I have taken the the last quilt to be photographed and then, of course, I have to decide what to enter. How I wish that some of the national shows did not overlap. I want to enter QN2013, but I am also toying with the Fiberarts International, QBL show, and another one at the Wayne art center in Philly. But they all happen around the same time, so I am forced to choose what to enter where... Should I go for broke and put my three best pieces in Quilt National? Or should I try and spread my few pieces out over a few different shows? More importantly, why can't the art quilt community coordinate? Is it really too hard to try and space these important shows out a bit. One show has a deadline of September 14th, another is informing artists if they get in by putting announcements in the mail on September 14th. Really?!!!
This is when my bi-annual neuroses surface, "Will my work be good enough? Is it original? What if it does not get in?" Yet this year I feel more calm than usual. I like the work I am entering. I know it is strong, and I know there is a good chance it may not get in. The pieces are very large- a strike against them in a show that has limited wall space for larger pieces and they are very dark. I am not sure if they will photograph well, as I am waiting to see Mark's results.
It was interesting to talk to Terry and Dominie this last weekend and hear their take on things- they both have gotten into so many shows, and it was interesting to hear their perspective on which shows are important from a perspective of furthering their reputations as artists- not quilters. We had some really interesting long conversations about entering non-quilting shows, and there is a lot of food for thought. As for me, I just wish I had more pieces to spread out in more shows.
It has been two years since I entered my first Quilt National show. I have grown as an artist, and I have become more confident. I am not experiencing the anxiety entering these shows that I felt two years ago. And that is a good thing.