Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Carrington

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I went to two quilt shows today, one at Wentworth Falls in the School of Arts there, and one at the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba.  This is one part of the Carrington - as you can see, an historic hotel with some beautiful spaces - chandeliers, leadlight, etched glass, this dome...
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Some beautiful, inspiring quilts to see too.  As there can be kerfuffle about showing images from quilt shows, I haven't put any quilt pictures here.  But well done to everyone - just lovely work.
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EDITED later to add: Brenda notes in a comment that there is no kerfuffle if you ask permission from the quiltmaker or include a link, and this made me think about the issues involved.
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In this case, there is no link available of which I'm aware that has pictures of the quilts.  Winners are listed here, but no pictures of the quilts.  As to contacting the quiltmakers - for the purposes of a blog (like mine here, which is day-in-the-life in style), this would take a lot of effort and indeed time, working through the quilt show organisers, waiting to hear from the quiltmakers etc, by which time the blog's moved on to other things.  I don't really want to blog "three weeks ago I saw this quilt...".  At this show, I didn't see any signage about photography - yes/no/limitations/policy.
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Perhaps it would be useful if all quilt shows clearly indicated their photography policy and procedures, including a clear method of contacting quiltmakers (through the show organisers, I'd guess, for privacy reasons).  Some do, but not always fully, and some don't at all.  In the internet/blogging age, it's an issue that needs consideration.  On the one hand, quiltmakers want control of images related to their work.  On the other hand, an enthusiastic blogaccount of a quilt show may well bring more visitors.  This show had an airing of the quilts on the outside verandahs of the Carrington, and it would not have been inconceivable that a mug punter could have walked past, photographed what they saw and published this on the internet without going anywhere nearer to see a photography policy, if they even thought about a photography policy.
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Also, any show with photographs on its site is most likely to present the winning quilts, whereas a blogger's more idiosyncratic view may include a different range of quilts, depending on what caught their eye.
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Rant over.
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2 comments:

Brenda said...

There's no kerfuffle if you ask permission from the quiltmaker or simply include a link...

a good yarn said...

I agree..what a wasted opportunity for the quilt designers and show organisers. Imagine the interest that could be created in blogland. My American quilting friends have no problems taking pictures of quilts at their shows. As a result of quilts I've seen on their blogs I have found designers and ordered their patterns.

Cheers...Ann :)