I submitted my first piece to judging in 2005 when I entered this jacket into a wearable art competition in my local quilt guild, the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild. At the time there were no less than 3 members that were “Bernina Designers”, so they were nationally recognized artists!
I now understand how design-challenged and needy my humble little jacket was, especially compared to the work of some, but I was going full speed ahead! When I received my judges comments back they were harsh-I was devastated. But I was NOT going to let that stop me-I made a decision to “just go forward”-one of my mantras.
That one incident taught me a lot about having my work judged. I want to pass along a few thoughts about my attitude towards judges and having my work judged:
1. My work is judged, not me! Let there be no confusion.
2. No matter how harsh the criticism, I have never had a judge say something untrue.
3. The judges comments can be enormously useful for propelling my art/career forward-I listen!
4. The more harsh the criticism, the more I am determined to improve.
I just received my judge’s comments back from the Houston International Quilt Festival and I have to say I was disappointed and surprised by the comments and rating of one judge. What I have learned from this is, if I’m going to play in the Big Sandbox with the big boys and girls, I’m going to have to up my game.