Wednesday, May 25, 2016
FNF 4 -- a prizewinner
One of the prizewinning quilts at Form, Not Function was this beautiful piece, printed from a digitally altered photo onto silk and then cut and collaged together. It is one of only two pieces in the show using digitally printed imagery, a surprise because printing onto fabric is so commonplace these days in art/quilt circles.
It definitely deserved a prize, but I'm puzzled at the prize it won: the Award for Creative Use of Stitching.
If you're intrigued by this quilt, visit Charlotte's blog (here) to read about how she made it. (And to see it with better color saturation.) After fusing the wavy diagonal strips to the base fabric, she mainly machine quilted along the lines of the printed image.
The stitching is lovely and well done, but is it creative? Or more to the point, is this a creative use of stitching? I thought quilters had been using stitching to accentuate design lines in a patterned fabric for centuries.
Maybe I'm missing something. Or perhaps it's just that creative stitching was in short supply at FNF; very little hand-stitching, and the machine work was technically superb but not revolutionary. So what's a judge to do with an award for "creative use of stitching" except punt.