COS Wrap Up
Would I do it again? That’s a question that applies to so many first time experiences isn’t it? Today the question is answered with a resounding yes. The “it” in question is Cohasset Open Studios. The why I it bares repeating needs some reflection.
What I learned
I would do it again because the feed back from the people who generously took time to come to my home and studio gives me the perspective of how others see my work. Overall, what drew viewers into my work and what they were most curious about was the quilting. It is extremely difficult to capture both the motif and bas relief of a quilt in a photograph. There is nothing like seeing the work in person versus in print or on the web.
It is extremely rare for me to see my work curated as a solo exhibit. I would do it again, because I found it reassuring just how strong my artistic voice is. I tend to see my work as leap frogging from one experiment to another. This is true, but the fact that I return to topics, palettes and techniques and tweak them, produces a cohesive voice.
Where I need Improvement
I believe it is important to be able to speak about my art in a way that demystifies what I do without boring others. Visitors give me the opportunity to talk about my art. It isn’t a one sided monologue. I still need to improve my ability to get closer to a conversation than a monologue. However, if I do it again, I know this about myself and can worker harder on this aspect of hosting an open studio.
Next Year’s New Piece?
My design wall was set up with my current work in progress, Celestial Celebration. Pinned next to the nearly completed top was the image the work is based on and the piecing blue print. I had the fabrics I pulled from my stash lined up by hue and value. This generated as many comments and questions as the actual work. Viewers “got” my process.
I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.