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Vicki Phillips

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

Fair Use

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.

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.

Commodification literature

Now there is a non-profit:  thoughts on that?

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