This wrap, Kakabeak, was submitted for selection in the Creative Fibre Exhibition at Entwine Festival in Christchurch. Several weeks ago I received a phone call from the Convenor saying it could be displayed in the exhibition if it was not for sale. The reason given was that the beating was irregular.
Well, of course, I got huffy and just said "send it back to me please". My reasoning being that if the selectors thought it wasn't good enough to sell then I would think it not good enough to be displayed.
Then I waited to get my hands on the wrap to see if I, as a selector, would agree with their decision.
Yes, there were a couple of rows which weren't beaten quite evenly (I've now evened them out, don't ask!) but overall, no, I don't agree with their decision.
Kakabeak is woven on a networked warp with an echo of 8 shafts. The tie up is a plaited twill with 3.1, 1.3, 2.2 twills and a lot of tabby and these do look like uneven beating when held to the light but they are quite correct for a plait.
What about things like Suitability for Purpose, Visual Impact, Design etc.
If anything I might have asked, Where is the Magic?
I think its a pretty delightful versatile garment with the red moon shapes reflecting the Kakabeak flower.
In the end its part of the deal that we accept the selectors decision but I do think the time is coming where guide lines/rules are necessary for participants and selectors.