I've had a couple of conversations with quilting friends of mine recently. Seems as though they are going through a similar phase right now - realizing how many skills it takes to be an art quilter these days.
It's not enough to spend time perfecting your style and techniques as a quilter - you also have good skills in (not in any particular order):
I'm going to stop at 11 because I'm already tired from making this list.
You have an idea for a quilt - you take photos, sketch, research, and create your pattern (if you work in that way, which I do). You gather your materials. You use your Time Management skills to figure out when you are actually going to get into the studio to do the work. You do the work. Sometimes the project flows freely; other times you work in fits and starts. Then you do the mundane stuff - binding/facing/sleeve/label. You use your skills in persuasion to get your fabulous carpenter husband to make your hanging slats (which may necessitate a trip to Home Depot to get the boards and clear polyurethane along with whatever else may catch his eye) which need to be cut, drilled, sanded and sealed. The quilt is done.
Then what? Unless you are happy to simply hang it up in your house and enjoy it yourself, this is where the real work begins.
Is it for a show, sale in a gallery, a teaching sample? Measure the quilt. Take photos for documentation, publishing on the blog and/or website (make sure they are properly framed, lit, clear and square). Take detail shots with equal care. Upload to computer. Post to website. Prepare CDs for marketing and for show entries. Decide which shows to enter and fill out mounds of paperwork. Make sure show entries arrive by deadline. Make notes as to when jurying and notifying decisions are made, and the dates the quilt will be out of your hands for the show if it gets in. Make sure your show dates do not overlap with any other shows/exhibitions/commitments. Send your quilt off to the gallery and hope that it sells.
Then you can write articles, prepare teaching materials, pay bills, pay your taxes, file paperwork, preparing shipping labels, buy more materials, get more ideas, make more quilts. Oh, I forgot read and answer email, exercise, work your day job, do laundry, spend time with family and friends, cook and eat. Love your husband and take good care of him and your pets.
Once a year, Maui’s heritage is honored as Viewpoints Gallery hosts one of the most anticipated events of the year: A Celebration of Hawai'i – featuring inspired artwork from the island’s premier artists. Over fifty artists explore the essence, power, and allure of their island home through art: The results are extraordinary, culminating in an exhibition of historical significance.
This exhibit offers a rare opportunity to become immersed in the culture, the people, and the heart of the island, as they are immortalized through hand, spirit and talent. The entire gallery is dedicated to this event and is transformed into one of the most comprehensive displays of contemporary Hawaiian art in mediums as diverse as the culture.
The exhibit opens on February 5th, with an Opening Reception on Sunday the 8th, highlighted by Hawaiian chants, instruments, and dance performed by Kamehameha Schools’ Maui Hawaiian Ensemble under the guidance of Kumu Kalei Lorenzo-Aarona. Throughout the exhibition, workshops related to Hawaiian culture such as quilt making, lei making, medicinal plants growing on the island, and more will be offered.
Viewpoints Gallery is located at 3620 Baldwin Avenue, at the Courtyard in Makawao, and is open Monday – Saturday 10 – 6, and Sunday 12 – 6. For information, call 808-572-5979, e-mail email@example.com, or view a vast majority of the collection at www.viewpointsgallerymaui.com, as well as for listings of all artist demonstrations, events and workshops.