While teaching at QBL one of my students shared, as she described it, “a funny experience”. The situation she presented was this: She had recently entered a notable quilt show that is coming to Syracuse, NY momentarily. Her quilt was rejected which did not surprised her at the time. She didn’t give it another thought until last week when she received an email invitation to visit the upcoming quilt show. The invitation (click here to see this invitation) is clear, creates excitement and features a number of images. Do click on the link now and take note of the square image of a traditional quilt. This is the quilt image the class participant submitted, was rejected but suddenly it is “good enough” or better yet, “perfect” to be used in the advertisement of the show… Also note: No credit is given for any of the images!
This experience is a strong reminder to carefully read submission guidelines always. We tried to access the entry information during class but were unable to do so.
This experience also begs the question whether there were sufficient submissions to this show. One would expect that the organizer and person in charge of publicity and advertising would have a wide range of images on hand of those quilts that were actually juried into the show. With mounting reports of copyright infringement and the repercussions associated when caught this is not acceptable.
Are we going back to the times when the term “quilter” conjures up images of ladies with caps, holding hoops, rocking in a chair by the window while quilting? I am interested in your thoughts, opinions and personal insights!