Decorating Dissidence is currently open for submissions on the following themes:
Wearable art sits at the nexus of art, fashion, and sculpture, whilst also maintaining its own fascinating and unique cultural history. From the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven’s junk outfits, to Nick Cave’s soundsuits and Louise Bourgeois’s latex costumes, wearable art has proved to be a powerful medium for questioning experiences of gender and race. Foregrounding the body’s sensory engagement with its environment, it offers new perspectives on how we move through life – as well as the meanings our bodies carry, their strengths, fragilities, and potential for transcendence.
Wearable art collapses boundaries between art and everyday life, fine art and craft, ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture; in the process, it can provoke reassessments of our environments and the materials that surround us. It involves intensive labour, drawing on craft’s technical skills and slow processes to fashion materials that may be futuristic or traditional – or a combination of the two.
For Decorating Dissidence’s Wearable Art issue, we are looking for: essays that explore wearable art (/artists) from the modernist period to the contemporary and/or its intersections with fashion, sculpture, textiles and fine art; interviews with artists and craft-makers who incorporate elements of wearable art in their practice; creative responses to works of wearable art; artist’s statements; interviews with artists. Submissions close: 22nd January 2021
Rolling: Bauhaus Legacies (ongoing submissions throughout 2020)
- Open throughout 2020, we are continuing to explore the legacies in the twenty-first century. We’re interested in hearing new perspectives on historical Bauhaus traditions, as well as reviews of/essays on/interviews with contemporary artists and makers who are reworking Bauhaus practices.
What we’re looking for…
We accept: reviews of contemporary exhibitions or performances; interviews with contemporary practitioners; articles on aspects of craft and making in art, from the early twentieth century to the present day; images of art and craft work from practitioners; artist statements; interviews with contemporary artists, makers, and curators; and creative responses to art and craft.
We’re always open to new ideas, so if you want to submit something that’s not covered in the above, please get in touch!
Advice When Submitting Work
Word count will vary depending on the type of submission, but generally we suggest roughly 600-1000 words for reviews, articles, and interviews.
For written creative responses, we are looking for work that directly responds to a piece of visual art or craft, or a craft technique.
When submitting, you should include:
- A short 150-250 word bio of yourself, including website and social media links.
- Relevant images
The best guide to the kind of submissions we might like to receive is what we usually publish, so please take the time to familiarise yourself with previous issues before contacting us. You can reach us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We generally advise submitting a proposal of around 200-300 words first, so that we can discuss your ideas before you write the piece, so that we can discuss how this will fit in to the issue as a whole. However, do feel free to submit a full piece for review.
Please note that unfortunately we are not currently in the position to pay for submissions, as the Decorating Dissidence blog generates no revenue and everyone involved with editing and managing it is donating their time for free. We are working hard to change this in the future!