Sunday, September 9, 2012
But is it Good Enough?
All of this was tumbled in with my regular duties, trips to the oncologist, and extremely painful hands and feet (a side effect of the current chemo). The hand situation, coupled with the neuropathy (in my case extreme numbness) in my hands made doing the quality of work I want and the speed with which I used to work almost unattainable. Handwork when your fingertips have been peeled down to the thinnest layer of skin isn't easy.
All the while when I was working on my Quilt National Entry, I kept on wondering....is it good enough? Quilt National is one of the biggest, oldest and most prestigious of the art quilting exhibitions. It is held in Athens, Ohio at the Dairy Barn Art Center every two years. While I think that the piece is the best I've done to date, getting into the show is very difficult. People have tried for years to get in.....so...entering this piece is a leap....But...this is one thing I know. If I don't put in an application, then I won't get in. If I do put in an application and don't get in,. then the $35 entry fee will be a donation to support a show I firmly believe in. If you don't take the steps to fly, you will always remain tethered to the ground.
So...while I am in the high plains of Montana, I will work on pieces for some other shows, and keep my numb fingers crossed. If you're wondering why I went to Olympia, WA, I met up with my sister and we drove the 12 hours to Cut Bank. OK...so it ended up being a 13 hour trip as I missed the exit to St. Regis on the way out and had to go to Missoula and up instead. We will stop in Missoula on the way back to visit my niece and catch Heidi Zelinski's show at Montana Art and Framing. So....here's hoping that you will take the leap and try to do something you WANT to do, but don't have the certainty that you are "good enough." You will never reach the top of the mountain unless you attempt the mountain...and in the meantime, each attempt will teach you something new.