I want to draw your attention to an article I published today in the Craft Industry Alliance Journal. One of the three articles in each issue is available to the general public and in this issue it’s one I wrote.
A few weeks ago a veteran teacher at International Quilt Festival emailed me. She’s not someone I’ve met before, although she’s a longtime subscriber to my newsletter. She asked if I would consider writing about an issue that has long vexed her – the pay rate for teachers at International Quilt Festival (IQF).
I invite you to read my piece in the Craft Industry Alliance Journal to for the full story.
This issue also has an article by Grace Dobush about how crafters have been handling VAT one year after the new tax rules were imposed plus an article by Kristin Link called, “What If You Die: Preparing a Contingency Plan for Your Business.” There’s an editable spreadsheet to help with contingency planning for members to download and use. If you’re not already a member, check out the membership page here.
Catherine H says
Oops. There is a type-o in your link to the article. You forgot the G on org. This is something I would do and would like someone to let me know if I did. So I’m letting you know.
I’m 1/2 way through the article and am appalled. That isn’t even minimum wage! And the fear of retribution is ludicrous. I hope your article is a wake-up call for Quilt, Inc!
Good for you for writing that article, Abby! I know you didn’t write from a specifically feminist standpoint, but I have to point out that if men were teaching those classes, there is no question the pay would be higher and travel/lodging expenses would be covered. I know we’ve made some progress in feminism since the 1950s but we still have a long way to go to before we women are treated with the respect we deserve (and by that, I am talking mostly about pay), especially as professionals in creative fields. I don’t teach sewing or quilting, but I do teach music and it’s a problem across the board.