How to contribute to the Spun Community Quilt at the Denver Art Museum

Calling all local artists, crafters, quilters and crocheters: The Denver Art Museum will be taking submissions for its Spun Community Quilt next Monday, June 3. The massive quilt -- which will be built in panels along the four-story wall inside the museum -- is part of the current exhibition, Spun: Adventures In Textiles, that runs through September 22.

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"As we were planning for Spun, we wanted to find a way to incorporate the community, and really have what's happening out in the creative community be reflected as part of the exhibition program," says Jenna Madison, manager of studio and artists' programs at the DAM. "We happened to have this incredible four-story wall in the atrium that we never really hang art on. We thought, wouldn't it be fun if we could find some way to populate this enormous wall with works that we've sought out in the community?"

The original project began with DAM officials seeking submissions from established artists -- and then they decided to open up the quilting project to anyone interested in participating. "We wanted to celebrate all of the work that's happening with textiles in and around Colorado," says Madison. "We realized there was an incredibly rich group of folks with very diverse backgrounds -- some who just consider themselves crafters, some who have branched out into fiber arts, some who are dedicated and celebrated fiber artists.

"We really wanted to authentically reflect the variety of folks who are working creatively with fabric -- or even not with fabric," she cotninues. "I mean, we're certainly not limiting the content of the pieces for the Spun Community Quilt, except to make sure that we're being conscious of conservation needs."

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There are a few rules for submissions, though: Contributions must come in two-foot by three-foot vertical sections, with two side-by-side reinforced holes at each corner so that they can be attached to the larger quilt. Blocks can include things like photographs, autographs, drawings, painted pieces, embroidery, textile art and small objects, but must be under one and a half pounds. No plants, liquids, living, hazardous or unsafe materials are permitted. (See the DAM's submission guidelines for a full list of usable materials.)

Submissions will be accepted on certain dates through the summer, and the quilt will slowly grow with each batch. With previous community-driven projects, the DAM had only allowed one day for participants to drop off work -- which led to stress on the artists and an inordinate amount of work for employees trying to organize and track pieces, Madison says.

The first day to drop off submissions for the Spun Community Quilt is next Monday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the DAM's Hamilton Building loading dock. A pre-registration form must be filled out prior to the drop-off. Madison expects have the first submissions to the quilt added by Father's Day; future dates for submissions in July and August will be announced as the project moves forward.

For more information, visit the DAM website.

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