Thursday, July 31, 2008

Business Insurance for Studio Artists

We’re all pretty aware of where to turn for insurance on our homes, cars and/or contents of our apartments. We also at least have a clue as to where to start if the need to file a claim should occur. But what about our needs as artists? What type(s) of business insurance do we need, and where can we obtain it? And what should we do if we have a claim?

One of the biggest mistakes we make as artists is the assumption that we are covered by our homeowners insurance policy. However, unless a special endorsement (rider) has been added, there is no coverage– and even then, most home business riders are targeted for coverage of home offices, not home studio operations.
We often talk about opening our studios to visitors, but what if someone falls and is injured?
What exactly is the extent of your need as an artist for business liability coverage? The following list of resources should help get you started with assessing your coverage needs and with finding a company that understands the needs of artists.


Artist’s Checklist: CLAIMS FOR DAMAGED WORK – Society of North American Goldsmiths – “Unfortunately, despite everyone’s best efforts, artworks are occasionally damaged or destroyed during shipping or an exhibition. Artists are then confronted with the process of making an insurance claim. Who processes the claim depends on who bought the insurance and when the damage occurred.”

Business Insurance Information – gives information about the basics of business insurance

Disaster Preparedness for Artists – Craft Emergency Relief Fund – “Disasters can strike at any time and in any place with little or no warning. The time to formulate and implement a disaster response plan for business is now. The following handout was put together with artists in mind. Take your first steps today. The more complete your preparation the more likely your business will recover from a disaster.”

Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) is dedicated to supporting artists before, during, and after emergencies. Its website serves as a primary resource for artists with extensive listings for a variety of related topics, including insurance:

.....Business Insurance Basics for Artists

.....Business Insurance for Artists

.....Property and Liability Insurance

Do Frogs Need Insurance? No, but you do, by heck! – Betty Chypre

Have You Got It Covered?: Insurance Needs of Artists, Retailers and Show Promoters – Heather Skelly

Insurance: A User-Friendly Guide for the Arts and Nonprofit World - Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) - This guide contains general insurance principles and common insurance issues, such as auto and property insurance, workman's compensation, umbrella vs. excess, and directors and officers liability insurance. This guide also addresses special considerations for the performing arts, visual arts, and special events, risk management, and advice on buying insurance and filing claims. Cost is $5.00

Insurance Resources for Craftspeople – The Crafts Report

Insuring Your Quilt

Types of Insurance that Sculptors Regularly Need to Obtain for their Studios, Employees, and Exhibitions – Daniel Grant – [NOTE: This article may be specifically targeting the needs of sculptors, but the information is equally applicable for textile artists] “…The cost of all this insurance varies widely, depending on the amount of coverage (most insurance packages for artists and craftspeople offer a maximum of one or two million dollars in total liability), the type of work created (fewer physical risks exist for painters and graphic designers than for sculptors, especially those who are welders), and the location of the artist. Rates tend to be higher in Florida, California, and New York because of geography (hurricanes, mud slides, and wild fires) and possible terrorism. Studio insurance may also be more difficult to obtain for artists who do not have a strong track record of sales. Insurers are reluctant to pay a settlement for an object that has no clearly established market value other than the artist’s sense of its worth.“

UK – Insurance for Artists – Arts Council England


American Craft Council, 72 Spring Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10012, Description: Offers members discounted property and casualty insurance, work in transit insurance, coverage for business contents on and off premises -- and while at shows.

Artist/Craftsman Protection Plan, 11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 500, Rockville, MD 20852, (301.816.0045 or 800.638.2610, Description: Offers individual artists liability insurance and all risk property protection for artwork at home or studio, on exhibition, and in transit.

Benchmark Insurance – has business insurance designed for the craft artist. Currently available in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, but may soon expand the area of coverage.

Chris Johnston of HUB International Milne of Arizona specializes in insurance for textile artists: , 1750 E Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020, (602) 749-4282 or (800) 688-7472

Connell Insurers (417.334.2000) P.O. Box 1840, Branson, MO 65615, Description: Offers a craft package policy that covers general liability, products and complete operations liability, and more.

Flather Perkins, Inc., 888 17th Street, NW, Suite #508, Washington DC 20006, Description: Insures fine art and crafts on studio premises, in transit, and in shows. (800.422.8889) has two basic policies for artists, a $500 general liability plan that covers slip-and-falls (medical payments), product liability, loss of equipment other than computers (computers are a separate area of coverage), business vehicle accidents, and fires, and a $1,500 fine arts package that covers the value of the artwork itself when there is damage, theft, or destruction in and out of one’s studio. Part of that plan covers works-in-progress, paying the artist labor and materials costs if the piece was less than half completed and the full selling price if the object was more than half finished.

Fractured Atlas, 248 W. 35th Street, Suite 1202, New York, NY 10001, Description: A nonprofit organization that offers many support services to artist-members throughout the United States, including event liability insurance.

Hartford Financial Services Group (860.547.5000)

Henderson Phillips Fine Arts Insurance (202.955.5750 or 800.871.9991)

Holman Insurance Brokers LTD - Canada

Huntington T. Block – is a “…provider of insurance for the fine arts community .” - (202.223.0673 or 800.432.7465)$DynamicFrameWeb)?OpenForm&Link=/amo/htb/homepage.nsf/($DocumentUniqueID)/05554A39EAAC980A86256AAA00024101
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Insurevents.Com (800.279.6540)

K&K Insurance Group, Inc., 1712 Magnavox Way, Fort Wayne, IN 46801-2338, Description: Provides liability insurance for artists. See "Concessionaires, Exhibitors & Vendors" area of their Web site. Phone 800-328-2317

Kaye Fine Arts Insurance (212.210.9200 or 800.456.KAYE,

Ontario Crafts Council, 990 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H1 Canada, Description: Members are eligible for business and liability insurance.

RLI Insurance (1-866-741-6560) Offers business, personal property and general liability for home based businesses. Coverage is available in 50 states. The annual premiums start at $150, and vary by state.

The Managing Agency Group (800.274.6364), offers a general plan that provides up to two million dollars in total coverage, including a studio and its contents, works in transit and at a temporary exhibition site, medical and product liability, with annual premiums ranging from $400 to $1,700. They offer the American Craft Council Insurance Program

Thomas & Pratt Insurance (310.394.5363 or 877.334.6327)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Textile Related Tutorials - Part 2

Knock yourself out with more tutorials from generous textile artists:
How to Write a Tutorial - Bella Dia

All About Hand Dyeing – Pauline Burch

Bead Patterns and Tutorials (many are automated)

Bookbinding Tutorial Links from Around the Web – an incredible resource

Chinese Knotting: The 4 Flower Knot

Chinese Button Knot: Part I - 3 minute YouTube Video

Chinese Button Knot: Part II - 3 minute YouTube Video

Consider This: 4 Essays - Leslie Morgan & Claire Benn - Building a Palette of Color; Gathering Momentum; Difficulty = Opportunity; and Visualization & Articulation

Create Translucent Images Using Gel Skins – Patti Brady

Creating Chenille – by Barbara Jones, Consultant for Brother International

Creating Great Slash-Fabrics – by Nancy L. Restuccio

Creative Background Techniques – Trish Bayley

Creative Embellishing: A Technique for Embellishing Scrim onto Velvet

Decorative Lace Using Water Soluble Stabilizer Stitched in Circles

Devore Instructions - Dharma Trading Co

Devore Instructions - Frequently Asked Questions - Dharma Trading Co

DigiBobbE with and without Embroidery - Bonnie McCaffery - video

Do-It-Yourself Crushed Velvet - Christine Jonson - 5 minute video

Double-Reverse Appliqu̩ Рby Ellen Lindner

Embellisher and Stich Online Class Introduction - Beate Knappe - This is a 20-page introduction with embedded demonstration videos for an online class for learning how to use and be creative with an embellishing machine. If this introduction is any indication, the actual class is going to be quantum leap above and beyond the way online classes are usually taught.

Endless Knot – clear step-by-step instructions with pictures

Eraser Carving: Part 1 - Carlafibers - How to make your own stamps using art gum erasers or Nasco Safety-Kut

Eraser Carving: Part 2 - Carlafibers - How to make your own stamps using art gum erasers or Nasco Safety-Kut

Ever Decreasing Circles Using the Flower Stitcher - Valerie Campbell-Harding

Exploring Devore – Dionne Swift

Fabric Dyeing 101: Simple Instructions for Beautiful Fabrics - Melissa of Ontario, Canada has posted step-by-step instructions written for students in her fabric dyeing classes (including a video and dye recipes)

Fabric Inchie Tutorial - Carla Barrett

Fabric Paints: A Different Way to Color Fibers – Pauline Burch

Fabric Stash Organization - Carlafibers

Flower Pounding - Gay Gardener – step-by-step 6 page article with tips

Flower Pounding - Johnson's Flower Centers

Fabric Postcards – Deb Richardson

FAQs About Fabric Painting – Michaels

Faux Chenille Interpretation Tutorial: Spontaneous Combustion - Arlee Barr

Flannel Chenille –

Glitz on Silk Using Painted Bondaweb

Good Luck Knot – Karen Thomas - step-by-step instructions with pictures

Grungeboard Surfaces - Sue Bleiweiss

Hand-Dye Fabric – Carlene L. Raper – She shows 20 different hand-dyed fabric designs and gives brief descriptions of how they were created.

Hand-Dye/Paint Lace – Sandi Willmott

Hand Marbling for Quilters – by Janet Wickell

Hand Painted Fabrics Using Neocolor II Wax Crayons – Fannie Narte

Heat Set Crystals Using the Kandi Kane or Decorative Touch Tool – Dawn Wenner

Hot Water Stabilizers 101 - Sue Bleiweiss

How I Write on Quilts [with a sewing machine] - Upstatelisa

How to Apply Sequins – by Jan Eaton

How To Create Heated Pearl-Ex Backgrounds – Trish Bayley

How to Create Fabric Bowls Using SoftSculpt Thin Foam – Debra Gash

How to Crinkle Fabric

How to Crush Silk Permanently - Sabine - this also works for silk velvet

How to Tie Chinese Button Knots

How to Unravel a Sweater – Ashley Martineau

How to Use Shisha Glass – Part I -

How to Use Shisha Glass – Part II -

How to Use Shisha Glass – Part III -

How to Use Shisha Glass – Part IV -

Image Transfer Using Gel Medium – Dawn Stan – gives a clear and understandable explanation of what "gel medium" is as well as step-by-step instructions for the process

Image Transfer Methods (Non-Toxic) - 52 page document

Jacquard Paints Textile Colors – How to mix the colors to create pastels, increase transparency, and increase flowability

Knotted Fabric Buttons and Beads – by Diane Ericson

Lazertran Tutorial - Barbara Strembiki – Extensive

Layering Fabric with Painted Bondaweb - tenar

Leaf and Flower Pounding

Machine Curved Piecing – Paper Panache – also includes the link to a 7” x 7” practice pattern and information about the correct way to pin the pieces to ensure accuracy

Machine Wrapped Cording

Mailable Art: Creating Mailable Art Pieces - Sue Bleiweiss

Make a Mola - Charlotte Patera

Make "Little Treasures" Boxes – Inspired by the temples of Thailand, directions for the box pattern used in the Fiberart For A Cause
American Cancer Society fundraising campaign is provided by Quilting Arts Magazine

Make Rocks – Vicky Taylor-Hood

Make Sewable Fabric from Plastic Bags;topic=178442.0;images

Making Fabric ATCs and Postcards, Arlee Style - Arlee Barr

Making Silk Paper - K. Baxter Packwood

Making Fabric Paper - Arlee Barr

Marbling - Sue Cook - 16 page leaflet

Marbling - Pro Chemical & Dye

Marbling: Applications & Techniques - Liquitex

Marbling on Fabric and Paper

Marbling with Golden Acrylics

Mola - How to Make

Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels Tutorial: Leaf – Fanny Narte – step-by-step with pictures

Photographing Your Textiles: Part 1 - Divine Bird

Photographing Your Textiles: Part 2 - Divine Bird

Precious Petals - Pamela Watts – This technique combines fresh flowers with stitching

Precoats for Inkjet Printing - Gloria Hansen

Print on Fabric – Barbara Kotsos – This 3-page article written for the Epson printer newsletter gives a summary and comparison of a variety of products, including some new ones.

Print on Fabric using Fabric Softener – Sandie Willmott

School of Stitched Textiles (SST) Taster Course - This is a 38 page introduction to their online courses and is designed for you to be able to assess your suitability for benefiting from a distance learning (online) course. It also takes you through designing and creating a machine embroidery project based on your holiday photographs

Sewing Easy Curves for Quilts – Susan Druding

Shading Fabrics with Colored Pencils – Gabrielle Swain Studio Notes – July 16, 2002

Stamp Carving Tutorial – Step-by-step with pictures

Step-by-Step Guide to Shisha Mirrors to Fabric – by Classic Stitches Magazine

Stitchopedia: An Encyclopedia of Stitches - diagrams and directions for needlepoint stitches

Sewing Machine Cords - Sue Bleiweiss

Snail Tutorial - Arlee Barr

Stencil Tutorial - Carla Barrett

Thread Chenille – Stitches Magazine – by Barbara Geer

Tintzel Play - Bonnie McCaffery - video

Transferring Images to Paper or Fabric Using Bondaweb - Bobby Bosley

Ultrasuede Reverse Applique

Using Painted Bondaweb to Create a Coloured and Textured Background - Helen Cowans

Using Aluminum Foil for Special Effects - Dianna in Maui

Water Soluble Stabilizer - Leaf Tutorial # 1

Wonder Under Foil Surface Design Technique - Melanie Testa

Wonderful Bondaweb - NOTE: To be able to easily read the instructions, you will need to copy and paste the text into a word processing program, then change the text color to black and increase it to a readable size

Wool Reclaimation Project - Carla Barrett- How to deconstruct wool garments

To access the first post on Textile Related Tutorials:

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Shifting Gears: Trust the Spiral - Edward Winkleman

Chart of an Artist's Journey - Edward Winkleman

Edward Winkleman uses this diagram as a metaphor to explain how most artists' journeys and interests would look if charted - it would not be as a straight line, but as a sprial indidcating how artists "...[return] to the same ideas again and again, only with more insight/experience than the last [previous] time."
Full article:

Edward Winkleman is an arts dealer who blogs about art and politics, including many issues of particular concern to artists. A few posts from the past couple of months include:

By What Measures is a Picture "Considered Good"?

Invitation Greening Pros and Cons about a trend of galleries replacing post card exhibition announcements with email and the ramifications this has for artists

The End of an Artist-Gallery Relationship, from Both Sides

To check out Edward Winkleman's blog in full:
Winkleman Gallery website:

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Artist Residencies - Part II

Fiber Artist Adriene Cruz in front of her Paducah, KY
Artist-in-Residence studio

This post looks at artist residencies from several different perspectives - there are interviews of artists (one a fiber artist) about their residency experiences; info about a disbanded Artist-in-Residency program at NASA; and info about artist residency possibilities that exist outside of artist colonies.


The Artist Workspace Residency: A Guide for Artists - this is a 32 page document created for the benefit of artists experiencing one type of residency program, but it has information useful for other residency considerations as well

Database of Japanese Artist-in-Residence Programs - Anyone interested in pursuing an artist-in-residency in Japan should thoroughly investigate all of the material on this site - "We interview artists, art managers, curators who are key persons to know how Japanese residency programs works. "


A.I.R. Paducah Artist Relocation Program and a Conversation with Adriene Cruz
Interview in Relation to a 7 Week Residency at the Yorkshire Art Space, Sheffield 2003 - Interview of Ben Cove by Doug Higgins

There are many opportunities for artist residences that should be considered besides the art colony format with which we're most familiar. For example, did you know that NASA once had an Artist in Residence program? Unfortunately, Congress cut its program funding in 2005:

Moon and Stars Align for Performance Artist: Laurie Anderson Accepts Art Commission from NASA

A Congressional Record excerpt posted by the Washington Times:

NOTE: The Federal Reserve Board spent $183,000 in 2003 for its arts program and the Army, Air Force, State Department and Interior Departments also have art budgets.


Many colleges and universities have Visiting Artist or Artist-in-Residency programs which generally range from 4-weeks to a semester to an academic year in duration. Some issue "Calls" for applications and some post the application process on their website. For others, you would need to contact them regarding your interest. Following is one example:

Illinois State University Visiting Artist Program - a 4-week residency with a $3,200 stipend


Museums are another possibility for finding a residency opportunity. As with universities, some issue "Calls" for applications. For others, you may be able to work with them to develop one. Following is one example of a museum artist-in-residence program:

Newark Museum - Applications are being accepted for three artist-in-residence positions at the Newark Museum Arts Workshop for the month of January 2009. The residency offers three artists the opportunity to use the Museum's professional facilities for creating new work. A stipend will be paid to selected artists. This year because the Newark Museum is celebrating the 100th year of its founding, artists are being asked to submit proposals that relate to this milestone event.How to Apply: First, there is no application form to fill out, references to seek or fees to pay. Please send 10 JPEG images at 300 dpi on a CD, or a video/film clip of five minutes or less of your current work along with resume, artist statement, residency proposal and SASE. Do please include a hard copy list of your images and information about them and how or in what manner they should be viewed.Stipend: Each artist receives a stipend of $1200.00. This includes artist acting as juror to select the next round of Newark Museum Resident Artists for 2010. In addition, in-kind material and technical support is supplied to each artist depending on project needs. Send application material to:

Stephen McKenzie, Manager
The Newark Museum Arts Workshop for Adults
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102-3176

Email address:


Believe it or not but corporations are another possibility to explore. It could well be worth your time and effort to propose the creation of an artist-in-residence program (tailored, of course, for yourself) to a company. Following are some examples:

Idea: Corporate Artists in Residence - David Friedman

Daimler Foundation in Japan Art Scope - This is an interview of Mr. Keisuke Egashira, the director of Daimler Foundation in Japan by Sachiko Kanno, The Japan Foundation and Akemi Tsukada, NLI Research Institute about the objective, practices and principles of the Art Scope [Artist-In-Residence] program.

Kohler and the Arts

Arts/Industry: An Innovative Residency Program
SF Recycling AIR – full information about the program and application process

.....Program Brochure:

Siemen's: Silk Road Project, Artist-in-Residence Program

Artist-in-Residence: Hotelier tries to teach artist business skills

Art and Innovation: The XEROX PARC Artist-in-Residence Program

IBM: CUE is Hosting an Artist in Residence

NOTE: While many of these program examples seem to preclude textile art, its the idea that's important - think of a corporation with which you'd like to work and approach them with the idea...who knows where it might lead.


Sometimes a community will sponsor an artist-in-residence program:

Kamiyana Artist in Residence Program (Japan)


I was really surprised to learn that many hospitals sponsor these programs. While all of the examples are East Coast, you can probably find or develop them at hospitals throughout the country:

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

New York City Hospital Artist-in-Residence Programs

Artists-In-Residence: The Creative Center's Approach to Arts in Healthcare - Can be purchased at the following website - scroll down the page - "This book offers artists and healthcare professionals a unique look at artmaking with patients and caregivers in healthcare settings. The first of its kind in the rapidly emerging field of arts-in-healthcare, this book features The Center's professionally proven methods, illustrated by actual artist-in-residence logs and photographs that tell the stories of the remarkable experiences that occur when patients and staff are given the opportunity to discover their own creative resources through art-making.

Thirteen chapters focus on all aspects of working as an Artist-in-Residence, including Working in the Culture of a Healthcare Institution, Working with Patients, Caregivers and Caregiving and Working with the Dying. Practical tips and suggested projects are featured in The Portable Studio, as well as in appendices. Artists and healthcare facilities are given all the information needed to start a Creative Center Artist-in-Residence program in their hometown hospitals."


National Park Service - There are 29 parks that currently participate in the National Park Service's Artist-in-Residence program.

State Park Services - This is another area to explore, for example, Michigan's Mountains Porcupine Artist-in-Residence program:,1607,7-192-45414_45416-182964--,00.html

Artist in Residence - This is "...a list of organizations that offer opportunities for artists to collaborate with scientists, technologists, or professionals in business or industry. Many are experimental laboratories where artists collaborate with scientists. Several are university based. Many are in countries other than the US."

Bottom line, there are many alternative avenues for artist residencies that can be pursued. When searching for the right Artist-in-Residence experience for you, don't hesitate to think outside of the box.

If you missed the first post about Artist Residencies:

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Recap - In case you missed it…

Following are links to some of the topics posted this past year (June 2007 - June 2008) that you may have missed or want to revisit:

A Visual Artist’s Guide to Estate Planning - This free 183 page document (+17 additional appendices) is the outcome of a joint conference ("On the Needs of Visual Artists: A Roundtable 2001") by the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation and the Julia Rothschild Foundation

Acrylics & Gels – Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know – a list of resources including a 122-page free e-book giving great information about acrylic paints and gels and how to use them.

All About: Bobbins and Threads

All About: Machine Needlefelting

All About: Needles

All About: Sewing Machines

All About: Textiles

All About: Texturizing Fabrics

All About: Tyvek

Art and Politics – in this 24-minute vidcast, Anne Deavere Smith discusses the role of artists in a world wracked by war

Art Biz Connection – This is a free program designed by Alyson B. Stanfield (an art business coach) to help artists develop and complete art marketing plans.

Art in Architecture and Art in Embassies Programs

Art v Craft – Bruce DeBoer

Art Vandals

Artist as Teacher: A Guide for Artists Working in Schools - “The purpose of this guide [a 70-page free e-book] is to help…artists understand, survive, and enjoy success in the role of Artist, as teacher [in the classroom].”

Artist Residencies - list of resources

Artists in the Workforce 1990 – 2005 – This publication by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is a look at the demographic and employment patterns of artists nationwide in the 21st century

Artists Rights Society - is a rights licensing organization that acts “…on behalf of our members to streamline the process for reviewing and approving or rejecting requests for reproduction.”

Arts Policies of U.S. Presidential Candidates

Broken Crayons – Robert Alan Black - This free e-book examines 32 traits identified as being characteristic of creative people.

Commissions – Private and Public Art – A wealth of information is provided

Craft Versus Art – Mary Sullivan Holdgrafer


Emergency Assistance for Artists - a listing of foundations and organizations whose primary mission is to provide emergency financial and other assistance to artists in dire need.

Fundraising Advice for Individuals – Alyson Pou

Getting Discouraged – Nancy Doyle – Part 1 of 4

Getting Discouraged – Nancy Doyle – Part 2 of 4

Getting Discouraged – Nancy Doyle – Part 3 of 4

Getting Discouraged – Nancy Doyle – Part 4 of 4

Glossary of Grants Lingo – Bari Caton - This is an 8-page glossary that “…contains many of the terms encountered by individual artists involved in searching for grants and applying for external financial support.

Grant/Fellowship Application Review Process

Guide to Exhibition Applications – additional insight into the selection process

Health & Safety in the Arts: Textiles & Other Arts

How NOT to Display your Artwork on the Web – Charley Parker

How to Preserve Newspaper/Magazine Clippings

I’m Going to be Filmed, Recorded or Televised – What do I do Now?

Investing in Creativity: A Study of the Support Structure for U.S. Artists - This is a 107-page free e-book from the Culture, Creativity, and Communities (CCC) Program of the Urban Institute.

Is it Art? Is it Craft? – Charles Lewton Brain

Just for Fun: Art Student's Journey Game

Just for Fun: Create Your Own Virtual Mudcloth

Just for Fun: Han Hoffman Push & Pull Technique

Just for Fun: Paint Like Jackson Pollock

Just for Fun: Patchworkz - game

Just for Fun: Textile Related Oddities & Absurdities

Just for Fun: Textile Related Oddities and Absurdities – Part 2

Just for Fun: Textile Related Oddities and Absurdities – Part 3

Marketing Crafts and Visual Arts: The Role of Intellectual Property – A Practical Guide – This is a 150 page free e-book

Message from Exhibition Organizers to Artists – Keisha Roberts

More About Copyright: Art and Law - Additional resources for visual artists about copyright and its protections.

More on Health & Safety in the Arts

“On Burning Bridges” – Matthew Deleget - a letter of rejection the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) received back from an applicant to the Artists’ Fellowship Program is discussed.

On-Line Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving, Lace and Related Topics - Maintained by the University of Arizona, this archive contains an extraordinary amount of materials about weaving, basketry, lace, and related subjects. Free access is provided to thousands of items, all out of copyright or published with the author’s permission. These include 4,222 articles, 437 books, 1,310 periodicals.

Overview of Feminist Legal Theory [Textile Related] – Ann Barlow

Photographing Textile and Fiber Art - Five (5) articles are cited that provide detailed and extensive online tutorials as well as an offer from a quilt photographer for free online digital photography lessons. Another short article gives a “fix” for eliminating glare.

Professional Guidelines for Artists – This is an extensive set of guidelines developed by the Society of North American Goldsmiths that cover a wide variety of topics and address situations common to all art professionals.

Protect Your Most Valuable Asset – YOUR NAME

Putting Rejection in Perspective – Barbara Macey


Regional Arts Councils

Salvaging Textiles after Water and Fire Disasters


So What about Copyright? What Artists Need to Know About Copyright and Trademarks: For Filmmakers, Visual Artists and Writers - This 116 page free e-book addresses the needs of artists and is written in plain and understandable English. It includes a series of essays on the basics of copyright, trademark, fair use, public domain and has chapters written specifically for visual artists, writers and filmmakers.

State Arts Councils – This is an alphabetized list of Councils with links to the website, newsletter, and grant guidelines for each.

Studio & Ventilation Ideas – Susan Louise Moyer - The information is detailed and accompanied by pictures.

Symbols – a list of online resources

Talking Prices: Symbolic Meanings of Prices on the Market for Contemporary Art – Olav Velthuis

Tax Guide for Visual Artists - Updated in 2006, this tax guide for visual artists is made available by Peter Jason Riley, CPA (senior partner of the CPA Firm of Riley & Associates, PC).

Textile Museums - listing

Textile Related Publications 1846 – 1921

Textile Related Tutorials

The Power of Art - Simon Schama - video excerpts from the PBS series

Time Management for Creative People – Mark MacGuiness – This 32-page free e-book is subtitled, “Manage the mundane – create the extraordinary”.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) - This organization "... delivers pro bono and low cost legal services and information to members of the arts community each year. Access to VLA’s pro bono legal services is available to low-income artists and nonprofit arts organizations, but many other programs are more widely available to the entire arts community.”

What does “mastery” mean to you?

Workshop and Lecture Contracts