Thursday, October 11, 2012

New Work - Part I



Nyx - Terry Jarrard-Dimond
47"h x 45.5"w
Stained fabric, pieced, raw-edge applique, hand & machine stitched

This week artists were notified of the jury results for Quilt National.  My work was not selected.   I was not surprised and not overly disappointed as there are always other opportunities.  

After the results for this show there is alway lots of discussion about getting in or not getting in and  about the jurors choices etc.  All of this makes me think that perhaps we are putting way too much importance on this one show.  It's a good show with a wonderful history but it's still just one show.  The jurors are charged with quickly sorting through a huge entry and trying to make (I guess) some sort of co-hesive exhibition.  The part that interest me is the approach of some of the artists who enter. If I understand what I've read, many people actually make work specifically for QN.  I confess that this makes me uncomfortable.  I'd prefer to think that we just make our work and then choose from what we have to make our entries.  The difference in the two approaches for me is one of freedom in my own studio.  Do you actually make work you would not have made if you weren't going to enter this show?

 I've always felt that one of the most joyous things about being an artist is being able to make what you want to make and not worry too much about what happens after that.  This may not be what happens if you earn your living from your art or if you have a gallery who demands certain types of work from you.  I don't earn my living from my art and I don't currently have a gallery.




Nyx - detail - Terry Jarrard-Dimond
47"h x 45.5"w
Stained fabric, pieced, raw-edge applique, hand & machine stitched


Actually I had not intended to enter QN this year but I did make a couple of entries to other shows late this summer and when I realized I still had Nyx available I changed my mind.  For those of you who have been reading along with me the past couple of months you know that I broke my arm in June.  That event really set me back in the studio.  I had all this fabric ready to use and when I was able I began working again.  The work came together quickly and I decided it was of a quality to be entered into a show and this piece completed my QN entry.

Wikipedia defines Nyx as Latin for Greek goddess of the night.  "A shadowy figure, Nyx stood at or near the beginning of creation and was the mother of Hypnos (sleep) and Thanatos (death).  Her appearances in mythology are sparse, but reveal her as a figure of exeptional power and beauty.  She Is found in the shadows of the world and only ever seen in glimpses."

Tomorrow I'll show you that piece named Selena.

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22 comments:

  1. I want to say that I whole heartedly agree that there is too much prestige put on QN. Also - I think its us - quilt/fiber artists that are creating all the hoopla. I'm making a conscious effort this year to enter my work in the places where it will make the most impact on my artistic journey with the least amount of headache. I also hold to the thought that I'll be creating art - then find a venue for it - not the other way around. That said - I did just do a seasonal invitational and did two season pieces for that. BUT that felt more like a challenge - a starting off place for me to still make my own art.

    This piece is interesting and I love the use of the neutrals.

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    1. Thank you Nina Marie. I agree with your observation we are the ones making a fuss. I also loved your statement concerning where you intend to place your work. It's all about perspective. xo, T

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  2. I've not yet entered QN, but I intend to do so the next go round. I think when people say they're making something specifically for QN, they may mean that out of the projects that they plan to make, they set aside one or three for QN - because of the rule about it's not being allowed to be shown.

    There was a piece (I'm working on it currently) which I would have entered in QN, but I wasn't able to get to it in time because of my committment to prepare a piece for another show. So, in my case, it's not that I would have made the piece with QN in mind, but rather, that I would have "saved" it for QN. Perhaps that's what other artists mean as well? Not being able to show the work on your blog/site beforehand may severely restrict what you can produce for QN.

    Now to the piece you've published in this post - what did you "stain" your fabric with?

    It is very beautiful - there is something that "aches" in it...

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    1. Hey Kit. Thank you for commenting. You may be correct about how people look at what they are making but in some cases that hasn't been my impression.

      The fabric is stained with a variety of inks and some tea. I love and appreciate the immediacy of these materials.

      Your observation about "aches" is interesting. I'll go back and add an explanation as to my title. xo, T

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  3. I love this new work Terry. Your broken arm must have enforced a lot of discipline on you, thinking about the artwork you wanted to make. But not being able to move forward on it

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    1. Hey Karen. Great to hear from you. My broken arm created lots of new experiences for me ;-)

      I actually started this piece back in the early part of the year but half of the face is seed stitched so it took a huge amount of time to complete. About the time I completed it is when I had my accident. I don't know that I will ever do that much hand stitching again but if I do I understand clearly what it takes! xo, T

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  4. i love these pieces. i thought at first they were digitally printed then quilted.

    i would like to try staining with household items like tea, etc. thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Hi Drew. These pieces are also mostly hand stitched which is very different for me. It was done that way because it had to be done that way....xo, T

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  5. I had come to the same conclusion as Kit about QN, but I think that as people wrote on their blogs about working on their QN entry, that they couldn't show, its importance became elevated. I found myself saving out a group of quilts and dividing them among the shows I was going to enter at the same time. My disappointment in not getting into QN was minimal since I chose to enjoy the fact I had gotten into other shows with work that went in a new direction. QN is a great show, but there are other shows out there. I just appreciate having places for my work to be seen.

    I love this new piece; I love your older work, and enjoy seeing your new direction.

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  6. Thank you Gail for your thoughtful comment and support of my new work. I love the fact that you are looking in many directions for the presentation of your work. Each venue exposed your work to a new audience. xo, T

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  7. Gail makes a good point. Recently I got together with my fiber friend (she does surface designing and encaustics)and we made up a list of shows we want to enter next year. We talked about several things that night - timeline, what type of work the different shows tended to accept, what shows meant to us personally, where we were looking to take our art in the next year. With that discussion - I came up with 5 or 6 shows I'll be entering - she had 7 or so and only a couple of them overlapped. I use shows to help me motivated and keep me on some kind of creative timeline. Ohhh and just want to say that if I enter shows that have personal meaning to me - if I get rejected my entrance fee feels more like a well meaned donation (grin) which I would happily gave anyways!

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    1. I love the approach you and your friend are taking. Having a partner to discuss these kinds of things with is excellent. I also like your feeling about show fees! Very nice. xo, T

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  8. Terry, I agree with you that it is better to make what you want and then find a show for it to fit.

    I really like your Nyx piece. The neutral colors are great. I like the graphic quality of the contrasting lines on the left and also the more subtle lines on the bottom right.

    When I first looked at the background on the right I thought you had over-stained a patterned fabric. As I looked at your detail photo, I realized those were all hand stitches and was amazed.

    I'm sure this lovely piece will find a place to be seen, somewhere.

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    1. Hi Lisa! Thank you for your very positive comments. Yes, the entire right side (minus the bottom edge) is seed/rice stitched. I began that work because it was the only way I could think of to enhance the image without disturbing the surface. I did the work over several months. xo, T

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  9. Hi Terry-I agree with your approach to make the artwork that you like then find a show to enter it. This is great approach that I want to adapt with my own art. The only hitch I see is with the art I make for some of the group exhibits that have certain themes. Recently, one of the group themes was to incorporate a piece of fabric that was given to all of the members. I’ve been struggling with this project. Going forward I need to evaluate if I want to participate in these types of exhibits.

    I love Nyx! It may sound cliché but this piece "speaks" to me. Love the worn look. I’m sure it will find the right exhibit to be shown.

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    1. Hi Mia. I understand your feelings and experience with theme shows. I generally don't enter this type of show. While I think this approach is great for a class or workshop, I'm not sure it's the best for a show which ends up representing the work of the artists. I did recently enter a show that had a theme but I had work which "fit" the theme....very different.

      I appreciate your comment that Nyx is speaking to you. That's what we all hope our work will do so when it does happen it's very special. xo, T

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  10. Right on sister! Or should I say Right on Nyx!
    See you in two weeks.

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    1. Right on back to you! Nyx just flipped her veil but she was pleased to hear from you. C-U-N-NY.xo,T

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  11. I prefer to make what I want and then enter it IF and WHEN there is an appropriate venue. I have in the past made things specifically for shows or projects, but I found it stifling, and distracting from what I was most excited about. I do think that QN is a worthy venue though, even if many get too worked up about it. I think that the quality is high and I could feel proud if my work were ever to be accepted. I had not intended to enter this year, but while looking at some work for another exhibit I realized I had two pieces that would be worth a shot at QN. They were ultimately rejected, but I had nothing to loose in trying.

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    1. Hi Kristin! Thanks for commenting. I think your feeling and approach are shared by many. I especially like the thought that you are making deliberate decisions about how to share your work. xo, T

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  12. Hi Terry,

    Nyx is strangly compelling. I would love to hang that on my wall, and just visit time and again. Hope someday to see it in person. You I WILL see. Soon.

    Pat

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    1. Thanks Pat. I think you would enjoy the piece in person. Looking forward to seeing you VERY soon. xo, T

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