Civil Rights history as fabric? Vote in a contest for historical toiles de Jouy

JAN 20, 2011 updated May 30, 2016

Toile collage The toile de Jouy style arose from fabrics produced by an 18th-century textile maker in Jouy-en-Joses, France. Toiles employed a relatively complex series of images to depict stories and scenes of pastoral life. But a tradition has also arisen in which the images in toiles are used to celebrate events, lives and ideas in history.

In the spirit of the US holiday this week celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., for this contest we asked designers to tackle the exceptionally difficult task of creating a historical toile celebrating the struggle for Civil Rights and equality in our country or their own. This one offers a small field of entries compared to our typical contests, but one that rewards close examination. Thanks to all who rose to the challenge!

Vote For Civil Rights Toiles

The competing designs and designers this week are:

  1. bpp_toile_blue by janineluthe
  2. Civil Rights Leaders by asilo
  3. Civil Rights Toile by jennartdesigns
  4. Cup of Freedom by kdl
  5. Free At Last by sarahwalden
  6. Freedom's Crossing: Underground Railroad by andreagaley
  7. Have a Dream by jadegordon
  8. Huckleberry Finn by paragon_studios_one
  9. Maria Clara Toile by michiela
  10. Robin Hood ~ Toile de Jouy by scrummy
  11. Rosa Rides the Bus by winter
  12. Salem Witch Trials Toile by decobot
  13. Slavery Toile-Blue and Gold by kkitwana
  14. Suffragettes: Giving women a voice by vo
  15. Suffragette_City by ravynka
  16. Teach Your Children Well: A Toile for Tots by sammyk
  17. Thank You, Amelia Bloomer! by lulakiti
  18. The 2nd Anglo-Boer War by theboerwar
  19. Trail of Tears Large (zoom for details) by victorialasher
  20. Votes for Women by sparegus
  21. Votes for Women Toile by babysisterrae
  22. Votes for Women Toile by tracydmc70
  23. We The People by poetryqn

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