Well, I've had several days without lots of errands for everybody else in the family but yesterday came down with a cold. Sore throat...stuffy head, aches, and tired so every little thing becomes an effort.
It took me two days to get the bindings sewn on these two new pieces. I still have the binding to go on the blue piece...just have to finish the hand part of it.
Then, have to come up with titles for these...your help is appreciated, gentle readers!
I really put myself out there on the QA list with my comments about being an artist. Much as I like everyone to feel good, I really don't believe that everyone can be or become an artist. It takes a lot of work and studying and doing it to get there.
I really liked the crafty part of it and the issues around if a quilt artist would use a pattern. I used to do clay work at the wheel. I figured when I made plates and bowls, I was a craftsman. When I made scultural pieces, I was an artist.
Just like quilts...when I make a pattern (usually for a baby quilt) then I am doing a craft. The rest of my stuff is art.
If we decide, in this strange society that feels there should be cooperation and no competition (at least in the school setting) that everyone is an artist, we still come back to the issue of who's better. Being an artist, I don't believe, is self-proclaimed. Oh well, I should get Melody's take on this!
Lots of us can be and are, creative in our crafts...moving to new things, adventuring, but not necessarily going into art. That's it.
Someone responded to the idea that if took a traditional pattern, changed the layout, changed the colors and wonked it a little, then it was an art quilt. I disagree.
What has been interesting is the number of people who responded to me off list in support of what I had to say...a lot of big time names. Do we need a group for those who are a little further along and want to share ideas, and critiques and get honest feedback? How hard that would be but could be really exciting. However, someone would need to be the arbiter of who gets in and who doesn't. Oh, no, jurying and judging...woe is us!
My Mama quilt didn't get in at Houston. I had about 20 minutes of feeling down about it, mostly because I would have like to have had my mother and her life in a book. However, I do have one from the first year that will be in the book and it is about another part of her like.
Like I say, you enter a lot of shows, you get accepted to some and you don't in some others but you just keep on going.