I getting ready to do jury shots for my wearable art. I do a combination of felted work and also knitted. The items include hats, handbags, scarves, and clothing.  I've read that jurors want to see "like" items or things that correspond in some way. Can I do this by making all my pieces in the same color scheme? 

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  • I think Sara did well with her choice of pieces. She's been sending them to me to photograph. With that being said, the photograph or background treatment is also a way of bringing a body of work together. It contributes to the "made by the same mind" theory because it takes the photography out of the equation. With Sara's they are all on a similar graduated background and with other wearable fiber artist's work, I sometimes use a black dress form against a black background. None of this is an issue as long as the jury set matches.

    Larry Berman

  • Sarah,

    Curious as to what you decided to do regarding your wearable art jury photos.  I am faced with the same dilemma. I am a weaver.  I weave a variety of wearable items (scarves, Mobius and shrugs) using different weave structures and yarn.  My work ranges from painted warps to very fine silk.  How I see it is that I don't have a single "signature" style.  I could submit photos that have a color theme but the weave structure would still look incongruent across the spectrum of photos and items.  I'm looking for guidance.

    • Jeri, I did four different pieces, a felted hat, a nuno felted scarf, a nuno felted top, and a free form knit/crochet handbag. They were all basically turquoise but each had some different accent colors.  As Larry said he used the same background and I think it tied everything together well.

      My items vary quite a bit but use the same basic material, just different techniques. I think the color theme could work for you.  Give it a try!

  • You might try to have a *few* colors that work well together.  As an example, if you have five slides to show your items, try two in red, another in red, black, gold, then another in black and gold, and one black.  They look related, hand together well, and aren't as boring to view as just one color.  (Other variations/proportions of solids to multi-colors are possible.) If the application allows you to place them in a specific order, all the better for you to present them in the best color order.

    (It might have been in a Bruce Baker workshop where I heard this advice.)

    Good luck with your 2015 applications! 

    • Thanks for the info!

  • That may be a very cool thing to do, Sara. It would make a great set of jury images, different from the rest of the submissions. Then you would show a larger range of colors in your booth image. 

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