time accepted and for that I am honored and grateful. It turns out that about 30% of the entrants were first timers. I would love to know the reason for this (even I like statistics now and then!) Is that normal? Did the more experienced not enter? Is there that much of a surge in new art quilters? A fluke? Judging criteria? Just one of those things that makes you go "hhmmmmmmm"
I must admit that after seeing the show I kinda wondered how my piece [stylistically] got/fit in! I think in the whole show of 90+ pieces there were about five "figurative" pieces, surrounded by colorful (and beautifully done) abstracts. There was one 3-d piece. Again, please understand I am not disparaging either the judging or the accepted entries, but I am confused about the ongoing intent of the show. There are so many wonderful directions that Art Quilting has taken recently that I was a bit confused about the lack of diversity in styles, medium and content. Is it a showcase for the trends that happened in Art Quilting, or is it an inspiring showcase for possibilities! Each show venue lives with a reputation and expectations. QN is grandmother of them all, and as such has both a history to live up to and laurels to ride on.
Now for the good part! My absolute favorite of the show was Jean Wells Keenan's No Stone Unturned. It was the epitome of that which could not be done in any other media. The colors are cloth colors. The textures are stitched textures (both hand and machine), The concept is both universal and intimate. It hit every tick box for me!
Betty Busby continues to be an innovative and positive force for the Art Quilt world. Never resting on a style or technique, she pushes ahead with obvious joy and skill! One year a quilt, one year a vessel, this year a wall sculpture. BUT all recognizable on some level (color? whimsy? craft?) as a "Betty".This year it was Coloratura. A piece inspired by Opera. Thanks for all you do, Betty!
Of the prize winners, I was so happy to see Dinah Sargeant's Riverstrong get recognized. This was another piece that took joy in fabric. Each surface considered. Each stitch meaningful. One of those pieces that is not "Art Quilting". It is simply "Art".
Here are a few details of some of the other award winners. Best in Show, Karen Schultz. Upper left: Emerging Artist, Irene Roderick. Upper Right: Heartland Award, Daren Redman. Middle left: Persistance Pays, Gabrielle Paquin. Middle Right: Quilt Award Japan, Dana Ziesemer. Bottom Left: McCarthy Award: Valerie Maserr-Flanagan. Bottom Right: Outstanding Machine pieced, Pamela Loewen
5/28/2019 08:53:05 pm
30% is the norm for newbies, which is great. I like the mix of old and new. So glad to meet you finally. Wish we could have talked more. I would go visit your piece at the AQM show and study it for all the nuances. Love it!
6/25/2019 06:05:26 pm
Thank you for your beautiful comments about my work Jill. I appreciate it very much.
7/2/2019 08:31:09 am
Jill, pleased to read your comments. That give me a glance on the exhibition where I could not be because I am living in France and the trip was to long. Unfortunately, my awarded quilt "Fossil" was hang up down. I think it is an amazing event. Congratulations for your acceptance for the first time. It was the same for me.
7/17/2019 09:14:10 am
I visited the Quilt National exhibit yesterday and I loved your Urban Voyeur quilt! I felt the need to comment after reading this blog entry. After a several year hiatus from art quilting, I’ve returned. I’ve always thought I’d never submit anything for consideration from a show such as this because I doubt my work would meet the technical standards. Seeing the show yesterday has me thinking things have changed. The artwork was inspirational!
10/22/2019 08:44:14 am
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