I have entered a few judged quilt shows in my time. Occasionally my work is even selected for a prize, ribbon or award. When that happens, I guess that implicitly means that my work has been assessed to address the judges’ criteria more successfully than the other quilts presented in that category on that day. However, I have never actually received any formal feedback from a judged exhibition as this has not been typical Australian Guild practice in recent history.I have several quilt show judging assignments marked in my calendar and it looks like most, if not all, will involve providing some kind of official evaluation or feedback to the entrants. Now I understand the theory of judging feedback, and its potential for giving encouragement and highlighting areas for improvement, but how does it really work in practice?
If you have ever entered a quilt show that gives feedback, I would be interested in hearing your experience, especially if you have found it helpful. And if, like me, you have never entered a show that provides written evaluations, would you like to see the introduction of quilt show judging feedback and what form should that feedback take?
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