Warning: generally, I like to keep my posts short and full of eye candy. This one…..not so much.
Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with the editor of The KC Studio, a local magazine dedicated to the Arts (more about that exciting story in a different post). Kellie and I met over lunch and talked about a lot of things, mostly quilting. She listened patiently as I rambled on and on.
(I warn non-quilters that I can talk about quilting for extended periods of time without drawing a breath!)
I told her about my passion for quilting, how it’s an art to me, and she asked a question that has been rolling around in my head since.
“So,” she asked, leaning in a little, “Do you feel the need to defend yourself as an artist?”
I am embarrassed at my response. “No, I don’t,” I said, “If they know, then they know…you know?” I couldn’t believe how dumb that answer was.
“Hold on,” I said, “Let me rephrase. I don’t feel the need to defend myself as an artist. All the matters is that I know that what I do is art.”
Ok, so I managed a better answer then second time around, but that question had me thinking. Do we, as quilters, need to correct someone every time they ask us to make them a blanket? Do we need to justify the passion that we have for quilting?
Driving along last night, a phrase popped in my head,
“Quilting isn’t a craft…it’s an art”.
Hmm, I thought, I like the sound of that. I repeated it silently a few times, rolling the words over in my mind. (I didn’t want any weird looks from the hubby) Quilting is an art! A quilter is a fabric artist!
That is my new quilting motto. I am not saying that I am determined to defend myself as an artist, but I will reaffirm to anyone that listens that we are artists!
Ok, now that my rant is over, I am going back to quilting.