“Re-imagined” a Challenge with a Difference, the first virtual textile exhibition, was open to ALL rug makers and textile artists in Australia/New Zealand, Pacific Islands, in fact anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere
Jo Franco and Kira Mead (WA) and Judi Tompkins (QLD) pulled together a new kind of fibre challenge open to individual artists and collaborative projects – to encourage the use of fibre, textile, recycled items and embellishments.
For this prototype online Exhibition there was no entry fee, size limit or costly shipping of entries, the entries were viewed online by Jurors in the USA and Canada.
The selected Entries formed the basis of a Virtual Exhibition.
The Brief: was simply create an art work (2D or 3D) using any of the listed rugmaking techniques with the addition of specific non-rugmaking items.
This challenge was open to any fibre artist – not just rug makers – however at least one of the many rug making techniques shown on the “Call for Entries” form was to be included along with items from the list of required embellishments by category.
The Opening of the virtual exhibition was held during Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village, Ohio, USA and visitors were shown how to navigate their way through the online gallery, as if they were walking through a real gallery, viewing works close up or stepping back, with the option of returning to a previously viewed work. Also how to bring up the onscreen catalogue with description of work, Artist Statement and price.
In the following video, Lead Juror Susan Feller along with Judi Tompkins and Jo Franco discuss why it was decided to create a virtual exhibition and how it came about.
ArtWear Publishing (Aust) featured this virtual event, “Re-imagined” a mixed media exhibition, in the March 2019 issue of “Embellish”.
This virtual exhibition was also featured in the August issue of Rug Hooking Magazine (USA).