Then, when I went to enter it in Deux, a Studio Art Quilt Associate's show which was supposed to show a conversation between two pieces, I created this piece, which I called "Progression." You see, the "View from the Abyss" was supposed to represent depression, looking up from a chasm and related to the way I felt back in 1998 when I was first diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer (for those who don't know, there is no stage V and people with stage IV cancer are given a 10% chance to make it to 5 years after diagnosis). I was a 38 year old mother of a 4 year old...and I went into a tail spin.
Without my telling you this, you wouldn't understand it. This is also probably one of the (many) reasons I didn't make it into Deux. When a juror is looking at a piece, it has to speak to them and tell them the story without my narrative. Obviously, this wasn't done.
I think adding the extra folds of black and taking out the piece improved it, but I don't think that the wider element made it work.
I was preparing the piece to be professionally shot for inclusion in a book and I kept on looking at it in the larger sense. I had made the appointment to take it in to be shot by a professional photographer because I had a hard time getting this one in focus...and I'm still not sure why, except maybe for my eyesight issues. The appointment was for Monday morning.....so last Sunday, while watching Downtown Abbey, I was cleaning all little bits of fuzz, loose threads and cat hair off it...and I decided this wouldn't do. I needed to re-make it one more time, cutting off some of the stuff on the sides.
So, here it is in it's final form. I think it is better than the original, and MUCH better back as the narrower piece.
So...what did I learn? Don't mess with your basic image to "make it fit" into a show...unless you are George Scilliano who famously took one of his miniature paper pieced wonders and re-blocked it into the right size to get into a show. Go with your basic feeling...if the design feels right, then do it and let the sizes for shows go to the wind.
In addition, don't make quilts just to fit the theme of a show, unless you really really want to make a piece and have been thinking about it and this show just happened to come along. It is much better to make art which makes you happy and find shows to enter after the fact. Your design will be much better....and you will be much saner and happier in the long run.
Just curious...which rendition do you think is better and why?
Once again, I'm playing along with Nina-Marie Sayer and am participating in her Off-the-Wall Fiber Friday...even if it is Saturday. Day late, dollar short that's me! You can find lots of other wonderful fibery stuff at her blog here. ( http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/ )