I love a round-robin. Lots of people don’t and I can understand that – sometimes participants vary wildly in skill, artistic understanding, and taste. I think that if you set the right parameters, you should have something workable by the end! For those who don’t know, a round-robin, when applied to textiles, means that several people contribute elements of a piece to each other so that at the end of the project, everyone has the same number of pieces from which they construct a finished item. I have seen work by groups of artists and the results can be astounding. Usually there are rules – which can help or hinder. In 2011, the rules of the challenge set by my local quilt group – Welsh Heritage Quilters – were that each of 6 participants contributed blocks that amounted to 12″ square. Read about it here. This year, the rules are that each participant, (again 6 to a group) contributes a 4″ x 36″ strip. I have chosen to set my own theme as Analogy and will be giving participants a rainbow of hand-dye remnants and rejects which are use-able in bits, but are too flawed to use whole, (until I get around to playing with them with print etc.)
I have made a book to send around so that participants can add their thoughts and ideas. Who knows what will result!