IPS 1996

Illustrated Pattern Swap 1996

Martin Joergensen

As a reaction on the Illustrated Pattern Swap 1996 participant Joe Cronley posted this message to the FF@ fly fishing mailing list:

Sue Kreutzer - the swap maistress herself
I must confess: When this swap was first proposed, I thought it was a bit odd and too complicated to work. My procrastination in submitting my materials was in part a reaction to that feeling.

I received my package yesterday, and mere words cannot convey what a personally revealing, moving project this was to participate in, and is to receive!

Each of us demonstrates, by the sheer fact of wading through over 100 messages a day, a devotion to learning about, discussing, and living the ethic of this sport. I don't think any project could more aptly summarize the various personalities involved in this list, and it is telling that the participants include many of the stalwarts, curmudgeons and gurus of the forum.

Joyce Westphal tied fly for every participant

Claude Freaner's entry

Dutch Henk Verhaar's entry

Fiddler in the grass - Joe Cronley

The word 'gamut' was coined to describe exactly the submissions to this swap. Each is an apt reflection of the author and a masterpiece, regardless of brevity or level of illustration. These range from the black and white single sheet front and back, illustrated with simple line drawings, to the more elaborate scanned and cad-cammed multi pagers, to the downright literary four color illustrated efforts of a few. I am proud to say that my own submission held its own in terms of originality and production values, as well as being the only saltwater pattern.

I will go ahead and nominate for the outstanding entry the project's brainchild and long-suffering swapmeistress (sic?) Sue Kreutzer. Her production is an extraordinarily well done five page long fictional diary/tying instructions, hand written, extensively and whimsically hand decorated, even hand colored AFTER reproduction. An inspired effort!

To all who awakened those skills which seem to be either underutilized or dormant, be they simple stick drawing, attempts at artistic illustration, computer work sufficient to illustrate technical documents, or downright art, congratulations. My biggest problem now is how to preserve and display this magnificent effort in a worthy manner.

I'm not sure anybody will try to do this again, as I'm sure Sue is worn out by the effort, but if they do I will sign up and I recommend you do so also.

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