Two Come Home, Another Goes Out

Forgive me if I treat my quilts as my children. I like to send them out into the world, to be viewed (and enjoyed I hope) by others. Last week “In The Clouds” came back to me after three years on tour with SAQA’s “Concrete & Grassland” exhibit.

“In The Clouds” is hanging on the far left at the Festival of Quilts in England.

In The Clouds

It traveled to China, Ireland, and England with the exhibit. It’s too bad I couldn’t go with it.

Another work that came home this week was “Sur La Table” which was in a regional art show. It was one of two fiber works in the show. The rest were paintings, prints, photographs and 3D works.

“Rococo” is the latest work I sent out. It will be exhibited at the Mid-Atlantic Festival of Quilts in Hampton, Virginia, from February 28 to March 3. I’ll have it back by mid-March, a mere month after I mailed it.

Why do I exhibit my work? If I spend lots of time designing, making and finishing a piece that I think turns out well I enjoy the ego boost (I’m being honest here) of having it chosen for public display. Many of my pieces I wouldn’t consider submitting. They’re too idiosyncratic, derivative, or off in some way. Of course, pieces I love others don’t; and pieces I shrug at others think are great. I’m still trying to get “Mean Streets” shown somewhere.

I’m linking to Off The Wall Friday.

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20 responses to “Two Come Home, Another Goes Out

  1. Most professionals get a pay check and a pat on the back. As less traditional artists we must advocate for ourselves and push our art out there. I admire and congratulate you on your willingness to do that and show your terrific art quilts. I like to think of us as “quilts as art” trailblazers!

  2. In the Clouds — so good to be back home! It’s had quite the time, hasn’t it?

    Yes, I totally get the ego boost from showing. I only submitted to a show or two and my work wasn’t accepted. I find other ways of showing off (it is, and I’m okay with it, too,) by posting things on the blog or sharing at guild, or the occasional gig of a guild presentation. It’s fun and gratifying. No shame in that. 🙂

  3. Megan Byrne

    I love mean streets. The harsh light and dreary colours. Why not add a homeless person outline living in a cardboard box, or an overflowing garbage bin or both and look about for an exhibition that centres on social commentary. Could be right up your alley 😁

  4. Whilst they are all lovely my favourite would be Mean Street, so original.

  5. I completely understand why you want to share your vision with others! The few quilts I finish mostly end up stuffed in an armoire–and I feel kind of sorry for them.

    • I can’t believe you don’t scatter your quilts about, especially in the winter. Right now I have at least four quilts draped over chairs, awaiting the need for additional warmth. You can pet them as they cover you.

      • Megan Byrne

        I can’t understand why people hide their quilts in cupboards, use them people! They are full of your thoughts and worked by your hands, who wouldn’t want to pet them!

      • I gather that sometimes it’s people’s pets that cause them to store their quilts in closets. Yesterday I watched a video of an artist making a collage. After gluing down just one piece she said that already there were three cat hairs stuck to the paper and muttered something about needing a door on her studio.

      • It mostly has to do with “multiple cats” and the damage they can do . . .

      • That’s right, one of your latest feline acquisitions is quite the mischief maker.

  6. Such beautiful art. While your quilt Rococo is beautiful and perfect.What we want the world to be. Mean Street speaks to me the harsh reality of the way things are. You are so talented.

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