There were four exhibits judged for prizes: Fashion, Fashion Accessory, Fiber Art and Functional Fiber. The criteria for judging was based on: Craftsmanship, Originality, Suitability to Purpose and Communication of Thought.
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 judges for the exhibits were:
Fiber Art – Judy Dominic
Functional Fiber – Joan Sheridan
Fashion Garments – Mary Sue Fenner
Fashion Accessories – Jenny Schu