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Last week the blog was on Spring break. No, it didn’t go somewhere warm and lie on the beach, but it’s author was busy working! Anyway…..
I’ve had some questions lately from my Private Students about how to go about entering your work in shows. And that seemed like a good topic to share with you too, in case you are considering entering shows. First, I want to dispel a few myths and self limiting beliefs I have heard:
- I’m not good enough to enter a show
- Show X is too prestigious for me to even try
- Why should I bother, I’m not going to get in anyway
- I don’t know how or where to start
These are all versions of the same thing: FEAR
So, I’m going to do a short series of articles that will break it down for you, in the hopes that the fear will lessen and allow you to take ACTION, should you so desire to.
First let’s talk about the BIG WHY.
Youʼve made something youʼre proud of and you want to share it. You want recognition for your achievement. You want exposure for teaching or selling your work. You want to see how you stack up against the competition. You want to see it hanging in a show with other quilts.
Any of these are good reasons for sending your work out to exhibitions. Think of your personal why, because it will help you stay the course. I compiled this list of helpful steps so that you wonʼt make unnecessary mistakes, and increase your odds of getting into shows and enjoying the process.
So step one is looking for shows to enter-
1. Looking for Shows (Calls for Entry sites)
Lyricʼs List: http://lyrickinard.com/calls-for-entry/
These are all good places to look for shows. You may want to start at your local guild quilt shows too.
Next, ask yourself:
What shows do I want to enter?
Do you have any work that would fit the showʼs guidelines?
Is it a show you want to be in?
Do you need to make something special for this show, and do you want to?
Is the entry fee affordable?
Here is a piece I made specifically for the Masterworks program for Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild a few years ago. That was a no fee opportunity to show my work in a curated part of the show. This piece is called Silken Dreams Triptych.
How many shows have you entered already? (Make sure you donʼt enter the same piece to more than 1 show during the time it will be gone if accepted!)
Now is probably a good time to think about if your piece is show ready too. Which means:
- Finish any hand sewing, bindings, etc.
- Attach a label to the back according to the guidelines of the show you are entering
- Has a 4″ hanging sleeve attached to the back
- Is clean, free of lint and pet hairs, lies as flat as possible
Because the next thing to do is…
photograph your quilt for the entry form, which I will go over in detail next week. For now, be researching what shows you would like to enter and when, ok? Don’t let your fear stop you from even trying, because then the fear wins!
Christine Hager-Braun at her recent solo show at the Page-Walker, Cary, NC, who definitely did not let fear stop her!
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