lake norman quilt show (and having a cohesive voice)

September 23, 2015

Earlier this summer I was the featured artist at the Lake Norman Quilt Show.  I was stationed right at the main entrance and got to chat with many delightful visitors.IMG_6195

It was a delightful weekend. Most of the visitors seemed to be unfamiliar with the art side of quilting so I had a great time exposing them to something new

I re-learned something I already knew. If I ever want to have a solo show I need to start working in a series. I like all the different kinds of work I’ve made, and each looks like MY work…. but. It lacks cohesionIMG_6206

Having hung numerous juried exhibits I know how important having a cohesive visual whole is to the success of any exhibit. That Oooooh! factor when people walk in and see a beautifully curated group of art is worth the effort. The combined effect of the parts becomes greater than each of the pieces could be on their own.IMG_6204

I have, in fact, been invited to be part of a five person show at a museum next year (more information on that later). Imagine a wall full of portraits – looking at each other. Or a colorful series of variations on the XOX kisses and hugs theme. 


I have so many directions to choose from – that’s the hardest part. Which cartoon was it where the character stood there saying “Which way should I go? Which way should I go?”

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  • Reply
    Linda Steele
    September 24, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I agree with Susan, there is something about those circle quilts that are different and intriguing

  • Reply
    September 23, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I like the cohesive look of the round shapes in the first photo you posted here. Although they aren’t all the same, they look like a grouping because they all share circular shapes, without being too match-y!

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