20 May 2011

Planner or plunger

Such a glorious day in Sydney today. After a foggy start, the sun is shining and and the temperatures are mild. All is well.

Except... I'm going to have a small rant. Just a short one, I promise.

According to the selection criteria for an upcoming contemporary quilt textiles exhibition, details of the design progression and colours, including sketches and drawings are required as part of the entry. When did it become taken for granted that sketches and drawings are an essential part of the quilt design process? Who decided this is the only way that creativity can come to fruition? What if I don't work that way - can't I enter my quilt?

I've been interested in Kathleen Loomis's thoughtful posts about planning and plunging (here, here and here), which started over a week ago. As a writer, I've always been a plunger and that is usually the same approach I take to my textile work. So when I received the entry form for this exhibition yesterday, that particular selection criteria stood out.

We really shouldn't assume that everyone works in the same way or that one approach is better than another.

11 comments:

Lindi said...

I agree! I never start out with the finished work in mind, but start with one small idea and the work grows from there. As to sketching those ideas, my sketches consist of a a few lines and words if at all!
Sounds as though someone is caught up with the way HSC students have to work, to get marks. :(

Linda Robertus said...

I couldn't agree more! And I thought the exact same thing when I read the criteria for that quilt exhibition. If they stick to that I will not be entering...

Sally Westcott said...

!00% agree! If I had to work that way I'd never produce anything!

Please tell me more about the exhibition. I seem to be livingin a bubble and the world if flying past me!

Hugz

Sue Dennis said...

Erica you have hit the nail on the head! I also have concerns about working in this way & am disappointed the Guild & Gallery are working in this manner.

Lisa Walton said...

I was extremely disappointed (and a bit confused) when the criteria for this exhibition was announced. I feel that it is trying to be more elitist and certainly not one I feel worthy of even attempting to enter

Hilary Metcalf said...

I assume you are referring to the Manly exhibition? -it pretty much sounds like code for 'only REAL artists can apply!". Maybe they should just say that if you don't have formal qualifications in art, don't bother.

Stephanie from Perth said...

Ditto many of these comments. I am a Plunger and am proud of it

Downunderdale said...

couldn't agree mre - we all work in different ways and this is labelling a certain type of approach.

Christine said...

Ah, Erica, seems this topic has revealed a lot of Plungers out there, me included. I've blogged about it briefly with links to you both. I'm finding the same problem with design subjects in an intermediate embroidery guild course I'm taking. Was hoping to earn a Distinction for my efforts, but probably won't if I can't meet the criteria...

Monica Johnstone said...

Wouldn't it be great if a lot of people subverted the prescriptive instructions by sending some sort of documentation or artefact of the way they actually work--the piece of yarn you used to measure something, the huge piece of folded paper, photos of your design wall in progress, the doodle on your pad near the phone, samples of the fabric you rejected, pressed plowers form your garden...

Cait said...

I agree with Monica - let's do defiant! It still fits the criteria as I understand it ;-) cheers