This email has just gone out from Karey Bresenhan and we picked it up from the QuiltArt e-list (if you’re not a member, we think you should be!). We hope that the letter will be of interest to our readers and that someone who saw it here first will submit a quilt:
I know all of you are art quilters–that’s why you read this list! But I’mbetting that quite a few of you have come from excellent traditional quiltbackgrounds, and if so, you’re just the people I need to reach! (You and other really good traditional quilters you know, of course)
I’m jurying another 500 quilts book for Lark/Sterling. This one is 500 Traditional Quilts. I did the 500 Art Quilts book a couple of years ago. As with the art quilt book, we are trying to showcase the most beautiful, extraordinary traditional quilts being made today. There’s no restriction on country, or on materials used, or even on when the quilt was made, although preference will be given to more recent work. The quilt can have beenpublished elsewhere, online, or on a blog–no problem. Generally speaking, if your quilt has been published previously in a book or magazine, and YOUpaid for the photograph to be taken or YOU took the photo yourself, thenthere should be no copyright problem, but please do check the contract yousigned with the publication first, before submitting an entry. (And please,I don’t want to get in the middle of a copyright discussion–Heaven forbid!I am just passing along the specific information the Lark/Sterling editorgave me–I am certainly no copyright expert.)
Most of the Lark books require that the photo that is submitted for juryingbe of publication quality, but because so often even fine traditional quiltsare submitted with snapshots (this is based on our experience at IQA andwith Festival’s special exhibits), I convinced the editors to go a differentroute with the 500 Traditional Quilts book. We ask that you submit the best
quality photo you can for jurying, but if your quilt is selected for thebook, then it will be your responsibility to have a professional qualityphoto made for the book. Digital imagery, slides, and transparencies will beaccepted. Each quilt artist may submit up to 5 quilts. There is no entryfee. If your work is accepted for the book, you will get fullacknowledgement, one free copy (only one per quilt), and discounts on thepurchase of additional books.
Details on submitting a quilt for the new book may be found here: http://www.larkcrafts.com/submit/calls-for-submissions/ . Please note thatthere are two forms that must be downloaded from this site. Entries must bemailed in; no email entries will be accepted.
The deadline is MAY 15. I urge all of you to take another look at your owntraditional quilts or to suggest this to another traditional quilter you mayknow who does extraordinary work! This call is not meant for those sweet,but run-of-the-mill, Nine Patch quilts, of course, which I probably don’thave to tell you! But spectacular, beautifully made, traditional quilts that
take the genre to new heights–those I’m looking for! And I’d love it ifyou’d send this to all your traditional quilt friends!
Director Emeritus, International Quilt Festival–Houston, Long Beach, and Cincinnati
Juror, 500 Traditional Quilts