Monday, May 10, 2010

Off The Wall

I attended yesterday's opening reception for The 2010 Grand National Quilt Show.
Not only was it a wonderful afternoon spent gazing at some incredible fiber art but I also had the opportunity to speak with so many fabulous artists who were on hand.

This show has no funding and the members of the organizing committee are all hard working, dedicated, volunteers without whom this show would not be a reality. In the face of several challenges they have once again presented yet another impressive,"must see" exhibition.

Awards are made possible thanks only to incredibly generous sponsors such as The Toyota Motor Manufacturing Company, and Janome Canada (who is awarding a Janome machine to this year's "Award of Excellence" winner as chosen by the judges and at the close of the show they will award an Elna Machine (division of Janome) to the viewers choice winner

In addition to The Grand Prize, and Award of Excellence there are 2 Curators Choice awards, a new award for "Innovation" and honourable mention. Additional sponsors are The Waterloo County Quilters Guild, Triangle Sewing Centre, Creative Sisters ,Greenwood Quiltery and A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine
I certainly hope I have not forgotten anyone.

As one of the award recipients I really want to express a huge thank you to everyone involved, I am thrilled and deeply honoured. It is amazing just to have a piece in the exhibit.
and yes "Grafiti" earned a Curators Choice Award..........did I mention I am thrilled????
The photo above, was taken during the awards presentation........the room was so full, many guests have spilled out into the foyer and other gallery rooms

Okay so in my last post I told you that I would be showing you how Graffiti evolved. I told you it had a message and asked if you could decipher for now I will show you the message.
Here is a close up of one of the 12 sections. Can you read it from the center out? below is a diagram that spells it out for you.

The idea was to have a piece that at first glance simply appeared to be an interesting, somewhat abstract design, but intriguing enough to draw the viewer in for a closer look.
Graffiti is likely one of the most controversial of all art forms and while yes technically it is vandalism when done without the property owners permission................In many cases it is also undeniably ART.

So I promise in my next post you will see Graffiti's skeleton.

..........and check this out. The Quilt Rat is being featured on this site as her "Blog of the Week" Thank you Carol......gotta love the quilt blogging community!


Mary-Kay said...

Okay I get it now. I didn't think tht some of the symbols were letters. Very clever! I tihnk I really like your style of graffiti.

Sherri said...

You're really sumpthin' ... yes you are! :)

Rian said...

Amazing. How very creative. Congratulations on the Curator's Choice Award, you must be flyin'. Enjoy the moment--you deserve it.

Quilt Hollow said...

Well....aren't you clever! You had me stumped and now that you spelled it out for me I see it!!

Loreen Leedy said...

Fantabulous! A fascinating, thought-provoking, and beautiful work of art.

comicbooklady said...

Yours is definetely art, not vandalism! Congrats!

comicbooklady said...

ahem, yes, definitely.

Finishing Lines by K.Sperino said...

This is absolutely fabulous. I love it and congratulations. Grafitt=Art, yes!

Robbie said...

Congrats on your award! SO well deserved!! I didn't get all the words but close!!! Wonderful idea and great artist work!

Zlaty said...

Wow that is so original! I love your design! Thanks for the reveal of the message!

Happy sewing!

Diane J. Evans said...

Congratulations on so many levels!! Now, what do you mean when you say that you're not a math person?! Look at the math that was involved in designing this amazing quilt!! You must be ecstatic!! Enjoy the ride -- you've earned it, my friend!


Clare Wassermann said...

Very clever and beautifully made - glad you enjoyed the show - sounds wonderful

prashant said...

Very clever! I tihnk I really like your style of graffiti.
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