A couple of weeks ago an envelope arrived containing 2 sheets of paper – the judge’s critique from the Text on Textiles exhibition. At first I was a little disappointed, but hey I actually got chosen to take part in the exhibition so the quilt must have achieved a certain standard. Having had time to digest the comments I have reached the point where I can use the critique to determine areas for improvement, although as yet I’m not sure how to go about improving. I guess it’s down to practice makes perfect.
Basically there were 3 levels for the judging – excellent, satisfactory and needs improvement. Not much grey scale in there, but I suppose it makes for more standardised judging. I didn’t get any “needs improvement” so that was a relief, but didn’t help me much with my search for areas to improve on. One judge gave me half and half excellent and satisfactory, the other about 2/3 excellent to 1/3 satisfactory. Where they both agreed, was that my technical skills were excellent, e.g. piecing, quilting technique, etc. The latter pleasing me no end as I personally feel there is certainly room for improvement there. Both gave me an excellent for “original in design” – another big boost to my confidence – and in fact one of them noted that one of the best features of the quilt was that it was very original.
So what are the areas that need improvement? Well both agreed that the “visual impact” and the “integration of all design elements” were only satisfactory. So obviously I need to do something about both of those. I wish I could find more photos of the quilts in the exhibition, especially of the winners. I would like to be able to compare mine to the others to see where the differences lie. I suppose I shall have to revisit the principles of design again and try to analyse what worked and what didn’t work in my quilt and repeat the exercise for other quilts that have been singled out by others as being top notch. This is where it would be useful to know which quilts were the winners. It’s one thing to know what was not up to scratch, but it’s quite a different thing to work out what needs to improve.