Thames Valley Contemporary Textiles ( arriving an hour late because of booking my BBC Proms tickets !)Besides being an interesting meeting, I also collected 2 quilts that have been away for a while in different exhibitions. I unfurled them as soon as I got home, good to see them again in situ!
CQ 'Horizons' exhibition, going to FoQ, Ledbury and Prague.
'Fleet mudflats' was in the open competition at FoQ and then in 'Halfway Between' by TVCT exhibited at Knit and Stitch Olympia (where it was used in the advertising !) and the National Needlework Archive
In the afternoon of the TVCT meeting, we had the chance to look through the latest CQ suitcase collection 'All in days work'. Some fascinating pieces, made more powerful by the stories associated with them. We then had a curation exercise, working to a theme, choosing just 10 -15 from the 40+. A valuable experience, and as someone pointed out, reassuring to think that if your work is rejected it might be nothing to do with the quality of work but because it doesn't meet the brief or work with other pieces chosen.
I did make me grateful that 'Nautical Dawn' was included in the Horizons exhibitions - it was so singular in it's colour that it was displayed on it's own at FoQ, it could easily have been rejected.
The model Jane and I had constructed for Halfway Between had another airing as I attempted to explain my thought processes. I had initially chosen groups of 2 or 3 pieces that worked together ( theme, contrast, colour , shapes, sizes) and then worked at getting a pleasing flow not forgetting practicalities like where the entrance was, sightlines and electrical points. A lot of it seemed intuition or gut reaction but wasn't . I've probably been analysing what works or not from all the exhibitions I've been to and treated it like any other composition.