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!
The competing designs and designers this week are: