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Thread: Quilter/Artist

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    I read a discussion about this question on a German board recently:

    When do you start to consider a quilter as an "artist" or "quilt artist"?

    I am really looking forward to you answers.....

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    I consider them an artist with the first cut in a piece of fabric and the first stitches they make. Actually it might be even sooner then that. It is probably when they are deciding on a pattern and the fabric to use. It could be for their not perfect first quilt or the 100th quilt they are making. Once they decide they want to make a quilt their creative/artistic mind is at work. Every quilter is an artist no matter what their skill level is.

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    I second that very well said!

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    In my humble opinion, if someone makes a quilt following the pattern directions exactly, using the exact fabrics suggested, he/she is a quilter but not a quilting artist. An artist to me uses his/her imagination to come up with 'new' visions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do
    In my humble opinion, if someone makes a quilt following the pattern directions exactly, using the exact fabrics suggested, he/she is a quilter but not a quilting artist. An artist to me uses his/her imagination to come up with 'new' visions.
    I agree with this. Anyone can paint by numbers or follow a pattern but to do it one your own makes you an artist.

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    "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." -Scott Adams This is one of my favorite quotes and goes right along with what lots2do said. Originality is essential for something to be art and the maker to be an artist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do
    In my humble opinion, if someone makes a quilt following the pattern directions exactly, using the exact fabrics suggested, he/she is a quilter but not a quilting artist. An artist to me uses his/her imagination to come up with 'new' visions.
    I agree with this. Anyone can paint by numbers or follow a pattern but to do it one your own makes you an artist.
    I myself have never used a fabric line and followed directions to a pattern so I had never even given that a thought when I posted my answer. Bringing this aspect to light I agree they would not be an artist. The artist would be the person who does not make a cookie cutter quilt using a kit or someone elses patern, fabric etc. An artist to me would be someone who purchases fabric, not a fabric line, mixes and matches, and picking a pattern or coming up with one of their own. It doesn't have to be the workmanship in the finished quilt but the imagination it took to get it to the point of being a quilt.

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    Boy, this is a hard one. My son is an artist and he thinks I am but I don't think I am. We go back and forth on this one.
    I call myself creative but I'm not an artist. Oh well, I have fun!! :D

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    an artist.............

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    I call myself creative but I'm not an artist. Oh well, I have fun!! :D
    ditto

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    If you are creating art, no matter if you follow another's design or not, then you are an artist....just not a designer. An artist creates beauty, they don't necessarily design that beauty.

    Perhaps you should add a catagory or question...when does a quilter become a designer? Is it when they change the colors of an age-old pattern to suit themselves? Perhaps when they make up a new pattern from start to finish? (Is that even possible except with a landscape type of quilt?)

    I think it's all a matter of perspective. Many oil painters think that Thomas Kincade is NOT an artist, that he uses "tricks" instead of creating art. (Don't ask me to explain, I got disgusted with that conversation and left the room after I heard that, without waiting for explanations from those talking about him) If you were to follow the same thought pattern, Jinny Beyer is just a quilter, and not an artist or designer...because she uses patterned fabrics to create with...

    ~shrug~ Not sure I made my point clear...and really not even sure it matters... just that in my mind, everyone that puts together pieces of fabric, batting, and binding is an artist of SOME degree...

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    Definition of ARTIST

    one skilled or versed in learned arts

    one who professes and practices an imaginative art
    a person skilled in one of the fine arts

    a skilled performer; especially : artiste

    one who is adept at something

    (from Merriam-Webster)

    I define it as the breath of imagination, a visionary of sorts, the skill to pull together all the elements of the craft.

    It could also be what others consider you, not what you think you are. As in, I simply sew fabric together. Another may look at my interpretations with appreciation and declare I am an artist. (Note: This will NEVER happen in my natural lifetime! :lol: )

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    This might be one of those things that is hard to define, but you know it when you see it!

    I usually design my own patterns, but even so, I don't yet consider myself an artist. Being a quilt artist is something I aspire to, and am still a few projects away from achieving!

    I do believe that being an artist involves both creativity and technical skill. One must conquer the technical aspects in order to fully execute one's vision.

    Just my opinion! I'm a happy crafter until I morph like a butterfly into the artist I hope to be!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do
    In my humble opinion, if someone makes a quilt following the pattern directions exactly, using the exact fabrics suggested, he/she is a quilter but not a quilting artist. An artist to me uses his/her imagination to come up with 'new' visions.
    I agree with this as well..However, a new quilter,whether an artist at heart or not has to crawl before walking= following directions and patterns...
    Yet I believe an artist at heart will have total tunnel vision ( like a movie that wont stop) playing over n over in her mind about what she will eventually create once she gets these blasted basic steps down lol

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    I am learning an art

    :)

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    I think I am a student of the quilt art. Currently, I am learning techniques and many theories. I believe myself to be adept with the tools but still lacking the freedom to do my own thing.

    I have not mastered any techniques and I have not really branched out to put my own design in fabric. A true artist must have the spirit and the eye along with the technical execution. Looks like I will be a quilt art student for a while.

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    exactly MadQuilter. However, Ive purchased my design wall and books on exactly what I want to learn..I'm so gonna jump in a play lol

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    As the saying goes, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We are all individuals with our own tastes so what one might consider art another may not.
    Personally I don't need a label. They are for my quilts.

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    In your case it was with the first stitch! Your work is beautiful!

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    Thank you quilter 68 if those kind word are meant for me. I have been sewing for a long time and quilting for about 7 years. For me it's a labor of love.
    Don't know how I would have gone in retirement without my craft work. Happy New Year.

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    I think being an artist is the ability to throw preconcieved notions out the window and do what you want to do. So what if you don't use cotton fabrics, who cares if it's not a 1/4inch seam and you use glue and band aids to put things together. It's about the journey and the destination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do
    In my humble opinion, if someone makes a quilt following the pattern directions exactly, using the exact fabrics suggested, he/she is a quilter but not a quilting artist. An artist to me uses his/her imagination to come up with 'new' visions.
    DITTO!! Well said. As a painter (note - I'm not an artist), I know the difference. I paint what others have created.....Michaelangelo was an artist.

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    When I've created a design all my own, even using traditional block patterns which I do prefer, I feel that I have created art.

    When I make a quilt from a commercial pattern I feel that I have made a quilt.

    I actually don't like "art quilts" (no offense to anyone who makes them, it's just not my thing).

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