I frequently visit a gallery that specialises in textile art, the works are always accompanied by an explanation from the artist.
More that just an artist statement, they are sometimes lengthy descriptions of how, where, why, what.
Is there a need amongst textile 'viewers' to have it all explained, a need that doesn't seem to exist in 'painterly' circles.
Why does a textile 'viewer' need to know not only the thought processes, but how it was put together, did the artist hand quilt or was it stitched on one of those big professional quilting machines, was the fabric dyed, stencilled or painted by the artist or bought from the local fabric store.
Is it because textile art is still seen as "women's work", we like to compare stitches, wonder if their work is as fine as granma's, wonder "if I dyed my fabric like that...then I could get results like that.."
Why don't you get the same information at an art show, we are seldom told about the inspirations let alone the technical details like the brand of oil paints or the brush sizes, did he use linseed oil, did the artist stretch his own canvas...
- these artists are a secretive bunch, if only they would tell all the way the textile artists do, then we could go home and paint like Rembrandt!