Things to do when dealing with critics.

So far, I have been very fortunate. People may have been laughing at my works in the car on the way home after an exhibition, but I have been spared the brunt of a published negative review, so far, I think. Criticism has been delivered during the formation of ideas and final assessment pieces as I went through uni, and although it sometimes would bring me to tears, I like to think I have grown, and can take some criticism on the chin now, even if as it’s being delivered it feels like a slap to the face.
I was led to this reviewers site through that fantastic bitchy craft blog, Regretsy. The story goes, Big Al reviewed a book, pretty positively even. Typos and grammatical errors make me furious.

Two stars, sad face :(.  Putting ourselves out there as creative people is scary, and difficult when something you have worked so hard on is rejected, but let me tell you about the day I learned how to deal with a published criticism (yesterday).

You may feel you were treated unfairly and need to say your piece, but vent to your mum, your partner, your dog!

Posting contradicting reviews on a critics’ site! Classy. Do it some more!
And then there is this:

 Descending into madness here:

And here:


And that’s the time I learned how to respond to criticism. To see the full public relations nightmare unfold, it is here.

About kellymarietheartist

Visual artist originally from Australia, travelling the world creating crocheted wearable art and functional textile pieces. Sustainable art and slow fashion made from recycled fabrics, wools and metal. Colourful. Psychedelic. Unique.
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