Hello, I’m Jennifer Wilder, Founder of Midwest Fiber Arts Trails and Publisher of the Fiber Art Almanac. I’m sending out a call for entry to fiber and textile artists in the Midwest for an online exhibition and printed catalog my company is producing in August, 2016. Information is below and a PDF and JPEG image are attached.
Here’s a quick snapshot about me (as I’m emailing some of you out of the blue). The name of my company is Wildwood Press. The mission of Wildwood Press is to honor the Midwest’s textile heritage and celebrate and promote contemporary fiber artists. I published the first printed Fiber Art Almanac in 2010 and did a total of five printed to date, featuring 125 Midwest fiber artists in all. In the last 18 months, I’ve focused on developing Midwest Fiber Arts Trails and currently have two groups where I worked locally to create awareness of the fiber art and artists in their area with the goal of making the Trail a fiber arts destination. For more information, please click this link: http://www.midwestfiberartstrails.org/
Thank you in advance for helping me share this info with fiber and textile artists and enthusiasts! I am grateful for your time and consideration. Call for entry details are below.
Fiber Art Almanac: An online textile exhibition
Essays from the American Midwest: The Quilt Maker’s Story
Call for entries opens December 1, 2015 with deadline for submissions March 15, 2016.
Fiber Art Almanac: Essays from the American Midwest is an online exhibition featuring fiber art and artist stories portraying the rich textile heritage and contemporary fiber art in the Midwestern states. Semi-annually, new works will be exhibited online with a corresponding collectible print catalog which includes essays about the artist and their work, documentation of the pieces in the exhibit and artist biographies.
Semi-annual presentation dates are August and April of a given year with the first in the series beginning August, 2016. Each exhibit will be presented online for a year and the collectible print catalogs can be ordered anytime. The online exhibit is a gallery; giving viewers a vivid, colorful view of Midwestern textiles and fiber. The print catalog is filled with vibrant images, artist biographies and essays about the people and our Midwestern textile landscape.
A new online exhibition will be presented to Fiber Art Almanac and Midwest Fiber Arts Trails newsletter subscribers along with a collectible print catalog and ePublication which are available for purchase. This offering to viewers is subscription-based with a free subscription to the online exhibit and a paid subscription for the collectible print catalog and epublication.
Essays from the American Midwest: A Quilt Maker’s Story
The August, 2016 Fiber Art Almanac is a curated online exhibition of quilts from our great grandmother’s heritage quilts forward to contemporary quilt makers whose focus is on self expression with textiles.
Whether the quilt’s aesthetic is traditional, contemporary, modern, embellished, machine or hand stitched, whole cloth or pieced; there is a story. The quilt maker’s story.
Selected entries will be exhibited online for one year and showcased in the collectible print and epub exhibit catalog. Accepted entrants will have a bio with full contact information on the Midwest Fiber Arts Trails website. Their events (if desired) will be posted to the Midwest Happenings! events listings and entrants are eligible for newsletter and social media marketing of their work and events.
You may submit two entries. The non-refundable jury fee is $20 for both entries. All entries must include 3-5 high resolution, high quality large-sized JPG formatted images, application form, artist statement, quilt maker story with detailed information about each piece and jury fee. (See below for image and video details.)
Quilt Maker Story:
Quilt maker stories are written from both first person experiences and third person narratives. Quilt maker stories should be 300 words minimum with 1500 word maximum and must accompany application for submission. This may include your artist statement in relation the pieces you are submitting that are your own work. Wildwood Press is happy to assist with historic accounts, but will not write the story for you. Stories will be edited for spelling and punctuation.
Materials and technique:
Entries can include quilts that are created using any of the following techniques: fiber sculpture, sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning, dyeing, finished hand-dyed fibers and fabrics, needlework, beading, multi-media, surface design on fabric and art cloth. As long as it has a top, middle and back. Quilts can be old or new. If you have a question, please contact me.
Quilt makers granted acceptance will be notified by email the first week of April, 2016. The Fiber Art Almanac online exhibition is on-going series of work, so if the work isn’t accepted into one online exhibit, it may be accepted into future exhibits.
Susan Stein, B.A. English, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN. Fiber artist, quilt maker, author, teacher, mentor, former shop owner and studio coach. Susan has authored sixteen books on textiles and quilting and won numerous awards including the prestigious Spun Gold Award from the Textile Center honoring her body of work.
Barbara Riegel Bend, M.A. Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction for the Culturally Diverse in Elementary Education, UW-Madison. Fiber Artist and sculptor. Barb has won numerous awards, her work has been on the covers of local and regional magazines and catalogs and she exhibits regionally. Her studio is in Roberts, Wisconsin.
Call for Entry details click here: FiberArt Almanac Call for Entry
Website: Midwest Fiber Arts Trails
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Midwest Fiber Arts Trails–Fiber Art Almanac
The mission of Wildwood Press is to honor the Midwest’s rich textile heritage and celebrate and promote the work of contemporary fiber artists.