call for artists

We are seeking weavers to make overshot coverlets for an exhibition, Fold Unfold to take place June 24 – August 19, 2017.  Extended confirmation deadline! Please confirm participation by April 15, 2017.  All materials due May 1, 2017.  SEE SUBMISSION DETAILS BELOW.

The coverlet, a wonderfully elaborate example of woven bedding, is lesser-known than the quilt when it comes to Southern material culture. These bed-coverings are often devalued or romanticized rather than recognized as having provided real value to households. To address this oversight, anthropologist Susan Falls and artist Jessica Smith are holding a call for weavers to participate in Fold Unfold.

We invite skilled makers to weave functional bedding on manually operated looms as part of this installation. Each coverlet should be informed by overshot geometric patterning popular in the U.S. To undermine traditional signifiers of class and race, makers will use a modernist color scheme of black, white, and gray. This neutrality will draw attention to the hands of makers.

The coverlets will be folded and stacked to form pillars. One pillar will stand in the entrance of the historic Ware-Lyndon House in Athens, Georgia to connote the role southern women played in the aesthetic narrative of their landscape. The second pillar will stand in the adjoining contemporary Lukasiewicz Gallery to unite the historic with the contemporary.

To reveal each work, the pillars will be taken down and the coverlets will be unfolded in a public performance. They will be re-stacked at full size to form a minimalist contemporary sculpture. Each coverlet will be professionally photographed and published in a catalogue. We invite all to attend the Unfolding!

submission information

The Full Call for Participation and a Confirmation of Participation Form can be downloaded below. (You may also request forms by email to: foldunfold2017@gmail.com

IMPORTANT DATES: All deliverables (coverlets, drafts, participation form and weaver statement)  must be sent to Falls and Smith by May 1, 2017. You will be required to include return postage for your work. The show will take place in Athens at the Lyndon House Arts Center from June 24 – August 19, 2017. The Unfolding event is scheduled for August 19, 2017. We encourage all participants to attend!

  1. CONFIRMATION Please send us your confirmation ASAP if you plan to participate and have not done so already. Please send to foldunfold2017@gmail.com
  1. SENDING IN WORK: We need to receive all coverlets and documents by May 1st. You can start shipping after April 1st. When you send your work, please pin a piece of paper with your name, address and phone number to the coverlet to ensure your name stays with your work.  Emailfoldunfold2017@gmail.com  for address.
    • If you are in the ATHENS GA area, you can drop your coverlet and photos at the Lyndon Ware House on May 5th by 3pm. We will pick it up or you can mail in.
    • If you are in the Asheville area, we will pick up work on April 22nd. Please email foldunfold2017@gmail.com to arrange pick up. You can also mail in.
  1. DOCUMENTATION PHOTOS: Please include documentation photos on a disk or flash drive with your coverlet OR send them by email to foldunfold2017@gmail.com.
  1. CATALOG: We will produce an exhibition catalog. Each coverlet will be professionally photographed.  All participants can purchase catalogs at cost, which is $10.

Please contact Susan Falls and Jessica Smith at foldunfold2017@gmail.com for all inquiries.

guidelines for weaving / FAQ’s

  • Size: All coverlets must be approximately of 80”x88” with no added trim.
    • To satisfy the 80″ x 88″ dimensions, weavers may stitch panels together.
  • Color: Coverlets should use a black, white, and grey color palette only
    • You may work with colors as you wish: white and grey, black and white, black and dark black,  dark and light grey, white and light gray and black – however you want to do it.
  • Materials: may be traditional or contemporary at the discretion of the weaver
  • Patterning:Weavers may revisit historical overshot patterning popular in the 19th century or build upon the structure of historical objects or innovate entirely
    • Drafts may be newly invented, found in weaving guides and texts,or inspired by woven coverlets in personal, decorative arts, or heritage house collections
  • Maker: Coverlets may be woven by a single individual or by groups working together
  • Quality: High quality is expected. While this is not a juried event, coverlets that do not meet the standards of the exhibition may not be shown.
    • We will need to be able to fold and unfold them!


Research for this exhibition was funded by the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design and the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Panel 1

Call for Participation

Click for downloadable Full Call for Participation and Confirmation of Participation
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The installation at the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens
will take place June 24th to August 19, 2017.
Panel 2


Please contact Jessica Smith and Susan Falls at


for all inquiries.