I am so excited to announce my Call for Entries entitled “OURstory: Human Rights Stories in Fabric,” telling the stories of disenfranchised people and their fights for equal rights. Groups everywhere have struggled to experience equal rights. The rights fought for range from basic freedom as in the case of those who were enslaved or forced into human trafficking; to equal pay for equal work in the case of women in the workplace. All groups and issues will be welcome in this collection. Make a 25” x 40” quilt about any discrimination or violation of your human rights. Suggested subjects and categories include but are not limited to: the story of denied rights, a human rights activist, a human rights event, a human rights victory, or people who are disenfranchised.
To join in the fun, please follow the guidelines and fill out the registration form.
I hope you will join me.
Susanne Miller Jones – by way of introduction
For those who don’t know me, let me introduce myself. I am a retired school teacher, turned fiber artist.
I love to work with bright colors and a variety of textures, pulling in fibers not usually found in traditional quilts: vinyl, fleece, crepe de chine, and lace. Frequently I use machine embroidery in my designs. I enjoy adding beads, crystals, and buttons. To add more texture, I often quilt with metallic or holographic thread.
You can see my work in Inspired by the Beatles: An Art Quilt Challenge; in Inspired by the National Parks; and in The Quilt Index. I am pleased to have had quilts in special exhibits traveling from coast to coast. I am inspired, enriched and educated by my associations with Sacred Threads, The Quilt Alliance and SAQA.
My first collection, Fly Me to the Moon, a collection of 179 quilts made by 141 artists from 8 countries premiered at the Houston International Quilt Show and will be touring for the next 3 to 4 years. The book Fly Me to the Moon: An Art Quilt Journey is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. HERstory, a collection of 107 quilts by international artists, honors strong women and their amazing accomplishments. Who would you have on that list?
OURstory: Civil Rights Stories in Fabric
Size: 25” wide x 40” long
OURstory: Human Rights Stories in Fabric, telling the stories of disenfranchised people and their fights for equal rights will be 25” x 40” quilts about any discrimination or violation of human rights. Suggested subjects and categories include but are not limited to: the story of denied rights, rights activists, human rights events or protests, a human rights victory, or people who are disenfranchised. What right is most important to you? What group do you identify with that struggles to get those rights? Which human rights leader is your hero? What is your story, your struggle, your victory? Perhaps you do not have a personal story of struggle. Could you give voice to someone else’s story? The field is wide open.
Some of the legally protected variables that protect people from being discriminated against are:
The 25”W x 40” L quilts (portrait orientation) must be original designs including the quilting. No computerized quilting patterns are allowed. Do not use patterns or other copyrighted materials. Text may is allowed, but no copyrighted verbiage. Any photos used must be original, in the public domain or used with permission of the original photographer. People who own the right to the image used on any quilt need to give permission for use on the piece even if it is for inspiration if it is not your own.
The quilts will be traveling and will be stacked, so they must be constructed flat. Embellishments, which could damage other quilts or be damaged by stacking, are not allowed. Textile friendly embellishments are allowed. Make sure your embellishments are not fragile. Please do not ask for special handling, individual care and/or special packing. OURstory is not a 3-D project. Since quilts will be stacked together to for shipping, pieces must be clean and free of smoke odor. Any quilt with a strong odor will be shipped back to the creator at their cost.
Quilts will be juried by a panel of experienced art quilters. Professional quality photographs of your art quilt and a 250-word artist statement are required for jurying. Submission of your quilts will be via ArtCall. Save your digital images as a high-quality JPEG, no TIFF or RAW. The finished image should be a minimum of 3000 pixels on the longest side. Professional textile photography is recommended. DO NOT send me your actual quilt with your initial submission. The artist statement, explaining the story behind your piece, and photographs of the quilt are due to me by September 11, 2017. You will be sent a link to use to submit your quilt. I will notify you of the results of the jurying in late October, date TBD after conferring with the jurors. I will provide you with shipping information at the time of your acceptance.
Hard copy, signed release forms must be included with delivery of quilt, one for Schiffer Publishing Ltd., the other to permit travel with the exhibit(s). These forms will be emailed to you.
In addition to the non-refundable $40 registration fee, artists will be responsible for delivery of the quilt to and from Susanne Jones. If the quilt needs to be shipped, the artist will pay shipping and insurance to and from Susanne. The registration fee will be used to cover shipping to and from the exhibit venues; no additional fees will be required.
Each quilt must have a 4” wide x 24” long pleated sleeve www.moonlightingquilts.wordpress.com/tag/how-to-make-a-quilt-sleeve/ and a label. The sleeve should be 1” down from the top edge. The label should contain the title of the work, artist’s name, date completed and town where made.
Quilts will travel for up to two years. Please do not publish pictures of your quilt or portions thereof via social media or otherwise until given the go ahead by the curator to do so. Please note that you may choose only to submit your quilt for the manuscript and decline the exhibit opportunities. Artists may submit up to three quilts.
Please email the attached form and a PayPal payment at https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/send-money-online to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not use my other email addresses for PayPal.
OURstory Wish List: Please indicate your top 3 choices in order of preference. All quilts will be 25”W x 40”L. Please tell me the theme or topic of your quilt. The purpose of this is to make sure the subject fits the parameters of the collection. More than one entry will be allowed per topic, but limits may be placed on the number of entries on any one topic at my discretion.
My intention is for you to make whatever you want to make. The only reason you might not get your first choice is if a slew of people wants to make a certain person or event for example.
I will not begin work on a quilt until I receive an email confirmation of my “assignment.” I understand I am responsible for insuring my quilt.