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Homemade Mask (Virtual) Summit

Uptown Campus

Wednesday, June 17th and Saturday, June 20th - 10 am - 3 pm on Zoom

Sewing * Culture * Artists* Science * Medicine * Entrepreneurship

Preserving the Past, Preparing for the Future


Just Wanna Quilt presents the Homemade Mask (Virtual) Summit. We've just lived through a moment in history: where the medical profession put out calls all over the United States for sewists to make masks. This Summit brings together the voices that were part of the homemade mask movement, to preserve the experiences, and at the same time, assess and plan for the future. What is science saying about how to keep our friends, colleagues and families safe? What role do sewists now play as industry moves in to make masks? What does the science say about how to make safe(r) homemade masks? We're gathering stories and science together for a two-day event.

The Just Wanna Quilt podcast has interviewed over 75 guests related to Covid-19. Each of our panelists have had full-length interviews that you can listen to, which are linked on our website, http://www.justwannaquilt.com. Now, it is time for conversations. What we learned over the last three months, and where we go from here.

We are proud to have the conference hosted by the Newcomb Institute, Tulane University, along with the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, and the Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Freeman School of Business. Just Wanna Quilt is a research project housed at the Copyright Research Lab @ Tulane University Law School, and now has a spin-out company, Quilting Army Krewe, LLC., who is our merchandise sponsor.


Community Partners: Mask Making Coalition, Million Masks a Day, Quilting on a Budget, Just Wanna Quilt and more to come!


Our Preservation Mission:

We're working with the Newcomb Institute to preserve the stories of the Spring 2020 and our efforts to make masks. We invite groups and individuals to apply to deposit photos, documents, lists, and patterns, and other elements that will help people in the future understand what we did and are still doing.

We are also working with the Internet Archive and the Wayback Machine to request that they capture Facebook groups so that our conversations are preserved as part of the record.

We also support the work of the Quilt Alliance, who is capturing individual stories. We encourage you to go to their Facebook page and tell your story. Go to "Come Tell Your Story."

Our Science Meets Sewing Mission

As part of the Summit, we want a dialogue with the scientists about the masks we make, and potentially testing samples. We have a number of studies that demonstrate that there is a disconnect between the sewing community and the tests the scientists are conducting. We would like to work to bridge that gap.


Newcomb Institute

For more information on this event, please visit https://tulane.campuslabs.com/engage/event/5901372