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A New Book of Instruction – Call to Artists

Calling all fiber and fashion artists!


As part of the 2022-2023 Year of Textile exhibits, Cornell University Library will present A New Book of Instruction: Original Art Based on 20th Century Sewing and Textile Instruction Books at Mann Library. We invite you to participate!


The exhibit seeks artwork that draw on lessons and/or imagery used to teach sewing to school children in the early 20th century that make those lessons more inclusive by incorporating ideas of social and environmental sustainability. We are asking artists to submit pieces that make connections to historical resources like those from the digital collection, Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, and History (HEARTH) while reimagining them for a more inclusive, equitable future of slow fashion instruction.


Here are examples of historical sources we suggest artists use to either create an original work, or make connections to existing work that bring together ideas of textiles and instruction:

Application Requirements  

  1. A New Book of Instruction will be a juried exhibition.
  2. Artists must submit 3 example images of work. Images should be labeled as LastName_FirstName_Title.jpeg. (e.g. Smith_John_seaming.jpeg)
  3. Statement about the piece
  4. Bio or CV
  5. Submissions should be sent to:

Artists who submit an entry and images to Cornell University Library agree to have images of their work appear on the website for the exhibit and programming materials.



  • Call Opens: April 1, 2022
  • Application Deadline: July 31, 2022
  • Artist Notification: September 30, 2022
  • Submission must be received by January 6, 2023
  • Exhibit opening: March 2023