So, my piece “Prairie Conversation” juried into the World of Beauty show at Houston-yippeee! Ah, but there is an interesting story behind all of that-read on.
“Prairie Conversation” was inspired by a quick photo I took while visiting my hometown in north central Illinois, in farm country. The wind is eternal there and I love the way it tostles the crops and roadside weeds. After I took the photo, it just seemed to me that they were in conversation, hence the title.
A closer look shows the quilting a little bit better. For most of its life, this piece did not have the black underlay, it stood alone. Having seen my work hanging with others, I noticed that it seemed to lack presence and importance without some sort of surround. I love the way the black surround gives it that extra boost and I think the quilting continues the theme.
The Houston show consists of the World of Beauty (WOB) exhibit, a judged and juried show, as well as a huge variety of other exhibits, some juried and some submitted as a whole. I actually first entered this into the Landscape Quilts exhibit and it was rejected! In a what-the-heck-do-I-have-to-lose moment, I entered it into WOB along with another quilt that I feel is a much stronger quilt. I actually forgot that I entered this quilt into WOB!
I won’t show the other quilt I entered in its entirety here-I’ll wait until it juries into another exhibit. I don’t think I have to do that but it seems respectful to the venue to keep the image under wraps until its first showing. I wrote about it here and here’s a peek:
The working title of this piece is Moonlit Garden and I desperately hope I come up with a better name before it shows. I stink at naming my quilts! It is wholecloth, with an interesting border, beading, trapunto and just a wee bit of free motion quilting. I am actually quite disappointed that it did not jury in. It will be interesting to see how well it does once I get it out there. I really like it!
One more thing. If you follow my work, you may think this quilt looks familiar and even the name is familiar….for good reason. The piece below has been traveling internationally with the Studio Art Quilt Associates My Corner of the World exhibit.
Yes, it’s based on the same photograph so it is very familiar. See how different it looks without the black surround? I did make a few minor changes for the “new” Prairie Conversation that juried into WOB. I have never before duplicated a quilt, but in this case I wanted to. With the SAQA exhibit, it was to be gone for over 2 years traveling. I felt like it was an important part of my Trunk Show and that’s why I made another. I don’t think I’ll do this again, but it is nice to have it back in my Trunk Show.
There are all sorts of mysteries to the jurying process. I know of one major quilter whose piece did not jury into the WOB show and went on to be a highly-ribboned piece that ended up in the permanent collection of The National Quilt Museum in Paducah. You really never know why some pieces jury in and some not. You roll with it.
I am thrilled to have a piece in the WOB show. In the past I have had 2 garment ensembles and 2 quilts hang in the show. Although I am partial to art quilt shows, I love to be in the Houston WOB show because of the world-wide audience and the pure prestige of it all. And I love the way the show is judged-you receive 3 separate evaluations, one from each judge. The feedback is so much more meaningful that way.
The first year I hung in the show, I was shocked at some of the judge’s comments. It would have been easy to dismiss the comments if they came from only one person. But when you hear it 3 times over, you’d better listen!
I’ll be linking up with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday-check out all the great links there!