Last time I wrote, I was excited about a trip to the "Road to California" quilt show in Ontario California.
This experience helped my broaden my view of creative expression. There is great value in understanding the rationale behind quilt show judging.
Judges at quilt shows use a rubric to evaluate all kinds of quilts. A rubric is a concrete and consistent list of expectations for performance. (stitches consistent length, the number of stitches per inch, the composition and execution meets the expectations of the category, etc.).
I have been in the "no rules" camp for so long that I did not realize how much those rules can help expand creative opportunities.
The single comment made by the judge at this show was "thread tension" . A short to the point comment was a gift. It gave me an opportunity to grow as an artist and craftsman.
As I walked through the vendor market I started to focus on thread. We create line, pattern, change color and value by using thread. Thread can be an embellishment or a drawing tool.
Needle and thread is going to be a new focus for me. I want to embroider, improve my skill on my mid arm machine, practice traditional motifs and learn to use those rulers.
Wish me luck!
Until next time...