Thursday, March 20, 2014

Always read the instructions ... again!

Laugh or cry 2010, 115 x 165mm
Today I checked the requirements for submission to the European Art Quilts VIII exhibition, just before having the two quilts photographed.  I was looking forward to getting it all done - I'd been successful last time with my piece Trio which is still touring with EAQ VII until June.
This year, however, the minimum size has changed, and my quilt is just too small.  I forgot to check the actual size earlier - but not that that would have made any difference to the making of the piece.  My work has to be the size it is.  I do not make work to size.  Hey ho.
Well, that saves me the cost of entry, the hassle, the nail-biting wait, ....

On a positive note, however, I'm working on a new design - based on a scribble I made in Cornwall last week, and with a body I've had lying around for some years.
And I do have some larger textile pieces I'm working on over the next few months. Oh, and  I shall find a wall to hang up the piece I've just finished which will not be going to Europe.  Once it is photographed I'll let you see it - it has pom poms!


  1. I know what you mean about size and the work dictating it. I rarely enter miniprint biennials because I rarely work small. I thought of doing some for this year but haven't felt that suits. Oh well, save the expense, as you say.

    I chuckled over this: "a body I've had lying around for some years".

    Looking forward to seeing the photos of your quilt, Olga.

  2. The same thing happened to me a couple of years ago so I sympathise - I was so cross with myself for not reading the rules properly. But that piece has gone on to have many adventures as I'm sure yours will.
    I'm concentrating this year on building up a body of work rather than working to the constraints of challenges and competitions.

  3. Marja-Leena, I must admit that I am finding it increasingly difficult to find themes and sizes to which my work conforms. It's just as well that I derive my satisfaction from the thinking, the making, and from the work itself. But I still feel the urge to be acknowledged - somehow. Hey ho.
    Nigel will take the photos sometime soon, I hope. He is relieved of the deadline now!

    Mags, thanks for your sympathy. It is so easy not to read the particular requirements - or to make assumptions. I quite agree about the need to concentrate on what it is that you want to make rather than what might be required. Fundamentally that should be the main challenge in any case.

  4. Hello Olga,
    I meant to say ages ago that I was glad to see your piece in EAQ VII. However I saw the show at MIAT in Ghent and was very disappointed by the presentation. It was very carefully and professionally done but a lot of the work (including yours) was laid on plinths rather than hanging on the wall. They clearly didn't have enough wall space to do otherwise and the plinths were purpose made BUT you just couldn't see the work properly. I've just looked at the photos of the exhibition in Breda and what a huge difference...

    Bad luck re the size - live and learn!

  5. Thanks Meabh, and thank you for letting me know about the MIAT show. It is so difficult when an exhibition goes on tour, trying to control the quality of presentation.
    And yes, live and learn indeed!

  6. That moment of shock on reading the rules too late ... ah, I know it ... But work can't always be made to fit other people's rules.
    As for the urge to be acknowledged - this topic has come up a lot in various discussions, and in one of last week's Essays on Radio3, it was mentioned that a work needs to be seen/heard by, I forget their exact term, an uncritical appreciator - rather than a critic - which I thought was an interesting angle on the subject.

  7. Thanks Margaret, I must look up that programme, and see if I can still catch it.

  8. Oh commiserations! what a disappointment ... but perhaps it's our gain as we'll get to see the piece here sooner rather than later.
    I so understand what you say about the need to have work acknowledged and appreciated, be that in a small or large context. Finding that context is so difficult, increasingly so around here as galleries seem to be closing or finding a need to become commercial in their requirements for exhibitors.

  9. Margaret, it is indeed disappointing that there are not more outlets or opportunities to exhibit work.

  10. Even though I totally sympathize and agree about not working to size, what a disappointment it must have been!

    And I agree with Margaret about work needing to be seen/heard - we are social beings and the acknowledgement of others is important to us, and must, surely, be an inspiration.

  11. I agree absolutely with what Eirene says about acknowledgement of others being an inspiration. For me, having my work seen is certainly one of my drivers to complete work - other than the fact that I somehow just have to do it and am not happy unless I do. I also find great motivation fortunately from working alongside like-minded friends and having their help and encouragement but that doesn't replace the buzz of showing to a wider world.

  12. Thank you Eirene - it was a disappointment with myself more than anything. It was also no certainty that my quilts would have been chosen for the exhibition. A lack of acceptance at that stage is the greater disappointment.

    I agree with both you and Margaret that the acknowledgement of those whose opinion one respects is important, and that the camaraderie of like-minded friends is a positive. I do think that most of all we must strive to be able to judge our own work - perhaps even despite what others say.