Thursday, January 15, 2015
IHQ 2 -- really sloppy work
What I'm finding as I go through the "International Honor Quilt" boxes is fascinating, so I'll share some of it with you as I work. My first observation is that much of the handwork is truly bad.
So I might have imagined that women without excellent sewing skills would have shied away from the project, embarrassed to submit work that wasn't up to Quilt Police standards. But clearly I was wrong.
If I were feeling pessimistic I might take this as bad news, another nail in the coffin of needlework as fine art; if needlework displayed in a museum or gallery looks like amateur hour doesn't it make it harder for us serious artists to be taken seriously?
I hashed this out at great length last week during a road trip with my art buddy Marti Plager (we've done a lot of good art thinking on more than a decade of road trips). After much back and forth, Marti said, "Well, Kathy, this is just something you're going to have to come to terms with." And she is so right.
What do you think?