I feel very strongly about giving artistic credit to someone’s work. This is why I have not share this news until now. I have known for a couple weeks. Normally news like this would be very exciting and I would have immediately shared it. But I feel embarrassed as I made a careless mistake (the result of multitasking and trying to complete something quickly).
Here is how it all started
I am a member of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Quilt Associates), and in the most recent edition of the SAQA Journal there was a separate insert/form included in the mailing, inviting SAQA members to fill out (what I thought was a survey) a form related to their “Wild About SAQA” campaign and e-mail a photo of yourself, your completed form, and a photo of your artwork.
I thought it was part of a SAQA member registry where other SAQA members could see your survey responses, your photos and a sample of your quilt art. I e-mailed the completed and scanned form; the Tierney photo I use on my blog; and a recent collaborative piece by Betty Anne Guadalupe and myself from The Wardrobe Meets the Wall Collection – Archaeological Dig: The Vessel. I designed and pieced this art quilt and Betty Anne did the beautiful long-arm quilting on the quilt. I worked on this during my lunch break at work while also trying to think through a challenging work issues at the same time.
I thought I had provided the proper credit on the piece. I thought I had put the caption: “Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan, quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe” with the photo.
The News: Exciting and Embarassing
A couple weeks after e-mailing the form and photos, I received an e-mail from a SAQA media representative informing me that my photo, responses and quilt would be featured in the December 2015 issues of Fiber Art Now magazine as an ad for SAQA. She included the pdf mock up of the ad already sent to the magazine for publication (I discovered that I had also signed a media release, not paying attention when I completed the form.)
This is exciting news I would have normally posted about it immediately, however I discovered that Betty Anne’s name was no where to be found under the caption of the piece. I also discovered I had accidentally e-mailed the “detail” photo of the piece (used for juried show submissions) instead of the full photo of the piece that I meant to send. It was a screw up all around and confirmation of the dangers of “multitasking”.
I asked the SAQA media person if this could be fixed but it was already to the magazine publisher. It was time to tell Betty Anne about my huge screw up. She was most gracious about it. Thank goodness she know my feelings and ethical stance about always giving proper credit. I consider the art quilts I make for our The Wardrobe Meets the Wall Collection to be collaborative. It is her quilting that makes my pieces so special!
I was hoping no one I know would see the ad and that it would all just go away, as I was riddled with embarrassment.
Finally, I decided not to feel shame about the screw up, and just try and embrace the excitement of being featured in an ad in Fiber Art Now. The lesson learned to to slow down, be careful, and ensure that artistic credit is always given when due.
(Fiber Art Now is a quarterly magazine for contemporary fiber arts and textiles. The ad is on page 30 of the Winter 2015, Vol. 5., Issue 2 edition of Fiber Art Now)