May 28, 2011

Acceptance into Tactile Architecture

 Still more good exhibit news!  Both my entries for Tactile Architecture, Watt & Shand #6 and Watt &  Shand #10, were accepted.  The exhibit debuts in Houston at the Quilt Market (open to the trade) in October, and at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX from Nov. 3 -6, 2011. It then travels to the Cincinnati Festival in April, 2012 and the Long Beach Festival in July, 2012.
 When I originally embarked on this series of works, I did so because I was so incredibly excited about the subject and had a driving need to make artwork pertaining to it.  I worked it obsessively for about a year, partly to meet the original solo show deadline, but mostly because it was all I wanted to do--the rest of my life had to fit in around it (and the important people in my life were extremely understanding and accommodating).  Part of the way in, I realized that it might have limited appeal outside of the local area because of the subject matter, but I was committed and it wasn't an important consideration at the time.
 But now I've realized that eight of the nine I have available (#2 sold to a local collector) have been or will be out and about in national exhibits this year.  I'm going to extrapolate two things from this astonishing run of luck:  A--  I should probably start playing the lottery, and B-- The work can stand on its own, purely on the strength of the design and execution, apart from the significance it has in Lancaster.  This is a hefty dose of timely encouragement.  I need to finish up my spring gardening so I can get back to more obsessive creativity in the studio.  There are always more and higher mountains to climb!
If you are new here, you can see the whole series on my website, and/or track it back as a work in progress by clicking on "Watt & Shand" under Labels in the right sidebar.  And if you've been following along, many thanks for your continuing interest and support.


Quilt Inspiration said...

That is fantastic. You have a skill for blending the cyanotypes into the fabric setting. "Tactile architecture" is an interesting name because it sums up the contrast of the two elements - the solidity and large scale of architecture, the softness (tactile quality) and small scale of the quilt. Also: the concept of Luck reminds me of something random, that happens by chance, and I do not think this is the case here. Instead I think that this is your calling! That is wonderful.

Kristin L said...

Oh yay!! I will be in Houston for Festival and FINALLY be able to see your work in person! Yippee!