Guidelines for Entrants of the Fiber Inspirations Exhibits
There will be four exhibits judged for prizes. They are the Fashion Show, Accessory Show, and two individual exhibits: Fiber Art and Functional Fiber Shows. The following information will help you create a prize winning piece. The criteria for judging will be: Craftsmanship, Originality, Suitability to Purpose, and Communication of Thought. You must be a member of MLH to enter one of the exhibits. The Criteria attributes are:
Craftsmanship: Skilled work by hand or machine, attention to detail, impeccable workmanship, structural soundness. Are edges finished well? Is the display technique compatible with the piece?
Originality: New use of materials, unusual combinations of fiber, innovative structure, use of design and color, updating old patterns, lack of copying, change in concept, individual artistic growth, as well as pushing the limits of the form.
Suitability to Purpose: “Form follows function.” Art made for use. How well does the piece fulfill its reason for being? Does the garment fit the body well? Is a sturdy fiber used for a rug, not a delicate baby wool?
Communication of Thought: The difficult-to-define thing that good art accomplishes, the intuitive, the spiritual idea. Emphasis is on the aesthetic qualities. Art can communicate a political statement, express feeling for beauty, pleasure, pain, awe, or celebrate color and pattern. Does the piece evoke a response?
The jurors for the exhibits are:
Fashion: Dianne Totten
Fashion Accessories: Mary Hettsmansperger
Fiber Art: Cameron Taylor-Brown
Functional Fiber: Barbara J. Walker
All work entered will be exhibited. The juror will critique your work and award prizes. We hope this information will encourage all our members to enter something in at least one of the exhibits. Each entrant will receive the jurying form with the juror’s comments. First, second, third prizes in each category are $250, $150, and $100 respectively.