Border Wall Quilt Project
We’re building a wall that brings people together, to talk about building a wall that keeps people apart.
Creativity is welcome; social discourse is encouraged!
The Border Wall Quilt Project is a visual representation of a discussion about the proposed border wall between Mexico and the United States. Let’s use our medium and our skills to explore all aspects of this issue and what it would mean to those on both sides. Together, let’s consider political, environmental, cultural, and economic factors. Quilters in the United States and Mexico are invited to participate.
To be a part of the Border Wall Quilt Project, create and donate up to 3 mini quilts, 8” x 16” ( 20 × 40 cm) expressing your views, concerns, and feelings about the proposed border wall between the US and Mexico and issues related to immigration. Under the direction of fiber artist Lea McComas, these mini quilts will be used as “bricks” to build a wall about the wall. The quilt bricks will be used to create 10-foot sections of wall. Sections of wall will be placed back to back so that the installation can be viewed from both sides. In place of mortar, bricks will be suspended to create gaps that allow viewers on each side to see and hear each other. The wall will continue grow as more, and more, bricks are donated.
Issues currently under consideration:
Premiere Locations — This project is being considered by several venues, with organizers waiting to see what the initial sections of the wall will look like. The project will be displayed in Mexico City at Quilters de México’s 11th Expo Patchwork & Quilt Mexico City 2019 in February 2019. We are looking for other venues for display to the public. If you know of a museum, library, airport, university, or other venue that might be interested in hosting this exhibit, please send venue contact information to email@example.com
We are planning to create an online gallery featuring all of the works that are donated. A decision regarding publication of a catalog of selected works will be made in August 2018 based on the works received.
What happens to the donated bricks when the exhibition has run its course? This has yet to be determined, but be assured that all work will be treated respectfully throughout the creation, exhibition, and retirement of the Border Wall Quilt Project. Participants are encouraged to submit their ideas.
• Artists may submit up to 3 quilted bricks. Construction of the wall will allow for only one side of each brick to be visible.
• Each brick must measure 8 inches tall by 16 inches wide (20 cm tall by 40 cm wide). Quilts should be designed in a horizontal format
• All bricks submitted that follow these guidelines will be used in the project. Bricks should be mailed as soon as online registration is complete, or with mail-in registration form.
• Edges should be finished in such a way that the block can stand up to the rigors of packing and travel. Binding, artist facing, satin or decorative stitching are all acceptable ways to finish the edges of your quilted brick.
• Artists are asked to sign, stitch or otherwise incorporate their name and location (town & state, or country) on the lower edge of the front of the brick, as signage for the installation will not allow for acknowledgement of each individual artist. This is optional. Artists can remain anonymous.
• No sharp or fragile embellishments
• Nothing may hang off the sides or bottom of the brick.
• No mounted or framed work can be accepted
• No material in the piece may infringe on the copyrights of others (images, lyrics, etc.)
• No work may include a call to violence. (But it may portray violence, or include profanity or nudity, as long as it supports the theme of the piece, and is not gratuitous).
• International entries are welcome, but artists located outside the U.S. will be responsible for shipping costs to the U.S.
• Information about the exhibition is available at BorderWallQuiltProject.com, which will eventually feature works and artists in the exhibition.
• Call for entry will open May 1 and continue through October 31, 2018. This deadline for entry may be extended depending on the level of interest.
• The first sections of our wall will be constructed in early June and will be used to submit for consideration to the IQF in Houston. Submit your work before the end of May to be a part of these first sections. Additional 10-foot sections will be added as “bricks” arrive.
• Our goal is to build a wall that is at least 50-feet long, but the ultimate size and scope of the project depends on public interest and response.
• Follow our progress at BorderWallQuiltProject.com
There is a $20 USD entry fee for up to 3 quilted bricks. This fee can be paid by PayPal or credit card online, or by check mailed with bricks. This fee will be used to help cover the costs of the online entry system, assembly of the project, and costs related to documenting, shipping, exhibiting, and insuring the project. Any excess moneys at the end of the project will be donated to the Better Angels. (To find out more about this national citizens’ movement to reduce political polarization in the United States, visit www.better-angels.org).
To pay online using PayPal or credit card visit: BorderWallQuiltEntry.com
In an effort to reduce waste and streamline our process, we are requesting that all who have the ability register their entry online. You can do so at BorderWallQuiltEntry.com Submitting online will allow you to upload a photo of your brick that can be posted on the Border Wall Quilt Project website. Upon completion of online registration, bricks should be mailed to the address below.
If you are not able to register online, please enter BorderWallQuiltEntry.com to download a registration form to mail in with your payment and quilted brick.
28883 Granite Peak Lane
Golden, CO 80403
Information needed for registration:
• Full Name
• Mailing Address
• Phone number
• High quality digital image of quilted brick in JPEG format, at least 3000 pixels on the longest side(*)
Artist statement of no more than 25 words(*)
(*) These items are optional but, if provided, may be used in promotional materials, online gallery, and/or exhibition catalog
You will be asked to agree to these terms and conditions:
I have submitted my entry(s) for inclusion in the Border Wall Quilt Project. I understand my artwork is donated to the project and will not be returned to me. I further agree to permit the image(s), and all or part of my Artist Statement to be used in articles, ads, promotions, catalogs, books, websites (including any webcast coverage), CDs, current event news coverage, television productions, and/or multi-media productions for and about the Border Wall Quilt Project.
• May 1, 2018: Call for entry opens
• June 1, 2018: construction of the wall begins
• October 31, 2018 (extended from July 31, 2018): initial call for entry closes. Stay tuned to see if it is extended
For More Information:
To ask a question, propose an exhibition site, or to discover other ways you can be involved in The Border Wall Quilt Project, call Lea McComas at +1 720-519-7841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Para hacer preguntas, proponer un espacio de exhibición o para descubrir otras formas en las que te puedes involucrar con el Proyecto de Quilt Muro Fronterizo, llama a Lea McComas al +1 720-519-7841 o escríbele a email@example.com If you have technical questions about the on-line system, please contact Lisa Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org
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