This is Mariko Kusumoto’s Excellence in Fibers story.
“In my career, it has been my experience that one event can lead to another, connecting to more opportunities and taking you somewhere you had never imagined.
Being involved with Excellence in Fibers was one such event. My work was selected for inclusion in Excellence in Fibers 2016 and it appeared on the cover of the EIF issue. The piece was also subsequently shown at the New Bedford Art Museum and at Highfield Hall, and then, directly because of this exposure, was sold to a collector.
But this is not the end of the story. I was subsequently contacted by another collector who had seen my work at Highfield Hall, and she purchased one of my other fiber sculpture pieces. She told me that she is going to connect me to a fellow collector that she is friends with, so it is still an ongoing story.
My association with Excellence in Fibers/Fiber Art Now has had a very positive influence on my career and I cannot thank the team enough. I believe that for an artist it’s very important to accept any opportunity for exposure. Very significantly, Excellence in Fibers is a publication that not only promotes your work throughout the world, but their associated shows also open up additional opportunities to advance your exposure. You never know what can happen!”
Many thanks to Mariko Kusumoto
for sending us her Excellence in Fibers story.
Excellence in Fibers is an annual submission opportunity sponsored by Fiber Art Now. It is a project that is designed specifically to maximize opportunities, including getting selected work shown in a respected venue; shared with decision-makers in fibers and fine craft; seen by jurors who have reach in fibers, fine craft AND the art world in general; win actual prize money; get your work on the short list for inclusion in Fiber Art Now magazine; and be added to an international publication with worldwide reach, subscribers, newsstand sales, and gallery sales. View the 2017 Juror Group.
Note: Works do NOT have to be available for the San Jose show to be selected for EIF!