Judging

Tracey Lawko, CQA/ACC Certified Quilt Judge

Tracey Lawko judging miniature quiltsTracey received her Quilt Judge Certification from the Canadian Quilters Association in 2013 following a 2-year apprenticeship. Her judging experience covers a range of events including local Guilds’ Members’ Challenges, large regional quilt shows and the National Juried Show (NJS) of the Canadian Quilters Association. She had the honour of judging the NJS at Quilt Canada in Halifax, NS in 2012 and in Mississauga, ON in 2016.

Tracey brings her broad knowledge of the textile arts to her judging. Her own quilts and textile artwork have been juried into many prestigious North American shows. She has won numerous awards for her quilting, longarming, embroidery and fibre art. Her strong knowledge of the principles and elements of design and keen eye for workmanship enable her to assess a variety of textile artwork from traditional quilts to innovative fibre art.

When judging, she looks at a number of aspects. First, the visual impact of a piece. What impression does it give? What message comes through? Aspects of design are critical. How does the artist use principles of design such as balance, harmony, integrity, and variety to communicate the message? And how are design elements such as line, shape, colour, value, pattern and texture used to create an effective composition? Technical execution is important; does it enhance or detract from the overall message or purpose of the work?

“In my view, the purpose of judging is to provide constructive feedback that will help artists grow and develop their art form,” says Tracey. When writing critiques for shows like the NJS, her objective is to acknowledge strengths in each work and offer a suggestion for a potential area for improvement.

To understand the scope and nature of each show, the judge needs to review the Call for Entry and Contest Rules. Other questions include: Approximately how many quilts are to be judged across how many categories; and what are those categories? What ribbons or prizes are to be awarded? Will the works be judged flat or as hung for display? How much time is available for judging? Are written critiques wanted for each quilt? Will the judge be working alone or as part of a judging team? What support is available, i.e. aides and scribes?

Quilt shows today showcase a broad range of beautiful textile art. Judged shows provide an extra level of excitement for both artists and viewers.

Contact Tracey to inquire about availability and fees.

For more information about the CQA/ACC Quilt Judge Certification Programme, click here.