Sunday, November 16, 2008


Deadline: February 15, 2009 (POSTMARK)


Loveland Museum/Gallery
Loveland, CO 80537
May 30, - July 12, 2009

FIBER CELEBRATION 2009, our 35th Annual exhibit, is national and international in scope. We encourage all fiber artists to enter, and we appreciate all past participants and hope you will continue to support the fiber arts.

All fiber media are welcome including spinning, weaving, dyeing, basketry,sculpture, felting, quilting, papermaking, knitting, beading, crocheting, and embroidery.

  1. Functional Two & Three Dimensional - Household pieces meant to be used, i.e. rugs, coverlets, table linens, handspun yarn. If handspun, state use.

  2. Non-Functional Two Dimensional- Flat pieces emphasizing decorative expressive ideas.

  3. Non-Functional Three Dimensional- Pieces designed to occupy space, emphasizing decorative or expressive ideas.

  4. Wearable-Garments or yardage designed to be worn. If yardage, state use.
Judging will be based on aesthetics, originality, craftsmanship, suitability of technique and materials. If functional,the piece will also be judged on its appropriateness to purpose. Juror reserves the right to reclassify the piece if needed.

All pieces must be less than 4ft. x 5ft. when hung.

Marilyn Murphy is President of Interweave Press and Group Publisher of the fiber magazines Handwoven, Fiberarts, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, and Spin-Off.

All fiber artists may submit up to three (3) items. All items must be original, not executed under supervision, and completed within the last two years. Misrepresented items will be returned.

Non-refundable entry fee per item:
NCWG members $14.00; Non-NCWG members $17.00

Visit website for complete details:

Download the entry form: FCProspectus09.pdf

Margie Holley
2652 Farasita Drive
Loveland, CO 80538

Lisa Blankenship
3132 Blue Mountain Court
Loveland, CO 80537
970.669.8749 (Evenings)


Deadline: NOVEMBER 30, 2008 (RECEIVE)


Support for People Living with Cancer
Stratford, ON

THE QUILT is a charitable organization that provides you with a way to voice your support of Cancer survivors through action (viewing, making or buying a quilt and telling your story).

The objective is to continue to raise funds to support increased resources for families and their supporters across the country in partnership with organizations such as Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation’s Survivorship program and with Wellspring. These caring organizations offer free physical and emotional therapies for survivors when they need it the most in a non-threatening environment.


Quilt categories are any size quilt from bed to wall quilts. The quilt must consist of 3 layers: a top, a back and batting.

King (76" x 80")
Queen (60" x 80")
Double (54" x 75")

Twin (39" x 75")
Crib (27" x 52")
Lap (36" x 48") approx.

Designed to be hung for decorative purposes

APPLIQUED PIECES are sewn to fabric by hand or machine to create design; PIECED PATCHES are cut and sewn back together to form design; WHOLE CLOTH DESIGN is formed by quilting only; EMBROIDERED DESIGN on top formed by embroidery and; PRE-PRINTED FABRIC DESIGN is printed on the fabric to look pieced or appliqued.

All entries should include a PERSONAL STORY of 100 words or less to be included in the show guide and Web site. Your story must accompany this entry form. NOTE: Should you wish to have a longer story displayed with your quilt, please provide on a laminated 8.5" x 11" sheet. A photo may also be included on this page to accompany your story.

You may include a favourite PHOTO for display with your quilt. Please mount the photo on an 8.5" x 11" laminated sheet. Regrettably we are unable to return photographs.

Entry forms received after November 30, 2008 will be included in our 2010 exhibition.

Quilts received after January 31, 2009 will be included in the 2010 exhibition.

The Entry for is available here:

Visit website for complete details:

THE QUILT: Support for People Living with Cancer
206 Ontario Street, Suite 100
Stratford, ON N5A 3H4
Phone: 519-272-2588

Popknits Pattern Submissions

Deadline: (Ongoing)

Winter Issue – October 1 for Final Patterns
Spring Issue – January 1 for Final Patterns
Summer Issue – April 1 for Final Patterns


Stephanie J Pajonas
Editor and Owner, Popknits LLC
Pattern Submission Guidelines

Popknits specializes in vintage knitting made modern. Patterns should entice knitters to create something that they’ll wear often or will feel confident gifting to someone else. Timeless designs and vintage-inspired patterns are what we’re looking for. As such, preference is given to well-written patterns that include accurate fit measurements and adequate descriptions of how the item is vintage-inspired.

Knitting presents many fascinating opportunities for designers and knitters alike, and Popknits intends to explore them all. If you have a pattern you think is Popknits material, we should see it!

Deadlines for Future Issues
Popknits plans to feature 6 to 8 new patterns each issue. If you have an idea for a pattern and would like to run it by us ahead of time, we’d be more than willing to consider your proposal. Proposals will be responded to within 2 weeks.

All pattern submissions should contain at least 3 or 4 photos to illustrate the construction of the knit item. Images should be of the highest quality, well lit and touched up as necessary, and saved as high quality JPGs. If your pattern contains a cable feature or lace, be sure to give us a close up of the stitching!

At this time, Popknits is only able to pay US$50 to designers who are published on our site. Honorariums are paid through PayPal only.

All Popknits patterns are published under the Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0. Popknits prides itself on bringing knitting to the people and this license gives creative minds the most leeway to make knitting work for everyone.

It’s important to note two things:

The license explicitly forbids using the pattern for commercial use unless otherwise stated by the author of the pattern.
The license encourages derivative works ONLY IF the derivative work is attributed to the author and licensed under the exact same license.
If you do not wish your pattern to be published in this manner, please do not submit your pattern to Popknits.

Submissions Pack
If you have decided to submit your pattern to Popknits, you should download the Popknits submission pack containing a template for submitting your pattern and a copyright declaration stating that you’ll abide by our copyright conditions and that the pattern you’re submitting is original.

Visit website for complete pattern submission guidelines:

Popknits Article Submissions

Deadline: (Ongoing)

Winter Issue – October 1 for Final Articles
Spring Issue – January 1 for Final Articles
Summer Issue – April 1 for Final Articles


Stephanie J Pajonas
Editor and Owner, Popknits LLC
Article Submission Guidelines

Have a favorite vintage knitting technique that you’re itching to share? Want to bring new exposure to a fabulous designer who specializes in retro knits? Have a local knitting community with a unique history?

Then you should submit an article to Popknits! We’re looking for fun, interesting and fresh stories about all things related to the history of knitting or vintage-inspired. Below, you’ll find our guidelines for submitting pieces to Popknits.

Deadlines for Future Issues
Popknits plans to feature 6 to 8 new patterns each issue. If you have an idea for a pattern and would like to run it by us ahead of time, we’d be more than willing to consider your proposal. Proposals will be responded to within 2 weeks.

Popknits is looking for a wide variety of articles related to knitting vintage and retro-inspired items, knitting history, and the modernization of knitting. The possibilities are endless! Here are a few of the article types that we want to see:

knitters to know (profiles of people involved with knitting, such as designers, bloggers, LYS owners, etc.)
in your town (articles about knitting in your city)
field trip (take us on a tour!)
opinions or commentary (tell us what you think)
reviews (knitting books, patterns sites, stores, yarns, notions, etc.)
personal stories (mini-memoirs, etc.)

Do you have an idea for a type of article not included here? Submit your idea to us along with your article.

Submissions should be from 1000 to 2500 words in length. Files should be submitted in Microsoft Word format or as text-only documents. Note that Popknits will edit your article for clarity, format and length.

Photos and Video
Please provide visual aids! Your article will have a better chance of being picked for an issue if you can provide us with photos or videos to illustrate your content.

Popknits accepts videos only from active YouTube or Vimeo accounts. All videos will be screened for clarity and should contain G-rated appropriate behavior.

All Popknits articles are published under the Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0. This license makes it possible to syndicate your work but not for it to be plagiarized.

It’s important to note two things:

The license explicitly forbids using the article for commercial use unless otherwise stated by the author of the pattern.
The license discourages derivative works.
If you do not wish your article to be published in this manner, please do not submit your article to Popknits.

All Popknits articles will be available in excerpt format through our RSS feed.

In order for your article to be accepted by Popknits for publication, you will be required to submit a copyright declaration stating that your article is an original work. You can download a copy of the declaration here.

At this time, Popknits is able to pay a US$35 honorarium to authors who are published on our site.

Visit website for complete article submission guidelines:

Mixed Media 2009

Deadline: December 5, 2008 (RECEIVE)

Mixed Media 2009
Juried Exhibition

Slidell Cultural Center
Slidell, LA
January 10 - February 27, 2009

The City of Slidell is inviting artists from ten southeastern states to submit their works for the Slidell Cultural Center's upcoming Mixed Media juried exhibition.

This annual competition, now in its seventeenth year, always proves to be a unique exhibit. To qualify as mixed media, artists must use two or more media to create their art.

Nancy Rhodes, a long time member of the Slidell Commission on the Arts.

All artists 18 years or older and residing in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Texas are eligible for entry. Up to three works may be submitted by each artist, with a flat rate entry fee of $25.00. Entries must be submitted no later than Dec. 5, 2008.

Artists will be notified of acceptance status by Dec. 19. A total of $1,000 in awards will be given to artists selected by the juror for first, second and third place.

For more information about Mixed Media, please call the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375 or visit the website at

Download the prospectus: MixedMedia2009Prospectusweb.pdf

Meta Post Modern Knitting

Two Deadlines: (RECEIVE)

Spring/Summer 2009 is due by January 1, 2009
Fall/Winter 2009/2010 is due by July 1, 2009

Meta Post Modern Knitting

Publishing Opportunity is a celebration of fashion-forward and avant-garde knitting. We want to bring you knitting patterns, trend analysis, and news that represents the more artistic, unconventional and forward-thinking realm of knitting.

We're Looking For
Knitting and crochet patterns are both fine with us, as long as they are fashion-forward or unconventional in some way.

If you are submitting a pattern for something wearable, we want patterns that are fashion-forward.

We want original designs that are “inspired by” the current or future fashion trends. We want fashion-forward, and we want to see where your inspiration came from, but we also want to see your creativity.

We aren't just about fashion! We welcome knitting and crochet patterns for wearable and non-wearable items that are unconventional, artistic, or avant-garde in some way.

We pay between $25 and $50 per pattern, according to the complexity of the pattern. Payments are made via paypal only.

Use the following templates to submit patterns:

The pattern, using our handy Pattern Template in either Word format or Plain Text.

We Want More Than Just Patterns
We would love to receive trend reports and links to fun things you find online. Trend reports don't have to be very long, and we will consider a wide range of topics.

If you find interesting things online and want to share it with our readers, please send the link, and a very brief description of what it is to Robin at We might include your link in our blog or on our MetaStylist page.

Yes, you can submit a design idea for review!
You don't have to commit to working up a sample and writing a pattern just yet. We will gladly consider idea submissions.

Publication Schedule
Our Spring issue will be released each March, and our Fall issue will be released each September.
Patterns and other content for Spring/Summer 2009 is due by January 1, 2009.
Patterns and other content for Fall/Winter 2009/2010 is due by July 1, 2009.

Send submissions with all required information to the Editor of MetaPostModernKnitting, Robin Dodge,

Visit the website for complete details:

Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta

Deadline: March 1, 2009 (RECEIVE)

Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta

Expo New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
May 21-23, 2009

The Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta 2009 is the seventh biennial show dedicated to fiber arts education and to the display of fiber-related artwork. Hosted by the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council, Inc. (AFAC), the Fiesta includes both juried and judged works organized by 16 co-sponsoring New Mexico fiber arts guilds. Over 500 juried and judged exhibits will be displayed in this show.

We accept submissions in all fiber media and mixed media.

A maximum of six works may be entered but no more than three within one Division. Each area listed below is a separate exhibit at the Fiesta, hosted by one or more fiber guilds. All submissions are juried.

Fee: $5.00 per entry

Entry forms (each in pdf format) for download:

  • Beadwork
    Judged with cash awards. Open to All.

  • Crochet
    Not judged. Open to All.

  • Dollmaking
    Open to All. Judged with cash awards except for one Display Only category.

  • Embroidery
    Judged with cash awards. Open to New Mexican residents, Zia Sun Smockers members, and Rocky Mountain Region EGA members.

  • Knitting Hand
    Open to New Mexican residents. Cash award for Best of Show.

  • Knitting Machine
    Not judged. Open to All.

  • Lacemaking
    Judged with cash award. Open to All.

  • Mixed Media
    (includes fiber media not represented by a guild, e.g. basketry or papermaking).
    Judged with cash awards. Open to All.

  • Quilting
    Judged by Margaret Miller. Cash Awards. Open to All.

  • Sewing
    Judged with cash awards. Open to All.

  • Silk Painting & Surface Design
    Not judged. Open to New Mexican residents.

  • Weaving & Spinning
    Judged with cash awards. Open to New Mexican residents and Las Arañas members.

  • Wool Manipulations (rugs)
    Judged and non-judged categories. Open to All.

Visit the websit for complete details:

Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council, Inc.
P.O. Box 16443
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87191-6443

Canadian Quilters’ Association National Juried Show 2009

Deadline: January 23, 2009 (RECEIVE)

National Juried Show 2009
Canadian Quilters’ Association

Quilt Saskatchewan 2009
Saskatoon, SK
May 26-30, 2009

Entry is open to all Canadian residents, Canadian citizens, and CQA/ACC individual members. (If you are not Canadian you MUST be a CQA/ACC member to enter).

Entry Categories

  1. Abstract Wallquilts explore shapes,textures, colours, lines or suggest inaccurate representations of people, places or objects and demonstrate personal expression and originality in design, colour and/or techniques.

  2. Representational Wallquilts (landscape or pictorial) depict landscapes, portraits and pictures that are fairly accurate and realistic. May be whole cloth, applique, collage and/or any combination of techniques.

  3. Traditional Wallquilts, original interpretation, are based on traditional-style piecing and/or applique, using blocks and/or patterns in the public domain, with pleasing colour combinations and approaches to combining the blocks.

  4. Traditional Wallquilts, from patterns or books, are based on traditional-style piecing and/or applique, made from published patterns or books. Written permission to use the pattern from both the designer and publisher is required as part of the entry. The letter must also acknowledge that the designer is aware that cash prizes are offered and whether or not the designer waives her/his claim on the prize.

  5. Bedquilts are functional quilts to be used on a specific sized bed – crib to king.

  6. Wearable Art consists of a garment or outfit constructed using quilting techniques, with some quilted areas.

The artist must assign the entry to only one category. Jurors will not reassign work to other categories.

The entry fee (non-refundable) of $25 for members or $50 for non-members.

There is no limit on the number of entries.


Call for Entry (PDF)
Entry Form (PDF)

Visit website for complete details:


January 31, 2009 (POSTMARK)

Blue Sky Project
Artist-in-Residence Program 2009

University of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio

Seeking proposals from artists, artists/activists and creative professionals: Visual Artists, Filmmakers, Writers, Dancers, Musicians, Performance Artists and people working in Other Creative Media are encouraged to apply.

Blue Sky Project is an innovative summer arts community in Dayton, Ohio. Relocated for 2009 to the University of Dayton after four years in McHenry County, Illinois, we are committed to producing significant works of contemporary art by linking young people aged 14 – 18 from throughout the community with professional artists from around the world to pursue project proposed by the artists. The perspectives and insights of young people have a tremendous amount to offer artists and we are interested in seeing what happens when they collaborate.

Your current creative practice and new ideas should provide the foundation for your proposed activities. Our program is not art education; It is essential that participating artists understand the unique opportunity presented and think about ways they can use their collaborative time with youth to their own maximum artistic benefit.

Possible lines of thinking about project include: (for thinking only--answers not to be included in application)

• Blue Sky as a laboratory in which you investigate an idea relevant to your practice.
• In what ways might you want to open up your practice and how can use your time with Blue Sky to experiment, produce a prototype or test a new idea?
• What can you make or do that you can’t on your own or in your own region?
• Are teens or issues around adolescence the subject of a work you haven’t yet made?
• What can you gain by seeing how a group of people use the same materials and ideas you have been using for years?

Your project must be achievable in eight-weeks, within a $1,000 budget (not including final presentation expenses). However,
artists may supplement with personal funds or other grants. To see examples of previous projects, please visit


  • Blue Sky Project pays a stipend of $7,000 for 8.5 weeks: 8 program + .5 orientation

  • Location: Our Monday - Thursday activities take place at the University of Dayton.

  • Facilities include, ceramics studio, photography lab, computer lab, drawing and painting studios.
    Studio space is accessible seven days a week.

  • Blue Sky Project is a community-based program so Artists-in-Residence may be asked to give some of their time/talent back to the community in support of Blue Sky.
    These requests are not mandatory but we ask artists to keep in mind the community support that makes Blue Sky possible.

Download the Request for Proposal form/application:

Visit the website for additional

15 West Fourth Street, Suite 330
Dayton, Ohio 45402
p. 847.287.6702




Fashion Show
Assn of Southern California Handweavers
2009 Regional Conference
Riverside Convention Center
Riverside, CA
March 6-8, 2009

We want to make this the most exciting and colorful fashion show ever hosted by the ASCH! Therefore, we invite participants from all over to submit their wearable fiber art.

Our Focus Will Be on Inspirational Use of Color and Collaboration Between Artists

How do you think about color? Does it inspire you, have meaning or purpose in your work or just happen accidentally? Does it evoke emotional responses?


  • Open to ASCH, CNCH Guild members and everyone interested in participating!

  • We prefer that 50% of the entry be handwoven but all media are acceptable.

  • Knitting and crochet should contain handspun yarns or a uniquely designed pattern.

  • Entries may also be hand felted, surface design, handmade fabric, hand dyed, basketry technique, handmade fiber jewelry and accessories, etc.

  • Entries must have been completed within the last two years.

  • Entries shown at a previous ASCH conference are ineligible.

  • Individual Items are welcome. Ensembles are encouraged: matching or coordinated items like a jacket, skirt, hat, and purse may be combined as an ensemble and submitted as one entry.

  • If you work alone you may submit up to three entries.

  • If you collaborate you may submit up to five entries in any combination, i.e. you may work alone on 3, 2, or 1 and collaborate on another 2, 3, or 4 entries.


• ASCH & CNCH guild members, first entry, $15; additional entries, $5 each. (For collaborations, primary entrant must be an ASCH or CNCH guild member to receive guild rates.)

• NON-Members, first entry $20; additional entries, $5 each.

Download the Entry Form: Celebrate Color Entry Form

Visit website for complete details:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Heart and Soul

Deadline: December 28, 2008 (RECEIVE) & (Email)

Heart and Soul
Bead & Fiber Gallery
Boston MA
January 9 thru February 27, 2009

Seeking New England Bead and Fiber artists for Heart and Soul Show at Bead + Fiber.

Bead and/or fiber artists are free to interpret the concept.

Deadline for images, resumé, Dec. 28.

$20 entry fee.

Send images to:

Images should be of the highest quality and saved as jpegs, no larger than 180dpi.

Visit website for additional details:

Bead & Fiber Gallery
460 Harrison Avenue
Boston MA
Phone: 617/426-2323

The Art of Quilting – A Living Tradition

Deadline: March 31, 2009 (RECEIVE)

The Art of Quilting – A Living Tradition

Lethbridge College
Lethbridge, Alberta
June 5, 6, 7, 2009

You are invited to participate in The Art of Quilting – A Living Tradition by entering our quilt show. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced quilter, we welcome your participation in this event.


  • Quilts: Traditional, Contemporary, or Original Design: quilts of any size (from miniature, table runner, crib, through to full bed size) any technique, hand or machine work.

  • Wearable Art or Other Quilted Items: garment, bag, pillow, Christmas stocking, etc.

  • Youth: quilts completed by an individual or group, Kindergarten to Grade 12.
    Youth entries must meet the same entry requirements as the other show categories except there will be no entry fee charged.


  • Maximum five entries per person. Please use a separate form for each item entered. Entry
    fee is $5.00 per item.

  • Credit must be given to the author, teacher, artist, workshop who inspired the work. Please be sure to include anyone who participated in the execution of the work.

  • Entry item must have been completed since June 2006.
  • All accepted quilts must have a minimum 4-inch sleeve on the back to facilitate hanging.
    Sleeve instructions will be included with letter of acceptance.
  • Each quilt entry to be accompanied by two good quality photographs (3½”x5” or 4”x6”).
    One photo to show the full quilt filling the entire frame of the photo and the other showing
    the detail of the quilt.

  • Each wearable art or other quilted item entry is to be accompanied by three good quality photographs (3½”x5” or 4”x6”). One photo to show a front view, one to show a back view and one to show the detail of the item.

Download the form and complete details. Please send completed forms to Connie Chaplin.

Presented by Lethbridge Centennial Quilters Guild Website:

Rockport Publishers and Quarry Books

Deadline: Ongoing/Unspecified

Rockport Publishers and Quarry Books

Book Proposal Guidelines

Rockport Publishers and Quarry Books publish instructional books in a range of categories: Design Crafts and General Reference. We’re pleased to look over your book query, and if your book idea fits into our focus areas we will contact you for more details. Please familiarize yourself with our books to ensure your material is appropriate.

Book queries are usually around five pages, and need to contain the following information:

  1. A paragraph introducing yourself (the author/designer). This will include:
     Background information explaining your qualifications for writing a book on the subject
     Information on any published book(s) you have authored
     Information about the publisher, publication date, and the sales figures for each book

  2. A paragraph offering an overview of the proposed idea/concept. This will include:
     The book’s subject matter
     The audience
     The competition
     What elements of this book will make it stand out in the market

  3. A book outline or table of contents. This will include:
     An approximate number of chapters, the number of projects to be featured, etc.
     A sentence or two that describes the material planned for each chapter or project listed in the table of contents.

  4. Your ideas for the type of visual materials to accompany the text and whether you will provide them.
     Charts or other support material

  5. Also include brief marketability information. This will include:
     The main competition for the book
     The audience for the book (e.g.: craftpersons, handwork aficionados, home improvement do-it-yourself-ers, outdoor enthusiasts, pet owners, etc.)

Send Proposal by Postal Mail to:
Rockport Publishers
100 Cumming Center / 406-L
Beverly Massachusetts 01915
Attention Editor

Send Proposal by Email
State in the subject window: BOOK PROPOSAL
Address your email to

Visit website for additional details or to download these guidelines:

24th Annual Art in the Park

Deadline: February 6, 2009 (POSTMARK)

24th Annual Art in the Park
Festival and Art Sale

DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
Lincoln, MA
June 14, 2009

Over 100 of New England’s finest artists and artisans are selected for their original high-quality designs. A variety of unique artwork in a range of prices will be for sale, including paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and photographs. You will also find one-of-a-kind crafts in both contemporary and traditional styles, including ceramics, hand blown glass, furniture, jewelry, fiber art, and more! Artists may apply from November through the first Friday in February.


  • Art in the Park jurors use standards established by the American Craft Council to select the show

  • Art in the Park does not accept dried or pressed flower arrangements, candles, soap, food items, or prefabricated items

  • Art in the Park has a one artist / one booth policy

  • Artists may only display and sell items from the category in which they are juried and selected

  • Original artworks only!

Exhibition Space

  • Art in the Park is an outdoor event that takes place rain or shine

  • Each artist is allotted a 10’ x 10’ lawn space on which to set up covered tents or booths

  • Booth spaces are numbered and assigned by lottery

  • Booth configurations are designed to optimize foot traffic patterns on the grounds of the Sculpture Park.
    Exhibiting artists must be prepared to deal with the unevenness of the Park’s natural terrain

  • On the day of the event, maps with artists’ names, Web sites, booth numbers, and locations will be distributed to all visitors

Art in the Park is a juried exhibition and sale. Artists selected to participate will be notified during the first week of March.

categories: Beadwork, Ceramics, Fibers/Decorative, Fibers/Wearable, Handmade Glass Jewelry, Glass, Jewelry, Metals, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, Photography, Sculpture, Wood, Other.

Art in the Park Application

Visit website for complete details:

Art in the Park, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773

Feltmakers Convergence 2009

Deadline: 20 February 2009 (POSTMARK)

Tenth Southern Hemisphere
Feltmakers Convergence 2009

Masterton, New Zealand
27 September – 2 October 2009

Convergence is a gathering of feltmakers, held every two years alternately in New Zealand or Australia and hosted by a different group and location.

The first Convergence was held in New Zealand when a group of feltmakers got together to share their knowledge and ideas about felt.

Sharing is still the underlying theme of Convergence today. Participants give all workshops and presentations on a voluntary basis. This means that there in no separate charge for any workshop or event on the program and participants may choose to attend as many or as few as they wish.

The Convergence runs for 4 days and fees cover all meals and accommodation.
Arrival Sunday; Classes Monday-Thursday. Departure Friday.

Come learn, teach and enjoy four days of tremendous fun, companionship and experience.
See our blog site for more exciting pictures, information and links.

Download Information and Application Forms ( PDF 120 KB)

Creative Reuse Book

Deadline: January 5, 2009 (RECEIVE)

1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse Book

Rockport Publishers/Quarry Books
Author: Garth Johnson

Rockport Publishers/Quarry Books is an international publisher of high-quality visual and idea books for design professionals and creative enthusiasts—crafters, artists, and designers.

We are seeking submissions for 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse, an upcoming book by Garth Johnson of, which will feature 21st Century craft and design, all made with recycled, upcycled, repurposed and reused items. We are looking for the best examples of paper and book arts, jewelry, clothing, home and personal accessories, furniture, art, and miscellanea for possible publication. We invite designers, artists, visionaries and crafters of all stripes to submit their work.

What is Eligible?

All kinds of repurposed items are encouraged. We are seeking inspiring, clever, surprising, humble, grand, beautiful, and/or fascinating submissions in the following areas:

♦ Paper Craft– Consigning paper to the recycling bin is a shame. Do you make interesting things out of paper?
♦ Art– Does your art involve clever reuse of materials in installation, sculpture, collage, painting or other media?
♦ Jewelry and Ac essories– Our definition here is very broad—we’re looking for all kinds of personal adornment, handbags, belts, hats, etc.
♦ Clothing– We’re seeking all kinds of clothing mash-ups, stitch-ups, and makeovers.
♦ Fiber and Fabric- How about renovated soft goods made from recycled or vintage linens, quilts, fabrics, fibers, sweaters, yarns, rugs?
♦ Housewares and Furnishings– We’re looking for repurposed furniture, ceramics, serving dishes, utensils and miscellaneous home goods.
♦ Houses, Interiors, and Environments– Is your living space made of reused materials? Have you made a visionary environment out of recycled materials?
♦ Geekcraft and Mancraft– Do you make repurposed items with geek appeal? What about traditionally “manly” items such such as grills, antler furniture and armchair go-karts?
♦ Unclassifiable– We are encouraging the submission of work that doesn’t fit into any of the above boxes.






Early submissions are highly encouraged. For more information:

CHA Indie Craft Contest

Deadline: November 21, 2008 (EMAIL) & (RECEIVE)

CHA Indie Craft Contest

Craft & Hobby Association
Anaheim, CA

The Craft & Hobby Association just announced a new contest:

CHA is very excited to announce a unique opportunity for Indie Crafters to present their distinctive work and display it at the CHA 2009 Winter Convention & Trade Show. The Show will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA from January 25-28, 2009. If you're interested in sharing your crafts with the world this is your chance! Just send us a photo and description of your work and we will select the top 30 projects and display them.

  • Project must be innovative and creative or must demonstrate how to use ordinary materials in a new way

  • This contest is open to ALL crafters

  • Completed winning projects must fit in a 1 ½' wide by 3' high by 1' deep space or 3' wide by 3'high by 1' deep space.

  • You may enter up to five projects

How to Enter:
Email a photograph and description of your project(s) to
Entrants have until November 21, 2008 to submit original ideas to be considered in the contest.
We will notify you if you are a winner by December 19, 2008.
Winners will be chosen from entries received based upon quality and originality.
Winners are responsible for shipping projects to CHA. Projects will be returned free of charge.

Opportunities for Winners:

  1. Extensive visibility and promotion. Projects will be displayed in a showcase located in the Indie Craft section of the Innovations booth on the Show floor.

    Over 15,000 show attendees will have the opportunity to view the winning projects.
  2. Selected winners will have an opportunity to provide individual promotional sheets that will be available at the booth for attendees to take.


Port Moody Arts Centre: 2009 Wearable Art Awards

Deadline: March 6, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. (RECEIVE)

2009 Wearable Art Awards

Port Moody Arts Centre
Port Moody, BC
Performance: May 9, 2009 and May 10, 2009
Exhibition: May 14 - June 28, 2009

The Wearable Art Awards is not a fashion show, it is a multi-media performance where the human body becomes a living, breathing, moving canvas. We are looking for more than a “pretty dress.” We are asking you to go deep into your imagination to create a wearable piece of art that challenges what most consider to be wearable, or everyday fashion.

The Wearable Art Awards is committed to challenging artists of all mediums to push their imaginations to create evocative, imaginative and thought provoking sculpture for the human body.

The categories for the 2009 Wearable Art Awards are:

Brassiere Fantasque
Recycled Materials†

† Entries must be a full outfit to be considered for this category. To be considered a full outfit, the submission should cover a model’s top and bottom.

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • All entries must be wearable (but not necessarily practical)

  • Creativity and originality (not streetwear)

  • Design and the use of multiple techniques

  • Presentation and skill with media

  • Concept/Message

  • Innovative materials or innovative use of traditional materials (thinking outside of the box)

$5,000 in prize money will be awarded. Amount and number of prizes within categories will be dependent on the number of entries received and subject to the jury’s discretion. Maximum amount of a single prize to be awarded will be $500.

Entry Information
To participate in the 2009 Wearable Art Awards, the artist’s application package must be received by the Port Moody Arts Centre no later than 5 pm on March 6, 2009. This application package contains:

Completed entry form;
Completed entry summary sheet – stating the entry’s title, materials/media used, garment size, and a 150 word statement – for each entry to be entered into the competition;
Entry fee of $30 for each entry to be entered into the competition; and
CD containing photos of each entry to be entered into the competition.

Our panel of judges will review the application packages received and select those entries that will be part of the Wearable Art performances and exhibition. Artists whose entries are chosen will be notified by March 9, 2009 through email.

Further details—including a must-read FAQ document and copies of the various forms—are located on our web site at

Wearable Art Awards
c/o Port Moody Arts Centre
2425 St Johns Street
Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA
V3H 2B2

6th Annual Wearable Art Gala

Deadline: NOVEMBER. 17, 2008 (POSTMARK)

6th Annual Wearable Art Gala

Kelowna, BC
TBA in March 2008

The gears are now turning in preparation for the Alternator's 6th Annual Wearable Art Gala is happening this coming spring 2009. This fun and funky adult event is not a fashion show in the traditional sense - it's an artistic exploration of all types of body adornment. All creative minds are called upon to participate.

It features creative experimentation with hair, jewelry, accessories and original one-of-a-kind wearables made from any and all materials, including plastic, metal and paper. Artists have created outfits from everything from computer keyboards and teabags to string licorice and bubble wrap. Artists exhibiting work in the show are supported by an enthusiastic team of volunteers, including hair and makeup stylists, lighting and sound experts and a front-of-house crew. The fun includes door prizes, a silent auction, music and videos.

If you have an interesting idea of design art you can wear, simply download an entry form. Follow the instructions making sure entries include drawings and/or photos or your submission along with a brief description of your project.

There are no entry fees. Wearable art submissions can be returned, just include an SASE with your entry form. Accepted submissions will be showcased at the Alternator's 2009 Wearable Art Gala.

Download Submission Form: 2009WAG Entry Form

Visit website for complete details:

The Wearable Art Gala
Alternator Gallery
Phone: (250) 868-2298

The Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art in Kelowna, BC, is an artist-run centre operated by the Okanagan Artists Alternative Association, a non-profit society created in 1989. The Alternator, the oldest and largest artist-run centre between Calgary and Vancouver, is a multi-use community facility in Kelowna's Cultural District, since 2002.

She – Who Discovers

Deadline: 21 January 2009 (RECEIVE)

She – Who Discovers

Annual National Competition
Walker St Gallery
2 – 26 March 2009

The theme for the next 'She' National Competition (in celebration of International Women's Day) is “Discover”.

Experienced and undiscovered female artists are invited to submit work for the Walker St Gallery's She exhibition in March 2009.

Work can be two or three-dimensional and can be created in any medium. Applicants must submit original artwork that explores their personal interpretation of the theme.

Finalists of She 2009 will be exhibited at the Walker St Gallery in March 2009. Winners will receive exhibitions at the sponsoring galleries, allowing for exciting professional development opportunities.

Download She 2009 Application

View the Announcement: She 2009 Competition

Walker St Gallery
Cnr. Walker & Robinson Streets
Dandenong, VIC, 3175
Phone: 9706 8441
Fax: 9706 7651

The Walker St Gallery - our home of the visual arts, celebrates and enhances our great city with it’s diverse range of exhibitions, artist talks and monthly openings.

The Walker Street Gallery is funded by the City of Greater Dandenong and is open free to the public. The gallery charges artists a fee to exhibit, in line with other local government galleries and artist-run spaces.

Young Blood: Designers Market

Deadline: 19 November 2008 (RECEIVE)

Young Blood: Designers Market

Powerhouse Museum
Sydney, Australia
12 December & 13 December 2008

Young Blood: Designers Market presented by the Powerhouse Museum provides a high profile and respected platform from which to promote your design products and services to a design hungry audience.

Now into its fourth year the market has proved to be a great launching pad for designers onto the Sydney scene. Being selected to be part of the market offers stallholders access to industry, media and commercial contacts not to mention the thousands of design savvy shoppers.

Young Blood showcases original design, from fashion to furniture, jewellery, graphic, product, landscape and lighting design and gives visitors the opportunity to meet the makers and talk about their work.

Young Blood: Designers Market is part of the Powerhouse Museum’s commitment to nurturing new and innovative design.

Selection criteria
Competition for a stall at Young Blood is extremely high. You must submit an application form with as much supporting material as possible. The decision to approve stalls will be assessed by a panel of experts and will be based on the following criteria:
• originality, creativity and novelty of design or concept;
• quality of finished work (if appropriate);
• type and number of similar products currently selling in the market;
• suitability for a market environment; and
• appropriate safety standards.
Note: electrical or mechanical products are required to have relevant licenses and approvals.

Young Blood: Designers Market
Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
Friday 12 December, 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday 13 December, 8.00am – 5.00pm

Application Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Young Blood Stallholders Prospectus

Visit the website for additional details:

The Toowoomba Biennial: Contemporary Wearables ‘09

Deadline: 8 May 2009 (RECEIVE)

The Toowoomba Biennial
“Contemporary Wearables ‘09”

Jewellery Award

Entries from Australian and New Zealand Jewellery Artists are currently being sought for the “Contemporary Wearables ‘09” Jewellery Award and Exhibition, curated by the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery and sponsored by Toowoomba Gallery Society Inc.

Available to venues in Australia in 2010, as a Touring Exhibition.

1st Prize: $5,000
2nd Prize: $3,000
Acquisitions up to $7,000

Conditions of entry and application forms can be obtained from the Gallery.

Entries of digital image files on CD-ROM and entry fees must be received by: 8 May 2009

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
P.O. Box 2352, TOOWOOMBA, QLD 4350
Ph: 07 4688 6652, Fax: 07 4688 6895
531 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba

Thursday, November 06, 2008

DIwhy?: A Juried Exhibition

NEW DEADLINE: December 1, 2008

Deadline: November 14, 2008 at 5:00 PM (RECEIVE) & (Email)


A Juried exhibition presented by the Ontario Crafts Council and Toronto Craft Alert
February 5 – March 1, 2009

One of the fastest growing and contested sites of contemporary culture is the DIY movement. Broadly speaking, DIY is a socio-political stance enacted through the processes of creating. In reaction to multi-national corporations and modern industrial society's basis in mass-production, DIY stresses the importance of thinking globally and making locally. At the same time, each community practicing DIY has its own approach, and consuming less as a political statement is often found in tandem with aesthetic concerns.

DIY can be traced back to several historical moments: the Arts and Craft movement of the 1900's, the 1970's craft movement, and third-wave feminism alongside the 80's punk, zine and Riot Grrrl movements. However, despite these connections, pinning down exactly what DIY is, and what it looks like, remains a challenging task at best. There is no common definition for DIY, and as it becomes more mainstream, the act of distinguishing a particular mode of making according to "do it yourself", is an issue that continues to be raised.

Hosting a DIY exhibition in partnership between the OCC and Toronto Craft Alert is an attempt to bring so-called 'fine craft' into dialogue with DIY, and explore the ways in which they intersect and diverge. One response to the issue is that of Dennis Stevens, who states in his article, "Polar Polity: American Craft versus DIY Craft":

"DIY craft is about style, irony and sometimes a touch of kitsch. It's about wit and humor and it is about being in the know; but also, without question, it is about choice." (

So, in keeping with approaching the issue of DIY as a dialogue, we are asking that all applicants answer the following question in 150-300 words as part of their submission:

What does DIY mean to you?


  • One entry per person.
  • Submitted work must address the theme of DIwhy?, and include a 300 word response to the above question.
  • Works in all craft media are encouraged - entries can include unconventional craft mediums relevant to DIY culture such as buttons/pins.
  • Each entry must be of original design: the jurors will assess works based on originality of craftsmanship, and whether the entry addresses the theme in an interesting way.
  • All works must be available for the duration of the show.
  • Each work submitted for entry must have been created within two years prior to the date of submission.
  • A set of multiples (such as a sculptural group) will be considered as one entry.
  • Submissions must include a current cv, artist statement and/or biography.
  • Submissions must be accompanied by digital images (with a maximum of two images per work).
  • Submissions grant the OCC use of images of accepted works for promotional purposes, including web content and print material.
  • Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted.


  • Works that are for sale will be sold under our usual consignment arrangement: 60 per cent for the artist and 40 per cent for the gallery.
  • Works must be prepared for display.
  • The exhibitor will be responsible for insuring all work during shipping and delivery. The OCC will insure all items for theft and damage while on the Gallery premises.
  • Works accepted for display will be delivered or shipped to the OCC Gallery at the exhibitor's expense. At the conclusion of the exhibit all unsold works are to be picked up from the OCC. Entries will only be returned by mail or courier if the postage/courier fees have been provided by the artist(s).**Please allow at least two weeks after the conclusion of the exhibition for return of your work by mail or courier.

1) Jen Anisef
2) Michelle Rothstein
3) Allyson Mitchell


  • Entry forms must reach the Council offices no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 14, 2008 (via mail or e-mail). Email applications must be submitted to
  • All applicants will be informed of the jury's decision by mail or email on Monday, December 1, 2008. Decisions of the jurors will not be given by telephone.
  • Successful applicants will be required to transport the selected work to the OCC Gallery, no later than Monday, February 2, 2009.
  • The exhibition will take place February 5 – March 1, 2009. The opening reception is on Thursday, February 5, 5:30 – 9:00 pm.


The fee is $10 to cover administrative costs. Applicants may submit one entry only. Fees are non-refundable.


  • Images must be saved as JPGs with a minimum width or height of 2625 pixels and a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch), submitted on a CD or emailed to
  • Up to two images of each submission can be presented for review.
  • All image file names will have the following format:
The first 3 letters of your first name followed by the first 3 letters of your last name, then a dash and the letter "p" (which indicates it is a print ready file) and finally the number of your image.
Example for John Smith:
johsmi-p01.jpg, and johsmi-p02.jpg

Entries can be delivered or mailed to:

Ontario Crafts Council
990 Queen St. West
Toronto ON
M6J 1H1

Or sent by email to:

The Buyers Market of American Craft

Deadline: (Ongoing)
We review applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.

The Buyers Market of American Craft
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Winter: February 13-16, 2009
Summer: August 1-3, 2009

The Buyers Market of American Craft (BMAC) offers the world's largest venue for artists to meet qualified buyers for fine-craft artists who have decided that wholesale exhibiting is the best way to spend more time in the studio and less time on the road. This show provides a professional setting for the development of wholesale contacts and to generate new business for both buyers and sellers.

Craft gallery and specialty shop owners make up the largest percentage of our attendance while other retailers include museum shops, boutiques, department stores, furniture, jewelry, mail order catalogs and clothing stores.

Criteria: The Buyers Market of American Craft will only review work that is designed and produced in the United States or Canada.

Additional criteria include:
• You must design and supervise the work produced in your studio.
• You are required to exhibit in person.
• You must be a tax-paying resident of the U.S. or Canada.
• You must supply high-quality slides or digital images.

Booth Package: Your booth fee includes:
• 8’ gray draped walls
• Chair
• Booth sign
• Buyers Guide listing
• Free promotional stickers and brochures
• Drayage to and from your booth when you ship with the show’s freight provider
• Complimentary subscriptions to NICHE and AmericanStyle magazines
• Storage of empty boxes and crates during show
• Web listing on NICHE Marketplace

2009 Exhibitor Prospectus (pdf)

2009 Buyers Market Application (pdf)

Deposits will only be processed upon the artist's acceptance into a show. All applicants applying after December. 1, 2008 for the February 2009 show must include the full booth fee with their application.

The Buyers Market offers lifetime tenure to its exhibitors. As long as you continue to participate in the show each year and your work remains consistent, you will automatically receive a new contract each year; return it by the deadline and you will be guaranteed a booth.

Visit website for complete details:

Pins & Needles: Needlework & Craft Show

Deadline: 22 December 2008 (RECEIVE)


Needlework & Craft Show
Metroradio Arena
2nd - 4th April 2009

Pins and Needles, Needlework and Craft show has become a very well loved show by many visitors who faithfully return every year. It has grown so much over the years. It includes a wide range of crafts and follows crafting trends, but remains loyal to needlework at its heart. A huge range of workshops are available to tempt visitors to try something new or improve a current skill! Demonstrations and displays also form a large part of the show. A wide range of Craft Guilds are invited to attend, giving visitors the chance to meet up with other like minded crafters and be inspired! A bi-annual quilt show is held within Pins & Needles showcasing the work of some very talented individuals.

One of the best things about both shows is that visitors get the chance to touch and feel before they buy and be inspired by new products and designs, brought by exhibitors from all over the country.

Interested in Exhibiting at Pins and Needles?

Register with via the 'Exhibitor Login'. Once registered and logged in you can download our exhibitor packs via the 'Exhibitor Information' link which will appear at the top of the page.

Visit website for complete details: Pins & Needles Craft Show

Initial J Promotions Ltd
South Lough House
Stamfordham, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE18 0QH

Minnesota Center for Book Arts: Artists-in-Residence Program

Three Deadlines: (POSTMARK) & (Ongoing)
February 1, 2009
June 1, 2009
October 1, 2009

2009 Artists-in-Residence Program
Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Minneapolis, MN

The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program is designed to support selected artists by providing resources, space and equipment to assist in the creation and promotion of their work. In turn, artists provide technical and educational assistance to Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Residencies may be from two weeks to four months in duration.

Studios and equipment are available to facilitate work in papermaking, printing and bookbinding.

Participation in the program is based on the artistic merit of proposed projects as well as the degree to which artists further MCBA's artistic vision: to preserve the traditional crafts of fine printing, bookbinding and papermaking; champion book art as a vital contemporary art form; and demonstrate the critical role artists' books play in the advancement of cultural and visual literacy.

The Selection Process
Applications and supporting materials will be reviewed by MCBA's Artistic Director, Executive Director and two panelists from the book arts community. In the event that no viable candidates emerge, no residencies will be offered in the period. Likewise, stipends may not be awarded in every cycle.

A variety of factors will be used to assess residency candidates. Base criteria are listed below. These elements should be clearly articulated in the candidate's letter of intent, project description, artist statement and resume. They should also be supported by work submitted for visual review.

Technical expertise as demonstrated through the artist's body of work and practical experience
A readiness by the artist to be part of MCBA's community
The specificity and clarity of artistic goals as expressed through the artist's project description and artist statement
The artist's willingness to mentor and use interns in their project
The ability of the artist to represent MCBA in the national book arts community
Demonstrations of past collaborative work with other artists and arts organizations
The artist's ability to teach and share their expertise
The degree to which the residency benefits the artist's further development
In addition to the above criteria, the awarding of stipends up to $1,000 will be based on the following factors:
The clarity and detail of the project budget submitted
Benefits the artist would bring to MCBA through their expertise and work
The artistic merit of the proposed project

Artist-in-Residence Benefits

The Artist will have access to, use of, and responsibility for MCBA facilities and equipment.

The Artist is encouraged to enlist one or more interns to assist with studio maintenance and/or studio production work.

The Artist is encouraged to submit class, workshop or lecture proposals to MCBA.The Artist will be paid by contract for teaching classes and workshops at a rate equal to other MCBA instructors.

From time to time, Artists-in-Residence execute special project work for MCBA or other associated individuals or groups. Under these conditions, Artists-in-Residence are compensated at a rate equal to similar MCBA contracts. Special project work is dependant on demand and is not ensured for all program participants.

If the Artist chooses to market his/her work produced at MCBA through MCBA's Studio Shop, MCBA may choose certain works for sale on a consignment basis. Joint promotion may be undertaken depending on the availability of funding for the project and whether such a project fits into MCBA's programming.

Application and Residency Timelines

Residency Periods are as follows:

Residency Period 4/1/09 – 7/31/09
Applications with support materials must be postmarked no later than 2/1/09
Residencies will be announced by 2/15/09

Residency Period 8/1/09 – 11/3/091
Applications with support materials must be postmarked no later than 6/1/09
Residencies will be announced by 6/15/09

Residency Period 12/1/09 – 3/31/09
Applications with support materials must be postmarked no later than 10/1/09
Residencies will be announced by 10/15/09

Download an Artist-in-Residence Application.

For further information about the residency, contact MCBA Artistic Director Jeff Rathermel at 612.215.2526.

Visit the website for additional details:

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is located in
the Open Book Building in downtown Minneapolis
1011 Washington Ave S, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612.215.2520
Fax: 612.215.2545


Deadline: December 1, 2008 (RECEIVE)


Appledore, Devon
May 28 to May 31, 2009

Theme: Fire & Fury

Appledore Arts manages the Festival which from its inception has grown in quality, content and popularity. Today it is recognized as a major high quality visual arts event with an established regional profile and a growing national presence.

Our vision is to support, promote and advance the visual arts in the South West. Artists are heavily involved in the inception and development of programming. Our objective is to offer an innovative, exciting and diverse range of experiences and activities for all age groups including children and young people.

We are now inviting applications based on the theme of ‘Fire & Fury’ and we are interested in receiving proposals for any of the following categories :

1. Events
2. Exhibitions
3. Residencies
4. Schools Art Project *
5. Festival Photographer
6. Drop-in Workshops
7. Advance-Booking Workshops

Our standard fee for selected artists is £200 per day. We pay expenses for materials and we are also able to contribute towards travel expenses. For those artists who require accommodation we aim to provide lodgings with local residents who are supporters of the Festival. As part of the selection process we will discuss each project and agree a budget for materials prior to contract approval.

* Please note that each year we select a proposal for a Schools Arts Project. This project involves working with local primary schools prior to the Festival with the outcome of the work being incorporated into the Festival. If you are interested in making a proposal we recommend that you provide a quote for the complete project, the number of schools you envisage working with, the material costs and time involved. On previous projects we have worked with a variety of local primary schools ranging from 3 up to 10 schools.

If you are interested in applying, there is no application form we would however like to know how you learnt about our Call for Artists. Please submit proposals with art work as required, if you would like your art work returned please include an SAE. We prefer to receive applications in the mail. During December applications will be reviewed by a Selection Panel and all applicants will be informed of the outcome by early January 2009.

Please send your full application to:
Call for Artists
Appledore Arts
3 Marine Parade
Appledore, Devon
EX39 1PJ

Fiona Fraser-Smith (Project Manager)
M: 07900 212747

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Lark Books: 500 Quilts

Deadline: November 14, 2008 (RECEIVE)

Lark Books

Editor: Ray Hemachandra

Lark Books seeks excellent images to publish in a juried collection of quilts for 500Quilts, the latest in our acclaimed 500 Series. Both art quilts and traditional quilts are welcome in fabric and other media. Diverse designs, materials, and techniques are desired, from traditional to cutting edge. We accept high-quality transparencies, slides, and digital images. There is no entry fee.

Download Entry Form Here

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Lark Books Challenge: 30-Minute Earrings

Deadline: January 26, 2009

Lark Books
Jewelry Design Challenge: 30-Minute Earrings

Editor: Marthe Le Van

Are you a skilled and imaginative jewelry designer who is up for a challenge? Great! Your mission is to design a pair of earrings that can be made in 30 minutes flat.

30-Minute Earrings will showcase more than 50 incredibly stylish step-by-step projects that can be created without investing too much of a valuable commodity—time! The selected earring designs will be modern and sophisticated and encompass many different styles and techniques. The common denominator will be fast projects that look terrific!

PS: In 30-Minute Earrings, we won’t be teaching fundamental jewelry making techniques. Designers can assume that their readers are already proficient (and quick!) at skills such as sawing, soldering, and finishing.

Submit to Lark one proposal form per proposed project. There is NO LIMIT to how many proposals you can submit.

Accept the challenge! Download an entry form here.

Visit website for more details:

2009 Free Library Festival

Deadline: March 6, 2009 (POSTMARK)
Applications postmarked after March 6 will be subject to a $100 late fee.

2009 Free Library Festival

Philadelphia, PA
April 18 and 19, 2009

The Free Library Festival is an annual celebration of reading and literacy that is held at the Parkway Central Library at 19th and Vine Streets in Philadelphia. The festival features two days of stimulating talks by award-winning writers, live music, children’s entertainment, and a bustling marketplace thronged with booklovers and booksellers. The festival is a fun, free event that connects nearly 27,000 booklovers from the mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

Space is limited and applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis, based upon receipt of a completed and signed Application & Contract and payment in full. Exhibitors are encouraged to submit their completed Application & Contract and payment as soon as possible. Exhibitors will receive confirmation upon acceptance. If your application is not accepted, you will be notified within 30 days.


Exhibitors must sell or exhibit books, or book-related products, or promote a program focused on literacy or education. The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation reserves the right to refuse participation by any company or individual for any or no reason at its sole discretion.

Author’s Row showcases individual authors. Self-publishing companies may also exhibit in Author’s Row, but at the regular exhibitor rate and should complete the Exhibitor Application rather than the Author Exhibitor Application. Author Exhibitors may sell and/or exhibit only their own work. The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation reserves the right to refuse participation by any company or individual for any or no reason at its sole discretion.

2009 Exhibitor Application & Contract

2009 AUTHOR Exhibitor Application & Contract

Visit the website for additional details:

Sara M. Goddard
Operations Manager, Free Library Festival
Phone: 215-567-4341

Michelle Sheffer
Program Assistant
Phone: 215-567-4341

Weir Farm Art Center Artist in Residence Program

Two Deadlines: (POSTMARK) & (Ongoing)
January 15, 2009
July 1, 2009

Artist in Residence Program
Weir Farm Art Center

Wilton, CT

The Artist in Residence program (AIR) selects twelve artists to live and work at Weir Farm each year. To date, 115 artists from throughout the U.S., as well as Tunisia, Germany, Australia, India and The Netherlands have participated in the AIR program. Visual artists apply for one month residencies in all media and diverse artistic points of view from traditional to experimental. There are two application deadlines – January 15 and July 15. Each artist receives a stipend of $500 per month to offset the cost of food and supplies. The facilities and utilities are provided free of charge.

The AIR program was initiated in 1998 and is already acknowledged as a unique opportunity for visual artists.

New program guidelines require each artist in residence to present a public lecture about his/her work and if requested, to donate a work of art that was created during the residency. We also hope to develop a collaborative partnership between the residents and the Wilton and Ridgefield public schools. Resident artists (who are often teachers in their own hometown schools) would collaborate with the public school art teachers and provide enrichment classes for the elementary grade students. Also, artists who reside at Weir Farm in July and August may participate in our Art Explorer summer classes for children ages 6-12.

Visit the website for the application and complete details:

Weir Farm Art Center
735 Nod Hill Road
Wilton, CT 06897
Phone: 203 761-9945


Two Registration Deadlines: (RECEIVE)
Before December 18, 2008
After December 18, 2008


An International Book Arts Conference and Fair
The University of the Arts
Philadelphia PA
June 4-6, 2009

THE HYBRID BOOK FAIR is designed as an opportunity to sell works as well as provide an informal exhibition for artists and vendors to showcase the wide range of work being produced by book artists today. We invite both booksellers and individual artists to be part of this event. In addition, to encourage those new to the field, we are offering an “Emerging Artist Half Table Rate” and special opportunities for student artists. Please see registration page for details.

The Hybrid Book Fair has been sponsored by Priscilla Juvelis Rare Books.

Purchase prizes will be awarded at the fair by numerous institutions. In addition to Purchase Prizes, there will be several awards presented, including the Philadelphia Center for the Book Regional Book Award.

Visit website for complete details:

Fair table fees includes single admission to the Conference.

TO PARTICIPATE in the Hybrid Book Conference and/or Fair, please download and print the registration form, and send, with payment, to:

Hybrid Book c/o MFA Book Arts Program
The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Please be sure to include your email address, as confirmation upon receipt of payment will be sent via email. Questions can be directed to

Alumni of the MFA Book Arts/Printmaking program, please visit the UArts MFA Book Arts/Printmaking website for further information.


Two Registration Deadlines: (RECEIVE)
before December 18, 2008
after December 18, 2008


An International Book Arts Conference and Fair
The University of the Arts
Philadelphia PA
June 4-6, 2009

THE HYBRID BOOK CONFERENCE will bring together established and emerging artists, scholars, librarians and educators to explore a variety of topics in a series of eight panels. The final event will be on Saturday evening, a dinner and a critical response to the conference and fair by Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof of artblog.

Panels Include:

This panel will explore the unifying factors that help to define book arts as a locus of study and practice within the academy.

The artist’s book most often finds its audience via Special Collections or the gallery, but what happens when the artist’s book is put in the hands of the people by other means? Panelists will discuss alternative modes of both production and distribution that bring the artist’s book to different audiences and engage the book format as a vehicle for social change.

What is the future of letterpress printing? Panelists will discuss the function of letterpress in contemporary art and the hybrid book, as well as how the advent of digital processes has affected and will continue to affect letterpress.

Several artists will present projects that elevate the artist’s book beyond its basic form by using it as a tool to explore installation, performance, research, education, historical and digital processes, sound, interactivity, and more.

The complexity of the artist’s book often makes collaboration desirable or even necessary in producing sophisticated work that encompasses text, image, structure, and a high level of craft. Panelists will discuss multiple approaches to engaging collaborative relationships in both the conceptual and material processes of creating an artist’s book.

What was the appeal of the offset book that made it desirable enough for artists to open their own print shops? With the introduction of self-publishing on-demand websites like Lulu and Blurb, the future of these presses is uncertain. Panelists will discuss what brought them to the process years ago, as well as the future of the medium.

While digital tools have changed the face of book arts, the book itself has been alluded to throughout electronic media. Panelists will discuss the potential of digital technologies to become a book arts related medium.

Focusing on the importance of writing as a practice and form, this panel discussion will explore text in the hybrid book: as a source material or generative process, a narrative journey for both the maker and the viewer, and a destination that brings the book into conversation with other art forms.

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TO PARTICIPATE in the Hybrid Book Conference and/or Fair, please download and print the registration form, and send, with payment, to:

Hybrid Book c/o MFA Book Arts Program
The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Please be sure to include your email address, as confirmation upon receipt of payment will be sent via email. Questions can be directed to

Alumni of the MFA Book Arts/Printmaking program, please visit the UArts MFA Book Arts/Printmaking website for further information.