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Border Wall Quilt Project   •   To Be Determined
Deadline:  July 31, 2018
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Theme:
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!

General Information:
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 small quilted pieces, 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 small 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. It is our hope that the Border Wall Quilt Project will premiere in the United States at the IQF Festival-Houston in November 2018, and in Mexico at the Quilter’s de Mexico Quilt Convention in Mexico City 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 lea@leamccomas.com

Catalog:
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 2019 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.