Well I’m in a quandary. I’ve been asked several times over the last two years to enter juried shows or join a Craft Council. I’ve been torn for a number of reasons. The main one being that I would have to do all original work with the aim of selling it. I actually do my work to display as art, so I guess it’s for selling. But a lot of it is for myself and my family.
Take for example this series on the children’s poetry I’m currently hooking. That is definitely family keepsake stuff. But I honestly don’t know if my children will want the rugs or not. I will have to ask them. And what good are the rugs without the poetry? They are meaningless. I can’t sell the poems with the rugs. Or can I? What happens to copyright on them? I don’t want to strip my own children of their copyright! So what to do?
However, I do have a few other rugs I can hook and sell for a price. And I have a lot of ideas to hook up before the jury season is upon me for next year. So…with that in mind I did a few things today.
- I went through my existing rugs and pulled out the best original designs for jurying,
- I went through field identification guides and my photos looking for flowers to hook into rugs,
- I started sketching thumbnail sketches of rugs.
Here are the rugs I narrowed it down for possible jurying:
What do you think? I know I’ll hook some more. And they only need 10 – 14 for the shows I’m looking at entering. I’ve asked about taking my portfolio, and haven’t received a reply. I think they want to see the real rugs. Cannot blame them. I would too! But my best rugs keep selling. Ah well, we’ll see. I have four months to prepare for this.