Who are the people to watch?
I'd love to have some nominations...plus website/blog links... to the people whom you think are the ones to watch. People who are doing amazing things with art quilts/textiles/fiber collages (whatever they like to call it).
I find it very hard to keep up with what's going on in the field...the big shows are only every two years...and unless you actually go to them, or buy a pretty expensive catalogue, you have no idea what's going on. And one of them actually bans people from putting images out into the world ! - making it even harder to see the best of the best.
The magazines I've looked at don't always show the best work either, for various reasons...I guess they want to show Readers' Work to keep them buying the magazine, or things that are easy to make because they assume that's all most of us want.
And while it's lovely surfing the net to find them...it takes a LONG time!
When you need inspiration, there's nothing better than looking at Really Great Work. but where to go to find it?
If you want a great example of recorded music you look at the CD reviews, for Books we have various literary prizes (and no, the NY Times bestseller list does NOT count as literature! in fact frequently the opposite! the books are the cheetos of the book world.)
If you look to see which quiltmaker has published a lot, it's usually the good teachers, rather than the amazing artists - yes occasionally these are one and the same...but by and large, if you're rushing around the country teaching you don't have much time in the studio making lots of great new innovative work...and vice versa.
You can get reviews of items that occur in multiples: like books, CDs, dvds, washing machines etc...but for art work, especially quilts which are almost invariably "one-off", how to find the best work?
Wouldn't it be lovely if there were a Quilt Review page in one of the national newspapers, so that every week we could see a Big Picture of something glorious? I must admit I get very depressed when I look through various Pinterest files online and see nothing but YouKnowWho knock offs! Yes there are some exceptions...especially from countries other than the USA...but....
So send me your finds!!
Whom do you find to be the MOST inspiring art quiltmaker?
And, if you have been, thanks for reading! Elizabeth