|A little play on the word tastemaker....|
That struck a chord with me (no pun intended). So many artists across genres owe their success to a tastemaker. In music, I believe Williams is right to credit the DJs. In fashion, magazine editors spot talent both on and off the runway. In traditional art circles, it's a prominent gallerist or museum curator who has confidence in the importance of an artist's work and sways public opinion.
Who are the fiber art tastemakers?
I believe that the Snydermans of the Snyderman-Works gallery in Philadelphia have "found" innovative, ground-breaking fiber artists, as well as those from other genres. They've brought fiber art to the public via their gallery. Jason Pollen, former Surface Design Association (SDA), comes to mind. During his years at the helm of SDA I believe he gave voice to many innovators in the fiber art field via the Surface Design journals and exhibitions. I am sure there are others. However, I wonder if we -- fiber artists as an artistic group -- are lacking in champions. There is a LOT of great fiber art, but not many folks who are seeing it.
Who are our tastemakers?
How do we find tastemakers to bring our art to the public eye?