Interviewed by Elizabeth Townsend Gard
Date January 2018
Vicki is a law professor that wrote a law review article about Gee's Bend in 2007. I had known about Gee's Bend before, but this was my first deep dive when I read Vicki's article on a train last summer. Here's the article if you would like to read it:
Her quilting life
Gee's Bend: how she came to the topic; commodification lliterature
a more nuanced approach to IP through Gee's Bend
Other aspects of Copyright
Role of quilts in the underground
Do you see the quilts of Gee's bend as unique? Why?
Civil Rights and Gee's Bend
Reverend Francic Xavier Walter (and his role) and the New York Freedom Quilting Bee auctions
William Arnett in 1997: bought nearly 700 quilts between $100 and $2500 (including underlying IP rights). Tinwood Alliance
Museum of Fine Arts in Houston exhiition in 2002
Spin-off - Tinwood Books, Tinwood Media, Tinwood Music, Tinwood Films. www.quiltsofgeesbend.com
Partnership with Kathy Ireland Wroldwide in 2003
Even U.S. postage stamp in 2006
Founding of the Gee's Bend Quilter's Colletive
Quilters retain all of the rights to quilts made after 1984
Licensed royalty on quilts before 1984 modeled after French law, droit de suit.
Now there is a non-profit: thoughts on that?