My last post described how much I had learned as I finished a piece, Through Our Hands, to submit to a very competitive call for entry. Let me rewind a bit to explain what such a submission entails.
For those who are not familiar with this process, art (and art quilt) exhibits publish a description, detailed requirements, and deadlines for the show “call.” Artists who wish to enter a piece (or two or three, depending on the call) submit high quality digital photos of their work(s) via an online system and pay the entry fee, also online. Usually the show asks for other data, such as measurements, a description of materials and techniques, and an Artist’s Statement about the piece(s). We fill out all the forms carefully and breathe a sigh of relief that we at least met the deadline. Then the waiting begins.
When you last heard from me, I was mid-wait. The notifications for this call actually came out early, and my piece was not selected for the show. I will not lie. It stung. But the best thing I learned from this submission was just how supportive my SAQA and local quilt guild “colleagues” are at a time like this. Instead of just saying, “Oh, gee, that is such a nice quilt,” many gave me very specific feedback about strengths of the piece and areas that they found compelling. Some gave me suggestions for other shows where I should enter it. So, after less than a week, I brushed the thread clippings off my sorry self and submitted Through Our Hands to another show. For good measure, I entered four other pieces into a couple of other shows. So the waiting begins again.
I had promised to share an image of the full piece. So here it is, along with the link to see the full journal I kept while creating it. (This link opens in Evernote, and the “notes” in the notebook are numbered chronologically.) Enjoy… and I’ll keep you posted with any new developments.