I'm very proud to announce that my Prairie Postcards got an honorable mention! I take that as very honorable. It was a bit of a headache as they were re-categorized three times. I entered them into quilting. They ended up in home sewing. They weren't judged per se since they aren't articles of clothing with seams and such. Still, the judge wrote a very nice comment on the back of the form. That made my day. I love my postcards.
I put in 2 thread paintings in Creative Stitchery and 2 into Fine Art. I didn't get a ribbon on my favorite piece, but it was judged against traditional hand embroidery like stumpwork and cross stitch, etc. My work didn't really fit. Actually - I was told a number of things by various people here and there. "You shouldn't put things like that in a place like this," and "that's not art," and even, "you can't call that a thread painting". sigh So I opted to not enter anything next year and sit on the organizing committees. I suggested a Fibre Art category that would include non-traditional stitched / felted / quilted / hooked wall art that is original and not from a pattern. I think they liked that idea.
The refreshing news is that I got my first ever red ribbons. Not one, but TWO! I've been honorable mention since I was thirteen years old. No kidding! Here they are...
|1st Place, Fine Art in "Multicultural" and 1st Place, Fine Art in "Mixed Media"|
My stitched scene from Wanuskewin won a big red ribbon in the Multicultural category, and my photo/canvas/pencil crayon/thread piece of my bird Pippin won in the Mixed Media category. One of the judges even gave me a full 50 out of 50 score and left a sweet note on the back of the form!
So - what a week. Major hits and major misses. I lived through it and I learned a lot. : )