Responses Please

With todays post I am hoping to get some comments, responses, and maybe even a little dialogue going. I visit many blogs. Some I visit label their art as 'fibre art' or 'fabric collage'. These works look similar to crazy quilting, employ most of the same techniques and resources as CQ, but they are not CQ. Ladies, I'm thinking here mainly of One Crab Apple and Baumcat, how do you consider that your work differs from mine. I really love your pieces. They seem to speak. Cat , I know you call yourself a CQer, but you seem to approach your work differently ( as in I haven't seen any quilts).
I'm not after positive or negative comments, what is better or right, each to their own, I would just like to know a bit about what you do, where you get your inspiration, where you learn your techniques. Talk to me !!
Another blog to note is Sammystuff. Some great stuff going on here.

6 comments:

Sharkeysday said...

I have to say, my understanding of CQ is that there are no rules. We have one "funny" rule in our CQ group and that's "no glue" otherwise, piecing, uses, how many stitches, lack or quantity of embellishments don't matter. I would call both of those CQ'ers. I myself have made several pieces using some CQ methods and some traditional (as well as untraditional methods) and I still consider myself a CQ'er.

Nathalie L. pour Histoires de boites à couture said...

Mon inspiration vient de tous les sites que je visite. Les blogs de CQ, le tien, celui de Sharon, j'adore le travail que vous faites en CQ et en art textile. Merci de visiter aussi le mien. You ROCK you to.
Nathalie

Maddie Can Fly said...

Maybe the term "fiber art" is just for marketing purposes? CQ could conjure up old fashioned images whereas "fiber art" means new and up to date? Although our CQ's now ain't what the Victorians used to do!

Debbie R. said...

I love your blog and this really sparked my thinking. What is art anyway? Some textile works seem to be more cutting-edge, but I don't think this defines them as art any more than something more traditional in nature.

Is it that the maker comes to a place in their creating that goes beyond the ordinary and they develop their own style? Their own voice? Is there something of a revelation in the maker's mind of being an artist where they have developed to the point where they are not just doing CQ?

CQ in and of itself is very artistic, in my mind, so does that make all CQers artists? I don't think so. :-) We all know art when we see it, don't we? :-) So it seems somewhat subjective. But for me, art reaches out and touches something within. Some of my own creations do this for me, so I guess these are art too, huh?

I'm done rambling for now, but this topic sure has given me a lot to think about. Gotta sew...

Jo in NZ said...

Thanks Mary-Frances,Lesa and Debbie for your comments ( Nathalie too, I think I get the gist!!). I disagree that not all CQ is art. I beleive to the maker it is, and if you are happy with what you are doing then don't change.I think the creation of something is 'art', but CQ is also very much a craft.
I guess, after thinking about this, that CQ is defined by the base we start with - a patchwork, pieced foundation- which by definition , makes it a quilt. I am interested in the term "mixed media" . These pieces tend to be embellished, as in CQ, but these people dont (generally) refer to themselves as quilters, unless it is as an art quilter.
You are right Debbie, alot to think about, but ultimately I will remain a Crazy quilter. I may dabble in other 'mixed media' techniques, as finances allow, but I think I have found an outlet for my artistic expression through CQ.

I'm off for a few days holiday, see you later.

Cat said...

Hi Jo, I'm just reading this, and crabapple is on vaca...

I LOVE crazy quilts. I was further inspired by Montano's quilts. The first piece that I dubbed a "crazy quilt collage" was actually a cutting from an antique and worn out crazy quilt to which I added and added and added, thus being like a collage.

I agree with the "no rules" and "no glue" to crazy quilting, and I embrace all the non-tradional "arts" to it. But I reserve a very special place for the authentic Crazy Quilt from the Victorian Era!