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Art Quilt Critiques and Comments 20 Jan 2010 16:16 #42618

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This debat about is needlework as art is at least 130 years old! I studied embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework in London and one of the hammers we used for stretching work with was marked RSAN - Royal School of Art Needlework, which was it's original name. I don't know when the name change happened to RSN but it was certainly considered a form of art by Edward Byrne-Jones and (Walter?) Crane who provided designs/commissions in the early days. They were part of the Art Noveau group of designers along with William Morris etc.

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20 Jan 2010 12:37 #42613

Well, for my .02 I consider myself an artist (I guess) who uses quilting techniques as my medium. Sometimes I stop short of binding a quilt; instead I stretch the quilt over a pine frame and (gasp!) staple it in place. Then I have the resulting "canvas" decoratively framed.
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20 Jan 2010 07:36 #42602

On one of my office wall I have a small quilt from a Laura Wasilowski design. I had a mother and her 6 y/o son at my desk while I checked something on the computer. The 6 y/o saw the quilt (which is 12" x 12") and said, "look, there's a quilt!" From the mouth of babes!

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18 Jan 2010 19:14 #42562

Miles, there have been ALOT of debates since I've been quilting (1983). Years ago, some people thought a wall quilt shouldn't be called a quilt because it wasn't large enough to go on a bed! Now the tug of war about art/craft. I'm a traditional quilter but I really enjoy all of the methods and types of quilts that people are making. I probably wouldn't make these types of quilts myself, but I think the spectrum of quilting is wonderful. Judy in Torrance
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18 Jan 2010 16:27 #42554

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Ditto!!! :D
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17 Jan 2010 22:21 #42529

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I, too, love that quote.
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17 Jan 2010 19:27 #42524

bettyannseeman wrote:
There is that Quote that says, "She who works with her hands is a laborer. She who works with her hands and her head is a craftsman. She who works with her hands, her head and her heart is an artist. I personally consider myself an artist. My media is fiber. Betty Ann

Great quote, Betty Ann! I am going to borrow that for my e-mail signature!
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17 Jan 2010 17:29 #42520

There is that Quote that says, "She who works with her hands is a laborer. She who works with her hands and her head is a craftsman. She who works with her hands, her head and her heart is an artist. I personally consider myself an artist. My media is fiber. Betty Ann
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17 Jan 2010 13:58 #42517

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ipquilter wrote:
Me personally...I have a very broad difinition of "art". Except when it comes to my work. How silly is that? Lately I've finally began to seriously call my work art. Why did I have such a problem with that?
I think it's probably because quilting has, over the years, been considered untilitarian; a craft that women learn to provide warmth for their families. Quilts went on beds, art went on walls.
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16 Jan 2010 21:49 #42498

Me personally...I have a very broad difinition of "art". Except when it comes to my work. How silly is that? Lately I've finally began to seriously call my work art. Why did I have such a problem with that?
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16 Jan 2010 17:02 #42490

I live under a rock; I had no idea there was a "debate", much less article being written about it. Go figure...
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Art vs. Craft 12 Feb 2009 13:50 #32331

I saw an interesting article in the newsletter from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, which I think speaks to the ongoing debate about "art quilts". It can be found here: http://www.fccava.org/FCCA-Articles2009/Art-vrs-Craft.pdf

and it links to a more extensive article here: http://www.denisdutton.com/rnz_craft.htm

Pretty interesting!
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