frenchtown fiber

Chris Mundy and Kate House try to make art while navigating the crap life throws at them.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fiber Art or Quilt?

I always cruise Etsy looking for fiber artists with the same sensibility as me and to see what everyone else has been doing. I look at the section for Quilts and then go to "mini" or "wallhanging."  I'm generally not impressed with 80% of what I see. Well today I peeked at Art and then Fiber Art. Hello! Way more of what I have been looking for. So now the question is, how should I be tagging my art?  Obviously I have been thinking of them as quillts first, especially since they all end up being quilted. If you have a store on Etsy, would you mind telling me how you tag your art quilts?

Although I have not making traditional quilts these days, that is how I started and it is difficult for me to let some of the conventions go. Slowly, I have decided that it is OK to bind in a non-traditional way. I've decided that keeping the back of the quilt free of knots, etc. is for the county fair, not meaningful for my art.  I will admit, I feel guilty about it. I've decided that 100% cotton fabric is unnecessary, I don't even need to use fabric exclusively. My quilts don't need to stand up to washing, because they will not be washed. So here I am letting go of one more convention: The term QUILT.

5 comments:

Martys Fiber Musings said...

Yep, Chris, I'm having to let go of traditional quilty terms also. I've added fiber art and even mixed media to my vocabulary.

I look forward to seeing how others tag their artsy quilts.

cconz said...

I like fiber art.

Kim Hambric said...

Oh gosh! I use lots of different tags for my ARTWORK. I never seem to put them in the same order, though. Should I?

I use fiber art, art quilt, quilt, mixed media, wall decor, wall hanging, original & others that I can't think of right now. I'm not sure I've gotten the hang of tags yet.

I try not to use the word quilt too often. If I'm in a crowd and someone asks what I do, I blunder about for a bit and then mention the word "quilt." Then everyone in the crowd starts talking about their grannies.

I'm not sure what the heck it is that I do. Can you tell me?!?

Chris said...

Thanks for commenting everyone! Kim, I just looked more at fiber art and your latest entries are there.

Chris said...

Thanks for commenting everyone! Kim, I just looked more at fiber art and your latest entries are there.