Friday, 24 August 2012
I knew from 2009 that the 'Guild Challenge' is indeed a challenge for those of us that make art quilts as it is an open category based on theme and so can include anything along the traditional to art quilt spectrum . While judges of art quilts usually have an appreciation of the techniques involved in traditional quilts, the reverse isn't always the case. If the judging I received of of my piece this year is typical, then I fear the winner may sometimes be a compromise.
I was thrilled to receive 'excellent ' across the board from one judge, and a mixture of excellent and good from another. However the 3rd judged my piece satisfactory with some very condescending remarks saying I shouldn't use dark thread on light fabric ( above). Talk about the quilt police!!Well excuse me but I've observed , drawn and painted a lot of waves and dark lines on light are common as is light on dark. It was a conscious design choice not a mistake. Don't suppose she liked my huge stitches and the way it intentionally puckered the fabric either! Once again I'm wondering whether I will enter the Quild Challenge in the future.
Red Flotsam in the Art Quilt category had lovely comments from 1 judge (with a mixture of excellent and good). I would liked to see what the other judge said but received the comment slip for somebody elses quilt ( the one below mine which if you saw it was very different!)
I know the judges have a thankless task, doing their best in a very tight timeframe and I certainly wouldn't want to be in their shoes. Gillian Cooper has written about her views on 'Best in Show' which I fully concur with. Perhaps with new management there will be a shake up.