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    Help keep quilt artist in the US

    British-born textile artist & quilter, Kate Cox, featured in Episode 605 on The Quilt Show: Improvisational Landscapes, needs your help. Kate, who now lives in Colorado and is known to be inspired by the American landscape, has a serious O-1 Visa issue. This is an Artist visa. Apparently, the US Embassy doesn't believe being a renowned quilter and textile artist is real art.


    Kate's story (paraphrased):
    I was in London for the first time in 7 years to visit my children and I had to go renew my O-1 visa at the US Embassy. I have a lawyer in Denver who deals with all this and all the paperwork had been submitted and we did not expect any problems.
    However, when I got there for my interview it was very clear from the outset that the woman interviewing me was not friendly to say the least. She began by asking me what I did,
    I said, "Fiber Artist."
    "What's that?" she said.
    "Textile Art," I replied, "making art from fabrics, fibers, other mediums."
    So she said, "You mean 'Quilting'!" in a very scathing voice. It went downhill from there.
    She eventually told me that she was recommending that my visa be revoked because my work was not of a high enough 'standard' because I could not sell it for $100,000s of dollars.
    Even though Kate creates and teaches quilting and works with the Denver Art Museum, she is now being asked to pack up her goods and return to Great Britain.

    The Quilt Show is starting a petition to help Kate stay in America and to let them know that our art is to be respected.


    Pls click the link and add your name to the petition.

    http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/blog.php/blog_id/5856

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    As long as I live, I will not understand the rules of immigration.

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    With the hoards coming over the border, on American over taxed, almost broken backs????... THIS has been done to an outstanding, tax paying, productive woman? Petition signed!

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    Will sign the petition. Anyone else can throw mud together or solder some ugly a** metal into something you can't figure what it's suppose to be and that's art, but men and women who create pieces of art with any fiber are not considered artists and usually we have a personal connection. Many "artists" tell people they tried to show what they were trying to express. With quilting, it's pretty easy to see and not hard to figure, but it's considered craft.

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    Petition signed, unfortunately nothing involved with government "rules and regulations" surprises me.

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    Sounds like some of the parts that were paraphrased out might be meaningful. This doesn't seem like the whole story.

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    and that is why as you already said---we should be in charge!!! hahaha
    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post
    As long as I live, I will not understand the rules of immigration.
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    I'd like to get hold of that person and make them do their job correctly. millions of illegals here and most are known to them yet they do nothing!! Grrrr. don't get me started. I do hope things work out for her.

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    My only problem with petitions, they don't work. Number 2, why didn't she petition to become a citizen? Does she just want to live here, with all the benefits but not become a citizen? Just my opinion. Thousands of illegals are here because they overstayed their Visa, does it make them a bad person? No, but rules are rules and the law is the law.
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    I did not post this as an indictment against the govt or govt employees... Only that this one particular person who has the authority to deny this visa does not recognize quilting as an art. She obviously knows little about the craft and maybe some education is all she needs. The petition is to provide support for our contention that quilting is indeed art and thus possibly provide basis for a new ruling.

    If I had not accidentally stumbled into a quilting group, I might be of the same opinion. I was astounded to see what quilters are doing.

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    ...sorry I cannot "sign" the petition.......I have mixed feelings and several questions about her story and her "working" here........she has an American lawyer so I am sure so she will be in Denver shortly........and the employee at the Embassy will still have her job too....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    ...sorry I cannot "sign" the petition.......I have mixed feelings and several questions about her story and her "working" here........she has an American lawyer so I am sure so she will be in Denver shortly........and the employee at the Embassy will still have her job too....
    Yes, after reading this post I decided to do some research, too. Turns out she's been living here for years. From what I could discern, artist visas are given for a period of time, not for whether the government employee likes someone's work. Here's what her website says:

    "I am one of the owners of the co-operative The Courtyard Gallery in Buena Vista CO www.thecourtyardgallery.com. I was President of the Arkansas Valley Arts Center for 4 years www.avacgallery.com and also show my work at Gallery 150 Salida CO. In January 2011 I became the co-rep for SAQA for the Rocky Mountain Region along with Liz Kettle and we have already worked on curating a number of shows for SAQA www.saqa.com . This is a very exciting opportunity."

    To me that doesn't sound like her work has been dismissed, or that she has not had an opportunity to make a living in the United States. I would imagine there are a lot of cranky government employees, but I'm guessing they can't make up the rules if they are having a bad day. Does anyone know the real story?

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    Maybe England is not ready to export her to our shores! Good luck with the petition.

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    Good luck to her, I agree become a citizen if you want the benefits, for an American to live in the UK would be no different. Can't have it both ways, I know lots of people go to the US to make money, get an education or to just better their opportunities but in the end the US owes its loyalty to its citizens.
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    The visa folk are also leather-headed about other folks who are here on their parents' visa and who are now American Citizens. A friend of mine spent two years trying to make a person in Miami understand that when they emigrated, children did not need a separate passport, etc., especially if they were very young. It took numerous calls to Wash. DC to "educate" the person who kept denying her and kept changing the paperwork she needed. Sheesh!

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    Done. I don't understand it either.

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    I don't agree. I do agree it is unfair for a single immigration individual to subjectively reject an applicant because she doesn't think fabric art is "art". I hope this situation has been exaggerated to make a point and not entirely true. If there are universal rules for artists to immigrate to the U.S., and they are followed universally, then so be it. The situation, as it's described, doesn't sound fair. I would want all the facts, without the emotion, before signing any petition. And, while the Colorado landscape can be inspiring, the U.K. also has some fabulous landscape. Surely Kate can see the beauty in, and be inspired by, that landscape of her birth? For most artists doesn't the inspiration come from inside? Everyone who wants to live in the U.S. can't live here. There's just not enough room Liking the Colorado landscape doesn't seem like reason enough to grant a long-term visa.
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