Thursday, February 4, 2010

Rejection Is NOT Fun

This one is Whimsical Wonder, and it too did not get accepted into the national show. They say rejection makes you stronger. Just doesn't make you feel better=)


Carole said...

Jackie... crawl right back out, get on the internet and look for other venues....
I have had the same feeling.. and from the same show I just don't enter that one. Study the catalogue that comes every year with the Fall CQA magazine and see if your work fits in. Study the work of the jurors... it makes a big difference. A decline from the NJS put me into 2 other shows, using the same material and photos. So, it just depends on what they want.
To me you have won.. big time.. because you even entered! If no one entered, there would not be a show...
Here is a hug...

Julia in NZ said...


You work is gorgeous. The colours are vibrant and the quilting is beautifully done. I don't know what your national show's criteria were. Sometimes you strike a chord with the judge and sometimes their personal choices don't resonate with your work.

If they were looking for specifically 'arty' work, then possibly square, symmetrical designs have a disadvantage. They might be looking for asymmetry, negative space and eye movement round a design. Check on the winners and see if you can detect a link there.

Next, go enter a different show!

Cynthia Wenslow said...

Jackie, I know it's hard not to feel rejected, but it's not personal and probably not even about your work!

It takes courage to put yourself out there. It took me years and years before I had the guts to do it.

Jurors have a very difficult task. They must always select from way more work than they have room to show. And from all the entries they then have to pull together a cohesive exhibit. It's much harder than one might think!

As Carole says, just enter your work someplace else. It might be perfect for the vision the next juror has!

Diana said...

Make your own check list.
First impression [in judges eyes]
Meets the Theme
Design Elements
Workmanship- degree of difficulty - how close you came to perfect.
Techniques - degree of difficulty - how close you came to perfect.
Shape - rectangles are really square at the corner and sides are straight. If you make an unusual shape make it pronounced enough that it doesn't look like a mistake.
Size - Width and length
borders - degree of difficulty - how close you came to perfect.
binding - degree of difficulty - how close you came to perfect.

Most likely there will be less than one percent difference in marks recieved between the ones that are chosen and the ones that don't get in this time.

I know you will be looking at your work as a learning experience.

The next show might accept your work and it could be a winner. Don't be discouraged.

Susan Being Snippy said...

as they say in baseball, etc, "there's always next year" I entered a few times and did not get juried in but I did get invited in (as a contributor to the magazine), it is just as nice to be invited!

This is my first visit to your blog, and I will put it on my rss feed, so will be reading you again soon.
I like the style you have developed...

norma said...

I have a very good story about rejection. I made a quilt with the IQA show in Houston specifically in mind. I was crushed when it didn't get in, although a second piece did. I really liked the quilt and there were no rules saying that you couldn't enter the quilt a second time. So I did, and I not only got in, but I won a second prize and a nice big fat check. Different jurors.

Your quilts are lovely! There are lots of show our there and one of them is bound to be a fit for you.