So this week I got my feelings hurt. My husband and I heard of a local art show for artists over 55. Since this year I have officially aged gracefully into that criteria, Paul brought in two of his woodworking pieces and two of my art quilts. He chose a chest with a marquetry tiger on it as well as this nice concrete/wood table. (Both of which were just taking up space here!) . I sent the Lilies and Clapboards and Birdhouses quilts. He came home with my two wall hangings. Apparently, my work is not considered art. It's a craft. He explained to them that it is original designs but that did not matter. What's funny is that his work instantly sold. Paul was even asked to make another table to match the OMG!
Now you'd think that at 55 and being a quilter for 30 years, I would be over people having this prejudice against our art. Apparently not, since it's been 48 hours and I'm still pissed. I think the problem lies in the ignorance of some in the art community. They hear quilt, they think of 100's of years of a traditional female dominated craft. They think home, warmth, and security. All of which are true.
But, as most of you out there know, it is so much more. In fact, when I started this blog, the title of it came directly from this debate. It's Art, it's craft...it's whatever. I do what I do. I did not want to get hung up on the idea of labeling what I did. Now, once again someone else has done it for me. Idiot.
are rejecting a whole medium and potential income due to their ignorance.
Like I said Idiots.
So now I know exactly how Andy Warhol felt when people told him his work wasn't art. Hmmmm that didn't stop him and he seemed to have landed on his feet.
And this one man's ignorance is not going to stop me either.
There I feel better...grin. Rant over!
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