Well, not mine, sorry – I mean, don’t be greedy! there’s one just before this post, that will keep you going a while. I’ll put it in the Ebb&Flow gallery on my website shortly. No, someone else’s new work: on one of the lists I subscribe to someone recently announced she had put up new work on her blog or somewhere – as happens daily. If I have a mo. I pop in to the link, often backing straight out again too – it doesn’t take up a lot of time mostly, and as in this case, I left no comment. What came to mind immediately was ‘Oh, so you recently studied with Nancy Crow then?’ truly – several of her hallmarks were blatantly incorporated but not nearly so well done as Nancy’s works. But, worse, the several quilts featured are to go in a book that this maker is co-authoring with someone . This person clearly paid a lot of attention in Nancy’s workshop, or perhaps it was in one of her acolytes’, but instead of internalising and absorbing what she now knows into something that will emerge later in some fresh individual way after being processed for a while, she is just regurgitating it AND perpetuating it in book form, asap.
This is one of my beefs with the state of the ‘art’ in contemporary art quilts today. The books and workshops/courses that sell – and everyone wants to make money, fine – they are so heavily weighted towards what the the artquilter wants – classes on technique-de-jour rather than design; magazines and books containing masses of projects with how-to-do-one-just-like-this recipes instead what many still really need – of inspiring photos of works and interviews with artists just devoid of technical explanations about how the stuff you’re admiring is actually made. So many quiltmakers and indeed the organisations that represent them are caught in this bandwagon, it all gives the false illusion that all you have to do to become an artist is attend workshops with the hottest teacher names, and enough of them, and, bingo! an artist is born and fledged all in one movement. Sigh. I think I’ll go off and make some new work while I listen to the footy.