Is it a trick or a treat when the United Nations calls and wants permission to use a photo of one of your quilts? I certainly thought it was a trick. It was so random and unexpected.
India and I were enjoying a day off from school because it was parent teacher conference day at Lovett. After leaving our conference, I glance down at my IPhone, and there is a message from my Flickr photo account with the subject line “Request to Use a Photo of One of Your Quilts for UN Exhibit Project.” Sounds like a trick right?
As it was explained to me, “a group of Geneva based diplomats have launched a project called “Quilt Challenge” (www.quiltchallenge.org) to support the Global Fund in the international struggle against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The quilts in the show are going to be shown at the United Nations in Geneva. To accompany the quilt show, we are making four 6-foot high banner stands that describe in very basic terms how quilting builds communities. One of these banners has a short paragraph about African American quilting, and we wondered if you might have a higher resolution photo of this quilt that we could use.”
Well, I respond without any thought and say sure! Use whatever you like. (I try not to take my quilts too seriously, and it never occurs to me that anything I have created is worth knocking off). India (my official quilt photographer) and I immediately get busy and send a better photo off to my contact in Geneva, Switzerland.
At any rate it was not a trick. I have been honored by having a small picture of From Africa to Atlanta By Way of Arkansas included on a United Nations banner that will be exhibited at the United Nations in Geneva.
How cool is that!