Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Realism or not.

My desire to create art quilts has lead me into a deeper study and understanding of the world of design and art appreciation.

In the few years that I have been drawn to this genre, I have learned that art quilters come from many diverse backgrounds. Some come from an extensive background with in traditional quilting. Others come from other art mediums and wish to include fiber and the quilt format in their works. In either case, the artists may or may not have studied design formally in an academic or non-academic setting.

Quilt artists interested in showing their works in juried shows now enter their works in both quilt shows and more general art shows. As they do this, their works are open to critique and evaluation by an increasingly sophisticated set of judges and the judging criteria includes, quite rightly so, not just technique but composition. So, no matter your background, if you wish to create art quilts at a juried show level, an understanding of design and trends in the art world becomes essential.

Robert Glenn, in his current Twice-Weekly Letter, acknowledges and discusses the current preference for photo-realism that is reflected in the judging of many shows. The term 'extreme rendering' is used to describe art quilts that are amazingly detailed and realistic in their design.  While I am somewhat new to Robert's subscription base, I gather that his letter introduces a topic and there is an ensuing online discussion that expands on the topic. If you are interested in the latest trends in art quilting or looking for perspective on this latest trend in art quilt judging, you might want to check out Robert's letter on this topic by subscribing to his letters.

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm...I too read this. Interesting that the work of our colleagues, Kate T and Mary P -- both adept at forms of realism through textile media -- is particularly popular right now. Blessings to them -- their work is stunning! -- but the rest of us who are unable to emulate real life in that way...shouldn't try. Our styles are our styles, and we need to polish our skills to develop those styles as best we can, to attain excellence -- and not fall prey to what's "in" or "out". My 2 cents! ;-)