Evolving for me is more about technique than it is subject matter.
Of course, getting quilts taken seriously by the established art world is still a problem. You are up against lots of prejudices before you even start. There are many reasons for this, one being that I'm quite possibly not a good enough artist!
Sure, I manage to get into Open Art Competitions in established galleries, but I do realize that I'm sometimes chosen to fulfil the judges need to show a rounded exhibition and there are not that many quilters interested in submitting.
Quilts can be wonderful, the problem is getting people outside the sphere to see that, and I am not discussing the merits here. Open competitions help of course, and Through Our Hands was established to help other artists overcome that little hurdle and is doing well with currently 27 Affiliate Artists and lots of ideas in the pipeline for exhibitions as well as our first book, the magazine, website with shop etc.
There's a challenge of sorts there for me though, and you have my premise for rethinking. And my solution? Well I have an idea of presenting my work in a slightly different way.
Painting quilts remains a challenge in itself as it's quite difficult for me to get the effects I want. I'm quite graphic out of necessity as a stitched line provides a boundary as well as an extra layer to a painting.
This can be a problem and I feel limited in the current way of working. Sure I could get loose and painterly within the stitched lines, but I'd like to move outside of those lines completely. It sounds odd, and isn't really, being just a shift in structure for my work.
What am I on about?
Well, you know me.
Please do stay and watch if you'd like to whilst I try!!